3 Signs Your Hard Drive Is Failing You

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First introduced in 1956 by IBM, the trusty old hard drive remains one of the most important components of any computer. Save for many refinements over the years, the underlying technology of hard drives hasn't changed much in the last seven decades, and just like any component, they have a limited lifespan. Today, people store some of their most precious possessions in the form of zeros and ones on a hard drive or other storage device. From important documents to huge collections of photos, music and video, the contents of a typical hard drive is often priceless.

Unfortunately, things can go wrong, so aside from regularly backing up your important data, it is a good idea to look out for the signs of a failing hard drive. A typical stationary hard drive should last for at least five years, while laptop hard drives generally usually don't last as long, due to wear and tear. Fortunately, critical failures that suddenly render the drive completely unworkable are relatively rare. Much more commonly hard drives tend to fail gradually, giving you plenty of time to safely transfer your data and buy a new one. So when the time comes, be on look out for these three critical warning sides.

5 Common Characteristics of Phishing Emails

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Phishing scams are fraudulent emails or messages disguised to come from legitimate sources (e.g., your band, your Internet service provider, your place of work). These messages lead you to a spoofed website or ask you to divulge private information (e.g., passwords, credit card information, etc) that can then be used to commit identity theft.

Millions of phishing emails are sent out every day making it one of the most common online threats. Fortunately, the vast majority of them never make it past the spam filter, and the ones that do tend to be rather obvious. However, once in a while a well designed scheme falls through the cracks which is why it's important to be able to recognize the signs of a phishing email.

12 Best New Features on Windows 10

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While tech experts all agree that Windows 10 isn’t anywhere near finished, it’s far better than it's predecessor Windows 8.1. This latest version banishes full-screen apps and the Metro Start, instead focusing on creating a beefed up version of the tried-and-true desktop loyal consumers loved. Even with traditional sensibilities at its core, Windows 10 is the biggest release of Microsoft's revered operating system in years. Whether you've already made the leap, or you're simply debating it, here's a rundown of the 12 best new features on Windows 10.    

10 Lesser-Known Windows 7 Shortcuts That Save Time and Energy

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In Windows 7, you can do a lot with just a few keystrokes. Many Windows 7 users already know that these shortcuts are a great way to save time, make routine task easier, and navigate Windows more intuitively. But, even if you're well versed in app switching with ALT+Tab and can copy and paste with your eyes shut, there's a variety of lesser-known shortcuts you may not know that can give a serious boost to your productivity. So, here's a shortlist of the shortcuts you might not know, but definitely should.