Tips And Tricks

4 Ways to Protect Against the Very Real Threat of Ransomware

Posted by on May 13, 2016 in Tips And Tricks | 0 comments

4 Ways to Protect Against the Very Real Threat of Ransomware

Ransomware is a multi-million-dollar crime operation that strikes everyone from hospitals to police departments to online casinos. It’s such a profitable scheme that experts say traditional cyberthieves are abandoning their old ways of making money—stealing credit card numbers and bank account credentials—in favor of ransomware. But now that lawmakers on Capitol Hill are in the sights of cyber extortionists, the government will finally do something to stop the scourge, right? Don’t count on it. You’re still largely on your own when it comes to fighting ransomware attacks, which hackers use...

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7 Password Experts on How to Lock Down Your Online Security

Posted by on May 6, 2016 in Tips And Tricks | 0 comments

7 Password Experts on How to Lock Down Your Online Security

As far as made-up holidays go, “World Password Day” doesn’t quite have the same cachet as, say, Father’s Day, or even National Pancake Day (March 8th). Still, it’s as good an excuse as any to fix your bad passwords. Or better yet, to finally realize that the password you thought was good still needs some work. By now you know the basics of password security. Don’t write them down, get a password manager, use two-factor authentication whenever possible, and don’t use anything that’s easily guessable. (Looking at you, “111111” crowd). All of that advice still stands, and you should keep it up....

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Two Tips to Keep Your Phone’s Encrypted Messages Encrypted

Posted by on Apr 28, 2016 in Tips And Tricks | 0 comments

Two Tips to Keep Your Phone’s Encrypted Messages Encrypted

End-to-end encryption BY default is quickly becoming the new standard for any communications app that claims to care about the privacy of those who use it. But not all encryption is created equal. And default doesn’t always mean default. In just the month of April, both WhatsApp and Viber switched on that layer of protection from surveillance, which is designed to make it technically impossible for anyone to read the services’ messages other than the people in conversation: not eavesdropping hackers, not law enforcement, and not even the companies themselves. For the two companies’ massive...

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Unsend Emails in Gmail and Inbox

Posted by on Apr 5, 2016 in Tips And Tricks | 0 comments

Unsend Emails in Gmail and Inbox

THE ability to pull back sent messages in Gmail used to be an experimental Labs plugin, but now it’s a core feature. A whole lot of people must reconsider their e-missives after they send them. You can “unsend” emails in both Gmail and Inbox by Gmail, but there’s a key difference between the two email experiences. Gmail gives you more options and more time to second-guess that message, but your unsending powers are limited to the desktop version of Gmail. With Inbox, the feature is available on the mobile app and enabled by default, but you’ll generally need to be quicker with that “Undo”...

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How to Keep Instagram From Taking Over Your Phone

Posted by on Mar 1, 2016 in Tips And Tricks | 0 comments

How to Keep Instagram From Taking Over Your Phone

Instagram is objectively wonderful. It’s where you see what your friends are up to, where you peep your ex’s new relationship, where everyone from Taylor Swift to Steph Curry gives you severe and unending jealousy. Some 400 million people use Instagram; teens think it’s the most important social network out there. Even the teens love it! While you’re using it 20 times a day, however, you probably haven’t noticed that Instagram has slowly but surely started to take over your phone. Constantly using the app can crush your battery and demolish your data plan; it can also seriously clutter your...

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You’re Doing Text Screenshots Wrong Without These Apps

Posted by on Feb 1, 2016 in Tips And Tricks | 0 comments

You’re Doing Text Screenshots Wrong Without These Apps

How many of the articles you share on Facebook and Twitter have you actually read? Yeah…we know. Even news junkies are guilty of this, and reporters ironically may even be the most egregious repeat offenders. It’s OK though; we’re not passing judgement. This habit to skim has brought us the screenshot share. Basically, for a while now people have been snapping screenshots with their phones, taking a picture of the part of the paragraph that they think is the most salient to share along with the link to the article, instead of just sharing the link and whatever commentary they can drum up....

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