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Best Account Security Methods

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.

 

Google Photos Fixed Photo Organization

Google Photos Fixed the Bad Photo Organization That I Spent Years Creating – By David Nield, gizmodo.com

If you’ve lived long enough to remember the early days of digital photography, you may well have hundreds of thousands of pictures squirreled away on your computer, from various cameras and phones and the web, all terribly organized and almost beyond hope as far as sorting and cataloging goes. That was my situation—until Google Photos came along.

How to use Windows 10’s Your Phone experience

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.

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.

Wyze Sense review

Wyze Sense review: This $20 sensor system is a steal for security DIYers​ – By Michael Ansaldo, www.techhive.com

Wyze Labs turned our conception of home security cameras on its ear with the Wyze Cam and Wyze Cam Pan. These two convention-defying cameras pack premium features like Full HD video, motion detection and tracking, and smart home integration into easy-to-install devices for just $20 and $30, respectively. Now they’ve done much the same by introducing a $20 home sensor system.

Android Messages for Web

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

Nothing is more irritating than swapping back and forth between your computer and phone while trying to work and text someone. It's hard to stay in a good workflow and, depending on what else you need your phone for, your battery suffers. 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. Google calls this Messages for Web.

– Guide to Google Sheets a reliable data source

The ultimate guide to Google Sheets as a reliable data source – Keep calm and use lots of data validation

I occasionally need to grant a non-technical colleague the ability to input information into our data warehouse on an ad-hoc basis. For example, our customer service team at Milk Bar maintains a list of special wedding cakeorders in Google Sheets that we need to collect data from for downstream calculations.

Things Google Sheets Can Do Tips & Tricks

21 Awesome Things Google Sheets Can Do Tips & Tricks by Benjamin Mangold

I love Google Sheets. It has a clean interface, it’s easy to collaborate with people and it integrates with other Google products that I use every day (like Google Analytics and Google Data Studio). It’s really easy to start using Google Sheets, but did you know it offers some great ways to get even more our of your data?

Useful Google Sheets Formulas

The 7 Most Useful Google Sheets Formulas By Aja Frost, blog.hubspot.com

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.


How to Automate Google Sheets With Macros By Brady Gavin, www.howtogeek.com

Google Sheets lets you automate repetitive tasks with macros, and you can then bind them to keyboard shortcuts to execute them quickly. They work using Google Apps Script to capture your actions for later use.

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? 

You Can Now Stream Locals For FREE Thanks to Locast

You Can Now Stream Locals For FREE on Android TV Thanks to Locast​ – By Luke Bouma, www.cordcuttersnews.com

Locast a new live TV streaming service that launched back in January in New York City to offer access to 15 stations including ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC. Recently Locast expanded into a 7th market with the addition of Washington DC. and Baltimore. Don’t look for Locast to stop there according to the people behind the service they plan to keep expanding into other markets later this year. With Locast you can stream ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC among others for free in Denver, Washington DC., Baltimore, Philadelphia, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Dallas, and New York.


Watch Your Local Broadcast TVFor Free!

Locast is a not-for-profit service offering users access to broadcast television stations over the internet.

We stream the signal over the Internet to select US cities. We are trying to help broadcasters reach people just like you over the internet.

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.

Should you buy a Google Wifi in 2019?

Should you buy a Google Wifi in 2019? – By Rebecca Lee Armstrong, www.androidcentral.com

Best answer: Even though the system came out in 2016, its tech is still relevant and can give your home network a boost. Google Wifi is worth the investment if you're looking to upgrade your home network, or even if you just want to get your network to reach that one dead spot in your house. It's a solid and easy-to-use mesh router that stands out among other home Wifi systems because of its low entry price and streamlined simplicity.

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 Earth Releases New Feature

Google Earth Releases New Feature That Lets Travelers Virtually Tour National Parks Across the U.S. – By Evie Carrick, www.travelandleisure.com

With more national parks than states, most people will never have the time to visit every protected landscape in the U.S. These parks — which range from the geologically stunning Grand Canyon to breathtaking vistas of the Shenandoah Valley — are not usually located near a major airport and take some planning to access.

– How to Use Groups in Google Contacts

How to Use Groups in Google Contacts (2019 Labels Tutorial) – By Simpletivity, www.youtube.com  VIDEO

Creating labels (also known as groups) in Google Contacts can save you so much time! Not just in Gmail but in many other Google apps where you have access to your contacts. In this video, Scott Friesen shows you everything you need to know about groups in Google Contacts along with his best labels tips.

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.

Atlas Obscura

At Atlas Obscura, our mission is to inspire wonder and curiosity about the incredible world we all share.

We are a global community of explorers, who have together created a comprehensive database of the world’s most wondrous places and foods —17,580 of them contributed by our community so far, and more every day, from a secret apartment atop the Eiffel Tower to bridges built out of living roots, from a temple shaped like a chicken to an island ruled by cats, from a fruit that tastes like chocolate pudding to a spicy chutney made out of red ants.

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.

Best Gmail Features You Might Not Have Found Yet

21 of the Best Gmail Features You Might Not Have Found Yet – By David Nield, gizmodo.com

Almost everyone is using Gmail these days, but how many of those users know all the tricks and features Google has dropped into its email platform over the last 15 years? How many neat options on the web and mobile remain undiscovered by the Gmail masses? Let us bring you right up to speed with the best Gmail features you might not have found yet. 

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.

– Chrome Features That Will Make Your Life Easier

20 Hidden Chrome Features That Will Make Your Life Easier – By Evan Dashevsky, www.pcmag.com

Browsers offer us a window into the magical world of the internet, and they do far more than you realize. It's not just about visiting webpages anymore— browsers function as something of an operating system in their own right, which is really not all that far off with Chrome OS now powering Google's Chromebooks.

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.

Your Android phone can now be a security key for your Google account

Your Android phone can now be a security key for your Google account – By Alex Wagner, www.phonedog.com

Two-factor authentication helps to secure your online accounts by adding a second step to the login process. Today Google is making it easier for Android users to add 2FA to their account.


Android 7.0+ Phones Can Now Double as Google Security Keys – by krebsonsecurity.com

Google this week made it easier for Android users to enable strong 2-factor authentication (2FA) when logging into Google’s various services. The company announced that all phones running Android 7.0 and higher can now be used as Security Keys, an additional authentication layer that helps thwart phishing sites and password theft.

The Best LED Light Bulbs

The Best LED Light Bulbs We’ve Found For The Entire House – By John Petersik, www.younghouselove.com

At least five times a day Sherry gets asked: “What are those LED bulbs that John loves?” Sometimes it seems even more popular than the ever-present “where you’d get that thing in your house?” question (all answers are here, btw) or “what are those short girl jeans Sherry wears constantly?” (they’re these). Because as anyone who has listened to our podcast knows, I am, shall we say, particular about my light bulbs.

Laptop vs. Chromebook: Picking the best computer for you

Laptop vs. Chromebook: Picking the best computer for you – By Joshua Goldman, www.cnet.com

Chromebooks first arrived in 2011, however it's only in the past couple years that they've gained ground on traditional laptops. That's mainly due to widespread adoption by schools, but their overall simplicity and low cost are undeniably attractive for home and work use, too.

– How to Turn Any Android Smartphone into a Google Pixel

How to Turn Any Android Smartphone into a Google Pixel – By Brendan Hesse, lifehacker.com

Android’s flexibility means manufacturers can build their own versions of the OS to suit their hardware, but there’s an elegance to the stock Android experience found on Google’s devices—one that other Android smartphones can’t match.

The best science podcasts to make you smarter

The best science podcasts to make you smarter – By Sophie Bushwick, Sara Chodosh, And Rachel Feltman, www.popsci.com

This post has been updated, and will probably be updated again, because that's how best-of lists should work.

I love podcasts, you love podcasts, your grandma probably loves podcasts. Looking for some science you can enjoy while your eyeballs do stuff that isn't reading? Perhaps hoping to regurgitate something that sounds smart while sitting around with family on a summer vacation? Great. Read on.

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".

Gmail Tips That Will Help You Conquer Email​

38 Gmail Tips That Will Help You Conquer Email –  By Eric Griffith PCmag

Gmail has come a long way. It's not perfect and occasionally prompts ripples of outrage across its user base. But let's be honest: with Gmail you get plenty for nothing.


21 of the Best Gmail Features You Might Not Have Found Yet – By David Nield, gizmodo.com

Almost everyone is using Gmail these days, but how many of those users know all the tricks and features Google has dropped into its email platform over the last 15 years? How many neat options on the web and mobile remain undiscovered by the Gmail masses? Let us bring you right up to speed with the best Gmail features you might not have found yet. 

 

Google Photos for Android rolling out ‘Crop & adjust’ suggestions for documents

Google Photos for Android rolling out ‘Crop & adjust’ suggestions for documents By Abner Li, 9to5google.com

At I/O 2018, Google Photos added suggested actions to automatically brighten, share, rotate, or archive an image. The Android app this week is adding a new “Crop & adjust” feature specifically for pictures of receipts and other documents.

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