Free software isn’t advertised as widely as paid software, so you may never have heard of the brand that could radically improve your digital life. Still, they’re out there, waiting to be discovered. From cybersecurity to photography to screen-sharing, the perks of these programs can’t be overstated. Check some them out here!
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Ever received a file and found out that none of your installed programs can open it? Not every computer has the same programs, program versions or even the same fonts. And what looks fine on your computer might look terrible, or not even open at all, on someone else's system. It may be as simple as converting the unknown file type to something your computer DOES understand! For file conversions of virtually any type, this use free online converter!
Check out these 10 handy, fun and downright helpful ways to use USB thumb drives.
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There is a security bug in Skype's update process. It's so critical that if exploited, a hacker can take full control of your computer. Microsoft has said that it will not patch the issue since it will require a "large code revision." Although Microsoft engineers were able to replicate the exploit, they consider it a low-risk threat and the fix will be included in a "newer version of the product rather than a security update" instead.
Get the full scoop here and how you can protect yourself.
Backing up your PC/Mac is the key to your sanity after a virus attack or hack. There's an old saying in Cyberspace: "The integrity of your data is only as good as your last backup!" There's nothing worse than to lose a year, 6 months or even a week's worth of work that you may not even be able to reconstruct! How about all those photos of your kids, anniversary or once-in-a-lifetime vacation? Fortunately, there are several options to back up your PC/Mac content online. It doesn't backup your operating system (eg. Windows or Mac OS), which you can more easily get, but these options will backup everything else if you so choose. Most of these services will automatically backup a file as soon as it's changed, such as a document, so you won't have to remember to do it manually. Of course, there's a nominal fee depending on the amount of backup storage you need, but it will be nothing compared to your sanity when you lose the precious photos and legal documents! Here is a review of several online backup services. For more information and to install these services, contact TheGoToTechGuru. If you prefer offline backups for more privacy, TheGoToTechGuru can provide a consultation on this option as well.
I recently had a customer that had his PC infected by Ransomware. For those of you not familiar with Ransomware, it’s a virus that encrypts all your files and holds them hostage until you pay the hostage taker $1000-$5000+. It’s well known that even if you do pay the exorbitant ransom, there’s still no guarantee that you’ll receive the key to unlock all your files. All his business and personal files were affected, including emails, which were all no longer accessible. To make things worse, he had no backup of anything.
To avoid getting virus’ and Ransomware, you must have good virus scan software AND malware prevention software. Don't depend on what comes with Windows because it's the minimum protection, which is only what my customer had. In the event a virus or malware does slip through, having a sound backups is the key to minimizing loss and letting you sleep at night.
I strongly recommend the following virus and malware software: Kaspersky Internet Suite (most robust) and Malwarebytes Professional/Premium (industry leading software).
For backups, I recommend Carbonite, which has unlimited storage for just $5.99/month and provides multiple versions of files you backup in case you accidently delete a file or make other changes you didn't mean to. Transmission and data storage is encrypted for security. Backed up data is available to your other computers, smartphone and tablets as well from free!
For more information on Ransomware, Virus’, prevention software and backup software, contact TheGoToTechGuru.
If you aren’t a user of Dropbox, you may want to reconsider. It’s one of the most widely accepted and used cloud-based storage options out there. Basically, cloud storage allows you to store just about any type of file, such as photos, documents, spreadsheets, etc. in a single location while allowing you access on multiple devices such as your mobile phone, tablet, PC, Mac and its apps. If you update and save a file, say a document on your PC, it is almost immediately updated on the cloud and accessible on your mobile phone. Another great way to use Dropbox is when you want to email a large file such as a home video, which can take a long time and lots of space in your mailbox. Instead, just put the video in Dropbox, then send a Dropbox link and have your friends & family download it themselves.
Dropbox is free with 500gb of storage; to get more space, just refer people. Click here to get Dropbox for Free. There is Dropbox for Business as well which provides not only more storage but more versatility. Look here for great ideas on how to integrate Dropbox into your life.
It's hard to sift through the web to find useful websites! Here are 33 that are only only useful, but fun! Enjoy here!
There are plenty of great videos on YouTube! But sometimes they get deleted by the originator or are removed for other reasons. Did you know you could download them for free? You can even just download the audio portion! Either way, it's a great way of replaying your favorites without worry on your PC, phone or tablet!
Checkout this website!
Do you travel to places where there is a poor Wi-Fi signal or low bandwidth, such as crowded coffeehouses, restaurants or airplanes. It can take forever to download a webpage, right? This is because there is a ton of behind-the-scenes overhead trying to download, a lot of it you don't need to just see the basic page! Opera is a low-overhead browser that lets you bypass downloading a lot of this while still letting you see the webpage! It also comes with a battery saving mode and a free VPN* to secure your web activity! Best of all, it's FREE! Follow this link for more information and to download Opera!
* What is VPN (Virtual Private Network)? Click here.
Do you miss those Windows 7 gadgets like the calendar and CPU/memory meters? Now just go to 8gadgetpack and install them on your Windows 10 PC!
Do you do a lot of shopping online?? Did you know there are browser apps you can install that can automatically find and apply coupon codes at checkout, without you having to manually search the web and manually enter each/every code one-by-one?
Take a look at Honey and Coupons at Checkout! I've saved tons of $$$!
If you like free software, try this website: Give Away of the Day. I've been using it for years. Each and every day, a different type of software is offered for 24 hours, from 12:01AM PST to 11:59PM PST (you must both download AND install the software within this period). It is always a fully licensed version. Variety includes Windows, Mac, iPhone, Android. As always, read the included reviews to make sure it matches your need & speed. www.GiveAwayOfTheDay.com/
I love technology and how it enhances our lives! Just think, without the Apollo moon missions, we might not have calculators! Imagine!!