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Getting Comfortable With The Basics

What is Encryption

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.

You Should Be Using Google Voice

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.

Yahoo stops users accessing emails

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.

Android Marshmallow: 12 New Features

Twelve reasons why Google's latest OS is even better than Android Lollipop by

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.

Two-Step Authentication Methods

5 Different Two-Step Authentication Methods to Secure Your Online Accounts by How-To-Geek

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..

Don’t Get Locked Out When Using Two-Factor Authentication: 5 Recovery Methods to Set Up by How-To-Geek

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?



Don’t Trust Caller ID

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.

New Android 6.0 Tips

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.

Use Android 6.0’s Hidden System UI Tuner to Customize Your Quick Settings and Status Bar by How-To Geek 

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.

Why You Should Use a Password Manager

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?

Wi-Fi Enabled Thermostat

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

Verizon Fios Battery

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

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