Ready…Set…Back to School Technology & More

It seems that it was not so long ago that preparing our grade school children, high school teenagers, and college bound  students for back to school items consisted of purchasing new clothing, books, pencils, crayons etc.  Maybe we knew more recently about laptops, or desktop computers; however, there is a whole new world out there when it comes to understanding what to buy for your students, and yourselves :). That’s why Tech4Boomers searched around for some suggestions that you could review if you are still deciding what to do, and what to buy. Don’t forget to click the SOURCE links to learn more about the products and websites.

Seagate Backup Plus Slim Portable Drive: This backup drive lets you breathe easy by protecting your entire digital life with one click, yet it is thin and small enough to take with you when you’re on the go. The drive comes in three capacities — 500GB, 1 terabyte and 2 terabytes, all less than 1/2-inch thick — and four colors blue, black, red and silver. From $65.Otterbox NFL Edition Defender

Epson Expression Home XP-410 Small-in-One Printer: The small footprint of this printer-copier-scanner is perfect when you don’t have a lot of space. And because it has wireless capability, you can print directly from your smartphone or tablet. $100.

Go right to the head of the class this fall with the latest and greatest technology devices powered by Intel. This “annotated” 2014 back to school buying guide highlights some tablet and 2 in 1 devices whose lightning-fast performance, responsiveness, mobility and versatility will help any student be device-ready for back to school.

Make sure you print the Back to School Supplies Price List for 2014. . . You can watch the Back to School Sales Page each week to find the lowest prices at each store.

Ventev the Powercell 6000+ This portable and pluggable gadget is a battery for when you’re on the go. It delivers up to 25 hours of talk time, 18 hours of Internet, 20 hours of video playback or 100 hours of audio playback — and a wall charger when you’re staying in. $75.

LeapFrog LeapPad Learning Tablet: So what’s new about LeapPad Gen 3? The biggest news is that it is Wi-Fi enabled. Combine that with LeapSearch powered by Zui, and children can explore prescreened kid-friendly Web content that has been approved by learning experts. Wi-Fi also allows for peer-to-peer gaming and access to LeapFrog’s Learning Library of more than 1,000 educator-approved games, apps, eBooks, videos and music tracks. $100.

StudyBlueStudyBlue is a free app for the Web, iOS or Android that connects you to fellow students so you can share materials and notes. Sign up, add your school and classes, and then you and your peers can create flashcards, get personalized quizzes and access other collaborative study materials.

Protag DuetThe Duet $30 is a tiny device you can attach to your keys, backpack or what-have-you, and pair with the free Protag app iOS and Android. If you lose the item with the Duet attached, you can use your phone to make the Duet beep so you can find it. It works in the other direction, too: Push a button on the Duet and your phone will sound off so you can locate it.

SOURCES:

  1. What’s new in back-to-school tech gadgets | Business & Technology | The Seattle Times.
  2. (Note: click the picture to print info)  2014 Intel Back to School Buying Guide.
  3. Heading back to school? Try these 11 terrific tech tools. | Computerworld.
  4. Back to School Supplies Price List 2014.

 

I hope this is helpful! :)

Are Your Online Accounts 2FA Protected?

hackers1Let’s face it.  We all keep fighting the good fight, but every time we hear a news story about HaCkErS a shudder runs through our brains.  And moreover, we wonder whether we, or the companies have any control over our security ONLINE.  After all, we can have super passwords and usernames, but if the companies where we use those keys to get access to our information are not well-prepared to protect us, what are we to do?

Have you heard the term Multifactor Authentication also known as 2FA?  Many companies use only one of three factors to protect access to your bank accounts, credit accounts, etc.:

  1.  username / password
  2. Codes/ID cards (e.g. Plastic cards that provide entry to doorways)
  3. Biometric credentials (e.g. Fingerprints)

Just as some users don’t want the inconvenience of having to do two or three steps to use their online accounts, some companies are not eager to add ‘Two Factor Strong Authentication‘ for entry into their systems/accounts because it increases the overhead for Security by having to hire more tech support.

If this is a cause of concern to you visit the website: http://twofactorauth.org/ .  This website provides a list of companies that do and don’t offer Multifactor Authentication.  It is a surprise to learn which companies and banks do not have upgraded login security.

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Other things you can do:

  1. Do not allow websites to save your password.
  2. Check out what Bob Sullivan has to say about this. What does the Hold Security billion-password story mean for you?
    via A billion stolen passwords? No reason to freak — just take these reasonable steps — Bob Sullivan.
  3. Don’t panic! Change your credentials regularly.
  4. Check out new ways people are exploring to protect their passwords:  LaunchKey is the quick, private and secure way to sign in or authenticate without passwords by utilizing multi-factor authentication on your smartphone or tablet. Simply pair your device and login on any LaunchKey-enabled website or application with only a swipe of your finger. via LaunchKey on the App Store on iTunes.

Be careful out there!

In the know about Technology

canstockphoto12223026Every now and then Tech4Boomers likes to take a break from presenting just one aspect of technology.  Everywhere we look today we  glimpse, and hear of,  a new idea:  Microsoft Word, new Apps, and various ways to protect ourselves  on-line are constantly being created. This makes it very hard to keep up-to-date. This post brings some things, which we think could be useful to know.

   Webutation Add-on:

The webutation add-on uses a simple color system to warn you whenever you are visiting a potentially dangerous website. The trustworthiness of the site you are visiting is displayed by a small icon in your browser toolbar. By clicking the icon you can look up the website on http://www.webutations.info/where you get more detailed information about security risks and where you can also leave your own rating for this website. via Webutation – Website Reputation Community against fraud and badware.

♦ Sharing Documents Easy:

Collaborate with Office OnlineSave documents, spreadsheets, and presentations online, in OneDrive. Share them with others and work together at the same time.
Get started now, it’s free! via Microsoft Office Online – Word, Excel, and PowerPoint on the web.

How to be a Savvy Email User:

Are Your Emails Too Long? Elliott Bell,  Shares:”The Gettysburg Address was 271 words long. Yesterday, I received an email on a company policy change regarding coffee and tea selection that was 350″. via Are Your Emails Too Long? Hint: Probably | The Muse.

Protect your Eyes with Exercise:

Nowadays people see their mobiles and have the habit watching the one spot for a long time, the muscles of eyes will stiffen and then your eyesight will decline. The aim of Eye Exerciser is to stimulate the muscles of eyes and improve your sight. Eye Exerciser gives you various programs to exercise your eyes. For 3 years, Many users – eye patients, eye doctors and so on – gave their opinions and made this app more effective for eyes. If you exercise regularly with this application everyday, your eyes will gradually improve. via Eye Exerciser on the App Store on iTunes.

 Apps to help you with SPF skin protection:

<  The UV Index provides a daily and hourly forecast of the expected intensity of ultraviolet UV radiation from the sun. Some exposure to sunlight is enjoyable. However, too much sun can be dangerous. Overexposure to the sun’s ultraviolet radiation can cause immediate damage, such as sunburn, and long-term problems, such as skin cancer. via EPA’s SunWise UV Index on the App Store on iTunes.

 < WeatherPro for Android features high-quality seven-day forecasts and weather reports for over two million cities and 800,000 points of interest worldwide. Highlights include global satellite plus radar for the USA, Australia and much of Europe. Images can be animated with interactive elements bringing the weather to life! via WeatherPro: The weather app for Android.

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Where’s your car? Find it with APPs

Ok BabyBoomers, this question is for you :) :

What did you do the last time you parked your car, and when you went to pick it up you could not remember where to look for the car?   Did the BabyBoomer friends you were having all that fun with recall where you parked the car?

Did you spend an hour trying to remember the last place you saw it or did you think it was stolen?  You would be surprised to know that “we are not alone” when it comes to finding our cars after a fun time.  It apparently happens often enough that some APP makers thought it would be a good thing to create a few APPs to help us out.

Check out these memory helpers if you think you might want to use one of these apps, and save yourself the headache of trying to find your car on your own next time.

Find My Car! Find My Car! is a simple application that uses GPS location services to help you find your car. You will never forget where you parked!

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 How to use:

1.  Open Find My Car! application and save your car position on the map. You can also take a picture and associate a short description to help fully document the parking spot.

2.  To find your car again, open the application and locate your last car position on the map different zoom levels available.

The distance to your car is displayed in real time as you walk in the street! You can also see the best walking direction from your current position to your parked location.  iPhone users click here to download via Find My Car! iPhone Application.

Note:  Click here if you have an Android Phone: via Find My Car – Android Apps on Google Play.

I hope this is helpful :)

 

Helping with Internet Sustainability

canstock8165132When Windows XP was released in October 2001 it was available in 25 languages.  So as I read a recent article by Tony Bradley of TechRepublic stating that the Windows XP Operating system poses a greater risk than Heartbleed, I wondered how many of those XP users had upgraded their operating system.

Many World Wide Web (HTTP) users may not consider that they are only a small part of the Internet that we all share in the Cyberspace universe.  There are more than 100 countries connected to the Internet global network which has millions of computers.

It is the Internet that disseminates email (SMTP), then there are news groups, instant messaging, FTP (File Transfer Protocol -TCP/IP). It’s complicated. When we put all that together, how can we know who still has the XP operating system?  Therein lies the problem, and that’s where Internet sustainability comes to the forefront.  Just like our planet Earth, which we are all responsible for and have just become sensible by doing something about it, we must all share the responsibility for Internet security.

The article makes some of the points listed below:

  • When April 8, 2014, passed by and Windows XP machines continued working just like the day before, and the world didn’t come to a crashing halt, there were probably many businesses and individuals stubbornly continuing to use Windows XP…
  • Heartbleed was just one vulnerability. It was identified, a patch was developed, and the world was put on notice. Now, we can move on. It was an isolated moment in time.
  • Windows XP, on the other hand, is now a permanent, ongoing “zero day” vulnerability… There won’t be any more patches or updates, so it’s permanently at risk.

Read the article at:
http://www.techrepublic.com/article/windows-xp-is-a-much-greater-risk-than-heartbleed/

Get more info from the experts: http://www.lancope.com/ponemon-incident-response/

What have you done lately?  Is your operating system possibly causing a risk to the Internet?

Deadwood: When is the last time you cleaned up your Apps?

Fyi_33Deadwood: We’ve all heard the word and what it implies. But, have you ever thought that you could be in support of it?

I read an article by Nick Bilton of the New York Times recently about Apps, which have access to your social accounts.

Here are some of the main points of his article.

  • Many Apps have access to your social accounts – Twitter, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, and most likely you have given them permission to see everything you’re doing online.
  • You probably have Apps that you have not used in six months (or more).  Those Apps should have their access revoked to your Tweets, Likes, and your location.
  • Check out the Twitter’s Applications page to see what Apps and services have access to your Twitter profile.  Here’s the link for Twitter’s guidelines:
    http://support.twitter.com/articles/76052-connecting-or-revoking-third-party-applications

Below are some screenshots of what that looks like:

1)  After signing into your account look for the Settings Icon and click it:

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2)    After you click the settings link you will be directed to a list which has various options: Account, Security and privacy, Password etc. 

Look for the Apps link and click it.

There you will have a list of apps listing which rights they have to your information.  Click the Revoke Access buttons to remove the apps rights.

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When is the last time you looked at what Apps have access to your social accounts?

Use this link to read Nick Bilton’s article: Spring Cleaning Who Has Access to Your Data – NYTimes.com.

I hope this is helpful :)

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The 5 Best Websites for Free E-books

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FYI. Invaluable information. See it for yourself !

Originally posted on Learning and Living in the Online World:

When e-readers first started to become popular, a lot of us imagined that e-books would be cheaper than regular books. After all, publishers don’t have to pay for all that ink and paper and binding to publish an e-book! Unfortunately, many e-books are just as expensive as their paper counterparts. But if you don’t have a big e-book budget, don’t despair—there are lots of e-books online that you can download for free! You can borrow e-books from your local library, as Bill has explained here, or you can visit the sites in the list below and download e-books to keep.

Project Gutenberg                                         

Gutenberg

Project Gutenberg is usually my first stop when looking for any older book. It specializes in books whose copyrights have expired. Some of the books are also available in multiple languages, so it’s worth checking out even if English isn’t your first language. If you just…

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