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WorldStart Tech Tips 2016-07-27

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Quick Tip

Where Did My Yahoo Tool Bar Go?

A reader is missing some favorite features in Windows 10.  “Win 10 question –  I want my Yahoo toolbar back and print preview.  I’m printing wasted pages cause I can’t select which I don’t want.”

I think the issue is the browser that you’re using. It sounds like you’re using Microsoft Edge, which doesn’t yet support  the Yahoo toolbar. Here’s what the icon for Edge looks like.

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If you upgraded from Windows 7 or 8, you should just be able to open the browser you were using before the upgrade and see your toolbar still there on the browser.  Just search for the browser in your Start Menu search box and click on the results.

If this is a new PC, you can type Internet Explorer in the search box and click on the results. Then you can add your Yahoo Toolbar again by going to Yahoo.com.  If you were using another browser, you can go to the site for the browser and download it again.

~ Cynthia

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Announcements

Some people think LAN adapters have outlived their purpose... they're CRAZY!

That's what your computer manufacturers WANT you to think. Sure, your PC or laptop may have come with integrated wireless support... but what you didn't know is that they LOVE to stick in the cheapest part they can find for that.

"How are they gonna know?" they say. But when you're trying to watch that video on YouTube or Facebook, or check your e-mail... and it just loads and loads forever... oh, you know.

 

You're paying for FAST Internet... but your computer's lackluster wireless is HOLDING YOU BACK!

It's like paying for HDTV channels and being stuck watching the standard definition channels!

To see for myself, I checked the computers around the office...

It was no surprise - the HIGHEST speed on the built-in adapters? 150 Mbps.

The average router can handle TWICE that... but with the crappy integrated wireless support computers come with, it doesn't even matter.

"Can it really be that simple?"

YES IT CAN!

This LAN adapter may look small, but it is packed with HUMONGUS power, speed, and even security!

At 300 Mbps, this LAN adapter can handle any home connection you've got. You won't have to sit there wondering if your wireless is holding you back - because it won't be.

Whatever speed connection you have, this will let you get the MAXIMUM effect out of it!

See, it has this awesome feature that automatically detects the optimal network transmission rate for your connection!

To put it simply: without this feature, your network might try to send too little (which makes your speeds slooow) or too much (which overloads your network and can cause your Internet to "die" for a brief period. You've probably experienced this before with "random outages!")

This LAN adapter helps optimize that transmission rate so you always get the BEST experience - that means consistant, quality connections 24/7.

That's not even everything: the integrated antenna gives you extra range WITHOUT making this a bulky nightmare - since you might be using it on a laptop, you don't want some monstrosity sticking out the side, right?

Tiny adapters CAN pack a punch - this one proves it!

You might not even know if your integrated wireless is secure or not. Sure, it PROBABLY has some base level protection... but is it the kind of protection you trust when you go to bank online? Log into your e-mail?

There's nothing worse than uncertainty. That's why this LAN adapter's list of encryption means you've got peace of mind to go with that ultra fast speed!

WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK encryption.

It's okay if that's a bunch of gibberish - let me break it down:

This is like wrapping your connection up in an electrical, barb wired fence with armed guards every 3 feet.

Nobody gets in without your permission.

AND INSTALLATION COULDN'T BE EASIER!

It's a two-step process.

1. Plug in your LAN adapter.

2. Install the drivers from the disk.

After you take the one minute to do that, your PC or laptop now has wireless. Or if it had wireless, it now has FASTER, STRONGER, LONGER RANGE wireless.

AND THE DEAL COULDN'T BE BETTER!

It's only $14.97!

Only $14.97 for better Internet. That's less frustration, less wasted time, and for LESS than you'd ever imagine! WOW!

It's probably no surprise that I'm gonna urge you to be QUICK on this one! I don't know when these are going to sell out, but it won't be long.

http://store.worldstart.com/product/10599




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Computers 101

Personal Cloud: Most Asked Questions

Yesterday we introduced you to the idea of a personal cloud. Click here if you haven’t checked out that article yet.  Today, we’ll take on some of the most-asked questions about personal clouds.

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Does this outdate other storage mediums? Do I need one to keep up-to-date with technology?

Don’t worry — other storage mediums aren’t going anywhere! If you’re worried that these personal clouds may render your current medium of choice obsolete, don’t be. Personal clouds are just as much a threat to USB and portable hard disk storages than service-based clouds are, and they didn’t make other storage mediums redundant.

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In short, you shouldn’t purchase a personal cloud in order to ‘keep up with technology’; only if you believe you’ll personally get good usage from it. If you prefer to store your data another way, keep going with it!

How much are they?

It depends on how much storage you’d like. If you’re on the lower end of the range, you can pick up a personal cloud around 1-2TB at around $100-$120. The further you go up the storage sizes, the more it costs; 4TB personal clouds can easily go for $160, for instance.

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As usual, don’t rush out and purchase the first cloud you see! As is true with all computer hardware, different brands will carry different levels of quality. You’ll usually end up having to pay more for a higher quality cloud, but it’s important to remember that this will be the backup device for your important data. It’s worth paying a little extra to make sure your data is kept safe and secure!

Are they safe?

Given that some personal clouds can be accessed from any computer over the internet, does that mean they’re very unsafe? What are the chances that people can access your cloud and hack into your personal files?

The way a cloud handles the online functionality of its service will depend from server to server. Some cloud services handle it by allowing you to access it through a public IP address, and others may offer an app or piece of software you have to open to access your files. The key thing to note is that, unlike public cloud providers, your cloud is unknown to people wishing to crack into clouds to access private data. As long as you keep your information safe, it should be kept very safe from attackers; the only way someone could potentially access your cloud is if someone was randomly checking IPs for a storage device; basically, you’re pretty safe!

That’s all for now about personal clouds. What do you think about them?

~ Simon

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On The Move

Chrome Mobile: Open & Navigate Tabs

Yesterday I introduced you to the Google Chrome mobile browser. Today we’re going to take a closer look at how to navigate tabs. When you open the Chrome browser on your phone or tablet, you’ll see the familiar address bar at the top of the page. To the right of the address bar you’ll see a number.

That number that tells you how many tabs you have open. A tab refers to a window in which you view an open website. In this app, it’s possible to several open at once.

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If you have more than one tab open, you can tap that number to view your tabs.

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You can either swipe right to close the tab or tap the X in the right corner.

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To add more tabs...

Click here to learn how to add tabs in Chrome mobile.

 

From The Archives

How Much Is Your Personal Information Worth?

Every time we access the internet, we’re leaving a trail of information about ourselves. Even if you’re aware of this—maybe you’ve noticed targeted advertising or have heard about governments tracking internet usage—you may not really realize what a danger it is to blithely share your personal information with all these strangers around the globe. But if you’re not careful, you’re risking everything from legal repercussions to identity theft.

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Let’s take a look at what’s happening and what you can do to prevent sharing too much information about yourself.

Types of Shared Information

There are three main types of information about you that are floating around out there. The first and most obvious one is volunteered information. When you post information about yourself on forums, social media sites, and other places, you’re voluntarily giving up information about yourself, which often includes things like your name, age, location, interests, and more. But it goes even further than that: Google also scans your emails looking for keywords so they can target advertising at you.

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The second type of data is...

Click here to learn more about what your data is worth.

 

Today's Feature

How Do I Stop Scam Callers? Try NoMoreRobo

We’ve talked a lot about phone scams, but a reader wants to know if there’s a way to put a stop to them: “Over the past week I have been inundated with scam type calls. They are definitely increasing. How about some suggestions on how to stop them? The FCC seems powerless and very inefficient. The don’t call list is unable to stop them apparently as well.”

The Do Not Call list won’t help because only legitimate businesses have anything to gain by following the law. People who don’t mind lying about being from Microsoft don’t care if you want them to call.

It’s hard for the FTC to do anything about most of these places because the calls come from outside the country where they have no power. Even the scams coming from within the U.S. are hard to track because they can frequently change phone numbers and locations. By the time officials can figure out where these crooks are operating, they’ve likely moved on.

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Many people turn to service like NoMoreRobo to filter out unwanted calls. The service if free on landlines and $4.99 if you want it on your mobile phone.  This service intercepts calls and screens them for illegal robocalls.  If they detect a scammy automated call, they hang up. Your phone rings once to let you know a call has been intercepted.  Head on over to their website to watch a video that explains how it works.

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They use a database of illegal robocallers that they’ve put together with their own research, user reports, and reports from the Federal Trade Commission. Legitimate automated calls such as school closing and doctor’s appointment reminders are still permitted through.

Getting set up is pretty easy. Just scroll

Click here to learn more about setting up NoMoreRobo.

 

Amanda's Coolsite

Egypt: Faith After The Pharohs

If there’s a program on television about Egypt, I’ve probably seen it. I inherited a passion for the subject from my father and eagerly look forward to any news about new discoveries, so when I found this site exhibit, I knew I was going to be sharing it with all of you.

This online exhibit about Egypt is brought to you by the Google Cultural Institute and is based on an exhibit at the British Museum.

It traces the history of Egypt from the time it entered the Roman Empire under Augustus through the end of the Fatimid Caliphate.

To navigate through the exhibit you’ll use the arrows at the left and right of the page. You can also use your mousewheel.

As you browse the collection, you can click on the images to make them larger and learn more about the artifact. You’ll also find videos you can watch.

The artifacts in the collection are really amazing. I hope you’ll enjoy checking them out and learning more about Egypt’s history today!

https://www.google.com/culturalinstitute/beta/exhibit/IQJS2q6UTAaFJg

~Amanda

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Do you have a cool, non-commercial site that you want to share?

Send it to Amanda at amanda@worldstart.com

 

One More Big Deal

Remember the good old days when TV was free? Well, the good news is - the best TV is still free.

Yeah, your cable or satellite provider is charging you a fortune for TV stations, you don't even watch - BUT IT DOESN'T HAVE TO BE THAT WAY!

These days you can already watch most of the stuff they show on cable for free on the Internet. But what you can't watch on your computer is what you want to see most, local news, sports and your favorite network programs live when they air!

It hooks up to your HDTV in a flash. Just plug it into your TV using the included coaxial cable,  and BOOM you've got yourself some cool HIGH DEF 1080i HDTV!

It's super-light-weight and ultra-thin! Just over an inch thick and stylishly slim-lined. It looks good everywhere!

This takes all the hassle of finding channels away!

You paid a lot for that HDTV, but some cable companies charge you extra for a high-definition picture! Why pay extra?

You see it all the time now, cable and satellite providers getting into fights with local TV stations and pulling your favorite channels.

No local news, no big game... None of the things you got cable for in the first place!

Even if you're planning on keeping your satellite or cable subscription, this digital antenna is great to have as back up.

With all the contract disputes going on between cable and satellite companies, you need this antenna as insurance!

It used to be, having an antenna just brought in two maybe three channels, but nowadays - there's way more.

But most cable and satellite providers don't even bother to show it to you. Here in my town, you can pull in sixteen channels over the air from the network affiliates, but only if you have an antenna!

As long you live somewhere where you can pick up local TV signals - you can have HDTV signals with no monthly fee!

"We used to get about 30 basic channels for free through our cable line. That ended rather suddenly and the cable company wanted to charge us $16.99 a month to get the channels back. I ordered this antenna and voila! The channels are back and just as clear as ever. Works great with our brand new tv." - S. M."

"Works really, really well. Can't get over how nice the picture is compared to the poor feed we were getting on our basic cable." - M. J.

"I must say that I was surprised by the quality signal received by this antenna! Although it is not powered, I received multiple local channels with very clear pictures. This is an excellent antenna!" -K. H.

IT'S ONLY $19.97!! This thing is less than a FRACTION of your monthly bill... and it has NO recurring fees!

YES!!!

Stop getting ripped off!  Click the store link below and get this brand-name flat digital antenna for only $19.97!

http://store.worldstart.com/product/10567

Due to the AMAZINGLY LOW price we've got these at, we can not accept coupons on it. We are sorry... Don't wait until they pull your favorite channel off the air. Get yours for only$19.97  while they last. If there are any left on Thursday , it's going to cost you $39.97 !




 

Monthly Wallpaper

July Wallpaper Is (finally) Ready!

The featured desktop wallpaper for June 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:

http://www.backcountrygallery.com/wallpaper/

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

Eagle At Sunset

I was down in Florida wrapping up a rather unproductive evening at one of the wetlands when I came across this Bald Eagle perched on the remnants of an old palm tree. I saw him from a distance and decided I had little chance of actually getting close enough for a photo, but …(More)

Bear Cub With A Flower

I was lucky enough to spot this black bear cub (along with his mother and a sibling) the last time I was in the Smoky Mountains. They were busy working the edge of this hill hunting up some breakfast when I arrived. They’d graze back and forth, slowly making their way along..(More)

Sunshine Through The Rain

I FINALLY got the image I’ve been hoping for from Morton Overlook in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park! First, some background. I personally think Morton Overlook is one of the best overlooks in the entire park – in fact, it may be one of the best views in the Appalachians. As such, I’ve been trying to..(More)

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

http://www.backcountrygallery.com/wallpaper/

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


 

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