Getting Comfortable With The Basics


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Password overload making your head explode

Online password overload making your head explode? A cyberfraud expert has the answer – By Rob Carricktheglobeandmail.com3 min
Technology’s most epic fail of the past two decades is arguably that passwords are still being used for internet security.

Passwords were manageable 20 years ago, when we frequented a small number of websites at most and few or none of them involved money. Today, many of us have half our lives online. 

Find your way around Google Maps

Find your way around Google Maps with these handy tips and tricks – By Simon Hilldigitaltrends.com19 min
One of the early signs that Google might expand beyond search in all sorts of interesting and unexpected directions was the Google Maps release in 2005. Borne out of a series of acquisitions, the Google Maps project has grown over the years to encompass satellite imagery, millions of points of interest, street views, turn-by-turn navigation, traffic conditions, public transportation, and a good deal more.

Instead of Changing Your Passwords, Upgrade Them

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.

Google Sheets Formula Tips & Techniques

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.

10 Can’t-Miss Gmail Tips and Tricks

10 Can't-Miss Gmail Tips and Tricks That Will Change the Way You Email – By Currie Engeltime.com8 min
Summer usually means a vacation from your Gmail inbox. But all your unread emails aren’t going to get answered on their own (well, actually, they might — but I’ll get to that later). Over 281 billion emails were sent last year, according to Radicati, a tech marketing firm. And that number will only grow, hitting 330 billion in the next three years. That’s a lot of emails that will require our attention.

Why You Should Use a Password Manager

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 VIDEO

Improve your online security and save time with LastPass, the password manager that remembers all your passwords so you don't have to.

– Create a Google Home routine

Create a Google Home routine for every part of your day  – By Shelby Browncnet.com4 min
When you open the Google Home app, tap Routines to get started with setting them up. If you tap any of the individual routines (Bedtime, Good Morning, I'm home or Leaving home) Google Assistant will open on your phone and tell you a few things you can set up on each routine. For example, the Assistant can set your alarm, tell you what's on your calendar tomorrow and play some relaxing nature sounds for your bedtime routine.

Get the Most Out of the Chrome Bookmarks Bar

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

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.

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   VIDEO

Basic explanation of the web browser.

Parts of the Chrome Browser  – By  VIDEO

LastPass Password Manager Review

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

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

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

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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!

Google Pay vs. Samsung Pay

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

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,

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.

How to download or share a Google Photos album

Android 101: How to download or share a Google Photos album – By Barbara Krasnoff,

One thing Google really wants you to do is, well, stay in Google — because the more you do things the Google way, the more data the company can monetize. The result is that while it is possible to pull your emails, photos, and other material outside of the Googleverse, it’s just a little bit more difficult.

Windows 10 fresh install from USB download

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

The Best Way to Organize Your Emails

The Best Way to Organize Your Emails: Just Archive Them  – By Rob Woodgate,

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We recommend using OHIO (Only Handle It Once) to triage your emails. An essential part of OHIO is archiving emails you need to keep—get them out of your inbox! Here’s why archiving is critical—and why you shouldn’t bother with folders.

How to Check for Speed Traps, Speed Limits, and Traffic Accidents in Google Maps

How to Check for Speed Traps, Speed Limits, and Traffic Accidents in Google Maps – By Brendan Hesse,

Starting today, Google Maps is expanding its traffic features to more regions. The app will now display the speed limit for roads you’re currently on, as well as the location of various key pieces of traffic information—such as accidents, mobile speed trackers, and traffic cameras—in over 40 countries. 

Smart Lock is Android’s best-kept secret

Smart Lock is Android's best-kept secret – By Ara Wagoner,

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

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,

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. 

Best Account Security Methods

Here Are the Best Account Security Methods, According to Google – By David Murphy, Email, Twitter, Posts,

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,

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,

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,

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.

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