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You Should Upgrade to 64-bit Chrome

You Should Upgrade to 64-bit Chrome. It’s More Secure, Stable, and Speedy by How-To Geek 

Using Chrome on Windows? There’s a good chance you’re still using the 32-bit version. You should upgrade to the 64-bit version. It’s more secure–not to mention faster and more stable.

The only reason not to upgrade is if you’re using a 32-bit version of Windows that can’t run 64-bit programs, but most computers built in the last eight years or so should be 64-bit compatible. Even if your computer is compatible, though, Chrome won’t update to 64-bit on its own–you have to download it yourself.

2GB Of Free Google Drive Space

Google Is Once Again Offering 2GB Of Free Google Drive Space If You Complete The Account Security Checkup

Tomorrow is "Safer Internet Day," which you most likely didn't mark on your calendar. Google remembered Safer Internet Day, though. To celebrate, it has brought back the free data reward for completing a security audit of your account. A few minutes of your time gets you an extra 2GB of Drive storage for free.

The security checkup is painless and only takes a few minutes. You'll review your account recovery options, connected devices, services with permissions on your account, and 2-step verification settings. The 2GB of storage might not show up in your account immediately, but when it does, it will be there permanently.

After clicking security checkup login to your Gmail account and complete the following four steps.  Glenn

Time for your Security Checkup
Protect your Google Account by reviewing these important settings. You’re only a few minutes away from better online security!

  1. Check your recovery information
    Help us get in touch with you if there’s unusual activity in your account or you accidentally get locked out. Don’t worry, we’ll only use this info if we need to reach you about your account.
  2. Check your connected devices
    Next, please review the devices connected to your Google Account. Let us know if any of these devices look unfamiliar to you, and we'll work together to ensure no one else has access to your account. 
  3. Check your account permissions.
    Now let’s review the apps, websites, and devices connected to your Google Account. Make sure you recognize, use and trust them all, or remove the ones you don’t.

  4. Check your 2-Step Verification setting.
    2-Step Verification adds an extra layer of security to your account. Please make sure your 2-Step Verification settings are up to date.

We don't yet know when this offer will expire, but last year you had a week to complete the checkup. There might be a Google blog post at some point with details.

No More Deceptive Download Buttons

Google found a new way to keep you safe in its latest Chrome update Posted by Lucas Ballard, Safe Browsing Team

Exploring the sketchier regions of the Internet, you’ve undoubtedly run into sites so full of ads that it’s nearly impossible to tell which buttons or links will actually take you to the content you’re looking for. Yes, that one button might say “download,” but chances are that clicking on it will just take you to…

Gmail Help: Block unwanted emails

Gmail Help:  Block Unwanted Emails

If you’re getting emails you don’t want in your inbox, you can block the sender, unsubscribe from the sender, or report the message depending on the type of email.


Block a sender

Emails from senders you block will be sent to your spam folder.

Computer

  1. Open the email.
  2. At the top right of the email, click the down arrow.
  3. Click Block [sender].

If you blocked someone by mistake, you can unblock them using the same steps.

Android phone or tablet

  1. Open the email.
  2. On the top right of the message, touch the gray menu  More.
  3. Touch Block [sender].

If you blocked someone by mistake, you can unblock them using the same steps.

View and edit senders you’ve blocked

  1. On a computer, open Gmail.
  2. Click the gear icon  Settings.
  3. Click Settings.
  4. Click Filters and Blocked Addresses and scroll to the bottom.

The email is spam

Gmail tries to keep spam out of your inbox, but sometimes messages get through. If you see a spam message in your inbox:

Computer

  1. Open Gmail.
  2. Select the message you'd like to report.
  3. In the toolbar above your emails, click the spam button Report spam icon. If you have the message open, you can also report it as spam by using the same button.

Remember, every time you report spam or phishing, it helps us identify those emails as spam for you in the future.

Android phone or tablet

  1. Open Gmail.
  2. Open the message you'd like to report.
  3. At the top right, touch the white menu with the red background menu.
  4. Touch Report spam.

I'm on the mailing list for a shopping site, social network, or similar site

You might be subscribed to a site that sends you frequent updates, like emails about upcoming sales. To unsubscribe to these emails:

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  1. Open one of the emails.
  2. Click the Unsubscribe or Change Preferences link at the bottom.

If you don’t see these links, you can block the sender (see instructions at the top of this article), or mark it as spam.

Android phone or tablet

  1. Open the email.
  2. At the very top right, touch the white menu More.
  3. Touch Unsubscribe.

Suspicious email asking for personal information

If you see a suspicious email asking for personal information, you can report the email for phishing.

Computer

  1. Open Gmail.
  2. Open the email you'd like to report.
  3. At the top right of the message next to the Reply button, click the down arrow.
  4. Select Report Phishing.

Remember, every time you report spam or phishing, it helps us identify those emails as spam for you in the future.

 

How to Buy a USB Type-C Cable

Watch Out: How to Buy a USB Type-C Cable That Won’t Damage Your Devices by How-To Geek

USB Type-C brings a new universal connector to laptops and smartphones, and many device are already starting to use it. But beware: many USB-C cables aren’t designed properly and could potentially damage your hardware.

Before buying any USB Type-C cables for your new devices, you should look up whether the cable is actually compliant with the USB-C specification. More people are sure to run into this problem as more USB Type-C-enabled devices are released.

Password Managers Compared

Password Managers Compared: LastPass vs KeePass vs Dashlane vs 1Password by How-To Geek

There are dozens of password managers out there, but no two are created alike. We’ve rounded up the most popular options and broken down their features so you can pick the right one for you.

What Is a Password Manger and Why Should I Care?

If you’re the tech-savvy sort, there’s a good chance that you already know why you’d want a password manager, and you can skip to the good stuff. But if you’re on the fence…

Chrome OS alongside Linux

Crouton: Turn your Chromebook into far more than a “glorified web browser” by: AndroidAuthority.com

Chromebooks have drastically changed the landscape of computing since their official release in May 2011. At the time many scoffed at the idea of both applications and user data residing in the cloud, as the use of web apps and cloud storage had not yet become an integral part of our daily experience. However, despite all of the criticisms laid on Chrome OS, the operating system has become very successful, so much so that it has influenced trends in both how we use computers and how its competitors have adapted their product line up.

Clean Install of Windows 10

How to do a Clean Install of Windows 10, the Easy Way by How-To-Geek

The Windows 10 upgrade process drags old files, settings, and programs from your previous Windows system to your new one. If you want a completely fresh system, though, you have a couple options.

This is particularly useful if you’ve purchased a new Windows 10 PC and it includes manufacturer-installed bloatware you don’t want. Or, you may need to perform a clean install on a computer…

Google Keep

How to conquer productivity with Google Keep by Paul Thurrott's SuperSite for Windows

Note-taking apps with cloud backups are super-handy: you can access what you need from your computer or your mobile device. But they can occasionally be loaded down with features you don't need in a notepad. If OneNote or Evernote feel like overkill, then Google Keep might be just what you need.

Add-Ons for Google Chrome

10 Must-Download Google Add-Ons for Google Chrome by Lisa Eadicicco http://time.com

Extensions that help you keep your tabs under control and more.

Google’s Chrome browser is already pretty great. But there are plenty of ways to make it better — like downloading extensions. Extensions are essentially small apps that add extra features to a Web browser. Google has dozens of extensions available in the…

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