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Tips to Change your Password – LastPass

5 Tips to Change your Password By Leah Bachmann, blog.lastpass.com

Even though weak, reused and compromised passwords are the cause behind many breaches, people continue to display pretty risky password behavior. In fact, we’ve found that 91% of people know that using the same password for multiple accounts is a security risk, but 59% admitted that they do it anyway.


Using LastPass on iOS: Tricks you Might have Missed By Leah Bachmann, blog.lastpass.com

You want your phone with you everywhere. Don’t you feel the same way about your passwords? With the LastPass iOS and Android apps you have access to all your passwords wherever you go.  


Using LastPass on Android: Tricks you Might have Missed By Leah Bachmann, blog.lastpass.com

We carry our phones with us everywhere, so it’s important our favorite apps are available on-the-go. LastPass offers a great app for both Android and iOS users that lets you access all your passwords and other essential information wherever you need it.  


Password Fatigue and LastPass​ By Joe Siegrist, blog.lastpass.com

John Kelly of the Washington Post had an amusing article today about how much trouble it is to create a new password every 90 days:  So Many Passwords, So Little Time By John Kelly

How can I protect myself from identity theft?

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How can I protect myself from identity theft?

Watch Mara from Los Angeles, CA

Mara was a victim of identity theft, and just narrowly avoided having her brokerage account drained. Leo says that Mara should change her password and turn on 2 factor authentication right away. Leo suspects the bad guys got her information from a database breach like the Collection #1 or the Marriott hack. Leo also suggests going to haveIbeenpwned.com/passwords and see if her passwords have been compromised and are known. Leo also recommends having a credit freeze put on Mara's account using Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion. That will prevent any additional credit accounts being opened in her name.

Check out Clark Howard's article on how to put a freeze on your credit.

Google Fi SIM cards now available from Best Buy

Google Fi SIM cards now available from Best Buy with $10 service credit By Alex Wagner, www.phonedog.com

Google Fi is getting a retail presence.

Google Fi SIM cards are launching at Best Buy today. The SIM cards are now available online and in more than 500 Best Buy stores. They're priced at $9.99, but they come with a $10 service credit that'll activate within one week after your activation.

One Gmail Setting You Should Activate Now

Here's the One Gmail Setting You Should Activate Now By Marshall Honorof, www.tomsguide.com

Gmail has more than one billion users, and there's a very good chance that you're among them. With Google Photos, Google Drive, Google Docs and a myriad of other productivity services, Google's popularity and reach are nearly unparalleled, particularly if you also use the company's Android operating system on your mobile device.

Here’s the worst mistake people make that compromises their online security

Here’s the worst mistake people make that compromises their online security By Kari Paul, www.marketwatch.com

Amazon AMZN, +2.20%  founder and Chief Executive Jeff Bezos accused the National Enquirer of politically motivated blackmail late Thursday, and published a threatening email from an executive at the supermarket tabloid’s parent company. One of the many lessons from that controversy is don’t take photos that might compromise your privacy and, if you do, don’t send them via text message or email to another party. Many people would refrain from doing so.

Five reasons why you need a password manager

Forgot password? Five reasons why you need a password manager By Ed Bott, www.zdnet.com

For years, I've been reading predictions about new technologies that will render passwords obsolete. Then I click through and inspect the details and I wind up shaking my head. There are plenty of clever identity technologies working their way into the mainstream, but passwords will remain a necessary evil for many years to come.

Google’s New Chrome Extension Alerts You If Your Passwords Have Been Leaked

Google’s New Chrome Extension Alerts You If Your Passwords Have Been Leaked By Cameron Summerson, www.howtogeek.com

We’ve reached a point where new data breaches are announced on what seems like a weekly basis. It’s almost impossible to keep up with all the breaches and your password situation, but a new Chrome extension from Google is here to help.

Chrome’s hidden lookalike detection feature battles URL imposters

Chrome’s hidden lookalike detection feature battles URL imposters By Danny Bradbury, nakedsecurity.sophos.com

Most of us have suffered from fat-fingered browsing before, mistyping website URLs and getting taken to the wrong place. Some of us have fallen victim to hyperlinks that look like legitimate websites at first glance but which are deliberately misspelled. Now, Chrome will try to save us from lookalike sites by detecting them and flagging up a warning.

Smarthome Myths That Just Aren’t True

Common Smarthome Myths That Just Aren’t True – By Josh Hendrickson, www.howtogeek.com

Smarthome technology has come a long way. It still isn’t for everyone, but some of the common myths people use to avoid smarthome tech aren’t true. Smarthomes don’t have to be expensive, and they aren’t always listening to you, for example.


5 Creative Uses for Smart Plugs – By Craig Lloyd, www.howtogeek.com

One of the best values in all of the smarthome technology available is the handy smart plug. They’re cheap, but they can do a lot. Here are a handful of creative uses if you find yourself pondering the implications.

Two-factor authentication: Why do I need it?

Two-factor authentication: Why do I need it? What are the best apps? – By Bradley Chambers, 9to5mac.com

Security on the internet has become more important with each passing year. It seems like every other month there is a major data breach from major retailers or online properties. One of the key things that you can do to minimize the effect these breaches will have on you is to set up and use two-factor (or multi-factor) authentication. 

– Voicemail Phishing Campaign

Voicemail Phishing Campaign Tricks You Into Verifying Password – By Lawrence Abrams, www.bleepingcomputer.com

A new phishing campaign is underway that utilizes EML attachments that pretend to be a received voicemail and prompts you to login to retrieve it. This campaign also uses a clever tactic of tricking you into entering your password twice in order to confirm that you are providing the correct account credentials.

Google Account – Google Basics: Video

Google Basics Part 5: Google Photos – By Dottotech, www.youtube.com  VIDEO

Google Photos has become the go-to photo storage and sharing app for many of us, for good reason!


Google Drive – Google Basics Part 4 – By Dottotech, www.youtube.com  VIDEO

Google Drive, serves not one but 2 masters: Online storage and file sharing Productivity and collaboration applications


Google Basic Part 3: Google Calendar – By Dottotech, www.youtube.com  VIDEO

Google Calendar is one of the most valuable members of Google's ecosystem. It can form the centre of your productivity system!


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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Earn 17 times as much interest on your savings.

You could earn 17 times as much interest on your savings if you make one simple banking change – By Megan Leonhardt | @megan_leonhardt, www.cnbc.com

Online banks are leaving local banks in the dust when it comes to the interest rates offered on savings accounts. Yet many Americans have no idea.


The best high-yield savings accounts – By Yoni Blumberg | @yoniblum, www.cnbc.com

A high-yield savings account offers a safe way to build wealth. Instead of tying your money to risky investments, it promises stable and consistent growth through the power of compound interest.

Want to Stay Safe Online? Use Two-Factor Authentication.

Want to Stay Safe Online? Use Two-Factor Authentication. Here's How – By Patrick Lucas Austin, time.com

The massive and numerous data breaches over the last few years prove at least one thing: Passwords alone can’t protect you. And as if to remind you that 2019 will be just as fraught with cybersecurity issues as the year before, security researcher Troy Hunt discovered yet another major breach, ominously titled “Collection #1,” in which nearly 773 million email addresses and 21 million passwords were exposed.

How to Partition Your Hard Drive

How to Partition Your Hard Drive and Why You Would Want To – By David Nield, gizmodo.com

-Partitioning your hard drive sounds like a technically involved task that most people don’t need to bother with—but it’s actually relatively simple to do, doesn’t have to cost you any money, and can make your computing life easier and more productive. Here are the advantages of a partitioned hard drive, and why you might want to do it.

Speed Up Google Chrome

Speed Up Google Chrome With This Tab-Reducing Extension – By Emily Price, lifehacker.com

I have somewhere around 70 tabs open on my computer right now, give or take a few. I treat Chrome tabs like temporary bookmarks. For instance, a few of my open tabs are for stories I want to read later, and a few others are for SF Beer Week events I’m currently in the midst of planning for. It’s not the most efficient way to work, but it’s the way I’ve chosen. Unfortunately, it’s also a way that sucks a ton of power. 

Disk Space Disappearing? 4 Free Tools for Disk Usage Analysis and Remediation

Disk Space Disappearing? 4 Free Tools for Disk Usage Analysis and Remediation – www.itprotoday.com

The Windows operating system has always made it easy to tell how much free disk space you have available, and there are even some tools baked in that can help you to free up a bit of space when necessary. In most cases, however, the native tools in Windows are unable to free up a significant amount of space. Fortunately, there are a number of free disk usage analysis free available that can help you to figure out where all of your disk space has gone–and what you can do to get some of it back.

Chrome Features That Will Make Your Life Easier

20 Hidden Chrome Features That Will Make Your Life Easier – By Evan Dashevsky, www.pcmag.com

Browsers offer us a window into the magical world of the internet, and they do far more than you realize. It's not just about visiting webpages anymore— browsers function as something of an operating system in their own right, which is really not all that far off with Chrome OS now powering Google's Chromebooks.

Audit Extensions You’ve Installed

It’s Time to Audit All the Extensions You've Installed on Your Browser – By David Nield, gizmodo.com

A lot of what we do on our computers goes through the browser, and that means any extensions you choose to add on top of that browser have a very privileged position: They can see where you’re going online, they can see the data you’re passing to and from the web, and they can send and receive data themselves.

How To Add Contacts To Gmail

How To Add Contacts To Gmail – By Tyler Lee, www.ubergizmo.com

In web-based email clients such as the Outlook Web App, adding contacts to your contact list is pretty simple and straightforward and it’s right within the Outlook app itself. However for some reason, this isn’t necessarily the case for Google’s Gmail platform. If you’re trying to find a way to add contacts via Gmail, you should probably stop because the option is not there.

Can Anyone Really Track My Phone’s Precise Location?

Can Anyone Really Track My Phone’s Precise Location? – By Chris Hoffman, www.howtogeek.com

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It’s the year 2019, and everyone willingly carries a tracking device in their pockets. People can have their precise locations tracked in real time by the government, advertising companies, and even rogue bounty hunters. It sounds like dystopian fiction—but it’s a reality.

– Google Maps speed limit feature goes live

Google Maps speed limit feature goes live for some across the United States – By Richard Gao, www.androidpolice.com

If you've never heard of speed limits popping up in Google Maps, we can't blame you. As of July 2017, Maps' speed limit feature was only confirmed to work in two areas: San Francisco, California and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. There's been little news since then, but tonight we received three tips from different parts of the US showing that speed limits were live in Maps.

Over 1 Billion Login Credentials Leaked, Here’s How to See if You Were Compromised

Over 1 Billion Login Credentials Leaked, Here’s How to See if You Were Compromised – By Cameron Summerson, www.howtogeek.com

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Good morning! A whole slew of usernames and plaintext passwords were leaked for a number of different sites—at 772 million and 21 million respectively, it’s the largest data leak in history. Here’s how to make sure your information is still safe.

The Best Google Docs Add-Ons​

The Best Google Docs Add-Ons​ – By Brady Gavin, www.howtogeek.com

Google Docs add-ons work similarly to how a browser extension works. They are a third-party app that you install to Google Docs to gain additional features. Some add-ons increase productivity (like proofreading tools) and some add more extensive capabilities (like allowing teachers to integrate grades into students papers). Here’s how to install them and some of our favorites.

Google Maps begins showing speed trap alerts

Google Maps begins showing speed trap alerts – By Alex Wagner, www.phonedog.com

Google Maps is gaining another handy new feature.

Support for displaying speed traps has begun rolling out in Google Maps. Screenshots shared by one Android user show icons of speed cameras when exploring the map and when driving. And since you shouldn't be looking at your phone when you're behind the wheel, Google Maps will also give you an audio cue when you're driving and approaching a speed trap.

The 15-minute Chromebook tune-up

The 15-minute Chromebook tune-up – By Jr Raphael, www.computerworld.com

As far as computers go, Chromebooks are almost shockingly low-maintenance. Google's Chrome OS operating system updates itself silently and automatically — as do most of the core apps associated with the platform — and it doesn't get gunked up and slowed down over time, as traditional operating systems tend to do. There's no antivirus software to fret over, either, and little in the way of complicated settings or compatibility concerns. 


New Flag Enables Powerful Feature For Chromebook Files App – By Robby Payne, chromeunboxed.com

If you are a user who’s made the transition to Chromebooks from a more standard OS like Mac OS or Windows, file management could be a little different for you.


9 Most Useful Chrome Browser Extensions – By Natasha Stokes, www.techlicious.com

Using Chrome? One of the greatest features of Google’s nimble, speedy browser is the sheer volume of free extensions available from the Chrome store. These extensions are essentially software add-ons that enhance the browser’s performance, tacking on extra capabilities to what you can do within its confines.

Want stronger passwords? Understand these 4 common password security myths

Want stronger passwords? Understand these 4 common password security myths – By Fahmida Y. Rashid, www.csoonline.com

Talking about password security is a guaranteed crowd-snoozer, a surefire way to make people shut down and tune out, but the reality is that passwords are still important. Email or social media, online banking or gaming, educational applications or online services—anything that keeps some kind of user data still depends on passwords to keep miscreants out. Attackers will continue merrily looting bank accounts and taking over online services if users don’t step up and use better passwords.

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