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by jchef
Sat Jan 09, 2016 4:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Smartphone security 101?
Replies: 45
Views: 3863

Re: Smartphone security 101?

You can pick those up all over the place, and it really places a limit on accidental in-app purchases (or young kids not understanding how much money they're racking up by clicking "ok" if you let kids play games on your phone). Both iOS and Android have options to always require your pas...
by jchef
Sat Jan 09, 2016 1:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Smartphone security 101?
Replies: 45
Views: 3863

Re: Smartphone security 101?

I don't do banking shopping etc etc on my phone, and I don't have a lock on it. I figure if the phone is lost or stolen the most I could be out is sme apps on the App Store and long distance phone calls which I would dispute with the carrier. Example of someone disputing stolen phone charges: http:...
by jchef
Sat Jan 09, 2016 10:25 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Smartphone security 101?
Replies: 45
Views: 3863

Re: Smartphone security 101?

Virus scanners aren't of much use on Android (or iPhones for that matter). Apps, including virus scanners, aren't allowed access to much of the phone. Meaning there is no way for them to scan much of the phone. As well, Google actually has a built in scanner that most people don't know about it. It'...
by jchef
Wed Jan 06, 2016 6:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any good free kindle books on Amazon?
Replies: 21
Views: 1707

Re: Any good free kindle books on Amazon?

Once of the things I like about the Kindle is the Send to Kindle add-on for Firefox and Chrome: http://www.amazon.com/gp/sendtokindle Using this you can easily send web articles to your Kindle. You may want to look at Longform's best Business articles or best articles of 2015 to see if you can find ...
by jchef
Sat Jan 02, 2016 9:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Using a Samsung Stardust android phone to replace an iPod?
Replies: 6
Views: 528

Re: Using a Samsung Stardust android phone to replace an iPod?

I'm not into podcasts, but I know the two apps mentioned by matjen are quite popular. As for music players, I'd suggest Shuttle+, Poweramp or GoneMAD. I believe all three of these should meet your needs, except for the podcast support, which I don't believe any of them support. Both Poweramp and Gon...
by jchef
Fri Dec 18, 2015 8:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: safe inexpensive secure password site
Replies: 31
Views: 2231

Re: safe inexpensive secure password site

Perhaps I'm not facile enough, or have missed an instruction somewhere. In Edge if you link to a site with a password, you have to enter it manually, or open some other app or file that you can copy the PW from. As far as I see there is no link to LastPass that will populate the PW, nor is there an...
by jchef
Mon Dec 14, 2015 10:44 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Computer Photo Backup
Replies: 54
Views: 3191

Re: Computer Photo Backup

corysold wrote:I still need to download to my computer and then back up to an external drive if I want to go that route also, correct?

Correct.
by jchef
Mon Dec 14, 2015 9:03 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Computer Photo Backup
Replies: 54
Views: 3191

Re: Computer Photo Backup

My photos are all in the "My Pictures" folder, mostly in individual folders labeled by the date they were downloaded. Most of these cover 3-4 months and 500ish photos. We basically download whenever our phones fill up. So they are somewhat orderly, there are just a lot of files. I'm not s...
by jchef
Sat Dec 12, 2015 7:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Computer Photo Backup
Replies: 54
Views: 3191

Re: Computer Photo Backup

Google Photos is integrated with Google Drive. If you upload all your photos to Google Photos, then a new folder will appear in your Google Drive that contains all your photos. That's available as an option, but it can be turned off inside Google Drive. I'm honestly not certain if the default is fo...
by jchef
Sat Dec 12, 2015 5:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Computer Photo Backup
Replies: 54
Views: 3191

Re: Computer Photo Backup

Google Drive will almost do that. There is a copy in the cloud, and replicated copies on my desktop and laptop computers. This happens automatically. But it should be pointed out that Google Drive is different from Google Photos. If you use the Google Photos Desktop Uploader to upload your photos f...
by jchef
Wed Dec 09, 2015 6:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Websites/services that helped me
Replies: 3
Views: 736

Re: Websites/services that helped me

profnot wrote: It's the only search engine I know that allows me to use Boolean tools:

Google also supports this, although the syntax is a bit different.

https://support.google.com/websearch/answer/2466433


The And is implied if you don't attach a modifier. And to use OR is has to be capitalized.
by jchef
Sat Nov 28, 2015 9:52 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to encrypt files for backup?
Replies: 41
Views: 4660

Re: How to encrypt files for backup?

I just downloaded 7-zip. Very slick, but what format do you use? I would have thought 7z would have been the preferred format, but these instructions from Northeastern University say to use zip. The simple answer is that it doesn't matter. Both formats have been around for quite a while and won't b...
by jchef
Tue Nov 24, 2015 7:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How do you view family photos?
Replies: 22
Views: 1752

Re: How do you view family photos?

If you are willing to upload them to Google, using a Chromecast to view them on your TV is quite handy. You can use the Google Photos app on Android or iOS to cast sideshows of choosen albums to your TV. As well, the Chromecast has the option to randomly cycle through all of your photos as the backg...
by jchef
Fri Nov 20, 2015 9:45 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Photo Storage Options
Replies: 16
Views: 1222

Re: Photo Storage Options

Is the cloud an option? Flickr offers 1 TB of free space and will leave the photos untouched (you can download the exact the identical photo after uploading it). I'm not sure if they offer editing tools. Google photos offers unlimited space, but will resize any photos larger than 16 megapixels. It a...
by jchef
Mon Nov 16, 2015 11:18 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Windows 7- removing Windows 10-related "updates"
Replies: 9
Views: 1097

Re: Windows 7- removing Windows 10-related "updates"

...the BEST way to avoid installing windows 10 by accident?... Easy Unless you have Windows software that doesn't have a decent alternative on Linux. Or Linux doesn't have drivers for some of your hardware. Or you don't have the time to learn how to set up a new OS to your liking, etc... While Linu...
by jchef
Mon Nov 16, 2015 11:15 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Windows 7- removing Windows 10-related "updates"
Replies: 9
Views: 1097

Re: Windows 7- removing Windows 10-related "updates"

If possible I want to make sure that it requires multiple errors on my part, not just a single mistaken click. No, it's not one click. It's not something you're going to accidentally install. As well, if you use the standard upgrade, it will keep your Windows 7 installation as a backup for 30 days....
by jchef
Tue Nov 10, 2015 5:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is it risky to use XP if I do not want to buy a new computer?
Replies: 39
Views: 2382

Re: Is it risky to use XP if I do not want to buy a new computer?

rec7 wrote:So in six months the Vista folks will be out of date also with Chrome?

Correct.

It's a bit of a surprise, since Microsoft is supporting Vista until 2017. But since Vista has such a small market share it seems Google doesn't feel the need to support it after April.
by jchef
Tue Nov 10, 2015 4:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is it risky to use XP if I do not want to buy a new computer?
Replies: 39
Views: 2382

Re: Is it risky to use XP if I do not want to buy a new computer?

I should have added I only use chrome. Google announced today that the last version of Chrome for Windows XP and Vista will be released in April 2016. So if you stay with Chrome, you'll only get 6 more months of security updates for your browser. http://chrome.blogspot.ca/2015/11/updates-to-chrome-...
by jchef
Tue Nov 10, 2015 9:44 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: GPS App, Android (no data plan)
Replies: 34
Views: 1548

Re: GPS App, Android (no data plan)

Google just announced that they are going to start rolling out offline navigation with Google Maps. They didn't provide a lot of details, so it still isn't clear if you are going to be able to download large maps or if the maps are automatically deleted after 30 days. https://googleblog.blogspot.com...
by jchef
Mon Nov 09, 2015 11:16 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: GPS App, Android (no data plan)
Replies: 34
Views: 1548

Re: GPS App, Android (no data plan)

Here Maps looks like it won't download to a Micro SD card. When I select download it shows only available storage as that directly on the phone. My LG phone only has 8 GB including the OS, about 3 GB is free but plenty of free space is on my 32 GB Micro SD card. Otherwise Here Maps looks like a goo...
by jchef
Mon Nov 09, 2015 10:18 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: GPS App, Android (no data plan)
Replies: 34
Views: 1548

Re: GPS App, Android (no data plan)

I used Google Maps in offline mode. Download the maps with a wireless connection, then use where no cell phone towers are around. One thing to be aware of is that the Google Map apps delete the data 30 days after it's downloaded. Google claims it's to stop you from using out of date data, but it's ...
by jchef
Mon Nov 09, 2015 10:08 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: GPS App, Android (no data plan)
Replies: 34
Views: 1548

Re: GPS App, Android (no data plan)

if im not mistaken all GPS/Location enabled apps will require a data connection. That's not correct. Many work offline by storing maps on the device. However a lot of phones use A-GPS (assisted GPS) to get a location lock. Meaning they use data from cell towers to help speed up a location lock. So ...
by jchef
Mon Nov 09, 2015 9:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: GPS App, Android (no data plan)
Replies: 34
Views: 1548

Re: GPS App, Android (no data plan)

Here Maps is a great choice and it's free. It was developed by Nokia and uses their maps. And the offline navigation works really well. It was recently sold to the group of Audi, BMW and Mercedes. Apparently the three companies are planning to continue offering it free for phones, while making it pa...
by jchef
Sun Nov 08, 2015 10:52 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Password managers (eg Keepass, Lastpass, 1Password etc)- security risk
Replies: 29
Views: 3027

Re: Password managers (eg Keepass, Lastpass, 1Password etc)- security risk

In order for that tool to work it needs to be installed on your machine. If someone has the ability to install software on your machine, you already have a huge problem. They could install a keylogger, change your browser to a modified browser that looks the same but actually records everything you ...
by jchef
Thu Nov 05, 2015 6:38 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Use the chip credit card in the US?
Replies: 20
Views: 2166

Re: Use the chip credit card in the US?

Walmart does at the ones I visit. AFAIK the requirement was only that vendors have the ability to be able to accept chip cards, not necessarily that they had to start using them. Likely a verbiage loophole, have the equipment but not functioning still counts as having the ability to accept them so ...
by jchef
Sat Oct 24, 2015 5:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New computer, trouble with Keepass
Replies: 6
Views: 621

Re: New computer, trouble with Keepass

Microsoft is discouraging the use of other browsers, but there is no good reason not to use other browsers if you want to. It's a bit difficult to make other browsers the default browser on Windows 10. Here are the instructions for Firefox. https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/how-change-your-defaul...
by jchef
Sat Oct 24, 2015 5:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New computer, trouble with Keepass
Replies: 6
Views: 621

Re: New computer, trouble with Keepass

According to the Keepass forums, there is a known problem with drag and drop when using the Edge browser on Windows 10. Microsoft is looking into it. An alternative is to use Chrome or Firefox which apparently are working fine. Or you could just double click on the user name or password which will c...
by jchef
Wed Oct 21, 2015 2:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Windows 10 from 8.1. Do I REALLY Want To Do This?
Replies: 31
Views: 2775

Re: Windows 10 from 8.1. Do I REALLY Want To Do This?

I was apparently the only person that didn't hate Windows 8, but my PC recently forced a change to Windows 8.1 on me. I'm not happy about that at all. Windows 8.1 is a mess. I find it hard to believe Windows 10 would be worse, but I'm definitely not in the mood for another tedious OS update. Suppor...
by jchef
Sat Oct 10, 2015 11:10 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: [Withdrawn by FBI!] FBI warning on chip & signature cards (vs. chip & pin)
Replies: 48
Views: 4319

Re: [Withdrawn by FBI!] FBI warning on chip & signature cards (vs. chip & pin)

Anybody in Germany or Austria care to comment, are you routinely using chip and signature or is Wikipedia wrong? Germany does use chip and signature (or at least they did when I visited friends 2 years ago). However, credit card use in Germany is quite low. Just 33% of Germans said they had a credi...
by jchef
Sat Oct 10, 2015 10:56 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: [Withdrawn by FBI!] FBI warning on chip & signature cards (vs. chip & pin)
Replies: 48
Views: 4319

Re: FBI warning on chip & signature cards (vs. chip & pin)

Did they ask you before sending the card, and coding it *into* the card, or is it a number you could change if you happened to want to do so (and if so, how)? The PIN can be stored in two places, on the card or on the credit card company's computers. Storing it on the computers makes it easier to c...
by jchef
Sat Oct 10, 2015 8:28 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: LogMeIn to acquire LastPass
Replies: 46
Views: 3471

Re: LogMeIn to acquire LastPass

Anyone know about or use Encryptr (link below) as an alternative? I know a lot of people use and like Keepass but from what I understand, KeePass is desktop only.? No, KeePass is available for a huge number of platforms. MiniKeePass is the most popular iOS port. KeePassDroid and KeePass2Android are...
by jchef
Sat Oct 10, 2015 5:19 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: LogMeIn to acquire LastPass
Replies: 46
Views: 3471

Re: LogMeIn to acquire LastPass

While LogMeIn is a reputable company, their business practices have annoyed a lot of people to say the least. They used to both a free and paid product, with the paid product having more features. In January 2014 they got rid of their free product, but only gave people very short notice of the shutd...
by jchef
Thu Sep 24, 2015 4:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Free Windows 10 Upgrade, Yes or No?
Replies: 528
Views: 59413

Re: upgrade to Windows 10?

rotorhead wrote:I will stick to Win 7 until I need a new computer; may be a while.

Windows 7 support ends in January 2020.

When the free Windows 10 upgrade offer ends in July of next year, end of support for Windows 7 will only be 3.5 years away.
by jchef
Fri Sep 04, 2015 1:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to avoid losing a cell phone
Replies: 57
Views: 3654

Re: How to avoid losing a cell phone

But then again, cell phones were not invented until late in my life, so I have lived many years without one and know how to do that. Have you tried to find a pay phone recently? It can often be quite difficult. I don't often need to make calls when I'm away from home or work. But when I do, I'm gla...
by jchef
Fri Sep 04, 2015 8:47 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to avoid losing a cell phone
Replies: 57
Views: 3654

Re: "ICE" = In Case of Emergency

Perhaps a slightly better suggestion that would also serve this purpose (if phone is lost) is to have a locked screen that displays an "ICE" contact, such as: ICE contact spouse at <phone number> On iOS you want to have Find My Phone turned on and on Android you want the Android Device Ma...
by jchef
Sat Aug 01, 2015 12:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Free Windows 10 Upgrade, Yes or No?
Replies: 528
Views: 59413

Re: Free Windows 10 Upgrade, Yes or No?

Is there some way to verify all my programs are compatible with Win 10 without going through the install process? The Get Windows 10 icon that was added to most people's system tray will tell you. There should be a Check your PC option (which has probably already been automatically run).... The onl...
by jchef
Sat Aug 01, 2015 10:41 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Free Windows 10 Upgrade, Yes or No?
Replies: 528
Views: 59413

Re: Free Windows 10 Upgrade, Yes or No?

Been waiting for two days and still have not gotten the notice. I know Microsoft is sending it out in waves with the developers and beta testers first, anybody know the schedule when us regular users will be next? Go here and download the Windows 10 media creation tool: https://www.microsoft.com/en...
by jchef
Sat Aug 01, 2015 10:38 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Free Windows 10 Upgrade, Yes or No?
Replies: 528
Views: 59413

Re: Free Windows 10 Upgrade, Yes or No?

Is there some way to verify all my programs are compatible with Win 10 without going through the install process? The Get Windows 10 icon that was added to most people's system tray will tell you. There should be a Check your PC option (which has probably already been automatically run). Although M...
by jchef
Fri Jul 31, 2015 2:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Free Windows 10 Upgrade, Yes or No?
Replies: 528
Views: 59413

Re: Free Windows 10 Upgrade, Yes or No?

1. My wife's old desktop computer is running Windows 7. Several login accounts are set up for family members and guests. None have passwords required for login. This is not possible with Windows 10. I had to set it up for my wife's account only, so she would not have to enter her Microsoft account ...
by jchef
Wed Jul 29, 2015 1:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Free Windows 10 Upgrade, Yes or No?
Replies: 528
Views: 59413

Re: Free Windows 10 Upgrade, Yes or No?

Nope, 7 is working fine. I don't like 10's forced update regime, and whatever else MS has snuck in there. Do you normally check each update before installing them? Most people don't, so it won't make much difference to them. And Windows 7 will only continue to work fine for another 4.5 years and th...
by jchef
Thu Jul 16, 2015 7:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Needing an External Drive
Replies: 24
Views: 1638

Re: Needing an External Drive

It's not difficult to do. Here's a fairly simple guide. The How to Format an External Drive in Windows is the main section you'll want to look at. And remember to choose FAT32 in step 4.


http://lifehacker.com/how-to-erase-and- ... 1525128357
by jchef
Thu Jul 16, 2015 6:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Arranging for Death Notifications?
Replies: 20
Views: 2541

Re: Arranging for Death Notifications?

I'm not sure how appealing this is, but Google has a feature where you can set up a message to be sent to people if you haven't used any Google service for a period of time.


https://support.google.com/accounts/ans ... 6546?hl=en
by jchef
Thu Jul 16, 2015 6:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Needing an External Drive
Replies: 24
Views: 1638

Re: Needing an External Drive

And this isn't relevant to the OP, so they can ignore this... But in case others are interested, the drive could also be formatted as exFAT. This is a format that works on both Windows and Mac OS that supports larger than 4GB files. It isn't officially supported on Linux however. https://en.wikipedi...
by jchef
Thu Jul 16, 2015 6:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Needing an External Drive
Replies: 24
Views: 1638

Re: Needing an External Drive

For my purposes, I just need a simple external drive, far less even than 1 TB. I am really trying to determine whether I should get 1 or 2, depending on the fact that my computers are 2 different brands. You only need 1 drive, 2 won't make sense. So you are going to plug the drive into the Dell, fo...
by jchef
Mon Jul 13, 2015 9:26 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Password Management
Replies: 75
Views: 6182

Re: Password Management

What do people use on their android phone or android tablet? Unless its changed, last time I tried LastPass on my phone it worked as an independent browser rather than an app within Chrome and had a cost for syncing between devices. Still true? Is there an add-on app to Chrome on my phone that does...
by jchef
Sun Jul 12, 2015 10:56 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Password Management
Replies: 75
Views: 6182

Re: Password Management

Most people I know who use Keepass sync across multiple devices using a cloud storage like Dropbox - and to me that felt less secure than storing everything in LastPass. It shouldn't be any less secure as long as you trust the math of the encryption and hashing. And if you don't trust the math, you...
by jchef
Sun Jul 12, 2015 10:14 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Password Management
Replies: 75
Views: 6182

Re: Password Management

I've used Lastpass for years, generally with simpler passwords, but with more complex or generated PWs for financial accounts. With the coming of 2 factor verification availability I'm more comfortable with simpler passwords and am considering going to ones I can actually remember. Am I deluding my...
by jchef
Sun Jul 12, 2015 9:16 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Password Management
Replies: 75
Views: 6182

Re: Password Management

Keepass is probably what you are looking for. You're in complete control of the password database and if you don't want to put it in the cloud, then you don't have to. It's free and open source, and available for all of the major desktop and mobile platforms. It's easy to use and has plenty of advan...
by jchef
Thu Jul 09, 2015 7:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What antivirus software?
Replies: 47
Views: 4121

Re: What antivirus software?

Zaplunken, Microsoft discontinued support for Vista Home Premium on Apr 10, 2012. So, for over 3 years, your computer may not have the latest security patches, making it vulnerable to exploits. New exploits are being found constantly. I seriously encourage you to move to a newer operating system, b...
by jchef
Wed Jul 08, 2015 2:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Productivity Apps that you pay for
Replies: 21
Views: 1924

Re: Productivity Apps that you pay for

I've tried many of the ones mentioned, but I still find far and away the best for my android phone is the google suite. Gmail, Gcal, Gkeep, Gdrive are the best out there, and free. Is Keep content available offline? I might look at that when my Evernote subscription is due for renewal. Yes - it wil...

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