What Does “Fulfilled by Amazon” Mean? By Harry Guinness, www.howtogeek.com
When you’re shopping on Amazon, you might have seen the words “Fulfilled by Amazon” next to some of the things you buy. You hopefully won’t notice anything different about the purchase experience, but you could run into problems.
Here’s the worst mistake people make that compromises their online security By Kari Paul, www.marketwatch.com
Amazon AMZN, +2.20% founder and Chief Executive Jeff Bezos accused the National Enquirer of politically motivated blackmail late Thursday, and published a threatening email from an executive at the supermarket tabloid’s parent company. One of the many lessons from that controversy is don’t take photos that might compromise your privacy and, if you do, don’t send them via text message or email to another party. Many people would refrain from doing so.
What Are Nits of Brightness on a TV or Other Display? – By Craig Lloyd, www.howtogeek.com
The competition between TV and display manufacturers has been heating up rapidly, and everyone is talking about how many “nits” their displays have. But what even is a nit? And why should you care?
Two-factor authentication: Why do I need it? What are the best apps? – By Bradley Chambers, 9to5mac.com
Security on the internet has become more important with each passing year. It seems like every other month there is a major data breach from major retailers or online properties. One of the key things that you can do to minimize the effect these breaches will have on you is to set up and use two-factor (or multi-factor) authentication.
Everything New in Windows 10’s April 2019 Update – By Chris Hoffman, www.howtogeek.com
Windows 10’s next update is the April 2019 Update, which is version 1903 and was codenamed 19H1 during development. It features a light theme, speed improvements, and lots of polish. There are no crazy new features like My People or Timeline.
12 Email Acronyms You Should Know, With Definitions and Examples – By Shundalyn Allen, www.grammarly.com
We use acronyms in emails every day. From P.S. to Ms. to ASAP, it’s tough to keep the capital letters and periods straight. Here’s a list of twelve common email acronyms and their meanings.
You could earn 17 times as much interest on your savings if you make one simple banking change – By Megan Leonhardt | @megan_leonhardt, www.cnbc.com
Online banks are leaving local banks in the dust when it comes to the interest rates offered on savings accounts. Yet many Americans have no idea.
A high-yield savings account offers a safe way to build wealth. Instead of tying your money to risky investments, it promises stable and consistent growth through the power of compound interest.
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.
Serious Security: What 2000 years of cryptography can teach us – By Paul Ducklin, nakedsecurity.sophos.com
These days, a lot of your data gets encrypted when you save it to disk or send it over the internet.
The data gets decrypted again when you read it back in or after it’s received at the other end.
A 20-minute video I found it very interesting. by Now You Know
What do you think? Glenn
Published on Dec 4, 2018
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.
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.
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.
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 Tell if Your Account Has Been Hacked By Lorenzo Franceschi-bicchierai, motherboard.vice.com
Hackers routinely target high profile victims like politicians or wealthy cryptocurrency investors. But you could become a target too. Maybe an abusive former partner wants to stalk you, or a run-of-the-mill cybercriminal wants to get into your bank account.
Drive Cloning & Imaging By Explainingcomputers, www.youtube.com VIDEO
Published on Nov 11, 2018
SSD and HDD cloning and imaging explained and demonstrated using Macrium Reflect 7 Free Edition. Note that all cloning and imaging software should be used with great care and is downloaded, installed and used at your own risk.
The Samsung 860 EVO 250GB SSD that I used in the video can be found on Amazon here (affiliate link): https://amzn.to/2Dh2UMK
The free cloning and imaging software that I refer to in the video is available from the following links. Please note that these links are provided in good faith and that I have no association with any of these organizations:
Macrium Reflect 7 Free Edition (as I use in the video): https://www.macrium.com/reflectfree
Samsung Cloning Software (for Samsung SSDs only): https://www.samsung.com/semiconductor… EaseUs ToDo Backup Free: https://www.easeus.com/backup-softwar… Clonezilla: http://www.clonezilla.org/ My “Laptop SSD Upgrade” video referred to in this video is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EVDTN…
How to Use Tasks and Reminders in Google Calendar By Simpletivity, www.youtube.com VIDEO
How to spot a phishing email By Andrew Burton, www.carbonite.com
Phishing and other social engineering attacks are only increasing in frequency, and unfortunately, sophistication. However, there are a number of common indicators of a phishing attack. Knowing what to look for goes a long way to protect yourself against attacks. If you spot any of the following tip-offs, proceed with caution.
Don't Get Caught in a Phishing Scam! – By Dottotech, www.youtube.com Video
Using Cameras To Measure The Real Altitude Of The Space Station by Scott Manley YouTube video
See the International Space Station in front of the Moon!
Simple, Professional Gmail Signatures (In seconds!) by dottotech
Creating a Gmail signature is simple but powerful. Learn how to make your gmail signature stand out.
Make your emails work harder for you by adding a professional signature to your emails. In this video
Use Google Contacts Like a Pro – Video by dottotech
Struggling with Google Contacts? I've got to admit– Google doesn't make it super easy to sync Google Contacts on your Phone.
Are Your Password Security Habits Improving? (Infographic) by entrepreneur.com
From the French presidential election to Gmail, a number of incidents have unfolded this year revealing how vulnerable our online security is. That’s why it’s more important than ever to make sure you go above and beyond to secure your digital privacy. And that can be as simple as changing your password every once in awhile.
How Two Friends Built a Remote Astrophotography Observatory by petapixel.com
Deep Sky West is a remote astrophotography observatory in New Mexico, USA. It offers the opportunity for any astrophotographer around the world to use the site to access clear skies without the need to travel there, and to use advanced astronomy and photography equipment without the need to own it themselves. DeepSkyWest
Why Your Router Has Two Wifi Bands and How They Work by gizmodo.com
Few devices are as essential to the smooth running of a modern-day digital household than a wireless router, so it’s strange that this black box is so little understood. Here we’ll outline one of the key features of many modern routers, dual band 2.4GHz and 5GHz support, so you know exactly what it is and how to take advantage of each.
What Is a PDF File (and How Do I Open One)? by howtogeek.com
A file with the .pdf file extension is a Portable Document Format (PDF) file. PDFs are typically used to distribute read-only documents that preserve the layout of a page. They’re commonly used for documents like user manuals, eBooks, application forms, and scanned documents, to name just a few.
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.
Spectacular time-lapse footage from the European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope (VLT) in Chile captures stars orbiting the black hole at the center of the Milky Way, including one daring star that circles incredibly close.
A monster black hole called Sagittarius A lies at the heart of the Milky Way, about 26,000 light-years away from Earth. The footage, taken during a 26-year-long observation campaign, revealed that a small group of stars orbit this gravitational monster at high speed.
Stars orbiting the black hole at the heart of the Milky Way by space.com – This time-lapse video from the NACO instrument on ESO's Very Large Telescope in Chile shows stars orbiting the supermassive black hole that lies at the heart of the Milky Way over a period of nearly 20 years.
Simulation of the orbits of stars around the black hole at the centre of the Milky Way by space.com – This simulation shows the orbits of a tight group of stars close to the supermassive blackhole at the heart of the Milky Way. During 2018 one of these stars, S2, passed very close to the black hole and was the subject of intense scrutiny with ESO telescope. Its behaviour matched the predictions of Einsteins's general relativity and was inconsistent with simpler Newtonian gravity.
Online scammers have been innovating of late. In the last month, one group of ne'er-do-wells has sent out spam emails telling recipients they've been caught watching porn through their webcam and if they don't pay, all their dirty laundry will be aired in public. That's not new. But putting a novel twist on that scam, the crooks are sending through passwords they claim to have stolen as proof they have been spying on the victim. So far, more than 150 people have coughed up $250,000 in Bitcoin for fear of their private web browsing habits being exposed.
I looked around the subway one day and noticed people with expensive smartphones, like the $1,000 iPhone X and $800-plus Galaxy S9, and I questioned whether those people getting more out of their expensive smartphones for their day-to-day apps than I was with this $250 device.
I was streaming my music via Bluetooth, streaming videos, browsing the internet and social media, sending emails and messages, video calling with family abroad, and using all the apps I usually use without a hitch on the Moto G6.
How to Take Good Long Exposure Photos by howtogeek.com
In long exposure photography, you take a picture with a slow shutter speed—generally somewhere between five and sixty seconds—so that any movement in the scene gets blurred. It’s a way to show the passage of time in a single image. Let’s look at how to do them right.
The Best Way to Inherit an IRA by fool.com
It's always been hard for people to save and invest, but tough conditions for many Americans have put a rising number of people into an uncomfortable financial situation. One in three Americans are counting on getting an inheritance from parents or grandparents in order to reach or maintain their financial stability, according to a recent report from Merrill Edge surveying a subset of reasonably well-off households. When you look at the college-age generation, that figure jumps to more than 60%.
This is What a Moonset Looks Like with an Ultra-Telephoto Lens by petapixel.com
Using lens compression to capture a giant moon is nothing new, but photographer Daniel López has taken things to a whole level. He set up an ultra-telephoto lens about 10 miles (16km) away from a volcano and captured this mind-blowing 2-minute video that shows a moonset in real-time.
Why People Don’t Pick Up The Phone Anymore by howtogeek.com
Remember running to the phone to make sure you didn’t miss a call? Yeah, no one does that anymore.
One reason is the sheer number of options people have for getting in touch with you: texting, messaging apps, even email. Calling someone for a quick question just isn’t done anymore.
The Best Podcast Clients for Android by howtogeek.com
There’s no shortage of podcast apps in the Play Store, so finding a good one can be a challenge—especially if you’re shelling out a few bucks for it. Here are a few deserving of your attention. And dollars.
Shutting Down Doesn’t Fully Shut Down Windows 10 (But Restarting Does) by How-To-Geek
When you click “Shut Down” on your Windows 10 PC, Windows doesn’t fully shut down. It hibernates the kernel, saving its state so it can boot faster. If you’re experiencing computer problems and need to reset that state, you’ll need to restart your PC instead.
Ask a geek how to fix a problem you’ve having with your Windows computer and they’ll likely ask “Have you tried rebooting it?” This seems like a flippant response, but rebooting a computer can actually solve many problems.
How Tech Companies Use ‘Dark Patterns’ To Trick You by Howtogeek
Websites like Amazon, Facebook, and Google don’t just appear: people make them. Everything about their design is intentional, is serving some kind of purpose—and sometimes those designs deliberately make things hard in order to change your behavior.
These sorts of designs are called “dark patterns,” and they’re everywhere.
If you keep a regular eye on your credit report, you’ll notice when identity thieves open accounts in your name and when errors are listed that might cause you problems in the future. Here’s how to do it for free.
US law entitles you to a free yearly credit report directly from each agency, but you’ll have to go…
Not all cloud file storage services are the same. There’s a big difference between file syncing tools like Dropbox and online backup services like Backblaze when it comes to backing up your important files.
Microsoft is hard at work on Windows 10’s next update, codenamed “Redstone 4”. This is Windows 10 version “1803”, which means it will likely launch sometime in March 2018.
This article contains features that have arrived through Insider Preview version 17083, which was released on January 24, 2018.
A metered connection is an Internet connection that has a data limit associated with it. Cellular data connections are set as metered by default. Wi-Fi and Ethernet network connections can be set to metered but aren't by default. Some apps might work differently on a metered connection to help reduce your data usage. Also, some updates for Windows won't be installed automatically.
To set a Wi-Fi network connection as metered:
- Select Start > Settings > Network & Internet > Wi-Fi > Manage known networks.
- Select the Wi-Fi network > Properties > turn on Set as metered connection.
How, When, and Why to Set a Connection as Metered on Windows 10 by www.howtogeek.com
Windows 10 is designed for PCs with unlimited Internet connections, and it normally uses as much of your download and upload bandwidth as it wants without asking. Setting a connection as metered puts you back in control, and it’s essential on some types of connections.
How Do IP Addresses Work? by How-To Geek
Every device connected to a network—computer, tablet, camera, whatever—needs a unique identifier so that other devices know how to reach it. In the world of TCP/IP networking, that identifier is the Internet Protocol (IP) address.
How Google Fights Password Thieves by Gizmodo
Photo: APGoogle and researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, teamed up to study how Google accounts become compromised, shedding light on how the company…
Few Gmail Users Enable Two-Factor Authentication by ExtremeTech
Data from a Google engineer shows that just 10 percent of users have enabled two-factor authentication, with only slightly more deploying a password manager. Security…
What’s Coming in Windows 10’s Redstone 4 Update, Available March 2018 by How-To-Geek
Microsoft is hard at work on Windows 10’s next update, codenamed “Redstone 4”. This is Windows 10 version “1803”, which means it will likely launch sometime in March 2018.
This article contains features that have arrived through Insider Preview version 17083, which was released on January 24…
How Much Data Does Netflix Use? by How-To Geek
We live in an age of prolific media streaming, with services like Netflix leading the charge. At the same time, we also live in an age where capped data packages for home internet is something that many people have to deal with. If you’re one of the millions of people with a capped data package, knowing how much data Netflix actually uses is crucial.
What Can Your Google Assistant Do? by Google Help
Google set up a page where you can find everything its AI Assistant is capable. There are over “1 million things to try” according to Google, but to make things easy the list is broken down into categories like “Home control,” “Games & fun,” and “Productivity.” The main page also points to new and trending skills, along with a search bar.
How Photography Works: Cameras, Lenses, and More Explained by How-To-Geek
Confused by that digital SLR you have, and all the photography jargon that goes along with it? Take a look at some photography basics, learn how your camera works, and how that can help you take better pictures.
Getting a nice camera is just the first step in taking great photos—you also have to learn how to use it. Shooting on auto will only take you so far. Shutter speed, aperture, and ISO may sound like intimidating photographer terms, but they’re quite simple—and crucial to getting great photos.
If you want to get the most out of your DSLR camera, it’s best to learn its different shooting modes, rather than just using full Auto all the time. With all the letters and symbols surrounding the dial (like M, Av, Tv, and P), though, things can get a bit confusing. Here’s a first-timer’s guide to getting out of Auto mode and crafting better photos.
Digital cameras have gotten really good. Most of the time, you can put them in Auto, press the shutter button, and, click, you’ve a perfectly adequate photo of what’s in front of you. It won’t be anything special (and it’ll be the exact same photo that everyone who was standing nearby took), but you’ll have something to share with your friends on social media.
The Complete Guide to Giving Better Family Tech Support by How-To-Geek
It’s that holiday time of year again, and that means it’s over the river and through the woods to…well, fix your family’s Wi-Fi and other tech problems.
If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance that you’re the “tech person” in your family. That means your family is constantly asking…