September 1, 2014
Yesterday’s post I featured a really important layer of protection for your Google Account (especially Gmail); called 2-Step Verification (see article GMAIL USERS – Use Google’s 2-Step Verification For Stronger Account Security) . I hope you have considered activating 2-Step Verification to keep the bad guy’s from compromising your account.
If you did take my advice, I want to share with you a really neat app (called Google Authenticator) that is available for Android, iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and Blackberry devices that will give you the ability to randomly generate, from your device (i.e. smartphone or tablet) the verification codes that will need to access your account.
Google Authenticator generates 2-step verification codes on your phone.
Enable 2-step verification to protect your account from hijacking by adding another layer of security. With 2-step verification signing in will require a code generated by the Google Authenticator app in addition to your account password.
Start by visiting accounts.google.com/SmsAuthConfig
* Generates codes even in airplane mode!
* Support for multiple accounts
* Support for multiple languages
September 1, 2014
I don’t know if this is a Labor Day special or not, but Amazon has the SanDisk Ultra II 240 GB 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive at 38% off the regular price.
The SanDisk Ultra II SSD is an easy and affordable way to upgrade and boost your PC’s performance by up to 28 times (1). With this performance boost, you can enjoy no-wait boot up, shorter application load times, and quicker data transfer to make multi-tasking easy when it comes to work, entertainment, or both. In addition to cooler, quieter computing, the SanDisk Ultra II SSD adds up to 15% battery life to laptops and notebooks (2). From a global leader in flash memory storage solutions, the SanDisk Ultra II SSD can extend the life of your computer.
August 31, 2014
There are many Google account holders (i.e. Gmail) that are unaware of Google’s 2-Step Logon Verification Process. I have been using 2-Step Verification for over a year and I feel much more at ease knowing that my Google Account is at a much higher level of protection from the account being stolen or compromised.
If you use Gmail, I encourage you to take advantage of the 2-Step Verification process. It may seem like it is more trouble than it is worth; but, imagine what would happen if your account was compromised (and, really once you get the hang of it, you will like it).
2-Step Verification provides layered protection. With 2-Step Verification, you will protect your account with something you know (your password) and something you have (your phone). Your phone is used to acquire verification codes, either by a text message, a voice call, or Google’s mobile app. Each code can only be used once. If a bad guy hacks through your password layer, the bad guy cannot access your account without a verification code.
To learn more about Google’s 2-Step Verification, I encourage you to get started [HERE]…
August 30, 2014
With DSynchronize you should never again have an excuse for not backing up your files. This small utility rocks and is what I use to backup my main folders (such as Documents, Pictures, Videos, etc…) to my external drives. There is no installation. Download, unzip and run. Simply select your source (the files/folders you want to back up) and select the destination (where you want to back the source files/folders to).
The only negative I see with DSynchronize, is that there is no help file; however, if you go with the “checked” settings (that I use), under General Options and Deleted Files, in the graphic below, you will be good to go. Once you have everything setup, click on “Synchronize”.
ALSO, to further help you, if you watch the YouTube video below, you will get a really good understanding on how DSynchronize works. This is really good software, is FREE, easy to understand and it just plain works. You can even set up DSynchronize to perform a realtime sync. Great job to the developer on this.
NOTE: To download DSynchronize, visit [HERE], and scroll down the page and you will see it.
August 29, 2014
I know from assisting home based computer users, they are reluctant to remove any software (good or bad) from their computer; fearing that the worst will happen. I came across a program, called “Should I Remove It?” that may be what the doctor ordered.
Oftentimes, computer users will install software, never to use it again and/or they install something that they wished they never would have installed in the first place. Deciding what is safe to remove and what is not is where “Should I Remove It?” will be helpful.
“Should I Remove It?” is 100% FREE, and does not bundle any additional software, that means no adware, spyware, malware or other types of shareware or free-ware.
If you visit the “Should I Remove It?” download page [here], I encourage you to scroll down and read the numerous reviews to give you the sense that this software is recognized as being safe and helpful in removing the crap from your PC.
August 29, 2014
One of my passions is software and when I come across something that is professional in stature and FREE, I really get excited.
Software developers are a completely different breed of people that are dedicated to a building process that can literally require years of devotion to get it just right or to keep up with changes. I do not think people really give enough credit to these folks. This past week I stumbled across a freeware developer called Icecream Apps that has produced a treasure trove of very usable high quality Windows based software.
Looking for something to post on the blog, I initially stumbled across one of Ice Cream Apps products; however, as I researched further I found that Ice Cream Apps has produced a whole array of products (see below). I encourage you to take a look at their products (again, all FREE); and if you do, I think you will find their level of production is comparable to and maybe even better than their commercial counterparts.
As a side note; The one product they produce (Media Converter) is something I was really looking for to convert media files. This converter also has built in to it a YouTube downloader that will give you the ability to batch download YouTube videos and music and convert them to various video and audio formats.
To make this easy, I have captured each product they produce (with a short description). Enjoy your Ice Cream!!!
August 27, 2014
Nice processor for all you system builders out there…
AMD FX 8-Core Processor, Unlocked, Black Edition. AMD’s next-generation architecture takes 8-core processing to a new level. Get up to 24% better frame rates in some of the most demanding games, at stunning resolutions. Get faster audio encoding so you can enjoy your music sooner. Go up to 5.0 GHz with aggressive cooling solutions from AMD. What Is In The Box: CPU, Heat Sink and Fan(E3), Thermal Paste is already applied on the Heat Sink, FX Bezel Sticker, Certificate of Authenticity, Installation Instruction and a 3 Year Warranty and Instruction Manual