Friday, 28 March 2014

Keep It Simple: Here Are The Only 4 System and Security Tools You Need on Windows

Windows is complicated and needs many different system utilities and security tools to run well — or does it? Here are the few utilities you actually do need.
Rather than making your life complicated by piling questionable system tool on top of questionable system tool, focus on what’s really important. These are the tools that will actually do something for your PC.


Yes, you do need an antivirus on Windows. Even if you never download a single desktop program and you’re extremely careful, you could still be compromised by a zero-day vulnerability in a browser plug-in like Adobe Flash or your web browser itself.
No antivirus program is perfect, so you’ll still need to exercise some common sense, like not downloading and running programs you don’t trust. But an antivirus can give you some measure of additional protection and stop you if you’re about to make a mistake, which is particularly useful for less experienced users.

Backup Software

Regular backups are crucial. Many people don’t perform backups until they lose their important files in a hard drive crash and are unable to recover them. Don’t be one of these people — get yourself a solid backup solution and make regular backups.
There are many ways to back up your files. You could use the built-in Windows backup features and back up to an external hard drive, or you could use a cloud-based backup solution like CrashPlan. You could also just dump your files into Dropbox or another cloud storage service, encrypting them to ensure their privacy if they’re particularly sensitive.
How you back up your files is up to you — just be sure you have backup copies of your important files so you’re protected from disaster. Consider setting up backups to run automatically on a schedule so you won’t have to worry about them.

Temporary File Cleaner

You don’t need to constantly clean your computer’s temporary files, but they do build up over time. Such temporary files take up additional space on your hard drive, wasting space that you could be putting to use — this is especially true on computers with small solid-state drives.
If you haven’t wiped out your computer’s temporary files in a few years, you may notice a speed increase after you wipe them out. Microsoft even says that having useless temporary files on your hard drive can slow Windows down. We recommend using CCleaner for this. It’s the best utility of its type, and it’s completely free.

Windows Update and Built-In Updaters

The software we use every day — our web browsers, plug-ins like Flash and Java, and even Windows itself — is full of security holes. These security holes are found regularly, and security updates are constantly being released for them. To stay secure, it’s important to be up-to-date with the latest security patches. That’s why it’s essential to keep Windows, your web browser, and especially your browser plug-ins updated.
You can have Windows and most other applications automatically install updates in the background, so you don’t have to worry about them. We include this here because some users may disable automatic updates — it’s important to regularly perform updates, even if you set Windows and other programs to alert you instead of automatically installing updates. Regularly updating your programs will give you a much bigger security benefit than using a third-party outbound firewall will.
There’s no need for third-party software update checkers — if a program needs security updates, it should automatically update itself or prompt you.
Of course, many other system tools have situational benefits. For example, you may want to use a startup manager like the one built into Windows 8 or CCleaner to manage your startup programs. The above programs are the main ones average users need to worry about — if you’re a typical user, you don’t need other PC cleaners, registry cleaners, or many of the other system utilities being pushed all over the web.
Read more at HowToGeek

Friday, 21 March 2014

How to check email without internet?

Nowadays, more and more people choose Gmail as their primary email account. But how to better use Gmail when computer, cell phone or tablet is out of internet. Here we introduce an app named offline Google mail which can help you deal with mails without internet.
Offline Google Mail is a free Gmail app which supports offline access on Chrome browser. It can read, reply, search and archive on your Gmail without network access. Furthermore, Google has updated it for mobile web, Android, iOS, Blackberry and Kindle fires devices, so you can install it on your mobile devices. Today, we’re going to show you how to use it on Chrome browser and what features it has.
Following these simple steps; you will learn how to use Gmail without internet access. (Steps only for the Chrome search engine)
First, open Chrome web browser and go to Chrome app store. Search “Offline Google Mail” and install it.
offline google mail
After installing the app, you can access Gmail in the offline mode. Usually it will pop out a small window asking if you want to use offline mode, click ‘Allow’, it will save your Gmail data/information and sync to the computer. It’s dangerous if you use it on the public or shared computer. So reconsider before you accessing your Gmail account.
When the offline mail is ready, you should see a simple inbox with the mail headers on the left side and content on the right. On the top left side, a search bar lets you find what you want. Before you start using it, I suggest you click “Time setting” which is on the top right side to choose a period of time you want to save your mails.
Back to the mail interface, you can do anything you would normally do like Reply, All Reply, Save, Delete, Forward, Move, Label, Ignore, Spam, Print and Mark as unread. There is a menu button on the top right side, click it to take you to Gmail organization feature. It has everything similar with online Gmail inbox and any personal folders that you’ve created before.
You can try to pull the internet plug and start composing and replying mails. When you entering email address, there are type-ahead suggestions email addresses for you to choose. Misspelling can be point out with the red squiggly underlines on the mail body so you can select a correction from a right-click context menu.
If you are not ready to send out, you can just click save button. After you finish your writing, you can attach a file. The mails will be sent out automatically after you plug back the PC internet cable and also you can find the unfinished mails in draft box.
If you want to log out or sign into another account, you can hit the button at the bottom left side.
With Google drive, Google tasks have been brought to our PC, it will really make the new class of computers useful offline. And all those apps can be used with our mobile phone with different OS, it is really good and convenient when we are in a no-WiFi area. For those who like to use Firefox Brower, offline Google mail can’t access at the moment. We recommend you to view your Gmail in other mail apps, such as, Thunderbird, Outlook, Apple Mail or Windows Live Mail.

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Remote Lock Comes to Android


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A new remote locking feature just appeared in the Android Device Manager. Users running Android 2.2 or better can now lock a lost or stolen phone, even if it’s in use.
The new functionality asks you to enter a PIN that will unlock your phone once it’s found — Google recommends you use something different from your current password, of course. If your phone isn’t on a Wi-Fi or cell network, the lock command will wait until a connection is established, and a full remote wipe remains as your last resort. [Android Police via Verge]

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Reset Web Browser To Default Settings

Resetting your browser to its default state can often fix problems. For example, a program you install may change your search engine, install toolbars, and do other unwelcome things. Or you may have accidentally changed advanced settings on your own.

Google Chrome

Google Chrome has an option that will reset itself to its default settings. To find this option, open Chrome’s menu and select Settings. Perform a search for “reset browser” and you’ll see the Reset browser settings button.

You could also just plug chrome://settings/resetProfileSettings into Chrome’s address bar to pull up this page.
Use this option and Google Chrome will erase almost everything — your extensions, settings, cookies, history, home page, default search engine, and more. Chrome won’t delete your bookmarks or passwords, so your important personal data will be kept.

Mozilla Firefox

Firefox also allows you to return it to its default state. To do so, click the Firefox menu button, point to Help, and select Troubleshooting Information.

Firefox will erase your extensions and themes, browser preferences, search engines, site-specific preferences, and other browser settings. However, Firefox will attempt to preserve your bookmarks, history, passwords, form history, and cookies.

Internet Explorer

The desktop version of Internet Explorer has the ability to reset its settings to the default ones. If you’re using Windows 8, resetting Internet Explorer on the desktop will also reset Modern Internet Explorer’s settings.
To do this, open the Internet Explorer desktop app, click the gear menu, and select Internet options. Click over to the Advanced tab and click the Reset button at the bottom of the Internet Options window. Internet Explorer warns you that “You should only use this if your browser is in an unusable state,” but that’s just to dissuade you from wiping out all your personal settings unless it’s absolutely necessary.

Confirm it again by pressing Reset button. After resetting Internet Explorer, you’ll have to restart your computer for your changes to take effect.

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Resume Designer let’s you create, edit and email full, beautiful resumes, entirely on your phone. Both pre-made templates and blank pages act as possible starting points, and you can customise the various sections as you see fit (using both suggested headers and your own). And without ever having to open Word, you can adjust spacing, font, size and anything else you might want to change, such as adding a photo of yourself.

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