Lastpass – The only password Manager You Will Ever Need!

How often does this happen to you?
How often does this happen to you?

I’ve got more passwords than I can count. Work email, Personal email. Facebook, Twitter. Instagram. Snapchat. Pinterest. LinkedIN, Online Banking. Every single credit card. The Patient portal for my doctor’s office (and my childrens portals as well). Netflix, Hulu, Plex, Reddit, Ancestry,  Xbox One, Playstation 4, Verizon for cable, Sprint for my cell phone,  Online shopping at Amazon, Kohl’s, Target, Old Navy, Home Depot, Sears, eBay… it’s easy to forget all the places where we have online accounts. and how many passwords we’re using.

in fact, the average computer user has over 130 passwords to remember. And the worst thing you can do from a security standpoint is use the same password for every site because it makes a hackers job much easier.

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Lastpass is a web based app that allows you to save all your different passwords in one vault, out in the cloud,  and set one master password to get that vault open.  Your password vault is encrypted so even the team at LastPass can’t access your passwords. Set one secure password for the vault and never worry about remembering each and every site password ever again. I suggest a long phrase that’s easy to remember and type. For example, I might choose Chara33BigZchamps2011 or Gronkspike87NEpatsSBx4

With my one master vault password, I can log in and access literally 1000’s of passwords I would certainly have forgotten. This is especially true for those sites you only visit once or twice a year.

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Another nice feature included in Lastpass – you can create multiple profiles containing all your contact info, like the stuff they ask for every time you sign up for a website – and lock them down with the vault password too.  My PC Overhaul profile has my name, street address, phone number, credit card, date of birth and credit card numbers for the business. When I go to a site to buy parts for a customer, the checkout process is simple. I click on my PC Overhaul profile in lastpass and it fills all that information in for me. And you can have as many different profiles as you want. I have a profile for work, another for personal purchases, and a 3rd for web forums (using my spam email account).

Lastpass also has the ability to create randomized secure passwords for you. This is handy if you always plan on using Lastpass to log in to sites, but won’t be helpful otherwise.

Once you have it installed, whenever you go to a site with a saved password, lastpass offers to autofill the username and password fields for you. You enter the vault password and can choose not to be prompted for the vault password for a period of time.  If you know you will be in front of the computer for 3 hours, you can set it to leave the vault open for that long, and after that time anyone with access to your system will be asked for the master vault password again to get in.

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There are literally dozens of handy features to lastpass, especially considering it’s a free app, I highly recommend you check it out.

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How to import email, contacts, and calendar from an Outlook .pst file

  1. At the top of your Outlook ribbon, choose the File tab.In Outlook 2010, choose the File tab.
  2. Choose Open > Import.Choose Open, then choose Import.
  3. In the Import and Export Wizard, click Import from another program or file, and the click Next.Choose import from another program or file.
  4. Select Outlook Data File (.pst), and then click Next.Choose .pst import
  5. Choose Browse, then choose the .pst file you want to import, and choose Next.
    1. NOTES:  Under Options, if you want the imported information to replace duplicate items already in Outlook, choose that. Otherwise, choose Do not import duplicates.Choose the .pst file you want to import
    2. If a password was assigned to the Outlook Data File (.pst), you are prompted to enter the password, and then click OK.
    3. Set the options for importing items. Choose Filter if you want to only import certain emails. Choose theMore Choices tab if you want to only import emails that are read or unread.The default settings usually don’t need to be changed. The top folder — usually Personal Folders, Outlook Data File, or your email address — is selected automatically.

      Choose Filter if you want to import only certain emails.

    4. Include subfolders is selected by default. All folders under the folder selected will be imported.
    5. Select one of the destination options:
      • Import items into the current folder – this imports the data into the folder currently selected.
      • Import items into the same folder in – this imports the data into the destination folder of the same name as the source folder, e.g., from Inbox to Inbox. If a folder doesn’t exist in Outlook, it will be created.
    6. Choose Finish. Outlook starts importing your data immediately. You’ll know it’s finished when the progress box closes.
 

Unsend an email in Gmail using Google Labs

Everyone has sent an email they wish they could get back. Now with Google Labs, Gmail users can create a window of time where you can take back that nasty reactionary email, possibly saving your relationship or job.

  1. Go here to be taken to Gmail Labs.
  2. Search for Undo Send, and click Enable.
  3. Scroll to the top or bottom of the page, and click Save Changes
  4. Gmail will reload. Once it’s done, go to General Settings, and find Undo Send. It should be enabled already; if not, check the box to enable it.
  5. You can change the period within which you can cancel an email with the dropdown box just below the checkbox.
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I have highlighted the tab in Google Labs.

 

 

Free Temporary Email Address

Most people have an email address that exists for one purpose- spam and junk email. Any time you are asked for an email to sign up for something, but  you really don’t ever want to hear from the site or company again, you use the spam address.

Free randomly generated email address from 10 minute email
Free randomly generated email address from 10 minute email

10 Minute Mail gives you a throwaway email account that will last just long enough to receive your verification email and then it disappears forever, no spam and no need to create a permanent spam account. Pretty nifty and free.

 

RemoveMe Lets You Unsubscribe From Junk Email

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We all get our fair share of junk mail. Some of it isn’t even “junk” per se, but ads from retailers where we still shop. Or at one point in time, that newsletter you signed up for was full of helpful information but now you don’t have the time to read it or that hobby is on the back burner. This stuff can really clutter up your inbox.

Sure, you can unsubscribe from each one of them manually – if you can find the link to unsubscribe, which many of them hide. Or maybe you HAVE unsubscribed by jumping through all their hoops only to receive emails a day or two later.

And that’s where RemoveMe from PowerInbox  comes in.

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RemoveMe is a very simple add-on to your web browser. Click the big green button on the RemoveMe page, and your browser will ask you for permission to install the add-on.

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Once you grant permission, log in to your email account. Hovering over the subject line will now give you a handy little unsubscribe button. All you have to do is click, and RemoveMe goes right to the correct link to remove you from that particular mailing list.

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Click the link to unsubscribe and junk mail won’t be arriving from that company any more.

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How to copy your contacts from Yahoo to Gmail

This will show you how to export the contacts out of your yahoo mail and move them to a new gmail account:

You’re going to follow these steps to export your contacts to a .CSV file.

How to export contacts from Yahoo! Mail:

Go to Yahoo! Mail and select the Contacts tab.

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Select Actions Export All.

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Choose from the programs listed on the page.Select Export Now.

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How to export contacts from Yahoo! Mail Classic:

  1. Go to Yahoo! Mail and select the Contacts tab.
  2. Select Tools Export.
  3. Choose Yahoo CSV.
  4. Select Export Now.

Now you need to create your gmail account at gmail.com.

Once that’s done, Follow these steps to import that CSV file you created.

Sign in to your new Gmail account. Click Gmail at the top-left corner of your Gmail page, then choose Contacts.

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From the More actions dropdown menu, select Import….

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Click the Choose File button.

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Select the CSV file you created from yahoo and click the Import button.

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You’re done! Gmail will show you the contacts it has imported for you.