Make Tech Easier » Web http://www.maketecheasier.com Uncomplicating the complicated, making life easier Thu, 07 Nov 2013 06:45:24 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.7.1 Secure Your Yahoo Account With Second Sign-in and App Passwordhttp://www.maketecheasier.com/secure-yahoo-account-with-second-sign-in/ http://www.maketecheasier.com/secure-yahoo-account-with-second-sign-in/#respond Tue, 05 Nov 2013 18:25:45 +0000 http://www.maketecheasier.com/?p=83276 Yahoo has added a feature called Second Sign-in that allows you to secure Yahoo account with two factor authentication. Here's how you can enable it.

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yahoo_securityIt is difficult to be too safe online, and numerous services such as Facebook and Twitter have added extra security options to help protect their users. The primary means of protecting any online account is through the use of a password, but this can easily be learned by other people and used to gain access to your accounts.

A large number of sites have enabled two-factor authentication. This means that in addition to your password, you also need to enter a special code that is send out to your mobile phone. This helps to increase security because it means that simply knowing your password is not enough – so it matter less if someone else learns it.

Yahoo has taken a slightly different approach to the idea with a feature called Second Sign-in. You’re probably aware that Facebook maintains a list of devices (computer, phones, tablets, etc) that you have used to access your account. Should a login attempt be detected from an unknown device, you will be asked to verify it.

Yahoo’s Second Sign-In feature works like a combination of these two methods, and it will alert you if someone tries to access your account without authorization. You will need to have your mobile available in order to get set up, and you should then pay a visit to the Yahoo website, sign into your account and then head to “Account Settings”.

Once you are signed in, look to the “Sign-In and Security” section and click the “Set up your second sign-in verification” link.

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Click “Get Started” and then ensure that you current mobile number is associated with your account. If you have changed numbers or there is no mobile number in your profile, you can follow the on-screen instructions to add one.

If you are adding a new phone or not, a security SMS will be sent out that contains a code you need to enter to complete the process.

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From this point onwards, whenever Yahoo detects a login attempt from an unrecognized device or location, a verification code will be sent out to your mobile. Access will be blocked to your account until this code is entered at the website, thereby blocking the attempts of anyone else to access your data.

But Yahoo’s security options do not end there. Second Sign-In is not compatible with all apps – and it is likely that you have a number of desktop and mobile apps associated with your account. To get around this problem, you can also use App Passwords and you will be prompted to set this up after Second Sign-In. Start by clicking the “Generate password” button.

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When prompted, type the name of an app that you need to generate a password for and click the “Generate Password” button.

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The password that is displayed to you will need to be entered into the app – such as Yahoo’s mobile app on your phone – in order to verify that it is you trying to access your account rather than someone else.

Apps can be added at any time – you many encounter others that are incompatible with Second Sign-In – by clicking “Manage your app passwords” link in your Yahoo account settings.

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From here it is also possible to remove an app from your account. This is useful if you either stop using an app, or you lose your phone that has an app that makes use of App Passwords.

That’s it! Your Yahoo account is now more secure.

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Enhance Your Online Security. 7 Encryption Tools to Protect Your Datahttp://www.maketecheasier.com/7-encryption-tools-to-protect-data/ http://www.maketecheasier.com/7-encryption-tools-to-protect-data/#comments Sat, 02 Nov 2013 23:25:18 +0000 http://www.maketecheasier.com/?p=81307 In this article, we will show you various encryption tools that you can use to encrypt your data, be it emails, chat or even local data in your computer.

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privacy-encryption-thumbSecuring yourself and your data on the Internet is becoming harder all the time. The problem with most of the Internet services is that they tend to change their features and privacy policies so frequently that the user can’t keep pace with all the changes. We have already discussed ways to delete your personal data from the Internet. In this article, we will show you various tools that you can use to encrypt your data, be it emails, chat or even local data in your computer.

If you are using web email services like Gmail, Outlook.com or Yahoo Mail, all your emails are already saved in encrypted format in the server. Nevertheless, it is good to double-encrypt important mails so that only you or the person who knows the decryption key can read the messages.

Encipher.it provides a JavaScript code snippet to password protect your message in the web mail and send it in encrypted format (AES).

1. Go to Encipher.it help page and drag and drop the bookmarklet to your browser’s toolbar. Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Firefox are supported and their variants should also work.

2. Go to your Email inbox and compose a new email. Once you are done composing the email, click the “Encipher.it” bookmarklet.

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3. This will open a popup asking you to enter an encryption key. You can enter any password of your choice.

4. You will also be able to specify a lifespan for your email, after which, the email will be destroyed.

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5. When the receipient receives the email, he will need to click the link inside the email which will then prompt him for the decryption key. If he has the key, he will be able to read the message.

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Microsoft Outlook has a built-in feature for encrypting all outgoing emails. If you are using Mozilla Thunderbird, you may want to install Enigmail addon to sign and encrypt emails sent from Thunderbird. You can download Enigmail directly from the addons site.

Enigmail will add OpenPGP message encryption and authentication to Thunderbird. Installing and configuring Enigmail is quite easy if you are using the setup wizard.

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After a series of configuration steps and generating the certificate, you will be able to encrypt messages directly from the Compose window.

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If you are using an all in one messenger like Pidgin, you may want to use OTR plugin for Pidgin. OTR stands for “Off the Record” messaging. Basically, the OTR plugin will provide encryption, authentication, deniability and perfect forward secrecy to all the services which we use through Pidgin.

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Most cloud storage providers encrypt the communication link between the client computer and the storage server but the data saved in the cloud storage is not encrypted. This poses a risk of data leakage if the storage provider gets hacked. For your own safety, you should always encrypt data before synchronizing it into the cloud. Google Drive, SkyDrive and Dropbox are the three main cloud storage providers. So we will concentrate on securing these services. Here are the tools that you can use for cloud data encryption and security:

4. CloudFogger

CloudFogger is a Windows software which saves files in specific folders in encrypted form so that data are encrypted before they get sync to the cloud. CloudFogger will also let you encrypt single files using the Windows Explorer context menu.

5. SharedSafe

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SharedSafe is another software which takes a different approach to encrypting data from CloudFogger. It will encrypt files in Dropbox folder and/or your email account (IMAP) and/or an FTP location.

6. BoxCryptor

BoxCryptor is another software dedicated to encrypting and securing data in your Dropbox, Google Drive, SkyDrive and other major cloud storage providers. BoxCryptor creates a virtual drive on the local system which gets encrypted before being uploaded to any online cloud storage. It uses AES 256 and RSA encryption algorithms.

Now that we have secured majority of our Internet activities, we also need to keep our important data secure which is stored on our hard drives. TrueCrypt is a very good disk encryption software which you can use to create a password protected virtual disk on the hard drive.

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Anything stored inside the password protected disk will be encrypted and will not be visible to all users. TrueCrypt is also able to encrypt entire partitions or a storage device like a USB Flash drive.

The above list is not definitive. There are tons of encryption tools that we didn’t manage to cover. Feel free to let us know what we have missed.

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The New My Yahoo Service: A Good Alternative to iGooglehttp://www.maketecheasier.com/my-yahoo-alternative-to-igoogle/ http://www.maketecheasier.com/my-yahoo-alternative-to-igoogle/#comments Sat, 02 Nov 2013 14:50:30 +0000 http://www.maketecheasier.com/?p=82867 The death of iGoogle might be the chance for Yahoo to rise again as it has been busy revamping its My Yahoo home pages to welcome iGoogle users.

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yahoo logoThe days of the home page may have faded in recent times, with the death of services like iGoogle, but that does not mean nobody wants this type of functionality any longer. There is still a place for the ability to centralize all of the things you care about in one location, making it a breeze to check news, sports results, weather, email and more.

Yahoo, as opposed to killing this feature as others have been doing, is choosing to move in the opposite direction, announcing that it has been busy revamping and improving its My Yahoo home pages for all customers who wish to take advantage of the service. In fact, the search company actually is holding out open arms to welcome disenfranchised Google users.

As you can see, there are a number of options to choose from – over the years, Yahoo has purchased countless services, including some very popular ones like Flickr. But customers can also integrate rivals such as Gmail into the brand new My Yahoo site. Upon first visit you can simply click “Get Started” – there is nothing to do here, it is only a splash page.

The new version even allows for the import of iGoogle, raising memories of other dead Google products, most recently the much lamented Reader.

The first thing you will be prompted for is to choose a background theme for your new page. There are ten images to pick from, but sadly no option to upload your own image. From this same dialogue you can also decide on a layout – two, three or four columns, and you can choose some interests, such as news, sports, technology, travel and several more.

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Click “Show my page” and you will be presented with your home, but there is still customization ahead of you. So far you have only taken care of the most basic of options.

At the top right you will spot three buttons – Add content, Choose themes and Edit layout. This is a good place to start, but still is not all you can change.

The initial choices you just made during setup are slim and may have had you wondering if that was all you could get. The answer is no, and the “add content” button is where you will want to head to.

Categories are spread down the left column, while the options contained in each appear in the main window. Ones with a check mark are already enabled. If you wish to add another the simply click its Plus button. Strangely, once you have enabled an app from here, you can not click it a second time to disable. Instead, if you change your mind, you must exit this box and remove the app from the My Yahoo page by clicking the gear icon at the bottom right and choosing “remove” – you will be prompted to confirm your decision.

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As the name implies, this simply a way of changing the background image of your custom homepage. The same choices presented earlier are present, but there are a number of additional ones as well. Sadly, there is still not an opportunity to upload your own custom image.

This is virtually no different than it was from earlier. It’s simply a way to change your mind if decide add or subtract columns from your page design.

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As previously mentioned, each app shows up in your homepage as a separate tile, a similar concept to the Windows 8 Start page, and each has a gear icon at the bottom. Clicking this icon provides an option for removing that particular tile, but all provides a way of editing the settings for that particular item. You can choose between viewing it in either full or compact mode. You also get your choice of how many items you wish it to display – anywhere from one to ten.

Many tiles, such as Yahoo News, contain a “Read More” link at the bottom. Clicking this will whisk you away to the main page for that particular service, be it news, sports or something different.

Some tiles, like the sports scoreboard, contain a dropdown menu at the top, allowing to choose from options such as trending, NFL, MLB (in the scoreboard’s case) and others.

What if you do not like the layout of the items on your page? That is an easy change, as well. For instance, let’s say I would like to see my weather at the top because its important to me, and I don’t wish to scroll down to locate it. Simply locate a blank area of tile and move your mouse pointer over it. The arrow will become a plus sign with little arrows pointing in each direction. Now you can click and drag the tile to your desired location.

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By default your page is named “My Main Tab” (it’s at the top left). Click on it to change the name. You can also click the plus button to create an additional tab, providing the opportunity for you to arrange tiles by categories however you wish.

As with any Yahoo property there are tiny icons at the top right for your account and email and a search bar across the top center of the screen.

Yahoo has been making a number of changes since Marissa Mayer took over as the CEO. The new My Yahoo is just one of the ways the search giant hopes to win back its audience. The page is sleek and elegant looking, it loads quickly and has a lot of functionality and potential to become even more useful as additional features get added.

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How to Block Facebook’s Irritating Elements With Adblock Plushttp://www.maketecheasier.com/block-facebooks-irritating-elements/ http://www.maketecheasier.com/block-facebooks-irritating-elements/#comments Thu, 31 Oct 2013 23:25:42 +0000 http://www.maketecheasier.com/?p=82432 Adblock Plus, other than blocking ads, can be used to block facebook's irritating elements as well. We'll show you how to do it in this article.

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adblock_plus_iconThe name Adblock Plus will be familiar to anyone who was using the internet before integrated popup blocking became a standard feature of browsers. The tool still exists and can be used to block banner ads and other obtrusive distractions. But the latest version can also be used to iron out some of the more irritating aspects of Facebook.

Adblock Plus is available as an extension for various web browsers (Firefox, Chrome, Opera and Internet Explorer, and you can install a copy of your own by visiting the extension’s webpage. For the purposes of this article, we’ll be looking at Chrome, but the process and functionality is very much the same in other browsers.

Pay a visit to the Adblock Plus site and click the “Install for Chrome” button. Follow the instructions for installing the extension.

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Once Adblock Plus has been installed, a page will appear that enables you to configure some settings. Click the green “Activate Features” bar and you can then enable as many or as few options as you like.

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What we are particularly interested in here is Facebook. With the extension installed and the initial setup complete, pay a visit to http://facebook.adblockplus.me/en/ to start configuring your preferred Facebook options.

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You can take three different approaches to block unwanted content from Facebook: blocking contents that appears in your sidebar, in your newsfeed, or both. If you opt to use the “Block all Facebook annoyance” option, you will also block Facebook-related elements such as page liking and recommendations.

Hover your mouse over one of the “show details” links to see exactly what is blocked by each of the three options.

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Click the “Add” button beneath the blocking option you would like to use and you will be given the opportunity to configure additional settings.

To prevent the appearance of all ads, be sure to untick the box labelled “Allow some non-intrusive advertising”.

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With this done, you can switch to Facebook. You may have to refresh the page, but you should immediately notice that your page looks cleaner, enabling you to focus on the content you are interested in rather than being filled with distracting advertisements.

As you browse the web in general, and Facebook in particular, hover your mouse over the Adblock Plus icon that appears in the address bar. The popup that appears lets you know just how much unwanted content has been blocked.

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Enjoy your newly sanitized version of Facebook!

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How to Download Your Tweets from Twitterhttp://www.maketecheasier.com/download-tweets-from-twitter/ http://www.maketecheasier.com/download-tweets-from-twitter/#respond Thu, 31 Oct 2013 17:25:54 +0000 http://www.maketecheasier.com/?p=82823 There is an archive feature on Twitter that lets you download your tweets, starting with your first tweet. Here's how to do just that in 3 simple steps.

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How to Download Your Tweets from TwitterThere comes a time in everyone’s life when they decide to move on from a social network. If for you, that social network just happens to be Twitter, then you may want to remember your time there by downloading your tweets to look back on in the future – starting with your very first tweet.

On the other hand, maybe you just want to be prepared for the worse, such as your Twitter account getting hacked, compromised or magically deleted. If a social networking account is important to you, it’s always a good idea to have a backup just in case something like this happens.

So today, we’ll show you how you can request an archive of your tweets and download your tweets from Twitter.

Download your tweets from Twitter in 3 simple steps.

1. Go to Twitter.com, click on the gear icon and go to “Settings.”

2. At the bottom of the page, click on the “Request your archive” button. You should see a notice stating that your request has been received; a link will be emailed to you once your archive is ready.

3. Within a few minutes (for me it was under a minute) you should get an email with a link to your tweets archive; click on the link and click on the “Download” button on the page where you’re directed.

The archive will be downloaded as a zip file; unzip the folder and open index.html to view your tweets.

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5 Reasons Why You Should Use a Password Managerhttp://www.maketecheasier.com/why-use-password-manager/ http://www.maketecheasier.com/why-use-password-manager/#comments Tue, 29 Oct 2013 23:25:52 +0000 http://www.maketecheasier.com/?post_type=post-ideas&p=82305 Many people scoff at the idea of using a password manager as hey feel they're too complicated to use. The truth is, password managers are one of the best ways to manage your passwords on the Web. We'll show you why.

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five-reasons-why-you-need-password-managerWe’ve asked how our readers manage passwords before and we’re big fans of password managers here. Many Internet users scoff at the idea of using a password manager to create, store and utilize their passwords. They feel they’re too complicated to use, they’re not secure and they’ll just make things harder than they have to be. The truth of the matter is: Password managers are one of the best ways to create, store, backup and manage your passwords on the Web and we’ll show you why.

If you have no system in place to manage your passwords, typing them into a field can be challenging if you’re not sure what the password is for the site you’re visiting. With a password manager, you can copy and paste passwords and even drag them into fields. You can do the same thing with usernames, too. This makes juggling multiple accounts at a single web site much easier for users.

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Most password managers allow users to create complicated passwords which is what’s needed online. You should never use the same password across multiple sites, which makes using a password manager even more efficient. Some password managers, like KeePass, auto-generate passwords when you create a new entry.

Password managers give you a way to organize passwords. They also allow you to backup, export and import password databases. This means if you need to restore your computer, it becomes damaged or you buy a new one, you can bring the password database backup with you and still have access to all your passwords. You can even save your password database

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Password managers allow you to create password groups which make it much quicker to find and organize your passwords. Let’s say you have five Google accounts for work and play, you can create a single group to store all your Google-related passwords. This makes it much easier to find the password you need. Some password managers even allow you to search for specific usernames, web sites and other information related to a password.

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Many password managers come in multiple forms. This means that while you may use a password manager on your desktop PC, you can also access it on your tablet and mobile phone with the use of apps. Not all password managers use apps, and if that’s the case for your password manager, you can take advantage of the cloud.

When your create your password database, you can save the database itself on the cloud. Once there, use your password manager to open the database from the cloud service – like Google Drive – and access it no matter what PC you’re on.

If you’re still thinking a password manager isn’t for you, consider the following: Most Internet users at some point on the Web will have a password fall into the hands of a hacker. Do you want to be one of those Web users, or do you want to do everything in your power to avoid it? With a password manager, you can!

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3 Questions About Fiber Optics Finally Answeredhttp://www.maketecheasier.com/fiber-optics-questions-answers/ http://www.maketecheasier.com/fiber-optics-questions-answers/#comments Mon, 28 Oct 2013 23:25:29 +0000 http://www.maketecheasier.com/?p=82756 You're probably wondering why your ISP is not switching to fiber optics and providing faster connection speed. We will take a detail look at the situation and answer all of these questions in a way that's easy to understand!.

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fiberoptic-cable-thumbFiber optic internet is a rapidly-growing sector of the telecommunications industry. You probably are reading this article through such a connection. And if you’re not, you’re probably wondering why your internet service provider (ISP) has not taken the steps necessary to facilitate this kind of connection for you. What makes a fiber optic connection so much faster than a copper Ethernet-based network? Is there a limit at all to how much bandwidth can pass through fiber? How come some countries have faster internet than others? I’ll try to answer all of these questions in a way that’s easy to understand!

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The era of Ethernet is dimming. But why do people prefer fiber optic better than Ethernet? ISPs seem to be in a hurry to upgrade their infrastructures.

First of all, Ethernet isn’t going anywhere. ISPs don’t operate on Ethernet. That’s just the 8-pin copper connection you use to connect to the internet. It’s the end of the connection, where your computer is connected to its wall socket or router. ISPs actually operate on a series of copper cables designed to carry signals at varying frequencies. Some of them have chosen to replace all these cables with optical cables, which for some reason are superior.

Instead of carrying data through electrical currents, which attenuate (diminish) over a certain distance, fiber optic cables carry pulses of light through clear fiberglass or other materials enclosed in shielded material. Here, we see a lack of attenuation, and a much higher potential for shortening the pulses transmitted. Since you can send shorter pulses, you can increase the amount you send per second. Therefore, fiber has a much higher potential bandwidth capacity than copper.

Fiber optic cables don’t flinch when sending a signal over a distance of 200 kilometers (~120 miles). Copper struggles to send signals at distances of even 20 km (~12 miles). With copper, you also have to measure changes in the electromagnetic field of each wire, while with fiber, you only have to translate pulses of light into electric signals. In other words, it’s much more efficient with long-distance high-speed communication. What’s not to like?

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This question is difficult. Usually, fiber cables carry an average of a few terabytes of data per second. Some can go up to hundreds of terabytes per second. You can theoretically send one pulse per femtosecond, or 0.000000000000001 seconds, or so.

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For one, it’s very difficult to change to fiber. If the whole investment was in the cables, ISPs would be in on it without a hitch. But there are a lot of other things to consider. The hardware that routes signals to their destinations, the processing units, and lots of other equipment has to be replaced. The old copper equipment will have to be scrapped. Copper cables have to be disposed of properly. There are many things that can present roadblocks in the adoption of fiber optics.

But perhaps the biggest potential obstacles to fiber adoption (especially in the US) are government and public/private bureaucracies. It’s no coincidence that countries with the freest telecommunications markets – such as Hong Kong, Japan, Romania, Singapore, Switzerland, and Latvia – also have the greatest surpluses in bandwidth. In these countries, it’s not uncommon to see someone with a $50 plan using a line that’s faster than what their computers can handle; something in the order of 500 Mbps or higher.

Needless to say, each country has unique obstacles and different terrain to overcome. There’s no cookie-cutter model for what a country must do to quickly adopt fiber internet. For example, some countries have freed-up telecom markets, but their operators are too poor to take the leap.

Nothing spoils you more than downloading a massive 6 GB database in a few minutes. This will perhaps one day become a reality for most of the world. But, for now, we patiently wait while we navigate the stormy territory of red tape and financial burdens. For those of us who are lucky enough to look at this text from behind a fiber-connected computer, it’s time to take a moment and appreciate what we have.

If you’d like to ask more questions about fiber, give it a shot in the comments section below!

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Addicted to Twitter/Facebook? 7 Ways to Beat the Addictionhttp://www.maketecheasier.com/7-ways-to-beat-facebook-twitter-addiction/ http://www.maketecheasier.com/7-ways-to-beat-facebook-twitter-addiction/#respond Sat, 26 Oct 2013 14:50:31 +0000 http://www.maketecheasier.com/?post_type=post-ideas&p=82301 If you're addicted to Facebook or Twitter, or both, you can beat the social media addiction with these seven tricks and get yourself back to the real world.

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Addicted to Twitter/Facebook?  7 Ways to Beat the AddictionHow many of us check Facebook as often as humanly possible during the day whether we’re at work, home or at a restaurant with friends? Or do you constantly update Twitter with every little thought in your head, even if it makes no sense or has little value? If you’re addicted to Facebook or Twitter, maybe even both, you can beat the addiction with these seven tricks for getting away from social media and back into the real world.

One of the quickest ways to combat social media addiction is to come to the realization of how much time you actually waste on Facebook and Twitter. Sometimes this wakeup call is enough to knock some sense into you and how you prioritize your time during the day. Track how often you log in to Facebook and Twitter, along with what you do each time for a week. Read over what you’ve done all week, see how much time you’ve wasted and make changes accordingly to beat the addiction.

You can use these browsers extensions to monitor time as well and see how you spend it on the Web:

Picking up a new habit, hobby or sport is another easy way to get away from social media. If you find you spend too much time on Facebook and Twitter wishing you were doing something else, go and do it, and stop talking about it. Finding a new hobby is not only good for your health and your overall well-being, it’s all a great way to fill the void left by Facebook and Twitter.

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If you’ll want to get back into social media once you have your Facebook and Twitter addiction under control, you may just want to block access to the sites. Changing your email address and password, or better yet getting a friend to do it and hold onto that information for you, is the quickest way to retain your accounts and access them once you have beaten the compulsion to tweet, like and update under control. Just make sure it’s a trusted friend.

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Did you know you can manually block Facebook and Twitter through your modem or router? You can set up access restrictions to block social networks entirely or during specific hours of the day. Every modem and router use different steps, but for the most part, you’ll be able to find the exact steps to limit web site access on the modem or router manufacturer’s web site.

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Facebook and Twitter allow users to deactivate accounts, which saves everything on them but makes it harder to log back in to use them. You often have to jump through hoops to reactive accounts; this may be enough to curtail the compulsion to tweet and update.

Deactivate Facebook account or a Twitter account with these links.

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Twitter and Facebook allow users to take deactivating their accounts one-step further by deleting them entirely. This will eliminate everything you’ve ever done on either social network, along with being able to login or reactive the account. You cannot recover your account once you take this step nor can you retrieve any posts or history you had with the site. Essentially, you’d be starting over on Facebook and Twitter, and this can be a powerful ally to not only stop your social media addiction but ensure you stay away entirely.

Delete a Facebook account or deactivate a Twitter account and 30 days later it will be deleted.

Quitting social media addiction cold turkey can be frustrating, unbearable and impossible for some, but not all. It requires changing your mind, habits and finding other ways to enjoy your time online or even get you out in the real world. For some, quitting Facebook and Twitter cold turkey may be the only way they get over the addiction, because in a way, they’re doing so without any gimmicks, tools or help from anyone else. That feeling alone can be a motivating factor in getting away from social media and changing your habits online to be more healthy and productive.

Facebook, Twitter and other forms of social media can be beat. When you control social media, and it doesn’t control you, that’s when you know it’s safe to update your status or tweet. Until then, stay strong – you can beat that Facebook or Twitter addition.

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Identity Theft on The Internet: Can You Prevent It?http://www.maketecheasier.com/prevent-identity-theft-on-internet/ http://www.maketecheasier.com/prevent-identity-theft-on-internet/#comments Fri, 25 Oct 2013 23:25:16 +0000 http://www.maketecheasier.com/?p=82613 What if someone else had enough information about you from the web to become you? What can you do to prevent identity theft? We're here to help you out.

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identitytheft-execution-thumbWhat if someone else had enough information about you from the web to become you? Every account you have on the Internet is a part of your identity. The more you put into it, the more you risk having all your information fall into the wrong hands. Adobe, Yahoo, and several other large companies have experienced compromises over the last two years which have sparked speculation about whether we’re living in an era of peak identity theft. Even worse, there have also even been cases of accidental theft, which is not as serious a concern, unless you’re the victim. What can you do to prevent theft? We’re here to answer this question.

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What you expose yourself to depends entirely on where the theft happens. The biggest damage happens when your identity is stolen from within your computer or through a practice . However, major password leaks on a particular service can hurt you just as badly. How badly it hurts you depends entirely on what you do to prevent the theft. Such an incident has the potential to affect your:

  • Finances
  • Reputation
  • Virtual property
  • Virtual credentials

What do thieves steal? Usually, they’ll take things like:

  • Your name (no-brainer!)
  • Date of birth
  • Address
  • Passport number
  • Credit card information
  • Bank account information
  • Driver’s license
  • Anything else they can use to:
    - Open new bank accounts under your name
    - Shop
    - Download stuff with your identity
    - Gamble
    - Get a new cellular plan under your name (for other illicit activities to be pinned on you)
    - Go on vacations on your dole
    - Apply for welfare (welfare fraud is more common than you think)

Most people won’t even know when their identity has been stolen. Some won’t even be aware of the incident for months. Usually, when you spot the problem, it’s too late to avoid doing some damage control. Here are a few instances of how identity thieves might do their dirty work:

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1. They buy an innocuous domain name (like “lehmann-brothers.net” or something that resembles a reputable company), create an email under that domain, and then approach you as a representative of the company. The best thieves will try to find out what companies you receive services from to make themselves appear even more legitimate. They will ask for information from you and claim that it’s necessary to continue to provide services for you. Most often, they’ll try to imitate large companies with enormous customer bases like PayPal or eBay. This practice is known as phishing.

2. They attach spyware to programs that register everything you type, also known as keylogging. When a few thousand people download and use the program on a daily basis, they cash in.

3. They look over your shoulder as you use your tablet, your smartphone, or your laptop.

4. They hack databases of major companies, with the hope that they’ll find several accounts of people who use the same password for multiple services. You’re most vulnerable if you keep one master password for everything.

While many services already have safeguards and algorithms that detect when identity theft is happening to you, the responsibility for finding out whether it’s happening is ultimately yours.

There are lots of things you can do to prevent identity theft, each of them significantly easier than dealing with an incident:

1. Keep an eye on the address bar. Some thieves make mock-up pages of legitimate companies to grab information (like your username and password) from you. Facebook has suffered from this significantly. Let’s use it as an example: If you see “facebook.myhost.com” as the domain name in the address bar, beware. But if you see “something.facebook.com,” it’s a part of the original company’s website.

2. Use a single sign on (SSO) cloud application. If you don’t like remembering a bunch of different passwords, SSOs like SmartSignin are out there to help you. These applications give you one-click login access to any website or service that you want to enter. They offer a master password which you have to type in only once to sign in everywhere. Some of them are more secure than others, though. Keep an eye out for any SSOs making outlandish security claims while not offering you more than a simple username/password interface. They often don’t store encryption keys in a way that’s beneficial to you. SmartSignin seems to be the only service out there that actually lets you set your own decryption key and keep it, making the company unable to access your passwords itself.

3. Keep an updated antivirus on your computer. It’s the best way to keep keyloggers away.

4. Use Web of Trust to determine whether a site is trustworthy or not. It’s an awesome way to know if your information is in safe hands.

A healthy amount of skepticism on the web will take you far. There’s no definitive way to prevent all identity theft, but you can minimize your chances by following the advice I laid out for you here. If you would like to discuss this further, the comments section is open for everyone! :)

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View Your Facebook Notifications in Your Favorite Feed Readerhttp://www.maketecheasier.com/view-facebook-notifications-in-feed-reader/ http://www.maketecheasier.com/view-facebook-notifications-in-feed-reader/#comments Thu, 24 Oct 2013 21:25:53 +0000 http://www.maketecheasier.com/?p=82464 This quick tip will show you how to keep up with your Facebook Notifications in your favorite feed reader via RSS.

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View Your Facebook Notifications in Your Favorite Feed ReaderIf you’re an active Facebook user, then you probably check your Facebook Notifications at least once a day, if not more. Viewing your notifications is as easy as visiting the Facebook website or using a Facebook application (such as on your mobile device).

However, if you’re trying to stay away from Facebook or just looking for a quick way to view your notifications, you can also subscribe to your notifications via RSS and view them in your favorite feed reader.

To do this, simply visit this page (your Facebook Notifications page) in your web browser and look for the RSS link at the top – next to “get notifications via.” Right-click the RSS link and copy the link address.

Right-click the RSS link to copy your Facebook Notification's RSS feed link.

Now you can go to your favorite feed reader such as Feedly, and add the RSS feed that you just copied. For example, in Feedly you would go to “add content” and then paste in the RSS link.

Now you can quickly scroll through your notifications in your favorite feed reader as you’re reading your other favorite feeds.

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Use Deskhop to Share Your Screen with a Facebook Friendhttp://www.maketecheasier.com/share-screen-with-facebook-friend/ http://www.maketecheasier.com/share-screen-with-facebook-friend/#respond Wed, 23 Oct 2013 21:25:21 +0000 http://www.maketecheasier.com/?p=82400 Deskhop is a Facebook app that lets you securely share your screen with any Facebook friend, by installing a temporary program on your computer.

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Use Deskhop to Share Your Screen with a Facebook FriendHave you ever wanted or needed to share your computer screen with a friend, or vice versa? If so, there’s a new Facebook app that makes it easy for Windows and Mac OS X (10.6+) users to do so.

Sure there are plenty of third-party computer applications, extensions and utilities that can do the same thing, but Deskhop is quick and works with your Facebook account.

1. To get started, go to the Deskhop app page on Facebook and click on the “Go to App” button. You will need to agree to their Privacy Policy and EULA, and opt-in to occasional emails from then before clicking on the green “Start deskhopping” button. Your friend will have to do this as well, if they haven’t already used the app before.

2. Choose a friend by browsing through your friends list or searching for a specific friend; you may be able to see if the person is online or not – if they’re not invisible or have chat turned off.

For obvious reasons, this app will work best with a friend who is online.

Select or search for friends to share your desktop with on Facebook.

3. Next you’ll need to decide whether you want to share your screen or see your friend’s screen. In either case, you both will get to share control of the computer. Your friend will get a Facebook request from you, which they’ll need to accept and grant you access to their screen (if you’ve chosen to see theirs).

Choose to share your screen or view your friend's screen.

4. You’ll both be prompted to download the temporary Deskhop program to your computer. This lets your computers automatically and securely connect to each other.

When you’re done using the program, it will be automatically deleted from your computer. This means that each time you share your screen or view a friend’s screen, you’ll need to download it again.

5. Once you open the program on your computer and you will see a window letting you know that it’s waiting on your friend to open the program on their computer.

Deskhop wait's for your friend to open the program on their computer.

Deskhop connects immediately and your friend will now be able to see your screen, or you should see their screen (depending on which option you chose). You can now control each other’s screens as needed by clicking within the preview window.

Either of you can disconnect at any time. Once the program is closed, it will also be automatically removed from your computer.

Screen sharing can come in handy for many things like helping a friend with their computer, collaborating on a project, updating a client on work progress, and more. Since most people are already on Facebook, Deskhop takes advantage of this and makes it super easy for anyone share their screen. It’s great for beginners as well as advanced users. Do you plan on giving Deskhop a try?

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How to Quickly Download a Video From YouTubehttp://www.maketecheasier.com/download-video-from-youtube/ http://www.maketecheasier.com/download-video-from-youtube/#comments Wed, 16 Oct 2013 23:25:55 +0000 http://www.maketecheasier.com/?p=81972 Are you looking for a quick way to download video from YouTube to your computer? Look no further!

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download-youtube-thumbSo, you’ve found a video that you really like on YouTube, and you want to save it for later. How do you do that? There are many tools available that will let you download a video from YouTube, but one of the quickest methods is to use this simple trick.

1. Go to the actual video that you want to download.

2. In between “www.” and “youtube” (in the address bar) add the letters “ss.” Your URL should now look similar to this:

http://www.ssyoutube.com/watch?v=scuKYS7V66M

3. Press the enter key and you will be directed to SaveFrom.net, a website that will allow you to download the video.

Note: By default only the MP4 video format is displayed, but you can click the “more” link to show more formats like FLV and 3GP (for mobile devices).

Click on "more" to see more download formats.

4. Click on the format and quality (ie. 360p, 480p, 720p) that you want to download. The video should begin to download, unless you have your browser set to “Ask where to save each file before downloading,” in which case you’ll need to choose a place to save it first.

It only takes a few minutes to download a short YouTube video to your computer.

Now, you can enjoy the video at your leisure.

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How to Enable Two-Step Verification for Evernotehttp://www.maketecheasier.com/enable-two-step-verification-for-evernote/ http://www.maketecheasier.com/enable-two-step-verification-for-evernote/#comments Tue, 15 Oct 2013 19:00:04 +0000 http://www.maketecheasier.com/?p=81904 Add an extra layer of protection to your Evernote account by enabling two-step verification. A code will be sent to your mobile phone whenever you log in.

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evernote-logoRecently, Evernote added an extra layer of security to their service: two-step verification. This will help to protect your account from unauthorized access, and also means that there will be an extra step needed whenever you log into your account (including applications connected to your account).

Whether you’re an Evernote junkie or just a casual user, it is a good idea to set this up as soon as possible; it will only take a few minutes of your time.

To get started, you will need to go to Evernote.com, sign in and then click on your name at the top right corner of the page. You should see an “Account Settings” option in the menu that drops down.

Click on your name in the top right corner and go to Account Settings.

On the Account Settings page, go to “Security” in the left column and you will see the option to enable two-step verification on the right side of the page. Click on “Enable” to get started.

Click on Security and then click on Enable.

You’ll see a pop-up with some important information regarding two-step verification. Click on “continue” twice after reading about some important things to remember.

Now you’ll be required to verify your email address (a valid email address is required to use this feature). Click on “send verification email” and within a few minutes you should get a confirmation code in your email.

Once the email is received, you can copy and paste the confirmation code or just click on the big “confirm email address” button in the email.

Be sure to use a valid mobile phone number here!

Now enter your mobile phone number (Google Voice numbers also work) and click on “continue.” Within seconds, you should get a verification code sent to that phone number. Enter the code and click “continue.” You’ll then have the option enter a backup phone number. This is not required, but is handy in case you lose access to your primary phone number.

Evernote two-step verification also works with the Google Authenticator application (iOS, Android, Blackberry) and it walks you through the installation and setup for your device. This is also optional, so you can skip it if you’d like.

The Google Authenticator app for iOS.

If all goes well you will see the message “two-step verification setup is complete.” You are now doubly protected!

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Setup a Free Online Database with Sodadbhttp://www.maketecheasier.com/sodadb-free-online-database/ http://www.maketecheasier.com/sodadb-free-online-database/#comments Tue, 15 Oct 2013 14:50:59 +0000 http://www.maketecheasier.com/?p=81707 Sodadb is a simple online database that brings along the promise of being always free and no skill level required for setup and usage.

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db-iconFor years, a database program for desktop, for many users, meant Microsoft Access – a program that requires a fair amount of knowledge for setup and usage. However, in recent years, this need has become easier to fill with web apps and other desktop software popping up around the internet, bringing easier usage and lower (sometimes free) prices.

One of the latest web apps to jump into the database pool is Sodadb – simple online database. It brings along the promise of being always free (though there is a premium version with more records and storage) and no skill level required for setup and usage. There are even a few templates for common uses, such as music and movie collections, address books and more. Here’s how to setup your own database.

For the purposes of getting through this, we’ll just be adding a couple of items to our database, so let’s start by choosing a template from the Sodadb homepage.

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Music is listed right here, but these are not the only templates available – you can view the entires lists of both personal and business forms to see if what you need already exists, before attempting to create your own. The developer also offers to design custom templates for users as well.

The web app creates your database with a custom, personal URL. If you are worried that you may lose track of this address, you can register your email and Sodadb will send it to you if needed.

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We’re now greeted with the sad sight of a completely blank database, so there is some work to do here. Click on the “New” option at the top left to get underway.

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This brings us to the “Add a record” screen, where the real work begins. Each bit of the music database must be added by hand, entering the artist, album name, release date, genre and any of several other categories which you may wish to use if you see fit.

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When you complete the process of entering in your information, then you can choose to “Save” it, returning to the main screen, or “Save and new”, if you have another record to enter.

The home screen now displays the information entered, but there  is more to it than just a list. Databases are all about being able to search out the data you are looking for – easy access to everything at your fingertips. Sodadb is no different, as once you have everything entered, you can begin using it to your advantage. Enter a term in the box on the home screen and get only the results that match it.

The Options menu, which can be found from the top left of the main page, allows you to add custom fields, set sub-users, import and export data, and a lot more.

You will need to import via a .csv file, so coming from Access is no problem. However, MS Excel has problems with exporting to .csv. Microsoft — in their infinite wisdom — refuses to improve this. So you are better off with the free Openoffice Calc. Import your .xls into Openoffice and export to .csv from there. You can also easily import from Grubba.net.

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Users can also add an email address (if you didn’t do so previously), or simply delete the whole thing if that need arises.

If any of this is not familiar to you, or you simply can’t find how to do what you need in Sodadb, then there are a number of tutorials that have created by the developer to help you out.

There is a lot more to Sodadb than what we just looked at. But now that you have a brief overview, you know what to expect and can get started playing around with this great little free database program for yourself. What are you going to build today?

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Protect Your Privacy! Prevent Your Content From Showing Up in Facebook’s Graph Searchhttp://www.maketecheasier.com/facebook-graph-search-privacy/ http://www.maketecheasier.com/facebook-graph-search-privacy/#comments Thu, 10 Oct 2013 23:25:00 +0000 http://www.maketecheasier.com/?p=81678 Facebook releases new Graph Search features, and that means more of your content is searchable. Protect your privacy and prevent your content from showing up in Graph Search.

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limit_facebook_posts_teaserFacebook’s Graph Search makes it possible for any user to perform detailed searches of posts that have been made. This new search tool is gradually being rolled out (it is not yet available worldwide) and new options are being added all the time; the latest update makes it possible to search status updates, photos, check-ins and comments.

Before the feature does go global, or if you would like to help protect your privacy if it is already available to you, there are a number of settings that you should check to ensure that you are not inadvertently sharing your private data with the rest of the world. The data that could be unearthed using Graph Search is quite terrifying, so it’s well worth making sure that your account is locked down.

By default, virtually everything you have ever posted to Facebook is available to Graph Search. Thankfully, it is fairly easy to regain control and ensure that everyone in the world is not able to search your updates and find out what you have been up to.

The quickest and easiest way to limit what people are able to see from your account is to place a blanket setting in place that covers all of the posts you have made in the past. Click the Privacy shortcut button to the upper right hand corner of the Facebook page and then click the See More Settings link from the menu that appears.

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You will now see a number of options in the “Who can see my stuff?” section.

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Click the link labelled Limit Past Posts and then click the Limit Old Posts button in the new section that appears. This will change the status of everything you have ever posted so that it can only be seen by friends.

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While you’re here, you can also choose the level of visibility that should be assigned to anything you post from this point forward. Click the Edit link to the right of the “Who can see your future posts?” at the top of the page and then use the drop down menu to choose the audience you are happy to share with.

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Don’t forget that you can also limit what people are able to find out about you via Facebook, such as where you are from and the sorts of things you like.

Click your name at the upper right of the age and then move to the About section of your profile. In each area of your account – Contact Information, Relationships, Photos, Music, Likes etc – click the little edit button to the upper right (it is marked with a pencil icon). Select the Edit privacy link in the menu that appears.

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For each section, you can then choose the level of privacy that you would like to use by choosing who should be able to see information in this section. Click Close when you have made the necessary changes and repeat the process for each of the other sections. The same process can be used to limit access to your photos.

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Don’t forget that you can also change privacy settings for individual items that you post as you post them. Just click the button to the left of the Post button and choose who should be able to see you content.

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The important thing to remember on Facebook is that there is always a chance that something you post could be made available to people other than your friends list. A friend may share a photo of your with someone they know who may the share it with other people.

The only real way to ensure that your privacy is protected is to ensure that you do not post anything you would not mind anyone seeing - but the privacy options are still there as a handy backup.

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Need a QR Code? Quickly Generate a QR Code With This URLhttp://www.maketecheasier.com/generate-qr-code-url/ http://www.maketecheasier.com/generate-qr-code-url/#comments Tue, 08 Oct 2013 19:00:53 +0000 http://www.maketecheasier.com/?p=81592 Need a QR code? Here is one quick way to generate a QR code with a URL.

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Previously, we shown you how to create a QR code in Google Drive. All you need to do is to paste the formula into the cell and it will generate a QR code based on the content of another cell. Apparently, using the same API call, we can quickly get a QR code by just visiting a URL.

In your browser, paste the following URL:

https://chart.googleapis.com/chart?chs=150x150&cht=qr&chl=

At the end of the URL, append the content you want to embed. For example, for a QR code with a URL link:

https://chart.googleapis.com/chart?chs=150x150&cht=qr&chl=http://www.maketecheasier.com

or a QR code with text:

https://chart.googleapis.com/chart?chs=150x150&cht=qr&chl=How are you

and this is what you will see:

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Simple and fast!

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How To Delete Your Personal Data From The Internethttp://www.maketecheasier.com/delete-personal-data-from-internet/ http://www.maketecheasier.com/delete-personal-data-from-internet/#comments Tue, 01 Oct 2013 23:25:03 +0000 http://www.maketecheasier.com/?p=80837 If you have no use for any account in the Internet, it is always a good idea to delete your information so they are not accessible by others. In this article, we will show you how to delete your personal data from various popular sites and services on the Internet.

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delete-personal-dataSharing your personal data on the Web is never a difficult task. Simply sign up for a Facebook account (or any other social networks) and fill in your personal details, all your personal info will be instantly available for everyone to see. What is more difficult though, is getting your personal data off the Web. If you have no use for any account in the Internet, it is always a good idea to delete your information so they are not accessible by others. In this article, we will show you how to delete your personal data from various popular sites and services on the Internet.

Facebook is the most popular social network. Millions of people are using Facebook to share their personal information. If you are no longer using your Facebook account, it is possible to delete the account along with your data.

There is one catch though, not all data will be deleted. Things like group messages and other collaborative data will not be deleted as stated in Facebook terms and conditions.

To delete your Facebook account, follow the steps below:

1. Go to this link

2. Press the “Delete My Account” button

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3. Enter your password and the security code

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4. Your account will be disabled immediately.

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Please note that this will be a soft delete, meaning that if you login to your Facebook account again within the next 14 days, there will be an option for you to cancel your request.

Google offers many services which can save our personal data on Google’s servers. Fortunately, Google provides a mean for us to delete our Google account along with all the data. Be careful though, as this means that all your emails (in Gmail), documents (in Google Drive), Contacts, Calendar etc will be gone the moment your account is deleted. The only exception is your Google+ profile, which you can delete without deleting other Google services.

To delete a Google account, follow the steps below:

1. Go to this link

2. Under account management, click “Close account and delete all services and information associated with it.” link

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3. Check all the options, enter your password and click the “Delete Google Account” button.

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4. Your Google account will be instantly deleted. There is no way to get your account back.

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Yahoo is another popular network. If you are using Yahoo services, you may terminate your account by following the steps below:

1. Go to this link

2. Enter your password and the security code and press the “Terminate this account” button

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3. This will disable your Yahoo account. You data will be deleted from Yahoo’s servers after 90 days.

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Although you can mark your tweets as protected, if you do not intend to use your Twitter account again, it is a good idea to delete the account altogether.

To delete a Twitter account, do the following:

1. Go to this link

2. Click on the Deactivate button.

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3. Enter your password and click on the “Deactivate” button again

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4. Your account will be disabled and all data will be deleted from Twitter servers after 30 days

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If you have a WordPress.com account, unfortunately there is no way to delete the account. The workaround for this is to delete your sites in your WordPress.com account one by one and change the profile data to some random information. To delete a site from WordPress.com, go to the site’s dashboard and select “Delete Site” under Tools menu.

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There are two Microsoft accounts. One is the Office 365 account which can be easily deleted by going to Office.com account settings. The second account is the Microsoft ID or formerly Windows Live or Hotmail or whatever they called it.

Deleting your Microsoft ID will delete your Outlook.com email, SkyDrive data and XBox Live account. To delete your Microsoft ID, follow the steps below:

1. Go to this link

2. Enter your password and click on the Next button

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3. Click on “Deactivate your Hotmail account” link

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4. Select a reason and press the “Deactivate account” button

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5. This will delete your account and settings from Microsoft servers but your Microsoft ID will remain reserved for the next one year.

Although Skype is a Microsoft service, deleting a Skype account is very different from deleting a Microsoft account. You will need to go to your Skype account and change all the profile information to random one. Then change your primary email address associated with Skype to a fake one.

After you have removed your personal information from Skype profile, you will need to contact Skype support in order to delist yourself from Skype directory.

Although Flickr is a Yahoo service, the Flickr profile and data can be deleted separately. To delete your Flickr account and data, do the following:

1. Go to this link

2. Press Ok – Next button

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3. Check the “Yes” checkbox and press the “Delete My Account” button

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For web services that are not listed above, Justdelete.me is a great site which gives you information on how to delete your data from different Internet services.

If you want to delete your personal information from the Internet automatically, you can use the DeleteMe service which is a paid service but automatically removes your personal information from most of the Internet properties.

Have you ever deleted any of your accounts from the Internet?

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How to Easily Enable Real-time Collaboration on Your Sitehttp://www.maketecheasier.com/enable-real-time-collaboration-on-website/ http://www.maketecheasier.com/enable-real-time-collaboration-on-website/#respond Wed, 25 Sep 2013 14:50:02 +0000 http://www.maketecheasier.com/?p=81121 If you are a webmaster, you might be thinking of how you can make your website more interactive, or even allowing your visitors to collaborate with one another. TogetherJS allows you to easily add a real-time collaboration feature to your site with minimal technical/coding skill.

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togetherjs-thumbIf you are a webmaster, you might be thinking of how you can make your website more interactive, or even allowing your visitors to collaborate with one another. Most of the time, implementing a collaborative function on your site can be a labour and time intensive process. However, with TogetherJS, you can now easily add a real-time collaboration feature to your site with minimal technical/coding skill.

TogetherJS is a free, open source collaboration tool created by Mozilla (the team behind the Firefox browser). The whole collaboration tool is wrapped in a Javascript library and all you need to do is to add the Javascript code to your site to enable real-time collaboration feature for your site.

To get started, all you have to do is to add the following line of code to your website theme/template, preferably at the end of the page, before the </body> tag:

<script src="https://togetherjs.com/togetherjs-min.js"></script>

To allow users to start a collaboration session, simply add a “Start Collaboration” button to your site. Paste the code to the position where you want the button to show up.

<button onclick="TogetherJS(this); return false;">Start Collaboration</button>

Alternatively, you can add a CSS class to the button so you can style it to suit your theme.

<button class="collaboration-btn" onclick="TogetherJS(this); return false;">Start Collaboration</button>

That’s all you need to do. Let’s look at how it performs.

When someone clicks on the “Start Collaboration” button, a popup window will show up.

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Clicking the right arrow in the popup will reveal a field for the user to enter his/her name and optionally, upload his/her profile photo.

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The next screen to the right shows the link that the user can share with his/her friends to get them to join in the session.

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Lastly, click the “I’m ready” button to start the session.

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When invited guests click the link to go to your site, they will see a “Join Session” popup box. Once they join the session and setup their profile, their avatar will show up in the sidebar.

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Things that you can do include:

Chat

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Audio Chat

The audio chat is an experimental feature and is subjected to the support of the browser.

togetherjs-audio-chat

Synchronized mouse movement and real-time changes

Below is a screencast where I place two browsers side by side and see how the mouse movement of one user show up in another user’s screen. I also typed in the comment field and the text show up immediately in the other browser.

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The features shown above are only a small part of what you can do with TogetherJS. You can check out its documentation for more ways to extend its functionality. There are ton of things that you can do on your site with TogetherJS and with such a simple implementation, you are only restricted by your own creativity.

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How to Quickly Close Multiple Tabs in Browserhttp://www.maketecheasier.com/quick-tips/close-multiple-tabs-browser/ http://www.maketecheasier.com/quick-tips/close-multiple-tabs-browser/#respond Fri, 20 Sep 2013 19:00:10 +0000 http://www.maketecheasier.com/?post_type=quick-tips&p=80935 There are times when you opened too many tabs in your browser and it is causing the whole system to slow down. A quick and easy way to fix this is to close as many unused tabs as possible to minimize the memory usage. However, it can be a chores if you have tons of opened tabs. Luckily, most browsers come with a way for you to quickly close multiple tabs with a single click.

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There are times when you opened too many tabs in your browser and it is causing the whole system to slow down. A quick and easy way to fix this is to close as many unused tabs as possible to minimize the memory usage. However, it can be a chores if you have tons of opened tabs. Luckily, most browsers come with a way for you to quickly close multiple tabs with a single click.

In your browser, be it Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari, or Opera, all you have to do is to right-click on any tab and you will be able to select the option “Close tabs to the right”.

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This will close all the tabs at the right of the current tab. Alternatively, you can also select the option “Close other tabs” which will then close all tabs except for the current one.

Note: The “Close tabs to the right” feature is only available in Firefox 24.0 and above. It is not available for Safari though.

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Make Use of “+” Aliasing in Outlook.comhttp://www.maketecheasier.com/quick-tips/plus-alias-outlook/ http://www.maketecheasier.com/quick-tips/plus-alias-outlook/#comments Wed, 18 Sep 2013 19:00:50 +0000 http://www.maketecheasier.com/?post_type=quick-tips&p=79796 In Gmail, you can append a "+" to the username and you will be able to create an email alias quickly and easily. The good news is that Outlook.com has also allowed the use of "+" in your email address. Check it out!

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If you are a Gmail user, you probably know that you can quickly create an email alias by appending random term with a “+” behind your username. For example, if your username is john@gmail.com, you can use random alias like john+notes@gmail.com and it will still be sent to john@gmail.com. The good news is that for Outlook.com users, you can use this “+” aliasing method as well.

outlook "+" alias

So if your email address is john@outlook.com, any email alias of the format “john+anything-here@outlook.com” will still reach your inbox. You can then make use of Rules (Sweep -> Manage Rules) to setup filter for your incoming email. (it will work for Hotmail.com as well)

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