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7 best locations where you can download safe free fonts

Fonts are often underrated: although they can completely overhaul the way your documents, presentations, or websites look, many people do not consider them essential. However, looks usually have a significant impact, sometimes even more than your content, regardless of whether you...

Simple questions: What are cookies and what do they do?

When browsing the internet, you often encounter the term "cookies." Many websites inform you about using cookies, and ask for your approval. Web browsers have many settings for managing cookies and even browser add-ons mention blocking cookies of all kinds. Even though you...

Simple questions: What is the SmartScreen filter and how does it work?

If you use Windows 10, or Windows 8.1 and web browsers such as Microsoft Edge or Internet Explorer, you may have encountered the SmartScreen filter or the Windows Defender SmartScreen. This is a feature found in all modern Windows operating systems. Its purpose is to steer you...

How to find hidden wireless networks (SSIDs) in your area, in Windows

You might need to find all the wireless networks that are broadcast in your area, including those which have a weak WiFi signal and those that have hidden their SSID (network name). For this task, you have to install a wireless network scanner and use it to identify the WiFi networks...

How to read the passwords stored by Windows, and which are easy to crack

Windows stores the passwords that you use to log in, access network shares, or shared devices. Some of these passwords are stored safely, in an encrypted format, while others are not. Here is how to see which passwords are insecurely stored by Windows, and identify those that can be...

Simple questions: What is NFC and what does it do?

NFC is an acronym that is often used when referring to modern smartphones and tablets. What does it mean? Moreover, what does NFC do? Many people buy expensive smartphones, which all have NFC on them, but they have no idea what NFC is or how they can use this technology. If you would...

Reviewing Mondly: Learn new languages in a browser or a mobile app

We recently had the pleasure of testing a language learning tool called Mondly. It helps you learn new languages using your favorite web browser or an app on your iPhone or Android smartphone. We love learning new things, so we were eager to see how Mondly works and whether it...

NetSpot review: a great app for WiFi analysis and troubleshooting!

Here at Digital Citizen, we review many wireless routers and mesh WiFi systems. In our reviews, we analyze the wireless spectrum in our area, so that we understand how the wireless signal evolves and how capable the device that we are reviewing is. In the past, we used...

What are power plans and how to switch between them in Windows

Using a mobile device is handy, especially when you travel a lot, but these devices are limited by the amount of energy their batteries can provide. For this reason, paying attention to the power plan that you are using and its settings can make a huge difference in how much...

Use the Windows 10 power slider to save battery or increase performance

Microsoft designed a new way to approach battery savings in Windows 10, starting with Fall Creators Update (build 1709), which was released in October 2017. It adds new power saving algorithms and technologies, on top of the classic power plans that most people do not change....

8 best free data erasing apps that permanently delete your files and folders

There are many ways to recover deleted files from hard drives. The deleted files are not necessarily lost forever, and with the appropriate programs, you can restore them. However, what if you do not want that? Maybe you have some files that you want to erase forever. Maybe they...

Simple questions: What is PPPoE and what does it do?

Most of the ISPs (Internet Service Providers) from all over the world offer broadband internet subscriptions. Some of them do it through a technology called PPPoE (Point-to-Point Protocol over Ethernet). However, even if you followed the steps necessary for configuring a PPPoE...

ASUS ZenFone 5 review: One of the best mid-range smartphones in 2018

ASUS released a new mid-range Android smartphone, that looks promising both from a price and performance perspective. It is named ASUS Zenfone 5 and it has the premium looks but it costs half of what you would pay for a high-end smartphone. The hardware inside is not the most...

Fix problem: How do I stop Spotify from opening when Windows starts?

Many Spotify users encounter a problem that looks like a bug: the Spotify app opens when you log into Windows, even when you disable its startup entry, or when you set it so that it does not start automatically after you log in. A misconfiguration in your Spotify settings causes...