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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Google Takeout

If you are a Google user, you probably have a lot of information stored in your various Google accounts. All your emails, contacts, photos, Google drive files, and even your location data is all out there on the cloud.  Now there’s a simple interface for downloading all that data for back up or archiving.

Google Takeout is not new, but it has been redesigned to make the interface easier to use.

After opening the app, you see a list of all the different types of data you can archive. Just check the box next to the data you’d like to download.

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You can touch the arrow to the left of the check mark to see additional options. For items like contacts, bookmarks,  SMS messages or location data a file is created with all the data in it and there aren’t any options to configure. But in some cases you can be more selective about what exactly you back up.

For example, under Google Drive, you can choose to include everything you have uploaded to your online storage account, or select only specific files, folders or even only files of a certain type.

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Under Google Photos, you can also back up everything or select individual albums. I use Google+ for my online photo storage, so I happen to have a large number of albums (over 800 just in 2014) to back up.

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And if you’re downloading your gmail data, you can archive the entire account (complete with attachments) or extract only the folders that are important to you.

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Once you’ve decided what you want to archive,  you can choose your format and delivery method.

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Google will let you know when your archive is ready for download. I selected my entire account while I was creating this post, and I am still waiting a week later, so please be patient if you have selected a large amount of data.

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Reset Your Browser Settings

Courtesy of HowtoGeek:

How to Reset Your Web Browser To Its Default Settings

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Want to reset your web browser to its default settings? You can’t necessarily just uninstall it — your personal files will stay on your computer. And if your browser is Internet Explorer, it can’t be uninstalled at all.

Resetting your browser to its default state can often fix problems. For example, a program you install may change your search engine, install toolbars, and do other unwelcome things. Or you may have accidentally changed advanced settings on your own.

Google Chrome

Google Chrome has an option that will reset itself to its default settings. To find this option, open Chrome’s menu and select Settings. Perform a search for “reset browser” and you’ll see the Reset browser settings button.

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You could also just plug chrome://settings/resetProfileSettings into Chrome’s address bar to pull up this page.

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Use this option and Google Chrome will erase almost everything — your extensions, settings, cookies, history, home page, default search engine, and more. Chrome won’t delete your bookmarks or passwords, so your important personal data will be kept.

Learn more about troubleshooting Google Chrome crashes if this didn’t solve your problem.

Mozilla Firefox

Firefox also allows you to return it to its default state. To do so, click the Firefox menu button, point to Help, and select Troubleshooting Information.

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Click the Reset Firefox button on the Troubleshooting Information page.

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Firefox will erase your extensions and themes, browser preferences, search engines, site-specific preferences, and other browser settings. However, Firefox will attempt to preserve your bookmarks, history, passwords, form history, and cookies.

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The Reset feature accomplishes this by creating a new profile for you, copying this important data over. Your old profile will be placed on the desktop in a folder titled “Old Firefox Data.” If you lose important data in the reset, you can attempt to recover it from this folder. If you don’t need the folder, you’re free to delete it.

Consult our guide to troubleshooting Firefox crashes for more information.

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Internet Explorer

The desktop version of Internet Explorer has the ability to reset its settings to the default ones. If you’re using Windows 8, resetting Internet Explorer on the desktop will also reset Modern Internet Explorer’s settings.

To do this, open the Internet Explorer desktop app, click the gear menu, and select Internet options.

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Click over to the Advanced tab and click the Reset button at the bottom of the Internet Options window. Internet Explorer warns you that “You should only use this if your browser is in an unusable state,” but that’s just to dissuade you from wiping out all your personal settings unless it’s absolutely necessary.

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Internet Explorer will disable browser add-ons and erase browser, privacy, security, and pop-up settings. If you also want to reset your home page and search providers, as well as delete temporary files, history entries, and cookies, check the Delete personal settings box.

Your favorites and feeds won’t be erased. However, passwords you’ve saved in Internet Explorer will be deleted.

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After resetting Internet Explorer, you’ll have to restart your computer for your changes to take effect.

Read more about troubleshooting Internet Explorer crashes if you still experience problems.


Safari has no built-in feature that resets itself to its default state. You can click the Safari menu and select Reset Safari, although this will only delete your browsing data — not reset Safari’s browser settings to their defaults. You’d have to delete Safari’s configuration files by hand to entirely reset Safari.

 

AM-DeadLink

Over the years I have somehow accumulated thousands of bookmarks. I might be researching a certain model of computer for work and save several different sites for future reference, for example. Recently I’ve run into a problem where many of the links are dead when I go back to them months or even years later. Not to mention, I know I have some duplicate links. Checking and deleting all those dead links would be so tedious- until now.

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AM-DeadLink will mark duplicate and dead links so you can keep your bookmarks folder organized.

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Once they have been identified, bad and duplicate links can be sorted and deleted. Best of all, AM-Deadlink is free and doesn’t install any junkware.

 

Adjust Your Privacy

Adjustyourprivacy.com allows you to easily check your privacy settings on a large number of social media sites. It also lets you view both your Facebook and Google+ profiles as “public” users so you can see what it looks like to a stranger. Simple, effective and best of all, free!

 

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I highly suggest checking it out. http://adjustyourprivacy.com

 

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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What is Adblock Plus and why you should use it

Adblock plus is a free, open source plugin extension that blocks pop ups and ads that appear on web pages. It works with the Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Opera web browsers.

To show what Adblock plus can do, I searched for “computer repair norwood ma”. The ads in the beige box at the top left  and the ones down the right side are paid ads, not search results, which can make it difficult to tell that my website, www.pcoverhaul.com, is actually the #1 google search result for those keywords.

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This shows the results of a search for “computer repair norwood ma” without Adblock installed.

Watch what happens after I install Adblock. It’s very clear with the ads gone which sites are actual search results instead of paid ads.

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Here are the same search results with Adblock installed.

I highly recommend using Adblock plus if you visit sites that are cluttered with ads or open a pop up every time you refresh. The installation is quick and setup is easy. There are advanced options but most people don’t have to configure a single setting and your ads will be blocked in no time!

Simply click the install link on the Adblock plus page.

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Next you click the ADD button to allow the installation.

pcoverhaul-adblock-installpage2That’s all there is to it, Adblock Plus has been installed and should be blocking ads and popups.

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