Here’s how to wrangle your passwords without going crazy – By Sean Captain fastcompany.com
Marriott. Exactis. Under Armour. The list of online breaches marches on. You can’t prevent corporations from bungling security and leaking your data. But taking extra care with your logins can minimize the damage. Some best practices are obvious: For instance, you shouldn’t use the same username and password for multiple sites, lest hackers who break into one account can access others. And if you don’t store information–such as credit card numbers–in the first place, it can’t be breached.
Better password protections in Chrome – How it works – By security.googleblog.com
Don't Wait for Microsoft to Reset Your Account's Password – By lifehacker.com
Microsoft’s decision to reset the passwords of 44 million accounts, is actually a good thing. If your account is affected, thank Father Gates, because Microsoft is alerting you to the fact that it searched a database of more than three billion leaked accounts and found information belonging to yours.
How to Listen to Podcasts on iPhone, iPad, or Android – By Khamosh Pathak howtogeek.com
Did someone recently recommend you listen to a podcast? If your response was, “What’s a podcast?” we’ve got the answer, and more! Here’s a crash course on podcasts and how you can listen to them on your smartphone.
What to Do Before (and After) Your Phone Is Stolen – By Andrew Heinzman howtogeek.com
Millions of phones are stolen every year, and there’s a chance yours could be one of them. But it doesn’t have to be—you can make your phone theftproof! We’ll show you how, and what you should do if your phone is stolen.
10 Easy Steps to Better iPhone and iPad Security – By Tim Brookes howtogeek.com
There’s a good chance you spend more time interacting with the online world on your smartphone than any other device. Let’s take a look at how you can up your iPhone and iPad security game.
2 Ways Your SIM Card Can Be Hacked (And How to Protect It) – By Mihir Patkar makeuseof.com
You probably know that your smartphone’s operating system needs to be regularly updated to protect against security vulnerabilities. But your SIM card can be a source of security vulnerabilities too. Here we’ll show you some ways hackers can use SIM cards to gain access to devices, and advice on how you can keep your SIM card safe.
Why You Should Sign In With Google, Facebook, or Apple – By Chris Hoffman howtogeek.com
Are you still creating user accounts everywhere? Maybe you should stop and sign in with your Google, Facebook, or Apple account instead. It might just be more secure—and it’s definitely more secure if you’re not currently using a password manager.
How to Disable or Enable Tap to Click on a PC’s Touchpad – By Chris Hoffman howtogeek.com
Windows laptops often let you tap one or more fingers on the touchpad or trackpad to click. If this gets in your way, you can disable it—or enable it if it’s not working.
How to decrease the data usage on your phone? – By View Postpandasecurity.com
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.
How to Tell Which iPhone You Have – By Justin Duinohowtogeek.com
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.
What to Do Before (and After) Your Phone Is Stolen – By Andrew Heinzmanhowtogeek.com
Millions of phones are stolen every year, and there’s a chance yours could be one of them. But it doesn’t have to be—you can make your phone theftproof! We’ll show you how, and what you should do if your phone is stolen.
How to Create a Strong Password (and Remember It) – By Chris Hoffmanhowtogeek.com6 min
“Be sure to use a strong password” is advice we all constantly see online. Here’s how to create a strong password—and, more importantly, how to actually remember it.
Here Are the Best Account Security Methods, According to Google – By David Murphy, Email, Twitter, Posts, lifehacker.com
Everywhere you turn, someone is handing out advice about account security and privacy. And while it never hurts to be reminded about all the ways you can protect your critical data, have you topped to wonder whether any of the various security measures you’re taking are actually effective?
WebAuthn Web Authentication with YubiKey 5 – By Todd A. Jacobs, www.linuxjournal.com
A look at the recently released YubiKey 5 hardware authenticator series and how web authentication with the new WebAuthn API leverages devices like the YubiKey for painless website registration and strong user authentication.
Google data shows 2-factor authentication blocks 100% of automated bot hacks – By Napier Lopez, thenextweb.com
Two-factor authentication is annoying. Getting flustered because you have to find your phone and tap on a prompt every time you log into your accounts from a new device is peak first-world problems. But if you ever had any doubt whether it really made you that much safer, Google has the data to dispel that uncertainty.
How to use Windows 10's Your Phone experience – By Mark Hachman, www.pcworld.com
Microsoft’s Your Phone app bridges the gap between your Windows 10 PC and a smartphone, allowing quick interactions with images shot with your phone’s camera and the ability to send and receive texts right from your PC. Having tried, and abandoned, using the phone as your PC with Continuum, Microsoft apparently settled upon an assistant role via the Your Phone app. Eventually, Microsoft hopes that Your Phone will evolve into something even bigger, so it’s worth checking out.
Google Fi Now Supports Visual Voicemail on iPhone – By Paul Thurrott, www.thurrott.com
The new version of Google Fi for iPhone now supports that platform’s visual voicemail functionality, a significant improvement.
Never Lose Access to LastPass with Account Recovery on Mobile – By Amber Steel, blog.lastpass.com
LastPass takes away the burden of remembering passwords – and getting locked out of your accounts. But what if you forget your LastPass master password? It’s the one password you still need to remember. Because of our zero-knowledge security model, LastPass never knows your master password and therefore can’t reset it for you. So, what do you do if you’ve forgotten it?
Gboard 2.0 brings advanced background, key, and glide theming to iOS [Gallery] By Abner Li, 9to5google.com
Gboard for Android and iOS maintain relative feature parity on key functionality, but on occasion one app surpasses the other. Gboard 2.0 for iOS today adds a slew of customization options for the keyboard ranging from backgrounds, keys, and even the glide swipe trail.
How to Edit a PDF in Google Drive By Zapier, zapier.com
We've outlined the best PDF editor apps— and Google Drive isn't one of them. For filling in forms and editing layout, you might want to download your PDF from Drive and use one of those apps. But Google Drive can work in a pinch.
5 Tips to Change your Password By Leah Bachmann, blog.lastpass.com
Even though weak, reused and compromised passwords are the cause behind many breaches, people continue to display pretty risky password behavior. In fact, we’ve found that 91% of people know that using the same password for multiple accounts is a security risk, but 59% admitted that they do it anyway.
You want your phone with you everywhere. Don’t you feel the same way about your passwords? With the LastPass iOS and Android apps you have access to all your passwords wherever you go.
Using LastPass on Android: Tricks you Might have Missed By Leah Bachmann, blog.lastpass.com
We carry our phones with us everywhere, so it’s important our favorite apps are available on-the-go. LastPass offers a great app for both Android and iOS users that lets you access all your passwords and other essential information wherever you need it.
Password Fatigue and LastPass By Joe Siegrist, blog.lastpass.com
John Kelly of the Washington Post had an amusing article today about how much trouble it is to create a new password every 90 days: So Many Passwords, So Little Time By John Kelly
How to Partition Your Hard Drive and Why You Would Want To – By David Nield, gizmodo.com
-Partitioning your hard drive sounds like a technically involved task that most people don’t need to bother with—but it’s actually relatively simple to do, doesn’t have to cost you any money, and can make your computing life easier and more productive. Here are the advantages of a partitioned hard drive, and why you might want to do it.
Can Anyone Really Track My Phone’s Precise Location? – By Chris Hoffman, www.howtogeek.com
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It’s the year 2019, and everyone willingly carries a tracking device in their pockets. People can have their precise locations tracked in real time by the government, advertising companies, and even rogue bounty hunters. It sounds like dystopian fiction—but it’s a reality.
How to Remotely Troubleshoot a Friend’s Windows PC Without Any Extra Software – By Chris Hoffman, www.howtogeek.com
Windows offers a few built-in tools for performing remote assistance over the Internet. These tools allow you to take remote control of another person’s computer so you can help them troubleshoot it while you’re on the phone with them. They work similarly to Remote Desktop, but are available on all editions of Windows and are easy to set up.
How to Avoid Fingerprint Scams in Apps – By David Murphy, lifehacker.com
It’s great when an app allows you to add extra security—a fingerprint scan or a depth map of your face, for example—to access its contents. In case someone ever gets their hands on your unlocked device (or figures out your PIN), it’ll be trickier for them to access critical apps, like your banking apps, if they don’t have your finger or face nearby.
Project Fi is Now “Google Fi,” Works with Most Phones—Including the iPhone – By Cameron Summerson, www.howtogeek.com
It’s been a long time coming, but Google is upgrading its Project Fi cellular service with a new name, more features, and compatibility with a lot more phones. Even the iPhone is along for the ride now.
The Best Grammar Checkers For Every Type Of Writing by Jennifer Allen @jenjeahaly
We all want to write better and more effectively. It’s easy to become both paranoid and complacent over one’s writing style. Fortunately, there are plenty of online services that help by checking your grammar. We’ve looked at some of the best grammar checkers out there.
Now that Password Autofill is Part of iOS 12, There’s No Reason Not to Use a Password Manager By Cameron Summerson, www.howtogeek.com
“You should use a password manager!” is advice you’ve likely ignored for years, but with proper integration on every platform, there’s no legitimate reason not to use a password manager now.
Office 365 Home Update – Now with more users, and sign-ins.
Starting October 2, 2018 subscribers to Microsoft Office 365 Home accounts will allow more users to access the subscription and increase login limits.
Microsoft Office 365 Home at $99/year gives access to Office applications such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and 1 TB of OneDrive storage for each user. Office 365 Home was limited to 5 users with 10 device installs total, five of the devices could be PCs, and the rest could be tablets or phones. With the new terms, Office 365 Home is now going to cover six people instead of five, and each allowed 1 TB of OneDrive storage. Device limit has increased as well, with no limits to the number of devices Office is installed on, and each user can be signed into Office on five devices at a time.
These new changes come at no additional cost. Office 365 Home still costs $99/year, or $9.99 per month directly from Microsoft. You can save more by buying the Microsoft Office 365 Home 1 year Product Key Card from Amazon or Costco, they both offer it for about $85.
Grandparents this is a great gift for your grandchildren.
You can have a copy of Office 365 and five remaining subscriptions to give to your grandkids or anyone you choose. Microsoft Office is the standard in business, being familiar with these tools is essential for young people entering the workforce.
Why Microsoft’s Office 365 is a Great Deal by howtogeek.com
Microsoft’s Office 365 service has been a great deal for a long time, and it’s getting better. Starting, soon Office 365 Home will let six users install an unlimited number of Office applications.
Google wants you to turn your face into a sticker for Gboard by trustedreviews.com
The trouble with emoji is that very few of us look like the caricatures we punctuate our instant messages with. If you’ve been itching for a more personalised experience, Google is rolling out an answer right now in new versions of its own Gboard keyboard for Android and iOS.
How to Juggle Multiple Google Calendars by howtogeek.com
If you only have one Google account, managing your calendar is pretty simple. But once you bring your work account, shared family calendars, and even specialty calendars into the mix, keeping things organized becomes more challenging.
How to Set Up Google Family to Share Your Google Services by howtogeek.com
If you pay for a book on Google Play Books, your significant other should be able to read it, too. The same goes for movies, music, and even apps or games—if you make a purchase, everyone in the family should be able to enjoy it. Thanks to Google Family, they can.
Gmail’s biggest redesign is now live by theverge.com
The world’s most popular email service is getting a big overhaul today. Google is making official the changes we saw leaked earlier this month, with email snoozing, nudging, and confidential mode making their debut alongside a substantial visual redesign for Gmail on the web. The new Gmail begins a global phased rollout today, which is to say that it won’t be available to every one of Gmail’s 1.4 billion users right away, and the first to get it will be invited to opt in rather than being able to just turn it on themselves.
This year, Gmail’s 1.4 billion users are getting their first major upgrade since 2011. From a game-changing “snooze email” function to the exciting option to make sent messages “self-destruct”, we run through the key features of the new Gmail upgrade.
The new Gmail started rolling out last week, and it’s awesome. But many people are asking the same question: where did Contacts go?
The previous version of Gmail, now called “Classic Gmail,” had a drop-down at the top-left for quick access to Contacts and Tasks.
Google recently announced a massive update to its popular email platform. So far, it's given personal account holders and company admins (who run company's G Suite accounts) the choice to leave their Gmail inboxes as-is, or to opt into the new Gmail, which comes with a new look and a lot of new features. If they don't enjoy the experience, users and admins are welcome to opt back out.
That's no longer going to be the case in a matter of months, as Google announced
How to undo the Gmail update – and what features you'll miss if you do by independent.co.uk
The new Gmail update features a snooze email function, a fresh design and a 'confidential mode' that protects outgoing emails.
However hundreds of Gmail users took to social media to complain about Google's new design. Fortunately for them, there is a way to switch it back to the old version, but only for a limited time.
Apple Pay Now Accepted at All Costco Warehouses in United States by macrumors.com
Apple Pay is now accepted at all Costco warehouses in the United States, at in-store checkouts, according to the company. Costco has been equipping its warehouses with contactless payment terminals over the past several months, and as of this week, it has activated contactless payments at all of its 750 locations
How to Protect Yourself Against a SIM Swap Attack by wired.com
A spate of hacked Instagram accounts. A $220 million lawsuit against AT&T. A bustling underground crime ring. They all have roots in an old problem that has lately found new urgency: SIM card swaps, a scam in which hackers steal your mobile identity—and use it to upend your life.
Grammarly Review: Is Grammarly Worth All The Hype? by bloggingocean.com
Do you make a lot of grammatical and punctuation errors? Don't worry; you are not the only one to face this problem.
Grammarly, an online grammar checking tool, claims to make writing a lot easier by proofreading your content in real time as you type. Off late, it is gaining a lot of popularity and is being used and recommended by many people.
Grammarly – Advanced grammar and spell checker for iPad and Mac by michaelkummer.com
Grammarly is an advanced grammar and spell checker for iOS and the Mac. It helps me to write better copy at work and in my capacity as a blogger. If you write as much as I do, I would highly recommend to check it out.
LastPass Authenticator by logmeininc.com
LastPass Authenticator is a multifactor app for Android, iOS, and Windows mobile devices. It supports 3 ways to log in:
- Time based 6-digit codes
- One-tap push notifications
- SMS 6-digit codes
LastPass Authenticator is also TOTP compliant, meaning it’s compatible with all apps and websites that support Google Authenticator. That means you can conveniently manage Multifactor Authentication for multiple services, all from LastPass Authenticator.
The DNS (Domain Name System) server settings on your laptop, phone, or router are your gateway to the web—converting easy-to-remember domain names into actual internet IP addresses, just like your contacts app converts names into actual phone numbers. You can change which DNS server your devices use though, and perhaps get yourself a faster, more secure internet connection along the way.
Chromebooks allow you to set a custom DNS server, but Google doesn’t make the option easy to find. There are many reasons to change your DNS server, after all.
Around 15 years ago, I was working at my part-time job at an electronics store at the mall. One of my colleagues asked me if I “use text messages.”
“I’m addicted,” she said wide-eyed. “They’re so much fun.”
Our phones affect our lives in all kinds of ways, from socializing to travel, but these ever-present pocket gadgets can also act as early warning devices for a host of important alerts—from life-saving notifications to convenient warnings about your commute. Here we’ll show you what’s possible, and which apps you’ll need.
NeverSSL by NeverSSL.com
This website is for when you try to open Facebook, Google, Amazon, etc on a wifi network, and nothing happens. Type "http://neverssl.com" into your browser's url bar, and you'll be able to log on.
How to Make Your Phone’s Fingerprint Reader More Accurate by howtogeek.com
Fingerprint readers on phones have made devices more secure and faster to unlock, at least when they work on the first try. If you have trouble unlocking your phone quickly, there are things you can do to improve your device’s fingerprint reader.
Biometric identification on phones has come a long way over the last few years, with both Apple and Google building…
Watch Out for This Chrome Tech Support Scam by pcmag.com
Even seasoned tech professionals can't help but react badly when lots of big, red text appears on a computer screen proclaiming your machine has been compromised. They are almost always a scam, but unless you know what they look like it can be easy to fall for them. Now a Google Chrome bug has presented scammers with a new opportunity to scare users into paying them to fix a non-existent problem.
Factor Authentication (and Sync Your Codes Between Devices) by howtogeek.com
Strong passwords are not enough anymore: we recommend using two-factor authentication whenever possible. Ideally, that means using an app that generates authentication codes on your phone or a physical hardware token. We prefer Authy when it comes to authentication apps—it’s compatible with all sites that use Google Authenticator, but is more powerful and convenient.
MoviePass: Everything you need to know by androidcentral.com
Unless you've been living under a rock lately, there's a good chance you've heard a thing or two about MoviePass. Although the company was founded way back in 2011, it's picked up a lot of steam over the past year or so with its too-good-to-be-true offer of allowing you to see one movie per day for just $9.95/month.
10 Phone and Laptop Problems You Shouldn't Ignore by gizmodo.com
If you own a phone or a computer (and we’re assuming you do) there are bugs and annoyances that you just have to learn to live with. On the flip side, there are also problems that hint at something much more serious going on with your device—issues you shouldn’t learn to live with, but should address at the earliest opportunity.
Smartphone photography tips: 16 handy tricks you should know by androidauthority.com
View OriginalJune 23rd, 2018Smartphone cameras have improved dramatically in the last few years, owing to better sensors and smarter image processing. Heck, the multi-camera revolution has also yielded better zoom and depth-of-field effects hitherto unknown to smartphone photography.
Apple Pay vs. Samsung Pay vs. Google Pay: Which mobile payment system is best? by cnet.com
Mobile payment systems want you to swap your wallet for a phone or in some cases, a watch.
Rather than carrying around cash and cards, just tap your phone to pay. Currently, the three most established systems are from Apple, Samsungand Google, although some wearables from brands like Garmin and Fitbit also offer their own payment systems.
Image Resizer Online Is a Fast Image Resizer
Image Resizer Online does all image resizing in the browser, so you do not need to upload any photos to the server to resize the pictures. Not uploading also allows you to keep your photographs secure as all the images stay on your computer at all times as well as using no bandwidth for sending copies to a server which also makes Image Resizer Online very fast. Or visit: https://imageresizer.online/
Installing the Chrome Extension lets you use the tool with a Chromebook.
Or visit the Web Site to use the tool online directly: https://imageresizer.online/
Image Resizer Online was created for a simple reason, to make resizing images online as simple, secure and fast as possible. Image Resizer Online does all the image resizing in the browser which means that your pictures stay on your computer at all times, they never get sent to a server to be processed like many other services.
Image Resizer Online is actively being worked on to improve functionality and user experience. We want to make image resizing and conversion as fast and as simple as possible.
Why use Image Resizer Online
- Works with Windows, Mac, and Chromebooks.
- Pixel or percentage based image resizing
- Image Resizer Online can convert images to JPG, PNG, GIF, TIFF, and WebP (Chrome only)
- Image Resizer Online can compress JPG and WebP images.
- Very fast. Because Image Resizer Online runs in your browser, it's extremely fast.
- Batch image processing. Image Resizer Online can batch process images which means that you can select multiple photos and process them all together.
Need more features check out TinyPNG.
Why use TinyPNG?
PNG is useful because it’s the only widely supported format that can store partially transparent images. The format uses compression, but the files can still be large. Use TinyPNG to shrink images for your apps and sites. It will use less bandwidth and load faster.
We’ve all heard it: “have you tried turning it off and back on again?” It’s the first step when troubleshooting any tech problem—it even makes your phone perform better when nothing is wrong. But why?
Avoid iTunes Bloat With the Windows Store Version by.howtogeek.com
There are two ways to install iTunes on Windows 10: By downloading it from Apple’s website, or by installing it from the Microsoft Store. You get the same application either way, but the Store app has less bloat.
How to Get Started Listening to Podcasts by How-To Geek
You keep hearing about podcasts—from friends, online, even on TV. But what are podcasts, and how do you get started listening to them?
Noosfeer Is a Content Reader and Aggregator.
Using Noosfeer you'll have clean articles and personalized recommendations without annoying ads. They load 10x faster, they use 20x lesst mobile data and you can read them offline on any device.
Each time you stumble upon a page you want to read but don't have the time, add it to your reading list. Stop accumulating 'to-read' tabs and links, have them in one beautiful place.
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When you find something on the web that you want to read later, put it in Noosfeer. It automatically syncs to your phone, tablet or computer so you can view it at any time, even without an internet connection and without downloading an app.
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Web articles are over saturated. Lots of annoying ads, slow connections and heavy websites hold us back from staying informed. – Noosfeer simplifies your reading. Use Noosfeer to have simplified articles loading faster, consuming less memory and accessible offline. – And keeps you informed. Create a reading list with your favorite topics and articles. Noosfeer provides suggestions, so you can stay up-to-date and expand your knowledge.
- How to start using Noosfeer in iPhone, iPad, & iPod Touch
- 3 simple steps to create a Reading List in Chrome by Medium.com
Information overload is slowly killing our productivity and our capacity to stay informed.
A reading list is the best tool to read more and be productive. It is like a to-do list filled with the articles you want to read when you have the time (whilst commuting, on the toilet, eating breakfast…).
When you’re trying to coordinate plans with friends or just find time for plans with them in the first place it can be really useful to…