It’s Time: Why You Need to Upgrade to an SSD Right Now by How-To-Geek
It’s time to upgrade to an SSD if you’re still using a mechanical hard drive in your computer. An SSD is the single biggest upgrade you can give your computer, and prices have come down dramatically.
Don’t fall victim to hackers; they count on willing prey by Bill Husted – PalmBeachPost.com Sunday
When most folks think of a hacker, they picture an evil genius — fueled by Mountain Dew and day-old pizza — hammering away at a keyboard while attempting to break into the computer of some poor schmuck in Boise.
How to download the last three versions of Windows officially at no cost by Paul Thurrott's SuperSite for Windows
Yes it is legal and OK with Microsoft for you to download Windows using these websites and methods.
Why You Should Use a Password Manager and How to Get Started by How-To Geek
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.
Password managers store your login information for all the websites you use and help you log into them automatically. They encrypt your password database with a master password – the master password is the only one you have to remember.
Are cloud-linked password managers risky? by Paul Thurrott's SuperSite for Windows
How secure a solution are cloud-based password managers, really?
The Sensi™ thermostat is loaded with features designed to make it easier and more convenient than ever to achieve the perfect level of comfort in your home. From a simple DIY installation process to an intuitive mobile app that allows you to adjust the settings on your thermostat from anywhere, the Sensi thermostat was built with you and your comfort in mind.
Complete control from your smart phone.
A typical thermostat tells you the temperature and whether it’s heating or cooling. With the FREE Sensi mobile app, you can learn so much more. The app tells you everything from the current temperature and humidity level to local weather and your current and upcoming heating and cooling schedule. And you see it all from anywhere.
Sensi Wi-Fi Smart Programmable Thermostat 1F86U-42WF by White-Rodgers – Price:$129.99 Free Shipping for Amazon Prime Members
How to Order or Replace a Verizon Fios Battery
Your Fiber-Optic Voice service requires electricity in order to work. In the event of a power outage, you won’t be able to make or receive calls, including calls to 911, unless you use an alternative like a cell phone. If you have an alarm system it may not be able to contact its central monitoring station in the event of a power outage. Depending on the Verizon equipment installed at your home, backup power may be provided by a Battery Backup Unit (BBU) that uses a 12-volt battery or a PowerReserve device that uses 12 D-cell batteries that you provide. Please click to determine the equipment installed in your home.
The 12 volt battery is available from Amazon
We have replaced all outdoor lamps with LED type bulbs, they are inexpensive to operate we leave them on all day and night. Yearly cost for operating 2 outdoor garage and/or porch lights 24 hours a dey 7 days a week. 4 watt led = $10.16 — 5 watt led = $12.70 — 6 watt led = $15.24 — 7 watt led = $17.78
Grimaldi Lighting LED Bulb, 3 Pack, 5 Watts, 450 Lumens, A15 Style Bulb, Warm White, Dimmable, 40W Equivalent – Price:$18.99 ($6.33 / bulb) Free Shipping for Amazon Prime Members
These lamps are installed in our garage fixtures. Glenn
LED Bulbs Pack of 6 – A19 E27 7w Brightest 60W Incandescent Bulbs Equivalent Soft White 3000k Light Bulb – Price:$29.99 Free Shipping for Amazon Prime Members
These are 60 watt equivalent lamps they use 2 more watts of power to operate.
How to Protect Your Home from Water Damage with Smart Home Sensors by How-To Geek
Like many staples of a pre-smarthome age, the humble leak detector has made the jump to the 21st century. Read on as we show you how to integrate a smarthome leak detecting sensor into your home protection arsenal to receive alerts not just at home but wherever you are.
Contemplating the kind of bill we would have been facing if that pipe had failed while we were away on holiday, we promptly upgraded our water detection system with the D-Link DCH-S160 Wi-Fi Sensor ($75).
How to Manage Your Kindles and Books from the Amazon Website by How-To Geek
You might have noticed that your Amazon account has so many options that it’s somewhat difficult to know what does what, which is why we want to explain today how to manage your Kindles and their content.
Managing your Kindles and their content from the Amazon website allows you to do many things you may not have known you can do.
Antivirus should be a last-ditch line of defense, not something you rely on to save you. To stay safe online, you should act as if you had no antimalware software on your computer at all.
Have you heard? Antivirus software is dead — at least according to Symantec, maker of Norton Antivirus. But they’re still making Norton Antivirus and want to sell it to you, so what does this statement even mean? Antivirus software is still helpful. It’s an important layer of security. But…
10 Important Computer Security Practices You Should Follow by10 How-To Geek
Antivirus programs aren’t perfect — especially Microsoft Security Essentials. If you’re relying on your antivirus alone to protect you, you’re putting yourself at risk. You should still follow basic, common-sense computer security practices.
If you have Windows 7 or 8.1, you may be expecting to see the Get Windows 10 app, a small Windows icon in your system tray. This app gives you the opportunity to get a free copy of Windows 10.
If you have Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 but aren’t seeing the icon, this article will help you find out why, and if you can get the app.
Although millions of people have already jumped on the Windows 10 wagon, there are still millions of upgraders waiting in the wings. If you want your upgrade to be as painless as possible read on as we highlight the best practices for upgrading your PC to Windows 10.
How to Create a Shortcut to Windows Update in Windows 10 by How-To-Geek
With Windows 10, Microsoft is slowly moving away from the Control Panel in favor of the new Settings app that brings a more unified and consistent place to configure classic and advanced settings. But how do you open a particular page easily from a shortcut?
A complete list of commands is available from the winaero website.
If you want to pin new items to Start Screen, you can pin it by right-clicking on the desired item and select "Pin to Start" option. But this option is not available for all items. The "Pin to Start" option is available for folders but its not available for all files and shortcuts. Many times you might need to pin an important document, text file or a shortcut to Start Screen. In such situations, you can take help of this tutorial.
How to Check Your Router for Malware by How-To Gee
Consumer router security is pretty bad. Attackers are taking advantage of lackadaisical manufacturers and attacking large amounts of routers. Here’s how to check if your router’s been compromised.
Is your Chromebook ill? A simple reset can fix its woes – here's how by Digital Trends
A Chromebook is, basically, a web browser wrapped in a laptop. Imagine the browser part as a juicy hot dog wrapped in the light and fluffy bun that is the hardware.
Comparing how security experts and non-experts stay safe online by Iulia Ion, Rob Reeder, and Sunny Consolvo (Google)
The state of advice given to people today on how to stay safe online has plenty of room for improvement. Too many things are asked of them, which may be unrealistic, time consuming, or not really worth the effort.
Discover your Chromebook’s hidden features with these 5 tips by Digital Trends
Chromebooks and other Chrome OS devices are great for cheap, easy-to-use access to the web. But as a stand-alone platform, Google’s Chrome OS hasn’t been around for all that long.
The SuperSite for Windows 10 How To Collection: by Paul Thurrott's SuperSite for Windows
- Troubleshooting tips
There's a lot to love about Windows 10, but it's by no means perfect. We run down some of the most common errors you're likely to see or snags you're likely to get caught on — and we tell you how to get over, around or through them.
- All about Microsoft Edge
- From set-up to productivity
- Customize your experience
- 29 tips Adjust Cortana's Settings in Windows 10
to Get Your Browser Favorites into Microsoft Edge When the Import Fails in Windows 10
- Manage Email Folders in the Windows 10 Mail App
The Mail app for Windows 10 is basically just an email reading application with limited features included. Email folder management is pretty limited, too.
- Manage Taskbar Real Estate in Windows 10
You can make settings adjustments in Windows 10 to free up more space for pinned apps.
- How to Use Your Google Calendar in the Windows 10 Calendar App
With the arrival of Windows 10, we’ve been greeted with a new slew of functionality-based programs and applications. One of these additions is the revamped Calendar app, which isn’t just more functional than its predecessor, it’s actually (dare I say), downright pleasurable to use. But what if you want your classic Google Calendar synced up with Microsoft’s internal app ecosystem?
- Use Quick Access in Windows 10's File Explorer
Windows 10's new Quick Access feature allows you to pin your favorite folders for easy and quick access.
- Windows 10 New Keyboard Options Available After Cumulative Update 3
There are a number of new settings that let you do anything from adding periods to automagically capitalizing the first letter of each sentence.
Windows 10 comes with the Microsoft Solitaire Collection, a solitaire game that requires you to watch 30-second-long full-screen video advertisements to keep playing. Ad-free solitaire costs $1.49 per month or $9.99 per year. That’s $20 per year if you want both ad-free solitaire and ad-free minesweeper. But there’s a better way.
Microsoft has jumped on board the “free-to-play” bandwagon, which means these games are no longer actually free but have become quite expensive.
Windows 10 includes a variety of universal apps, and there’s no easy way to hide them from the “All Apps” view in the new Start menu. You can uninstall them, but Microsoft doesn’t allow you to easily uninstall them in the usual way.