Do You Know Your Date Of Birth ?

With online accounts you are required to fill in your date of birth , now many people decide to “cheat” and that is where you can encounter issues if you get locked out of your account. If you have to get back into your account and you cannot remember the date of birth you entered or you enter your “true ” date of birth , you will not gain access to that account. So my advice is , enter the true date of birth and turn on 2 factor authentication where you give your mobile phone number to the online account , then if someone tries to access your account you will receive a message but unless they have the code that is on your mobile , they will be unable to gain access. 2 factor authentication should be turned on for as many as you can but as a guide: Google Apple Microsoft Dropbox

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Photo Questions – Import & Backup

I am constantly asked questions about photos and devices ( cameras , smartphones , tablets ) , so here are the top questions I am asked. How do I import photos in Windows ? When you plug in your device , Windows should see your device and give you options to import. This should work with smartphones / tablets – Apple devices – Android devices along with cameras that you plug in. I have always found that ” Import pictures and videos using Windows ” is the best but depending on the software you will be given several options. You also get the option to tag and import into a folder that you can designate. When you have decided on the location and details just hit the import button. If you open up ” Autoplay ” in the Control Panel you can designate the default import software such as ” photos ” in Windows 10 How do I import photos on a Mac ? When you plug in your device , Photos or the older iPhoto should recognise your device and offer to import photos. You can also use ” Image Capture” located in the Applications folder  Plug in your… Read More

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Back Up Your Photos From Your Smartphone – Tablet

Do not lose your photos that you have taken on your smartphone or tablet – back them up to the internet. There are enough apps available to ensure that this can occur , you just have to turn them on. iPhones or iPads  Turn on iCloud – 5 GB of space for free  Install Dropbox App ( sign up for an account ) – 2GB of space for free  Install OneDrive App ( sign up for an account ) – 30GB of space  Install the Google + App ( you need a Google account )  Android Install the Google + App ( you need a Google account )  Install Dropbox App ( sign up for an account ) – 2GB of space for free  Install OneDrive App ( sign up for an account ) – 30GB of space  Android Instructions:Back up photos from a mobile device Windows Install OneDrive App ( sign up for an account ) – 30GB of space  Remember to have a good password and turn on 2 factor authentication 

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Cloud Storage – Lots Of Options & Lots Of Space

Looking to store your files in the cloud , there are many services for this with free space before you would have to upgrade and pay for more space. Dropbox – 2Gb free One Drive – 15Gb free – 1TB with Office 365 soon  Google Drive – 15Gb free Copy – 15Gb free Box – 10Gb free  There are also upgrade options for referrals or for buying certain products and activating the app services for those devices , such as Android devices ( Nexus & Chrome books ) , Surface tablets and selected smartphones. There are also apps for your smartphones and tablets so you can access all your files while on the go.   Lots of storage but make sure you make note of your user names and passwords or use a password manager.

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New Year Tech Resolutions & A Great App From South Australia

New Year Tech Resolutions A new year is time for some change so lets embrace some technology resolutions for 2014  I will realise the importance of keeping my computer up to date  Windows update is your first line of defence against getting malware / virus I will not pay for or download bogus software that they claim will perform miracles and revive their computer  There are many so called “ free “ solutions which will only cause issues – don’t download these  Optimiser Pro Reg Clean  Winzip Utilities – Registry Optimiser I will not talk to bogus telemarketers telling me there is a problem with my computer  Microsoft do not ring anyone and tell them there is an issue with their computer I will treat with great suspicion emails and links in emails If it looks like it was not meant for me it probably wasn’t  I will learn to back up so when disaster strikes I do not lose everything  You do not have a copy of something unless you have 3 copies  One on your computer One on removable media – dvd , flash drives , portable hard drives  One in the cloud  I will embrace and learn… Read More

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Save Documents Made On The iPad To Dropbox and Skydrive

One of the questions I always get is how do I upload documents that are made on the iPad to Dropbox or Skydrive. First make your document , then choose ” Open In ” Choose Dropbox or Skydrive and the file will upload to your account depending on which one you chose.    

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CryptoLocker – A Virus With The Potential To Destroy All Your Files

This is the worst virus I have read about and this is the first version of a virus that will undoubtedly be adapted and modified as time goes on. What does CryptoLocker do ? After you have the virus it will encrypt and infect the files on your computer , network storage and detachable storage , this means you cannot open them. It will put a countdown clock on your desktop on that gives you 96 hours to pay $100 – $300 to an account so you can get the key to decrypt your encrypted files. If you cannot get them decrypted you have effectively lost everything on your computer. How Do You Get the Virus? You will open a link in an email from a bank , parcel delivery company etc that will get you to check details in a PDF or document , attached to that document is an executable file that will run CryptoLocker when you click on that file. What Should You Do If You Get It  Get that computer off the internet  Get someone in who knows what this virus looks like to make sure it is CryptoLocker and not just a ransomware virus , there is a difference. If it… Read More

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