The 7 Tips Our Readers Liked Most in 2013


It's that time of year when we take a look at what tips our readers have liked best. Usually, I pick the five most popular but this time there was almost a dead heat in the rankings for several so this time there are seven on the list. Here are the tips from this year that stood at the top of the ratings as of  December 17, 2013.

  1. How to Create Recovery Discs or USB Keys in Windows 8 
  2. How to Check if Somebody is Spying on Your Supposedly Secure Internet Connection
  3. How to Use Disposable Email Addresses and Avoid Spam 
  4. How to Restore the Google Chrome Browser New Tab Page to the Previous Appearance 
  5. How to Make a Quick and Easy Online Antivirus Check of a File or App Before Downloading it 
  6. How to Stop Google from Keeping a Record of Every Search You Make 
  7. How to Cancel Online Accounts the Easy Way 

What was your favorite tip of the year? Let us know in the comments. And while you are at it, let us know what you’d like to learn about in 2014.

Happy holidays to all!

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Sorry, Vic, but your list is wrong, Wrong, WRONG.

Number One tip: Visit Gizmo daily.


A little paranoia is a good and healthy thing. That said, I have more imaging applications and utilities than anything else on my machine, security apps included (I only have 6 dedicated security apps, versus a dozen imaging programs).

As for future topics, a greater emphasis on using the computer would be appreciated. This would cover all topics between games and productivity apps, seeking the what and how of computer apps.

For example, I use WizTree to show me the largest files on my hard drive, and, I'm also aware of several other similar programs. Which is best? Does it vary based upon what you're going to do with it?

Interesting theme among the 7 favorites--paranoia. If you stick with the same reliable sites (like this one), you have very little to worry about. Number 6 is what contributes to the convictions of a lot of murderers (when they're killing spouses). Hopefully none of the readers are trying to plot the perfect crime.