Signal secures all your conversations with end-to-end encryption, offering more privacy and security than your average chat app. But Signal offers some other useful security options. Here’s how to take advantage of them. Enable Registration Lock to Protect Your Signal Account Your Signal account is tied to your phone number, with no need for a password at all. When you first register for Signal (or re-register a device at a later stage), Signal will verify who you are by sending a code to your number. Enter the code to prove you are who you say you are and you’re good to go. But what happens if someone gets access to your phone number? While this might seem like an unlikely eventuality, it’s within the realm of possibility. Someone could steal your smartphone’s SIM card or fool your phone service provider into transferring your number to a new SIM using social engineering techniques . With access to your phone number, someone could gain access to your entire Signal … [Read more...] about How to Make Your Signal Chats as Secure as Possible
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High-quality sound on PCs from drop-in sound cards and external DACs is a weird subject. It’s not as necessary as it once was. In fact, nobody even thinks about it much anymore. There’s no song or game that you won’t be able to listen to because of underpowered gear. Sound vs. Graphics Hardware Your computer’s built-in sound is pretty good for most tasks. Contrast that with gaming, where if you want to play the newest AAA games at high frame rates, you need a graphics card. A CPU’s integrated graphics processor simply isn’t up to the challenge. Nevertheless, some people still want better sound than a motherboard can offer. When that’s the case, it comes down to two primary choices: a sound card or an external DAC (digital-to-analog converter). A quality listening experience needs a minimum of electrical interference, which is a problem because a PC motherboard is a hotbed of electrical activity. That’s why onboard motherboard audio has shielding to protect itself as best … [Read more...] about What Is an External DAC, and Do You Need One for a PC?
On Dec. 14, 1990, Apogee Software released Commander Keen: Invasion of the Vorticons . It was the first in a series of PC shareware games that brought fluid, Mario-like platforming to the PC. It also launched legendary developer id Software. Here’s why it was special. Keen: Playful Console Magic on the PC The first Commander Keen game, Invasion of the Vorticons , is split into three episodes designed for PCs with MS-DOS. In the first episode, you play as Billy Blaze (aka Commander Keen), a kid who must travel to Mars to repel an invasion of dog-like aliens called Vorticons. The aliens have dismantled your ship and scattered its parts across the planet. Your job is to retrieve those parts so you can get back home. Along the way, Commander Keen builds a compelling backstory through special stages. The mini-narrative scenes present items like a pogo stick and an alien language written in glyphs. Keen also picks up whimsical items, like teddy bears and books with the word … [Read more...] about 30 Years of Vorticons: How Commander Keen Changed PC Gaming
Once you’ve connected it to Wi-Fi, your Roku TV will automatically remember your Wi-Fi details and connect in the future. If you want to disconnect it from your wireless network, you can have it forget your Wi-Fi details. This process is simple, but the option is a little buried. To find it, press the “Home” button on your Roku remote to go to the home screen. Navigate to “Settings” on the left side of the home screen and press the “OK” button to open the Roku TV’s settings. On the Settings screen, navigate to System > Advanced System Settings > Network Connection Reset. Select the “Reset connection” option and press the “OK” button on your remote. Your Roku will reboot and take a few moments to forget its Wi-Fi network details. Now the Roku smart TV won’t be able to track what you watch . If you ever want to reconnect to your Wi-Fi network in the future, you can reenter your Wi-Fi details on the Roku TV’s settings screen. Of course, network-connected features … [Read more...] about How to Disconnect Your Roku TV From Wi-Fi
Thanks to shifts in movie release patterns during the COVID-19 pandemic, most of the movies nominated for 2021’s major awards, including the Oscars, are easily accessible for home viewing. Here’s how to stream the 2021 Academy Award nominees. Of the eight films nominated for Best Picture at this year’s Academy Awards (taking place April 25, 2021), only one, the historical drama Judas and the Black Messiah , is unavailable to stream (at the time of writing). Table of Contents The Father Mank Minari Nomadland Promising Young Woman Sound of Metal The Trial of the Chicago 7 The Father Anthony Hopkins anchors this intense drama as the title character, a man suffering from dementia and overwhelmed by everyday life. Director Florian Zeller adapts his own stage play, which takes the unique approach of telling the story from Hopkins’ character’s perspective. As his well-meaning daughter (Olivia Colman) … [Read more...] about How to Watch the 2021 Oscar Best Picture Nominees