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Guiding the Beginner about PC Backup

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PC Backup Is Important: Here is Our Guide

It is widely known, backing up our data is something we all must do. If not, unsaved data can be lost instantaneously. In today’s world, we feel much better when our data is saved.

Unfortunately, as important as this may be, many people still do not bother to take the few minutes to back up. This is true even after they lose a crucial documents, financial records, or an old childhood photo. Maybe this happens because the effort it takes, and how complex it was in past times. However, thanks to modern technology, new services, and hardware, backing up is easier than ever.

When backing up data, there is obvious, such as music, videos, pictures, and documents, drivers and then the not so obvious. There are many aspects of our data that is forgotten when backing up that needs consideration.

Web-Browsers

Backing up your web-browser is important because the favorites and bookmarks you saved while surfing. In addition, to make access easier you want the cookies, and how to your passwords. If your PC does fail, you want this data saved.

Firefox browser has a sync combined with encryption brought to you by Mozilla. In the upper-right hand corner, select the three-stack icon to set up your account. Follow this by setting up on all devices and PC’s enabled with Firefox.

Google Chrome can be backup up in a similar fashion as Firefox. Setting such as extensions, bookmarks, apps, and themes are able to be saved to your Google account.

Email

If you are using an email client software instead of a Web-based email system, your data is not being backed up by anyone other than you.

Outlook users need to watch out for their Personal Storage Table (PST) file for backup, which depending on what version of Windows and Outlook you have, can be located in different locations.

To locate you must open Outlook > File > Account Settings > Data Files. Next, hit on any entry then Open Folder Location. Also, in File Explorer for Windows 10, you want the ability to see Hidden Items. Do so by selecting View and inspecting the checkboxes.

Backing up your PST manually can also be done, however, this can be difficult due to its large size. There is an Import and Export option included with Outlook to help with this process, or use a third-party tool such as Safe PST Backup to make the process much simpler.

If you use another email client, such as Thunderbird, your email is located in several files, not just one. However, with their plug-in support, backing up these files are easier.

Save your PC back up to one of the several options to ensure its safety. These include external hard drives, disc, flash drive, the Cloud, or network attached storage (NAS).

Remember, backing up your data is important. Here are other ways you can back up the data, as well as why it is so important for you to do so.

Become an Internet Pro with These Awesome Browser Tricks

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Awesome Browser Tricks Everyone Should Know

The majority of us put Internet browsers to use on a daily basis. They are a way for us to see and discover everything the world wide web has to offer.

Due to the amount of time we spend on our browsers, it can be assumed you’re an Internet pro. However, not very many of us are. There is always more browser tricks for you to learn to enhance your skills.

Here are some awesome browser tricks to help you surf like a pro:

1) Dead Webpages

While searching online, you may stumble across some sites which are no longer online. This happens for various reasons. Paste the dead link into archive.org if you have this problem. Many times they have old versions of sites available to view.

2) Tab Restore

Everyone has accidentally closed a tab, and many times you may not remember what site you were on. This can be frustrating, and in the past, you would have had to go through your browser’s history to find and reload it. This is no longer the case with most browsers who offer “Recently Closed Tabs” list.

A faster way than going through history, press ctrl + shift + T and your tab will reload.

3) Use Your Browser as a Notepad

We all have been in need of paper and pen, but there is none to be found.

Bookmark this code to use the browser window for a notepad:

data:text/html, <html contenteditable>

Simply enter this code into your browser address next time you’re in need.

Be sure to copy any notes taken before closing any windows, these are not able to be saved.

4) Google’s Reverse Image Search

You may have an image saved someplace on your PC, but have no memory of where it came from. You can find out with Google’s reverse image search. Go to images.google.com and either drag and drop the image you have saved or click the camera icon.

5) Clearing Cache

A cache is a temporary storage of such things as images and web pages, with a purpose of reducing lag, bandwidth, and server load. There are times that sites are able to be loaded from the cache. However, a cache can end up corrupted. When this happens, you can simply clear and reload the proper version of the cache. To do so press ctrl + shift + R. 

6) URL Highlight Browser Tricks

Oftentimes, keyboard shortcuts are quicker to use than a mouse. Everyone knows the popular ones, such as cut and copy, but try this awesome one.

Highlight the current website URL by pressing ctrl + L. Easily share your links with friends or co-workers.

After learning these neat tricks, you can take to your browser like a pro. Make sure to also check out how to configure and set up your Microsoft 10 browser.

Answers Needed for Your New Router

Your wireless router matters.

Your wireless router matters.

What Questions You Need to Answered When Purchasing a New Wireless Router

When shopping for a new wireless router you may feel overwhelmed with the many options they come with. It can take a long time going through so much information. But when asking the correct questions, it can be easier and you will be pleased with your purchase.

The following are some questions to ask what purchasing a new wireless router:

What will it be used for?

This likely is the most important question. A basic wireless router is fine if you only check stock prices or send emails when using the internet. If you use a streaming service for movies or TV, you need something with more power. If you work at home online or play online games which are demanding, you may want a router with maximum speed.

How many bands?

Routers come in single, duel, and tri-band. This gives you 3 networks which are different in your home. Single-band give 2.4GHz network, duel gives 2.4GHz and 5GHz. It is harder however for higher signal to penetrate through obstacles such as walls. Tri-band give 2.4 GHz along with two 5GHz. The faster ones are not slowed down with a tri-band.

Duel-band is most versatile and offers highest speed. If you have several wireless devices (maybe 10) a tri-band would be better.

Which wireless standard do you need?

There are several wireless standards such as 802.11a, 802.11b/g/n, and 802.11ac. If you want to connect to an 802.11n network, you should have no issue if you purchased your computer in last couple of years. This has been the primary standard for last 6 years.

Fastest of the standards is the newer 802.11ac, which several computers are unable to handle due to it still evolving. If you have plans to upgrade to support wireless-AC, a router with 802.11ac standard is probably best for you.

What speed is needed?

Having a router which has a higher speed than what your internet has will not make it faster. To know what speed internet you have, run s speed test. This shows both upload and download speeds. You do not need to purchase a wireless router faster than your internet, unless you have plans on your connection being upgraded in the close future.

You may want a faster router if you stream files often between devices, or watch movies via a Raspberry Pi media center.

Which type of security?

You need security setting which are strong when sending sensitive information over the network. Be sure your new router supports the latest security standard, WPA2. Most likely is does, however if purchasing a used one you want to make sure.

Asking these questions will give you a good idea of what the best router for you is.

Hot Spots – What are They?

Connect easily with a hot spot.

Connect easily with a hot spot.

What are Hot Spots

Hot spots offer users access to the internet at a physical location over a (WLAN) wireless local area network, by going through a router that is connected to a link to an Internet service provider. In almost all cases the technology used for hot spots is Wi-Fi. This can be used on your laptop, smartphone, etc. as long as it is Wi-Fi enabled, or you can purchase a wireless adapter that plugs into a USB port or PC card slot. There are many places that hot spots are located throughout public places throughout the world. Some of the most typical spots are located at libraries, coffee shops, hotels, airports, or hospitals. Many of these public places let their customers use the hot spot free of charge.

Connecting to a Hot Spot

In order for you to connect to the hot spot if it is hidden or encrypted, you would need the SSID information and get the security code, to establish network connectivity to the hot spot provider. Accepting the terms and condition of the service provider of the hot spot is sometimes required.

To connect to a hot spot it usually requires the same steps if you were home and connecting to a wireless connection. Most times smart phones, laptops, iPod’s, etc. will automatically inform you when you are in range of any wireless networks that are available in range. Also as another option, is to go into your settings for your network to see what available wireless networks are in range. The next step, to initiate is choose which wireless connection you would like to connect to, if there is more than one, and accept it. The wireless connections are named by either the name of the location you are located at, or by numbers or letters usually. It is generally better to manually connect to the wireless network, instead of automatically connecting for reasons of security. Now you will be able to use the internet connection that you chose that is in range.

Check Your Settings

To help lower your security risk for your device and personal information, you should check the settings so that you do not connect automatically to a wireless internet connection and that the connection will need your permission to connect. You will need to verify that automatic connections to wireless networks are not allowed by going into the control panel on your PC and look for Network Connections and select that. Next choose the properties of the wireless network connection by right clicking and choosing it. Next select the advanced settings. You will see a choice to automatically connect to non preferred networks, uncheck this if it is so it will not be enabled. Some devices or operating systems have it set by default not to connect automatically, but it will be best to check.

Hot spots help people remain connected in those places where they may not have been connected before. By providing a hot spot in certain public places, people can then work, do school or other web surfing wherever they are.