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New Things You Can Do With Google Photos

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Google is adding a bunch of new features to Google Photos. All of which should help make Google Photos even more of an essential app than it is already. From improved sharing options to physical photo books, with a little bit of Google Lens on the side, Google Photos is evolving.

When Google killed Picasa, many people were disappointed. Here was their favorite photo app being euthanized, and for what? 

Start – a New Tab Page

How 'start – a New Tab Page' Turns Chrome Into an Igoogle Replacement by PcWorld

Start – A New Tab Page is an interesting Chrome extension for those who need more information in their browser.

Sure, it’s 2017, but if you miss the old days of iGoogle personalized homepages, there are a few Chrome extensions that can provide something similar on your new tab page. One of them is called “Start – A Better New Tab” from 64 Pixels.

Smart Reply in Gmail

Save time with Smart Reply in Gmail by Google Blog

It’s pretty easy to read your emails while you’re on the go, but responding to those emails takes effort. Smart Reply, available in Inbox by Gmail and Allo, saves you time by suggesting quick responses to your messages. The feature already drives 12 percent of replies in Inbox on mobile. And starting today, Smart Reply…

Fragmentation Isn’t Android’s Fault, It’s the Manufacturers

Fragmentation Isn’t Android’s Fault, It’s the Manufacturers by How-To Geek 

It’s 2017, and I still see people criticizing Android for “fragmentation”. This gives Android in general a bad name, and I want to make the facts clear: this isn’t Google or Android’s fault. It’s the fault of your manufacturer. 

When it comes down to it, Android in its purest form is just like iOS. Much like iPhone users can choose the iPhone or iPhone Plus, Android users only have two real choices to avoid update issues: Pixel or Pixel XL. As much as Android users love choice, I really see this as somewhat of an illusion—the only choice you really have is whether or not to support the manufacturers that don’t support you.

Download Areas and Navigate Offline

Download Areas and Navigate Offline by Google Maps Help

If you're going where the Internet is slow, mobile data is expensive, or you can't get online, you can save an area from Google Maps to your phone or tablet and use it when you're offline.

Note: Downloading offline areas isn't available in some regions because of contractual limitations, language support, address formats, or other reasons.


Download an area to use offline

Note: You can store your offline areas on your device or an SD card. If you change the way you store your offline areas, you’ll have to download your offline areas again.

Google Search Will Now Show You Local Events

Google Search Will Now Show You Local Events by Android and Me

Google Search has evolved quite a bit over the years, really drilling down into the specifics of what someone might be looking for.|

 We can see health results in Google Search thanks to an update last year, and now for anyone who is trying to find something to do around them, Google Search wants to help with that, too.

Today, Google announced the ability to see local events within the Google app…

Recover Your Forgotten Gmail Password

How to Recover Your Forgotten Gmail Password by How-To Geek

As one of its earliest services, Gmail remains the cornerstone of Google’s online presence. So when you forget your Gmail password, and I don’t want to overstate things here, it’s basically like you’re an Internet ghost haunting the halls of your former life. Click Here to Continue Reading

How to Create a Strong Password (and Remember It)

“Be sure to use a strong password” is advice we all constantly see online. Here’s how to create a strong password — and, more importantly, how to actually remember it.

Using a password manager helps here, as it can create strong passwords and remember them for you. But, even if you use a password manager…

Google Docs Users Hit With Phishing Attack

The Google-phish-that-was-also-a-worm – what happened and what to do by

More on that Google-phish-and-worm saga, with some tips on what to do now, and how to avoid this sort of thing in the future.

Google Docs Users Hit With Sophisticated Phishing Attack​ by TheVerge

As detailed on Reddit, the attack sends targets an emailed invitation from someone they may know, … We encourage users to report phishing emails in Gmail.

Update: Google Doc phishing story takes some bizarre turns by

Since news began circulating last night of a phishing campaign parading around as Google Doc access links, the tale has taken strange twists and turns. A self-described graduate student claims he was behind the blast of emails, and that they were part of a test for a school project, not a phishing attack. But according to […]

Be sure to checkout the what to do, at the end of this article.

The question, after all this, is what users should do to protect themselves. If this were a cut-and-dry phishing attempt, our tips would be to:

Why You Don’t Need 27 Different Passwords

Why You Don’t Need 27 Different Passwords by Malwarebytes

Passwords. The bane of modern existence. To celebrate this nuisance, the holiday gods have given us World Password Day, where thousands of people come together online and pledge to improve their password habits. How many of those pledges do you think stick? According to the 2017 Verizon Data Breach Investigation Report, not many. A little over 50 percent of all breaches in the last year leveraged either stolen or weak passwords.

Phishing Attack & Compromised Password

If you suspect your accounts might be subject to a phishing attack or your password been compromised you need to take immediate action.

If it's a phishing attempt is suspected be double careful and closely observe items 1 through 3. If your password is suspect change it immediately and turn on two-factor authentication if the site offers the option.

  1. Be careful what you click. This one is obvious but it's easy to be drawn in by social engineering. It's always best to enter the web address yourself by either typing it directly into the address bar of the web browser or using a bookmark your previously created.
  2. Check the address bar for the correct URL. If you are expecting a secure HTTPS website for your bank, for example, make sure you see a URL beginning with https:// before entering your private information.
  3. Look for the padlock for secure HTTPS websites. A secure HTTPS website has a padlock icon (the text is usually green on secure sites) to the left of the web address.
  4. Change your password. Be sure to use a unique password or phrase for each suite that has no connection to you. See: Use strong passwords
  5. Consider using a password manager. We really like LastPass it is free and easy to setup and use. See: LastPass Free Password Manager
  6. Consider using two-factor authentication for foe an extra level of security. When you try to log into a website with two-factor authentication (2FA), there’s an extra step to make sure it’s you signing into your account. See: Two Factor Authentication
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