Would you like to have a plug that tells you how much electrical energy your devices consume? Do you want to turn off that plug from your smartphone, when you are not at home? Do you want it to simulate that you are at home, when you leave for a long time, by randomly turning on and off certain devices in your home, like your nightlight? If you do, then you should consider purchasing a smart plug or more. We recently got our hands on the TP-LINK HS110 smart plug and we tested it for about 10 days. Read this review to see our opinion about this device and whether it is worth purchasing for your smart home:
Network and Internet
During the last decade or so, smartphones have become a very important part of our lives and, as with anything else we own, we want to customize almost everything about them. This includes our ringtones - those sounds which reflect our preferences and help us know when our smartphone rings. Many people search and use ringtones created by others, but some - us included - prefer to create their own custom ringtones, using songs we like, preferred life mottos and so on. If you are like us, you’ll probably be interested in a couple of good websites that allow you to create your own ringtones online, without having to install any kind of software on your computer. Here’s our list with the best online ringtone making websites:
Do you have a brand new computer on which you need to install and configure everything: starting from the operating system to drivers, applications, plugins and so on? Do you need to delete everything from an "old" computer and reinstall all from scratch? If the answer is yes to either of these questions, then you are in luck! After setting up many computers (both old and brand new), we created a checklist of steps you must go through, in order to have the best experience possible: without (too many) crashes, in the least possible time and in a secure way. This article shares the optimized list of steps you need to go through, in order to have everything working correctly.
Do you believe that if you don’t download many things from the internet and you use your web browser only for visiting popular websites, you don’t need an antivirus solution? Do you think that your personal information can’t be stolen by criminals because you can identify dodgy websites without the help of an antivirus? If you do, we have some bad news for you. Web browsers represent one of the most common avenues for malware infections and data theft occurs on a regular basis on the internet. Only a permanent watchfulness and appropriate safety measures can protect you from malicious websites, online thieves, and hackers. In this article, we will walk you through a little experiment in which you can see how easily you can get infected while browsing the web. Hopefully, this experiment will help you learn to be better prepared in the future and know when to run away from malicious websites:
Windows 10 and Windows 8.1 have a new network sharing setting that is not documented by Microsoft. This setting says “Turn on automatic setup of network connected devices” and it is found in the list of advanced sharing settings that are available for private networks. What does this setting mean and what does it do? Should you turn in On or Off? We have done some trial-and-error based experiments and we have finally figured out what it does. Here it is:
The Homegroup is a feature that was first introduced in Windows 7 and is also present in Windows 8.1 and in Windows 10, where it still works the same way. The idea behind the Homegroup is simple: to provide an easy way for sharing libraries, folders and devices on small networks such as that from your home. Accessing stuff that's shared with the Homegroup is easy and doesn’t require users to type in usernames and passwords. In this article we will explain how the Homegroup works, how to create one, how to join a Homegroup and how to recover its password in case you no longer remember it.
Very few people think about the safe way of making financial transactions when online. Some connect to public WiFi and purchase items on Amazon or do online banking. Such behavior exposes you to many risks and it makes it easy for others to steal your financial data like your credit card details and use it to harm you. That’s why we decided to write this guide in which we will show you the best practices for making safe financial transactions when online, both on desktop computers and mobile devices like smartphones and tablets. Let’s get started:
Having a smartphone doesn’t automatically mean that you can use it to its fullest potential: these devices were made so that you need internet access to make use of their best features. Since WiFi access isn’t available everywhere, having a cellular data connection is strongly recommended. This has additional costs, so having full control over your data usage is really important. Fortunately this has been a built-in feature of Android for a very long time. Read our tutorial to learn how to control how much cellular data your smartphone or tablet is allowed use:
Very few people pay attention to how Windows is set when it comes to network sharing, what is shared with the network and how. Luckily, both Windows 10 and Windows 8.1 offer a panel that allows you to control every important setting, so that file network sharing is enabled only when you are connected to trusted private networks and sharing is done in a secure manner. Here’s how to find every advanced network sharing setting in Windows and how to configure them:
Are you looking for a high-end range extender that can help you extend the coverage of your wireless network to those remote corners of your house or office? Then you will want a device with support for the 802.11ac networking standard that can offer fast transfers, and TP-LINK RE580D is one of the fastest devices of its kind. We tested this dual-band range extender for about a week and, after many tests and measurements, we are ready to share our opinion, in this review: