Website of the Week: lifehacker.com

Website of the Week

lifehackerLifehacker.com sounds like a website where cyber criminals might trade stolen ID’s. It’s not.

It is a fantastic website that has a variety of tips, tricks and ideas for daily life. Some of them are tech based, while others, (like the current top article about ways to simplify your kitchen) require no tech savvy.

A few past favorites involved cutting open a coke can and fastening it to your wireless router to improve it’s signal strength and tips and tricks to make me better at doing the laundry. The variety, simplicity and applicability of the articles earned the site a permanent spot in my bookmarks.

Check it out and let us know if you undertake any of the larger projects!

Roboform

unnamedBy now most of you have heard about the “Heartbleed” Exploit. If you haven’t, this is a great write up. Basically you need to change your passwords. As in all of them.

Changing passwords often and having a different password for each place you log in is the absolute best thing you could do. Do you know anyone that does that? I don’t.

The reason we don’t is because we can’t keep up with all of the different passwords! How many online accounts do you have? Mail, bank, Amazon, ebay, pinterest, facebook, etc. A dozen? 50? 100? Changing your passwords is hard work, and keeping an up to date paper list of them is like leaving the door to your house wide open every night.

Meet Roboform (I’ve talked about him before). It’s a password manager. After installing, you log in to Amazon (or any website). It will ask you if you want to save that login and password. The next time you go to Amazon, you just click on the Roboform icon, and it automatically logs you in. This has the added advantage of defeating keylogging viruses. I can easily change any passwords that might be at risk due to Heartbleed, and not worry one bit about remembering them.

You can keep Roboform on a USB, or install it on multiple computers. All you need to remember is the “master password” that gives you access to all your logins. I currently have 185 logins I need passwords for, but I only have to know 1.

For PC, Mac, Android and iOS.

Windows XP Support Ends April 8

Windows XP Support Ends April 8, 2014

XPSupportIt’s right around the corner folks. If you are still using an XP Computer at home or (particularly) at the office, the time has come to make a decision.

April 8 is XP’s “End of Support Date”. What does that mean for you exactly? Your computer will still turn on. It will still work and you probably won’t notice a difference immediately.

All this really means is that Microsoft will no longer be publishing updates for XP machines. Is that it? That’s the big fuss?

Absolutely. Windows updates do many things. The two most important updates are Security and Stability. Keeping hackers and malicious software out of your computer and keeping your computer running. Staying on an XP computer after this date increases the chances your information will be at risk and that your machine will not work correctly.

Your options

  • Upgrade your computer to Windows 7. An upgrade compatibility test will need to be done.
  • Buy a new computer. We can help transfer all of your files to a shiny new laptop or desktop. (Likewise we can transfer your stuff to a Windows Vista, 7 or 8 (or a Mac) computer you already own)
  • Do nothing. Some people are not going to give up on their XP machines until the hardware goes out. It is an option, but the one we do not recommend.

Give us a call or come by if you are still on XP. We can talk about your options, take a look at your machine and tell you if we think upgrading it would be worth it or if you are better off buying a new PC.