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Hacked and Hijacked! What to Do if Your Identity Gets Stolen

Symptoms: Imagine the pit in your stomach: finding charges on your credit cards or bank statements for items you didn't buy; applying for credit or a mortgage and being denied due to delinquencies on accounts you didn't open. The amounts for the previous year's reported income on your annual Social Security statement is incorrect, and for more than you earned. Or you get a letter or call...

Hacked and Hijacked! What's Next When Your Facebook/Twitter Is Hacked

Symptom: Maybe your Twitter or Facebook friends have gotten viciously spammed with fake offers for a free iPad, or a link to a fake app -- from your profile. Or, maybe you've discover posts on your profile that you never wrote, often with links leading to websites, apps or coupons. You may discover personal messages sent to friends that you didn't write, perhaps asking them to wire money. Or,...

Ignore Dr. Twitter's Advice if You're Sick, Study Says

When it comes to catching up on news or celebrity gossip, Twitter's great. When it comes to getting valid medical advice, though, Twitter's not so good. While many of us are aware that searching the Web for information on medical treatment or diagnoses can often result in a bevy of unfounded recommendations or fallacious claims, the odds of finding reliable consultations on Twitter are even...

Five Things to Consider When Buying a Computer

Form Factor: Desktop vs. Laptop Deciding between a laptop and desktop is primarily an exercise in identifying how and where you plan to use a computer. Answering these three simple questions should set you on the right path. Where are you going to use it? Obviously, you'll need to answer whether or not you plan to travel with your computer. If you need to work on your commute, or take notes...

Annoying Cell Phone Buzz Eliminated With...Tin Foil?

Matt Richtel, blogger for the New York Times' Gadgetwise, has had some mighty irritating phone conversations with his editor David Gallagher. The irritant was not Gallagher riding him about meeting a deadline, but rather a constant buzzing on the landline that disrupted their conversations. This simple annoyance, though, gave birth to a grand idea in the mind of Gallagher. One day, fed up with the...

Save Energy -- Switch to Compact Fluorescent Bulbs (CFLs)

If you haven't already, replace your household light bulbs with Compact Fluorescent versions. If every American home switched just one bulb, it would reduce greenhouse gas emissions the same as pulling 800,000 cars off the road. As opposed to incandescent bulbs, CFL's last up to 10 times longer, use about 75-percent less energy, and will save you around $30 over its lifetime. On the downside,...

11 Quick Fixes for Gadget Disasters

Dropping your cell phone in the pool (or worse) or spilling coffee on your computer keyboard doesn't necessarily mean that you have to buy a new one. Such last-minute disasters happen all the time. As a public service for our klutzy readers, or those who choose to take a 'MacGruber' approach to tech repair, we've put together a list of quick fix solutions for your gadget and tech mishaps or...

How to Shut Off Startup Programs (Windows)

Share You might not even realize it, but when you first log onto your PC, dozens of programs and services are starting that you most likely don't need. Some rear their ugly heads in the system tray (that little collection of icons next to the clock in Windows), but others run quietly in the background with you none the wiser. Now, don't get scared, these instructions will take you to corners...

How to Disable Startup Programs on Your Computer (Linux)

You might not even realize it, but when you first log onto your PC, dozens of programs and services are starting that you most likely don't need. Some rear their ugly heads in the system tray (that little collection of icons next to the clock in Windows), but others run quietly in the background with you none the wiser. Now, don't get scared, these instructions will take you to corners of your...

Tech Deductable From Taxes, Says Accountant - Here's How

As April 15th rapidly approaches, and as more and more of us become under- (if not un-)employed, one CPA named Glenn Eisenbruch is willing to ease our burdens, showing us how to strike tech from our taxes at LaptopMag.com. We here at Switched are pleased to find out that -- whether incorporated as a business, or not -- any self-employed person (including bloggers, thankfully) can write off his...

How to Turn Off Startup Programs on Your Mac (OS X)

Share You might not even realize it, but when you first log onto your PC, dozens of programs and services are starting that you most likely don't need. Some rear their ugly heads in the system tray (that little collection of icons next to the clock in Windows), but others run quietly in the background with you none the wiser. Now, don't get scared, these instructions will take you to corners...

How to Keep Your Facebook Activities Private

If you'll recall, we've already held court on Facebook, helping the uninitiated to get acquainted with the Internet's most popular social networking site. But the good folks at AllFacebook have now posted a 200-level course in how to keep your Facebook activities safe and secure. With all the horror stories of bosses, swindlers and admissions officers snooping around folks' Facebook profiles,...

Facebook Etiquette in the Midst of Layoffs

The plight of the unemployed is front page news in this country, and with good reason. Millions of people have lost their jobs and and are now facing a very uncertain future. What hasn't been discussed (at least not by us) are the people doing the firing. Laying off an employee cannot be easy in the first place (unless the person doing it is a sociopath/sadist). And with the line between...

How to Take Better Night Photos

DIY photography Web site Photojojo has compiled a series of tips for aspiring night shooters. It might take a little bit of work and planning, but you can shoot great photos at night. The article goes through various approaches you can take -- using your camera's Night-Portrait Mode, being the most obvious -- and helps you sort through what might be most appropriate for your particular...

iPhone Security Hole Leaves Your Personal Info Vulnerable

Well, a gaping security hole has been found in the iPhone that makes us wonder how much quality control this thing really went through. It looks like a would be data thief could get access to much of your personal information and many of the applications on your iPhone -- even if your device is locked with a passcode. The trick is simple: The data thief slides to unlock the phone, and, when...