What is Encryption, and Why Are People Afraid of It? by How-To Geek
With recent acts of terrorism in Paris and Lebanon, news media and government have been using the word “encryption” as if it’s somehow to blame. Nonsense. Encryption is easy to understand, and if you’re not using it, you should be.
Like many technologies, encryption has the potential to be misused, but that does not make it dangerous. And it doesn’t mean that people who use it are dangerous or bad. But since it’s so commonly misunderstood and currently a media boogeyman, a few minutes with How-To Geek will help get you caught up.
Don’t be a turkey! How to stay cybersecure this holiday season by Naked Security sophos.com
You may be spending time away from home for the holidays, but the cybercrooks, scammers and snoops are always out there, waiting to pounce. Use these five simple tips to make the season happy and secure.
8 Reasons You Should Be Using Google Voice (If You’re American) by How-To- Geek
Google Voice has been out for years, but many people in the US still haven’t given it a try. Google Voice offers many features you can’t get elsewhere, and almost all of them are free.
There are ways to sign up for Google Voice outside of the US, but even if you manage to do so you’ll be left with a US number. That’s a bit awkward if you live outside the US.
Windows 10 Media Creation Tool
Get Media Creation Tool for Windows 10 at https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10
Everything is once again right in the Windows 10 November Update upgrade.
Yahoo stops some users accessing emails in ad-blockers row by BBC News Services
Yahoo has confirmed that it is preventing some people from accessing their email if they are using ad-blocking software in their browser.
Some users in the US reported that Yahoo Mail was displaying a message asking them to disable their ad-blocker before they could access their inbox.
Yahoo said it was testing a "new product experience" in the US.
Every year, Google announces a slightly revised version of its mobile OS, but Android Marshmallow offers the biggest improvement in ages. Alongside bigger features such as Doze and Now on Tap, Android M – or Marshmallow – also introduces a range of less glamorous but important tweaks that add to the user experience.
How to Add a PIN to Your Account in Windows 10 by How-To-Geek
With each new version of Windows, new and innovative features are improving the total user experience in different ways. Windows 10 is quickly growing in popularity due in part to its innovative security features, and among these security options are new sign in options like the PIN code.
Many online services offer two-step verification or two-factor authentication. Enable this for an account and it’ll require more than just your password to sign in. You’ll also need something else — and there are many different types of additional authentication methods you can use.
What Is Two-Factor Authentication and Should I Be Using It? by How-To-Geek
More and more banks, credit card companies, and even social media networks and gaming sites are starting to use two-factor…
How Google and Other Huge Companies Are Creating a Universal Security Token by How-To-Geek
U2F is a new standard for universal two-factor authentication tokens. These tokens can use USB, NFC, or Bluetooth to provide..
Two-factor authentication secures your accounts with an additional authentication method, often a time-limited code generated by a mobile app. But what happens if you lose or reset your phone and can’t generate the codes?
PSA: Don’t Trust Caller ID — It Can Be Faked by How-To Geek
Telephone scams are on the upswing, and they’re often enabled by caller ID spoofing. That name and number that appears when someone calls you can be faked, so you can’t place all your trust in it.
Caller ID is more of a convenience feature. If a friend, family member, or business is calling you, you can easily see who it is before you answer. It’s not a security feature, and scammers can appear as any phone number and name they like.
How to Upgrade Your Laptop Hard Drive by How-To Geek
Upgrading your laptop’s hard drive is a great way to get some extra life out of an old machine (or resurrect a dead one). Read on as we walk you through the prep work, the installation, and the followup.
How to Use Google Now on Tap, Android 6.0’s Best New Feature by How-To Geek
Android 6.0’s big hallmark feature is Google Now on Tap. Part of Google Now, Now on Tap allows Google to scan the screen whenever you open it, automatically guessing what you want to search for and providing you with more information.
Android now allows you to customize the shortcuts that appear in your Quick Settings panel and the icons that appear on your status bar. This is part of the hidden “System UI Tuner” screen, added in Android 6.0 Marshmallow.
How to Easily Select Your Default Apps in Android 6.0 by How-To Geek
One of Android’s most powerful features is the ability to select your default apps for browsing the web, sending emails, and other tasks — even the launcher that appears when you press the Home button. On Android 6.0, there’s now an easy interface for managing your default apps.
How to Use Android 6.0’s Built-in File Manager by How-To Geek
Android includes full access to a file system, complete with support for removable SD cards. But Android itself has never come with a built-in file manager, forcing manufacturers to create their own file manager apps and users to install third-party ones. With Android 6.0, Android now contains a hidden file manager.
How to Use Offline Google Maps on Android or iPhone by How-To Geek
You can get offline maps in Windows 10, but what if you want offline maps on your mobile device and you’re using an Android device or an iPhone or iPad? No worries. It’s easy to download offline maps on those devices using Google Maps.
10 Reasons to Finally Upgrade to Windows 10 by How-To-Geek
Four months into its release, Windows 10 is doing alright, and despite some hiccups, we think it’s about time to upgrade. Here then are ten reasons you might consider making the leap, if you haven’t already.
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