Over 1 Billion Login Credentials Leaked, Here’s How to See if You Were Compromised – By Cameron Summerson, www.howtogeek.com
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Good morning! A whole slew of usernames and plaintext passwords were leaked for a number of different sites—at 772 million and 21 million respectively, it’s the largest data leak in history. Here’s how to make sure your information is still safe.
Stop Buying Inkjet Printers and Buy a Laser Printer Instead – By Craig Lloyd, www.howtogeek.com
Are you sick and tired of how slow your inkjet printer is? Does it seem like the ink constantly runs out? Do yourself a favor and replace that hunk of junk with a quality laser printer.
The Best Google Docs Add-Ons – By Brady Gavin, www.howtogeek.com
Google Docs add-ons work similarly to how a browser extension works. They are a third-party app that you install to Google Docs to gain additional features. Some add-ons increase productivity (like proofreading tools) and some add more extensive capabilities (like allowing teachers to integrate grades into students papers). Here’s how to install them and some of our favorites.
Google Maps begins showing speed trap alerts – By Alex Wagner, www.phonedog.com
Google Maps is gaining another handy new feature.
Support for displaying speed traps has begun rolling out in Google Maps. Screenshots shared by one Android user show icons of speed cameras when exploring the map and when driving. And since you shouldn't be looking at your phone when you're behind the wheel, Google Maps will also give you an audio cue when you're driving and approaching a speed trap.
The 15-minute Chromebook tune-up – By Jr Raphael, www.computerworld.com
As far as computers go, Chromebooks are almost shockingly low-maintenance. Google's Chrome OS operating system updates itself silently and automatically — as do most of the core apps associated with the platform — and it doesn't get gunked up and slowed down over time, as traditional operating systems tend to do. There's no antivirus software to fret over, either, and little in the way of complicated settings or compatibility concerns.
New Flag Enables Powerful Feature For Chromebook Files App – By Robby Payne, chromeunboxed.com
If you are a user who’s made the transition to Chromebooks from a more standard OS like Mac OS or Windows, file management could be a little different for you.
9 Most Useful Chrome Browser Extensions – By Natasha Stokes, www.techlicious.com
Using Chrome? One of the greatest features of Google’s nimble, speedy browser is the sheer volume of free extensions available from the Chrome store. These extensions are essentially software add-ons that enhance the browser’s performance, tacking on extra capabilities to what you can do within its confines.
Want stronger passwords? Understand these 4 common password security myths – By Fahmida Y. Rashid, www.csoonline.com
Talking about password security is a guaranteed crowd-snoozer, a surefire way to make people shut down and tune out, but the reality is that passwords are still important. Email or social media, online banking or gaming, educational applications or online services—anything that keeps some kind of user data still depends on passwords to keep miscreants out. Attackers will continue merrily looting bank accounts and taking over online services if users don’t step up and use better passwords.
New Year’s resolutions: Get your passwords shipshape – By Tomáš Foltýn, www.welivesecurity.com
In case there are some blank entries in your laundry list of New Year’s resolutions, we have a few tips for a bit of cybersecurity ‘soul searching’. Here’s the first batch, looking at how you can fix your good ol’ passwords.
Google's Public DNS now works with Android 9 Pie – By Corbin Davenport, www.androidpolice.com
A Domain Name System, or DNS for short, is the component of your network connection that looks up the server IPs after you enter a domain name (e.g. androidpolice.com). Most people use the default DNS services from their ISPs/carriers, but alternatives have existed for years, like Google Public DNS. Google announced today that its DNS service finally supports DNS-over-TLS, meaning it can be set as the system-wide DNS provider on Android 9 Pie.
When you use Google Public DNS, you are changing your DNS "switchboard" operator from your ISP to Google Public DNS.
How to Use Google Docs – By Maude Campbell, www.popularmechanics.com
Let’s face it, not everyone uses Microsoft Word anymore. What you really need to know is just how to create a document. Google Docs, released in 2006, is free to use, web-based, and not only for text documents; you can create slideshows and spreadsheets, too. Here's how to use it.
How to Control Margins in Google Docs – By Brady Gavin, www.howtogeek.com
Margins in a document are the white space that surrounds the text in your file. They appear at the top, bottom, left, and right sides. While the default margins are fine most of the time, sometimes you’ll need to change them. Here’s how.
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.
How to Use Your Android Phone as a Flashlight – By Cameron Summerson, www.howtogeek.com
It’s dark and you need to be able to see. It’s fine—whip out your trusty Android phone and put the camera flash to work as a flashlight. Here’s how to do it.
How to Use Voice Typing in Google Docs – By Brady Gavin, www.howtogeek.com
Google Docs lets you use voice typing to dictate using your computer’s microphone. It’s great for people who suffer from a repetitive strain injury, or for those who just don’t like typing. Here’s how to use Voice Typing in Google Docs.
Lock Down Your Tech in 2019 With These Resolutions – By Justin Pot, www.howtogeek.com
If you’re a human person who occasionally engages in commerce, hackers are probably targeting you. This year, resolve to do something about it.
You know you need to take better care of your personal information, but you keep putting it off.
Browser Slow? How to Make Google Chrome Fast Again – By Walter Glenn, www.howtogeek.com
– Web browsers are our constant companions, so having a browser that feels slower than it should—or even crashes on you—is no fun at all. Here are some ways you can get Chrome running like new again.
How to Create a System Image Backup in Windows 7, 8, or 10 – By Walter Glenn, www.howtogeek.com
The built-in backup utilities in Windows are pretty solid. Let’s take a look at how to create a full backup image of your PC without the need for a third party utility.
You Should Freeze Your Child’s Credit. It’s Not Hard. Here’s How. – By Ron Lieber, www.nytimes.com
A new law requiring credit bureaus to offer you free freezes applies to children, too. It’s easier than you’d expect, but you may still have questions. Here are some answers.
How to Take the Best Photos with Your Android Phone – By Florence Ion, lifehacker.com
It’s that time of year again when you’re working your smartphone overtime attempting to keep up with all of the memories of holiday parties, family gatherings, and pets you’ve wrangled into festive attire. If you’re working with any of the latest Android phones, including the Google Pixel 3 or Samsung Note9, then one of the best cameras on the market is already in your pocket.
A new Google Chrome attack can freeze your Windows 10 device – By Anmol, mspoweruser.com
A new exploit has been discovered in Google Chrome that can potentially freeze Windows 10 devices completely. The new bug is being used in a tech support scam that freezes Windows 10 and then tells the user that their device is infected by a virus.
Do You Really Need to Regularly Reinstall Windows? – By Chris Hoffman, www.howtogeek.com
For many people, Windows seems to slow down over time. Quite a few people fix this by regularly reinstalling Windows. But do you really need to regularly reinstall Windows? And, if so, how regularly do you need to reinstall it?
Reinstall Windows 10 Without Deleting Your Software, Files or Settings – By Mark Turner, www.techspot.com
Perform an 'in-place upgrade' to fix a buggy Windows installation
We recently experienced an installation of Windows 10 with system files that were corrupt to the point that certain sections of the Settings app would automatically close when being opened, among other bugs around the platform.
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 Create Multiple Columns in Google Docs – By Brady Gavin, www.howtogeek.com
Google Docs can split a document up into columns, which is excellent for making newsletters, pamphlets, and brochures. Here’s how you can separate parts of your document up into two or three columns in Google Docs.
Google Home Hub and Google Assistant tips and tricks: 15 things to get you started [Video] – By Damien Wilde, 9to5google.com
The Google Home Hub is one of the best Smart Display options on the market, albeit there are very few options. It might not have a camera, however, oddly, makes it one of the best options available especially as you have fewer privacy concerns.
15 tips and tricks for Chrome on Android (2018 edition) – By Corbin Davenport, www.androidpolice.com
Last year, we compiled a list of 15 tips and tricks to get the most out of Chrome on Android. The browser has plenty of hidden features, either tucked away behind flags or simply not pointed out by Google. Since that post was published, several of the features we highlighted have been removed (like the Chrome Home UI), and new ones have been added.
Why you need to use a password manager – By Zack Whittaker, techcrunch.com
If you thought passwords will soon be dead, think again. They’re here to stay — for now. Passwords are cumbersome and hard to remember — and just when you did, you’re told to change it again. And sometimes passwords can be guessed and are easily hackable.
How to use Robocopy to quickly back up all your data in Windows 10 – By Greg Shultz, www.techrepublic.com
Windows 10 offers a plethora of ways to back up and restore your data—and even your entire system. For example, there's File History, System Restore, Fresh Start, and System Image Recovery just to name a few.
How Safe is Mint.com? – By Curtis Hearn, smartmoneynation.com
A few weeks ago, Equifax, one of the world’s largest repository of personal financial information, announced it had been hacked. Over 140 million consumers’ personal data was stolen, including credit card numbers for some of those affected.
How to Pay With Google – By Tim Fisher, www.lifewire.com
There are two ways to pay with Google and both of them use the free payment platform called Google Pay. One lets you buy things and the other is for sending and receiving money with other users.
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.
- G-Suite Pricing Plan https://gsuite.google.com/pricing.html
- Create a Gmail Account https://accounts.google.com/signup/v2
- Google News https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9wf-U…
- 5 Must Know Google Drive Tips https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Inl4n…
- Google Calendar Overview https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t5cWR…
- Google Photos https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXe68…
- Google Keep https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AG21_…
- Google 2 Factor Authentication https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TLUz7…
- Google Privacy https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vA9Z0…
ProtonMail now lets you import emails in bulk from Gmail, Yahoo, and others – By Paul Sawers, venturebeat.com
Encrypted email startup ProtonMail is making it easier for users to import their emails from other providers, in a move that could help stoke use of ProtonMail’s service. Additionally, the company will also enable users to backup their emails locally by exporting them to their hard drive.
How to Manage Google Drive Settings – By James T. Cains, www.dummies.com
Google Drive itself has only a few settings to keep track of, but they can make your experience a little easier. To manage the main Google Drive settings, log in to Google Drive, click the Settings icon (it looks like a gear) at the top right corner, and choose Settings.
How to Import an Excel Document into Google Sheets – By Brady Gavin, www.howtogeek.com
Did someone send you an Excel document, but you don’t have Excel? Giving up on Microsoft Office and making the change to Google Drive? No problem; Google Sheets lets you import your Excel files. And while it might not support some of the same features and effects of an Excel document, it works pretty well.
What is WordPress? It's the CMS that powers your favorite tech website – By Jon Martindale, www.digitaltrends.com
WordPress is something that every web user has enjoyed the benefits of, even if they didn’t realize it. So, what is WordPress? Among a few popular alternatives, it’s one of the most used content management systems (CMS) in the world and after more than 15 years of operation, has expanded from a basic blogging platform into one of the most versatile ways to manage website content ever made.In fact, it’s what runs your favorite tech site, DigitalTrends.com. Ask any of the writers here and they’ll have good and bad things to say about it, but they all know their way around WordPress.
65 Chromebook tips for maximum productivity – By Jr Raphael, www.computerworld.com
Chromebooks may be all about simplicity, but don't be fooled: Beneath their intuitive outer layer lies a web of advanced options. And you don't have to be a power user to embrace it.
Primer: How to lock your online accounts with a security key – By Seth Rosenblatt, the-parallax.com
A tiny slab of circuitry can lock down your online accounts against some of the most determined attacks—unless your sites, your browser, or your own inertia get in the way.
Things You Should Know Before Enabling Two-Factor Authentication – By Nitin Sharma, medium.freecodecamp.org
With Cybersecurity becoming a big concern, two-factor authentication (2FA) is a topic that is becoming hotter with each passing day.
After all, who doesn’t want to keep their private data safe? Two-factor authentication may not be a bulletproof solution but is one of the easiest and best ways to shore up your virtual security.
How to Create a Table of Contents in Google Docs – By Brady Gavin, www.howtogeek.com
Adding a table of contents to your document is a useful way to show readers each topic/chapter listed inside your file. When you create a table of contents in Google Docs, it automatically generates one and adds links that jump to each section they reference when clicked, allowing for quick access to specific parts of your document.
Google Drive's New Backup Feature Reminded Me I Have No Backup Plan – By Patrick Lucas Austin, lifehacker.com
If you don’t have an offsite cloud storage plan (and you really should), Google’s newest update to its cloud storage service Google Drive is ready to fix your gaping data backup hole by letting you pick which folders on your device you’d like to back up to Google Drive instead of forcing you to put the files into a single Google Drive folder. It’s called Backup & Sync.
Chromebooks vs. Laptops: What's the Difference? – By Daniel Nations, www.lifewire.com
Let's dispense with a likely question right away: Yes, a Chromebook is a laptop. A laptop is a portable computer meant to be placed almost anywhere, including your lap, but still have the same basic functionality and input devices as a desktop. A Chromebook meets all of the specifications. It is simply a laptop running a different operating system (Chrome OS). So what's the difference between a Chromebook and a Windows-based laptop or a MacBook?
No, You Don’t Need Antivirus on a Chromebook – By Cameron Summerson, www.howtogeek.com
Recently, Malwarebytes announced an antivirus for Chromebooks(through its Android app). But here’s the thing: that’s complete bullshit. You don’t need an antivirus on Chrome OS; I don’t care how they try to sell it.
What Is a Chromebook, and How Is It Different than a Laptop? – By Simon Batt, www.maketecheasier.com
If you’ve been in the market for a laptop recently, you may have seen a type of laptop called a “Chromebook” It might sound a little weird; after all, isn’t Chrome a web browser? Why are there laptops named after it?
Chromebooks fill a specific niche in the laptop world. If you purchase one expecting something similar to a normal laptop, you may end up very disappointed with your purchase. However, if your needs and wants from a laptop match what a Chromebook does, you may find yourself saving a bit of money in the process!
5 best remote desktop apps for Android! – By Contact, www.androidauthority.com
Remote access to a desktop is one of the most niche power-user features out there. However, it is perfectly doable on an Android device. There are two basic ways to do it. Users can remote into their Android device from a computer. We covered that functionality in our best screen mirroring apps for Android list. This list focuses more on accessing your desktop computer from your Android device. There are a bunch of apps that boast remote access as a feature. However, only some of them are actually good. Here are the best remote desktop apps for Android!
How to Import a Word Document into Google Docs – By Brady Gavin, www.howtogeek.com
Someone send you a Word document, but you don’t have Word? Giving up on Word and making the change to Google Docs? No problem; Google Docs lets you easily import Word documents. And while it might not support some of the more advanced features and formatting of some Word documents, it works pretty well.
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.
A Description of Encryption: The How, Why and When of Cryptography – By Jacob Roach, www.cloudwards.net
Jacob Roach is a Midwesterner with a love for technology, an odd combination given his corn field-ridden setting. After finishing a degree in English at Southern New Hampshire University, Jacob settled back under the Arch in his hometown of St. Louis, MO, where he now writes about anything tech. His main interests are web technologies and online privacy, though he dips his toes in photography and the occasional card game as well. You can reach him at jacob[at]cloudwards.net.
How to Remotely Troubleshoot a Friend’s Windows PC Without Any Extra Software – By Chris Hoffman, www.howtogeek.com
Windows offers a few built-in tools for performing remote assistance over the Internet. These tools allow you to take remote control of another person’s computer so you can help them troubleshoot it while you’re on the phone with them. They work similarly to Remote Desktop, but are available on all editions of Windows and are easy to set up.
5 handy Google Fi features you shouldn't forget – By Jr Raphael, www.computerworld.com
Got Fi? Google's unusual wireless service may have shifted its namefrom Project Fi to Google Fi this fall, but its core proposition remains the same: Pay only for the data you use, and avoid all the traditional carrier gotchas and nonsense.
Classic Editor – By WordPress Contributors wordpress.org
Gutenberg “Suckenberg” is the worst joke played on us. Thank you for giving us back the WordPress we love, and not the idiotic thing they will be forcing on us.
I’m guessing there will be many similar plugins, and they will all be super popular.
WordPress 5.0 “Bebo” – By Matt Mullenweg, wordpress.org
We’ve made some big upgrades to the editor. Our new block-based editor is the first step toward an exciting new future with a streamlined editing experience across your site. You’ll have more flexibility with how content is displayed, whether you are building your first site, revamping your blog, or write code for a living.
Best Phones for Google Fi in 2018 – By Hayato Huseman, www.androidcentral.com
For just $20/month for unlimited calls/texts and $10 per GB of data you use (any data past 6GB is free), Google Fi is one of the most compelling MVNOs around — especially when you factor in its excellent roaming support, nationwide coverage, and Bill Protection feature that credits back whatever data you don't use. Fi works on almost any unlocked phone these days, but certain features work better on some phones than others — these are the ones that will give you the best Fi experience.
Google Fi may sound like some weird sort of initiation ritual ("Whoa, what happened to Rick? I heard he got Googlefied!") — but if you can get past its silly-sounding name, the recently rebranded wireless service can both save you money and step up your smartphone security situation.
Tip: Download Windows 7 and 8.1 ISOs By Paul Thurrott, www.thurrott.com
I’m not sure when this happened, but Microsoft now has ISO downloads available for Windows 7 and 8.1, and not just Windows 10.
Google Lens now has an album shortcut to search photos By Ryan Whitwam, www.androidpolice.com
Google Lens made its debut in the Google Photos app on select devices a while back, but now it's available everywhere. You can still search from the Photos app, but Google just added a new shortcut to make it easier to scan your photos. From Lens, just tap the album button at the top of the screen, and you're all set.
The Ultimate Guide to Google Slides By Clifford Chi, blog.hubspot.com
Slide decks are ubiquitous in the business world. To present new findings or strategies, train new employees, and even sell your product, you’ll often use a deck to easily convey information and visually engage an audience.