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Monthly Archives: June 2017

Tech Tip 053 – Instant Google Street View

When you have to visit a destination for the first time, you can see the location on your web browser by going to InstantStreetView.com. This is a clever website where you simply enter your address and it will automatically show your result in Google Street View. This is an efficient way to access Street View without having to use many mouse clicks.

Tech Tip 052 – iOS – Unearth shuffle/repeat

Apple chose to streamline the latest Music app for its iOS devices. One of the big features somewhat hidden from view is the shuffle and repat functions.

On your iOS device, go into what’s Now Playing, then swipe down some more. You should see your shuffle and repeat buttons below your main screen.

Tech Tip 051 – Phishing Emails – Hover over Weblink

If you receive an email that creates concern about your online account safety, take a minute before immediately clicking the included web link that accesses your online account. That weblink could install malware on your computer, or it could be a false website solely designed to steal your account username and password.

 

Hover your mouse over the web link in this alarming email. Within two or three seconds, there should be a web address pop up. This is the actual website you are going to if you click on the link. Often, this destination website is different than what is described in your email message:

 

 

If you are concerned about your account security, launch a web browser and enter the web address yourself to access your information. Don’t be fooled by the shiny button graphic or blue weblink  included in an “important, urgent” email notification.

Tech Tip 050 – Dual accounts on your PC/Mac

Using an account with guest-level rights for your day-to-day computing use decreases “the bad guys” chances of doing harm to your computer since they won’t have administrator-level access to your workstation.

1 – Create an account with administrator-level rights, but call it something different than “administrator” or “admin.” That’s a common name the bad guys use to access a computer remotely from across the world. Perhaps name your admin account “Serenity” or “Peace.” This account’s sole purpose is to install software and configure settings for your workstation. It won’t be used for actual work. Don’t forget to create a strong password for this account.

2 – After your software has been successfully installed, create an account with guest-level rights. Use your name as the title for convenience. This guest account’s purpose will be for your day-to-day computing and productivity. Don’t forget to create a strong password for this guest-level account.