Tips On Password Creation and Management

May 4, 2015

Finished a refresher training today at my work that featured tips on password creation and management that I thought I would share with you. I cannot emphasize enough how important it is to use strong passwords and different passwords for each account that you maintain. I can tell you from personal experience, that nearly every computer I have ever assisted anyone with (home and work), their passwords could be easily compromised.

Password Creation and Management

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Revive An Old PC or Laptop With The Transcend Information 256 GB SATA III SSD370

May 3, 2015

Recently, I had an older Windows 7 based Toshiba Laptop given to me in exchange for removing the personal data off of the drive. The laptop was suffering some other issues, as well;  that I was able to fix. The laptop is approximately 5 years old and came at a time when I was giving my brother a another computer I had, to install in his man-cave (garage)… The Toshiba became my own man-cave (garage) computer, after upgrading the computer with a Solid State Drive.

To breathe new life into this laptop I installed the Transcend Information 256 GB SATA III 6 Gb/s 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive. For the money, it was a no-brainer. The difference this upgrade made was very noticeable (faster boot time, faster program loads, and a faster internet experience).

A nice thing about the SSD370, is that it includes a 3.5-inch mounting kit, consisting of a bay adapter and 8 mounting screws (in the event you decide to install this drive in a desktop computer). Once attached to the chassis, you can use the 2.5-inch SSD370 in the standard 3.5-inch space.

Transcend Information 256 GB SATA III 6Gb/s 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive TS256GSSD370

Transcend Information 256 GB SATA III 6 Gb/s 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive

  • 256GB (MLC)
  • Max. Read 570MB/s, Max. Write 470MB/s
  • DDR3 DRAM cache
  • TRIM Command support
  • Power Shield to prevent data loss when sudden power off
  • Supports S.M.A.R.T. function
  • Built-in ECC protection for long data retention
  • Intelligent Block Management and Wear Leveling

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How To Determine If Your Website Is Mobile-Friendly

May 1, 2015

Let’s face it, our mobile devices (smartphones and tablets) have become an attachment to our self. As a result, when we use the web browser on these devices we want the websites to load and fit the screen size without having to make adjustments. Web sites that are able to automatically make these adjustments are known as mobile-friendly sites. I know myself, if I visit a site on my smartphone and it is difficult to read and navigate, I typically will not revisit the site.

How important is this? If your site is not mobile-friendly (not formatted to fit the screen) there is a possibility your Google PageRank will be affected (read this). Of course site content is a major factor in maintaining a high PageRank; however, Google is now also factoring mobile friendliness into this mix, as well. To learn more about Google PageRanking  CLICK HERE

Mobile Friendly - What's On My PC

 

How To Determine If Your Site Is Mobile-Friendly

If you want to determine if your site (or any site for that matter) is mobile-friendly, I encourage you to take the Mobile-Friendly Test at the Google Developers web site.

 This test will analyze a URL and report if the page has a mobile-friendly design.

Learn more about the mobile-friendly criteria and how it may affect Google’s search results by reading our blog post.

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FEATURED TECH SITE – I Love Free Software

April 29, 2015

I Love Free Software are words I love to hear. Do you know many folks out there do not know there is actually free software available that is comparable (or better) than some of the paid versions?

Today I want to point you to a website called, ilovefreesoftware, that has developed into the best free software site on the internet. The work that the site developers put into this is unbelievable. What started out as simple reviews of individual FREE software packages has evolved into a site where (daily) they will give you 4 or 5 choices of free software options of similar function.

The listing below is just a sample of what I am talking about.  I have often told young people who are interested in the field of IT to get out there and learn the in’s and out’s of software, and ilovefreesoftware is a great place to start.

 

App Icon Resizer is a free online tool to resize android/iPhone/iPad app icons. This simple tool can resize app icons into all needed resolutions.

 

Here’s a list of 5 random quote extensions for Chrome which you can use to post random quotes when opening new tabs, creating email in Gmail and more.

 

Here are best free TeraCopy alternative software. These software copy files faster than normal, let you pause/resume copy process, and more.

 

This article talks about 4 free group study websites. Check them to study in groups and share educational resources and quizzes with each other.

 

This article talks about 5 best keylogger detector software for Windows 10. These include features like real-time keystroke encryption, proxy support & more

 

The article talks about 5 best remote access software for Windows 10. These also have features like encrypted connections, file transfers, voice chat & more

 

Transformy.io is a free online app to transform a list of data into a clean list. All you have to do is provide an example of the desired format! That’s it!

 

Here’s a list of 5 brain training extensions for Chrome which you can use to improve your brain skills.

 

treev is a free Google Chrome extension that lets you search files and folders stored in your different cloud storage services together from any webpage.

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Send Notes and Send Directions To Your Phone From Google Search

April 26, 2015

This week’s hot Google news is similar news from last week, with a different twist, where you can go to the Google Search page (or the Google Chrome’s omnibox) and type in “find my phone” (see article here).

This week Google revealed you can go to the Google Search page (or the Google Chrome’s omnibox) and type  “Send Directions” (to push driving directions to your phone) or “Send Note” (to push a note to your phone). Appears you have to be signed into your Google account through your web browser (Google Chrome) to make this work. READ MORE…

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A Must Have Android App

April 24, 2015

Probably one of the most underused functions on computers, by the everyday computer user, is the copy and paste function. I am sure this is probably true when it comes to using our smartphones. As a matter of fact, I randomly asked some of the my friends if they knew how to copy and paste text on their Android phones??? As usual when I ask these geeky type of questions they sort of look at me with that deer in the headlight look and wonder what planet I am from. Every single person I asked this question did not know that was even possible on their phones.

Copying and pasting text from one app to another on our phones is a function you need to learn and if you want to get a good start on this I suggest that you take a look at Easy Copy.

Easy Copy - 1-Tap Copy Paste - screenshot

Easy Copy is an Android app that is better than the standard built-in copy paste function in that it has the following features that makes using the copy paste function a more powerful function. After you tap on copy, a pop-up menu will be displayed and allows to:

  • locate in Google Maps
  • call the number
  • translate with Google Translate
  • create an event
  • modify the text you copied (very useful in Hangouts when you only want to copy part of a message!)
  • send by text
  • share (when not already developed in the given application)

I found that when the menu appears to perform these function, you can drag the order of the menu around to fit your personal needs. For example, on top of my menu list is the “share” function, due I use that function the most.

This app appears to be relatively new app in the Google Play store, so expect some bugaboos; however, my geek senses is telling me that this app will improve and become very, very popular…

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A 5 Stars Windows Repair Utility

April 23, 2015

First statement I need to make here is that the Tweaking.com – Windows Repair utility, featured in this article, is for those who are computer techs and the geeks in the family. Second statement I need to make is that I cannot say enough about how good this utility is.

Tweaking.com - Windows Repair

Tweaking.com – Windows Repair has helped me personally make repairs to computers where the Windows operating system has become corrupted; whether it be from end user error, a malware infection or Windows just stopped playing nice. It has served me (just recently) in repairing a Windows Update issue (where Windows stopped playing nice), a Windows Service issue (caused by a Windows Update) and in repairing a winsock/dns issue that surfaced after removal of a malware infection from a PC. I always have an updated (portable) version of this utility available.

Word of advice – Follow the steps as exactly outlined with this utility and as always use the internet to research any clues you are seeing that may be the cause of the issue. This will ensure that you can pinpoint what option to select when attempting a repair. If not sure, run the utility in its’ entirety, but be patient as it goes to work.

Tweaking.com – Windows Repair is an all-in-one repair tool to help fix a large majority of known Windows problems including:

 Unhide Non System Files
 Repair problems with .lnk (Shortcuts)
 File Association
 WMI
 Windows Firewall
 Internet Explorer
 Windows Installer (MSI)
 Hosts File
 Policies Set By Infections
 Icons
 Winsock & DNS Cache
 Proxy Settings
 Windows Updates
 CD/DVD Missing/Not Working
 Reset Registry and File Permissions
 Register System Files
 Remove Temp Files
 and more… 

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