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Get MOTO X4 With Fi

Android One Moto X4 This $400 phone is currently $170 for new Project Fi customers, after $150 + $80 off. This is a limited time offer from Google Project Fi. Glenn

Tap into the best of Android on the Android One Moto X4, pairing premier hardware with a best-in-class Google experience. Enjoy all-day battery with ultra fast charging* and feature-packed dual rear cameras. 

Now $399 $249 with activation + additional $80 off for new Fi customers.  This month only!

  • Get $150 off the Android One Moto X4 with activation (regularly $399).
  • If you're new to Fi, you can also earn $80 Fi service credit.

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Can I bring my number to Project Fi?
Yes, you can transfer your current cellular number over to Project Fi when you sign up.

Project Fi Will Give an $80 Service Credit

Project Fi Will Give an $80 Service Credit to New Customers Who Buy Also Buy a Phone by androidandme.com

Looks like that expanded international coverage isn’t the only good news that Project Fi has to share today.

Project Fi is now offering an $80 service credit to new customers. All you have to do is buy a Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, or Android One Moto X4 from Project Fi, activate it within 30 days of shipment, and then keep your account 

Ways You Should be Using LastPass

4 Ways You Should be Using LastPass but Probably Aren’t By Leah Bachmann

If you’re using LastPass as your password manager, you already know how it simply and securely manages all your passwords – so you don’t need to remember them. And now that you’re using it, you can’t imagine how you survived before. Right? Well, there are other LastPass features that are just as helpful. Here are four to help you get more out of LastPass.

Metered connections in Windows 10

Metered connections in Windows 10

Applies to: Windows 10


A metered connection is an Internet connection that has a data limit associated with it. Cellular data connections are set as metered by default. Wi-Fi and Ethernet network connections can be set to metered but aren't by default. Some apps might work differently on a metered connection to help reduce your data usage. Also, some updates for Windows won't be installed automatically.

To set a Wi-Fi network connection as metered:

  1. Select Start  > Settings  > Network & Internet > Wi-Fi  > Manage known networks.
  2. Select the Wi-Fi network > Properties > turn on Set as metered connection.

How, When, and Why to Set a Connection as Metered on Windows 10 by www.howtogeek.com

Windows 10 is designed for PCs with unlimited Internet connections, and it normally uses as much of your download and upload bandwidth as it wants without asking. Setting a connection as metered puts you back in control, and it’s essential on some types of connections.

Why Is My Internet So Slow

Why Is My Internet So Slow? by howtogeek.com

There are many reasons your Internet connection might appear slow. It could be a problem with your modem or router, Wi-Fi signal, signal strength on your cable line, devices on your network saturating your bandwidth, or even a slow DNS server. These troubleshooting steps will help you pin down the cause.

How Google Fights Password Thieves​

How Google Fights Password Thieves by Gizmodo

Photo: APGoogle and researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, teamed up to study how Google accounts become compromised, shedding light on how the company…


Few Gmail Users Enable Two-Factor Authentication by ExtremeTech 

Data from a Google engineer shows that just 10 percent of users have enabled two-factor authentication, with only slightly more deploying a password manager. Security…

How can I keep my computer safe online?

This is the THE TECH GUY program 1459 SATURDAY FEBRUARY 3, 2018

Hosted by Leo Laporte – Keeping your computer safe online.

How can I keep my computer completely safe online?

Watch Eric from Colombus, OH 

Eric wants to know if there's a check list to make sure he's safe while online. Leo says that there is. its called the U.P.D.A.T.E. protocol, and it was invented by an agent of the FBI:

Update Frequently
Passwords – make them complicated. A password vault can help.
Download – watch what you download. Don't go to unknown third party sites, and don't install anything you don't really need.
Administrator – Don't run as an administrator account. Nowadays you don't have to worry about this with a modern OS, but on older machines like Windows 7 or XP, use a standard user account.
Turn-off – Turn off your machine when you don't need it. If it's not on, it can't be hacked.
Encrypt – Encrypt your data using the built-in file encryption utility. That way even if they get your data, they can't see what it is. Leo also says to encrypt traffic with a VPN. What's the best? Leo likes TunnelBear and the Hotspot VPN hardware device. There's also Krebbs on Security VPN recommendations here.

The NSA also has their own guide towards locking down your OS, hardware, and more.

Coming in Windows 10’s Redstone 4 Update

What’s Coming in Windows 10’s Redstone 4 Update, Available March 2018 by How-To-Geek

Microsoft is hard at work on Windows 10’s next update, codenamed “Redstone 4”. This is Windows 10 version “1803”, which means it will likely launch sometime in March 2018.

This article contains features that have arrived through Insider Preview version 17083, which was released on January 24…

Two-factor Authentication:

Two-factor Authentication: What You Need to Know by androidcentral.com

You should use two-factor authentication on every account that offers it. Here's an explainer of what it is, and why you want it.

You see a lot of talk on the internet about two-factor authentication (or 2FA as it's commonly called) but most times its just people like us telling you to use it. And we'll continue that trend and start this bit of prose by telling you to use 2FA whenever and wherever you can. But we're also going to let you know what it is, and why it's important that you use it. Read on.

Hidden Android Settings You Should Know About

24 Hidden Android Settings You Should Know About by popsci.com

Customize your phone to better suit your needs.

Android phones come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes, but within, they all run the same basic operating system. That Android code includes settings that let you tailor your smartphone to your needs. In this guide, we collected 24 lesser-known customizations for you to toy with.

How Much Data Does Netflix Use?

How Much Data Does Netflix Use? by How-To Geek 

We live in an age of prolific media streaming, with services like Netflix leading the charge. At the same time, we also live in an age where capped data packages for home internet is something that many people have to deal with. If you’re one of the millions of people with a capped data package, knowing how much data Netflix actually uses is crucial.

What Can Your Google Assistant Do?

What Can Your Google Assistant Do? by Google Help

Google set up a page where you can find everything its AI Assistant is capable. There are over “1 million things to try” according to Google, but to make things easy the list is broken down into categories like “Home control,” “Games & fun,” and “Productivity.” The main page also points to new and trending skills, along with a search bar.

Tips – Google Maps and Apple Maps

10 Tips for Making Journeys Faster with Google Maps and Apple Maps by gizmodo.com

It’s no exaggeration to say map apps like Google Maps and Apple Maps have transformed the way we get from A to B, replacing paper maps, guesswork, and friendly strangers with the power of our smartphones. But if you’re using these apps in default mode, you may not be getting to your destination as quickly as possible—here are some tips to change that.

Google Backup & Sync Desktop Update

Google Backup & Sync for Desktop Gets a Big Update With Ignored File Types, Photo/video-only Sync, and More by androidpolice.com

Google completely revamped the desktop Google Drive client this year with the move to Backup & Sync. The initial rollout was a bit of a mess with Google essentially breaking Drive for some people. It eventually worked all that out, and Backup & Sync has been running smoothly since then. There haven't been many feature additions, but there's a big one rolling out now. In the latest version, you have more control over which files are synced, and it's easier to add new folders to Drive.

The latest version of the Backup & Sync client has build number 3.38.7642.3857. Here's what you can expect to see when you update.

Do A Clean Installation Of Windows 10

How To Do A Clean Installation Of Windows 10 by Tom's Hardware

This tutorial was written by Tom's Hardware Community member darkbreeze. You can find a list of all their tutorials here.

This tutorial is intended to help you, step by step, perform a clean install of Windows 10 (Build 1709 or newer). It can be equally applied to earlier installer versions that may simply lack some of the Cortana-assisted settings screens but should be similar in all other regards.

The 11 Best Apps For Your Android Phone

The 11 best apps for your new Android phone by The Verge

So you just got a new Android phone. You’ve probably turned it on, logged into a bunch of apps, downloaded your favorites — Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, etc. — and logged into all of them as well. But now it’s time to dive a little bit deeper. If you’re setting up a phone for the first time, here are 11 apps worth downloading that you might have missed.

Gmail Account Hacked

The Tech Guy with Leo Laporte

From computers, the internet, iPods, and cell phones to camcorders, digital cameras, gaming systems, and home theaters Leo Laporte provides entertaining tech talk that appeals to the inner geek in us all. The Tech Guy airs every weekend in over 170 cities in the US and Canada. 

Here is an excerpt from the July 29th 2017 Tech Guy program.

How can I get my gmail account back from a hacker?

Clinton from Alberta, Canada

Clinton's Google account was hacked, and the password recovery was changed to another email address. Leo says that's why Google and Leo recommend 2 Factor Authentication so that he would be contacted should a password change happen. He can also use a secondary email. Clinton can contact Google and they can perhaps get his account back by answering questions that only he would know about.

He should keep in mind that if he used this as a recovery email for other sites, they are vulnerable as well. So he'll have to get it back ASAP before more damage is done.

Check out these articles on hacking for more guidance:

Kevin Roos: I dared two expert hackers to destroy my life. Here's what happened.
Mat Honan: How I Resurrected My Digital Life After an Epic Hacking
What we give away when we log on to a public Wi-Fi network

 

Quickly Find a Photo in Google Photos

How to Quickly Find a Photo in Google Photos by makeuseof.com

Want to find a photo? We'll show you how to search Google Photos and organize your images to make finding a picture a snap!

Facebook Twitter Pinterest Stumbleupon Whatsapp Email

Most of us have a Google account, probably for something like Gmail or Google Calendar. But did you know that Google is also a great option for storing and searching all of your photos…

Turn Off Autofill in Your Password Manager

You Should Turn Off Autofill in Your Password Manager by howtogeek.com

Advertisers have found a new way to track you. According to Freedom to Tinker, a few ad networks are now abusing tracking scripts to capture the email addresses that your password manager auto-fills on websites.

But it gets worse: they could use that tech to capture your passwords too, if they wanted. This affects everyone using a password manager, whether it’s a built-in password manager like the one in Chrome, Firefox, or Edge, or a browser extension

Get a Password Manager, Where to Start

Get a Password Manager. Here's Where to Start by wired.com

You're sick of hearing this. The exhortations didn't work in 2013 and they're not going to work now. Sure. But the truth is that you need a password manager, and it's worth it to take the time to set one up. At this point, even their shortcomings prove how vital they are.

Research published last week through Princeton's Center for Information Technology Policy highlights a problematic feature in many browser-based password storage tools that's actually being exploited by online advertising

The Chromebook Has Arrived

The Chromebook Has Arrived: Switching From Mac, Windows Is Easy by forbes.com

I'm a Chrome OS convert. The Google Pixelbook made the conversion easy.

Here's the tl;dr: my Pixelbook runs everything I need. It runs Android apps, Google Docs (of course), Microsoft Office, Microsoft OneDrive, iCloud (yes, Chrome now can access iCloud photos online), my social networking apps, Firefox, Skype, imaging apps…

Avoid Getting Locked Out When Using Two-Factor Authentication

How to Avoid Getting Locked Out When Using Two-Factor Authentication by How-To-Geek

Two-factor authentication secures your accounts with code in addition to your password. You can’t get in without the code sent to your phone. But what happens if you lose or reset your phone? If you don’t plan your recovery method ahead of time, you could permanently lose access to your accounts.

Here’s what you should do right now to make sure you don’t get locked out in the future.

TV Antenna and Ink

Here are a few suggestions for where to find Brother comparable ink and over the air TV antennas that I use here in Fort Myers and the Philadelphia area.

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