Take time off, IoT devices as services, Email sigs as marketing

Worthy of a reminder again is to take breaks from your computer. If you get caught up not paying attention to time, then try Time Out for the Mac (dejal.com, that is an ell not a one after deja), or Workrave (workrave.org) for PC. Micro breaks are for just looking away from your screen, and …

Avoid being phished, distraction free computing, zero day exploits

Avoid being phished by emails from your “bank” or “credit card company” to change your password by hovering your mouse or pointer over the big button you are being tempted with and looking at the web address that your browser or email program will show right there or in the lower left part of your …

Cap Windows 10 data use, use two-factor authentication, consolidate task lists

It is important to monitor and cap data usage in Windows 10 if you use a cellular hotspot to connect to the Internet. Click the Windows logo button, then Settings, Network & Internet, Wi-Fi, Advanced Options and slide “Set as metered connection” to the On side. This way large updates and apps won’t download. Then, …

Windows 10 undo, Microsoft Edge the new IE, Malwarebytes for Mac, data redundancy over date backup

If you thought Windows 10 was going to be a great thing but just don’t get it or like it, you can undo it! To avoid reinstalling Windows 8.1 or 7, you just have to undo it within 30 days of the upgrade. Here’s how: click on the Start icon, click Settings, click Update & …

Browser settings backup, USB eject, email fields

Backing up your web browser settings can save time and help you recover from browser infections. If you have spent a lot of time tricking out your browser with custom start pages, particular extensions, extensive bookmarks and carefully configured privacy and forms settings, then you can use your browser’s ability to sync its settings as …

Mac system prefs to explore, touch screens equal battery drain, multiple browsers, reverse lookup phone numbers

Mac System Preferences you should explore include: set Notifications to Do Not Disturb during certain hours to focus on work; setting up Hot Corners under Mission Control to trigger nearly anything, like putting your screen to sleep; program certain “abbreviations” to expand into full text using Keyboard’s Text tab; and explore what your Trackpad is …