Privacy

Is Your Computer Backed Up in Google Cloud Yet?

Image result for google backup and sync iconJust in case you didn’t know, yet – Google has a brand-new App called Backup and Sync – which basically backs up your entire computer into Google Drive (Google’s Cloud) just like you would with a Terabyte or Apple’s Time Machine.

All you need to use is a Google account > You don’t need a Gmail email address.

How to Download Google Backup and Sync App:

  1. On your Computer > in your web browser >
  2. click on this link https://www.google.com/drive/download/backup-and-sync/
  3. click the blue download backup and sync button
  4. follow the on-screen instructions

How to Use Google Backup and Sync:

  1. Once downloaded and installed (your computer will prompt you)
  2. Open your Finder window on your Mac or File Explorer (yellow) folders on your PC
  3. Also in a browser window Go To: https://drive.google.com/drive/my-drive
  4. You will see your Computer > My Computer on the left sidebar > click on the right facing arrow to see your backed up files from your Computer
  5.  If Sync doesn’t start automatically > you can click New > and select which folders/files you want to upload from your Computer

Pretty cool, right?

Any problems > I’m here to help!

Good Luck and happy backing up and syncing…

Bonnie

 

Should you be Worried About Bots?

An Internet Bot, also known as web robot, WWW robot or simply bot, is a software application that runs automated tasks over the Internet. 6422482

In January, The New York Times published an article entitled “Buying Online Influence From a Shadowy Market, Fake Followers Are Counterfeit Coins in a Booming Social Media Economy.”

Several of my students’, understandably so were quite freaked out and cut out the article and gave it to me in class. After reading it and giving the article some thought, it is my hope that you find what I have to say helpful and quell your fears.

  1. Know exactly who your audience is.
  2. Meet your audience (your friends, fans, and followers) in real life.
  3. Never pay for lists.
  4. Review your friends, followers and fans often enough so that if you do not recognize a name, you can Block it.
  5. Educate your friends who continue to send out group email to use Bcc: (blind carbon copy).

Remember that there is no shortcut to being popular. If something is too good to be true, It Is!

 

 

Passwords!!! Oy Vey!

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Do you have Password rage?

The frustration with Passwords, is real and has become a level playing field with beginner computer users as well as advanced wizards.

Unfortunately we all have to remember them in some fashion.

And lately there are several ways to keep track of them:

  1. We can write them down on a legal pad. And cover the paper with a plastic sleeve.
  2. They sell little black Password keeper books to keep them safe.
  3. There are several available apps, but you must remember the master password.

My students recommend 1Password – because it has little pretty icons and keeps things organized.

I myself, keep my Passwords organized in iPhone’s Notes App because it is already syncing in iCloud and available on all my devices.

I always tell my students… whatever formula works for you, use that and remember to bring your Passwords with you when using your mobile devices.