How to Clean Up and Fine Tune Your Twitter Feed

Twitter is a serious communications medium with a really silly name. Regardless of the vernacular, Twitter can actually be really useful for getting up-to-the-minute information. Assuming, of course, you know how to get just the good stuff and filter out the junk. »2/03/14 12:27pm2/03/14 12:27pm

How to Explain Complex Ideas (Like Tech) to Those Who Don’t Understand

Whether you're the household tech support or just an avid researcher who is always trying to teach friends what you learn, explaining complicated topics is tough. Here's how to do it so people can actually understand you. »1/30/14 12:17pm1/30/14 12:17pm

A Beginner's Guide to Encryption: What It Is and How to Set it Up

You’ve probably heard the word “encryption” a million times before, but if you still aren’t exactly sure what it is, we’ve got you covered. Here’s a basic introduction to encryption, when you should use it, and how to set it up. »1/27/14 2:27pm1/27/14 2:27pm

Many Browser Extensions Have Become Adware or Malware. Check Yours Now

This week, Ars Technica and How-To Geek released some pretty startling news: a lot of browser extensions are either injecting ads into the sites you visit, or are tracking your entire browsing history—possibly without you knowing. Here's what's going on. »1/20/14 4:54pm1/20/14 4:54pm

The Complete Guide to Making Money in Your Spare Time

We all could do with a few extra dollars in our pocket, but unless your boss is a fan of giving you free money, you'll probably have to work for it. Thankfully, you can do a lot of that work in your spare time. Here are some of the best ways to make some extra money, ranging from the super-lazy to the… »1/20/14 2:59pm1/20/14 2:59pm

What's the Difference Between All These Health Insurance Plans?

Dear Lifehacker,
I’m finally ready to purchase health insurance for myself, but I’m really overwhelmed by the choices out there. What’s the difference between an HMO, a PPO, an HSA, and these other plans? Help! »1/14/14 4:22pm1/14/14 4:22pm

How to Make the Airport Less Crappy (and More Fun)

The travel season is here, and just like every other year, you’ll find lines, parking nightmares, security snafus, and other annoyances waiting for you at the airport. Unless, of course, you turn it into an adventure instead. A little foresight, some planning, and smart use of the many amenities available can turn a… »11/13/13 12:58pm11/13/13 12:58pm

Why Tea Is So Healthy for You (and How to Get the Most from Every Cup)

Tea isn't just a comforting and pleasant beverage, it also has remarkable healing properties—so much so that it's deemed a sort of "wonder drink" that may be even healthier than drinking water. Here are all the ways drinking tea can lead to a healthier, longer life—and how to maximize both the enjoyment of the drink… »11/07/13 2:24pm11/07/13 2:24pm

How to Travel with a Group of Friends (and Not Lose Your Mind)


Traveling with friends can be extremely fun. It can also be stressful, which causes tension. There’s no way to totally eliminate those stressful moments, but I do have a few tips to help lessen them. »10/24/13 5:07pm10/24/13 5:07pm

How Encouraging People to Walk Can Help Strengthen Our Cities

I live in L.A., a land of 20-lane interchanges, parking lots the size of football stadiums, and mind-bending, soul-crushing, life-altering traffic. Every day, I meet people who don't even know we have a public transit system and see places in my neighborhood without any sidewalks. This is because, a half-century ago,… »10/22/13 1:37pm10/22/13 1:37pm

How Can I Contribute to Charities Without Donating Money?

Dear Lifehacker,
I’d love to give to charity, but I don't have a lot of cash lying around. If I do get some spare money, I want to make sure it's donated responsibly. How can I get involved in a way that really helps people? »10/22/13 1:21pm10/22/13 1:21pm