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WorldStart Tech Tips 2016-05-31

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Quick Tip

Is Two-Factor Authentication Really Safe?

Around here, we’re big fans of two-factor authentication for protecting your accounts. But a reader has a question: “I just read your submission regarding changing your password on Yahoo. I now use 2-step verification and receive a text code which allows me more security. I could be wrong, but can a hacker get around that since my cell phone number only shows the last 4 digits of my phone number? Bottom line, is how secure is this procedure?”


Much more secure than not enabling 2-factor authentication. A lot more secure. Could a hacker who was particularly dedicated to getting into your account possibly figure it out using those digits? Maybe, after multiple attempts. But the hacker would probably get locked out first.

The good news is that most hackers are pretty lazy. If they can’t get in right away, they’ll go away. It’s a heck of a lot easier for them to hack into the accounts of the many millions who don’t enable 2-factor authentication.

A dedicated burglar can beat your deadbolt and your alarm system But you are still much safer than you would be without them.

~ Cynthia

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A Frustrating Task Made Simple!

Have you ever tried to get your data OFF your phone?


Not only is it a pain to have to connect your phone to your PC just to transfer, finding the files is just as bad!

(And let's not get into hoping your computer recognizes what you're trying to DO with your phone, instead of just trying to update or charge it)

You can't even transfer over WiFi without paying for an app!


Check THIS out!

It works on computers.

It works on Android phones.

It even works on Android TABLETS!

Plug it in. Save your data. Transfer it ANYWHERE!

No cords, no weird software, no hunting for files... just save your pictures to the flash drive & plug it into your PC!


The genius is in the simple design! It's a standard USB connector on one end, and a micro-USB connector on the other!

(Everyone in the world just went "Oh man, I should've thought of that!")

If you've ever used a card reader for your memory cards because you were tired of hooking your camera up to your computer... this is kinda like that, except even BETTER!

It's just like a flash drive!

That means it's simple, fast, and AWESOME! All you have to do is plug it in to the device you're using and move the files onto it!

Now you can finally get all your photos and videos off your phone to share them on your computer!

But this isn't a one-way street!

If you're trying to get music, or maybe a movie on your phone or tablet? It's JUST as easy!

Simply plug this flash drive into your computer, drag the files into it, and then connect it to your mobile device!


I can't tell you how excited I am about this! I absolutely HATED data transfers between my mobile devices and my computer. It was ALWAYS a pain... not anymore!


If you don't need to transfer some data right now, you can use it as extra storage! But it STILL works with everything for that!

16 extra gigs is a LOT, especially on a smartphone or tablet!

Those devices don't come with a lot of storage... so you're increasing storage by up to 50%!

Squeeze some extra music on your phone even though the internal storage is full! Keep a backup of your PC's most important documents and photos!

This device does EVERYTHING and it makes it look so easy!

Hold Onto Your Jaw...

...because it's about to hit the floor!

These are an AMAZING deal! But check out just how amazing they are!

You could get the 16 GB drive for just $19.97!


Make sure you get it quick! These kinda flash drives ALWAYS sell out quick!

The sale WILL end Wednesday - but it might end sooner if we sell out of these completely!


Computers 101

Protect Your Laptop

Max Bracken from Foam Fabricators sent me the neatest infographic about protecting your PC.   It goes into detail about how to take care of your PC, plus the types of protection that are available to purchase.  Check it out:


You can access an even larger version of this image by clicking here. Click on the image to zoom in.

Thanks for the graphic Max.

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On The Move

Big Changes Coming To Twitter

Twitter, the popular social media outlet that allows users to express themselves in messages limited to 140 characters, is making some changes.


Many were expecting the folks at Twitter to up the allotted number of character to allow messages longer than a sentence or two. They haven’t exactly done that, but they will soon allow you to get more words in your message.


In the past, when you replied to a Tweet, the name of the person you were replying to was included in the character count. So, if you were replying to @writercynmack – those 14 characters would count towards the 140 character total. Now the name won’t be included in character count. That give you two or three more words to work with in your reply.

Attachments like GIFS, quotes, photos and videos will not count towards your character count.


In addition to changes in how characters are counted, Twitter is tweaking a few other things...

Click here to learn more about the changes coming to Twitter.


From The Archives

Make Your Phone Your Primary Camera

I love to take pictures. I always have. I shot rolls and rolls of film in college, and spent a small fortune (at least to a college student) getting them developed.

The advent of digital photography allowed me to take more photos, but there was still the issue of remembering to grab the camera case and take the camera with you.


Cameras have always been a popular feature of cellphones, but the earlier models offered you small and grainy photos. Modern smartphones give you large, clear images that are comparable with many point-and-shoot cameras. I’d want to have a phone with at least an 8 MP capability before I made the switch to using it as my primary camera.

Many smartphone camera apps offer multiple shooting modes, flash and good quality HD video recording. Plus, since you’ve always got your phone with you, that means you always have a camera on hand.

More and more, I’ve come to use my phone as my primary camera. The only drawback for me is that it doesn’t have an optical zoom. That means you really can’t zoom in on things off in the distance, though you can crop the image to isolate what you want to focus on.

If you want to make your phone, your primary camera, I do have a few suggestions.

1. Take some time to really familiarize yourself with the camera app. Learn about what all the modes are, check out the flash settings and experiment with features like panorama. You don’t want to be learning how your camera works while you’re trying to grab important shots.


For instance, I didn’t know that I could take a shot with my Android camera just by saying, “shoot!” until I did it accidentally.  Play around, take lots of pictures of things. It’s not like you have to pay to have them developed. You can go ahead an delete the bad ones.

2. Get a microSD card. If your phone will support external storage, I’d suggest getting a microSD card to hold your photos. Photos, especially high-resolution photos can take up a lot of space and you certainly don’t want to run out of room.  A microSD card can hold thousands of photos. You can also upload photos to cloud back-ups as you take them.


3. Grab a small...

Click here for more on turning your phone into your primary camera.

Do you use your phone as your primary camera these days? How's that working out for you? Click here to let us know in the comments.


Today's Feature

Must-Have Photo Apps

So you’ve had a great day shooting and captured hundreds of photos. But your work isn’t dones yet. In this digital age, there is so much more that you can do with your clicks than merely developing them.

If you’re a serious photographer, you already are well-versed with the two popular editors—Photoshop and Lightroom. However, there are plethora of other lesser known apps (other than editors) that will prove to be quite exciting for you. Here are a few of them…


Price: Free/ paid subscription for extra features and storage

Pixieset is an amazing tool for photographers to create comprehensively customized client galleries that can be accessed by your clients even on their mobiles. It enables you to send your work to your clients digitally for downloading.

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  • Very easy to use and works well on both mobile and desktop/laptop.
  • Digital sharing and delivery.
  • Provides the option of file sizes (web, high, and full resolution) to download.
  • Complete security; password protected galleries.
  • Features a Lightroom plugin to automatically upload a bunch to Pixieset.
  • Clients can send you their list of favorite images for customized albums. You can add this list to your Lightroom catalog to show only the client’s favorites.
  • Updates are frequent with added features.
  • Great customer support.


  • Just one — no offline editing.


Price: Free trial/ $19.99 (Mac)

If you’ve ever dithered while uploading your images, unable to decide whether to compromise on their file size or the resolution, JPEGmini is for you. It reduces the image-size by 80% without compromising on image quality.



Free trial and cheap...

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Amanda's Coolsite

The Year's Best Audio Books

It seems like I’m constantly being asked by friends and family to recommend audiobooks.

Since I don’t listen to a lot of audiobooks, I often have to search for recommendations. I have a hard time multitasking and listening the audiobook, so if I have to focus that much, I’m just as happy to read a physical book. When I saw this audiobook list come across my RSS Feed, I knew I’d be bookmarking it.

After checking it out, I knew I wanted to share it with all of you. This is a list of the Audie Award Winners for 2016.

Navigation is simple. You scroll down the page and you’ll see that the winners are divided into categories. I love that in  addition to genre categories they also include categories for narration, because let’s face it the person who narrates the book is a large part of what makes the audiobook successful.

As you scroll down and look at the list, you’ll find the nominees for each category with the winners denoted with red text. Titles listed in blue are linked to their review on Booklist Online.

This is a great way to discover audiobooks or books you want to read period. Go check it out for yourself today.


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One More Big Deal

Hey everyone, Steve here and I am really, REALLY EXCITED!

In fact, I’ve never been more excited about ANY product in our HISTORY!

I just finished my most ambitious project to date - WorldStart’s Video Guide To Windows 10!

This project was done 100% by me - Steve - and it’s totally JAM-PACKED with all my best tips, tricks, and advice for Windows 10! It was a TON of work doing this over the last two months, but I wanted YOU to have the very best how-to video ever created for Windows 10!

See, so many times I have friends, family, and even customers tell me, “You know I wish I had someone who could just come in, sit down, and SHOW me how to use all this stuff! I mean, I hear about all these great new features, but I have no idea how to use any of them. If only SOMEONE would come in and just spend some time helping me get up to speed!”

It’s just like having me sitting next to you, showing you how to take advantage of all the incredible new Windows 10 features step by step. With this video I discuss everything you want to know in easy to understand language.

As you watch the video, you’ll see EVERY mouse move and EVERY click as I explain each feature step by step.

There’s absolutely NO WAY you won’t learn a TON with this!

This is designed so you can EASILY follow along and understand all sensational new features in Windows 10. Heck, you’ll discover TONS of stuff you never knew was there!

As you watch these videos, you’ll discover that this is far more than just a video based instruction manual. Not only do I show you how things work, but I also offer my advice as well.

For instance, there’s a setting in your PC that allows it to use YOUR bandwidth to update OTHER computers out on the internet!

Seriously! Is is turned off? Should it be?

I answer this and dozens - heck hundreds - of questions just as important in the video lessons.

Here’s the thing - Windows 10 is the new standard in Windows operating systems and it really is the best Windows operating system to date. All new PCs are coming with it pre-installed - and rightly so - it’s GREAT!

Plus, you can still upgrade for FREE right now - but that window will close soon!

Why not do the upgrade NOW, grab this video, and learn everything you need to know to get the most out of the best operating system ever made? There’s just so much you’re missing out on by not having it installed on your computer!

Sure, a new version of Windows can be intimidating, but with the help of this video not only will you master everything you need to know about Windows 10, you’ll end up LOVING it too!

Good question! I can say with absolute confidence that this video covers EVERYTHING you want to know about Windows 10. During the video, I pay extra attention to all the dazzling new features that mean the most to YOU - and there are a TRUCKLOAD of those!

How can I be so sure? Well, that’s the advantage of having a tech website! I based my video on the questions I see coming from our customers and I give extra attention to topics that seem to cause confusion, frustration, or grief.

The video content was literally designed by YOU - and was done for YOU!

The truth is in a matter of hours you’ll be rocking Windows 10 like a pro!

Heck, when you’re done, teenagers will be coming to YOU for tech advice!!

The lessons are divided between 7 chapters and each video has a table of contents so you can easily jump to any topic quickly and easily!

Below is just a tiny taste of what’s covered in the over 4 1/2 hours of video tutorials! Keep in mind that it’s easy to just jump to the areas you’re interested in.

- Desktop basics
- Amazing tricks with the improved Snap feature
- Why you’ll love Task View
- Why Virtual Desktops are one of the best features - ever!
- The trick to adding and managing your Virtual Desktops the easy way
- Changing your desktop background and Lock Screen
- Creating your own theme
- The secret for putting system icons on the desktop
- The super sneaky way to log in without a password
- Clock and calendar tricks that will blow your mind
- Unlocking the new Action Center
- Adding cool toolbars to your task bar
- Unleashing the power of Task manager
- Find out what programs are hogging your resources
- The secret to changing your task bar icons to something better
- Tons of options and customizations for your task bar

- Why you’ll LOVE Cortana
- How to do text searches with Cortana
- How to use a microphone with Cortana
- What kind of questions you can ask Cortana
- How to ask about the weather, get directions, and more
- How to have Cortana set up reminders and appointments
- Understanding all the settings locked away in Cortana
- How to get Cortana to answer when you say, “Hey Cortana”
- Tips for personalizing Cortana just for you
- Unlock a huge stash of topics you can ask Cortana
- Discover the best kept secrets of the new Start menu
- Take advantage of your Most Used apps section
- Understating the All Apps area
- Unleash the power of the Start Menu Tiles
- The secret to moving and managing your tiles
- Renaming and modifying tile groups
- Creating your own tile groups
- The power of right-clicking the Start menu
- Find out where to manage your account
- How to change your password
- The secret to setting up a PIN or Picture Password
- How to add accounts for family and friends
- How to sync your settings across all your devices

- Learn all about the new MS Edge Web Browser
- How the amazing new “Reading” option works
- The easy way to add Favorites
- Why you MUST understand the new HUB feature
- How a reading list works - and why you should use it now
- Where to find your downloads
- How the amazing new WebNote feature works
- How to browse without Edge tracking your history
- How to pin a page to your Start menu
- The secret to adding a home button to your toolbar
- How to set up multiple homepage
- How to save password and form info
- The easy way to set up mail accounts
- Creating, sending, and receiving e-mail
- Managing or adding accounts
- Linking your accounts to one unified inbox
- Tricks for managing and sorting messages
- How to personalize the Mail app
- Setting up a signature file

- Discover the new File Explorer
- Unlock the secrets to the new Quick Access area
- Choose what shows up in your Quick Access area
- The secret to single click icons in Windows 10
- Privacy settings you’ll want to see
- Uncovering the “This PC” view
- Supercharged folder and file navigation
- The easy way to use the new Ribbon Menu in File Explorer
- How to share your file
- Where to burn your files to CD
- Where you can Zip files
- Unleash all of your file viewing options
- Discover exactly what the heck One Drive is
- Why you’ll LOVE the cloud
- How to save files to One Drive
- How to drag and drop files to One Drive
- The secret to accessing your One Drive files from ANY web browser
- How to access the FREE MS Office that’s included with One Drive

- Discover how the new Windows Update works
- How to check for updates
- Options for how you update (automatic or scheduled)
- Find out what’s in the latest update
- Where to remove updates that go wrong
- HUGE warning about where your updates come from
- Windows Defender basics
- Why you should NOT use Windows Defender
- Where to find better Anti-virus software
- How to reset your computer
- The ingenious backup software that’s built into Windows
- How to recover past revisions of your work
- How to backup and restore files
- The secret way to get hard drive space back
- The easy way to optimize your hard drive
- The smart way to uninstall apps
- How to discover what’s hogging up your hard drive space
- How to set your default save locations
- The trick to setting your default apps

- Calendar basics
- Color coding your accounts
- Adding events the easy (and advanced) way
- How to reschedule an event
- Setting up a recurring event
- Customizing your work week, work day, and more
- Using the new Store app
- The best ways to find software, music, and movies
- How to find the best deals
- Step by step purchase procedure
- How to find you past orders
- Overview of the incredible new Photo App
- The secret to letting you Photos app know where your photos are
- Selecting and sharing options
- Creating an album
- How to view photos
- The trick to starting a slide show
- How to get rid of red-eye
- How to retouch
- How to enhance your images
- Using filters
- Adjusting color
- Save photos the RIGHT way
- Music app overview
- How to select songs, albums, or artists
- Where the music controls are and how they work
- Music sorting options
- Telling the Music App where your songs are
- Sorting options
- Music settings

- How to find out about you PC’s hardware
- Cool mouse tricks
- How the new WiFi Sense feature works
- Ease of access options
- How to setup your Privacy settings
- The new app that let’s you contact Microsoft with problems
- How to save just about ANYTHING as a PDF
- The secret power user mode that will blow your mind
- How the new Weather app works
- Secrets to the Money and News apps
- Unleash the raw power of the new Maps app

Whew - and again, this that’s only the tip of the iceberg! It would take page after page to give you a complete overview of everything that I cover in this video!

Again, this is just like having me sitting next to you with your computer walking you though all the incredible features of Windows 10!

It’s time to STOP worrying about upgrading or using Windows 10 - let my video show you everything you need to know to make Windows 10 your new favorite operating system!

Here’s the thing - Windows 10 is - BY FAR - the most customizable, most capable, and most complete version of Windows ever - and there are a TON of features that everyone misses. It’s a shame, because if you REALLY knew what you were missing, you’d grab this deal instantly.

Ready to make your Windows 10 life better?

You can have it for JUST $10.97 

You read that right, just $10.97 ! The video will come on disk (DVD for your computer), but if you need a flash drive instead, we have that option too.

Head to the link below and order your copy today - don’t miss out! This is destined to be the hottest item we’ve ever sold! 

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Monthly Wallpaper

May Wallpaper Is Ready!

The featured desktop wallpaper for May 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:

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

Cub In A Tree

I found this little guy as I was driving through Cade’s Cove in the Smoky Mountains early one morning. I saw him at a distance and decided to walk up a little and investigate. I grabbed the gear (my longest lens setup), and slowly made my way towards his position. Mom was under the tree and…(More)

Carter Shield's Cabin

I’ve been eyeballing this cabin for YEARS! Each time I’d drive by Carter Shield’s Cabin on the Cades Cove Loop Road (Smoky Mountains), I would kick around ideas for turning it into a cool photo. I shot photos of it in the Spring, Summer, and even Fall, but ..(More)

Snowy Egret Sweeping In

I gotta say, I think snowy egrets are among my favorite birds. I love their attractive plumage, their bright yellow eyes and feet, but most of all their impetuous attitude. They may be half the size of their larger cousins, but they seem oblivious to the fact ..(More)

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