7 Scary Stories That Will Give You Nightmares This Halloween

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Holiday season is upon us, and it officially kicks off with Halloween. Naturally, scary stories are being posted on reddit by the masses. And they aren’t just your run of the mill, all in good fun tales either. If you want to freak yourself out with some truly spellbinding tales, you’ve come to the right place. These seven scary stories are just skimming the cream of what reddit truly has to offer, and they’re sure to unsettle even the most unflappable of souls.

The first story comes from reddit poster rwbingham and it might be the most terrifying of the bunch:

It was near Halloween time when my friends and I were telling ghost stories. My friend said she was going to tell a story about her parents’ first date. She said she didn’t like telling the story, since it was actually true, but we prodded her on. To cut to the chase, the parents had spent a nice, if awkward first date, and around the time that they would have said “good night,” the male in the situation–my friend’s dad–suggested that they go for a midnight hike up Provo Canyon. He apparently knew the place, since he had done a fair amount of rock climbing in the area. So the two drove up the mouth of the canyon, got out of their cars and started hiking under just the light of the stars, since it was a new moon. At some point, the male starts getting a “bad feeling,” since the pathway ahead, which would pass under some trees, would be dark, and because it was getting to be quite late. He ignores the feeling and presses on.


In later rehearsings of the story, the female would say that she had felt the same feeling at what was probably the same time, though she didn’t know the trail like he did. A minute later, the feeling came back to the male. He ignored it again, and started walking a bit of the way into the trees when his foot hit something “soft” in the middle of the path. Under the trees, it was too dark to see just what this soft thing was, and the feeling came back stronger than ever. Instead of finding out what his foot had bumped into, he and the female both agreed to hightail it out of there… Years later, after being married for some time, they were watching an interview with the serial killer, Ted Bundy. In response to a question asking him to describe the time that he felt the closest to being caught, he explained about the night that he lured a girl into Provo Canyon, and had just killed her when he heard some people coming up the trail. He explained how he hid in the trees just in time, only to watch some guy walk right into the body, and for some reason, just turn around and walk away. TL;DR. Friend’s parents stumbled onto a fresh corpse left by Ted Bundy on their first date.

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This story from redraven1978 should give you chills:

So a few years back, probably 6-7 years, my family was living in our previous home. This was our second house in we had in Ohio, the first house was about two streets over from our second house. Well one night my mom woke me up and was acting really panicked. She grabbed my brother, who was probably 5 at the time, and told me to go outside. It was about 4 in the morning, and once we all got outside my dad tried to calm my mom down. He asked her what was wrong, and she had explained that she had a dream that we were all gonna die from carbon monoxide poisoning if we stayed in the house. Then my dad told her that all the detectors were working perfectly fine and we decided to go back inside. We didn’t smell anything nor did the detectors go off, so we went to bed.


The next day my mom was watching the morning news before we went to school. The first story for the day was that a local family was rushed out of their home because of a carbon monoxide leak in there home. Which could have been just coincidence, but then the news station showed the house. It was our old house that we just moved out of.

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The next story, from a since deleted reddit user, is pretty disturbing: 

I live near a camp that I used to attend as a child. When I was 7, there was a counselor at the camp who was Russian (the camp has a very large staff exchange program with many different countries), and very weird at that. Counselors said he was incredibly fast, and during staff-only campfires he would catch, skin, and eat live rabbits. He could do this crazy, sleeper hold move. It essentially was a strangling move that knocked you out for a few seconds, you came to, and were fine a minute later. I saw him do it on a counselor once, the guy was out for about 10 seconds. He was forbidden to do it after that. However, kids got curious and started asking him to do the move. He would do it in secret, but he would increase the severity of his holds which would in turn, keep the kid knocked out for a longer period of time.


One day, a camper went missing. He wasn’t in his bunk, despite going to bed with his cabin that night. They did a camp-wide search, keeping us all on the soccer field for about two hours. The counselors had to start searching the water. They found his body under the sailing dock, completely out cold (EDIT: He was alive, but very unconscious). He had the strangle marks around his neck. Everyone knew who it was. They arrested the Russian guy, and deported him back to Russia. Turns out they never even sent an exchange counselor. Nobody knew who the f–k he was.

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The fourth story is harrowing account from Kahzgul:

I used to date a girl in college who lived 3 hours away. We would trade weekends – one at her school, one at my school. One day she got upset because she had driven all the way to see me and I was in an all-night study session (which she had known about) and couldn’t be home to see her. She texted me that she was going back to her place and then I never heard anything from her ever again.


After 3 days of texting her trying to make sure she was okay, the texts started coming back as “number not found.” I sent her the stuff she’d left at my apartment in the mail and it returned as “no forwarding address.” Her instant messenger account (which I never messaged, but knew the name of) disconnected. And it gets weirder. I called her apartment land line and was told the people who had lived there had moved out (she had 3 roommates) and didn’t leave a number as to where they went. I got really freaked out and asked friends who worked in school admin to pull some strings, just to make sure she was alive. The school she was at didn’t have any records of her as a student. The license plate to her car wasn’t registered to anyone. None of our mutual friends ever saw her again. I called the police, but there were no car accidents involving anyone who fit her description in the stretch of road between our two schools that night, or in the two weeks after (I didn’t ask for a longer time frame because at that point she was already missing). Cops wouldn’t file a missing person because I wasn’t a family member. To this day I have no idea what happened, why she freaked out on me so bad, or if she’s still alive or in witness protection or was erased from all time by an evil wizard. She literally disappeared without a trace.

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The next story is a retelling from burninrock24:

This one is from a teacher of mine. Great guy but he swears on his pride that this one is true. It was during his college days. He was living in an apartment with 3 other guys. They had been living there for a couple weeks when weird stuff started to happen. It all started in one of the bedrooms. The

bed was on a huge wrought iron bed frame and was in front of a wall outlet. This was the outlet that the bedside light had to be plugged into. Every so often the lamp cord would be unplugged and thrown out of place. He thought it was just his friends being clever (emphasis on the plural because this thing was HEAVY).


Weird s–t happened for the next couple weeks, but it was an older apartment and neighbors will be neighbors and old buildings have their quirks, so they wrote it off as nothing. One night they had some friends come over so one of them had to sleep in the futon in the living room. The friend was woken up in the middle of the night for no real reason but when he opened his eyes, there was a thin blonde girl hunched on the ground next to him. Now not much can make a 6’4″ 250 lb tough guy panic, but this did. He just stared hollering and yelping for his friends to come out as he grabbed for every square inch of the sheets. His friends thought he was just messing with them, but his face said otherwise. They just hung out for the rest of the night until he calmed down. They eventually ordered pizza just because they were no longer tired. When the delivery guy got here he was surprised, “Hey this was my old place when I was in school.” My teacher chuckled “hey did weird s–t happen when you lived here?” The pizza guy went blank. “Oh f–k, you’ve seen her too?” They moved out the next day.

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Here’s one from a since deleted user that’s pretty unnerving:

My 4 year old daughter was supposedly asleep when I heard noised coming from her upstairs bedroom. I tried to listen, but could not make out what was being said. I approached the room, and she stopped talking. Thinking I alarmed her, I went into the room. At the time she was sharing it with her 3 year old sister. I walked in and saw the 4 year old sitting up in bed. I smiled and said is everything o.k.? She said fine, but her sister said they were keeping her up. I asked who? My 4 year old said sorry but that she was talking. When I asked her who she was talking to, my 3 year old sat up and said “the girl in the window, she said you were coming.”


After I s–t a brick, I asked who the girl was and they both said a girl comes and stands in front of the window at night and talks to them. Not knowing what to say, I said o.k., tucked them in and hung around outside their door. The next day I asked about the girl. They said she came back but was mad! I waited a few days and asked again. My 4 year old said the girl in the window was still mad. I forgot about it for about a week, when my wife said, who are the girls talking to upstairs. Freaked out I ran upstairs and both girls were sitting under the window looking up. They turned and looked at me and asked if I wanted to meet the girl. When they turned around, disappointed, they said the girl left. It has been about 5 years since and I have not heard about the girl in the window since then.

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The final story from dslice16 contains a truly horrifying premonition:

My grandmother’s entire life she had a recurring nightmare. In this nightmare, she would be walking down a long, dark hallway, turn to the left, open a door, and see something terrible. She’d always wake up before seeing what it was.


In her 40s, she, her husband, my dad, and my aunt were on vacation. They booked the hotel at the last minute, so they ended up having to get 2 rooms with 2 twin beds on opposite sides of the floor. My dad wakes up around 3 AM and can automatically tell something’s not right. He calls out in the darkness “dad?”. No response. He turns on the bedside light. “dad?” he says, a little louder this time. Still no response. Getting worried, he slides out of bed and shakes his father. He doesn’t wake up. My dad ran down the hotel hallway to my grandma’s room and started banging on the door. My grandma worriedly opens the door, and my dad shouts “something’s wrong with dad!” He leads her down the hallway. A long hallway. To the last door on the left. My grandmother reaches the door, turns to left, and sees her husband dead in bed. Heart attack. She never had the dream again.

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If you can’t get enough of these creepy stories check out this thread on reddit to really get you in the Halloween mood. If you still haven’t gotten your Halloween fear-fix, here’s another Reddit thread that’ll keep you from sleeping.


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5 Things Darth Vader Can Teach You About Data Security

Even the Dark Lord of the Sith can teach you a valuable thing or two about data security.

Over the last three decades, Star Wars has maintained an Empire of geek-pop-culture dominance. While George Lucas’ creation is an epic piece of science-fiction, many have found the mythology of the popular works as a source of inspiration for everyday life. In the case of Kellman Meghu, head of Security Engineering for Check Point Technologies, Star Wars is a case study in data security.

What really sank (or, to be more exact, detonated) the Death Star wasn’t the usual suspects of Rebel scum, Storm Trooper incompetence, or even the Dark Side’s unavoidable loss to the good guys. Instead, explained Meghu, it was a series of common data security blunders made by the Sith Lord himself that doomed the ultimate battle station. Take these data security tips to heart, young Padawan, to ensure a long, illustrious reign over your information.
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Top Tips to Secure Your Smartphone

Top Tips to Secure Your SmartphoneSmartphones have come a long way — not only do they allow us to make calls, listen to music, and surf the Internet, but they also contain our personal data, and lots of it. Emails, photos, text messages and private documents stored on smartphones are at a high risk, especially when there is no form of security to prevent them from leaking onto the Internet or falling into the wrong hands. Securing your smartphone requires common sense, and taking certain precautionary measures will drastically minimize your privacy risk. Here are a few tips we’ve put together to help you secure your smartphone.

1) Set Up A Lock Screen

This is the first thing to do before you start using your smartphone. Locking your screen prevents unauthorized users from accessing your phone. You can use either a PIN, password, pattern, face unlock, fingerprint or other vendor-specific locking mechanism to lock your phone.


Lock screen display for Apple iPhone devices

  1. Go to Settings > General > Touch ID & Passcode.
  2. Follow the procedures to create your passcode.

For Fingerprint security on iPhone 5S and later

  • Go to Settings > Touch ID & Passcode.
  • First set up a passcode and then follow the prompts to enable Touch ID.

iOS Screen Lock Tips

  • Disable the Simple Password option to use more complex, alphanumeric passcodes.
  • Enable Erase Data to automatically erase your device after ten failed attempts.
  • Set the Require Passcode option to immediately.


Photo of an Android device lock screen


Setting up screen locks on Android is not as straightforward as that of iOS since it varies vendor-wise, but searching for terms like Security or Lock Screen in the settings will lead you to set up your lock screen. These steps are, however, based on stock Android L.

  1. Go to Settings > Lock Screen > Screen Lock.
  2. Select Pattern, PIN, Password, Fingerprint, etc.
  3. Follow the procedures to complete the screen lock setup.

Android Screen Lock Tips

  • Avoid using easy patterns like a “Z.”
  • Clean your screen regularly to wipe your greasy finger-trails.
  • Don’t use lame PINs like 1234 or 1111 — choose codes that can’t easily be guessed.
  • Don’t use facial recognition if your front camera does not perform well in low-lighting.
  • Set the screen to lock immediately when the phone sleeps.


2) Encrypt Your Phone

The majority of smartphone users fail to encrypt their phone, which is very important to do. Encrypting your phone prevents people from accessing your data offline, either through Recovery or another mode. The latest versions of Android and iOS, however, come with out-of-the-box encryption. To encrypt your phone, follow the steps below.

iOSEnsure that data protection is enabled for iPhone

  • Go to Settings > Touch ID & Passcode.
  • Create a passcode if you haven’t yet or move to the next step if you already have.
  • Scroll to the bottom of the screen and ensure that “Data Protection is Enabled” is visible.


AndroidAndroid device encryption

  • Go to Settings > Security > Encrypt Phone.
  • Select Encrypt Phone at the bottom of the screen.
  • Confirm the encryption and follow the instructions displayed on the screen.


3) Turn off Wireless Protocols When Not in Use

Many people leave their Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, or NFC on more often than not. Aside from draining your battery quickly, it opens a door for bad guys to use rogue wireless access points, sniffing tools, and other sophisticated techniques to extract data from your smartphone. Disable your Wi-Fi and other wireless radio once you’re done using them. Also, never accept requests from unknown devices trying to connect to your phone. If you don’t know how to disable your Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, etc., follow the guide below.


iPhone control panel

  • Swipe up from the bottom of the screen to view the Control Center.
  • Tap the Wi-Fi or Bluetooth icon to turn it off. You’ll know it’s off when it grays out.



Android device protocol settings

  • Swipe from the right-hand side (Or down from the top depending on  version of Android) of the screen to access the Quick Settings panel.
  • Tap the Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC icon to turn if off. It will gray out once it’s been turned off.


4) Avoid Root / Jailbreak / Custom Roms

Jailbreaking your iPhone or rooting your Android grants you full access to the operating system, which, by default, is restricted to guarantee your safety. Rooting and jailbreaking does provide you with a wide range of tweaking possibilities, but in turn, exposes your phone to malware, hackers, and all the bad stuff you can think of. Although Android’s SuperUser app protects the phones from unauthorized access to root privileges, that’s still not good enough.

While most of us techies love custom mobile setups, it’s impossible to tell which servers’ custom roms communicate with and what data are being sent. Although they offer a better experience, it comes at your own risk.

Android developer options: always keep root access disabled

While there is no comparative for Apple device, Android users should keep “Unknown Sources” disabled unless you are installing an app you trust. Always install applications from the Google Play Store or App Store.


5) Update your Operating System Regularly

Smartphone manufacturers release regular updates to improve upon the User Interface, provide more features, and most importantly, patch security and stability flaws. Refraining from updating your smartphone exposes it to these flaws and then leaves it to the mercy of attackers. Make it a priority to update your operating system whenever it’s available. Also update your downloaded applications regularly since they may sometimes contain bugs which could be dangerous to your smartphone. These steps will guide you in updating your OS:


iOS Software Update

  • Make sure your phone is fully charged and connected to Wi-Fi access point with a working Internet connection.
  • Go to Settings > General > Software Update.
  • Tap Download and Install.
  • Tap Install to update your OS once it’s finished downloading.


Android device operating system update

  • Make sure your phone is fully charged and connected to a working wireless network.
  • Go to Settings > About Phone > Software Update.
  • Tap Update Software and wait for the update to download.
  • Choose Install when asked to install the update.

If your support for your phone has ended, which is usually seen in the Android system, downloading a security app can help improve your phone’s security to some extent.



6) Use A VPN

Everybody loves free Wi-Fi, but some of the most dangerous cyber attacks originate from public Wi-Fi access points at restaurants, bars, and hotels. Malicious attackers can use their technical knowledge to perform Man-In-The-Middle attacks and gain access to your personal information. If you can’t avoid using public networks, you better use a VPN. A VPN allows you to connect to the Internet through a secure, encrypted private tunnel. Newshosting offers a VPN service as both a standalone service and as an add-on to Usenet subscriptions. Want to configure your Android or iOS device with our VPN? Look no further! (See also: New to Newshosting? Start a free VPN trial today!)


7) Use a Remote Control Service

All the major mobile operating systems have now incorporated remote control and killswitch features to enable you to interact with your phone if it’s been stolen or missing. This service enables you to track, lock, wipe and even contact your phone by using another device connected to the Internet. With this, your data is kept out of the wrong hands even if the device falls into them. Apple’s Find my iPhone and Android’s Android Device Manager gives you remote access to iOS and Android devices respectively. To set these up, follow the instructions outlined below.



Screen display of Apple's Find my iPhone application

  • Go to Settings > iCloud. Sign in with your Apple ID or sign up for one if you don’t have one.
  • Flick the “Find My iPhone” switch to the right to turn it on.
  • Go to iCloud.com and sign in with your Apple ID.
  • Use the controls in the dashboard to send specific instructions to your iPhone.



Screen interface for Android Device Manager

  • From the app drawer, open Google Settings.
  • Tap Security.
  • Under Android Device Manager, turn on “Remotely locate this device” and “Remote lock and factory reset.” Go to Settings and turn on Location.
  • Go to http://www.android.com/devicemanager and see if your device shows up.
  • Use the controls to interact with your device remotely.

As long as your devices are connected to the Internet, you can’t enforce 100% privacy on them; however, these strategies will go a long way in keeping your smartphone secure at all times.


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The Rise & Fall of “Just Do It”

The Rise & Fall of Chances are, you read the last part of that title in Shia LaBeouf’s screaming voice. And if you’re wondering why someone would do that, it won’t be long before you learn why and find yourself doing the same thing. A video of the actor’s intense and very bizarre motivational speech went viral over the span of a few weeks in early June, leading to an explosion of memes, mashups, gifs and remixes that grew just as popular as the video itself.

As with any viral sensation, social sharing mediums like Reddit and BuzzFeed caught on and shared the video, originally posted on Vimeo, for the rest of the world to watch with hilarious confusion. Shia roars into the camera, “DO IT. Just DO IT! Don’t let your dreams be dreams. Yesterday you said tomorrow. So just DO IT!” all while squatting down in some kind of fitful Dragon Ball-Z-esque fighting pose and making angry hand gestures to the point where you think he’ll combust. You don’t know if you should fall to the floor in a fit of laughter or actually heed his advice. It is that absurd. And the best part of the video? Shia’s rant was filmed in front of a green screen, prompting internet trolls and skilled video editors alike to take the opportunity and run with it. As a glorious result, parodies galore popped up right and left, transforming Shia’s speech into everything from a Ted talk to a full-blown Star Wars hologram. It was even mashed up with the Internet black hole we all get sucked into otherwise known as  yup, you guessed it  cat videos.
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While the viral video may appear absolutely random and ridiculous in typical Shia fashion, the backstory to it explains that it was quite the opposite.

Here’s the deal: the video is actually part of a series of 35 other videos  all featuring Shia  for an art project called #Introductions for Central Saint Martins, a London arts college. So while many think this is just another good ole’ weird Shia stunt, he’s just doing what we originally knew him for: acting. This speech was completely scripted and performed, and the abstract oddity of it all is simply (what else?) a form of art. This isn’t the first time the actor has found himself as the center of an artistic project. Remember his notorious red-carpet appearance wearing a paper bag over his head scrawled with the words, “I am not famous anymore”? That was the work of the same artists behind this video, Luke Turner and Nastja Säde Rönkkö. And as it turns out, there’s a reason for the actor being filmed in front of the greenscreen  the artists purposely made the background alterable and released it with a Creative Commons license, meaning anyone can do as they please with it for non-commercial purposes. Judging by the ridiculous number of parodies that came about from this, you can just imagine the Internet’s gratitude for that.

As with any online sensation, the peak of this video’s popularity has nearly fizzled out, slowly being replaced by the next up-and-coming throng of viral videos. There’s no doubt, though, that it won’t be long until the Internet is graced once again by another stunt from the always entertaining Mr. LaBeouf, rattail and all. But until then, enjoy this lovely scenery made entirely of Shias. You’re welcome.

A picture just made from Shia LaBeoufs
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5 Fixes for Your Wi-Fi Woes

5 Fixes for Your Wi-Fi Woes

Based on the fact that you made it to this page, there’s a high chance that you have a wireless network at home, or you’ve been asked by a friend to help install one in theirs.

When the Wi-Fi goes out, people break into an immediate panic. Without an Internet connection, productivity is hindered, entertainment outlets are inaccessible, communications are cut off, and truth be told, a small part of us begins to feel like this on the inside. For the average Internet user, connecting to a home network is a literal “set it and forget it” scenario. This can ultimately cause problems once something bad happens — like the big storm that knocks out power, and suddenly you’re resetting the Internet again.
We’ve compiled a list of the most common scenarios when a wireless network isn’t working just right, along with how to quickly overcome them.


1. Any problem at all. Restart your router

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We get it, your instinctive eye-roll at the mere suggestion doesn’t go unnoticed because admittedly, that was this author’s gut-reaction as well. But nearly every technician’s first suggestion during a Wi-Fi triage is to unplug the router, count to ten, and plug it back in. There are in fact plenty of good reasons to restart your router, namely because technology is imperfect. Between any potential hardware issues, software bugs, data throttling, ISP network errors and unprecedented anomalies, there’s a vast number of complications that can be ironed-out by a simple restart.


2. Spotty connection

Ah, hello! I can't find the internet. Shouldn't it just sort of...be there?
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Does your connection seem to crap out when you change rooms in your home? First evaluate the location of your router: is it tucked away somewhere, hiding from the world? If your router is near a possible obstruction like a metal filing cabinet, move the router to another part of the room or try elevating it a bit more. But if it’s already out in the open, then what you need is a boost in your network range! It’s time to get an antenna; what it used to do for televisions in the 80s and mobile phones in the 00s, it will do for your router today. Router antennas can be purchased for anywhere between $30 and $100+, but there are tons of articles on DIY signal boosters to keep costs low. You can also use an extension cable for your antenna like this guy from reddit did in order to strengthen your WLAN.


3. Free public Wi-Fi

You can't take away the Wi-Fi
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If you’re one of the lucky few with an unlimited data plan, you are seriously envied. However, the rest of us unable to browse the ‘net with reckless abandon often find ourselves hunting for an open network to get our social media fix on. An overwhelming sense of joy arises when we find (and can connect) to free Wi-Fi, but that elation can quickly turn to despair when a web page doesn’t load. Instead of calling it quits, consider this advice from the /YouShouldKnow subreddit. Type something irregular into your search bar; some people will use a random and private IP address such as to trigger a redirect, while others will use a website like aol.com, something ensured to not be in their cache. If the network is genuine, then entering something into the search bank should trigger the network host’s agreement page, which will allow you to accept their terms of agreement for Wi-Fi usage.

We’re also happy to take this opportunity to remind you that public Wi-Fi hotspots in cafes, planes, stores, and just about anywhere else with an open network should be used with caution. The security of these networks is unknown, and the only way to ensure your data’s total privacy whilst connected to a open network is with a VPN.


4. Router lights are on, but nobody’s home

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This is arguably the most frustrating of all problems because everything appears to be okay. Your router’s lights show everything is working properly, but you can’t even see your network listed on your laptop or smartphone. What gives?

First test your network through an ethernet wire. If you’re still pulling a connection and browsing while connected directly to your LAN, then your hardware may have been reset. This can happen for multiple reasons, like a firmware bug, a change in a network name, or even a temporary power loss. bottom of Netgear routerCheck the bottom of your router for a sticker with its original name (also known as the SSID) and password, and compare those default router credentials to the list of wireless networks in your area. Is your router’s original name there? If you see it, connect with your original password. If that works, then log into the admin panel and change your router’s name back to whatever snappy title it had before. Just don’t forget to change the default password as well.


5. It’s too hot (hot damn!)

Too Hot To Handle
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Happened to adjust or brush against your router only to feel that it was hot to the touch? You may need to unplug it from the power for a few minutes and let things cool down. When operating at peak power, many routers can get toasty enough to keep your coffee warm. They’re complicated electronics that need room to breathe, so if other equipment is placed on top of the router or is otherwise blocking vents, things can easily overheat, causing all sorts of bizarre behavior. Place your Wi-Fi gear on top of a shelf when possible, and leave at least a couple of inches of space on all sides for ventilation.


Know of any quick tips or public hacks to get the wireless network back on track? Submit them in our comments below!

GIF From 'The Wire':
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Downloading from Usenet on Android with NZB360


Being the Usenet wizards that some of our Newshosting subscribers are, you are most-assuredly aware of the plethora of automated Usenet management tools made available for iOS and Android devices. Some of these mobile applications allow for download queue management (most notably SABnzbd and NZBGet), which enables users to control download priority and limit bandwidth usage. Other applications allow users to plug in to their favorite NZB indexing sites, perform a search, and send the resulting NZB of their choosing directly to their download manager. Many of these apps are great for what they do, but there are very few that are all-inclusive, allowing search functionality in addition to the funneling of NZBs, and overall control of other popular third-party Usenet automation tools (particularly Sick Beard, CouchPotato and Headphones). To download from the Usenet leveraging NZB search with automation tools like Sick, we need to use NZB360 for Android.


NZB360 App MenuWhat is NZB360?

NZB360 is a fully-featured Android application that allows users to search, queue and control Usenet downloads all from one place. NZB360 can be configured to work with download managers SABnzbd and NZBGet. It can also be configured to work with search automation tools like Sick Beard, CouchPotato, Headphones and Sonarr. Of course, NZB360 can also be configured to search third-party NZB indexers running the Newznab indexing platform.

Who should use NZB360?

NZB360 is the perfect app for the Usenet power user on-the-go. The app is for anyone with an Android device looking to have total control over their personal Usenet setup and download experience, no matter where they are. NZB360 will do everything short of downloading Usenet binaries directly to your device (for that, a user would need to give Power NZB a try).

How much does NZB360 cost and where can I get it?

NZB360 sabnzbd Server Stats

The basic features of NZB360 are free and the app can be downloaded from the NZB360 website. For the fully-featured functionality described above and for continued support of this app and its development, we recommend users purchase the Pro version for a one-time payment of $9.99.

NZB360 Pro Features:

  • -Upload NZBs to SABnzbd/NZBget
  • -Add content to Sick Beard, Sonarr, CouchPotato, and Headphones
  • -Send Newznab items to SABnzbd/NZBget
  • -Throttle speeds in SABnzbd/NZBget
  • -Send WOL (Wake on Lan) packet to server
  • -Set “On Finish” action in SABnzbd
  • -Cloud backups (Dropbox, Google Drive, etc.)
  • -Offline queue
  • -Supporting NZB360 to help bring more great features to the app


Have you successfully set up NZB360 on your Android? Share your experience in the comments below!

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New Updates for Free Usenet Browser

Windows Client Update

[UPDATED: 5/29/2015] After receiving some reports of client crashes following the update, a new release 2.1.1 for Windows was built. Customers reporting the errors all maintained Windows XP as their operating system. Newshosting has since updated the public downloads page with the new 2.1.1 Windows software.


The team at Newshosting has been working quietly behind the scenes to deliver the most robust and user-friendly Usenet experience. Now we’re proud to announce a series of updates to our free Usenet browser software across all operating systems: Windows, Macintosh and Linux. See also: Newshosting Client Quick-Start Guide.


The new Newshosting Usenet Browser 2.1 includes many improvements over the current 1.6. version. The update will occur on a rolling basis, so check your account in the next few days to experience:


  • + Import of multiple NZBs, extracts them from ZIP or RAR files if necessary, as requested by users and affiliates.
  • + Improved implementation of PAR2. It’s a bit faster and fixes a few smaller bugs that could affect larger downloads on Windows 64bit.
  • + New queue storage mechanism which improves performance for large queues.
  • + Full support for Retina displays on OS X as well as DPI scaling on Windows 8 and 10 for Ultra HD displays.
  • + Automatic VLC player installation from within the software, also on OS X now.
  • + Upgraded to latest version of UnRAR.
  • + Lots of smaller bug fixes and improvements (typos, formatting etc.)


Sign up with any service plan and get complete access to the easy-to-use Newshosting Usenet Browser. With built-in search, file previewing and download automation, you can browse, read, converse and download from our 100,000+ newsgroups at superior speeds and with the industry’s best retention.

Our developers will roll-out additional updates and features in the coming months. Got an idea for an upgrade? Post it in the comment section below!