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Richard Sutherland

Richard brings more than 20 years of computer science, full-stack development and business operations experience to IT Pro Portal. A graduate in Computer Science and former IT support manager at Samsung, Richard has taught courses in Java, PHP and Perl, and developed software for both private businesses and state organisations. A prolific author in B2B and B2C tech, Richard has written material for Samsung, TechRadar Pro, and now IT Pro Portal.  

A guide to testing your wireless router's performance
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Network & Internet

A guide to testing your wireless router's performance

Learn how to test the speed and reliability of your wireless router using free network monitoring and testing tools
4 Apr 2022
How to remote desktop into Ubuntu
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How to remote desktop into Ubuntu

Thanks to its user-friendly built-in tools, it’s a cinch to remote desktop into Ubuntu using either VNC or RDP. We outline how
25 Mar 2022
What is RDP?
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remote access

What is RDP?

We explain RDP, the transfer protocol for Microsoft’s Remote Desktop Services that enables remote control of a PC over a network connection
21 Mar 2022
What is AWS hosting?
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What is AWS hosting?

In this article, we look at what AWS hosting is and how it's long been an integral part of the internet
15 Mar 2022
What is VNC?
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What is VNC?

VNC is a versatile protocol used to view and control a remote computer’s desktop. Here’s how you can use it in your company
10 Mar 2022
What is a remote desktop?
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What is a remote desktop?

With remote desktop software, you can use a remote computer as if you were sitting in front of it. Here’s how it can help your business
10 Mar 2022
VNC Connect review
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VNC Connect review

VNC Connect is a robust, corporate-focused version of the VNC remote admin protocol with cloud connectivity and better encryption
7 Mar 2022
The best Microsoft Office alternatives: Free, paid, and online mobile office suites
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The best Microsoft Office alternatives: Free, paid, and online mobile office suites

We run down the best Microsoft Office alternatives available, so you can decide whether it’s time to jump ship
7 Mar 2022
Microsoft Remote Desktop review
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Microsoft Remote Desktop review

Our Microsoft Remote Desktop review asks whether the free remote access tool found on almost all office PCs is the ideal solution for you
1 Mar 2022
TightVNC review
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TightVNC review

TightVNC offers a free, time-tested way to connect remotely to multiple operating systems, but it’s not without its flaws
28 Feb 2022
NewsLeecher review
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Network & Internet

NewsLeecher review

Our NewsLeecher review looks at the pros and cons of a Usenet provider that claims to offer the complete Usenet experience
25 Feb 2022
How to insert a tick or a cross symbol in Microsoft Word and Excel
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How to insert a tick or a cross symbol in Microsoft Word and Excel

There are several ways to insert a tick symbol into Microsoft Word – these are the best options
11 Feb 2022
How to use Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection
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How to use Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection

We explain how to use Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection, the free remote administration tool built into Windows
9 Feb 2022
Easynews review
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Network & Internet

Easynews review

Our Easynews review examines if the browser-based Usenet search and download feature warrants the service’s relatively high price
7 Feb 2022
Eweka review
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Network & Internet

Eweka review

Our Eweka review finds the Usenet provider offers super-fast speeds and comes bundled with excellent Usenet client software
7 Feb 2022
TweakNews review
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TweakNews review

Our TweakNews review tests the European Usenet provider’s speed and bundled software, finding it a solid Usenet service overall
4 Feb 2022
Newshosting review
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Newshosting review

Our Newshosting review looks at the features, price, ease-of-use, and speed of the popular Usenet provider
2 Feb 2022
UsenetServer review
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UsenetServer review

Our UsenetServer review outlines why the Usenet provider is a great choice, including factors like its long retention rates
2 Feb 2022
Best cheap web hosting
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Best cheap web hosting

Our guide to the best cheap web hosting providers studies performance and picks out top deals offering hosting for less
28 Jan 2022
Best free web hosting
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Best free web hosting

We evaluate the best free web hosting providers, for those with little to no budget who want web hosting for their website
28 Jan 2022
Best password managers
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Software

Best password managers

In our rundown of the best password managers, we help you decide which software is right for your needs
27 Jan 2022
Best email client for Linux
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Linux

Best email client for Linux

Get the best email client for Linux in 2022 by choosing from our top 10 picks.
19 Jan 2022
What is metadata?
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What is metadata?

Learn how metadata describes what your documents contain in a machine-readable format and how to use it in website SEO efforts
19 Nov 2021
InterServer review
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InterServer review

Known for competitive pricing, our InterServer review finds performance hiccups and poor support to give SMEs reason for pause
13 Oct 2021
InMotion Hosting review
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InMotion Hosting review

Our InMotion Hosting review found that the veteran host has many plans, but performance testing provides reasons to look elsewhere
12 Oct 2021
What is a network switch?
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What is a network switch?

Network switches expand the number of devices that you can connect on your local network - here’s how they can help your business
5 Oct 2021
Wix vs Squarespace
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Wix vs Squarespace

We pit Wix vs Squarespace in a head-to-head to decide once and for all which is the best website builder
27 Aug 2021
Wix review
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Wix review

Our Wix review looks at the pricing, features, performance, and usability of the world’s most popular website builder
27 Jul 2021
Squarespace review
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Squarespace review

In our Squarespace review, we examine why it’s the most popular website builder in the US, Canada, and the UK
26 Jul 2021
Weebly review
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Weebly review

In our Weebly review, we look at what makes the builder different, and why you might want to use it for your next business site
26 Jul 2021
DreamHost review
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DreamHost review

Our DreamHost review looks at the performance, features, support, and pricing of the popular web hosting service
23 Jul 2021
Registering a domain name: What small businesses need to consider
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Registering a domain name: What small businesses need to consider

We outline how to start on the right track when registering a domain name, as they can make or break a company's online success
14 Jul 2021
How to make a website with GoDaddy
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How to make a website with GoDaddy

Find out how to make a website with GoDaddy, and create and manage it without having to touch a line of code
13 Jul 2021
How to build a website from scratch
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web development

How to build a website from scratch

We discuss how to build a website from scratch, and take you on a step-by-step guide through using a website builder
13 Jul 2021
How to build a website for free
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How to build a website for free

We provide a step-by-step guide on how to build a website for free, and publish it online, all without spending a pound
12 Jul 2021
Trinity Rescue Kit review
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Trinity Rescue Kit review

In our Trinity Rescue Kit review, we decide whether the live CD rescue tool is still useful today
17 Jun 2021