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For better or for worse, technology is the new frontier. When it comes to navigating the web, avoiding hackers, and enjoying our devices—Reader’s Digest is here to lead the way and help you get the most out of our interconnected world.

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20 Free Things You Can Do Online—That Weren’t Free Before

Put your wallet away. The Internet is full of free books, free movies, free coupons, and so much more.

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The Best Phone Cleaners to Sanitize Your Phone

Cleaning your phone is more important than ever during the coronavirus pandemic.

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When Is It Better to Restart vs. Shut Down Your Computer?

Don't do anything until you read this. Your computer will thank you.

How to Clean Your Cell Phone—And How Often You Should

Your phone is grosser than you realize. Wondering how to clean a phone without damaging it? Follow these step-by-step instructions.

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8 Places You Should Never Use Free Wi-Fi

Is the convenience of free Wi-Fi really worth the risk to your personal information?

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Facebook Messenger Scams Are on the Rise—Here’s How to Protect Yourself

Facebook Messenger scams are "rare," according to Facebook. Our experts say otherwise. Whichever is true, falling for one can be...

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What Apple Insiders Know About iPhones That You Don’t

Get ready to love your favorite device even more.

This Is Why Alarms Snooze for 9 Minutes Instead of 10

It seems like ten minutes would make more sense, but the choice isn't arbitrary.

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How to Check Your Internet Speed (and Why It’s Important)

Nothing slows down your life like slow Internet.

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11 Ways You’re Shortening the Life of Your iPad

You might want to rethink using your iPad without a cover. Learn the surprising ways you’re shortening the life of...

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Here’s How Often You Should Be Restarting Your Everyday Devices

We'd be lost without all the smart technology in our lives, but how often should we restart our devices? We...

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15 Things You Didn’t Know Your Mac Laptop Could Do

You won’t believe what you’ve been missing—and how much easier it will make your life.

I Started Going Offline One Day a Week—Here’s What’s Changed 10 Years Later

One day each week, we turn off all screens and fill our time with things we love. It's not the...

This Is Why Traffic Lights Are Red, Yellow, and Green

There's a perfectly good explanation for those familiar traffic light colors

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How Do Gas Pumps “Know” When Your Car’s Tank Is Full?

Gas pumps have been around long before "smart" technology—so how are they able to seemingly detect when your tank is...

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I Got Scammed on Facebook—Here’s What I Learned

I thought I knew better than to fall for a Facebook scam—until I actually did fall for a Facebook scam.

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Why You Should Never Charge Your Phone in Rental Cars

Protect yourself—and your personal information. Think twice before plugging your phone into a rental car.

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Is It Bad to Forcibly Shut Down Your Computer?

Pressing the power button to turn off your computer can save time—but can it also damage your machine?

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This Hacking Horror Story Is a Warning to Take Online Security More Seriously

Hacking is something we should all be worried about, but unfortunately something not many people think about until they've already...

How to Sign a Document on Your Computer

More businesses are moving into the future by embracing e-signatures. Here’s what you need to know to sign correctly and...

Secondhand Screen Time: Why Experts Are Calling It the New Secondhand Smoking

Paying attention to your kids' electronics usage is smart, but there's another gadget-related danger that also needs to be on...