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Alina Bradford

Alina Bradford

Former Digital Trends Contributor

Alina Bradford has been a tech, lifestyle and science writer for more than 20 years. Her work is read by millions each month. You can follow her on Instagram.

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How to run a free background check

Need to find out what potential employers can find out about you online? Here are some methods that allow you to run a free background check on anyone online.
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The best Google Assistant-compatible devices

Google Assistant can control lights, plugs, switches, thermostats, and more. Here are some of our favorite Google Home-compatible devices you can buy in 2023.
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How to unblock someone on Facebook

Decided that blocking that one person on Facebook isn't necessary anymore? Regardless of why, undoing it isn't hard. Here's how to unblock someone on Facebook.
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How to download a video from Facebook

Need to download a video from Facebook? It's not an obvious process and it does require an app, but it's doable. Here's how to do it in just a few simple steps.
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How to change your Outlook password

Using strong email passwords and changing them regularly is very important. Learn how to change your Outlook password with a few quick steps.
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How to delete Snapchat messages

If you've ever sent a message to someone and wish you could delete it, Snapchat has a feature you'll like.
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How to repost on Instagram

Have you ever seen a cool picture on Instagram and wanted to share it with your friends, family, and followers? There are two simple workarounds you can use.
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How to prevent your Ring smart cameras from being hacked

Here are some simple ways to keep hackers from using your Ring smart cameras and invading your privacy at home -- even if you have many users on the account.
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How to speed up Windows

Is your Windows computer struggling to keep up? These tips will help speed up Windows, regardless of which version of Microsoft's popular OS you're running.
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How to make a Facebook avatar

Facebook avatar: Here's how to how to create, edit and use your own mini-me.
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Common Google Nest Hub problems, and how to fix them

Like any tech, your Google Nest Hub can give you moments of frustration. Here are some of the more common problems you may come across, and how to fix them.
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Here are 5 intelligent uses for smart plugs

Smart plugs can make any plug-in device controllable with an app or voice commands. Here are some ideas on how to incorporate smart plugs into your life.
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Best virtual tours that you can take without leaving home

Want to get away but can't leave home? Try these virtual tours that will take you to famous landmarks, great art and history museums, backroads, and space.
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The best apps for small businesses

From calendars to time tracking and accounting tools, there are some apps every small business needs. We've picked some of the best around right now.
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The Google Nest Home is coming soon. Here’s everything we know so far

New information is available about the possible upcoming second generation of the Google Home, called the Google Nest Home. Here's everything we know about it.
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Arlo Essential review: Affordable, but not so essential

Arlo's new outdoor security camera features color night vision and a hub-free design. It has a lot of potential. Here's our Arlo Essential review.
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Ring Video Doorbell (2nd Gen) Review: Light on upgrades, irresistibly priced

The new version of Ring's first video doorbell is an upgrade, but it really doesn't stand out in any way. Here's our Ring Video Doorbell (2nd Gen) Review.
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Outdoor security camera scorecard: Favorite cameras compared

Here's a look at the top outdoor security cameras and how they stack up against each other based on features that include lights, alarms, and more.
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Home security system scorecard: Which will keep your home the safest?

The grades are in. Here are the best home security systems on they market and how they compare, including price, to help you find the best one for your home.
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EufyCam 2 Pro review: A wireless outdoor cam that lasts all year

In this EufyCam 2 Pro review we take a look at the video quality and features. This security camera includes a siren, night vision, and more, but does it wow?
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How to delete a YouTube video

Deleting videos from your YouTube channel is easier than you think. Here's how to delete a YouTube video, whether you use the mobile app or the desktop website.
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How to install a Ring Video Doorbell

Installing a Ring Video Doorbell doesn't have to be hard, even if you aren't a DIY pro. We'll walk you through what to do and what you will need for the job.
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These smart devices will help you stay cool without central air

These AC window units, portable AC units, and wearables do more than just keep you cool. They also have smart features that go beyond just blowing cool air.
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Ring Video Doorbell 3 review: Not much of an upgrade

While the Ring Video Doorbell 3 has a great app and some solid features, it isn't much of an upgrade for those with a second generation model.
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How to secure your Twitter account

Twitter accounts get hacked on a regular basis, but you can keep your account safer from hackers with just a few easy steps by adjusting specific settings.
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Sanitize on a whole new level with these over-the-top germ -fighting gadgets

Tech companies have come up with some extravagant smart home gadgets in the war to be rid of harmful viruses and bacteria. Here are some of the most outlandish.
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How to go live on Twitter

Going live isn't just for Instagram and Facebook. You can livestream on Twitter easily and even invite guests to join in on the fun, edit, and share the video.
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Lockly Vision Review: The Swiss Army knife of smart locks

The Lockly Vision smart lock and doorbell camera combo is pricey, but it has a lot of great features crammed into one device. Here's how well they all work.
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How to add a link to your Instagram Story

Want to harness the power of Instagram and turn it into traffic for sites or products you care about? You can. Here's how to add a link to your Instagram Story.
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Arlo Pro 3 Floodlight Camera review: Great camera, price

Arlo Pro 3 Floodlight Camera is just one device, but it does the job of three. Here's everything you need to know about this fantastic security camera light.
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Best apps for livestreaming: Stream, connect, and even make money

These streaming apps not only let you livestream to people all over the country, they also have special features like video calling and earning capabilities.
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These robot vacuums have built-in cameras. Here’s what they can do

One of the biggest innovations in robot vacuums recently is built-in cameras. These cameras can be used to make cleaning more efficient, or as security cameras.
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Ecovacs Deebot Ozmo T8 AIVI review: Everything but clean

Part spy, part mop, part vacuum, the Ecovacs Deebot Ozmo T8 AIVI is innovative, but it lacks follow-through in a lot of areas. Here's what we found out.
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Eufy RoboVac G30 Edge Review: A worthy budget contender

The Eufy RoboVac G30 Edge has a fantastic app, is easy to use, and has many great features that are hard to find in a robot vacuum cleaner. It gets high marks.