The Best Free Software of 2017 | PCMag.com

February 22, 2017

PCMag just posted this and if you are like me and have a passion for software; especially FREE software, then this is for you!

Your phone is full of apps, but don’t neglect the desktop. These programs can make your life better.

Source: The Best Free Software of 2017 | PCMag.com


S10 Password Vault – A Hidden Gem Of A Password Manager

February 22, 2017

The majority of home based computer users use the same passwords (or easy to remember passwords) for nearly every account that they are subscribed to. Hacker’s (or criminals) know this and take advantage of these facts. If your password is easy to remember, then it is easy to hack.

To make your accounts secure, it is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED that you use a password manager to manage your accounts and the passwords associated with them. The “go to” password manager that I use (on all my computers and devices); and, have used since its’ inception is the “S10 Password Vault”. It has never let me down… The main feature I like about this software is that I have total control over my password information at the local level.

S10 Password Vault

There are so many features to the S10 Password Vault that I encourage you to visit the developer’s site by clicking the source link below.S10 Password Vault is available for Windows as a standard installer and as a portable version that allows you to run directly from a USB drive (which then also contains your data file). There is also an “S10 Vault” mobile companion app for iPhone/iPad (in the App Store) and for Android devices (in the Google Play Store and Amazon App Store).

Source: S10 Software – S10 Password Vault


A FREE Synchronization Program That I Am Messing Around With

February 21, 2017

I have found that using synchronization software is a very easy way for the home based computer user to backup data vs. the full blown backup type software (which can hard to understand for the home computer user). I am currently messing around with the FREE synchronization program called SyncFolders; that, so far in my testing, could end up being my default (go to) backup software for my computers here at home. If you are interested in giving SyncFolders a try, the source link is reflected below. SyncFolders is also available as a portable app.

SyncFolders

SyncFolders main window...

Features of SyncFolders

  • Supports two-way synchronization of files and folders.
  • Can easily be used as backup tool.
  • Shows a preview before the actual synchronization takes place. You can override actions if desired.
  • Detects conflicts or file collisions when a file has changed in both locations since the last sync operation. Therefore, SyncFolders tracks file modifications and deletions in a local database.
  • Propagates deletions and detects file renames.
  • File comparison by date and size or by content.
  • Default actions can be defined in case of synchronization conflicts.
  • Integrates with Windows’ Task Scheduler to support scheduled synchronizations.
  • Supports file and folder filters.
  • Can handle long file names and files of any size.
  • Synchronization from or to UNC paths is supported.
  • Supports multiple synchronization rules in a single rules file.
  • Deleted or overwritten files can be moved to the recycle bin or to a time-stamped history folder.
  • History files can be deleted after a user-defined period.
  • Unlimited number of files.
  • Synchronization from command line.
  • Can ignore one-hour timestamp differences caused by DST switch for synchronization to FAT file systems.
  • Easy-to-use.
  • Unrestricted freeware.
  • No spyware, adware or malware.
  • Portable, although .NET Framework is required.

AxCrypt – File Security Made Easy

February 17, 2017

If you are concerned about file (and folder) security, AxCrypt 2.0 is good choice in protecting what matters to you. In addition to the full install version, there is a portable version, as well as, a mobile app (for Android and iOS).

AxCrypt works as a separate program in it’s own window, but it’s also fully integrated into the Windows Explorer – the part of Windows where you browse your folders and files. Here is a quick video tutorial on how to use the basic functions of AxCrypt 2.0.

AxCrypt is a simple file encryption software for Windows. It integrates seamlessly with your workflow to encrypt, decrypt, store, send and work with files.

New and Updated Features

  • 256 bit encryption
  • Mobile App for iOS
  • Mobile App for Android
  • Passwordless sharing
  • Portable app for Windows
  • Secured Folders
  • Cloud Service Awareness
  • Password Manager
  • Single sign in for encryption / decryption

Source: AxCrypt – File Security Made Easy


MiniTool Mobile Recovery for Android Free

February 16, 2017

There has been quite a few occasions where I had to drill down, using data recovery software, to find deleted files for people. I can’t say I have had to do this on an Android device yet; however, if the occasion does arise, MiniTool Mobile Recovery may be the software option I will be using. This free Android data recovery tool provides 2 recovery modules (recover from phone and recover from SD-Card) to restore Android data regardless of the reasons for data loss. The recovery process requires connecting to the Android device via your computer.

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MiniTool Mobile Recovery for Android Free is the best Android data recovery software which can effectively recover data from Android Phones and Tablets.

Source: MiniTool Mobile Recovery for Android Free | Best Free Android Data Recovery Software for Android Phones and Tablets


Check Out The Beta Version Of YouTube Go on Google Play

February 12, 2017

Thought this may be of interest to you Android users…  It is called YouTube Go (currently in beta) that allows you to preview and download YouTube videos to your device. The goal is to save you on your data usage.  The app allows you to select either a standard or basic download (which both are less than 720p).

✔️️ Find a world of videos: 🎵 songs, 🎥 movies, 📺 TV shows, 😂 comedy, 👜 fashion, 🍲 cooking, 🛠️ how-to’s and many, many more!
✔️️ Download and watch your favorite videos
✔️️ Instantly share videos – no data used to transfer
✔️️ Search for any video and discover new videos
✔️️ Only 8.5MB app size

Beta test of the new YouTube Go app – try it now!

Source: YouTube Go – Android Apps on Google Play


Tiergrade Micro USB Cable [6-Pack] in Assorted Length (1ft, 3ft, 6ft, 10ft)

February 8, 2017

I don’t know about you, but I am always needing Micro-USB cables to connect and/or charge my devices. I recently came across (and purchased) this  set of six Micro-USB Cables coming in four different sizes. The cables are perfect for charging your device or for transferring files. Use them as spare cables if you leave yours at the office or as back up if you want to charge a second (or third, fourth, or fifth) device. Measuring 6 ft (1.8 meters) and 10ft (3 meters) in length, it offers the ultimate convenience to bed/sofa/balcony/back seat of your car.

Tiergrade Micro USB Cable [6-Pack] in Assorted Length
(1ft, 3ft, 6ft, 10ft)


FotoSketcher – The Best Photo To Art Freeware Program

February 8, 2017

FotoSketcher is free software program that features over 20 different styles; available from pencil sketches to watercolor or oil paintings, pen & ink drawings and cartoons. Turn photos to paintings (landscapes, architecture, portraits, etc.) automatically!  FotoSketcher is available as a full install or portable app.

Turn your photos into art…

Source: FotoSketcher – The best photo to art freeware program


Updated Bookmarks4Techs Section On Blog

February 7, 2017

In the past when you clicked on the Bookmarks4Techs tab at the top of the blog you was redirected to another site domain. Today, I decided to move the material over to the blog to make it easier to maintain and easier (and faster) for you to get to.  I will be working to clean up the dead links.

Bookmarks4Techs

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Bookmarks4Techs has sort of been of hobby of mine where I bookmark any and all tech sites that I have visited.  If you want to add to the list, just follow the instructions and the link on the page.


“Windows 10 is great, but it has its issues. Here’s how to fix them.” | PCMag.com

February 3, 2017

Check out PCMag’s helpful tips (see source link below) on fixing the most annoying things in Windows 10.  My favorite “annoyance”, from the list, “Skip the Password Login”, is for the computers that I use at home where logging in each time is a PITA (pain in the a_ _)…

Skip the Password Login

Are you the only person who ever—and I mean ever—uses your PC? Then you can probably skip the password login screen that appears after every reboot or sometimes even when you come back from the screensaver. To do that, go to the User Accounts control panel by typing “netplwiz” in the search bar. Select the account, uncheck the box next to “Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer. You’ll get a confirmation box that asks you to enter that very password—twice. Click okay when done. Reboot the PC and if it works, it should roll smoothly into the desktop without requesting a password. Don’t do this if it’s shared PC. And you’ll still need to know the password if you’re logging into the PC remotely.

Windows 10 is great, but it has its issues. Here’s how to fix them.

Source: How to Fix the Most Annoying Things in Windows 10 | PCMag.com


Walmart Reduces Free 2-Day Shipping Requirements | News & Opinion | PCMag.com

January 31, 2017

Thought my readers would be interested in this…  Appears Walmart is going all out in competing with Amazon and the like. FREE 2-Day Shipping when you spend $35 or more.  NO MEMBERSHIP REQUIRED!

Source: Walmart Reduces Free 2-Day Shipping Requirements | News & Opinion | PCMag.com


Logitech K380 – Best Bluetooth Multi-Device Keyboard Out There

January 31, 2017

Stating, “Best Bluetooth Multi-Device Keyboard Out There” is my personal opinion; HOWEVER, I will tell you that the Logitech K380 Multi-Device Bluetooth Keyboard is, by far, the best bluetooth keyboard I have ever owned. I have tried quite a few bluetooth keyboards and my experience with them have not been good. I would often experience lag time when typing and disconnects from the device I was using.

The Logitech K380 changes all of that: but, the main feature of this keyboard is that you can connect up to three devices to the keyboard and toggle between the three on the fly. For example, I connected my Minix NEO Z83-4 Mini PC, my Samsung Galaxy Tab S, and my smartphone to this keyboard. Toggling between the three is a simple as 1-2-3 (number’s individually assigned to each device). I cannot get over how fluid this keyboard is. As a matter of fact, I am composing this article using this keyboard; AND, even though it is a mini keyboard, I would not hesitate in using it as my main keyboard. Another biggie with this bluetooth keyboard is that it takes two AAA batteries and according to Logitech the keyboard will give you 2 years of use between battery changes. The keyboard is available in four different colors.

As of this posting of this article, Amazon has the Logitech K380 on sale for around $30… Normally it is priced at $39.99… In my opinion, this price is reasonable, due to the fact that you have the option of connecting to 3 different bluetooth devices and that it is very reliable for a bluetooth keyboard.

Logitech K380 Multi-Device Bluetooth Keyboard

Logitech K380 Bluetooth Keyboard

 


A FREE Software Solution To Backup Your Gmail

January 30, 2017

Many of us at home rely on Google’s Gmail, as our email service provider. Gmail, for me, has been a very reliable service; however, I do often think, what would happen if my account was hacked and I lost years and years of accumulated emails???

To give some level of comfort there is a software solution called “Upsafe Gmail Backup” that gives you the ability to backup your email and even the option to restore email(s) that you may have deleted.  All backups are stored local to a folder on your computer. The first time you run the software, the backup may take awhile depending on the amount of emails you have stored in your Gmail account. Subsequent backups are incremental and are much faster.

To get a feel how “Upsafe Gmail Backup” works, check out the video below. If further interested in taking a look at this and trying, click on the source link below.

Backup your mailbox with our free Upsafe solution. Restore your Gmail emails even when you deleted them from your trash box. Download it for free now!

Source: Upsafe Free Gmail backup


You Need To Know About This Phone Scam

January 28, 2017

Fortunately, I was brought up by a generation where you were taught to trust your fellow man. Today, that trust is being compromised and taken advantage of on a daily basis. One example of this is the landline phone and the scammers that call on a daily basis. It has gotten so bad, that I am constantly telling my parents, who are from the generation of trusting others, to look at the caller ID and if you know the caller, answer it; if not familiar with the number calling, do not answer it.  The caller will leave a message if the call is that important. In my own home, I do not answer my landline phone (and my friends and neighbors know it). I tell them to leave a message… It is too bad that using the old technology of landline phones has become a haven for crime.

There are methods and phone services to blacklist (or block) suspicious calls, but most people either do not take advantage of these services and/or the scammers are learning to get around those defenses. Cell phones are just as susceptible; however, I have found the focus is more on the landline phones (and the elderly).

Today, I want to share you how crazy these scams are becoming. USAToday had this article published (see source link below) whereby simply answering the phone and saying the word “YES” can get you in a real mess.

Just say ‘no’ to these scammers, but hang up the phone first.

Source: You’re a victim with one word in ‘Can you hear me?’ phone scam


Calculator.net Has A Calculator For Every Purpose

January 27, 2017

If you need a calculator, Calculator.net has one for every purpose. Click on the source link below…

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Source: Sitemap for Calculator.net