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How to Remotely Troubleshoot PC’s

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.

How to Avoid Fingerprint Scams in Apps

How to Avoid Fingerprint Scams in Apps – By David Murphy, lifehacker.com

It’s great when an app allows you to add extra security—a fingerprint scan or a depth map of your face, for example—to access its contents. In case someone ever gets their hands on your unlocked device (or figures out your PIN), it’ll be trickier for them to access critical apps, like your banking apps, if they don’t have your finger or face nearby. 

– WordPress Classic Editor

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

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 (aka Project Fi): The complete FAQ – By Jr Raphael, www.computerworld.com

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.

Google Account – Google Basics: Video

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.

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Google Lens now has an album shortcut to search photos

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.

Google Assistant smart displays & speakers

Google Assistant smart displays: Your need to know on touchscreen smart speakers – By Sophie Charara, www.the-ambient.com

The idea of the smart home controller is changing. If 2017 was all about the cylindrical smart speaker, it looks like 2018 will shift to home hubs with touchscreens alongside voice controls.


Google Assistant guide: The missing manual to your Google Home – By Sophie Charara, www.the-ambient.com

Ah, Google Assistant. While Amazon and Alexa get all the attention, Google’s series of smart speakers is improving and expanding and – most importantly – selling, albeit all slightly under the radar. 


Broadcast voice messages to Google Home devices by support.google.com

Send a message to everyone in your home by broadcasting messages on all of your Google Home devices.

Here’s How Much Money You Could Save by Switching to Google

Here's How Much Money You Could Save by Switching to Google Fi –  BY smartphones.gadgethacks.com DALLAS THOMAS

In case you hadn't heard, Google is now a legit cell service provider. Google Fi has its pluses and minuses, but the biggest upside is in the pricing. Depending on how much data you typically use, there's a good chance you could save a lot of money without sacrificing coverage by switching to Fi.

Use this link to signup for Project FI as a new subscriber. Fi will credit you and Glenn $20 after you've been active for 30 days.

 

Project Fi is Now “Google Fi,” Works with Most Phones—Including the iPhone

Project Fi is Now “Google Fi,” Works with Most Phones—Including the iPhone – By Cameron Summerson, www.howtogeek.com

It’s been a long time coming, but Google is upgrading its Project Fi cellular service with a new name, more features, and compatibility with a lot more phones. Even the iPhone is along for the ride now.

Google Spreadsheet Tricks

6 Google Spreadsheet Tricks That Are Easy to Learn and Remember By Mahit Huilgol, www.makeuseof.com

Google Sheets is a popular Microsoft Excel alternative. As with other Google tools, the Sheets is a core part of Google Drive. In this article, we have taken the liberty to dive deep and unearth a handful of super useful Google Sheets tricks that you may have never heard before.

These Google Spreadsheet tricks are simple enough to learn and remember.

U2F Explained

U2F Explained: How Google and Other Companies Are Creating a Universal Security Token – By Chris Hoffman, www.howtogeek.com

U2F is a new standard for universal two-factor authentication tokens. These tokens can use USB, NFC, or Bluetooth to provide two-factor authentication across a variety of services. It’s already supported in Chrome for Google, Dropbox, and GitHub accounts. Microsoft is working on implementing it in Edge.

Google Chrome tip: Use the built-in Task Manager to find out which tabs are eating your RAM

Google Chrome tip: Use the built-in Task Manager to find out which tabs are eating your RAM By Adrian Kingsley-hughes, www.zdnet.com

That brings up the Task Manager screen. It displays five columns of information by default. The two that we are concerned with right now are Task, which at the top lists the browser, and beneath that all the tabs, subframes, extensions, and the GPU process.

How to use Startup Repair to fix boot problems with Windows 10

How to use Startup Repair to fix boot problems with Windows 10 By Mauro Huculak, www.windowscentral.com

It's just a matter of time before your device gets stuck loading or won't start at all. Instead of spending time trying to find out the problem, Windows 10 includes the Startup Repair feature designed to quickly fix most common issues that may be preventing your computer from loading correctly.

Top 5 ways to pick a secure password

Top 5 ways to pick a secure password By Tom Merritt, www.techrepublic.com

Oh, passwords. Someday the FIDO alliance or somebody will save us from them. Until that heady day, we still need them and we need to choose ones that are really hard to guess. Even if you have two-factor authentication turned on—which you should—secure passwords are still a good idea. Fire up your Horse Battery Staple, here are five things to know to pick a good password.


How Password Constraints Give You a False Sense of Security By David Murphy, lifehacker.com

The next time you’re forced to make a password—especially if a site requires you to use a crazy combination of uppercase and lowercase letters, or a number, or a symbol—don’t assume that these attempts at obfuscation automatically mean that your password is incredible and secure. 

Microsoft Accounts Now Support Passwordless Login via FIDO 2 Security Keys

Microsoft Accounts Now Support Passwordless Login via FIDO 2 Security Keys By Lucian Armasu, www.tomshardware.com

Microsoft and Yubico announced today that all Microsoft account owners using the latest Windows 10 version (build 1089) and the Edge browser will be able to log in to their accounts using nothing but a FIDO2/WebAuthn-enabled security key like Yubikey 5.

Roku hacks every user should know

20 Roku hacks every user should know By Nayomi Reghay, www.dailydot.com

For cord-cutters, there’s no better device to scratch your streaming itch than Roku. Offering a wide range of devices to meet the needs of users of all types, using Roku means you have access to the best TV streaming experience for your budget. But Roku is more than just a collection of the biggest streaming services on Earth, it’s also a highly customizable operating system with plenty of hidden tricks. Here are the best Roku hacks to get the most your of your Roku experience.  

Best Chromebook Black Friday 2018 deals

Best Chromebook Black Friday 2018 deals: by zdnet.com/

From $99 budget systems to the pricey PixelBook, these Chrome-running laptops will all be on sale.

Thanks to their low price and popularity with schools, Chromebooks remain one of the bright spots in a flagging PC market. No surprise, then, that retailers are offering many Chromebook deals for Black Friday. While some of the sales are for Chrome OS running laptops with smaller screens and minimal specs that cost as little as $99, Chromebooks have evolved to offer bigger displays, 2-in-1 capabilities, and more high-end features as found in Google's PixelBook. We've rounded up those specials below to make it easy for you to find the right deal if you're planning to buy a Chromebook on Black Friday. 


Here are my favorites!

Android Power User Features

The best Android power user features you may have forgotten about By Corbin Davenport, www.androidpolice.com

Android has now been around for over a decade, and every single update has brought new features. Some functionality is unknown to the vast majority of smartphone owners, either because the options aren't well-advertised, or because their uses are limited.

In this post, we've compiled some of the best power user features that Android has to offer.

Secret Powers of Chrome’s Address Bar

The Secret Powers of Chrome's Address Bar By Thorin Klosowski, lifehacker.com

Chrome's address bar doesn't do much at a glance. Type in a URL and you're taken to a web site. But it can do a lot more if you know how to use it.

We've covered plenty of great Chrome tricks over the years, but the address bar has always been a bit neglected. You can actually do a ton with it though, so let's dig into some of the better tricks.

Google app with a dark mode

Here’s every Google app with a dark mode, and how to enable it By Ben Schoon, 9to5google.com

For years now, the Android community has cried out for dark themes in applications and the system throughout, all while Google continued to slap more and more white themes basically everywhere. Slowly but surely, though, we’ve been seeing more Google dark mode apps on various platforms. Here’s every Google dark mode app available today.

– Major SMS security lapse is a reminder to use authenticator apps instead

Major SMS security lapse is a reminder to use authenticator apps instead By Jon Porter, www.theverge.com

A recent data breach has exposed a database of around 26 million text messages containing private customer information, reports TechCrunch. In addition to the privacy concerns, the breach also highlights the dangers of relying on SMS messages for receiving two-factor authentication codes or account reset links, which sees sensitive information sent over an unencrypted communications platform.

What is Google One and how does Google Drive work?

What is Google One and how does Google Drive work? By Maggie Tillman, www.pocket-lint.com

Google has reduced the cost of Google Drive and is promising to add some really neat features to the online storage service.

Drive has been around for years now but has changed relatively little since launch; it lets you upload files, create files, share files, etc. However, Google recently switched up the service's pricing plans, giving them their very own brand (Google One), and it's bundling some nice-to-haves like live expert support and subscriber perks. Here's what you need to know about Google Drive and Google One.

The Best Grammar Checkers For Every Type Of Writing

The Best Grammar Checkers For Every Type Of Writing by Jennifer Allen  @jenjeahaly

We all want to write better and more effectively. It’s easy to become both paranoid and complacent over one’s writing style. Fortunately, there are plenty of online services that help by checking your grammar. We’ve looked at some of the best grammar checkers out there.

Google Brings Enhanced Network Features to Project Fi

Google Brings Enhanced Network Features to Project Fi By Paul Thurrott, www.thurrott.com

Google announced today that it is introducing enhanced networking functionality to its Project Fi wireless network. Among the changes are improvements to the Project Fi VPN and a faster, more seamless way to intelligently switch between Wi-Fi and cellular networks.

Android Pie’s lockdown mode

What you need to know about Android Pie’s lockdown mode By Contact, www.androidauthority.com

Hidden away amongst all the interface enhancements and feature additions in Android Pie is an all-new feature that has somewhat slipped under the radar for many users. Lockdown mode is a new security-focused addition that is going to be of particular use to anyone who is worried about protecting their private data in situations where their smartphone might not be in their possession.

How to See Recent Changes to Your Google Docs, Sheets, or Slides File

How to See Recent Changes to Your Google Docs, Sheets, or Slides File By Brady Gavin, www.howtogeek.com

The Google Suite offers you a handy way to view all the changes that have occurred in a file on Google Docs, Sheets, or Slides. This is extremely useful when you’ve made lots of changes to a file or are working as part of a team and need to track the changes made to a shared file. Here’s how you can view the recent changes to your Google Docs File.

How to Take Better Photos Out a Window

How to Take Better Photos Out a Window By Harry Guinness, www.howtogeek.com

Windows might seem clear when you look through them, but when you take a photo, you’ll notice that the glass has quite a significant effect on how things look. There’ll be reflections, flare, and all sorts of weird stuff going on that your brain mostly ignores—but your camera captures. Let’s look at how to take better photos out of windows.

Google gives the Pixel camera Night Vision

Google gives the Pixel camera superhuman night vision By Vlad Savov, www.theverge.com

Two years ago, Google’s release of the first Pixel smartphone radically raised the bar for the image quality we could expect from mobile cameras. Today, even as everyone else struggles to catch up, Google is extending its lead with the introduction of an equally revolutionary new camera. It’s called Night Sight, and it effectively lets your phone camera see in the dark. Only it doesn’t require any additional hardware or cost: Night Sight is a new camera mode for Pixel phones.

Privacy.com: Protect Your Bank Accounts

Privacy.com: Protect Your Bank Accounts By Justin, operational-security.com

It is no secret that I am a major fan of Blur, the privacy service that allows you to mask your email address and phone number. One of my favorite features of Blur is credit card masking – the ability to create one-time-use credit card numbers that are billed to your real credit card. A new service has come along that allows you to create one-time use credit card numbers. The service is a little bit different than Blur, and has some advantages and disadvantages. It is called Privacy.com.

Drive Cloning & Imaging

Drive Cloning & Imaging By Explainingcomputers, www.youtube.com  VIDEO

Links 

ExplainingComputers

Published on Nov 11, 2018

SSD and HDD cloning and imaging explained and demonstrated using Macrium Reflect 7 Free Edition. Note that all cloning and imaging software should be used with great care and is downloaded, installed and used at your own risk.

The Samsung 860 EVO 250GB SSD that I used in the video can be found on Amazon here (affiliate link): https://amzn.to/2Dh2UMK

The free cloning and imaging software that I refer to in the video is available from the following links. Please note that these links are provided in good faith and that I have no association with any of these organizations:

Macrium Reflect 7 Free Edition (as I use in the video): https://www.macrium.com/reflectfree

Samsung Cloning Software (for Samsung SSDs only): https://www.samsung.com/semiconductor… EaseUs ToDo Backup Free: https://www.easeus.com/backup-softwar… Clonezilla: http://www.clonezilla.org/ My “Laptop SSD Upgrade” video referred to in this video is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EVDTN…

– Why You Should Start Using Two-Factor Authentication Now

Why You Should Start Using Two-Factor Authentication Now By Cristina Chipurici, heimdalsecurity.com

Imagine waking up on a splendid spring day, opening your laptop and realising that you can’t access your online accounts anymore. Your email has been breached, your website, your most precious work, is now gone, and your credit card was used for shady transactions.

In a nutshell, this is what I experienced almost 6 years ago. 


Two-factor authentication is a mess By Garret Beard, Russell Brandom, www.theverge.com

For years, two-factor authentication has been the most important advice in personal cybersecurity — one that consumer tech companies were surprisingly slow to recognize. The movement seemed to coalesce in 2012, after journalist Mat Honan saw hackers compromise his Twitter, Amazon, and iCloud accounts, an incident he later detailed in Wired. At the time, few companies offered easy forms of two-factor, leaving limited options for users worried about a Honan-style hack. The result was a massive public campaign that demanded companies to adopt the feature, presenting two-factor as a simple, effective way to block account takeovers. 


Beyond Passwords: 2FA, U2F and Google Advanced Protection by www.troyhunt.com

Last week I wrote a couple of different pieces on passwords, firstly about why we're going to be stuck with them for a long time yet and then secondly, about how we all bear some responsibility for making good password choices. A few people took some of the points I made in those posts as being contentious, although on reflection I suspect it was more a case of lamenting that we shouldn't be in a position where we're still dependent on passwords and people needing to understand good password management practices in order for them to work properly. 


Two Factor Auth (2FA) List – List of websites and whether or not they support 2FA.

Sysinternals Tools For Windows Power User

5 Sysinternals Tools For Windows Power User by techwiser.com

If you are using Windows for long enough, you should have come across a bunch of useful built-in administrative tools. But do you know that Windows has a suite of free utilities called as Sysinternals, that provide the best configuration, troubleshooting, and diagnostic tools? If not, you should definitely give the tools discussed below a try.

Why you should use a password manage

Why you should use a password manager By Jack Wallen, www.techrepublic.com

Your password is weak. Is it your birthday? The birthday of your kids? Your anniversary? Or is it password123? Consider this: It only takes 14.17 minutes to crack a nine-digit password (such as 123456789) that consists of the numbers 1-9. Using a botnet or supercomputer, that same password can be cracked in .0085 seconds. So that weak-sauced password you use for every account you have can be hacked pretty easily.

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