Tuesday, March 10, 2020

The best way to record your screen!







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▸ Desktop, browser tab or webcam capture
▸ Narrate with your microphone’s audio
▸ Embed your webcam into the recording
▸ Full HD resolution

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▸ Trim the start and end of your videos
▸ Draw on your tab with the pen tool
▸ Merge, crop, and add text to videos (upgrade required)

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▸ Videos autosave to Google Drive
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▸ Screen recording is a CPU intensive task. Older or weaker computers may lag if multiple programs and tabs are open at the same time as a screencast

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

How To Block Notification Requests In Chrome



You visit a website in Chrome and a window pops up asking if you want to get notifications from the site. You quickly click “No” so you can get on with what you came to do. It’s a minor distraction, no big deal. But then it happens again . . . and again . . . and again. Now the minor distraction has turned into a major annoyance. There’s good news. You can block the notification requests. Here’s how to do it.

1. Click the three vertical dots in the upper right corner of Chrome.

2. Click “Settings”.

3. Scroll to the bottom and click “Advanced”.

4. Click “Site Settings” under "Privacy and security".

5. Click "Notifications"

6. Flip the “Ask before sending (recommended)” toggle to “Blocked”.


That’s all there is to it. The same procedure works for Chrome on Windows machines, Chromebooks and Android phones. I don’t know why website owners think it’s a good idea to annoy people with these infernal notification requests, but I’m glad Chrome gives us the means to block them out.

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Tuesday, February 4, 2020

4 TIPS TO CLEAN UP YOUR CHROMEBOOK AND KEEP IT RUNNING FAST



It’s no secret that we love Chromebooks and truly believe in the future of cloud computing. Chromebooks are awesome for many reasons and they make great daily computers because they boot up in seconds, you don’t have to spend half your day updating the operating system, and are simple to use. You constantly hear about “the cloud” and, to some degree, we are all connected – all the time. Chromebooks take full advantage of this cloud computing future and that’s why so many people have decided to make the switch from other operating systems. But if you aren’t careful, your Chromebook might start to feel bogged down. So I want to go over 4 quick tips to optimize your Chromebook and keep it running fast.

1. Clean up your extension – Extensions are basically small packages of software that can run in the Chrome browser and you can use them to more easily get things done. I use Grammarly, Bitly, and Pocket basically every day and they have become part of my workflow. Occasionally though, some of your extensions can become outdated and can start to cause all kinds of issues. We always recommend cleaning up extensions when people are having issues with their Chromebook because normally an unsupported and outdated extension is normally the root of the problem. You can clean up your extensions by selecting ‘Extensions’ in your browser setting or browsing to chrome://extensions. From there, remove any extensions you aren’t using and then, if you are still having issues, go through and turn off all your extensions. Then turn them on individually to see if you can find the culprit to your issues.

2. Clean up your hard drive – Chromebooks are built for “the cloud” and so you will notice that most Chrome OS devices don’t have the same internal hard drive storage that you are accustomed to with Windows or Mac. That’s because most of your files should be in the cloud. Creating folders and utilizing Google Drive for all your files will help to keep your Chromebook speedy.

3. Use Google Drive for your downloads – You can take full advantage of Google Drive with this hack that many people aren’t aware of and it will technically work on a Chromebook or any other device using the Chrome browser. Changing your downloads to a Google Drive folder will automatically upload all your downloads to the cloud so they are always accessible from other devices and will never be lost when you Powerwash or use another Chromebook.

4. Review and uninstall Apps – The new app manager in the Chrome OS settings is a useful place to see all your apps and review which ones you are using and which ones can be deleted. Although non-running apps don’t use system resources when they aren’t actively open, they are still using up your local storage, so in general, it’s a good idea to check out the app manager every now and then and delete any apps that you don’t have any need for any more or haven’t used lately.





Tuesday, January 21, 2020

When to update chrome and how to do it.




Update Google Chrome

To make sure you're protected by the latest security updates, Google Chrome can automatically update when a new version of the browser is available on your device. With these updates, you might sometimes notice that your browser looks different.


Get a Chrome update when available
Normally updates happen in the background when you close and reopen your computer's browser. But if you haven't closed your browser in a while, you might see a pending update:


1. On your computer, open Chrome.
2. At the top right, look at More More.
3. If an update is pending, the icon will be colored:


  • Green: An update was released less than 2 days ago.
  • Orange: An update was released about 4 days ago.
  • Red: An update was released at least a week ago.


To update Google Chrome:

1. On your computer, open Chrome.
2. At the top right, click More More.
3. Click Update Google Chrome.

  • Important: If you can't find this button, you're on the latest version.

4. Click Relaunch.

The browser saves your opened tabs and windows and reopens them automatically when it restarts. Your Incognito windows won't reopen when Chrome restarts. If you'd prefer not to restart right away, click Not now. The next time you restart your browser, the update will be applied.



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Tuesday, January 14, 2020

7 Google Chrome Tips to Get The Most of Your Browser






Over a billion people use Google Chrome daily. Users love its simple interface, quick speed, and vast catalogue of browser extensions. Chrome is so widespread in the US that aside from its nearest rival, Safari, which holds 32% of the market, no other browser tops 5% of users.

If you love Google Chrome and want to take your browsing experience to the next level, then try out these essential browser tips.

Learn Your Shortcuts
Before sharing favourite extensions for security and convenience, it’s important to review some Chrome fundamentals. You may already know that “Ctrl + T” opens a new tab, and “Ctrl + N” — a new window.

Here are some of the other shortcuts you may find useful:

Ctrl+J = Open Downloads window.
Ctrl+K = Move the cursor to the Omnibox (address bar).
Ctrl H = Show History
Ctrl B=Show Bookmarks
Ctrl+1-8 = Pressing Ctrl and any number 1 through 8 moves to the corresponding tab in your tab bar.
Ctrl+9 = Switch to the last tab.
Ctrl+Shift+T = Undo any closed tab.
Ctrl+Shift+N= Open Incognito mode
Ctrl+W= Close active window
Ctrl+Shift+Delete= Clear browsing data


Clear Up Some Space
Press Ctrl+Shift+Delete, and you’ll see how much space Chrome data is taking up. Depending on when the last time you’ve cleared Chrome, you may have gigabytes of cached data. What’s excellent about Chrome, you can customise how you want to remove it.

You can remove everything or select time frames like the last 24 hours or two weeks. Meanwhile, you can keep your stored passwords, autofill data, and select anything else you want to keep while deleting everything else.

Doing this now and then is a great way to save space on both your desktop and mobile devices.

Clean Your Computer
Did you know Chrome can check your computer for spyware and other threats? Both Windows and Mac users can use Google’s Software Removal Tool in Chrome’s settings.

By any means, it shouldn’t replace your anti-malware software. But it’s an extra layer of security, and it’s free.

Get a Chrome Password Manager
To secure your online accounts, you need to use robust, lengthy, and unique passwords. But creating and remembering these for the 50 or more online accounts you have is impossible.

Fortunately, you can download a Chrome password manager (for example, this one). Chrome does have a built-in password storing option, but it’s not a secure one. You’re better off going with a browser extension that combines security and convenience.

Then you can store all your passwords in one secure place and then sync them across your devices. It makes your login credentials not only safer but easier for you to access. Talk about a win-win.

Block Pop-ups and Ads
In 2020, there’s no reason for you to experience pop-ups and intrusive ads. Adblock Plus is the classic Chrome extension that kills a wide array of pop-ups and even hits YouTube ads.

But some options include not only pop-up blocking but also malware detection and more. Check out Ghostery, which blocks not only pop-ups but also third-party tracking scripts. Companies use those to track Internet user’s activity for marketing or other purposes.





Find the Right Extensions for You
Password managers and pop-up blockers are essential for all internet users. But from here, take some time to find the right extension for you. No matter what your occupation or interest, you’ll be able to find a helpful extension.

For example, students and professionals can benefit from spelling and grammar tools like Grammarly. Grammarly checks all form boxes and fields to make sure you don’t have any errors.

Online shoppers can use Honey to scan the internet for promo codes and discounts that auto appears at checkout. And that is just the beginning. Experiment and see what you can find.

Take Care of Chrome
Chrome should update automatically. But if you’re one of those people who don’t close the browser (or turn off the computer), you may want to check. Chrome will notify you if an update is available. Click on the three dots next to your account picture. If you don’t see anything, then go to Help and check manually.

Then from time to time, restore default settings, delete unused extensions and books, and check the activity logs. Keeping on top of this will ensure Chrome is always running fine.

Top Chrome Tips for 2020
Google Chrome is a fantastic web browser. It’s simple, fast, and secure. But you can make Chrome your own only when you start integrating these tips into your daily life. Get out there and make the most out of your browsing experience.




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Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Employee education, training is key to curtailing risk of phishing attack









While the objective of phishing has remained constant over time, the nature of phishing attacks is constantly evolving.

Despite being one of the oldest types of cyberattacks — dating back to the 1980s — phishing continues to plague businesses of all types as one of the most significant cyberthreats today. The recent global ransomware attack WannaCry, which infected more than 200,000 computers in at least 100 countries, originated with a successful email phishing attack. WannaCry is just one of countless examples of the widespread, severe damage that cybercriminals can inflict upon businesses by using disguised email as a weapon. Phishing attacks are on the rise and are becoming more sophisticated as time progresses.

As such, now is the time for companies of all shapes and sizes to review the issue of phishing and what steps can be taken to minimize the risk of this lethal cyberthreat. In particular, employee education and training is a vital tactic that can be employed to combat the threat of phishing so that companies don’t fall victim to this time-tested attack vector.
Related: Top U.S. cybercrimes include more than just data breach, phishing

Phishing explained

As a general matter, phishing involves the sending of fraudulent email communications that deceivingly appear to originate from a reputable source. The objective of phishing attacks is either to steal sensitive personal data, such as credit card information or login credentials, or to install malware on the target’s machine or systems. Many phishing emails include ransomware — a vicious form of malware that can lock a device by encrypting its files, which then become inaccessible to the victim until a ransom is paid.
Although the objective of phishing has remained constant over time, the nature of phishing attacks is constantly evolving. For starters, cybercriminals have branched out beyond emails, and now are perpetrating phishing attacks through both text messages and social media platforms. In addition, today’s targeted phishing attacks are also combined with social engineering methods, where phishers research their intended target and incorporate detailed personal information pertaining to the intended victim in their fraudulent communications, significantly raising the likelihood of success of the attack. As such, it is significantly more challenging for companies to defend against phishing scams today than in years past.

Furthermore, the financial impact that a successful phishing attack has on a company is significant. According to the FBI’s Internet Crime Report, in 2017 alone, business email compromise — a form of targeted phishing geared to defraud companies — cost targets an average of $43,000. In May of last year, the FBI announced updated numbers, providing that phishing has cost businesses more than $12 billion over the last five years alone.

Employee education and training

Employee education and training is an essential tool that companies must utilize in order to effectively defend against sophisticated phishing scams. With proper education and training, a company’s workforce can serve as a robust first and last line of defense against phishing attacks.
Companies should include targeted phishing awareness education and training as an integral part of every employee’s onboarding process. In addition, companies should also complete phishing training on a regular basis for all members of their organization. Importantly, however, companies cannot rely on mere annual training to carry the day when it comes to effectively combating the threat of phishing attacks. Rather, in order to fully minimize the threat, training needs to be multifaceted, ongoing and consistent.

The first step in educating and training employees is to persuasively convey how significant a threat phishing poses to the long-term success of the organization. Educating employees about the dangers and consequences of phishing attacks is one of the best defenses companies can deploy to guard against the risk of phishing scams. In addition, employees should be educated on current phishing methods and techniques that are being deployed by hackers to deceive employees into giving up access to their organization’s network and systems. This ensures that employees stay up-to-date on new and emerging threats, and keeps important data security practices and habits fresh in workers’ memories. Furthermore, companies must also provide employees with best practices to implement to ensure they avoid the pitfalls of potential phishing scenarios, such as:

Never trusting an email based simply on the message’s purported source;
Never relying exclusively on images or logos as a measure of a email’s authenticity;
Being suspicious of emails with generic greetings and improper grammar style;
Being cognizant of the fact that enticing or aggressive email subject lines are commonly used to entice people into clicking on a link or taking other high-risk actions;
Recognizing that emails that threaten or urge “immediate action” are often used to scare and intimidate targets into acting hastily, before they take the time to exercise proper caution;
Never clicking on a link without first verifying the destination of the link by hovering the user’s cursor over the URL to determine the link destination; and
Never transmitting sensitive personal or company information via email.
Finally, companies must also teach and train all employees how to spot and recognize attempted phishing attacks. Active training — as opposed to passive training, such as video tutorials — in individual settings is ideal to maximize the impact of phishing training regimens. A very effective technique that companies can implement is to demonstrate what an actual phishing attack might look like in real-time, and how that attempted attack is properly dealt with and neutralized.

In addition, training employees in real-life, non-classroom settings with simulated phishing campaigns is also an extremely effective training and educational tool that aids employees in recognizing their own understanding of the threat, while at the same time reinforcing the company’s anti-phishing education and training efforts. For example, a company can test employees by sending them simulated phishing emails to see if they are able to detect the malicious nature of the message. If an employee responds to the email, the company can then use this as an opportunity to educate the employee and further reinforce the importance of proper security measures and practices.

Beyond that, the results of simulated phishing exercises — such as the attack techniques that workers are most susceptible to — can be used to focus and strengthen the organization’s phishing education and training efforts, helping to shore up any weak spots that employees may demonstrate in identifying and avoiding phishing scams.


The final word

According to Symantec’s 2018 Internet Security Threat Report, approximately 71.4% of targeted cyberattacks involved the use of phishing email messages. In addition, according to a recent Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report, almost two in three instances of malware were installed by way of malicious email attachments contained in phishing emails. Companies can expect to continue to encounter a similar, steady — if not increasing — steam of phishing attacks specifically targeting business entities for the foreseeable future. As such, now is the time for companies to ramp up their employee phishing education and training regimens to effectively defend against the high volume of sophisticated phishing scams which show no signs of slowing down in the coming years.


By effectively educating and training workers to employ effective anti-phishing data security practices, companies can put their workforce in the best position to identify, respond to, and defeat attempted phishing schemes when — inevitably — they arrive in a worker’s inbox.




All credit goes to: https://www.propertycasualty360.com/2019/05/24/how-effective-employee-education-and-training-combats-phishing-attack-risk-414-155823/?slreturn=20190428150802




Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Tweak These Google Chrome Settings to Level Up Your Browsing



Get the most out of Google's Chrome browser with these tips and tricks.



Chances are you spend a lot of your computing time inside a browser window, and quite possibly inside a Chrome tab; Google's browser has come from nowhere in 2008 to dominate the browser landscape on desktop and mobile. Part of Chrome's appeal is its ease of use, but it also has more advanced features just below the surface that can help you do more in less time.

To give your time online a boost, try these Chrome tips and tweaks. If you'd rather go for a more-privacy-focused browser, give one of these alternatives a spin. Or if you're heavy into Apple's ecosystem, try our guide to Safari on iOS and macOS.

1. Mute noisy sites

No one likes their browsing interrupted by auto-playing ads or videos. If one site is proving particularly annoying, you can silence it permanently. Right-click on the site's tab at the top of Chrome, then choose Mute Site. Pages from that particular domain won't be able to make a peep until you choose Unmute Site from the same menu.

2. Bring back closed tabs

Chrome keyboard shortcuts can make a real difference to how quickly you can get stuff done; see here for a full list. One of our favorites is Ctrl+Shift+T on Windows (or Cmd+Shift+T on a Mac): It brings back the tab that you most recently closed. You can keep pressing the same shortcut to open more and more recently closed tabs.

3. Change the look of Chrome

Chrome comes with a theming tool that you might not have discovered yet. Open up a new tab, then click on the Customize button in the bottom right. You can choose an entire theme based around a background image (Background), or set a specific gallery of colors (Color and theme), and even change the shortcuts that show up on new tabs (Shortcuts).








4. Look up your passwords

Chrome does an excellent job of remembering your passwords and usernames for various sites, but you might not always be logging on inside Chrome. If you need to look up a password, open the Chrome menu and choose Settings, then Passwords. You can search for a specific username or URL at the top, then click the eye icon to reveal the password.

5. Switch between profiles

Just like you can have user profiles for different people on Windows or macOS, you can have multiple Chrome profiles. It keeps passwords, history, settings, and more separate, and it works for different family members or just for different parts of your life, like work versus home. Click your avatar (top right) then Manage People to get started.

6. Embrace the emoji

If you think one emoji is worth a thousand words, you'll be interested in this one. You can right-click inside any text box in Chrome on Windows or macOS, then choose Emoji & Symbols to quickly access a gallery of icons and pictures. If you can't find what you're looking for straightaway, use the search box at the top or the category list at the bottom.







7. Find tabs you've opened elsewhere

As long as you're signed into the same Google account, you can quickly access open tabs on other computers where Chrome is installed. It's helpful for bringing back a tab from your office computer while you're at home, for example. From the Chrome menu, choose History, then History again, then click on Tabs from other devices to see a list.

8. Load up the task manager

Chrome has a task manager, just like Windows and macOS. It's useful for troubleshooting problems, closing problem tabs, and generally seeing which sites are hogging all of your system resources. To get it onscreen, open the Chrome menu (three dots, top right), then choose More Tools and Task Manager. Click on any entry in the list, then End Process to instantly kill it.






9. Cast your tabs

Google Chrome can send open tabs—or even your entire desktop—to a Chromecast device on your local Wi-Fi network. It's perfect for everything from big-screen presentations at the office to sharing photos with the family at home. Click the Chrome menu button, then Cast to choose a local Chromecast device.

10. Send pages to other devices

We've talked about checking on open tabs on different devices, but you can be more proactive about this if you want. Right-click on a tab header and choose Send to Your Devices and you'll see a list of all your devices where you're signed into Google Chrome, from phones to laptops. Take your pick to send the tab to the other device.

11. Quiet the notifications

Plenty of sites now ask to send you notifications through your browser, and if you think this is getting a bit out of hand, you can take back control. On any site, click the icon to the left of the address bar (either a padlock or an info symbol), then choose Site settings, then Notifications to choose whether to enable alerts from the site.




12. Pack the bookmarks bar

When you save a bookmark to the Bookmarks Bar, it shows up underneath your tabs. (Choose Bookmarks and Show Bookmarks Bar from the Chrome menu if you can't see it). Right-click on each of these bookmarks in turn, choose Edit and clear the Name field, and you'll be left with a compact row of favicons, so you can pack a lot more bookmarks in.

13. Enable reader mode

Chrome includes a stripped-down, distraction-free reader mode, but it's not enabled by default, and it's still a little rough around the edges. To get it, open a new tab and visit chrome://flags, then set the Enable Reader Mode flag to Enabled. Relaunch Chrome, and choose Distill Page from the main Chrome menu to put any page into reader mode.

14. Make full use of the omnibox

You probably already know you can type web searches as well as URLs into the Chrome omnibox (the address bar at the top of the page), but there's lots more you can type in there for instant answers. Try typing in calculations or entering "define …" and then a word of your choice, or look up a conversion between different measurement units.






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