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Password Manager: LastPass

Try a password manager: how to get started with LastPass by Sophos

A few days ago I wrote my plea to those of you who may still be on the fence about using a password manager. I hope I’ve convinced you to at least give it some serious thought. If you’re ready to give one a try, today I’ll introduce you one of the many available password managers out there.

For the sake of full disclosure, this one happens to be the one I use, but I encourage you to do your own research and use the password manager that best suits your needs. 

Why you should use a password manager

For years, I read many, many articles about password managers – much like this one – and despite the fact that I’ve been working in the information security field for about a decade, I still resisted trying them out. It seemed like a lot of hassle, and who needs more of that?

Instead, I kept an arsenal of passwords in my head: 

Chromebook Buyer’s Guide

Chromebook Comparison and 2016 Buyer's Guide by Starry Hope

This Interactive Chromebook Comparison Tool Helps You Find the Best Model for You

If you’re in the market for a Chromebook (and why shouldn’t you be?) the sheer number of models and types can be a little daunting. The folks at Starry Hope have put together a tool that’ll help you quickly compare and get details on the specs that matter to you.

Chromebooks with Upgradeable Storage

Better Pictures with Your Phone

How to Take Better Pictures with Your Phone’s Camera by How-To Geek 

They say the best camera is the one you have with you, and most smartphone cameras can now easily replace a point-and-shoot. For users who have experience taking pictures, the move from a “real” camera to a smartphone can be an easy one, but for users with no photography experience, it can be a real challenge to get a decent looking shot from your phone. Fortunately, smartphone cameras are often…

Use a password manager

Why you should use a password manager by Sophos

For years, I read many, many articles about password managers – much like this one – and despite the fact that I’ve been working in the information security field for about a decade, I still resisted trying them out. It seemed like a lot of hassle, and who needs more of that?

Instead, I kept an arsenal of passwords in my head: A few “disposable” ones for

Nexus Wins for Security Updates

Android Phones: Nexus Wins for Security Updates by Duo Labs

Background on Nexus Phones

Devices in the Nexus line have long been considered Google’s flagship Android products. While they partner with OEMs to assist with the development and manufacturing of these phones, Google plays a large role in the design and marketing efforts surrounding these devices.

So these phones look different and have a lot of hype, but what makes them different from other Android phones? Nexus devices ship with a purer flavor of Android: it has very little, if any, manufacturer or carrier modifications. Also, Nexus phones are consistently in the first wave of Android devices to receive operating system updates.

Project Fi Google’s wireless service

Google Project Fi Review by Paul Thurrott 

Google’s Project Fi is a near-perfect reinvention of what a wireless carrier can and should be, a great service with reasonable and fully transparent pricing. 

Google’s Project Fi Is One Step Closer to Unifying the World’s Wireless Networks by WIRED — and, in the process, providing your smartphone with a faster, more reliable, and less expensive signal.

Today, Google announced a deal with Three, one of the largest cellular carriers in Europe, that will allow Americans to use its experimental Project Fi wireless service when traveling in an additional 15 countries, bringing the total number of foreign countries where the service is available to more than 135. And at the same time, the company is removing the speed cap that previously limited the service overseas.

Google Fi covering 97% of international destinations of american tourists with 10X faster data speeds at no added … by Next Big Future 

Starting today, all Project Fi subscribers have access to high speed data in 135+ destinations. With the addition of Three to the Project Fi network, we're now able to deliver speeds 10-20X faster than before. And, just as before, there are no extra …

Project Fi revisited: 6 months with Google's weird wireless service by Computerworld 

Half a year with Google's multinetwork service teaches you a lot about what you want from a wireless carrier.

Let's face it: Mobile phone carriers kind of suck.

Some of them are better than others, to be sure. And most have gotten a littleless bad over the years — almost even bordering on the point of "not too terrible," in some cases. But by and large, carriers are right up there with airlines in terms of the levels of warm-and-fuzzy feelings they inspire (not to mention the number of absurd surcharges they tack on at every possible turn).

Upgrading – Boyfriend 5.0 to Husband 1.0

Tech Support – Upgrading from Boyfriend 5.0 to Husband 1.0 

The young woman who submitted the tech support message below (about her relationship to her husband) presumably did it as a joke.

Then she got a reply that was way too good to keep to herself. The tech support people's love advice was hilarious and genius!
The query:
Dear Tech Support,

Last year I upgraded from Boyfriend 5.0 to Husband 1.0 and noticed a distinct slowdown in overall system performance, particularly in the flower and jewelry applications, which  operated flawlessly under Boyfriend 5.0. In addition, Husband 1.0 uninstalled many other valuable programs, such as Romance 9.5 and Personal Attention 6.5, and then installed undesirable programs such as: 

NBA 5.0, NFL 3.0 and Golf Clubs 4.1.

Conversation 8.0 no longer runs, and House cleaning 2.6 simply crashes the system. 

Please note that I have tried running Nagging 5.3 to fix these problems, but to no avail.  What can I do? 
Signed, Desperate

The response (that came weeks later out of the blue):
Dear Desperate,

First keep in mind, Boyfriend 5.0 is an Entertainment Package, while Husband 1.0 is an operating system. 

Please enter command: I thought you loved me.html and try to download Tears 6.

Do not forget to install the Guilt 3.0 update. If that application works as designed, Husband 1.0 should then automatically run the applications Jewelry 2.0 and Flowers 3.5.

However, remember, overuse of the above application can cause Husband 1.0 to default to Grumpy Silence 2.5, Happy Hour 7.0, or Beer 6.1. 

Please note that Beer 6.1 is a very bad program that will download the Farting and Snoring Loudly Beta version. 

Whatever you do, DO NOT, under any circumstances, install Mother-In-Law 1.0 as it runs  a virus in the background that will eventually seize control of all your system resources. 
In addition, please do not attempt to re-install the Boyfriend 5.0 program. These are unsupported applications and will crash Husband 1.0. 

In summary, Husband 1.0 is a great program, but it does have limited memory and cannot learn new applications quickly.

You might consider buying additional software to improve memory and performance. 

We recommend Cooking 3.0.
Good Luck!


“Do Not Disturb” Settings Explained

Android’s Confusing “Do Not Disturb” Settings, Explained by How-To Geek

Travel back in time with me, if you will, to a time before Lollipop. Let’s go back to KitKat (and older!), because that’s sort of where this story starts. Back in those days, silencing your phone was pretty easy: you could just turn the volume all the way down to access vibrate-only and silent modes. It was a simple time, when moms would make homemade ice cream and kids would play in down by the creek until well past dark. We didn’t have to think about things like “how long will I need my phone to be silent?,” because everything was confined to that one simple volume slider.

Google offers Play Music free trial

Google offers 4 month free trial of Play Music Unlimited and YouTube Red for new subscribers by Android Police

It's hard to justify an ongoing subscription for content that, for the most part, is already free with advertising. In the hope of convincing a few more people to pony up for the premium tiers of its digital media services, Google is offering a sweet deal to new subscribers: four months of free, no-strings-attached access to both Google Play Music Unlimited and YouTube Red (which are already bundled for paying customers). That's a $40 value at today's subscription price.

There's a bit of a catch, though: this is only for new subscribers, so if…

Reinstall Software on Chromebook

How to reinstall the software on your Chromebook by androidcentral

You can reinstall a fresh version of the operating system on your Chromebook with an easy-to-use tool and a USB stick or SD card.

If you see the "Chrome OS is missing or damaged" error when you start up your Chromebook, you'll need to reinstall the operating system. This isn't normally an issue, but if you were fiddling with the partitioning or trying to install another operating system

Chromebooks “it just works”

Chromebooks are the new "it just works" platform by ZDNet

Opinion: Chromebooks might not be a perfect platform for everyone, but they're a near-perfect solution for business and BYOD.

Whenever I point out — just like I did here — that Chromebooks are a great bit of kit with massive potential, there are people who are quick to point out their shortcomings compared to fully-featured laptops.

Two-Factor Authentication

So Hey You Should Stop Using Texts for Two-Factor Authentication by WIRED 

Since two-factor authentication became the norm for web services that care about securing your accounts, it's started to feel like a security blanket, an extra layer keeping your data safe no matter whether your password is as strong as 8$&][email protected])9[P&4^s …

How to set up 9to5Google for easier two-factor authentication by TechRepublic

Google has made it even easier to use two-factor authentication. With 9to5Google, there are no more excuses for not adding an extra layer of security. Jack Wallen shows you how to make use of this new feature.

Google’s Code-Less Two-Factor Authentication

How to Set Up Google’s New Code-Less Two-Factor Authentication by How-To-Geek

Two-factor authentication is an excellent way to make sure your account is secure, but having to input a code every single time you need to log in can be a real pain. Thanks to Google’s new code-less “Prompt” authentication, however, getting access to your Google account can be a lot simpler—you just need access to your phone.

Secret Google Search Tricks

9 Secret Google Search Tricks by gizmodo

Google is your portal to everything out there on the World Wide Web…but also your portal to more and more of your personal stuff, from the location of your phone to the location of your Amazon delivery. If you’re signed into the Google search page, and you use other Google services, here are nine search tricks worth knowing.

Lock Down TeamViewer

How to Lock Down TeamViewer for More Secure Remote Access by How-To-Geek

TeamViewer is a great free program, whether you want to access your computer from afar orhelp out friends and relatives with their computer. But its default settings are remarkably insecure, instead favoring ease of use. Here’s how to lock down TeamViewer so you can make use of its features without opening yourself up to attack.

Google Maps App Never Get Lost Again

5 Google Maps App Hacks That Will Make Sure You Never Get Lost Again by

Most of us probably use Google Maps or its app equivalent fairly regularly in order to figure out where the heck we are or where the heck we’re going. But hey, guess what? As these Google Maps app hacks demonstrate, it turns out that this miracle of handheld GPS technology is capable of doing far more than we ever thought it could. 

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