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Have you ever needed to look at a website or check something else online from a location other than your own? Maybe you need to check how your website looks outside of the UK. Maybe you want to check the results Google returns when it isn't factoring in all the things it knows about you. Opera's free browser VPN can help with this.

A couple of months ago, we blogged that WhatsApp will be rolling out a new feature that allows you to access your account on multiple devices that will continue to work regardless of whether the "primary" phone is in range / switched on. This is now being rolled out, so our HowTo this month explains how to do this.

Quick! It's on sale! Buy it fast! But wait... Is this deal as good as it seems? It's easy to get caught up in the moment and jump on a limited time offer, but it often pays to check whether the price really is better than it has been in the past (and therefore may well be again in the future). This month's HowTo shows you where to look to find out.

As you may or may not be aware, most internet connections in the UK use a system called Fibre To The Cabinet (FTTC) at the moment. In an increasing number of areas, a faster and more reliable option is now available - fibre to the premises (FTTP). However, finding out if this is available where you are can be quite confusing. Let's see if we can help with that.

Microsoft have just announced that a TPM 2.0 chip is a requirement to be able install the forthcoming Windows 11 operating system. This security feature isn't something most people are aware of and almost certainly won't be something they sought out when they bought their PC. So how do you find out if you have one?

Did you know that a recent WhatsApp update opted everyone into being able to be added into a WhatsApp group by anyone by default - even if you don't know them? Have you ever reviewed your WhatsApp privacy settings? If the answer to either of these is no, this month's HowTo is for you.

A new feature has been added into Outlook that offers a neat solution to a perennial problem. Rather than forwarding an email on to internal team members to ping back and forth, cluttering up inboxes in the process, it's now possible to share that email via Teams for a "live" internal discussion. This blog explains how to use this new facility.

A few years back, we wrote a HowTo outlining how to use the Snipping Tool in Windows to take screenshots. As any users of this app will know, it is being phased out and will disappear in a future Windows update. Fortunately, there's already a replacement installed by default in Windows 10 called Snip & Sketch. This month, we'll take a look at using this app to take full or partial screenshots.

With many in the UK now working from home again, one thing that might be missing from our setups are some of the bigger bits of office hardware like scanners. However, for those that would like to scan paper-based documents to PDF, and even be able to copy the text into an email or document, as long as you have access to a smartphone, help is at hand.

In this month's HowTo, we explain how to attach an email to an email in Outlook. There's a couple of situations where this can be particularly useful. If you want to include multiple previous emails on a subject, this is much neater than forwarding separately. Or it could be there's important techincal information in the email that a forward would remove.

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