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Nothing like being a prisoner to the cable company. Shackled every year to frivolous miscellaneous cost increases, just because they can. Or throwing stale bread crumbs at us by adding extra channels that will never be watched.

Worse yet, having them lock you in with the triple play bundle while knowingly laughing because it will be less cost effective to de-bundle.

Had enough? Time to fight back.

read more: 4 Ways To Cut Costs On Your Comcast Bill….Now

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inetsafety.jpgSo you're having a big party and inviting friends over who are bringing their friends along. No doubt you have everything ready to throw a big bash.

Except one thing….

Is your home network secure enough to handle that dodgy looking friend – friend who ask you if he can have the password to connect to your wireless network?

This is when reality sets in and you realize more attention should have been made with locking down devices on your network. Time to panic.

read more: How To Secure Your Wireless Network From Guests On Your Home Network

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inetsafety.jpgIt's just in my nature to do it. What you may ask.

Snoop around on a wireless network to see what is open and vulnerable.

Now don't get me wrong, I don't do it to hack into systems. I do it to show friends and family that just because they have a router with a firewall protecting their network from the Internet, the need to also secure devices on the inside network is just as important.

I've been known to cause havoc on wireless home networks such as having their printer spew paper onto the floor, or easily log into the router and disable access because they were lazy with using a password that was their home address (or worse, never changing the default password).

The shock of what just happen catches their attention.

For that matter, who needs to be stealthy when you can walk around their house and press a key on the keyboard only to reveal the PC is not password protected (social engineering remains an easy method for hackers, just ask the NSA).

read more: How To Hack Your Friends and Family Home Wireless Network To Show Them Allowing Trusted Access Can Be Dangerous

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inetsafety.jpgRecently I was at a concert with friends, that had free wif-fi hotspot available. The only requirement for connecting to the wi-fi hotspot was to use a password that was made publicly available.  My friends thought "what's the point of requiring a password if everyone knows it".

I thought….who ever is responsible for running the event must be pretty smart.

read more: Why Connecting To Wi-FI Hostspots With A Known Public Password Is More Secure Than One With No Password

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Nothing is more frustrating when something just won't work after spending hours trying to make it work. That's what PC's and wireless networks do best…frustrate you to no end.

One of the biggest problems I come across, is when someone can't get their PC connected to their wireless home network. Yet, it seems to connect everywhere else but in their house.

Before I get the chance to look at it, I hear a long laundry list of things that were attempted to get the wireless connection working. Like re-typing the encryption password a thousand times, "rebooting the router first then my PC" (and a dozen other different ways), even moving the PC closer to the router.

Nothing works 🙁

But there are always two things missing in that list, if checked, may have saved hours of frustration and allowed more hours of surfing the web.

read more: Why Won't My PC (Or Devices) Connect To My Wireless Router?

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When it comes to cell phones, it's easy to get distracted when a new text message arrives, someone tweets you, or the unthinkable happens…the phone rings.

One example is when the application notification pops up alerting you that updates are available.

If you acknowledge the notification,without updating  applications (due to being distracted), the notification goes away and you're left wondering how to update those applications.

You can always wait for the next application update notification to appear, but who knows when that will occur.

Instead, you can simply update the apps manually. Here's how.

read more: Manually Update Android Apps After Notification Disappears

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Sometimes it's nice when big brother is watching over you.

Such is the case when you accidentally delete an email message from your mailbox. If the Trash can was not emptied, after the message was deleted, you're in luck to easily recover the email.

But what if you delete a contact from your address book? There's no Trash can to catch deleted contacts. Once the contact is deleted, it's gone and you are out of luck.

…not really.

This is where big brother has your back, because by default Comcast automatically backs up your address book for you (even if you don't manually back up online yourself).

read more: Restore Your Comcast (Xfinity) Address Book Even When You Didn't Back It Up

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Why is it when you hold on to an email message forever, thinking someday you will need it, that day always arrives just after you delete it from your mailbox?

And so the process begins, where you beat yourself up for not leaving things alone because you just know Murphy's email law (is there such a thing?) would come back and bite you.

You then scramble around praying the message is still sitting in your Hotmail Deleted folder. Only to find it's gone.

Now what?

Well if you are lucky enough, you can use Hotmail's "Recover Deleted Message" feature to get that Email message back…and delete Murphy's law instead.

read more: Recover Your Deleted (Windows Live) Hotmail Messages After Being Emptied

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