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Consider Becoming a Ham to Help in Cases of Emergency

Amateur radio operators have access to frequencies that work over long distances, bringing ham enthusiasts together and helping out during emergencies. Whether it is a natural disaster or electrical outage, amateur radio operators enable communities to stay in touch when other methods can't. TWiT also has a show called "Ham Nation" that features hosts/guests discussing the importance of ham radio and providing tips for particular situations/hardware. Check it out to learn more about amateur radio.

Counterfeit Products

Epson Ink...?

When purchasing products from e-commerce sites such as Amazon, make sure you are buying the item directly from the manufacturer. E-Commerce sites that have 3rd party selling have had problems with counterfeit products being sold easily on their platforms. It's difficult for these sites to take down these counterfeit listings, so be sure to double-check from whom you're buying the item from.

Learn the Difference Between OLED and QLED

Sometimes it can be confusing when acronyms are nearly identical. It would be in consumers' best interest to learn the difference between OLED and QLED before browsing for new TVs. OLED stands for "organic light-emitting diode" while QLED stands for "Quantum Dot LED" (according to Samsung). Quantum dots are extremely small semiconductors that backlight a Liquid Crystal Display. Many people think "QLED" was a label intentionally chosen to look similar to "OLED", despite not being the same technology.

Don't Pull the Power From a Computer While it is On

Pulling out the power cord from an awake computer can put the machine at risk for hard drive failure. Interrupting a hard drive writing process could result in a mess of data all over the digital space. The ideal way to shut off a computer should always be the "Shut Down" option in the OS. If the computer is locked up, find a reset button or hold the power button for a few seconds before attempting to touch the power cord.

Update your PC to Windows 10 version 1909 Soon

If you are using Windows 10, you will need to upgrade to the new version 1909 soon. Version 1803, which came out Spring 2018, is already going out of support! It will reach its end of service on November 12, 2019. The reasoning is likely because Microsoft really believes in users keeping their Windows systems updated, secure, and safe. Even though you may not be able to discern the differences in 1909 (or use the new features), the security patches are the most important aspect of this situation.

Reformat your devices!

Over time, personal devices and computers can become slower to respond to actions, gestures, or to boot up applications. When this starts to happen, generally we think of what kind of device or computer we want to replace our old ones with.

A great thing you can do instead is to refresh, or reformat your device! By formatting your device to factory settings, it can help prolong the life of your device/computer and keep it running fairly quickly. However, make sure you properly back up your data on your device/computer before you reformat it: follow the 3-2-1 backup rule.

Sending Private Information Online

FireFox Send

When sending private information online, it is best to avoid doing so through email as the email servers between your email provider and the other person's are not that secure. However if you need to send private information via email, Leo recommends zipping your file content and sending them the password to access the zipped content through another means such as phone via text message.

Other services that you can use to send such highly confidential information are FireFox Send or ShareFile!