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How To Use A Password Manager

How To Use A Password Manager  – By Tyler

Using the same password for all your online accounts is probably the worst idea ever. This is because in the event your password is leaked, hackers will be able to access all your online accounts and services.

Best password managers: Reviews of the top products  – By Michael

We are terrible at passwords. We suck at creating them (the top two most popular remain “123456” and “password”), we share them way too freely, and we forget them all the time. Indeed, the very thing that can ensure our online security has become our biggest obstacle to it. This is what makes a good password manager essential.

Chrome 77 Debuts with New Features

Google Chrome 77 Debuts with a Really Useful New Feature – By Joey-Elijah

The Chrome 77 update packs the usual changes, brings a batch of bug fixes, and provides a pertinent pinch of security patches — but there’s a killer new feature too.

How to Enable a Play/Pause Button on Chrome’s Toolbar – By Chris

Which tab is playing sound? With Chrome’s new Play/Pause button, you don’t have to hunt it down. You can control playback from any browser tab using a convenient button on Chrome’s toolbar.

Forced Perspective Photos

10 Forced Perspective Photos You Have to Try For Yourself – By

Here is a look at 10 photos that use the forced perspective technique. This type of trick photography doesn’t use photo editing software but rather, with some creative positioning of subjects and the camera, it creates an optical illusion that makes objects appear to be more distant, closer, smaller, or larger than they really are.

Smartphone astrophotography:

Smartphone astrophotography: use your phone to capture the night sky by

Not all astrophotography requires an expensive camera. As Pete Lawrence explains, the smartphone you carry every day can be used to capture a range of night-sky objects
Astrophotography with just a phone camera may sound a bit far-fetched, but there are certain subjects that can be captured in this manner. We’ve got suggestions for some brighter subjects to start you off, with a gentle push towards more challenging targets.

What is the BEST Cellular Carrier for RVers

What is the BEST Cellular Carrier for RVers & Cruisers? Verizon? AT&T? T-Mobile? Sprint? – By Mobile Internet Resource  Video

The Four Major US Carriers: Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint – Which is Best for RVers & Cruisers? – By

Q: Which is best for RVers, cruisers and frequent travelers?
A: The one that works best at your current location…

– Enable Ransomware Protection in Windows Defender

How to Enable Ransomware Protection in Windows Defender – By Elsie

Windows Defender, the built-in real-time antivirus in Windows 10, has a critical security feature that’s disabled by default: Ransomware Protection. Strangely though, the feature was added in a Windows 10 version 1709 update in October 2017, which comes as a surprise for many users who may not have known about it until now.

2018 Fall Foliage Prediction Map

THE 2018 Fall Foliage Prediction Map – By

The beauty of nature is sometimes found in the profound ‘intelligence’ it exudes. Perennials, which includes trees, must protect themselves in order to get through the harsh, freezing temperatures of winter. If trees did not shed their leaves, their soft vegetation would certainly freeze during winter time, damaging and, no doubt, killing the tree.  

Fraud Alert: Genetic Testing Scam

Fraud Alert: Genetic Testing Scam by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General 

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General is alerting the public about a fraud scheme involving genetic testing. Genetic testing fraud occurs when Medicare is billed for a test or screening that was not medically necessary and/or was not ordered by a Medicare beneficiary's treating physician.

What is Google Smart Lock, Exactly?

What is Google Smart Lock, Exactly? – By Cameron

Google does this thing where it uses bad names for products. Then it re-uses those names for other products, confusing everyone. Such is the case for Smart Lock, which is technically three different things, depending on whether you’re talking about Android, Chromebooks, or passwords.

Use Smart Lock to Automatically Unlock Your Chromebook With Your Android Phone – By

The “Smart Lock” feature on Chrome OS allows you to pair your Chromebook with your Android phone, automatically unlocking it when the phone is nearby and unlocked.

Spam In your Calendar? Here’s What to Do

Spam In your Calendar? Here’s What to Do. – By

Many spam trends are cyclical: Spammers tend to switch tactics when one method of hijacking your time and attention stops working. But periodically they circle back to old tricks, and few spam trends are as perennial as calendar spam, in which invitations to click on dodgy links show up unbidden in your digital calendar application from Apple, Google and Microsoft. Here’s a brief primer on what you can do about it.

Google Has a Fix to Stop Google Calendar Spam – By Kris

Google is working on a fix to stop Google Calendar spam. Which is hitting more and more people every week. And while Google’s permanent fix isn’t ready yet, there is a way to stop Google Calendar spam right now by tweaking a few settings.

Google says it’s working to remove annoying spam from Calendar – By Manuel

In June, we discovered that spammers and scammers found a new way to distribute their unwarranted information via Google Calendar by exploiting a default setting in Gmail which automatically invites email recipients to events. Now, Google is finally ready to step in. The company today announced that it's working on resolving the issue, but isn't ready to share any details just yet.

MVNOs—The Cheapest Cellphone Plans You’ve Never Heard Of

MVNOs—The Cheapest Cellphone Plans You've Never Heard Of – By Cheryl

Can you imagine leaving the house without your cellphone? Neither can the 95% of Americans who now own a handheld device and will happily spend an average of 3.5 hours a day staring into one—even when they go to the bathroom. But with how much screen time we log in, cheap cellphone plans can be hard to come by. In fact, annual spending for cellular phone services increased by 58.4% per consumer from 2007 to 2014, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and they've since continued to rise every year.

Is a Pay-as-you-go Plan Right for You? – By Adam

While contract-based cell phone plans are the norm in the United States, plans that allow you to "pay as you go" and prepaid service plans have been popular throughout Europe. These types of plans have grown in popularity in the U.S., however.

Google Photos can now search for text in your pictures

Google Photos can now search for text in your pictures — here's how -By Katie

Scrolling through 2,567 photos to find the precise picture you want can be a nightmare. Now, a new feature in Google Photos will let you search for pictures that have text in them so you can quickly find what you're looking for. You can even copy and paste the text when you find it.

Google Photos Can Now OCR the Visible Words in Your Shots – By Michael B.

In a recent update, Google Photos added the ability to recognize the words in your photos by harnessing the power of Google Lens.

Experts share hassle-free security tips

Experts share their (mostly) hassle-free security tips – By Roberto

It seems like every day another big corporation discloses a breach. Equifax, Capital One, Marriot, and a whole host of other companies have leaked the personal data of millions of their customers. That pilfered information could be used to steal identities or hack into other accounts. This sobering reality is a reminder that more than ever, we should secure our accounts and take control of our data. You probably can't stop hackers from breaking into a hotel chain, but you can put up roadblocks to stop them from infiltrating your life.

– What are Cell Phone Plans?

What are Cell Phone Plans? by
Understand how cell phone plans work to choose the best plan for you
A cell phone plan is a paid agreement with a mobile carrier allowing your cell phone to use their network for phone calls, text messages, and mobile data (internet access).

The 9 Best Cheap Cell Phone Plans of 2019 by

Don't pay more than you need to for your wireless phone bill

Microsoft Says Password Strength Doesn’t Matter: Here’s Why It Does

Microsoft Says Password Strength Doesn't Matter: Here's Why It Does – By Paul

Some password managers are not as effective as others.
Your password strength doesn't matter, says a Microsoft security expert. Not the length, not the complexity, not how many special characters it uses. Hackers can get it anyway, and the only thing that truly makes a difference, he says, is whether you have two-factor authentication (2FA) turned on.

Easy Way to Capitalize Words After You Type Them

Quick Tip: There's an Easy Way to Capitalize Words After You Type Them – By

So you're typing a fairly long sentence to a friend in WhatsApp and you realize five words down you forgot to capitalize their name, what do you do? The lazy way is to delete your way back to the last word. The slightly better approach is to delete the one letter and retype it. But neither of these is the best way.

Decrease the data usage on your phone

How to decrease the data usage on your phone? – By View

If you are one of the lucky ones who recently switched to a new smartphone, you might have noticed that your cell data usage has increased without any significant changes in your habits. The truth is that the more advanced cellphones get, the more data they require to operate. Newer devices come with improved cameras that capture fantastic quality content that not only take more space on your device but also drains your data when you upload it to social media. The bigger screens and higher resolutions often used in new smartphone models also negatively impact the data usage.

Google Drive Tips

5 Google Drive Tips You Might Have Overlooked or Forgotten – By

Google Drive is the core of many aspects of G Suite for Education. There are lots of little features of Google Drive that are often overlooked or simply forgotten about. Many of those little features can improve your Google Drive experience. So as we head into the new school year, take a look at these five Google Drive settings that you might have overlooked or just forgotten about.

Why You Need the ‘Google Go’ App on Your Older Android Device

Why You Need the 'Google Go' App on Your Older Android Device – By Brendan

Despite being associated with some of the biggest technologies and most popular devices currently available, Google also develops products and services for places with limited infrastructure and resources. One of these products, the streamlined search app “Google Go,” is now available worldwide for all Android users to try. 

14 incredibly useful things you didn’t know Google Drive could do

14 incredibly useful things you didn’t know Google Drive could do – By JR

If you’re thinking of Google Drive as a mere place to plop your files, you’re missing out on some pretty powerful possibilities.

Beneath its fluffy cloud exterior, Drive holds all sorts of useful tools for collecting information, working with data, organizing your virtual goods, and sharing stuff externally. In some cases, the options are built directly into Drive; in others, they require a little help from a connecting app or service.

How to Get Help in Windows 10

How to Get Help in Windows 10 – By Chris

Windows 10 has a built-in Get Help app that will offer solutions to problems and even connect you to a human support person. That’s just one of Windows 10’s convenient built-in support options.

Google Maps tricks to travels efficient & fast

5 Google Maps tricks to make your travels more efficient, fast, and fun – By Doug

For many of us, Google Maps is an indispensable tool—but not one whose advanced features we spend that much time exploring. While it’s a solid choice for simply getting from point A to point B without much fuss, here are some helpful features and functionality that let you do a lot more than simply arrive safely.

– Printer with low-cost ink refills 2019

Printer With Low-Cost Ink Refills 2019

Multifunction inkjet printer with low-cost ink refills. I use E-Z Ink – Glenn

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All have Cloud Services  GOOGLE DRIVE™,  DROPBOX, BOX, ONEDRIVE®, ONENOTE®, and Brother Cloud Apps

LC-3013 ink cartridge for use with Brother MFC-J491DW MFC-J895DW MFC-J690DW MFC-J497DW Printer 

E-Z Ink (TM) Compatible Ink Cartridge Replacement for Brother LC3013 :  $24.59
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Page Yield: Black is 400 pages per cartridge, Color is 400 pages per cartridge

Go-EZL Replacement for Brother LC 3013  $17.97
Printer high Yield (2 Black, 1 Cyan, 1 Magenta, 1 Yellow) 5 Pack  
Page Yield: Black ink cartridge 550 pages, Color 550 pages (Letter/A4, at 5% coverage).

Bill Nye Pimps Chromebooks in Brand New Video Ad

Bill Nye Pimps Chromebooks in Brand New Video Ad – By Joey-Elijah

Bill Nye, aka the science guy, is back educating the masses in his own imitable style, but this time the topic he’s tackling is Chromebooks!

A three-minute ad added to the Chromebook YouTube channel this week sees Nye dish out some salient computing tips, with the chief takeaway being: buy a Chromebook.

How to Tell Which iPhone You Have

How to Tell Which iPhone You Have – By Justin

Most iPhones share a similar design, so it’s not always easy to tell which model you own. This information is essential when shopping for accessories like cases or asking Apple for technical support. Here’s how you can find which smartphone is in your pocket.

How to Organize Your Google Drive

How to Organize Your Google Drive – By Brady

Over time, with some neglect and potential laziness, your Google Drive can accrue tons of files and become a mess to find anything. Here’s how to organize your Drive to find everything fast and make sure it stays in order.

How to Use the Equation Editor in Google Docs – By Brady

The equation editor in Google Docs is the perfect feature for people who use mathematical equations inside their documents. Here’s how you can quickly add math equations with ease in any of your Google documents online.

Everybody Should 2FA 

Everybody Should 2FA  – By Authy  Video

Learn more about two-factor authentication and download the Authy app for IOS, Android and Chrome.

How to do two-factor authentication like a pro – By Sandra Gutierrez G 
You can hold the key to your online security. Like, literally.
If your level of anxiety over online security and privacy is on the healthy side, you probably already have two-factor authentication (2FA) set up for your main accounts. If you don't, you should seriously consider activating it to protect yourself from phishing, hacks, and anybody who may want to steal your data.

My Experience with a Charles Schwab Debit Card in Withdrawing Cash in Abroad 

My Experience with a Charles Schwab Debit Card in Withdrawing Cash in Abroad  — By Anya
International travel is often filled with the excitement of getting to know a new country, trying its food and learning about its traditions. However, it also comes with a plethora of headaches, such as how to communicate with locals without speaking their language, how to buy a SIM card to post all your Instagram photos and how to get cash without being ripped off.

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