Fight ransomware with data backups and gift cards

Fight ransomware with data backups and gift cards

Ransomware is a hacker's cash grab. When this type of malware attacks your PC, it locks your precious files behind a password and demands payment for unlocking your docs. As in any other hostage situation, paying the ransom may or may not get you your files back. With ransomware, an ounce of prevention -- backing up all your important files -- is worth a pound of Bitcoin cures. Here's how to foil ransomware.

Store important files on an external drive

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Topics: Windows Software , Mac Software

Tags: malware , virus , backup , Cloud

Edit images with Apple Photos

Edit images with Apple Photos

Apple's Photos for OS X is more than just a handy tool for keeping your images organized. It offers a rich collection of editing tools for digital photographers, whether you're a beginner or practically a professional.

Editing tools

To get to Apple Photos' tools, double-click an image in your library and then click the Edit button in the top-right corner of the windows. The editing tools appear to the right of the images. Tap a tool on the right to see... Read More »

Topics: Digital Photo Software , Mac Software , Digital Photo Tools

Private browsing on iPhone and Mac

Private browsing on iPhone and Mac

Web browsing can expose you to ad trackers, spam, and snoops. But it's easy to block those privacy invaders -- just put your native Safari app in Private Mode. When you browse in Private Mode from your Mac or iOS device, Safari won't remember your visited pages, search history, or AutoFill information.

Private browsing on Mac

Start Safari on your Mac (running OS X Yosemite or later). Click to open the File menu on the top left and scroll... Read More »

Topics: Privacy Software , Security Software , Mac Software , Security , iOS Software

Tags: Security Center , browser , browsers , Safari , mobile browser

Google reports improved Android security

Google reports improved Android security

Google has released its annual Android security report, detailing the steps the company took in 2015 to protect the Android ecosystem, including efforts with Android partners and the security research community. While Google swept up more potential threats in 2015 than before, the company cautions that apps downloaded from sites other than the Google Play Store continue to be a source for malware.

Google reports that every day in 2015, it checked more than 6 billion applications installed on Android... Read More »

Topics: Security Software , Android Software

Tags: Security Center

3 Windows tools for snipping, pasting, and previewing

3 Windows tools for snipping, pasting, and previewing

Even people who consider themselves Windows experts might be surprised by the number of tools built into the operating system. These utilities often go unnoticed, but they can save you time, improve your work flow, and maybe even make you look like a wizard. Let's look at the three big hitters.

Cut and paste without formatting annoyances

You know about Ctrl-V to paste text, but do you know about Ctrl-Shift-V?

If you frequently paste text from the Web into an email or... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software

Tags: Windows software , Windows 7 , utilities , utility

Get Amazon Prime Video for $9 a month

Get Amazon Prime Video for $9 a month

Internet retail giant Amazon announced yesterday that its Amazon Prime Video streaming service will be available separately from Amazon Prime itself, for $9 per month, starting today. (Annual subscribers must be logged out to see the new offer page.) That's a dollar less than a monthly Netflix subscription.

Amazon also announced a month-to-month option for Prime, at $11 per month. Annual subscriptions are still available for $99 per year, with all the previous features, including the video streaming service.

Disable... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Android Software , iOS Software

Tags: video , streaming , Amazon

Google Play Music now offers podcasts

Google Play Music now offers podcasts

Google today added podcasts to Google Play Music for listeners in the US and Canada. You can keep up with your favorite podcasts via Google Play Music on the Web and on Android.

Play Music organizes podcasts by popularity and by category. But Google wants to help you discover podcasts, so it presents contextual podcast playlists based on activities or time of day, just as it does with music playlists. For example, you can find curated playlists of podcasts offering... Read More »

Topics: Android Software , Android

Verizon offers 2GB of data to use Android Pay

Verizon offers 2GB of data to use Android Pay

If you have an Android phone on the Verizon network, the wireless carrier wants to give you 2GB of extra data for using Android Pay to make in-store purchases between now and June 13, 2016.

With your first purchase, you get 1GB of free data on top of your monthly allowance. Then with your third purchase, you get another 1GB. The extra data is good for two billing cycles.

The base monthly data allowance and is for postpaid wireless subscribers... Read More »

Topics: Android Software

How many photos you can store in the cloud?

How many photos you can store in the cloud?

Apple and Google offer free cloud storage for your photos, but is the free amount enough? How many photos can you store in 5GB or 15GB of cloud space? When should you pay for more storage? Photo services offers multiple packages, so we did the legwork for you to find out how many photos you can store in Google Photos, Apple iCloud, Flickr, Dropbox, and several other services.

We're estimating that the average photo is 3MB. But photo file size depends... Read More »

Topics: Online Storage & Data Backup , Windows Software , Mac Software , Android Software , Digital Photo Tools

Chatbots for your daily tasks

Chatbots for your daily tasks

Chatbots are virtual assistants that you can text-message to get food delivered, find a movie, and perform many other everyday tasks. You can use your phone's native SMS (or a messaging app) -- you don't have to download or open other apps, and in most cases you sign up with your phone number. Here are 10 text bots for your common to-dos.

Assist for shopping and transportation

Assist offers help with 10 tasks, from getting a ride to booking a... Read More »

Topics: Android Software , iOS Software

Tags: Messaging , instant message