Over 1 Billion Login Credentials Leaked, Here’s How to See if You Were Compromised – By Cameron Summerson, www.howtogeek.com
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Good morning! A whole slew of usernames and plaintext passwords were leaked for a number of different sites—at 772 million and 21 million respectively, it’s the largest data leak in history. Here’s how to make sure your information is still safe.
Stop Buying Inkjet Printers and Buy a Laser Printer Instead – By Craig Lloyd, www.howtogeek.com
Are you sick and tired of how slow your inkjet printer is? Does it seem like the ink constantly runs out? Do yourself a favor and replace that hunk of junk with a quality laser printer.
The Best Google Docs Add-Ons – By Brady Gavin, www.howtogeek.com
Google Docs add-ons work similarly to how a browser extension works. They are a third-party app that you install to Google Docs to gain additional features. Some add-ons increase productivity (like proofreading tools) and some add more extensive capabilities (like allowing teachers to integrate grades into students papers). Here’s how to install them and some of our favorites.
Google Maps begins showing speed trap alerts – By Alex Wagner, www.phonedog.com
Google Maps is gaining another handy new feature.
Support for displaying speed traps has begun rolling out in Google Maps. Screenshots shared by one Android user show icons of speed cameras when exploring the map and when driving. And since you shouldn't be looking at your phone when you're behind the wheel, Google Maps will also give you an audio cue when you're driving and approaching a speed trap.
The 15-minute Chromebook tune-up – By Jr Raphael, www.computerworld.com
As far as computers go, Chromebooks are almost shockingly low-maintenance. Google's Chrome OS operating system updates itself silently and automatically — as do most of the core apps associated with the platform — and it doesn't get gunked up and slowed down over time, as traditional operating systems tend to do. There's no antivirus software to fret over, either, and little in the way of complicated settings or compatibility concerns.
New Flag Enables Powerful Feature For Chromebook Files App – By Robby Payne, chromeunboxed.com
If you are a user who’s made the transition to Chromebooks from a more standard OS like Mac OS or Windows, file management could be a little different for you.
9 Most Useful Chrome Browser Extensions – By Natasha Stokes, www.techlicious.com
Using Chrome? One of the greatest features of Google’s nimble, speedy browser is the sheer volume of free extensions available from the Chrome store. These extensions are essentially software add-ons that enhance the browser’s performance, tacking on extra capabilities to what you can do within its confines.
Plus Codes on Google Maps: A Must-Use Feature for World Travelers – By Gavin Phillips, www.makeuseof.com
Plus codes are one of the most undiscovered features in Google Maps.
You might not need them when you’re in a well-planned urban area, but they can prove helpful when navigating the world in areas where there are no addresses to lead the way.
Want stronger passwords? Understand these 4 common password security myths – By Fahmida Y. Rashid, www.csoonline.com
Talking about password security is a guaranteed crowd-snoozer, a surefire way to make people shut down and tune out, but the reality is that passwords are still important. Email or social media, online banking or gaming, educational applications or online services—anything that keeps some kind of user data still depends on passwords to keep miscreants out. Attackers will continue merrily looting bank accounts and taking over online services if users don’t step up and use better passwords.
Windows 7 Only Has One Year of Security Patches Left – By Chris Hoffman, www.howtogeek.com
Microsoft will stop supporting Windows 7 with security updates on January 14, 2020. It’s like Windows XP all over again—but much worse. Many more people are sticking with Windows 7 than stuck with XP.
YubiKey 5 NFC security key review – By Liz Rodriguez, the-gadgeteer.com
REVIEW – In a previous YubiKey review, I mentioned how we now live in a world where many websites are being compromised. Along with mobile authenticator apps available, using a hardware device such as the YubiKey is great for extra login security. I had the opportunity to take a look at the newest of Yubico’s hardware keys; the YubiKey 5 NFC. Let’s take a look!
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On today's episode of "In Depth" Zac and Jesse talk about The Impending Big Auto/Oil Implosion!
It’s Time to Dispel These Dangerous Password Security Myths – By Mike Elgan, securityintelligence.com
These are exciting times for authentication technologies. We’ve only just begun to explore a new world beyond passwords. Emerging alternatives abound, from biometrics to multifactor authentication (MFA) to behavioral analysis and many other innovative ideas.
New Year’s resolutions: Get your passwords shipshape – By Tomáš Foltýn, www.welivesecurity.com
In case there are some blank entries in your laundry list of New Year’s resolutions, we have a few tips for a bit of cybersecurity ‘soul searching’. Here’s the first batch, looking at how you can fix your good ol’ passwords.
Google's Public DNS now works with Android 9 Pie – By Corbin Davenport, www.androidpolice.com
A Domain Name System, or DNS for short, is the component of your network connection that looks up the server IPs after you enter a domain name (e.g. androidpolice.com). Most people use the default DNS services from their ISPs/carriers, but alternatives have existed for years, like Google Public DNS. Google announced today that its DNS service finally supports DNS-over-TLS, meaning it can be set as the system-wide DNS provider on Android 9 Pie.
When you use Google Public DNS, you are changing your DNS "switchboard" operator from your ISP to Google Public DNS.
Supermoon Blood Moon Lunar Eclipse of 2019: Complete Guide – By Doris Elin Salazar, www.space.com
Overnight from Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019, into Monday, Jan. 21, millions of people in North and South America will have a prime view of a total lunar eclipse. During a special nocturnal hour, the full moon will become fully tinted with the red-orange color of sunset.
The Jan. 21 total lunar eclipse will be the last one until May 2021; the most recent total lunar eclipse previous to this one appeared in July 2018.
|Location||Eclipse Begins||Totality Begins||Totality Ends||Eclipse Ends|
|Miami, FL||10:33 p.m. EST||11:41 p.m. EST||12:43 p.m. EST||1:50 a.m. EST|
This is an application to compute and simulate astronomical events. A tool for astronomy lovers that allows to know in a simple way the general and local circumstances for solar and lunar eclipses and planetary transits.
How to Use Google Docs – By Maude Campbell, www.popularmechanics.com
Let’s face it, not everyone uses Microsoft Word anymore. What you really need to know is just how to create a document. Google Docs, released in 2006, is free to use, web-based, and not only for text documents; you can create slideshows and spreadsheets, too. Here's how to use it.
How to Control Margins in Google Docs – By Brady Gavin, www.howtogeek.com
Margins in a document are the white space that surrounds the text in your file. They appear at the top, bottom, left, and right sides. While the default margins are fine most of the time, sometimes you’ll need to change them. Here’s how.
How to Always Take Sharp Photos – By Harry Guinness, www.howtogeek.com
A sharp photo is one where the subject is in focus with clear lines, crisp details, and no (unintended) blurring. It’s generally a sign of a high-quality, technically excellent image. Here’s how to make sure you always take sharp photos.
'You can't relax': Here's why 2-factor authentication may be hackable – By Jennifer Schlesinger | Andrea Day, www.cnbc.com
In a quest to make online accounts safer, many services now offer two-factor authentication. The system typically sends a code to a user's mobile phone that they need log in, along with a username and password.
Tablo’s DVRs will soon automatically skip ads in your recordings – By Jon Porter, www.theverge.com
Tablo’s DVR boxes will soon be able to automatically skip the ad breaks in your antenna TV recordings, its manufacturer Nuvyyo has announced, according to Variety. The skipping will happen without you having to do anything. As you watch, the DVR will automatically skip to the end of the break when it detects that one has started. The new functionality will enter a testing phase this quarter, and the company intends to have it ready for a full release in the coming months.
How to Use Your Android Phone as a Flashlight – By Cameron Summerson, www.howtogeek.com
It’s dark and you need to be able to see. It’s fine—whip out your trusty Android phone and put the camera flash to work as a flashlight. Here’s how to do it.
What Exactly Happens When You Turn On Your Computer? – By Chris Hoffman, www.howtogeek.com
When you power on a computer, it goes through a “boot up” process– a term that comes from the word “bootstrap.” Here’s what’s happening in the background—whether you’re using a Windows PC, Mac, or Linux system.
How to Use Voice Typing in Google Docs – By Brady Gavin, www.howtogeek.com
Google Docs lets you use voice typing to dictate using your computer’s microphone. It’s great for people who suffer from a repetitive strain injury, or for those who just don’t like typing. Here’s how to use Voice Typing in Google Docs.
Lock Down Your Tech in 2019 With These Resolutions – By Justin Pot, www.howtogeek.com
If you’re a human person who occasionally engages in commerce, hackers are probably targeting you. This year, resolve to do something about it.
You know you need to take better care of your personal information, but you keep putting it off.
Browser Slow? How to Make Google Chrome Fast Again – By Walter Glenn, www.howtogeek.com
– Web browsers are our constant companions, so having a browser that feels slower than it should—or even crashes on you—is no fun at all. Here are some ways you can get Chrome running like new again.
How to Create a System Image Backup in Windows 7, 8, or 10 – By Walter Glenn, www.howtogeek.com
The built-in backup utilities in Windows are pretty solid. Let’s take a look at how to create a full backup image of your PC without the need for a third party utility.
You Should Freeze Your Child’s Credit. It’s Not Hard. Here’s How. – By Ron Lieber, www.nytimes.com
A new law requiring credit bureaus to offer you free freezes applies to children, too. It’s easier than you’d expect, but you may still have questions. Here are some answers.
How to Take the Best Photos with Your Android Phone – By Florence Ion, lifehacker.com
It’s that time of year again when you’re working your smartphone overtime attempting to keep up with all of the memories of holiday parties, family gatherings, and pets you’ve wrangled into festive attire. If you’re working with any of the latest Android phones, including the Google Pixel 3 or Samsung Note9, then one of the best cameras on the market is already in your pocket.
A new Google Chrome attack can freeze your Windows 10 device – By Anmol, mspoweruser.com
A new exploit has been discovered in Google Chrome that can potentially freeze Windows 10 devices completely. The new bug is being used in a tech support scam that freezes Windows 10 and then tells the user that their device is infected by a virus.
Do You Really Need to Regularly Reinstall Windows? – By Chris Hoffman, www.howtogeek.com
For many people, Windows seems to slow down over time. Quite a few people fix this by regularly reinstalling Windows. But do you really need to regularly reinstall Windows? And, if so, how regularly do you need to reinstall it?
Reinstall Windows 10 Without Deleting Your Software, Files or Settings – By Mark Turner, www.techspot.com
Perform an 'in-place upgrade' to fix a buggy Windows installation
We recently experienced an installation of Windows 10 with system files that were corrupt to the point that certain sections of the Settings app would automatically close when being opened, among other bugs around the platform.
Give Your Old Hard Drives and SSDs a New Job With This $9 Enclosure – By Shep Mcallister, kinjadeals.theinventory.com
If you have an old hard drive or SSD lying around, or you just want to build your own external drive from scratch, this $9, 2.5" enclosure (with code XMASAK23) is one of the most affordable we’ve ever seen with UASP support, which allows for faster data transfer speeds when using an SSD.
How to Create Multiple Columns in Google Docs – By Brady Gavin, www.howtogeek.com
Google Docs can split a document up into columns, which is excellent for making newsletters, pamphlets, and brochures. Here’s how you can separate parts of your document up into two or three columns in Google Docs.
Google Home Hub and Google Assistant tips and tricks: 15 things to get you started [Video] – By Damien Wilde, 9to5google.com
The Google Home Hub is one of the best Smart Display options on the market, albeit there are very few options. It might not have a camera, however, oddly, makes it one of the best options available especially as you have fewer privacy concerns.
15 tips and tricks for Chrome on Android (2018 edition) – By Corbin Davenport, www.androidpolice.com
Last year, we compiled a list of 15 tips and tricks to get the most out of Chrome on Android. The browser has plenty of hidden features, either tucked away behind flags or simply not pointed out by Google. Since that post was published, several of the features we highlighted have been removed (like the Chrome Home UI), and new ones have been added.
Why you need to use a password manager – By Zack Whittaker, techcrunch.com
If you thought passwords will soon be dead, think again. They’re here to stay — for now. Passwords are cumbersome and hard to remember — and just when you did, you’re told to change it again. And sometimes passwords can be guessed and are easily hackable.
How to use Robocopy to quickly back up all your data in Windows 10 – By Greg Shultz, www.techrepublic.com
Windows 10 offers a plethora of ways to back up and restore your data—and even your entire system. For example, there's File History, System Restore, Fresh Start, and System Image Recovery just to name a few.
How Safe is Mint.com? – By Curtis Hearn, smartmoneynation.com
A few weeks ago, Equifax, one of the world’s largest repository of personal financial information, announced it had been hacked. Over 140 million consumers’ personal data was stolen, including credit card numbers for some of those affected.
How to Pay With Google – By Tim Fisher, www.lifewire.com
There are two ways to pay with Google and both of them use the free payment platform called Google Pay. One lets you buy things and the other is for sending and receiving money with other users.
Google Drive – Google Basics Part 4 – By Dottotech, www.youtube.com VIDEO
Google Drive, serves not one but 2 masters: Online storage and file sharing Productivity and collaboration applications
Google Basic Part 3: Google Calendar – By Dottotech, www.youtube.com VIDEO
Google Calendar is one of the most valuable members of Google's ecosystem. It can form the centre of your productivity system!
How to Use Gmail – Google Basics Part 2 By Dottotech, www.youtube.com Video
Discover how you can use Gmail like a pro. I'll show you everything you need to do to set up your Gmail account and then share the most important Gmail features.
Google Account – Google Basics – Part 1 – By Dottotech, www.youtube.com VIDEO
Let's go over the Google Basics! In this video, you'll learn how to set up your Google account, what to expect from your Google account and what benefits you get from joining the Google ecosystem.
- G-Suite Pricing Plan https://gsuite.google.com/pricing.html
- Create a Gmail Account https://accounts.google.com/signup/v2
- Google News https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9wf-U…
- 5 Must Know Google Drive Tips https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Inl4n…
- Google Calendar Overview https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t5cWR…
- Google Photos https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXe68…
- Google Keep https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AG21_…
- Google 2 Factor Authentication https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TLUz7…
- Google Privacy https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vA9Z0…
ProtonMail now lets you import emails in bulk from Gmail, Yahoo, and others – By Paul Sawers, venturebeat.com
Encrypted email startup ProtonMail is making it easier for users to import their emails from other providers, in a move that could help stoke use of ProtonMail’s service. Additionally, the company will also enable users to backup their emails locally by exporting them to their hard drive.
How to Manage Google Drive Settings – By James T. Cains, www.dummies.com
Google Drive itself has only a few settings to keep track of, but they can make your experience a little easier. To manage the main Google Drive settings, log in to Google Drive, click the Settings icon (it looks like a gear) at the top right corner, and choose Settings.
How to Import an Excel Document into Google Sheets – By Brady Gavin, www.howtogeek.com
Did someone send you an Excel document, but you don’t have Excel? Giving up on Microsoft Office and making the change to Google Drive? No problem; Google Sheets lets you import your Excel files. And while it might not support some of the same features and effects of an Excel document, it works pretty well.
What is WordPress? It's the CMS that powers your favorite tech website – By Jon Martindale, www.digitaltrends.com
WordPress is something that every web user has enjoyed the benefits of, even if they didn’t realize it. So, what is WordPress? Among a few popular alternatives, it’s one of the most used content management systems (CMS) in the world and after more than 15 years of operation, has expanded from a basic blogging platform into one of the most versatile ways to manage website content ever made.In fact, it’s what runs your favorite tech site, DigitalTrends.com. Ask any of the writers here and they’ll have good and bad things to say about it, but they all know their way around WordPress.
65 Chromebook tips for maximum productivity – By Jr Raphael, www.computerworld.com
Chromebooks may be all about simplicity, but don't be fooled: Beneath their intuitive outer layer lies a web of advanced options. And you don't have to be a power user to embrace it.
Chrome Canvas: A Web App For Drawing On Your Chromebook From Google – By Robby Payne, chromeunboxed.com
Pen support has been a normality in Chrome OS since the early days of Chrome Unboxed. The device that pioneered the entire effort was one we tracked from the earliest stages: the Samsung Chromebook Plus. I remember stumbling upon pen support for what was known as ‘Kevin’ at the time and being so excited to see stylus tools on their way to Chrome OS.
Google Chrome Canvas PWA brings low-latency doodling to Chromebooks, Android, and even your desktop – By Ryne Hager, www.androidpolice.com
Earlier today, our buds over at Chrome Unboxed spotted a new progressive web app by Google called Chrome Canvas. It's a very simple sketching/doodling app that works best on devices like Chromebooks with stylus-based input, but it will also run on your desktop or phone. The new app is showing up as an installed app on some Chromebooks running Dev and Canary channels, but you can pull it down manually on other devices right now.
SMS or authenticator app – which is better for two-factor authentication? – By Maria Varmazis, nakedsecurity.sophos.com
In the comments of one of our recent two-factor authentication (2FA) articles, we received a question about whether it was better to use an SMS (text message) code as your second factor of authentication or to use a dedicated authenticator app to generate the code.
Protecting an account with multi-factor authentication (MFA) is a no-brainer, but that doesn’t mean every method for doing this is equally secure.
This is the future of authentication, according to security experts – By Abhimanyu Ghoshal, thenextweb.com
Passwords may not have been much of an annoyance back in the 1960s, when they were first believed to have been introduced to the world of computing. But as we’ve increasingly adopted a wide range of personal gadgets and online services, they’ve become a pain to manage, and a point of vulnerability that hackers can exploit when conditions are in their favor.
LastPass FULL TUTORIAL Password Manager – By David A. Cox, www.youtube.com VIDEO
Password management is a major problem for a lot of people and today I would like to demonstrate the solution which I feel at this point is the best option on the market.
Primer: How to lock your online accounts with a security key – By Seth Rosenblatt, the-parallax.com
A tiny slab of circuitry can lock down your online accounts against some of the most determined attacks—unless your sites, your browser, or your own inertia get in the way.
Things You Should Know Before Enabling Two-Factor Authentication – By Nitin Sharma, medium.freecodecamp.org
With Cybersecurity becoming a big concern, two-factor authentication (2FA) is a topic that is becoming hotter with each passing day.
After all, who doesn’t want to keep their private data safe? Two-factor authentication may not be a bulletproof solution but is one of the easiest and best ways to shore up your virtual security.
How to Create a Table of Contents in Google Docs – By Brady Gavin, www.howtogeek.com
Adding a table of contents to your document is a useful way to show readers each topic/chapter listed inside your file. When you create a table of contents in Google Docs, it automatically generates one and adds links that jump to each section they reference when clicked, allowing for quick access to specific parts of your document.
The Best Photo Editors for Chromebooks – By Cameron Summerson, www.howtogeek.com
One of the biggest question we see about Chromebooks is “can they run Photoshop?” The answer to that is no—at least not the full version you’ll find on other platforms. But that doesn’t mean they can’t do photo editing.
Google Drive's New Backup Feature Reminded Me I Have No Backup Plan – By Patrick Lucas Austin, lifehacker.com
If you don’t have an offsite cloud storage plan (and you really should), Google’s newest update to its cloud storage service Google Drive is ready to fix your gaping data backup hole by letting you pick which folders on your device you’d like to back up to Google Drive instead of forcing you to put the files into a single Google Drive folder. It’s called Backup & Sync.
Chromebooks vs. Laptops: What's the Difference? – By Daniel Nations, www.lifewire.com
Let's dispense with a likely question right away: Yes, a Chromebook is a laptop. A laptop is a portable computer meant to be placed almost anywhere, including your lap, but still have the same basic functionality and input devices as a desktop. A Chromebook meets all of the specifications. It is simply a laptop running a different operating system (Chrome OS). So what's the difference between a Chromebook and a Windows-based laptop or a MacBook?
No, You Don’t Need Antivirus on a Chromebook – By Cameron Summerson, www.howtogeek.com
Recently, Malwarebytes announced an antivirus for Chromebooks(through its Android app). But here’s the thing: that’s complete bullshit. You don’t need an antivirus on Chrome OS; I don’t care how they try to sell it.