(Credit: Screenshot by Ed Rhee/CNET) If you’re still holding onto an old AOL e-mail account or using the one your ISP (Internet Service Provider) gave you, it might be time to consider switching to Gmail. Gmail offers a ton of storage (currently at 10GB and growing), spam filtering at the server-level, two-step verification, and access …

Earlier today my dad called the Hassle-Free Hotline (also known as my home phone number). The poor guy seems to encounter more than his fair share of inadvertant computer problems. For example, somehow, while using his laptop’s touchpad, he’d made everything in his browser bigger. Consequently, he had to scroll pages left and right, not …

There’s nothing you can do if hackers get into a database with your password in it, but you can still protect yourself for all the other worst-case scenarios involving hacking. In this video, we go over ways to make your passwords harder to crack. First, don’t make it easy on hackers by choosing a common …

For years now I’ve harangued relatives about their shoddy password practices. Either they use easily-hacked passwords or forget the passwords they’ve created—sometimes both. If you won’t take it from me, beloved family, consider this Password Day (yes, apparently it’s a thing) statement from McAfee’s Robert Siciliano: “74% of Internet users use the same password across …

LinkedIn, the traditionally text-heavy social network for professionals, is getting visual with the launch of the LinkedIn Professional Portfolio, which lets you upload images, videos, presentations and documents to showcase your work. “This means you can illustrate your greatest achievements in the form of stunning images, compelling videos, innovative presentations and more,” says Udi Milo, …

Clear this box to restore the merge-conflict dialog. Recently I told you how to take advantage of Windows 8’s cool new file-copy feature. What I didn’t mention was a small, but potentially significant, change in the way Windows 8 handles certain folder-copy functions. Specifically, when you copy a folder to a drive or other destination …

If you’ve had your PC for more than a few months, it’s probably lousy with dust, dirt, and worse. It’s time to do some spring cleaning on your PC—and I’m talking about the actual hardware here, not your operating system or data files. Dirt buildup can affect PC performance Plenty of physical hardware problems crop …