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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

LED lights

We have replaced all outdoor lamps with LED type bulbs, they are inexpensive to operate we leave them on all day and night. Yearly cost for operating 2 outdoor garage and/or porch lights 24 hours a dey 7 days a week. 4 watt led = $10.16 — 5 watt led = $12.70 — 6 watt led = $15.24 — 7 watt led = $17.78

Grimaldi Lighting LED Bulb, 3 Pack, 5 Watts, 450 Lumens, A15 Style Bulb, Warm White, Dimmable, 40W Equivalent – Price:$18.99 ($6.33 / bulb) Free Shipping for Amazon Prime Members
These lamps are installed in our garage fixtures.  Glenn

LED Bulbs Pack of 6 – A19 E27 7w Brightest 60W Incandescent Bulbs Equivalent Soft White 3000k Light Bulb – Price:$29.99 Free Shipping for Amazon Prime Members
These are 60 watt equivalent lamps they use 2 more watts of power to operate.

Protect Your Home from Water Damage

How to Protect Your Home from Water Damage with Smart Home Sensors by How-To Geek

Like many staples of a pre-smarthome age, the humble leak detector has made the jump to the 21st century. Read on as we show you how to integrate a smarthome leak detecting sensor into your home protection arsenal to receive alerts not just at home but wherever you are.

Contemplating the kind of bill we would have been facing if that pipe had failed while we were away on holiday, we promptly upgraded our water detection system with the D-Link DCH-S160 Wi-Fi Sensor ($75).

Manage Your Kindles and Books

How to Manage Your Kindles and Books from the Amazon Website by How-To Geek

You might have noticed that your Amazon account has so many options that it’s somewhat difficult to know what does what, which is why we want to explain today how to manage your Kindles and their content.

Managing your Kindles and their content from the Amazon website allows you to do many things you may not have known you can do. 

No Antivirus Can Help You!

PSA: If You Download and Run Something Bad, No Antivirus Can Help You by10 How-To Geek

Antivirus should be a last-ditch line of defense, not something you rely on to save you. To stay safe online, you should act as if you had no antimalware software on your computer at all.

Symantec Says “Antivirus Software Is Dead”, But What Does That Mean For You? by10 How-To Geek

Have you heard? Antivirus software is dead — at least according to Symantec, maker of Norton Antivirus. But they’re still making Norton Antivirus and want to sell it to you, so what does this statement even mean? Antivirus software is still helpful. It’s an important layer of security. But…

10 Important Computer Security Practices You Should Follow by10 How-To Geek

Antivirus programs aren’t perfect — especially Microsoft Security Essentials. If you’re relying on your antivirus alone to protect you, you’re putting yourself at risk. You should still follow basic, common-sense computer security practices.

“Get Windows 10” app doesn’t appear

The "Get Windows 10" app doesn’t appear in Windows 7 or 8.1

If you have Windows 7 or 8.1, you may be expecting to see the Get Windows 10 app, a small Windows icon in your system tray. This app gives you the opportunity to get a free copy of Windows 10. 

If you have Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 but aren’t seeing the icon, this article will help you find out why, and if you can get the app.

Create Shortcut to Windows Settings

How to Create a Shortcut to Windows Update in Windows 10 by How-To-Geek

With Windows 10, Microsoft is slowly moving away from the Control Panel in favor of the new Settings app that brings a more unified and consistent place to configure classic and advanced settings. But how do you open a particular page easily from a shortcut?

A complete list of commands is available from the winaero website.

 Pin Any File, Folder or Program Shortcut to Start Screen in Windows 8 and Later? by

If you want to pin new items to Start Screen, you can pin it by right-clicking on the desired item and select "Pin to Start" option. But this option is not available for all items. The "Pin to Start" option is available for folders but its not available for all files and shortcuts. Many times you might need to pin an important document, text file or a shortcut to Start Screen. In such situations, you can take help of this tutorial.

Windows 10 How To Collection

The SuperSite for Windows 10 How To Collection: by Paul Thurrott's SuperSite for Windows


Solitaire and Minesweeper

You Don’t Have to Pay $20 a Year for Solitaire and Minesweeper on Windows 10 by How-To Geek

Windows 10 comes with the Microsoft Solitaire Collection, a solitaire game that requires you to watch 30-second-long full-screen video advertisements to keep playing. Ad-free solitaire costs $1.49 per month or $9.99 per year. That’s $20 per year if you want both ad-free solitaire and ad-free minesweeper. But there’s a better way.

Microsoft has jumped on board the “free-to-play” bandwagon, which means these games are no longer actually free but have become quite expensive. 

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