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The 10 Best Ways to Boost Your Home Wifi The 10 Best Ways to Boost Your Home Wifi

Wifi is one of the most important developments in the evolution of the internet—no one wants to be chained to a desktop—but it’s also one of the most frustrating. If you’re plagued by slow speeds, bad reception, and other wifi issues, here are 10 ways you can power up the wifi in your home.

The 2018 Lifehacker Pack for Windows: The Essential Windows Apps

There are so many Windows apps out there, that picking a list of the very best, most must-install software for your desktop or laptop feels daunting. We’ve pored over pages of recommendations, countless forum posts, and lots of comments to come up with this year’s Lifehacker Pack for Windows, a list of software…

How to Make Sure You're Getting the Internet Speeds You're Paying For How to Make Sure You're Getting the Internet Speeds You're Paying For

It’s probably been a while since you signed up for internet service, but you should have an idea of how fast your plan is. If not, give your ISP a call. Write down your plan’s maximum download and upload speeds. You can then use these speed-testing websites to see just your wifi’s actual performance stacks up to what…

Should I Ditch My ISP and Just Share My Phone's Data Connection? Should I Ditch My ISP and Just Share My Phone's Data Connection?

Nobody likes paying a ton of money for internet service (especially if you’re spending a small fortune each month for crappy speeds, like a spotty DSL connection). And while a crafty idea might pop into your head from time to time about how you can reduce or eliminate your monthly fee—including asking your neighbor to…

Why Does My Network Switch Keep Dropping Gigabit Speeds? Why Does My Network Switch Keep Dropping Gigabit Speeds?

Although it feels like I’m dancing with myself, this week’s Tech 911 column—you ask tech questions, we deliver tech answers—is going to be a little inverted. Rather than fielding a question that you’ve emailed me, left in the comments, or tweeted at me (with a GIF), I’m going to solicit your help with a little issue…

Find a Free WiFi Network Near You With This Google App Find a Free WiFi Network Near You With This Google App

WiFi networks, especially free ones, are always the hardest to find when you actually need them. Now Google has made tracking one down a little easier thanks to a new feature in its data-saving app Datally.

Password Lock Your Surfing History With the Keepsafe Browser Password Lock Your Surfing History With the Keepsafe Browser

iOS, Android: Keepsafe, the company behind privacy-focused apps like Blur for iMessage and Private Photo Vault (iOS, Android), launched a new app this week for browsing the web privately. Aptly named Keepsafe Browser (iOS, Android ), the browser prevents third-party trackers from snooping on your mobile web browsing…

What Happens Now That Net Neutrality Is 'Gone' What Happens Now That Net Neutrality Is 'Gone'

Today marks the end—but not the permanent death—of net neutrality. You’ve probably heard the phrase “net neutrality” before, but just in case you need a refresher, here goes: Net neutrality was a set of rules introduced during the Obama presidency that basically demanded equality for all Internet content.

To Make Websites Load Faster, Browse the Web Like a European To Make Websites Load Faster, Browse the Web Like a European

We now live in a GDPR world. GDPR, in case you didn’t know, stands for the European Union’s “General Data Protection Regulation” privacy law, which kicked into effect May 25 and caused every service you’ve ever used to blow up your inbox over the last month.

Buy Gogo Inflight Internet Passes Before Your Flight Buy Gogo Inflight Internet Passes Before Your Flight

Inflight wifi internet, the dialup of the sky, can be quite expensive for how spotty it often is. If your airline uses Gogo to power their wifi service, do yourself a favor and buy an internet pass before you take off. You’ll save a bundle.

What's the Deal With GDPR and Your Online Privacy? What's the Deal With GDPR and Your Online Privacy?

Maybe you’ve heard someone mention GDPR in passing, but were too embarrassed to ask what those letters actually stood for. Or maybe your friend posted something online about what GDPR means for online data protection. At the very least, you’ve probably received a few dozen emails from various companies about how their…

How to Automatically Delete (Some) Cookies in Your Browser How to Automatically Delete (Some) Cookies in Your Browser

Browser cookies are useful in some instances; unpleasant in others. While they can save you from having to go through a complicated authentication process whenever you’re trying to access your favorite sites, they can also store data on what you’ve done on a particular website—which can then be used to serve you more…

Where to Waste Time Online Where to Waste Time Online

Where do you go to waste time on the internet? Facebook and Twitter, the usual default answers, are exhausting. Scrolling through them feels like work. “I don’t know how to waste time on the internet anymore,” says Dan Nosowitz in the internet-culture blog Select All. We agree with him that it’s way too easy to get…

Play Mario Kart in Your Browser With This CSS Clone (Updated)

Lightning bolts suck. Thankfully, the painstaking work of software engineer Stephen Cook doesn’t include any of these (cheater) tricks. In his simplified version of Mario Kart, which you can play right in your browser, you just have to worry about easy driving, not item management.

Your Internet Use Has a Carbon Footprint, Too

We’re so used to using computers and phones that they feel like an extension of our brains—it’s not just me, right? A Google query comes back as fast as a thought, and the information at my fingertips feels intangible like the information in my brain.

How to Browse Faster (and More Securely) With Cloudflare's New DNS How to Browse Faster (and More Securely) With Cloudflare's New DNS

Cloudflare announced a brand-new DNS service this weekend—on April Fool’s Day, of course—because its launch date ties into the IP address you use to access it: 1.1.1.1. Four ones. Get it? 4/1?

What to Do If Your Favorite Website Won't Load What to Do If Your Favorite Website Won't Load

Most of the time, we take the internet for granted. So when something goes wrong (like Twitter crashes or your boss decides to block Reddit at work) it can come as a real shock.

How (and Why) to Get Gigabit LTE on Your Android  How (and Why) to Get Gigabit LTE on Your Android 

Android: We keep hearing about 5G, the super fast network set to replace our current LTE service, but in the meantime there’s a way to get significantly faster data speeds on your smartphone right now. All you need is the right Android phone and Qualcomm’s Gigabit LTE.

How to Boycott Your Internet Service Provider If Net Neutrality Dies How to Boycott Your Internet Service Provider If Net Neutrality Dies

Net Neutrality isn’t dead yet, but FCC Chairman Ajit Pai (and internet providers like Verizon, Comcast, and AT&T) took a big step towards victory after Thursday’s vote. However, if all the planned dissents, appeals, and protests fail and net neutrality really is done for, it may be time to seriously think about…

Now That Net Neutrality’s Dead, Here Are The ISPs You Can Choose From Now That Net Neutrality’s Dead, Here Are The ISPs You Can Choose From

Today, the Federal Communications Commission, in a 3-2 vote spearheaded by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and Commissioners Michael O’Rielly and Brendan Carr, repealed the Obama-era legislation deeming broadband internet a Title II utility. In short, the FCC has voted to relinquish the ability to regulate ISPs, giving…

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