Browsing Anonymously with TOR

Sometimes you just don’t want to be tracked. That’s where TOR comes in wearing a Guy Fawkes mask to save the day. TOR stands for The Onion Router, and the name comes from the many layers of encryption and security applied. Before you get any ideas on using TOR for illegal activity, consider that the NSA will specifically target TOR traffic to find criminals.

The NSA has a technique that targets outdated Firefox browsers codenamed EgotisticalGiraffe,[13] and targets Tor users in general for close monitoring under its XKeyscore program.[14][15] Attacks against Tor are an active area of academic research,[16][17] which is welcomed by the Tor Project itself.[18]


The easiest way to get into TOR and begin browsing is by using the TOR Browser. It’s very easy to get, and can be downloaded from the homepage over at Install the browser, and as long as the onion is green at the top your traffic is relatively secure. One of the most important things for you to remember however, is that the TOR Browser only protects traffic going through the browser itself. Another important factor to consider is that anonymization only works if you are attempting to remain anonymous. In other words, don’t log into your bank, Facebook, or email accounts through this browser if they are tied to your actual identity in any way. Doing that would essentially be like wearing a mask with your full name taped to the front of the mask.

Our sponsors over at Computer BITS created a quick video about how to get online and using TOR, seen below. If you’d like to learn more about TOR, visit the Wikipedia link here.

Replacing the keyboard!

Here are the basic steps to replacing a keyboard in most laptops. Always remember to properly shut down your laptop, and remove the battery and power cord before beginning any laptop repair! Grab your screwdriver and lets get down to business.

  • Replacing Your Laptops Keyboard – Geeks.comRemove the screws that hold the keyboard in place. On the bottom of the keyboard you’ll often find a little etching of a keyboard next to the right screws. Be aware that some laptops don’t screw them in place, and some don’t label the correct screws.
  • Replacing Your Laptops Keyboard – Geeks.comRemove the trim piece above the keyboard. Sometimes this is hard to figure out, so you may need to Google on your specific laptop model. Sometimes the trim is also held in place by screws, so don’t forget to remove those. Now use a credit card or similar tool you can work you way along the edge in the seam between the trim piece and the laptop. Pop this sucker up very carefully. If you use a screwdriver to do this, expect some scratches and messed up plastic. Sometimes there’s a wire or two attached to the trim piece for the power or function buttons, so carefully disconnect those and set the trim to the side.
  • Replacing Your Laptops Keyboard – Geeks.comThere are usually 2-5 screws at the top of the keyboard holding it flat. Remove those bad boys. Once those are gone it usually has clips on the side. Carefully lift the keyboard up, and slide it towards the screen a little bit to get the wedges at the bottom free. Then flip it forward upside down on the palm rest.
  • Replacing Your Laptops Keyboard – Geeks.comThe keyboard should see a ribbon cable running from the keyboard to the motherboard. The connectors are a little odd, and will usually have some kind of “latching” mechanism that holds the keyboard’s cable in place on the motherboard. Carefully lift, fold, or slide the mechanism and pull out the ribbon cable from the connector on the motherboard. The keyboard should now be free.
  • Replacing Your Laptops Keyboard – Geeks.comPut in the new keyboard and perform the other steps in reverse. BAM, new keyboard on the cheap!

Fixing your laptop screen

It’s easier than you might think!

Step 1
Turn off your computer.

Step 2

Remove the battery

Step 3

Make note of your computer make an model. For example, a Dell Latitude E6410. You’ll need this for ordering your new screen!

Step 4

Locate the screws holding the plastic bezel on. While some computers don’t have any at all, most have at least two near the hinges. Check under the rubber bumpers to make sure you aren’t missing any!

Step 5

Pry off the plastic edge around the screen. The best way I have found to do this is simply using your finger tips. Be careful not to cut yourself, some of these are sharp! Start on the inside of the bezel (your screen is broken already, don’t worry about smudging it with your fingers).

Step 6

Often there are 2 screws at the top of the screen holding the back of the lid on. Remove these, and LOOSEN the screws at the hinge area. Don’t remove them completely!

Step 7

Identify your screen part number. A lot of times you can find it on a sticker on the back. Search the number on google or on ebay to see if you find the matching screen. Alternatively, you can use to order your screen by the computer model number. Warning: Sometimes the screen can be different even in the same model!

Step 8

Once your new screen arrives, there should be 4 to 8 screws on the side of the old screen holding it into the brackets. Remove these, and lay the screen forward on your keyboard. CAUTION: If there is a webcam or microphone at the top of your screen, you may have to carefully unplug the cable to it.

Step 9

On the back of the screen you will see the LCD cable connected to a little slide-in style connector. 99% of the time this connector is held in place with a hard, thick plastic “tape.” Carefully pull this tape back just enough to unstick it from the back of the screen. DO NOT remove it from the cable!

Step 10

Carefully disconnect the cable from the socket. It is better to push the metal edges of the connector than to pull on the wire itself, as the cable is very fragile.

Step 11

Put the new screen in the place of the old one, and do all of these steps in reverse to install the screen! Awesome!
Below is a video specifically for the Toshiba Ultrabook to give you a great visual understanding.

If you’d rather pay someone to do it, find a reputable computer repair expert near you!