A custom email address means having your own name or business after the @ sign. For instance, instead of @gmail.com or @yahoo.com, your email address would be @[yournamehere].com. Once you have your own email address independent of a webmail service like Gmail or Yahoo, you have full control of where your email goes. This will basically be a forwarding address, so if you'd like to switch mail providers, you won't have to tell everyone to email you at a new address.
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Lightning and power fluctuations can cause a lot of problems with electronics. Many people buy surge protectors to safeguard their computers, but that can only go so far to protect your devices and computers. For instance, if the power suddenly goes out, there's nothing keep your computer from potentially losing critical data and shutting down in an unsafe manner. Also, in the event of a lightning strike, there's so much power surging through that no surge protector will sufficiently save you. A much better solution is to get a UPS, or "Uninterrupted Power Supply."
Chromebooks are a great, inexpensive and simple solution for kids. But you may have discovered that it's not as simple to set up tools that allow you to limit and manage your kid's internet access. Hidden in the Chromebook, however, is a setting to allow creating "Supervised Users" which will give you the ability to keep an eye on your kid's activity.
Operating systems can sometimes be very vague when it comes to identifying used and free space on a computer. If you've ever seen the "other" category taking up a large percentage of space on your hard drive, then this should help clear that up.
Apple's latest operating system, Mac OS 10.11 "El Capitan" is now available. With any new operating system, if you rely on your computer for work, it's always best to wait to ensure that it will work for everything you need. A good rule of thumb is to wait until the second update after the release.
If you're ever involved in an accident or have a medical emergency, your smartphone can play a critical role. But when it's locked, the information isn't accessible for emergency personnel to retrieve. That's where "ICE," or "In Case of Emergency" standards come in. You can set up your phone so that it will remain secure, while still making it possible for first responders to get to the critical information they need.
There seems to be an increased amount of spam activity happening on Facebook lately, and you may have noticed an increase in the amount of bogus friend requests you've received. As a general rule, if you don't know the person in real life, they shouldn't be a Facebook friend. There is a way to at least reduce the amount of requests by making an adjustment in Facebook's settings.
Before you put down money to store your data in the cloud, you might want to check that you're getting the best price. There are several options for cloud storage, and here's a breakdown of cost for 1TB of storage:
Amazon Cloud Drive Unlimited Photos - $11.99. This gives you unlimited storage for photos only, and 5GB for videos and other files. This is free for Prime members, and has limited RAW support.
The EFF has released a new browser plugin called "Privacy Badger," which aims to block spying ads and invisible trackers. It will prevent advertisers from loading anymore content in your browser, even if they're tracking you across multiple websites.