What’s On My PC – Software Selections for 05/04/2019

Collectorz.com Movie Collector for Windows 19.3.2

Collectorz.com Movie Collector is a movie database to catalog your collection of DVDs, DivX files, VHS tapes, etc. Adding movies to the database is quick and easy – no typing needed. Just type the movie title and it will automatically download all information from various sources on the Internet (IMDb and DVD Empire), including the cover image. After adding your movies, the resulting database can be browsed, sorted and searched in various ways. Movie lists can be printed and exported to HTML, CSV files or XML. Use the integrated Loan Manager to track which movies you loaned and to whom.

Polaris Office 8.1.790.33822
Polaris Office is a free office suite for Windows and Android that can be used across all your devices and also offers premium upgrades. It includes superior editing capabilities for all document formats – all in a single program: Edit Microsoft Office Word, Powerpoint, Excel, Google Docs, Spreadsheet, Slide, TXT, ODF, and Adobe PDF. [License: Freemium | Requires: Win 10 / 8 / 7 / Vista / XP / Android | Size: 79.7 MB ]
Adaware Antivirus Free Edition 12.6.1005.11662

Adaware Antivirus offers seamless protection against the latest online security threats. Its antivirus detection system automatically scans, blocks, and removes the latest threats before they can harm your computer. Antispyware protection safeguards your usernames, passwords, and personal information. Best of all, adaware antivirus stays up-to-date and works in the background for a peaceful online experience.

Adaware Antivirus Free provides you basic protection from cyberthreats so you can focus on the things that matter to you – connecting with friends, checking email and watching videos.

10 Tips to Keep Your Online Bank Account Secure | Make Use Of

I encourage my readers to visit “Make Use Of” (source link below) to learn 10 tips to keep your online bank account secure. One of the tips that jumped out at me is that it is safer to log into your bank account using the bank’s app on your smartphone (through your cellular service), versus accessing your bank account from your desktop or laptop computer which is more susceptible to malicious attack.

Online Banking Mobile App

Switching to online banking comes with some security risks. These tips explain how to keep your online bank account safe.

Source: 10 Tips to Keep Your Online Bank Account SecureT

What’s On My PC – Software Selections for 05/03/2019

HTTPS Everywhere for Firefox, Chrome & Opera
HTTPS Everywhere is a Firefox, Chrome, and Opera extension that encrypts many of your communications with most major websites to make your browsing more secure. It automatically switches thousands of sites from insecure “HTTP” to secure “HTTPS” [License: Freeware | Requires: Win 10 / 8 / 7 / Vista / XP | Size: Size Varies ]
CurrPorts 2.55 (64-bit)

Quickly discover which programs on your PC are trying to make internet or network connections

McAfee Avert Stinger 12.1.0.3132 (64-bit)

Seek out and destroy the most common malware with a click

Quick Tip: Most Important Process You Can Learn In Windows is “Cut, Copy and Paste”

To this day, after over 30 years in computing, people still do not know how to “Cut, Copy and Paste”; and, I have found it to be one of the most difficult things to teach people. I consider it the most important process you can learn in order to master the computer that will increase your productivity immensely. I encourage you to learn how to “cut or copy and paste”; you will not regret it.

To explain how this works… In simple terms, when you select text, a graphic, or a file in whatever it is you are working in, you can cut or copy that text, graphic or file from one location to another, by using the paste command. Whatever it is you cut or copy will be saved to the area of the computer (that you do not visually see) called the Windows clipboard. When you go to use the paste command, it will take whatever it was you cut or copied (saved) to the clipboard and allow you to paste (insert) it at another location. When you copy something, it does just that, it makes an exact copy. When you cut something, it removes it from the location you are cutting from.

For example, I could highlight and select text in a document, right mouse click, select copy from the menu; then, go to another document I may be composing, right mouse click and select paste (and the text will be copied or pasted at that location). If you select the cut command, it would remove the text from the source document location, be copied to the clipboard where you can then paste it in the document you are composing. In file management, cut or copy and paste is very useful when moving files from folder to another.

Typically cut or copy and paste can be used from the “right mouse click menu” after you select the text, graphic or file you desire to use.

You can also can use the keyboard commands: Ctrl+X (cut); Ctrl+C (copy) and Ctrl+V (paste)…

As I mentioned, difficult to grasp, but learn how to do this and it will change how you use your computer forever and you will soon see it is actually very easy to master. If anything, learn how to “copy” and “paste” first until you get a good understanding of how this works; then, go to “cut” and “paste’. As an added note, “cut or copy and paste” are used on other operating platforms too, like your Android smartphone…

Feedbro – Fast feed reader as a browser extension for Google Chrome, Vivaldi and Firefox…

Feedbro is a tree-based feed reader with folders and drag & drop support. Can have unlimited feeds… Highly recommended.

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If you don’t know what a feed reader is…  In simple terms, it allows a user to keep track of many different websites in a single news aggregator. For example, I have a couple hundred feeds from news sites, tech sites, shopping sites, etc… that download up to the minute information into my feed reader where I can consume and quickly browse a large volume of information in one place. In my case, I use Feedbro as my feed reader.

Source: Feedbro – Feed Reader (Atom RSS RDF) with integrated Rule Engine

Quick Tip: How To Go Incognito In Google Chrome

I bet you did not know you could go “Incognito” in Google Chrome, where your browsing history and cookies are not stored, where your privacy is protected? Typically, when browsing the web your browser tracks you with cookies. Have you ever noticed when looking for a specific product that this product or products in similarity start popping up in the ads? If you were in “incognito mode” this would not occur. Chrome won’t save your browsing history, cookies and site data, or information entered in forms while in incognito mode. In other words, your “activity” is not tracked and stored.

How do you get to “incognito mode” in Google Chrome?

It is actually very simple. To open an incognito window in Chrome, click the three-dot icon on the top-right corner of the browser and select “New incognito window.” You can also get into “incognito mode” by using the keyboard shortcut of Ctrl+Shift+N (while Google Chrome is open).

Please know, that “incognito mode” does not hide the sites you visit from your place of employment, your internet service provider, etc… Even though your browsing history is private, on the computer that you are working from, your IP address can still be logged to indicate where you go and have been on the internet.

34 Useful Keyboard Shortcuts for the Windows Command Prompt | How-To Geek

The Command Prompt is a powerful tool in Windows, giving you access to all kinds of useful commands you can’t get any other way. By its very nature, the Windows Command Prompt relies on a lot of keyboard use–and with that comes handy shortcuts. Most of these shortcuts have been around since the Command Prompt’s early days. Some are new with Windows 10 (especially some of those that use the Ctrl key) and you’ll need to enable them before you can use them. When you’ve done that, you’re ready to unleash your full-fingered keyboard fury.

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To learn more, click on the source link below to go to “How-To Geek”…

Source: 34 Useful Keyboard Shortcuts for the Windows Command Prompt

CAT BOUNCE! A website of bouncing cats.

Cat Bounce! A website of bouncing cats.

Cat Bounce is an interactive website of bouncing cats. Using simulated 2d physics, the effects of friction, gravity, and velocity are determined according to user interaction with cats: more force = more bounce.

Source: CAT BOUNCE!

What’s On My PC – Software Selections for 05/01/2019

[UPDATE] µTorrent v3.5.5.45225

µTorrent (or uTorrent) is a lightweight BitTorrent client that supports multiple simultaneous downloads, file level priorities, configurable bandwidth scheduler and speed limiters, even the ability to only run while user activity is detected. Also includes boss key, built-in search function and RSS capability for subscribed downloads.

Note that this software was changed to adware after being added to the PortableFreeware database.

Alternatively, µTorrent Portable is also available, which automatically adjusts paths.

Camtasia Studio 2019.0.0 (64-bit)
A powerful, yet easy-to-use screen recorder, Camtasia Studio helps you create professional videos without having to be a video pro. Easily record your screen movements and actions, or import HD video from a camera or other source. Customize and edit content…
PingPlotter Free 5.10.3
PingPlotter will map the route from your computer to a target and calculates performance metrics that help determine the origin of network issues. It helps pinpoint network problems in an intuitive graphical way and continues monitoring connections long-term to identify issues. [License: Freeware | Requires: Win 10 / 8 / 7 | Size: 14.9 MB ]

What’s On My PC – Software Selections for 04/30/2019

Panda Free Antivirus 18.07.03 for PC Windows
The new Panda Free Antivirus provides the easiest-to-use and most intuitive protection for your computer. Install it and forget about viruses, spyware, root-kits, hackers and online fraud. Panda Free Antivirus will make the best decisions for you to keep your PC protected. Panda Free Antivirus provides essential protection against spyware, p…
DVDFab 11.0.2.8 64-bit Processing Application for PC Windows
DVDFab 64-bit is a DVD/Blu-ray/video processing application. The application allows you to copy any DVD/Blu-ray disc to a computer HDD and then burn it to blank media, or convert it to a variety of video files to be played on either a computer, portable devices or other compatible display. DVDFab 64-bit is an integrated shareware package that inc…
McAfee Labs Stinger 12.1.0.3129 Antivirus for PC Windows
Stinger is a quick and installation-free standalone tool for detecting and removing prevalent malware and threats, ideal if your PC is already infected. While not a replacement for full fledged antivirus software, Stinger is updated multiple times a week to include detection for newer Fake Alert variants and prevalent viruses

Farbar Recovery Scan Tool 64-Bit 28.04.2019
Farbar Recovery Scan Tool, or FRST, is a portable application designed to diagnose malware issues. Farbar Recovery Scan Tool quickly scans and then displays detailed information about the Windows Registry loading points, services, driver services, Netsvcs entries, known DLLs, drives, and partition specifications. [License: Freeware | Requires: Win 10 / 8 / 7 / Vista / XP | Size: 2.32 MB ]

Quick Tip: Don’t Panic If Your Internet Service Is Disrupted; Be Prepared

Recently, during the evening hours, I lost my internet service connection. Our internet is provided by the local cable company and has been exceptionally dependable. Initial reboots/resets of my modem and router failed to recover the service. My gut instinct told me this was not a typical loss of service. Many folks in my neighborhood also lost their digital phone service, which caused panic to set in. I later learned the attack affected over 40 percent of their customer base (including businesses). After several days, the service was eventually restored. The culprit was a  “malicious and targeted attack from outside our network,” in a DDos attack (distributed denial of service) where the service was intentionally flooded with data sent simultaneously from many individual computers. I knew something to this effect was going on due that it got to a point I could reboot the equipment and regain service for a short period of time; then, it would drop out again.

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All in all, when done, and the service was restored, I learned some things:

DON’T PANIC… We live in a digital world that we are dependent on, where the source of service if attacked, can bring down the whole house, affecting many people and many types of internet-connected devices. BE PREPARED… Learn how to reboot your equipment.  Communicate with the neighbors or family to determine if they have service. A cell phone, in this case for many people, provided phone AND internet service. If you have a neighbor who has no cell phone, be the good neighbor. Follow the local news to see if it is widespread. Learn where (online) you can determine the status of the network you are connected to. In my case, I used my cell phone to get updates online from the cable company, instead of calling them on their overwhelmed customer service lines. I then passed this information on to my neighbors. When the service is restored, help each other to get the equipment back up and running. I ended up helping others reset their modems and testing to make sure they had their phone and internet service back; thus, saving them the expense of a service call (which may have taken days to get an onsite response).

In the end, I think what bothered me the most was seeing sneering comments online where people were complaining of the service going down. Having managed a computer network for a government agency, I had visions of IT people working (24/7) stressing out over this to bring back service; which, they eventually did. Also, this is concerning from the standpoint, and has to be questioned, “Is our country really prepared for these cyber attacks and is the proper funding being provided to provide the necessary defense measures?”.

Source: Antietam Broadband says all service back after widespread outage

 

 

 

Quick Tip: How To Quickly Switch Between Multiple Gmail Accounts

Today, many of us have multiple Gmail Accounts (i.e. personal account, work account, account for shopping purposes, etc…).  Here is a line of instruction that will help you toggle between these accounts while in your default (main) account without having to go through the task of signing in and out of each account.

  • Open your browser and sign into your Gmail account.
  • Click on your profile picture, located in the upper right-hand side of your Gmail dashboard screen. If you do not have a profile picture setup, what you will be looking for is the circular icon at the top right side of the Gmail window. When you click on this a new window will pop up.
  • Click on the “add account” button within that new window.
  • Enter your second Gmail address in the box and type in that account’s password.
  • Click on “sign in.”
  • Repeat as many times as necessary.

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Once all of your Gmail accounts are linked, you can switch between your accounts by clicking on your profile picture and selecting the account you wish to access from the drop-down menu that appears.

 

Portable (Minimalistic) Graphic Viewer and Editor

While checking out Windows-based software apps this morning, happened across a portable (minimalistic <1MB) graphics viewer and editor called “Tom’s Viewer” that you may want to consider (see features list below).

Features

  • Minimalistic design
  • Less than 1 MB
  • Single EXE file
  • Can be run in portable mode. No installation required
  • Can ready 200 image formats and save to 70 formats
  • Can screenshot Windows desktop, Youtube video or any website
  • Can convert any image into a Windows screensaver (.SCR)
  • REAL Freeware. Can be used for free for private AND commercial use
  • You can jump between different images in the folder by pressing LEFT or RIGHT ARROW. Or use PREV and NEXT options from the menu
  • Drag & drop images onto the program to open them instantly
  • Associate the program with various supported extensions so you can click on a file to open it in Tom’s Editor Desktop
  • Save images AS BMP, JPEG, PNG, GIF and PNM
  • Load images in 200 formats, eg.: JPEG, PNG, GIF, BMP, DDS, PSD, PCX, TGA, ITHMB, PNM, KOA, MAC

Source: Tom’s Viewer

What’s On My PC – Software Selections for 04/29/2019

Reset Windows Update Tool 11.0.0.8
Reset Windows Update Tool is designed to reset Windows Update, but it can also fix other typically related issues with Winsock, registry and more. Reset Windows Update Tool like Reset Windows Update Agent (not being actively updated) both pack an awful lot of troubleshooting apps into a tool that you might think only resets Windows Updates. [License: Freeware | Requires: Win 10 / 8 / 7 / Vista / XP | Size: 4.79 MB ]
Tom’s Viewer 3.4
Tom’s Viewer is a lightweight portable version of Tom’s Editor that includes photo editing tools and the ability to open many file formats. Tom’s Viewer can read 200 image formats and save to 70 formats as well as screenshot your Windows desktop, Youtube videos or any website. Tom’s Viewer will also allow you to convert any image into a Windows screensaver (.SCR). [License: Freeware | Requires: Win 10 / 8 / 7 / Vista / XP | Size: 606 KB ]
MiniTool Power Data Recovery 8.5
MiniTool Power Data Recovery is an easy-to-use and all in one free file recovery software for home users. With this most effective free file recovery tool, you do not need to have technical background to use it. Just follow the data recovery step, and you will get your lost data back.

What’s On My PC – Software Selections for 04/28/2019

[UPDATE] Desktop Info v1.15.0

Desktop Info displays system information on your desktop in a similar way to some other desktop information tools. Unlike others, this application looks like wallpaper but stays resident in memory and continues to update the display in real time. Uses very little memory and nearly zero CPU. Perfect for quick identification and walk-by monitoring of production or test server farms. Everything is customisable including language.

YUMI 2.0.6.5
YUMI (Your Universal Multiboot Integrator) is the successor to MultibootISOs. It can be used to create a Multiboot USB Flash Drive containing multiple operating systems, antivirus utilities, disc cloning, diagnostic tools, and more. Contrary to MultiBootISOs…
W10Privacy 3.3.0.1
W10Privacy can display typical Windows 10 security settings that can be activated as well as deactivated within the program. While there are a lot of Windows 10 privacy tools out there, many of them lack the detail this program has. Of course, this means that it might take you a bit longer to go through your choices. [License: Freeware | Requires: Win 10 | Size: 1.93 MB ]

Quick Tip: How To Find What Version Of Windows 10 Is On Your Computer

With Microsoft periodically sending out major Windows 10 updates (i.e. spring and fall) it is a good idea to learn how to find what version of Windows 10 is on your computer.

To do this:

  1. Right mouse click on the “Start Button” at the bottom left corner of your screen.
  2. On the menu that pops up, click on “System”
  3. When the “System” window appears, click on “About” (if it is not already showing).
  4. On the right side of this window, under “About”, scroll down and you will see “‘System Specifications” where you will find the version of Windows 10 you are running. For example, on my PC, I am running version 1809 of the Windows 10 Home Edition.  You will also find the install date and the OS build.

Systems with small disks won’t be able to install Windows 10 May 2019 update @ Ars Technica

Both 32- and 64-bit requirements have been increased.

Previously, 32-bit Windows had a minimum storage requirement of 16GB, and 64-bit Windows needed 20GB. Both of these were extremely tight, leaving little breathing room for actual software, but technically this was enough space for everything to work. That minimum has now been bumped up: it’s 32GB for both 32- and 64-bit versions of Windows.

Systems with small disks won’t be able to install Windows 10 May 2019 update

Source: Systems with small disks won’t be able to install Windows 10 May 2019 update | Ars Technica

What’s On My PC – Software Selections for 04/26/2019

Opera 60.0.3255.70 Browser for PC Windows
Opera is a secure web browser that is both fast and rich in features. It has a slick interface that embraces a modern, minimalist look, coupled with stacks of tools to make browsing more enjoyable. These include such tools as Speed Dial, which houses your favorites and Opera Turbo mode, which compresses pages to give you quicker navigation, (even w…
Wise Care 365 Free 5.2.10
Wise Care 365 is a PC performance enhancement* application, which consists of five key elements: PC Checkup, System Cleaner, System Tune-up, Privacy Protector and System Monitoring. The PC Checkup element can check the whole running condition of your PC, grade its health status, and, if necessary, provide you with quick-fix solutions. …
foobar2000 1.4.4 Beta 1
foobar2000 is an advanced audio player for seamlessly playing MP3, MP4, AAC, CD Audio, WMA, Vorbis, Opus, FLAC and much more. It features gapless playback, customizable user interface, advanced tagging capabilities, audio CD ripping and transcoding, ReplayGain support, customizable keyboard shortcuts, and third-party apps. [License: Freeware | Requires: Win 10 / 8 / 7 / Vista / XP | Size: 4.25 MB ]

How To Shop For Your Computer and Information Technology (IT) Needs At Amazon

Here is how I shop for my computer and information technology needs at Amazon (including laptopsdesktopsmonitors, tabletsPC gaminghard drives & storageaccessoriescomponentsnetworking, and Amazon’s Choice).

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I use Amazon on a regular basis to research and shop for information technology products. The main reason is to research the products that are available and to research what other people are saying (via customer reviews). If you see a low number of reviews, the product may be relatively new to their listings; whereas, if you see a very large number of reviews, good chance the product has been around for a while and has real-world consumer testing.

After finding a selection for a specific item, Google that item for price comparisons elsewhere. You may end up buying from somewhere else other than Amazon. If that is the case, I typically will look at the customer reviews again.

Another option, when looking at products. Typically, right below the product picture, you will see a link “Used & New”. Always check that… I look for “Used – Acceptable” items that have cosmetic imperfections, etc… The cosmetic imperfections often are items where the packaging is not perfect.  I have purchased items this way and haven’t had to return anything as of yet.

Especially pay attention to “Amazon’s Choice” where Amazon makes their selection for specific products. Their choices are typically right on and are good choices.

If you have any tips or tricks for shopping at Amazon, let us know in the comments below.

 

Quick Tip: Crop and Edit Images in Google Docs

You can crop and edit images in Google Docs. To do this, click on the image in your document, then click on the “Format” menu (at the top), and select “Image”. You will then find the cropping option as well as “Image Options” where you can perform recoloring and adjustments for transparency, brightness and contrast. “Reset” will return the image to its’ original format.

 

What’s On My PC – Software Selections for 04/25/2019

AnyBurn 4.5
AnyBurn is a free, lightweight and professional CD/DVD/Blu-ray app that supports Audio, Video and ISO file ripping and burning. With AnyBurn creating disc images and multimedia compilations, or bootable media with CD, DVD and Blu-ray optical discs, is easy. The app is lightweight, easy to use and has a simple interface that can be navigated …
O&O SafeErase Professional 14.1.407 Data Deletion Tool for PC Windows
O&O SafeErase Professional is a security application that is built specifically to help users delete data in a secure manner from their computer, in order that it may not be recovered using specialized tools. O&O SafeErase Professional has a clean and straightforward interface, which allows you to scan your computer for any files, which contain …
[UPDATE] DesktopOK v6.16

DesktopOK contains a host of beneficial Windows interface tweaks. The program can save the current icon view by resolution and make it easy to swap between views, showing all saved view formats in a list. Other tools include basic screenshots, the ability to force-close programs, color tool, volume and more:

  • Interface tools include reducing clutter with a minimize-to-tray by right clicking on a window close button, mouse hiding and ability to hide desktop icons after a period of inactivity (click on the desktop to make them re-appear). You can even modify default icon spacing.
  • Window management tools include scrolling any window that your mouse hovers over (not just what’s in focus) and alt+drag (for moving windows without having to hold your cursor over the top bar).

Kohl’s Announces Expansion of Amazon Returns to All Kohl’s Stores Nationwide

Kohl’s (NYSE: KSS) today announced that all Kohl’s stores will be accepting free, convenient, unpackaged returns for Amazon customers starting in July.  Kohl’s and Amazon first worked together in 2017 to pilot the returns program, which is currently operating in 100 stores in the Los Angeles, Chicago and Milwaukee markets. Kohl’s and Amazon will roll out the program to all of Kohl’s more than 1,150 locations across 48 states. Kohl’s will accept eligible Amazon items, without a box or label, and return them for customers for free, providing additional service and convenience to Amazon customers.

Source: Kohl’s Announces Expansion of Amazon Returns to All Kohl’s Stores Nationwide

Quick Tip: How To Save A Gmail Message To Your Computer

The best way I have found to save a Gmail message to you computer (in its’ original format) is to do this:

In Gmail, open the message you desire to save to your computer.

At the top of the message (right side) you will see a printer icon. Click on that icon.

When the “Print” window pops up, click on the drop-down box next to “Destination” and select “Save to PDF”, then click on “Save”, and you will be prompted to save the result to your computer. The saved file will be in the “PDF” file format.

Note: There is also another option on the drop-down menu where you can also “Save to Google Drive” that is handy when you do not want to save the file to the computer that you are working on.

What’s On My PC – Software Selections for 04/22/2019

NirLauncher 1.22.5

NirLauncher is a package of more than 200 portable freeware utilities for Windows, all of them developed for NirSoft Web site during the last few years.

Kodi for Windows 18.2

Kodi is a free and open source (GPL) software media player and entertainment hub that can be installed on Linux, OSX, Windows, iOS, and Android, featuring a 10-foot user interface for use with televisions and remote controls. It allows users to play and view most videos, music, podcasts, and other digital media files from local and network storage media and the internet. Our forums and Wiki are bursting with knowledge and help for the new user right up to the application developer. We also have helpful Facebook, Google+, Twitter and Youtube pages.

Glary Utilities 5.118

Glary Utilities offers numerous powerful and easy-to-use system tools and utilities to fix, speed up, maintain and protect your PC. It allows you to clean common system junk files, as well as invalid registry entries and Internet traces. You can manage and delete browser add-ons, analyze disk space usage and find duplicate files. You can also view and manage installed shell extensions, encrypt your files from unauthorized access and use, split large files into smaller manageable files and then rejoin them. Furthermore, it includes the options to optimize memory, find, fix, or remove broken Windows shortcuts, manage the programs that start at Windows startup and uninstall software. Other features include secure file deletion, an Empty Folder finder and more.

Quick Tip: Securing Your Android Phone

If you have ever lost or misplaced your Android phone there are two waves of panic that hit. Wave number one is just the fact of knowing you lost a valuable piece of property. Wave number two hits you when you realize everything you do on that phone (photos, personal data, passwords, social media, text messages, etc…) could be in the hands of someone else. Smartphones are a treasure trove of personal data that ultimately could compromise your life if you do not take the proper measures to secure your phone.

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Today’s tip is simply this… Secure your phone and do it now…

To do this (and each phone is slightly different), go into the “Settings” and look for a selection that will fall under the premise of “Security and Privacy”. In those “Security and Privacy” settings (and each phone is different) look for the options to secure your phone (via a lock screen). On today’s phones, depending on the model, you can protect access to the phone through passwords, swipe patterns, pin numbers, fingerprints, and face recognition. What do I use on my phone? I use face recognition, a pin number, and fingerprints in combo. What is the safest? I am going to say fingerprint; however, I am now reading that the crooks have ways to break that (one of the reasons I use a combination of access controls).

Anyhow, please lock down your phone before you experience the two waves of panic…

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