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What can you do if you find yourself with access to only a wired internet connection, but need to get devices online wirelessly? With Virtual Router Plus you can easily transform your laptop into a wireless hotspot to do just this.

This is a great option if you are able to physically connect your laptop to a network, but also want to be able to get online with your tablet or iPod. Read on to find out to use this fantastic free tool.

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If you have been perusing BitTorrent lately, and yes, there are legitimate reasons to do so, then you likely have noticed that some things have changed. The links are now displayed as magnets and require some additional software for downloading. Clicking one of those links prompts you to install a program called the Torch web browser.

At first glance, you likely will think this is just the  latest form of malware. You are right to be cautious, but in this case your fears are unfounded. Torch is simply a new kind of web browser, and there is nothing malicious about it.

“Torch Browser is based on the Chromium technology platform, giving it fast browsing capabilities. With Torch, you can share sites you like, download torrents, accelerate downloads and grab online media – all directly from the browser. Everything you need is a just click away with Torch, so you don’t have to use or download additional programs and tools”.

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A while back we took a look at some of the ways that Google’s Chrome web browser could be tweaked by the user to make it more personal, by looking and doing exactly as you want. Now it is time to do the same with Mozilla’s Firefox. This browser is also infinitely customizable, both in looks and functions.

While Firefox has recently faced stiff competition from Chrome, the browser has remained a favorite among techies. Thanks to its themes, tabs and endless list of add-ons, there is really nothing you can not do here and this post could go on to fill a book. However, we don’t have that much space, but we can hit some of the highlights.

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Web browsers are inherently dangerous pieces of software. They fall victim to drive-by malware installations, expose numerous flaws in Flash and Java, allow cookies to track you around the web and generally get victimized by every single malicious person who has access to the web.

Much of what you are exposed to in surfing the internet results from behavioral conduct — be safe by being smart in your habits. Do not download questionable files and avoid sites that you are unsure of. However, there are also flaws in the very programs you use to surf that can wreak just as much havoc. For that, however, there are fixes. None are the perfect solution, but all can help you rest a bit easier when instituted.

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Chrome, the popular web browser from search and advertising giant Google, did not invent tabs or add-ons. Both of these were the creation of Mozilla and its Firefox browser. However, Chrome has become the web browser of choice among the tech crowd, and even, perhaps, the more mainstream crowd.

Of course, I can not tell you what extensions you will necessarily like best, or what will fit your needs. However, I can attempt to steer you towards some extensions that you may not be aware of and that you may just find very useful in your day-to-day life on the web. This is a personal list, of course, as all of these sorts of things are. But, it is what has been useful to me and, hopefully, you will find one or two, or even more, that you will find useful as well.

So, with all of that in mind, then let us get on with the list.

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When you’re looking for entertainment, YouTube is a great place to start. Here you’ll find everything from music videos and documentaries to films and TV programmes but you are limited to watching when you have an internet connection.

There are various tools you can use to download YouTube videos so you can watch them offline or transfer them to other devices, but TubeBox is a recent discovery of mine that I wanted to share with you.

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The very fact that you are reading these words means that you make use of the internet. You probably use it for all sorts of things from downloading software and checking the news to keeping in touch with friends and using social networks.

You’re undoubtedly aware that using the internet can mean compromising your privacy, and this is particularly true if you are a social networker. Privacyfix is an interesting add-on for Chrome and Firefox that enables you to check your privacy settings on Facebook, Google and other sites and change those that might reveal too much information about you.

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Putting your data in the cloud gives you the convenience of accessing it from anywhere. Dropbox is a popular cloud file storage solution that creates a folder on each of your computers. Anything placed in that folder will automatically be synced to other computers attached to your account.

These files are also accessible through the web site and through apps for popular mobile phones such as the iPhone, iPad, Android, and Blackberry devices. Save a file on your desktop and it will be on your laptop when you’re sitting at a hotel and need to update it. Your files can be accessed anywhere — make sure it’s done so safely!

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When you need to share files with other people, you can attach them to an email, and links can be shared in the same way or through social networks.

Or you can step in this century and use cloud storage services such as Dropbox. FluffyApp is a particularly fast method of sharing files and links that reduces the entire process to a simple drag and drop exercise.

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It never fails. You have a file on your desktop back home, but you’re at a hotel or at a coffee shop with your laptop and you need to get to that file. Or perhaps you need access to an email back on your computer at home.

Whatever reason that you need to get back to your computer at home, there is a simple way to get the experience of sitting at your computer anywhere with access to the Internet. Let’s find out how!

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