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It’s World Password Day!

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Did you know there's a "World Password Day?"  Me either. But this morning I received an email from GoDaddy reminding me to change my passwords. This is a really good idea. I know, I can hear all of your groaning now. It's hard to remember your passwords, and I'll bet that most of you have only one or two that you use for everything. That is a bad idea. Why? Because weak passwords lead to your account being hacked. You've seen this happen on FaceBook all the time. Now just imagine if someone hacked your banking password and took all of your money. Yep, that would be a major bummer. How do you create and manage the hundreds of passwords you need? And how do you remember them when you're logging into…
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How to save your Contacts

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[caption id="attachment_476" align="alignleft" width="300"] iPhone Photo by Oliur Rahman on UnsplashWater photo Samara Doole on Unsplash[/caption] Have you ever dropped your phone in the sink, the pool or... somewhere else we won't openly admit? Do you back up your iPhone to iCloud or iTunes? What would you do if suddenly you lost all of your contacts? I would hide in a corner and cry. Remember back in "the day" when you lost your address book? Yep, you had to call mom to get a "back up" of all those addresses! The method I'm about to outline will work for both Mac users and PC users with iPhones.  If you have an Android phone, I promise I won't leave you out, next week's article is about Android phones. For iPhone users, the best way to back up your contacts…
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How to Back Up your iPhone to iCloud

How to Back Up your iPhone to iCloud

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  A couple of weeks ago, I talked about the "Cloud" and the benefits of backing up to a cloud system. I recommended Google as my favorite. Another option for iPhone users is "iCloud." The Apple.com website offers quick set up instructions that give folks some advice I'm a bit wary of.  They encourage you to set up "automatic downloads" for all of your apps and they promote how "automatic" the whole system is.  Well that's fine.....if you pay for additional cloud storage space! Apple offers 5MB of iCloud storage for free when you sign up. However, the average user will have much more data (in photos, music, videos and apps) that will quickly use up this space. When you start the iCloud back up process and you find out…
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Your Android Smartphone Questions Answered

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[caption id="attachment_375" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Photo by Matam Jaswanth on Unsplash[/caption] This week I'm going to address a question that my Mother-In-Law was asking me over Thanksgiving: "Why do my apps disappear?" That's a very good question that I had to do a little digging to understand better. First a disclaimer: Android phones are open source technology, meaning, depending on the type of Android phone you have (Samsung, Sony, Motorola, etc.) your system settings may be different than described herein. Okay, now to business. I'm working with a Samsung Galaxy J3 (el-cheapo) phone.  I'm going to assume most Samsung phones operate in a similar manner. So why do your apps disappear?  There could be a couple of reasons according to Mitch Bartlett in his post about Android: Icons Disappear from Home or Launcher…
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What is the “Cloud?”

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[caption id="attachment_366" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Photo by: Samuel Zeller @samuelzeller[/caption] Cloud computing is an information technology (IT) paradigm that enables ubiquitous access to shared pools of configurable system resources…..No! Wait! Just stop.  Take a deep breath.  Ahhhhh. Okay, here is what you need to know. When we refer to the "Cloud" and are talking about your smartphone, we are talking about is a system of computers tied together storing your data.  These computers are not in your home, on your computer, laptop or smartphone. These computers are set up somewhere in the universe (but are most likely here on Earth) where organizations like Google, Microsoft and Apple store and back up your data.   So why the "Cloud?" Have you ever dropped your smartphone in the toilet?  Have you dropped your smartphone and the screen smashed to bits…
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