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Get the Most Out of the Chrome Bookmarks Bar

How to Get the Most Out of the Chrome Bookmarks Bar – By Brady Gavinhowtogeek.com

The Bookmarks Bar in Google Chrome is more than just a place to store random pages for you to read later; it’s a highly functional and versatile feature that doesn’t get enough credit. Here’s how you can organize, beautify, and create bookmarklets to use it to its full potential.

Changing how Google Drive and Google Photos work together

Changing how Google Drive and Google Photos work together – By blog.google2 min
Many of you store your photos and videos on both Google Drive and Google Photos, which keeps them safe and easy to access. We’ve heard feedback that the connection between these services is confusing, so next month, we’re making some changes to simplify the experience across Drive and Photos.


Autosync for Google Drive can replace the outgoing Photos sync functionality – By Manuel Vonauandroidpolice.com3 min
Google recently announced that the link between Drive and Photos is going away in July, saying that many users find it confusing. Thus, the company leaves us without a simple solution to see our backed up images right in Drive. Thankfully, as is so often the case, there's a third-party app that can do a similar job for us. Autosync for Google Drive could fill in the gap for some users going forward, although it comes with its own limitations.


How to back up your Google Photos – By Barbara Krasnofftheverge.com3 min

So now that automatic synchronization between Google Photos and Google Drive is going away, how can you be sure that your photos and videos are being backed up safely?


Google to disconnect Drive from Photos: How to keep your photos in sync – By Clifford Colbycnet.com2 min

If you store all your Google-related document and files — including photos — automatically in Google Drive, take note: Starting July 10, Google will uncouple Google Photos from Google Drive, and the two storage services will not automatically keep each other's photos in sync. With the change, you will be able to choose where and how you store your photos and videos, but if you're used to finding all your photos in Google Photos and in Google Drive — automatically synced in both places — you'll need to decide how to manage your photos before Google turns off syncing next month.

What is a browser?

The Easy Guide To Google Chrome – By Megan Ellismakeuseof.com36 min
This Chrome user guide shows everything you need to know about the Google Chrome browser. It covers the basics of using Google Chrome and also outlines more than a few advanced tricks. Enjoy!


What is a browser? – By youtube.com   VIDEO

Basic explanation of the web browser.


Parts of the Chrome Browser  – By youtube.com  VIDEO

Use Token to protect yourself against credit card fraud

Use Token to protect yourself against credit card fraud – By Rick Broidacnet.com4 min
My son had his first debit card for all of three months before the number got stolen and used for unauthorized purchases — to the tune of about $1,600. It's happened to me at least three or four times. And based on a couple informal polls I ran, at least 75 percent of Cheapskate readers have experienced it at least once.

LastPass Password Manager Review

LastPass Password Manager Review— Worth Downloading? – By Gwynn Ballard securitybaron.com

We all heavily depend on password-protected sites and apps. Between social networking, work emails, personal emails, and online banking, using the same password for everything may seem convenient. But using one password across multiple accounts makes you much more vulnerable to hackers and security breaches. Luckily, there are password managers that allow you to store all of your unique passwords in one place.


The Five Best Password Managers – By Alan Henrylifehacker.com12 min

A while ago, all it took to be a great password manager was to keep your passwords in an encrypted vault. Now the best password managers give you the option to sync or keep them local only, change web passwords with a click, log in to sites for you, and more.

What is a Roku?

What is a Roku? You Asked, We Answer  — By Jess Barnes cordcuttersnews.com

We’ve seen a lot of questions lately from those who are brand new to the cord cutting family, and those who are looking for more information before making the leap. In these posts, we’re answering some of those common questions about streaming devices and services, to help you decide which options are right for you.

Best Photo Editing Tips for Beginners

5 of The Best Photo Editing Tips for Beginners – By layeredindulgence.com

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So, you’ve finally got your photography skills down. But that’s only half the battle! Photo editing can take your images from beautiful to breathtaking, enhancing their already stunning features. Editing photos used to be left to professional photographers, but now that so much of our lives is documented, photography and photo editing has become part of the everyday girl’s life. Whether you have a website or blog, are growing your Instagram account, or simply love posting photos to your social media feeds, photo editing is a great skill to master. If you’re new to photo editing, today I’m sharing 5 of the best photo editing tips for beginners!

– Does Two-Factor Authentication Really Make You Safer?

Does Two-Factor Authentication Really Make You Safer? – By Max Eddy pcmag.com

This week, I'm digging back into my bottomless mailbag to tackle another question about two-factor authentication (2FA). It's a subject I've touched on before, but judging from the volume and specificity of the questions I've received about it, it's clearly an issue a lot of people are thinking about. Since I view 2FA as, perhaps, the single best thing regular people can do to stay safe online, I'm more than happy to talk endlessly about it.

Google Pay vs. Samsung Pay

Google Pay vs. Samsung Pay: Which One Is Right for You? – By Billa, joyofandroid.com

Google Pay vs. Samsung Pay: Which One Is Right for You?

The age of smart payments systems is here and it’s inevitable that we would do a Google Pay vs. Samsung Pay comparison. After all, both of them are available for Android and both offer essentially the same services.


Mobile Pay Apps: Apple Pay vs Samsung Pay vs Google Pay – By Daniel Carleton, taluspay.com

The physical wallet is quickly becoming a relic. It’s not always necessary now to carry around cash or a credit card to make a purchase. With mobile payment apps, your smartphone or smartwatch is all you need.

Windows 10 fresh install from USB download

12-minute guide; Windows 10 fresh install from USB download to new SSD/PC. – By Andrew Thrasher, www.youtube.com  VIDEO

This guide is intended to help you perform a fresh installation of Windows 10 on your computer. This can be helpful if you have a new SSD and need to install Windows or if your computer came with a lot of bloatware and you want a fresh start. The whole process will usually take under a half-hour to the Windows desktop on a modern i5 with SSD. Hope this guide helps. Let me know if you have any questions and I'll try to get you an answer.

Smart Lock is Android’s best-kept secret

Smart Lock is Android's best-kept secret – By Ara Wagoner, www.androidcentral.com

The original Moto X was a glorious phone for a lot of reasons, and I loved mine to (literal) death for its clean software, Moto Voice, and also for this awesome little feature called Trusted Bluetooth. Trusted Bluetooth kept your phone unlocked so long as it stayed in connected to a trusted device, and since my headphones lived around my neck, I hardly ever unlocked my phone.

What Is Gmail Confidential Mode?

What Is Gmail Confidential Mode? (And How to Use It) by Richard Priday  tomsguide.com

Since 2018, the time of Gmail’s last redesign, personal account users have been able to activate ‘Confidential Mode’, a series of options intended to make your emails more secure.

Credit: ShutterstockAmong these options are making the email delete itself after a set period of time, limiting the recipient’s ability to copy, forward, print or download the contents, instantly revoking access or setting up an SMS verification lock, which sends the recipient a code they have to enter before reading what you’ve sent to them.

Everything You Can Do in the Windows 10 May 2019 Update

Everything You Can Do in the Windows 10 May 2019 Update That You Couldn't Do Before  – By David Nield, gizmodo.com

Right about now (or in the next few days) you should be seeing the latest major update for Windows 10 hitting your computer—and here’s an overview of all the new features and settings that you can start playing around with once the installation is finished, from launching apps in VR to pausing Windows updates. 

Make Your Own Free Multipurpose Web Page With Google Sites

Make Your Own Free Multipurpose Web Page With Google Sites – By Visiting These, www.makeuseof.com

Google Sites is one of the best online tools available to create your own free web page. Many people use it as a quick way to publish a personal portfolio page The Best Website Builders to Create a Clean Online Portfolio The Best Website Builders to Create a Clean Online PortfolioHaving an online portfolio is critical for today's digital worker. Which free website builder is best for your portfolio? We help you pick out the suitable one from the ten contenders. Read More or a simple business website. None need any special web design skills or coding knowledge.


Set Up Your Blog With WordPress: The Ultimate Guide  – By Dan Price, www.makeuseof.com

Want to start your own blog, but don’t know where to start? You should really look into WordPress, the simplest and most powerful blogging platform available today. Powering over 50% of all blogs, and more than a few other websites, WordPress makes the task of content-management easy for anyone.


How to Create a Custom Gutenberg Block in WordPress (Easy Way) – By Editorial Staff, www.wpbeginner.com

Do you want to create a custom Gutenberg block for your WordPress site? After the WordPress 5.0 update, you need to use blocks to create content in the new WordPress block editor.

How to Protect Cells From Editing in Google Sheets

How to Protect Cells From Editing in Google Sheets – By Brady Gavin, www.howtogeek.com

Protecting individual cells in Google Sheets is a great way to prevent data in your spreadsheet from getting changed—accidentally or intentionally—by anyone viewing the sheet. Fortunately, Sheets provides a handy tool to protects people from altering cells in your document.

– Never Lose Access to LastPass with Account Recovery on Mobile

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? 

If you’re not texting with Android Messages for Web by now, you’re doing it wrong

If you're not texting with Android Messages for Web by now, you're doing it wrong – By Shelby Brown, www.cnet.com

Nothing is more irritating than bouncing back and forth between your computer and phone while trying to work and text someone. For years, Android phone users had no choice but to use other messaging apps if they wanted to chat with friends from their desktops. But if you didn't know, you can use Android Messages on your desktop browser to type, as long as your phone and computer are connected to a network. Googlecalls this Messages for Web.

How To Get Free YouTube Music Playback on Google Home Speakers

How To Get Free YouTube Music Playback on Google Home Speakers – By Robby Payne, chromeunboxed.com

When you buy a smart speaker or smart display, listening to music is one of the primary uses, right? There are tons of services out there already that offer a bit of playback for free, and to be fair, they already work just fine with the family of Google Assistant speakers.

Google Pay can automatically integrate loyalty cards and passes from Gmail

Google Pay can automatically integrate loyalty cards and passes from Gmail – By Alex Wagner, www.phonedog.com

Google Pay is adding a new trick to its arsenal.

You can now allow Google Pay to integrate things like loyalty cards, movie tickets, airline boarding passes, and more from Gmail. Once enabled, these passes will automatically appear in your Google Pay app.

How Much Internet Speed Do You Really Need

How Much Internet Speed Do You Really Need? – By Anthony Heddings, www.howtogeek.com

Tomislav Pinter/ShutterstockPhoto by: Tomislav Pinter/Shutterstock

Internet service providers always want to sell you a faster connection. But forget marketing: How much speed do you really need? The answer is more complicated than you might expect. Higher speed tiers aren’t always worth the money.

Two-Factor Authentication: Who Has It and How to Set It Up

Two-Factor Authentication: Who Has It and How to Set It Up – By Eric Griffith, www.pcmag.com

In 2014, the Heartbleed exploit left everyone's login information potentially up for grabs thanks to one itty-bitty piece of code, and in the past few years our security nightmares have only gotten worse. In fact, more data was leaked in the first half of 2017 than in all of 2016 combined.


5 best two-factor authenticator apps for Android – By Contact, www.androidauthority.com

Two-factor authentication is a popular and powerful security tool. It requires you to verify that you actually logged into whatever account you logged into. This adds a personal touch. In order to hack your account, someone would need more than just your password and username. Of course, it’s not an end all, be all solution. However, it is nice having an extra layer of security. There are a few decent apps for this, although most sites use your phone number for text messaging. Those who want to use authenticator apps have only a few good choices. Here are the best ones for Android!

 


How to use your Android phone as a two-factor authentication security key – By Shannon Liao, www.theverge.com

Google added a new way to verify your logins this week: using your Android phone as a physical security key for two-factor authentication. You should be using two-factor authentication to log onto websites, so that even if someone has your password from a data breach, they won’t be able to get in. And now with the new feature, if you have an Android phone running 7 or higher, you also have a convenient security key.

How to Not Get Locked Out With Two-Factor Authentication

SecurityWatch: How to Not Get Locked Out With Two-Factor Authentication – By Max Eddy, www.pcmag.com

Security tools often create a certain amount of anxiety. What happens if I lose my password? Or if my antivirus deletes my stuff? The advent of two-factor authentication has created a new twist on a familiar anxiety: what happens if I can't use my second factor and get locked out of my account?


Two-factor authentication explained: How to choose the right level of security for every account – By Michael Simon, www.pcworld.com

If you aren’t already protecting your most personal accounts with two-factor or two-step authentication, you should be. An extra line of defense that’s tougher than the strongest password, 2FA is extremely important to blocking hacks and attacks on your personal data. If you don’t quite understand what it is, we’ve broken it all down for you.

Gmail gaining better Smart Compose

Gmail gaining better Smart Compose, support for scheduling emails By Alex Wagner, www.phonedog.com

Today is Gmail's 15th birthday, and Google is celebrating by giving us some new Gmail features.

Smart Compose in Gmail is getting better by gaining support for Spanish, French, Italian, and Portuguese and expanding to more Android devices after being exclusive to the Pixel 3. Don't fret, iOS users, because Google says that you'll get Smart Compose for Gmail "soon".

How to Set Up Your Smart Home: A Beginner’s Guide

How to Set Up Your Smart Home: A Beginner's Guide By Whitson Gordon, www.pcmag.com

The allure of the smart home is strong. You can unlock your smart door lock with your phone, walk into your house, have the lights turn on automatically, and ask your virtual assistant to make you a cup of coffee. When you're not there, a robot vacuum will clean the place, your smart thermostat will dial down the heat to keep costs down, and you can monitor everything from your phone with indoor and outdoor security cameras.

Images in Google Docs

Images in Google Docs By Marshall Gunnell, www.howtogeek.com

Adding borders around your images is a good way to give them a little extra flair. Google Docs has a set of built-in features for adding borders and, while they’re not as sophisticated as the options offered in something like Office, they do the job.

Flash storage: A cheat sheet

Flash storage: A cheat sheet By James Sanders, www.techrepublic.com

With over a dozen form factors, knowing what the best flash memory card and SSD technology is available can be daunting.

Flash memory is an electronic, non-volatile data storage medium that is erased and reprogrammed electrically. It is the basis of a variety of storage products for differing use cases, form factors, and speed or performance requirements. 

Google Smart Lock: Guide

Google Smart Lock: The complete guide By Jr Raphael, www.computerworld.com

Think fast: How many times a day do you pick up your phone to look at something? Unless you live in the tundra or have far more self-control than most, the answer probably falls somewhere between "quite a few" and "more than any sane person could count." Assuming you keep your device properly secured, that means you're doing an awful lot of unlocking — be it with your face, your fingerprint, or the code you tap or swipe onto your screen.

10 Important Android Settings You Should Know

10 Important Android Settings You Should Know! By Thiojoe, youtube.com   VIDEO

Android is an extremely popular mobile OS, and I actually think most of you use it. So here are some important settings that you should know about if you don't already. They aren't hidden settings, so don't be surprised if you do know some. They aren't settings you should necessarily change, because most of these come down to preference.

– Android Settings You Should Change Now!

13 Android Settings You Should Change Now! by ThioJoe youtube.com   VIDEO

Those default settings are no good! Here's what to change…  —  Android has a lot of default settings that might be OK for most people, but there are some that really everyone should change. These might be settings related to privacy, security, or just plain convenience.

Why Every Tech Geek Should Own a Raspberry Pi

Why Every Tech Geek Should Own a Raspberry Pi By Avram Piltch, www.tomshardware.com

As editor-in-chief of Tom's Hardware, I get to play with some of the most expensive gear around, but my favorite computer costs as little as $5 (£4.66 in the UK). I'm talking about the Raspberry Pi, the single-board system that's sold more units than any other personal computing platform except for PCs and Macs.

Google rolling out on-device, real-time Gboard speech transcription for Pixel phones

Google rolling out on-device, real-time Gboard speech transcription for Pixel phones By Abner Li, 9to5google.com

For the past several releases, Gboard for Android has been working on “faster voice typing” that works offline. Google is today making it officialon Pixel phones, and details the “end-to-end, all-neural, on-device speech recognizer” it created.

Firefox Send, Free File Transfers

Firefox SendFree File Transfers and Sharing with End to End Encryption.

Firefox Send uses end-to-end encryption to keep your files secure from the moment you share to the moment it's opened. You choose when your file link expires, the number of downloads and the option to add a password to protect the contents further.  

Firefox Send also makes it easy to share large file sizes. You can share file sizes up to 1GB without a login. To send files up to 2.5GB, login to your Firefox account, if you don't have a Firefox account signup is free.

Firefox Send makes it easy for your recipient. They click the link you sent to download the file. They don’t need to have a Firefox account to download your file. Making the file sharing experience seamless for both parties, as quick as sending an email.

Here's the link to Firefox Send, save as a bookmark.

Note: This is a great tool for sharing event pictures and videos with other attendees. Simply upload your images, send everyone the link, as many as 100 people will have 7 days to download them.

Tips to Help You Get the Most from YouTube TV

5 Tips to Help You Get the Most from YouTube TV By Luke Bouma, www.cordcuttersnews.com

Since YouTube TV launched it has slowly been adding new features to make the service even better. After talking with many new and old subscribers, I was shocked at how many did not know everything YouTube TV has to offer. So, I want to point out some of the best YouTube TV features I think most subscribers should take advantage of. 

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