3 critical steps to secure online banking

By Emile Greyling /  Gabriella DiDio

 

People often joke about having "bankers' hours," but really, aside from bankers, who works a standard 9-to-5 anymore? With the hours most of us work, it seems we can never make it into a branch in time, or we discover a banking need on a Sunday and are out of luck.

Now, thanks to online banking, we are able to have more flexibility over transactions. Online banking makes viewing your transactions, paying your bills and managing your finances a breeze.

 

But it's important not to get too comfortable with how easy it is, to the point that you're risking your security. There is no security guard standing watch over your online transactions. Online banking could expose you to hackers and malware that are looking for windows of opportunity to seize your sensitive information. So you need to be your own security guard!

You can use these three tips to protect your accounts…

 

 

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3 ways to free up space on your smartphone

By Emile Greyling /  Kevin Downey

 

How did we live without our smartphones? 

Well, your everyday life wouldn't be nearly as nice without it. You're constantly taking photos and videos that you share with friends and family around the world on social media sites like Facebook and Whatsapp

You make phone calls,  You send thousands of text messages every year and, of course, there's so much more, like getting driving directions, finding out what time a store closes and checking your bank balance.

So, it's understandable that you cringe when you see a message pop up on your smartphone. The worst one is telling you that your battery is low, and you just arrived at a business meeting where you'll need it all day!

Yet, there's a close No. 2 when it comes to dreaded smartphone messages. That's "Your storage space is almost full."

Let's face it, you've deleted just about everything you can't live without, including photos and apps. Yet, you need more space, so you recklessly start deleting the big storage munchers, like Facebook, your bank account app, photos and videos.

 

Here are some of the best things to delete when you need space, and how to do it.

1. Delete apps

The way you delete an app is different depending on whether you're using an Android smartphone or iPhone, and which model you're using. However, the steps will most likely be similar to these.

 

 

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Need faster internet? What are your options?

 

 

Choosing an Internet Connection South Africa

 

What are your options?

In our corner of the world we have 3 main varieties of internet that are commonly used at homes or in a businesses. There are more but should only be considered if none of the options bellow are available to you. 

 

 

 

 

Those options are.

  1. Fibre (The fastest and most stable but not widely available yet)
  2. Fixed Broadband wireless (The competitor its fast and flexible and more readily available)
  3. ADSL/VDSL (Not that fast by today's standard but still valuable if you’re out of coverage)

 

 

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Backup your files free with Google Backup & Sync

 

 

Google's Backup and Sync tool has been available for a while now and can make backing up a file, folder or even a system very easy.

It comes in the form of a easy to download app that works on Windows and Apples alike.

This can be downloaded from the Google website.

Link to download https://www.google.com/drive/download/backup-and-sync/

 

 

 

 

Here's how to set it up:

1) Download the Backup and Sync tool.

Getting the tool for Drive is super easy. Download the program from the Drive homepage, or the link provided above.
After download completes run the downloaded file it will install the tool automatically.

 

 

 

 

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Add a formidable layer of protection to your accounts

 

 

Google Authenticator is a free security app that can protect your accounts against password theft. It's easy to set up and can be used in a process called two-factor authentication (2FA) offered on popular services like Gmail, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and lots more.

The app (iOS/Android) generates a random code used to verify your identity when you're logging into various services. The code can technically be sent to your phone via text message every time— but the Google Authenticator app provides an extra level of security. 

SMS-based 2FA has a known security flaw, and any devoted hacker can attempt to socially engineer an attack against your phone company. The Google Authenticator app eliminates the possibility of an SMS-based attack using algorithms to generate the codes on your phone.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here's how to set it up:

1. Download Google Authenticator from either the Apple App Store or the Android Google Play store. It's free.

2. Next, set up two-step verification on your Google account. Log into your Google account. Under "Security and Sign-In" select "Two-Step Verification," and then scroll down to select the "Authenticator app" option.

 

3. Select your phone, Android or iPhone.

 

 

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Extend Your iPad Battery Life

Apple has a specific time duration that each iPad Battery should last based on regular usage, but actually reaching that value is quite a task. In this article we are going to explore a few popular methods to accomplice that.

 

The reason behind the disconnect is the software. Even though Apple creates great hardware, their software is a bit lacking. It’s common for us to see a 64 GB iPhone running out of space even when using iCloud for storing everything.

 

In addition, there are a whole bunch of iPad models out there right now all with different versions of iOS installed, which is problematic. An iPad Air 2 can be updated to iOS 10, but an iPad 2 can only be updated to iOS 9 currently.

 

In this post, We'll list out as many ways we know possible to improve the battery life of your iPad by adjusting settings in iOS. we'll try to make a note if the feature is not available in an older version of iOS.

 

Method 1 – Adjust Auto Brightness


Obviously, while you are using your iPad, the screen itself will be the biggest drain on the battery. The screen itself uses about 90%+ of the battery, unless you need maximum brightness consider dialing it down a bit.

 

Firstly, it just hurts our eyes to have the screen so bright in a indoor / dimly lit area. By default, the screen should adjust automatically, but we have found that many times it’s brighter than we need. Just swipe up from the bottom of the screen and you’ll see the brightness slider at the top right.

 


Method 2 – Disable Bluetooth & Cellular

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Should You Ever Disable a Windows Service?

If you have ever searched for ways to make your Windows computer faster, you’ve probably run across several that suggest turning off or disabling certain Windows services. Other websites say it’s dangerous and you should never mess with Windows services. So, who is correct?

 

Well, the argument can be broken down into whether or not you know what you are doing. If you don’t know what a Windows service even is, then you really should not disable any service before researching it's function. If you have some basic understanding of services and programs, then it’s OK to disable only non-Microsoft services.

As a general rule, we never disable any service that comes installed with Windows by default or that is from Microsoft. If you think a service is unnecessary and might be slowing down your computer, you should Google it and then try to uninstall the program or Windows feature that is creating the service in the first place.

 

However, when you disable non-Microsoft services, your chances of messing something up on your computer are greatly reduced. Most of these third-party services don’t necessarily need to be enabled. They are usually there to check for updates in the background or something similar.

 

Windows Services Location

 

First off, there are two ways to view all the services on your Windows PC. You can go to Start and type in services to open the desktop app or you can type in MSCONFIG to open the system configuration utility.

 

 

Go ahead and click on the Services tab and you’ll see a list of all services with checkmarks next to each one. If you uncheck the service, it will be disabled the next time you restart the computer.

 

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Use Deep Freeze to Restore Your PC on Boot

Ever wish you could undo all the changes your staff or kids have made to a PC? Or maybe you would like to install some software on your system to test it before purchasing, but you don’t know exactly what it will do?

 

Wouldn’t it be nice if you could just restart the computer and all the changes made were simply wiped out? Luckily, there is a way to do this using a program called Deep Freeze by Faronics.

 

Now you would be right if you looked at that page and thought that this is a program that is used by big companies or institutions. However, those are not their only customers. They sell a standard edition of the program which is cost-effective considering the benefits.

 

We’ve spent a lot more on software and have normally been disappointed. That’s why nowadays we only use freeware or purchase subscription software like Adobe Creative Cloud. However, this is one program we can recommend purchasing because there simply isn’t a freeware that can do the same thing in such a convenient way.

 

deep-freeze

 

It’s worth noting that we have not been asked to write this review by Faronics. We decided to try it out on our test PC that we use for installing test software and it’s made life a lot easier.

 

Features and Benefits

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7 Tips for Windows Users on Mac

If you recently purchased a Mac or if you have been required to use a Mac for work, you might be frustrated trying to use OS X if you have been a long-time Windows user. This is completely understandable and Apple really doesn't care to change their OS to match that of Windows anytime soon.

 

Apple loves OS X the way it is and it will probably remain the way it is for the remainder of its life. This means you’ll need to get used to some of the differences between Windows and Mac. In my view, OS X could still be made to be easier to use by default, but unfortunately, you have to manually make some changes to make things better.

 

In this article, I’m going to give you a couple of my favorite tips for Windows users who have to use a Mac and OS X. Once you get used to OS X, you may even like it more than Windows, which is what happened to me. There is a small learning curve, but it’s worth the effort. Also, be sure to check out my post on programs and features in OS X that are equivalent to Windows.

 

Tip #1 – How to Right Click

 

One of the most annoying things as a beginner Mac user is trying to figure out how to right click! There is no separate right-click button for Macs and this can be really annoying for some people. Luckily, the Apple method is actually kind of more intuitive and easier to use.

 

All you have to do to right-click is to use two fingers when you perform a normal click. When you click with two fingers, you get the right-click context menu. For me, this is way more convenient than having to move my finger all the way down to the correct button like on most Windows laptops.

 

You can change the settings for how right-click works by going to System Preferences – Trackpad and clicking on the Point & Click tab.

 

 

By default, the right-click option is called Secondary click in OS X. If checked, it is normally set to Click or tap with two fingers, but you can click on the small little arrow and choose from two other options also: Click in bottom right corner or Click in bottom left corner. If you just love the way you did it in Windows, you can tweak OS X to get the same behavior.

 

Also, another quick tip is to check the Tap to click option also. Most Windows laptops allow you to tap to click, but OS X does not have this enabled by default so you have to manually press down the button to click. If you go to Scroll & Zoom, you can also change the scroll direction to whichever is more natural for you.

 

Tip #2 – Add Applications to the Dock

 

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How to Enable Flash in Chrome for Specific Websites

If you’re a Chrome user, which you should be, you probably have noticed that Flash is blocked by default in the browser. Google does not like Flash because of the major security flaws inherent in Flash and therefore does everything in its power to force you not to use Flash.

 

The problem is there are still a lot of sites that use Flash. None of the major sites you visit every day like Facebook, Instagram, etc. use it, but a lot of smaller and older sites just haven’t bothered to switch to HTML 5. 

If you do a quick Google search for enabling Flash in Chrome, you’ll see a lot of articles telling you to download Flash from Adobe’s website and install it (which won’t work) or to open a Chrome tab and go to chrome://plugins (which also won’t work anymore). In the most recent version of Chrome (57), you can no longer manage plugins by going to that URL. Instead, you’ll just get a “This site can’t be reached” message.

 

 

Now it seems they only want you to enable it for the specific sites where it is needed. In this article, I’ll explain how to get Flash to work when you need it and how to keep it disabled otherwise.

 

Check Chrome Flash Settings

 

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