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Zak Islam

Zak Islam

Former Digital Trends Contributor

Zak Islam was a freelance writer at Digital Trends covering the latest news in the technology world, particularly the computing field. A fan of anything pertaining to tech from the latest gadgets to the newest graphics cards and CPUs, Zak has also written for Tom's Hardware.

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How to keep your MacBook from sleeping

Your MacBook doesn’t need an afternoon app, it would just prefer one. If you don’t care, here’s how to disable sleep mode for your Apple laptop.
A person holds a MacBook Air at Apple's Worldwide Developer's Conference (WWDC) in 2023.

How to show the battery percentage of your Mac

It’s important to know just how much battery your MacBook has left. Here’s a guide on how to make sure your laptop is displaying its battery percentage.
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How to create folders and move files in Google Drive

Folders and files are the bread and butter of Google Drive. Here’s a guide on how to create a new folder, and how to move files around the Drive platform.
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How to delete your Discord account

Is it time to part ways with your Discord account? No worries, for deleting your profile is super-easy. Here’s how to do it.
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How to remove the Recycle Bin from your desktop

Windows users will naturally be familiar with the Recycle Bin icon. But if you find yourself not having much use for it, then here's a guide on removing it.
A Microsoft Excel icon in the dock on a Macbook.

How to calculate percentages in Excel

Percentages aren't always easy to calculate, but one of the best tools in Excel's toolbox is calculating percentages for you. Here's how to do it.
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How to find a lost or stolen MacBook

A missing MacBook is one of the worst feelings in the world. Luckily, Apple’s Find My network will help you locate your lost laptop. Here’s how to use the app.
PowerPoint Slide Sorter view on a Windows laptop.

How to embed a YouTube video in PowerPoint

Did you know you can add YouTube videos to your PowerPoint presentations? It’s not too difficult either, and we created this guide to help with the process.
Google Drive in Chrome on a MacBook.

How to create a folder in Google Docs

Do you need to organize a spread of documents, pictures, and videos scattered throughout your Google Docs? It’s time you learned how to make folders, friend.
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How to convert a PowerPoint to Google Slides

Google Slides is a great alternative to PowerPoint. If you want to start using the service, here's how to convert PowerPoint to Google Slides.
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How to recover unsaved Word documents on Windows and Mac

The easiest way to recover an unsaved Word document is probably to just open up Word again. Here's when to do that, when not to, and how to find the lost docs.
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How to check your Mac for viruses and malware

Mac systems are considered among the safest systems, but there's no guarantee they won't get infected. Here’s how to check your Mac for viruses and malware.
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Here’s how to unlock a keyboard that’s locked

A locked keyboard can be a major inconvenience as we rely on keyboards to operate our PCs and laptops. Here's a guide to how to unlock a keyboard that's locked.
A man using a PC to view an Excel spreadsheet.

How to create a drop-down list in Excel on Windows and Mac

Adding a drop-down list in Excel is a quick and efficient way to choose predefined data. Here's how to create a drop-down list in Microsoft Excel.
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How to fix slow upload speeds (common causes and solutions)

If you're experiencing unusually slow upload speeds -- lower than what you’re actually paying for -- then check out our guide on how to fix slow upload speeds.
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How to log out of a Gmail account on your iPhone

If you want to log out of your Gmail account on an iPhone, it's not as simple as clicking a button. Here’s how to log out of a Gmail account on your iPhone.
A person looking at bar charts on a PC.

How to make a graph in Excel

Graphs in Excel help break down your data into an easily digestible format. Here’s how to make a graph in Microsoft Excel.
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This Chrome extension lets hackers remotely seize your PC

Malicious extensions on Google Chrome are being used by hackers remotely in an effort to steal sensitive information.
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New COVID-19 phishing emails may steal your business secrets

Google Forms are being used by cybercriminals as a way to obtain sensitive information of business owners through COVID-19 phishing emails.
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This dangerous new hacker tool makes phishing worryingly easy

Setting up phishing campaigns for Microsoft 365 has become a relatively straightforward process due to a phishing-as-a-service (PhaaS) platform named Caffeine.
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Over 1M credit cards just leaked to criminals on the dark web

Over 1.2 million credit cards have been distributed via the dark web through a recently launched underground marketplace.
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Hackers have found a way to hack you that you’d never expect

A security flaw has allowed a ransomware gang to effectively prevent antivirus programs from running properly on a system.
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Hackers may be hiding in plain sight on your favorite website

Security researchers have detailed how domain shadowing is becoming increasingly popular for cybercriminals.
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This huge DDoS attack was one of the longest ever recorded

An unprecedented distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack saw over 25.3 billion requests being sent to a target.
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How to back up Notes on Mac and iPhone

The Notes app on Mac and iPhone can contain a lot of sensitive information, so it's a good idea to back them up. Here's how to back up Notes on Mac and iPhone.
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Chrome extensions with 1.4M users may have stolen your data

Researchers from McAfee have discovered five Google Chrome extensions that steal browsing activity, with the add-ons racking up more than a million downloads.
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How to delete or hide chats in Microsoft Teams

Sending messages by mistake or with typos is familiar to those who use Microsoft Teams. Here's a guide on how to delete chats on Microsoft Teams.
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Hackers are hiding a nasty secret in James Webb telescope images

Space images from the James Webb telescope are being used by hackers to hide and distribute malware.
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How to convert Excel files to Google Sheets

Google Sheets is known for its versatility, namely its compatibility with Excel files. Here's a guide on how to convert Excel files to Google Sheets.
iPhone placed on MacBook.

How to delete messages on your Mac

Instead of manually checking your iPhone, you can control all your messaging needs directly through a Mac, including deleting individual texts. Here's how.
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Beware, these free Windows apps are hiding a dangerous secret

The installation of malware that is being spread via free software sites has been found to be activated following a month delay, helping it avoid detection.
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Elon Musk’s SpaceX to reveal ‘something special’ with T-Mobile

Elon Musk’s Starlink will be hosting a live stream today with T-Mobile, with the satellite internet company set to reveal plans to 'increase connectivity.'
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How to create a system restore point in Windows 10

Creating system restore points in Windows 10 is a utility that can prove to be extremely useful if you're experiencing technical issues. Here's how to use it.
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How to tag files in Windows 10

One of the most effective ways to optimize your Windows 10 experience is to take advantage of the tag system, helping you identify your files. We show you how.