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Savoring ♥ Technology Time Out

June 29, 2007, is when the first iPhone was released.  Yes!  And, we have not been the same since.  For one thing, so many mobile phones have been created/released. Many of us wonder, what did we do before the mobile device revolution. 24 hours a day we can be connected to an Internet universe, live vicariously via YouTube, and various Apps.  How can we control being ‘wired’ all the time?

When my son was a youngster I occasionally suggested that he take a ‘time out’ to have him calm down, in the event the behavior he was exhibiting was not desirable.  This was not something that was looked on by him as a ‘good’ thing.  Flash forward, and it seems that it was not all that bad an idea.  There’s a conversation going on about appreciating stillness; savoring moments away from the computer, email, and mobile device madness, which can keep many of us “plugged in” 24 hours a day.  Not good! 

I searched around to find some tools that could help us, in the event we just can’t tear ourselves away from those cute little toys :). Here is what I found: Moment, which is an iOS app that keeps track of how much you’re using your phone. There is also Moment Family, that allows you to monitor the entire family from your phone. Samsung user can use ‘Thrive Mode, which gives you the option of creating at VIP list, which disallows being interrupted by calls and texts from those not on the list. Continue reading “Savoring ♥ Technology Time Out”

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Free !New Year 2018 Antivirus Protection

Happy New Year,  Tech4Boomers followers! And, thank you for choosing to read my blog.  I am hopeful that you will continue to find useful tips that will help your computer/mobile and Internet explorations a safe cyber traveling experience.

With that said, it has become somewhat challenging to have a safer cyber experience.  From the predators like Typo/Cyber Squatters to the onslaught of identity theft, and more over the cyber thief who holds you for ransom until you pay a price to get your computer back! Some of you may recall my post last year when I reported that I had that experience. https://tech4boomers.com/2017/10/24/malware-safety-requirements/

Antivirus software is an absolute must if you are using your computer to surf the Internet. There is NO excuse not to have software that helps you to detect threats and keep you protected!

Often we pay for these antivirus programs – however, there are FREE antivirus programs available.  Yes! Read the information below and get yourself security against those cyber bad guys.  It’s worth your time. Continue reading “Free !New Year 2018 Antivirus Protection”

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2017 Cyber Holiday Deals

Where are you with your holiday shopping?  Already December is one-third gone, and before you know it, the time will be upon you to give out the wonderful deals you managed to find.  Or, is it the case that you don’t have any idea where to get the Cyber deals?

I searched around, and I think some of the deals I found you will be pleased with. What if I told you, there are deals for as little as $20.00!  Tom’s Guide had a few links I think are worth exploring.  Click the sale pic to find them.

PC Magazine has the best deals for laptops.  You can click the pic below to find the best deal for your holiday dollars.

Happy Holidays!

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Black Friday 2017 Tech Deals! YAY :)

Yes! Yay! It’s that time of year again when the tech deals are piling  up to get you into the stores just before the full-fledged holiday shopping! Already the listings are coming in.
According to Tom’s Guide the term Black Friday dates back to the 1800s .
For years, it was common for retailers to open their doors as early as 5 or 6 a.m. to kick off a lengthy day of extreme sales. Between 2005 and 2010, the opening time shifted earlier each year, until stores such as Target and Best Buy were opening their doors at midnight on Thanksgiving night. Source: What Is Black Friday? – History, Statistics and Deals – Tom’s Guide
There were so many great deal offers that it was hard for me to pick out the best, so here is what I came up with.

Business Insider says there are deals you can purchase right now before Black Friday from Best Buy.  Computers, Tablets, Headphones.  Click this link for details: http://www.businessinsider.com

FYI:  Best Buy will open its doors at 5:00 p.m. local time on Thanksgiving.
For Smartphones, Tablets, Amazon Echo, Google Home Mini, you can view the best deals at the Fortune website.
Click this link  http://fortune.com

PC World has a slide show of 11 great deals. If you’re interested in an Acer Chromebook 14, SurfacePro 4, Amazon Echo Dot click this link: https://www.pcworld.com
PCWorld also advises that people check back at their website the week beginning November 19 for the best bargins after Black Friday.

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Malware Safety Requirements!

How to avoid Malware is one of the most common hazards to your computer when you’re online, but it’s easy to avoid. Developing safe and smart browsing habits can protect you from malware and other threats, like viruses. Securing your computer and learning how to identify and avoid suspicious links are the fundamentals of safe browsing habits. Source: Internet Safety: How to Avoid Malware – Full Page

If you think you cannot be fooled by online ‘ransom perpetrators‘, I assure you that it can happen before you know it.

  • Below is a screen shot of what happened to me on my home computer, and I must admit I was not paying attention at the time.
  • Before I knew it, I had clicked a link and I became a PC user being held hostage. A password was put on my computer, and I could not access it.
  • There ensued a very stressful and costly sequence of experiences.

I knew that I would be asked for money to get my PC returned to me, but I was also concerned whether I would continue to be plagued by this issue once I gave them the money.  When I called, the people sounded very professional, and sure enough they had total control of my PC, and in addition my home Network! Continue reading “Malware Safety Requirements!”

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Loving the iPhone

I must admit; I’m an iPhone ‘fan’ hands down.  The reason I’ve stayed with them for so long is that Steve Jobs figured it out for me:  I did not want a complicated phone – however,  I wanted it to be a sophisticated device.  I wanted help when I needed it, and I wanted it to fit into my purse without it being a major undertaking.  ‘Easy does it’ has been my reason for staying with iPhone throughout my mobile phone experience.  And, I’m still satisfied. The iPhone just keeps giving me what I want – and what I need.

In a recent article, New York Times, Brian Chen reminds us it’s been 10 Years! Yes!  He also tells us what has kept the iPhone customer returning for more of  what Apple has to offer. However, in its 10th year, there is a bit of competition to contend with.  So how will Apple pull off staying on top of the market? Bigger screen, facial recognition to unlock the device, and magnetic induction. Here is a summary of what Chen says keeps customers coming back to Apple.
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School Days & Best Tech Deals

Yes, it seems that this time of year comes faster than we are prepared to believe.  However, it’s still not too late to catch some very nice buys.

I searched the www for technology that could be useful as you, those of you who have college kids, and other youngsters who might need resources.  Below are links which describe where you can find free, low prices, and other useful technology tools – apps,  best laptop deals and much more.

Use this link to find apps that will help you with organizing, research and more.

Back to school APPS

  • As you and your kids prepare to head back to the classroom this fall, you’ll want to make sure you are ready for the busy days ahead. Between writing papers, studying for tests, and conducting research, you’ll be looking for tools to make student life easier. Source: The Best Laptops and Tablets for Back to School

 

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