How to Clean Your Screens Safely!

You know that sheet of paper that comes with your new device that we usually ignore and throw in the garbage? Often there are directions on how to clean it without damaging it. While water is usually safe, you have to be careful that it doesn’t get into the case and fry your electronics. Rubbing alcohol is often used but can cloud and/or damage screens. So what are you supposed to do if you threw out those directions?

This Lifehacker article by Whitson Gordon might help: “How to Properly Clean  All Your Gadgets Without  Ruining Them”

The other way is to do an online search for the manual. A lot of manufactures have copies of the manuals on their support website.

 

Google+ & Jetpack

Since September 2013, I have been using Jetpack to push my posts from this website to Twitter (@cathtechnogeek ) and Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/catholictechnogeek), but I never set up anything with Google+. Maybe it is because I, like so many others, had already got caught up in Facebook. Whatever the reason, I neglected Google+, I finally decided to create a presence in the Google+ Sphere.  So I thought I would create an account for CatholicTechnoGeek.

I first tried to create an account as CatholicTechnoGeek.com, and soon discovered that Google+ wanted me to create a business account instead of a personal site. I was afraid Google was going to ask for a credit card when I began to create the site, but the account is free. After entering the standard set name, email, etc, information to create the account, the Google+ account was running.

I hopped into Jetpack, went to my publicize settings and added the Google account. I then went and posted and then checked the Google+ CatholicTechnoGeek.com page and noticed my post was not on the site. After I did some digging, I found the Google+ site defaulted my WordPress posts to private.

To change your posts to public, you need to go into settings, scroll down until you see the “Apps & Activities” section (see photo #1). You have to click on the “Apps” tab (see photo #2) and you should find the window labeled “WordPress”. (Click on image to magnify) Once you click on the edit, you can change it so the WordPress app defaults to the setting you wish. I have changed my posts to public so anyone one can view the posts. However, it possible to restrict posts to a circle if you want.

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After testing a few more posts, I placed some graphics and I am working on completing my profile.

Computer Security Myths

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Photo From Lifehacker Article – 5 Computer Myths…

There is a commercial out there, I forget which company it is for at this time, that uses the premise that they can’t lie on the internet, aka, everything you read on the internet is true. Well, hopefully we know that the premise is false. The can lie on the internet.

However, the same type of thought is out there regard computer security. Many people are saying if you don’t do A, B, or C your computer is safe. Or the thought I ain’t worth the time because there isn’t anything important on my computer. Well, you might be SAFER if you don’t do A,B or C on your computer, but you are still can be attacked. Also, many hackers love small targets (people with very little to none information to steal) because they usually are poorly protected. Even a simple email address can be turned into a tool for a hacker.

Take a moment to read this Lifehacker article – Five Computer Security Myths, Debunked by Experts (http://lifehacker.com/five-computer-security-myths-debunked-by-experts-1602290081)  to learn more.

Passwords & Rea_MeM_8Ereeng Them

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If you are like me, you can create wonderfully secure passwords that you think you will never forget. However, when it comes time to enter them, your mind draws a blank. Earlier I wrote about using a password vault such as Keypass.

I came across this article by Kevan Lee on Lifehacker entitled, “Four Methods to Create a Secure Password You’ll Actually Remember.” Kevan covers what makes up a good password, common passwords that are now part of every hacker’s arsenal, as well as 4 different methods of creating passwords. Also covered is a few ways to check if how secure is your password as well as password management.

I encourage you to check the article out at – http://lifehacker.com/four-methods-to-create-a-secure-password-youll-actually-1601854240