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WorldStart Tech Tips 2017-03-28

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Quick Tip

Ransomware Now Sold As A Service

You’re heard of software like Microsoft Office and Photoshop being sold as a service, now the creators of ransomware are getting in on the action, offering customizable ransomware as a service to hackers on the dark web.

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Would-be hackers who want to spread the malware sign up at the creator’s website and promise to give 30% of what they earn from the ransomware back to the developers.

Crooks have to connect a Bitcoin virtual currency account to the Ransomware service and specify how much they want victims to pay to unlock their files. Then they can download the needed files to attack unsuspecting users. They’ll even collect the ransom money for you and forward your cut on to your account.

That means you don’t necessarily need any tech skills to conduct a malware scam besides attaching the file to an email.

What does that mean to ordinary users? It means that you can expect ransomware to become even more prevalent. Keep your eyes open for suspicious links and attachments!

~ Cynthia

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Announcements

 

If You've EVER Tried To Move Files From PC to PC...

You Know It's FRUSTRATING!

You Need Your Files & You Need 'em Now!

Transfer ALL Your Files At Wicked High Speeds!

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You Know What ISN'T Fun?

Transferring files between computers the "old" way. That is, CDs, DVDs, or flash drives. It's a lot of back-and-forth and a LOT of time.7

You've been DREAMING of a way that lets you just hook your two computers together and share the data...

I mean, don't you just hate it when...

6 You get a brand new machine and your photos, music, and documents are all trapped on your old computer?
5 You have a desktop and a laptop but sharing files between them is a complete nightmare?
4 You and a friend want to swap files, but there just isn't an easy way?
3 You have more than one computer in the house, and you'd like to get files from one to the other?

Bottom line - You're gonna need to get files from one computer to another sooner or later!

Sure there's lots of ways to do it - and they all fall under "hard and miserable"! You could spend your afternoon burning CDs, emailing the files to yourself (please tell me you don't do that), or grabbing an Ethernet cable and networking the computers together.

Yeah, that didn't sound very good to me either. Come ON! Your time is WAY more valuable than that!! Right?

Join us here in this decade doin' it the EASY WAY...

Grab the amazing Targus High-Speed Transfer Cable! It effortlessly networks your two computers together with just a cable - all automatic!

I looked up the word "easy" in the dictionary and I think I saw a picture of the Targus High-Speed Transfer Cable!

How's it work?

Simple! Just plug one end into each computer's USB port - you're over half way done! That's right - if you can use a USB plug - YOU'RE already an expert! EASY!

Oh, and you'll absolutely love this - once you plug in, a friendly "Windows Explorer" style window automatically pops open so you can quickly drag and drop your files from one computer to another! That's really it! So easy it ought to be illegal!

YESSSSS!! This is works back and forth with everything from Win 98 right up to Windows 8 - talk about great compatibility!!!

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Plus it's lightning fast too! This uses high-speed USB 2.0 so it's the smokin' hot Ferrari of data transfer! There's nothing like a fast, zippy progress bar on your screen to bring a smile to your face!

Without a DOUBT - this is the one accessory NO computer user should be without! Just imagine - next time you need to transfer documents, loads of photos, tons of music - it can all be done with this little cable! Oh, and you are in for a real TREAT when you upgrade to your next computer! You know ALL those files you need to get from one machine to another? Yup, use this cable, sit back, and relax! It's done baby!!

You and I BOTH know you've gotta be crazier than an outhouse rat to sit there trying to copy all your data to CDs or flash drives - or worse - trying to network two computers together just to get your data moved!

If you're ever, in your life, going to buy another computer YOU need this!! Heck, if you're ever going to transfer a batch of files from one computer to another you need this!

Best computer accessory. EVER.

PLUS...

YOU get a deal so smokin' hot you should need a permit from the fire dept.!

Today only, you can get this for just $10.97! Oh, and take it from me - once you get your hands on this bad boy you'll be patting yourself on the back for grabbin' it!! It's THAT good!

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A word of warning though - this was a VERY limited quantity buyout, so once these are gone, we can't get more. Don't get left out in the cold - GRAB this deal today!




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Computers 101

Schedule Disk Defrag: Part 2

In part 1 of this article, we began to process of using task scheduler to automatically set up disk cleanup on your PC. If you haven’t read part 1 yet, click here.

By the end of the tutorial, you can also find the paths and arguments to run CCleaner, shutdown and restart your computer, backup the Documents folder and open a custom session in Chrome or Firefox.

Step one: simply name your task and optionally add a description for it. After you are done, click Next.

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Step two: set when the task will run. We have plenty of options here. In this case, I am choosing a weekly defrag after midnight, so I’m sure that it’s completed by the time I wake up.

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Step three: now it’s time to set up the action. In Windows 7, apart from starting a program, you can also display a message or send an e-mail. Both of this actions are deactivated in Windows 8, 8.1 and 10, so despite appearing as an option to select in the action screen, they are useless.

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Okay, now that we’ve decided to start a program, it’s time to get down to business and defrag the disk. We’ll walk you through that step-by-step in part 3 of this series.

~ Hernan Escalante

 

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On The Move

Apple Has The Cheapest iPad Ever

Apple’s latest iPad has a lot going for it, but for a lot of consumers, the attraction will be the price, the lowest starting price ever for an iPad. At $329, this 9.7-inch tablet is priced more along the lines of an iPad mini or a high-end Android.

Let’s take a look at what it offers. The 8.7″ Retina display features a 2058 x 1536 resolution.

The 64-Bit A9 chip is not the latest generation of processors, but it should be plenty fast enough for streaming and playing games. Apple also promises that this tablet has up to a 10-hour battery life. (though I wouldn’t count on that if you’re watching 10 hours of streaming video or playing a game.)

The new model features...

Click here for more on the latest iPad.

 

From The Archives

Tech Acronyms Explained

One reader wasn’t too pleased with my attempts to explain how wireless works. I got this comment on the article:  “As with most techies, you can’t resist using jargon and acronyms. If you want to teach beginners, EXPLAIN. Even if you find the thought of someone not knowing the meaning of these acronyms, etc. to be unbelievable, do it anyway.
1.”Public source” – explain
2. “3G or 4G” – what is it?
3. “DSL line” – what is it?
4. router, modem – what are they?
5. there is actually no response to her statement – “I don’t know the difference between an I-pad, or I-phone, or a tablet, or a smartphone, etc. etc.”
To educate, you must put yourself in the student’s place.
I find the indiscriminate use of acronyms to be elitist – “I know something you don’t, nyah, nyah.”

I’m certainly not trying to tease. The reason I used those particular acronyms is that these are the terms the companies that provide them will use. I have covered these terms in other articles, but I’d be glad to go over them again.  So let’s break down what the terms mean.

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Public source:  I meant just that. WiFi that’s available for the public to use. It could be a from a library, school, restaurant or other business.

3G and 4G refer to two types of standards for connections offered by wireless companies to use with mobile devices. These are the types of connections you would use for your smartphone service. 3G is third-generation and 4 G stands for fourth-generation. 4G is the faster of the 2.

DSL – refers to a digital subscriber line. It refers to high-speed connections offered over telephone networks.

A modem is a device that connects your PC to the Internet. It modulates your incoming and outgoing digital signals so that the service provider can connect with your PC and your PC can connect to your Internet Service Provider.

A router is a device that...

Click here for more tech term definitions.

 

Today's Feature

How Can I See Photos In Windows 10?

A reader is pretty fired up about photos in Windows 10.  “I am surviving with Windoze 10, (I prefer 7! – Somebody SHOOT Bill Gates!), but I have one question – “HOW can I see pictures when I list them in the directory?”  All I can see are icons!  With over 21 thousand graphics in over 100 folders, it’s maddening as hell to have to either go by the filenames or clicking to see EACH ONE individually!  HELP!!!”

No need to get violent. The process for viewing photos is very similar in both Windows 7 and Windows 10.  I suspect you’re viewing them in the Photos app, which is designed more for touch-screens and is focused heavily on visuals.

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For organizational purposes, I suggest using File Explorer. Just open it and select your Pictures files.

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At the top, click the View tab.

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You can see images as...

Click here for more on viewing pictures in Windows 10.

 

Amanda's Coolsite

The Wonderful World Of Early Photography

Photography is a part of our everyday lives. Just think about all the times during the day you access some form of photography.  We look at photographs all the time when we visit the web – Facebook, Instagram, desktop wallpaper. We see them when we go to store in advertisements, magazines, book covers, etc. We watch television shows, music videos; films that are moving pictures.

But where did it all start? What was early photography like? Well at Neatorama, you can check out a whole page that looks back at the wonderful world of early photography. Navigation is easy, because all you have to do is scroll down and read.  Most of the topics covered as you scroll down also have links (they are in bold) that will take you to more information about that subject. Just click the link to learn more.

The site starts with the camera obscura, then examines daguerreotypes, portraits, how the word photography is coined, photo montages and more. Some of the links go to wiki articles that have even more links that you can check out to learn more.  

What I really loved about this article was that they provide images of each type that they discuss, so you can see what each development in photography looked like, and then you can follow the links if any specific part catches your attention!

What are you waiting for? Go check this article out and learn about photography’s early days!

http://www.neatorama.com/2006/08/29/the-wonderful-world-of-early-photography/

~Amanda

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One More Big Deal

When the sample for this came into the warehouse, it seemed so light and small, I wondered how it could protect hands from high heat. But let me tell you, IT WORKS.  We tested it ourselves in the WorldStart Test Kitchens, which are located in the kitchen of my house. Let me tell you, I put this thing through the paces.

First of all, I fired up the oven to a blazing 500 DEGREES and put a cast-iron Dutch oven in there. Nothing holds heat like cast iron and in no time that pot was smokin' hot. I even tested it with an instant-read thermometer to make sure it was 500 degrees. I slipped on the mitt, touched the handles, lifted the lid and I didn't feel a thing. AMAZING!

I usually don't like oven gloves, because they're big and bulky and, for me, make it harder to get a firm hold on pot handles and lids. I usually go with towel for the control, but they aren't that effective against heat and I've got the scars on my hands to prove it.  And I may or may not have set one or two of them on fire.

The slim design of this glove slides over your fingers for complete protection, but still gives you total flexibility. I was skeptical that something this lightweight could really protect my fingers, but IT WORKED PERFECTLY. I didn't feel a thing.

It's also great for stirring. Nobody likes grabbing a hot spoon, but have you ever tried to stir with a bulky oven glove? I even tested it out by flipping a steak using only my hands. The surface that touches the pot is specially ridged for a firm grip. Great control and my fingers didn't feel a thing!

Best of all, this is completely washable. I was making kind of sticky pan sauce last night and got a little on the glove. It rinsed right off under the tap. A towel or a cloth oven mitt would have required a round in the washer. You can even put these right in the dishwasher. It's so CONVENIENT!

It also worked perfectly for picking up a cookie sheet from the oven. I will warn you, that if you have any heavy pots or cookie sheets, it's best to buy two of them.

But for only $6.97 , why not? You'll probably want to get four in case you have a helper in the kitchen.

Everybody who works here wants at least two for their kitchen, but they'll have to wait to see if there are any left over, because I'm giving you first crack at this special deal for a limited time only.

Click the link below to put one (or more) in your cart for only $6.97!

And remember: it's buy one, get one free! So every "1" you add to your cart, you'll get TWO!

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Get yours now before we run out or the price goes back to $10.97 !




 

Monthly Wallpaper

March Wallpaper Is Ready!

The featured desktop wallpaper for March is ready for you to download!

Check out the featured images below and stop by the site - hundreds to choose from.

All can be found here and are 100% free:

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Oh, and if you enjoy these images, please tell your friends!

Mesa Arch Sunrise, Canyonlands NP


Grey Tree Frog In A Flower (thnink spring!)

Corkscrew Falls (great for phones and tablets!)

For these and other great selections of desktop wallpaper, head to:

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As always, the wallpaper is 100% free, so enjoy!


 

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