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Privacy.com Review

Privacy.com Review By Ash The Great, echeck.org

When you pay for something online, you are putting your financial and personal details at risk. No matter which form of payment you use, there is always a risk, and there is no way for you (the consumer) to know just how big or small the risk is. The sheer number of massive hacks and leaks over the last ten years is proof enough that we have no idea how safe our payment information really is. Privacy.com adds another layer of privacy. Every time you use your credit card, it generates a brand new set of details, and you use the new details to pay instead of your real payment details. It is like paying with a disposable credit card. Privacy.com allows you to generate new payment details that you can use to buy things online, and they call it, “Creating a virtual credit card.”

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.

Pay TV Companies Are Trying to Trick Cord Cutters into Coming Back to Cable

Pay TV Companies Are Trying to Trick Cord Cutters into Coming Back to Cable by www.tablotv.com

We hope you enjoy the following guest post from Luke Bouma, one of the cord cutting experts behind CordCuttersNews.com.

In a desperate attempt to keep customers from cutting the cord, cable companies everywhere are advertising crazy cheap TV ‘deals’.

WARNING: IT’S A TRAP!

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. 

MyEquifax.com Bypasses Credit Freeze PIN

MyEquifax.com Bypasses Credit Freeze PIN by krebsonsecurity.com

Most people who have frozen their credit files with Equifax have been issued a numeric Personal Identification Number (PIN) which is supposed to be required before a freeze can be lifted or thawed. Unfortunately, if you don’t already have an account at the credit bureau’s new myEquifax portal, it may be simple for identity thieves to lift an existing credit freeze at Equifax and bypass the PIN armed with little more than your, name, Social Security number and birthday.

7 Android accessibility features

7 Android accessibility features that'll enhance any phone By Jr Raphael, www.computerworld.com

Accessibility in our age of mobile technology is a pretty incredible thing. I mean, think about it: These powerful little computers we carry around in our pockets have the potential to open up all sorts of futuristic possibilities for folks with issues like impaired hearing or limited vision. And in the grand scheme of things, such possibilities are far more transformative than any random phone feature we use to organize our lives or save ourselves a few seconds here and there.

What is a Smarthome?

What is a Smarthome? By Josh Hendrickson, www.howtogeek.com

Any home can be a smarthome, whether it’s a studio apartment or a mansion. It’s the powerful connections that make it smart. Here’s what you need to know about smarthomes—and how to start putting your own together, if you’re interested.

Moto G7 joins Google Fi’s phone lineup

Moto G7 joins Google Fi's phone lineup By Christine Fisher, www.engadget.com

Today, Google added Motorola's Moto G7 to its fleet of Google Fi-compatible phones. The Moto G7 debuted last month just ahead of MWC, and it stuck to Motorola's trend of bringing mid-range phones to everyone. Now that Google is offering it when people sign up for its Fi wireless service, the Moto G7 is the newest low-cost Fi phone.

Useful features in Google Maps

6 useful features in Google Maps you may not know By Josh Noriega, www.androidguys.com

I don’t have to sit here and stress the importance of Google Maps. Being that the mobile app has a billion+ users, chances are that you’ve already used it extensively and know how valuable it can be for everyday life. That said, such a long-standing and crucial app from Google has naturally gone through a multitude of development over the years. 

Android Pie: 30 advanced tips and tricks

Android Pie: 30 advanced tips and tricks By Jr Raphael, www.computerworld.com

Mmm…who doesn't love a nice hearty helping of pie?

Whether we're talking apple, blueberry, or the Android 9 variety, there's plenty of reason to get excited about pie (or Pie, as the case may be). And while I can't provide much in the way of advice regarding the edible sort, I can give you plenty of useful tips about Google's Android 9 Pie software.

Tablo Quad Review!

Tablo Quad Review! [CordCutters.com] By Moderndad, www.youtube.com – about $200

Tablo's over-the-air DVR boxes have long been the easiest way to record OTA TV. And the new Tablo Quad is just about perfect. It's got FOUR tuners. And instead of an external hard drive, it takes in internal SATA drive.


Tablo Dual Lite DVR review: The all-around champ is cheaper than ever By Jared Newman TechHive

This is the best over-the-air DVR for folks who aren't tech-savvy. Price $139

If you're trying to record and watch free broadcast TV channels on all your streaming devices, you have two paths to choose from: Power-users might want to cobble together their own solution using disparate tuners, recording devices, and media server software. But for almost everyone else, there's Tablo.

Authentication Options Explained | 2FA, MFA, and more

Your Authentication Options Explained | 2FA, MFA, and more By Leah Bachmann, blog.lastpass.com

Cybercriminals are skilled lock pickers. They know the best opportunities to break through security barriers. Their motivation is simple: transform digital data into hard cash.   


Password Manager Showdown: LastPass vs. 1Password​ By Zapier, zapier.com

Until a better security standard is accepted by everyone, we're stuck using usernames and passwords.

Google Fi vs T-Mobile: Which is right for you?

Google Fi vs T-Mobile: Which is right for you? By Contact, www.androidauthority.com

Google Fi — which started out as Project Fi — is an online-only wireless carrier. The big selling point of Google Fi is that you only pay for the data you use, and that the data amount can fluctuate from month-to-month. Like other services from Google, it offers a different approach to an established paradigm — in this case, wireless service.

Google Account – Google Basics: Video

Google Basics Part 6 – Google Chrome By Dottotech, www.youtube.com  VIDEO

Google Chrome is the glue that holds the whole Google Eco-System together.

 


Google Basics Part 5: Google Photos – By Dottotech, www.youtube.com  VIDEO

Google Photos has become the go-to photo storage and sharing app for many of us, for good reason!


Google Drive – Google Basics Part 4 – By Dottotech, www.youtube.com  VIDEO

Google Drive, serves not one but 2 masters: Online storage and file sharing Productivity and collaboration applications


Google Basic Part 3: Google Calendar – By Dottotech, www.youtube.com  VIDEO

Google Calendar is one of the most valuable members of Google's ecosystem. It can form the centre of your productivity system!


How to Use Gmail – Google Basics Part 2 By Dottotech, www.youtube.com Video

Discover how you can use Gmail like a pro. I'll show you everything you need to do to set up your Gmail account and then share the most important Gmail features.


Google Account – Google Basics – Part 1 – By Dottotech, www.youtube.com  VIDEO

Let's go over the Google Basics! In this video, you'll learn how to set up your Google account, what to expect from your Google account and what benefits you get from joining the Google ecosystem.

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Chromebook Touchpad Gestures:

Chromebook Touchpad Gestures: How to Navigate Chrome OS Like a Pro By Phillip Tracy, www.laptopmag.com

Chrome OS earns praise for being an easy-to-use operating system but there's still a learning curve for new users, especially those who are coming from Windows 10 or macOS. To navigate Google's operating system efficiently, you'll first want to master your Chromebook's touchpad gestures.

How to use Google Maps offline on Android

How to use Google Maps offline on Android By Justin Duino, 9to5google.com

Whether you’re going on vacation overseas or just want to be able to navigate around town without draining your data plan, you can download different areas within Google Maps to use while offline. Here’s how.


How to use your Google Maps offline By Contact, www.androidauthority.com

Google Maps is one of the most popular and reliable mapping/navigation services, but it’s not without its faults. One of the main complaints is that it works best with a solid data connection, something we don’t always have outside the city. Thankfully, it’s possible to take Google Maps offline, but this great feature is rendered useless without some proactive procedures.

Android Pie 9.0: 3 settings to change right away

Android Pie 9.0: 3 settings to change right away By Jason Cipriani, www.cnet.com

Google's Android Pie 9.0 operating system has slowly made its way to more devices than the Pixel ($350 at Amazon) line since its release. With an improved Do Not Disturb feature, gesture navigation and smart recommendations, Android Pie has a lot to like.


5 obscure Android features you need to start using By Ryan Whitwam, www.pcworld.com

If you’ve been using Android for more than a few generations, it can be easy to forget just how far we’ve come. Google has added a ton of useful features to Android, and some of the best don’t get as much attention as they deserve. But we can fix that. Here are the five most underappreciated features hiding in the latest versions of Android. 

Streaming live TV great alternatives

Canceling Sling TV? These are some great alternatives By Phil Nickinson, www.cordcutters.com

Sling TV remains (for now, anyway) the most popular streaming TV service, with somewhere in the neighborhood of 1.5 million subscribers, at last count. But the thing about streaming services is that it's super easy to cancel and try a new one. But you'll need a replacement streaming service, right? If you're getting rid of Sling — and here's how to do that, by the way — you'll want to try something else.


Internet Streaming: What is it and How Does it Work? By Andrew Heinzman, www.howtogeek.com

We’ve been streaming content from the internet for a long time, and it’s gotten to the point that the internet is synonymous with services like Netflix and Youtube. But what exactly is streaming, and how does it work?


What the tech: Best streaming services for 'cord-cutters' by https://www.wkrn.com

There are two types of TV viewers these days: the ones who've cut the cord for satellite and cable and the ones who are thinking about it.

A UBS survey shows an estimated 20-percent of Americans will ditch cable or satellite to save money this year. 

Tablo Dual Lite DVR is On Sale For Just $99.99

The Tablo Dual Lite DVR is On Sale For Just $99.99 By Luke Bouma, www.cordcuttersnews.com

Want a cheap DVR for your antenna? Right now the Tablo Dual Lite DVR is on sale for just $99.99. This is $40 off the typical $139.99 price. (Limited time deal don’t wait or you may miss it.)


Tablo DVR’s Parent Company Just Received $1 Million in New Funding By Luke Bouma, www.cordcuttersnews.com

Today it was announced that Nuvyyo the parent company behind Tablo DVRs just received a $1 million CAD in new funding from BDC Capital’s Growth and Transition Capital

How to use password manager apps and browser add-ons in 2019

How to use password manager apps and browser add-ons in 2019 By Tom Mcnamara, download.cnet.com

We've been telling folks for years that you need to use a password manager to really protect your bank accounts, credit cards, and other important data, in combination with app-based two-factor authentication. But while we've talked about the general importance of these critical personal data security tools and others, it's been a while since we explained how a password manager works.

– How to Use Google Docs Offline

How to Use Google Docs Offline By Brady Gavin, www.howtogeek.com

Google Docs is great, but because it typically requires an internet connection to use, getting things done when you’re offline can be challenging. If you’re using Google Chrome, an official extension named Google Docs Offline changes that.

Tips to Change your Password – LastPass

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.


Using LastPass on iOS: Tricks you Might have Missed By Leah Bachmann, blog.lastpass.com

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 can I protect myself from identity theft?

The Tech Guy airs every weekend in over 170 cities in the US and Canada and on America’s Talk XM Channel 244

How can I protect myself from identity theft?

Watch Mara from Los Angeles, CA

Mara was a victim of identity theft, and just narrowly avoided having her brokerage account drained. Leo says that Mara should change her password and turn on 2 factor authentication right away. Leo suspects the bad guys got her information from a database breach like the Collection #1 or the Marriott hack. Leo also suggests going to haveIbeenpwned.com/passwords and see if her passwords have been compromised and are known. Leo also recommends having a credit freeze put on Mara's account using Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion. That will prevent any additional credit accounts being opened in her name.

Check out Clark Howard's article on how to put a freeze on your credit.

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