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How to Download Android Apps On Chromebook – By Brady Gavinhowtogeek.com
One of the best things to come to Chromebooks was the introduction of the Google Play Store to access the millions of Android apps on supported Chrome OS devices. Here’s how to install Android apps on your Chromebook.
How to Organize Your Google Drive – By Brady Gavinhowtogeek.com
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 Gavinhowtogeek.com
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 – By Authy youtube.com 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.
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 See How Much RAM Is In Your PC (and Its Speed) — By Chris Hoffmanhowtogeek.com2 min
Your computer’s RAM is the speedy short-term memory it uses for running applications and open files. The more RAM your computer has, the more you can do at once. Here’s how to check how much your system has.
My Experience with a Charles Schwab Debit Card in Withdrawing Cash in Abroad — By Anya Kartashova10xtravel.com
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.
The Beginner’s Guide to Google Forms – By Brady Gavinhowtogeek.com
Are you just getting started with Google Forms? Never heard of it before? Either way, here are some tips to help you get going with Google’s powerful form tool and start building surveys and forms online for free.
What's Your Computer Actually Doing? – By Tom Scottyoutube.com Video
The fetch-execute cycle is the basis of everything your computer or phone does. This is literally The Basics.
2 Factor Authentication – What is 2FA? – By dottotechyoutube.com Video
Google calls it 2 Step Verification.2FA is a simple to implement security setting that can and will protect most of your online accounts.
It is based on one rule, in order to access you account you need to know something (name and password) and have something (a trusted device like a smartphone to verify you are who you say you are). This combination secures your account to a much higher level.
What’s New in Chrome 76, Arriving July 30th — By Chris HoffmanJosh Hendricksonhowtogeek.com
Chrome 76 hits the stable channel on July 30. This latest release brings some serious changes to the web. Flash is now disabled by default, and websites won’t be able to detect whether you’re using incognito mode.
8 Brilliant Search Tools Hidden Within Google Photos – By Mihir Patkarmakeuseof.com7 min
Google has become synonymous with search, so it’s great to know that it hasn’t neglected this feature in their products and services.
We’ve always exalted Google Photos Get Free Unlimited Photo Storage & More with Google Photos Get Free Unlimited Photo Storage & More with Google Photos If you aren't using these hidden Google Photos features, you're really missing out.
Why Are Companies Still Storing Passwords In Plain Text? – By Josh Hendricksonhowtogeek.com6 min
Several companies have recently admitted to storing passwords in plain-text format. That’s like storing a password in Notepad and saving it as a .txt file. Passwords should be salted and hashed for security, so why isn’t that happening in 2019?
(+) A Simple Explanation of Cloud Computing – By Dick Eastmanblog.eogn.com
Many of the articles in this newsletter refer to “the cloud.” Feedback from several newsletter readers indicates that not everyone understands what a “cloud” is in the Internet world. I thought I would publish this introduction to cloud computing and also explain how cloud computing is used to provide digital images of census records to millions of online genealogists.
The Beginner’s Guide to Google Docs – By Brady Gavinhowtogeek.com
If you’re just getting started with Google Docs, its extensive fe
atures and add-ons can be a little overwhelming. Here are some tips to help you get started with this powerful alternative to Microsoft Word.
The Beginner’s Guide to Google Sheets – By Brady Gavinhowtogeek.com
If you’re just beginning to use Google Sheets, its extensive features and add-ons can be a bit overwhelming. Here are some tips to get you on the fast track to start using this powerful, free alternative to Microsoft Excel.
The Beginner’s Guide to Google Slides – By Brady Gavinhowtogeek.com
If you’re just getting started with Google Slides, its extensive features and add-ons can be a little overwhelming. Here are some tips to help you get going with this powerful alternative to Microsoft PowerPoint.
How to Quickly and Easily Copy Formatting in Google Docs – By Brady Gavinhowtogeek.com
Should you need to use the same style across different parts of your document, Google Docs lets you copy formatting from text, cells, or an object with the Paint Format tool. Here’s how to copy and paste formatting in Docs.
SUMIFS in Google Sheets to sum cells with multiple criteria (AND / OR logic) — By Svetlana Cheushevaablebits.com
The tutorial shows how to use the SUMIFS function in Google Spreadsheets to sum cells with multiple criteria. You will find a handful of real-life SUMIFS formula examples with AND as wells as OR criteria.
Google Spreadsheets provide two functions to conditionally sum cells, SUMIF and SUMIFS. Regular visitors of our blog are already familiar with SUMIF that we covered last week, and today we are going to have a closer look at its plural version.
ZenMate Review – By ZenMatethebestvpn.com8 min
The first visit to the ZenMate.com homepage shows off a professional, sleek, and minimalistic design.
According to their website, there are also over 41 million ZenMate users across the world who use the tool “to access the web securely, anonymously and without restriction.”
Best password managers: Reviews of the top products – By Michael Ansaldopcworld.com5 min
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.
The 5 Best Authenticator Apps to Generate 2FA Codes on Mac – By Rob Nightingalemakeuseof.com5 min
Want to secure your online accounts with two-factor authentication (2FA)? Then you’ll need an authenticator app to scan the relevant QR codes during the setup process. Such an app can also generate the TOTPs (Time-Based One-Time Passwords) that you need, in addition to your login passwords, to unlock your 2FA-enabled accounts.
How to Back Up Google Photos to Your Computer – By Elsie Biagemaketecheasier.com3 min
Google Photos is one of the easiest ways to back up your digital snaps and keep them safe. Thanks to Google’s new Backup and Sync application for computers, you can now back up Google photos to your Windows PC or Mac automatically.
Seeking photo storage and backup in the cloud? Google Photos gets the picture – By Jackie Dovedigitaltrends.com5 min
For amateur photographers and family memoirists, the most dreaded event is losing track of a photo shoot — or more than one. Memory cards, hard drives, even desktop programs can fail, so a cloud backup plan is always optimal. To make sure your photo collection is always safe, redundancy is the name of the game, and one of the best places for redundant photo storage in the mainstream consumer market is Google Photos. Google Photos offers free unlimited storage for photos up to 16GB alongside a paid option for higher quality storage.
How to Check a Used Car’s History Before You Buy It by HAYLEY MILLIMAN lifesavvy.com
Before you buy a used car, it’s always a good idea to check the vehicle’s history and get the full story. Here’s how to make sure you’re not getting ripped off.
Google Fi for iOS adds in-app visual voicemail w/ transcripts, playback – By Abner Li9to5google.com2 min
Last November, Google’s MVNO dropped the “Project” status and added support for many more phones. Google Fi is available on iPhones, but with limitations that require you to tweak some settings for MMS and no support for voicemail in the native Phone client. An update to the Google Fi app today adds visual voicemail to iOS.
How Do Internet Speed Tests Work? (and How Accurate Are They?) – By Josh Hendricksonhowtogeek.com5 min
Speed tests are a quick way to see just how fast your internet is. ISPs promise “up to” a certain speed in optimal conditions, but a speed test will confirm how fast—or slow—your connection is.
Instead of Changing Your Passwords, Upgrade Them – By David MurphyEmailTwitterPostslifehacker.com4 min
What makes for a great password? Something long, something randomized with all kinds of characters—numbers, symbols, and letters of all cases—and, ideally, something backed up by a secondary authentication method. In other words, the easier it is for you to remember your password, the easier it is for someone else to crack it (generally speaking).
7 Reasons You Should Be Using a Password Manager – By Dave Parrackmakeuseof.com5 min
You’ve heard about password managers like LastPass and Dashlane, but you’re not sure if you need one. Well, here’s the thing: you need one. If you have more than one account and are security-aware enough to maintain different passwords, you need a password manager.
18 Google Sheets Formula Tips & Techniques You Should Know – By Benbenlcollins.com6 min
How many of these Google Sheets Formula Tips & Techniques do you know?
The 7 Most Useful Google Sheets Formulas – By Aja Frostblog.hubspot.com7 min
Lately, the best part of my day has been figuring out the cool new things I can do in Google Sheets — which, yes, definitely means I need to get out more, but also means I can share my favorite formulas with you.
SUMIFS in Google Sheets to sum cells with multiple criteria (AND / OR logic) – By Svetlana Cheushevaablebits.com10 min
The tutorial shows how to use the SUMIFS function in Google Spreadsheets to sum cells with multiple criteria. You will find a handful of real-life SUMIFS formula examples with AND as wells as OR criteria.
How to Turn on Two-Factor Authentication For Your Amazon Account – By Rob Woodgatehowtogeek.com3 min
Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) is a great security tool, and we always recommend it. Most apps make it pretty easy to turn on 2FA, and Amazon is no exception. Here’s how to enable it and make yourself safer.
What is Gmail Confidential mode? – By Marc Lagaceandroidcentral.com2 min
Best answer: Confidential Mode is a feature built into the Gmail mobile app that gives you better control over emails containing sensitive or personal information. You're able to set emails to expire after a set amount of time, require SMS passcode verification to open the message, or you can go in and revoke someone's access to an email.
Why You Should Use a Password Manager, and How to Get Started – By Chris Hoffmanhowtogeek.com6 min
The majority of people use very weak passwords and reuse them on different websites. How are you supposed to use strong, unique passwords on all the websites you use? The solution is a password manager.
LastPass: Password security for your family in 2018 – By dottotech youtube.com VIDEO
Improve your online security and save time with LastPass, the password manager that remembers all your passwords so you don't have to.
How Do Bone Conduction Headphones Work? – By Andrew Heinzman howtogeek.com
If you haven’t heard of bone conduction headphones, then prepare yourself for something weird. They’re ultraquiet, they don’t sit on (or in) your ears, and they vibrate your skull. But how can you hear sound through your skull?
Chrome Remote Desktop now available on the web, replaces old Chrome app – By Abner Li9to5google.com
As the name suggests, Chrome Remote Desktop allows you to control another computer or have a trusted user access yours to render help. With Chrome 75’s launch yesterday, Google announced that Chrome Remote Desktop is exiting beta and now available on the web.
So Many Photographers Make This Mistake. Are You One of Them? – By Iain Stanleyfstoppers.com
We all make mistakes. They are part of the learning process, and if we want to improve, we have to accept that we'll make plenty of them. Photographers are no different, but there's one big mistake I see so many photographers make time and time again, yet it's so avoidable.
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 – 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.
The Beginner’s Guide to Google Docs – By Brady Gavinhowtogeek.com11 min
If you’re just getting started with Google Docs, its extensive features and add-ons can be a little overwhelming. Here are some tips to help you get started with this powerful alternative to Microsoft Word.
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 – 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— 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? 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.
5 of The Best Photo Editing Tips for Beginners – By layeredindulgence.com
Thanks to BeFunky for sponsoring this post. All comments are opinions are my own!
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? – 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.
How to Use Google Chrome’s Hidden Reader Mode – By Cameron Summerson, www.howtogeek.com
Chrome 75 has a hidden “Reader” mode that strips web pages down to the bare minimum to make them easier to, well, read. But it’s not enabled by default—here’s how to get it now.
How to Organize Your Password Manager in 7 Steps – By Dave Parrack, www.makeuseof.com
After using LastPass for over six years, I recently decided to move to 1Password. Once I’d moved my information over to the new service, I realized how much junk had built up in my password manager over the years.
How to Back Up Android Photos and Videos to the Cloud – By Adam Doud, www.howtogeek.com
Your photos and videos are precious memories, and you don’t want to lose them. Here are four mostly-free services you can use to automatically backup your photos and videos and access them from anywhere.
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.
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.
How to Stop Windows 10 From Automatically Emptying Your Recycle Bin – By Chris Hoffman, www.howtogeek.com
Windows 10’s Storage Sense feature automatically runs when you’re low on disk space. It automatically deletes files more than 30 days old in your Recycle Bin, too. This was on by default on a PC running the May 2019 Update.
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? (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.
How to Make Your Windows 10 Computer Work Like New Again – By David Nield, gizmodo.com
Reinstalling Windows is an easy way to fix a PC that’s been giving you problems. It can resolve most common issues including lagging to mysterious app crashes. With Windows 10, it’s easier to do than ever before. Here’s how to get that brand new PC feeling on your machine.
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 – 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.
The Transistor: a 1953 documentary, anticipating its coming impact on technology – By At&t Tech Channel, www.youtube.com VIDEO
Made between the 1947 invention of the transistor at Bell Labs and 1956 awarding of the Nobel Prize for Physics to its creators William Shockley, Walter Houser Brattain, John Bardeen.
William Shockley, Walter Houser Brattain, John Bardeen.