Things you should not do if you have an SSD

SSD units have become the norm thanks to a major price drop for SATA models. As we know, SSD units using PCIe slots are still really expensive.

The surge in popularity of SSDs over HDDs is expected, as even cheaper SSDs make a huge difference in terms of performance in contrast to HHDs. SSDs make the OS and apps open quickly by reducing their load times in most cases.

One of the biggest upsides of SSD units is performance, but it is not the only one. SSDs are also more efficient and durable because they lack mechanical parts, so they are especially great for laptops. However, we must bear in mind that there are a series of steps or advices to follow in order to make the most out of their capabilities and lifespan. We will tell you more about said steps in this special article.

1. Do not use defragmenting tools

SSDs are entirely different than HDDs. SSDs work differently, which means they do not need the same type of maintenance. What is good for HDDs is not good for SSDs. Continue reading Things you should not do if you have an SSD

Mozilla puts Firefox for Android under maintenance

Firefox is perhaps an alternative browser with the biggest personality among all the other browsers for Android. It uses its own rendering engine instead of being based on Chromium, Google’s web browsing standard.

According to XDA Developers, Mozilla, the non-profit organization behind Firefox, has halted active development of Firefox for Android, meaning that it will only receive fixes for bugs and threats as they are discovered. In other words, the app is under maintenance as of now.

Additionally, Android Headlines states that Mozilla has made this decision due to Fenix, a project to develop a new web browser for Android from scratch. On its GitHub repository, the company states that “Fenix is not your parent’s Android browser,” suggesting the app may be targeted at a younger, tech-savvier audience. Continue reading Mozilla puts Firefox for Android under maintenance

Price evolution of GPUs since May

Prices of discrete GPUs have experienced quite a roller coaster. The exponential growth of the most important cryptocurrencies (Bitcoin and Ethereum) and the possibility of using GPUs to mine them prompted an increase in demand for which the market was not prepared.

Those of you who read our articles every day know the consequences: stock levels hit a minimum low (most mid-end and high-end GPUs were out of stock) and prices skyrocketed so much the price of some models tripled.

Because of that, GPUs became a luxury item that consumers could not afford. However, people lost interest in them after the cryptocurrency bubble burst, prompting a decrease in demand. Despite still stumbling due to NVIDIA’s upcoming next-gen GPUs, stock is gradually going back to normal levels. Continue reading Price evolution of GPUs since May

How to add Chrome and Firefox to Windows 10’s Timeline

Windows’ latest major update, Windows 10 April 2018 Update, came with a long list of new features. One of them is Timeline, a feature whose name is crystal clear. Its most interesting element is the way it has been implemented on the desktop.

Windows 10’s Timeline shows a history of activities from various apps so you can resume them across synced devices using the same Microsoft account. The most interesting thing about Timeline is that it works alongside Task View and virtual desktops, so using it is quick and comfortable, and it does not disturb your workflow.

However, third-party apps using Timeline are almost nonexistent. As expected, Microsoft’s apps (like Office and Edge) were the first ones to take advantage of Timeline. It has been over three months since the Windows 10 April 2018 Update was released, so developers have slowly started to use Timeline, as seen on Neowin.

This is the case of Windows Timeline Support, an extension for big browsers such as Chrome and Firefox so they can gain Timeline support.

The extension is still in beta, so it may have some bugs, but Windows Timeline Support is already available to be installed and tested. As for its features, we get syncing across devices, browse history syncing and an option to adjust the time a web page must remain open to be added as a Timeline activity (8 seconds by default). Continue reading How to add Chrome and Firefox to Windows 10’s Timeline

How can malware cause physical damage to your PC

We are exposed to malware infections any time we browse the web or use any electronical device. There are a lot of malware types out there and there are also several ways we can be attacked, therefore it is essential to take measures in order to be protected. Does malware only affect the system or can it physically damage the PC? The truth is that an affected PC could be physically damaged to the point of being burned out or making the hardware fail. We will explain how it happens and what to do to avoid it. We have already seen how a wide range of malware could destroy an Android phone. Continue reading How can malware cause physical damage to your PC

Manage your Stream account login with this new feature

If we like videogames, then we must already know and use Steam, the world’s biggest digital game distributor. It has millions of registered users, especially now thanks to the Steam Summer Sale 2018. The longer we use our account and the more content and games we buy, the more valuable our account becomes, so it is necessary to protect it well to prevent hackers from taking over and buying content with our associated card to send it to their accounts, which is even worse.

To protect Steam, we can use the typical basic security measures found on any other online account like a secure password that cannot be easily guessed or hacked to avoid data theft. Another measure is to use a two-step verification system to prevent hackers from login into your account if they do not have the respective code in case they manage to get your login data. Additionally, it is really important to beware of third-party websites that we use to connect to our Steam accounts, as we will be creating access tokens that could be easily used to access our account. Continue reading Manage your Stream account login with this new feature

What does the virus that attacks the OS’ clipboard do?

Is it useful? More than you think. The OS’ clipboard is quite overlooked by a lot of users, yet it is a basic feature that is used dozens of times in a single day. However, we have to pay attention to new threats, as more and more of them “check” the clipboard’s content to steal information like usernames, passwords, addresses, phone numbers and so on.

Given the popularity of cryptocurrencies, cybercriminals certainly try to get control over the OS’ feature because that is where they can get quite valuable information from. Cybercriminals can use said information to seize control of virtual wallets to transfer cryptocurrencies.

However, this can be done for a lot of other services like email and instant messaging accounts, app and game stores, for example, but the list goes on and on.

Right now we will tell you everything there is to know about these threats and how they work. Continue reading What does the virus that attacks the OS’ clipboard do?

How to control and limit data usage when sharing an Internet connection

Nowadays we love staying connected because it is the current way of communicating and being up to date. However, this is not always possible due to different reasons. One of said reasons is that the data plan has been exhausted or that we are abroad without a valid SIM card. Oftentimes, users have to share their friends or family’s Internet connection, which is useful and simple. The problem arises when the other person goes overboard and uses a lot of data. In this article, we are going to explain how to control data usage.

Controlling data usage when sharing the connection

We can recognize our device and its data usage to control how much we spend on our Internet connection. However, it is not easy to limit or control data usage when we share our connection with a relative or a friend. It might happen that the phone with which we share the connection has some kind of malware that consumes a lot of data in the background.

Therefore, it is convenient to check if there is something weird going on once we share our connection. The best option is to check how much is really being consumed. For that, we have to go to the right feature. Doing so in Android is easy. We just have to go to Settings, tap Connections, look for Data usage and see Mobile data consumption. Continue reading How to control and limit data usage when sharing an Internet connection