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Finding out if your password has been hacked just got way easier
Written by: James Laird (Trusted Reviews)
Is my password safe? Our guide explains how to check your password strength and protect yourself against the latest hacks.

Scarcely a day goes by without some kind of online security brouhaha hitting the headlines. Our digital selves are more vulnerable than ever in 2017, yet we're often our own worst enemy - especially when it comes to the strength of our passwords.

One study, by password manager Keeper, shows that many of us are still using rudimentary phrases to safeguard our accounts, with nearly 17% of people still relying on the infamous '123456' - equivalent to wearing Swiss cheese as a condom.

A handful of seemingly more complex combos appear on the list, but Keeper notes that these too are vulnerable, as they're based on predictable keystroke patterns.

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10+ Useful System Tools Hidden in Windows
Written by: Chris Hoffman (How-To-Geek)
Windows contains a variety of system utilities that are useful, but well-hidden. Some are buried deep in the Start menu, while others you can access only if you know the right command to run.

You can launch most of these tools pretty easily if you know their names-just search your start menu for the name of the tool, and you're good to go. On Windows 8, you may have to select the Settings category on the search screen to have the actual tool show up in the search results. Regardless of how you launch them, these tools can help you do everything from diagnose crashes to examine system performance to improve security.

Windows includes a Memory Diagnostic tool that restarts your computer (so nothing is loaded into memory) and tests your memory for defects-much like the popular MemTest86 application. If you want to check your computer's memory for errors, you don't need a third-party tool-just run the Windows Memory Diagnostic tool by searching for it on your Start menu.

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