Tuesday, February 27, 2018

How to master: Google Chrome for PC, Mac, Android and iOS PART 1

Polish up your Chrome skills by checking out these tips for making the most of Google’s web browser

Whenever a new device shows up, people argue about a ‘killer app’ – that one essential that ensures the latest shiny trinket will be a market leader. But the reality is a web browser for most people remains their most-used – and thereby most important – app. And Google Chrome is the best of them.

But although Google Chrome – like all modern web browsers – offers a kind of minimal, stripped-back approach, there are loads of great features and settings you may not know about. This feature is all about discovering the good bits, saving you time and effort, and leaving you with extra hours in which to conduct vital online research – or yell at random strangers on social media.



On desktop, open Chrome’s settings and select On start-up. This is by default set to continue on from where you left off. But if you tend to visit the same sites first thing, select Open a specific page or set of pages. If your favourite pages are already open, click Use current pages; otherwise, click Add a new page and enter a URL. Repeat until your list is complete; your set of pages will open next time you launch Chrome.


Google encourages you to sign into its apps. This enables them to improve your user experience. Chrome is no exception, because you can sync between devices things like bookmarks and passwords. But that’s not great if someone pilfers your account details and roams about being you. Stop that happening by activating 2-Step Verification (www.google.com/landing/2step/), which requires your phone to confirm new sign-ins.


When you juggle devices, you may plonk yourself down in front of a PC before realising the page you need is already open on your smartphone. Assuming your devices are signed in, you can quickly view and open such tabs. On mobile, click ⋮ and choose Recent tabs. On desktop, click ⋮ in the main toolbar and then History to see tabs that are open elsewhere, or go to History > Show Full History and click Tabs from other devices.


Whichever flavour of Chrome you prefer, there will be a microphone button on the screen. (On desktop and Android, it’s in the search field; on iOS, you’ll find it above the keyboard.) Once you’ve approved access requirements, tap this button, and speak your search query. Chrome will provide the usual results page, but also read out the most salient information, such as a weather forecast or a Wikipedia article synopsis.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Tips to keep your child safe on the internet

A new generation is about to wade into the waters of the internet, and Connecticut Better Business Bureau recommends parents be an integral part of teaching their children how to make the most of the internet and avoid its potential problems.

The threats children face are many of the same ones as adults, such as fake websites, viruses, collection of personal information and other scams. Keeping children safe online also involves a different type of danger: bullying.

“It is a sad fact that young children and older students can be harassed, threatened and embarrassed by their peers,” said Connecticut Better Business Bureau spokesman Howard Schwartz. “Most bullying occurs through social media and email, sometimes with devastating consequences. Parents can help nip such problems in the bud by keeping the lines of communication open.”

There are a number of ways parents can help protect their children online, including using parental controls with filters that can block certain sites and content. There is also software that can reveal what websites your children are visiting.

Parental oversight of young children on the internet goes beyond laptops, PCs and Macs. Smart phones and tablets are also computers and present the same risks. If it’s a smart device, you can restrict the hours that children can use it.

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Another area that requires parental instruction and oversight is social media. Many children have social media profiles, and there may be school or other groups with social media pages. Children should be taught that people who want to be their friend or follow them online may not be who they seem to be, and may present a danger.

Children may lack the maturity and judgement to know how to protect themselves from stalkers, and how to deal with pop-up ads with phony coupons, friend requests and games.

Connecticut BBB offers these tips to help keep your child safe as he or she begins to explore the internet:

Monitor their activities – Keep computers within your view when your child is in the learning stages, and watch over them until you are comfortable with their internet skills.

Create their accounts – This can help you control the safety of your children’s activities, whether they are creating social media profiles or signing up for any service, email, game or website.

Check privacy settings – When your child is ready for social media make sure that only friends can see their profiles, and explain the risks of engaging with people they don’t know.

Discuss the limits of sharing – That includes anything that identifies the child, the family, the school, telephone numbers, address, birthdays and family photos.

Keep the lines of communication open – You will want to know if anyone is trolling, pestering or bullying your child to enable you to intervene as quickly as possible.

All Credit goes to : http://fox61.com/2017/02/19/tips-to-keep-your-child-safe-on-the-internet/