Google recently came out with a Google Chrome Extension called Google Save that gives you another way to bookmark webpages and images (similar to Pocket). I have been playing around with Google Save for approximately a month now and I am already seeing some improvements. After you install the extension you will see a star type icon. If you want to save a webpage for later viewing simply click the star. You can also use tags to categorize and organize the pages you save. To get to your saved pages, simply go to google.com/save …
Google Chrome user? Try this handy tip. Not sure if this will work in the other browsers; but, you may want to give it a try. To me this tip is pretty handy, especially if you are researching something and you need to open another browser tab in the background. I found two ways this will work:
1 – Hover your mouse on a link on a web page and CLICK your MIDDLE MOUSE BUTTON and the link will open in a new tab (in the background). For some reason, the type of mouse that I have, this did not work; however, other mice I have used, this does work.
2 – A workaround, if your middle mouse button does not work (like in my case), is to hover your mouse on a link, is to push down the CTRL key on the keyboard and LEFT MOUSE CLICK the link. Again, this will open the link in a new tab (in the backgound).
[FEATURED GEEK SQUEAK] An Ultra Light Mobile Browser For Your Android Phone That Is Small, Speedy and Secure – When it comes to web browsers it seems we get stuck on top named browsers (such as Chrome, Firefox, and Internet Explorer); but, did you know there are numerous other browsers out there that is competing on the Android mobile phone platform that is giving these browsers a run for their money?
A web browser that has become a mainstay on my Nexus 5 is CM (Clean Master) Browser-Fast. The install for this browser is SMALL (less that 2MB). It is SPEEDY (featuring a preload mechanism that makes browsing very fast). It is SECURE (warns you when browsing potentially fraudulent or malicious websites).
Two things that stands out with me with CM (Clean Master) Browser-Fast is that it actually is fast and will protect your privacy from unsolicited tracking.
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[FILE ENCRYPTION] A Small, Easy-To-Use Encryption Program – Drag’n’Crypt ULTRA is a small, easy-to-use encryption program using which you can protect confidential data from unauthorized access. You move the file to encrypt (s) simply on the program window (the drop zone ) and DCU encrypt the file (s) with the very safe Twofish encryption algorithm… @Drag’n’Crypt ULTRA
[COMPUTER SECURITY] Run software in an isolated environment to prevent it from making changes to your system – Sandboxie is an innovative program that makes it possible to run applications in complete isolation from the rest of your system – in a sandbox. This means that any problems that may crop up in an isolated piece of software do not spread to other areas of your system; this help to protect against full system crashes, and also the spread of malware. Sandboxie can also be used to run web browser sessions in isolation so that any malicious web sites that may be encountered are not able to cause any damage outside the sandbox… @DownloadCrew
[DROWNING SIMULATOR] After Watching This You Will Think Twice About Not Wearing Your Life Jacket – @Sortieenmer.com
[WALLPAPERS] Take Your Desktop to New Heights with These Mountainous Wallpapers – @lifehacker
[MUSIC PLAYER] 3 Ways To Use Google Chrome As A Music Player For Local Files – What if you wanted to ditch your music player and use Chrome instead? With no additional apps or extensions installed, you can open an MP3 file in Chrome by dragging & dropping it on to a tab, or by using the Ctrl+O function and selecting it from your library and the file will play… @Addictive Tips
[RINGTONE MAKER] Free Ringtone Maker (Free Download) – an extremely simple and handy Windows software for making your own free ringtones… @musetips
[HOT TECH NEWS] Important Information If You Use TrueCrypt – At present, the reasons for the abrupt ending of TrueCrypt development are not known. Various rumours persist, including NSA involvement, the web site being hacked, a spat among the developers, and more besides… @gizmo’s
Unprecedented 11-Hours Battery Life. 802.11 A/C Wireless for incredible speed. 16 GB solid state storage. 11.6″ HD LED display. Intel Bay Trail N2830 2.16 GHz (turbo 2.41GHz). 2GB DDR3. 1.2MP camera. 1x USB 3.0, 1x USB 2.0, 1x HDMI, SD card slot, Bluetooth 4.0… @Amazon
A summary of Today’s Geek Squeaks‘:
Squeak #1 – (Make Sure Obamacare Exchange Sites Are Not Bogus) – Numerous people will be shopping for insurance at these sites and giving out personal information. “This is a perfect environment for identity thieves and other criminals to put together bogus (fake) sites to get personal information they can use or sell on the digital underground.” (SEE BELOW);
Squeak #2 – (Google Chrome Cruising Along At Version 30) – I had to throw this one out there to you. I can remember when Google Chrome was way behind in version numbers. Today, they are at version 30 which surpasses Internet Explorer and Firefox (SEE BELOW);
Squeak #3 – (Windows 8 Wallpaper Set): A site on my blogroll, called Awesome Wallpapers has a very nice set of Windows 8 wallpapers that you may want to add to your collection (SEE BELOW);
Squeak #4 – (Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 Bundle): I came across this bundled deal on a tablet that includes a keyboard, desktop dock and get this; over $200 of free content including Hulu Plus membership, Google Play credit and Boingo Wi-Fi Access
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The Coming Risk of Scam “Obamacare” Sites
In the United States on October 1, 2013 a major provision of the Affordable Care Act (also popularly known as “Obamacare”) goes into effect. The Health Insurance Exchange will go live. These sites are where people will be able to sign up for health care coverage themselves rather than through their employer.
When a person starts looking through sites to find one, at this time, they’re faced with the challenge that there’s no official marking or labeling that they can look at on a site to know that it’s an officially sanctioned site.
The next problem is that when applying for health care coverage, you have to provide all of your most sensitive personal information not only for yourself but your entire family. Most of us won’t give our social security numbers out willingly. But when it comes to health care, the industry uses that information so regularly that we’ve come to accept handing that information over as a matter of course (even if we don’t like it).
Put these two things together and you’ve got a situation where people are primed to give away their most critical personal information to legitimate sites but can’t be sure of finding their way to those legitimate sites… READ MORE AT TREND MICRO
Google Chrome 30 FINAL
Chrome is no longer the young upstart it once was, and its pioneering spirit is often forgotten in the mists of time. It was Chrome’s sleek tab-driven interface with minimal real estate that was adopted by Firefox and the recent IE9… READ MORE
Windows 8 Wallpaper Set 14
My Opinion: One of the best, privately run, wallpaper sites out there… GO THERE
Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 Bundle: 10.1-Inch 16 GB Tablet (White), Bluetooth Keyboard and Desktop Dock
- Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS, 10.1-inch Display
- Texas Instruments OMAP 4400 1.0 GHz Processor
- 16 GB Flash Memory, 1 GB RAM Memory
- 1.28 pound tablet
There are numerous online browser startpage and homepage launchers out there that allow you to collect your favorite websites in a customized and organized manner.
This past week I came across a newcomer on the block called YOURLS. What makes YOURLS special is that it is downright simple to use in that it allows you to to create a personal startpage (and sub pages) of your favorite URLs. If you visit a fixed set of favorite websites (facebook, google, work-related links, etc), on a frequent basis, then YOURLS cannot be beat. I have been using this past week and I can tell you, I love it… It is easy to use, customizable and loads fast… Once you establish an account, set up your own customized page(s); you then have access to your favorite links from anywhere on the planet.
Click the screenshot below to get a sampling of what my YOURLS startpage looks like (and I am not done yet):
Another feature that I really like is that there are browser extensions for Firefox and Chrome that gives you the ability to capture any site you visit and place the site’s url in any category on your Yourls page(s).
Why use YOURLS?
– YOURLS saves you time every day that you use the internet, because you do not have to type in those same websites addresses over and over again …
– YOURLS stores your favorite links in the cloud, so that you can access them from any browser, device or location
– YOURLS let’s you discover new links based on your interests and let’s you share your favorite links with your friends through social media
Who should use YOURLS?
– Every person who uses the internet daily to visit a fixed set of favorite websites (facebook, google, work-related links, etc)
– Organizations like schools, libraries or businesses who own multiple PC’s and want to configure a browser startpage on all devices
Temporarily Fix A Serious Security Flaw In Internet Explorer With Microsoft’s Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET)September 18, 2012
When I am informed that a browser security issue (or flaw) exists that is of large scale or is a zero-day vulnerability, I find it important to alert everyone; especially the readers of this blog. Let’s face it, we spend the majority of the time on our computers in our web browser.
The security issue I am alerting you about involves Microsoft’s Internet Explorer and in my opinion is a very serious issue. In the interim, until this issue is completely resolved, I am recommending that you download and install Microsoft’s Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET). The enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET) is designed to help prevent hackers from gaining access to your system. Currently there are no patches available to protect you from this security flaw.
Eric Romang, a researcher in Luxembourg, discovered the flaw in Internet Explorer on Friday, when his PC was infected by a piece of malicious software known as Poison Ivy that hackers use to steal data or take remote control of PCs.
The security flaw, which researchers say could allow hackers to take remote control of an infected PC, affects Internet Explorer browsers used by hundreds of millions of consumers and workers. Microsoft said it will advise customers on its website to install the security software as an interim measure, buying it time to fix the bug and release a new, more secure version of Internet Explorer. – [ source: NBCNews.com TECH]
Reportedly many of the anti-virus software makers are aware of this issue and have already updated their products to protect end-users against this bug; however, this alone may not be sufficient to protect you. Best bet here with this is make sure your security software is up-to-date and to download and install the Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET).
The toolkit includes several pseudo mitigation technologies aimed at disrupting current exploit techniques. These pseudo mitigations are not robust enough to stop future exploit techniques, but can help prevent users from being compromised by many of the exploits currently in use. The mitigations are also designed so that they can be easily updated as attackers start using new exploit techniques.
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The browser I primarily use is Google Chrome. A feature in Chrome, that is little used and can be quite handy, is the built-in task manager. The Chrome Task Manager can provide you with details about the specific processes that are running (plus CPU, Network bandwidth being consumed, and a multitude of other options).
The easiest and quickest way I found to get to the task manager is simply right mouse click on Chrome’s tab bar (at the top of the screen) and select Task Manager. You can also get to the Task manager by clicking on the wrenchon the browser toolbar, by selecting Tools and then Task Manager OR use the shortcut keys Shift+Esc.
Chrome’s task manager is quite useful to determine what processes (i.e. tabs, extensions, etc.) is consuming the most memory and CPU cycles. This can be quite helpful when you suspect that there is an errant application or process running that is causing Chrome to misbehave.
To force a webpage or application to close in Google Chrome, select the webpage, then click End process. Sometimes multiple websites might share a single process, depending on how you opened them.
You can also right mouse click within the Task Manager Window to toggle on/off other options that may be helpful when troubleshooting.
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