What You Should Look For in a New E-Reader

During the pandemic, a lot of us have acquired new habits. Some have rediscovered the joys of cooking. Some have developed their green thumbs in their gardens by trying to grow plants. Yet others have tried to commune with nature and take advantage of not-so-crowded places to take their fitness goals to the next level by taking daily walks and jogs. For me, one comfortable hobby I wished to get back on when the lockdowns started was reading. Oh, what a joy it was to finally go back to sitting on my comfy couch, with a cup of cocoa or tea, turning pages of suspense, horror, science fiction, fantasy, romance, or family drama while forgetting the cares of COVID-19. Oh, that was something I haven’t done with all the stresses of work, the daily commute, and taking care of the family. But to aid this interest, I have to equip myself with a great e-reader to last me the pandemic and beyond. So what things should I  consider to get myself the best model for me?

Consider the Screen Type

Legitimate e-readers (not tablets like Amazon’s Kindle Fire that are basically tablets that can also be used as “e-readers”) have displays made with a technology called E-Ink. But then, as mentioned earlier, there are now tablets that can be disguised as e-readers such as the Kindle Fire and the iPad that have LCD or backlit displays. So, if you are on the lookout for an e-reader, remember that those legitimate e-readers that utilize E-Ink technology are not the same as those with LCD displays. E-Ink, with its paper-like display, reduces eye strain and allows for the device’s battery to last longer. However, unlike devices that have LCD displays, they don’t display color and have rather buggy, if not slow, touchscreen capabilities. However, there are also Kindle, Kobo, and Nook (from Barnes & Noble) models that employ e-Ink technology but already have backlights, so you can still read through the devices even in the darkness, which ironically a lot of avid readers prefer.

Traditionally, eBook readers have been equipped with two kinds of screens: LCD displays and eInk. Depending on your needs and wants, choosing a reader with one or another is a principal decision as the type of a display determines essential things about your eBook reader.

(Via: https://www.booknizer.com/articles/types-of-ebook-reader-displays.htm)

Consider Battery Life

Battery life may not really be a primary consideration for most readers this pandemic season since they are most likely just inches away from a charging plug when their devices go low-bat. But for those who may already want to take their e-readers on the road, how long their devices can last on a single charge is an important factor. Obviously, basic models without the bells and whistles would have longer battery lives compared to their counterparts with fancy features such as Wi-Fi connectivity and web browsing.

Side note: E-reader shoppers should consider that the only reason legitimate e-readers (not the tablet-e-reader hybrid models) have Wi-Fi connectivity is for these devices to allow users to shop and download e-books. So, don’t expect e-readers to provide you with a seamless browsing experience, as they are not really the devices to use for this purpose in the first place.

Also, even if you have the best e-reader with the longest battery life, there are, of course, things you can still do to prolong it.

Now ereader owners are limited by the battery that coes with their devices, and while screens may be getting larger, batteries generally aren’t. Most ereaders have a 1Ah or 1.5Ah battery, which is actually good enough for a couple months of usage – if you are careful.

(Via: https://the-digital-reader.com/2020/05/23/eight-tips-for-extending-the-battery-life-on-your-kindle/#:~:text=Now%20ereader%20owners%20are%20limited,usage%20%E2%80%93%20if%20you%20are%20careful.)

Consider Formats

Also, keep in mind that different devices are capable of handling different e-book formats. Popular file formats for e-books include EPUB, PDF, and TXT. Most e-readers such as Nooks and Kobos can handle these formats, but not AZW and MOBI files, which are proprietary (i.e., exclusive) formats for Amazon devices. This means that Nooks and Kobos cannot open AZW and MOBI files and on the flip side, you cannot read an EPUB file on a Kindle.

Now, if you are someone who wants to publish an e-book, you would need to see which format would be most beneficial to your budding biz, which means looking into which e-reading device is most popular among your audience.

The most used, widely adopted, and most popular ebook format in the digital publishing world is ePub. It is what most publishers would send to you when requesting eARCs outside of NetGalley. It is the ebook format they send to ebookstores for selling and the preferred format developers would create first.

(Via: https://bookriot.com/popular-ebook-formats/)

Now that you know what factors you should look into when choosing e-readers, you may also want to know where to get help when you are experiencing hardware problems with your laptop. Get in touch with us and let our expertise work for you.

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What You Should Look For in a New E-Reader

During the pandemic, a lot of us have acquired new habits. Some have rediscovered the joys of cooking. Some have developed their green thumbs in their gardens by trying to grow plants. Yet others have tried to commune with nature and take advantage of not-so-crowded places to take their fitness goals to the next level by taking daily walks and jogs. For me, one comfortable hobby I wished to get back on when the lockdowns started was reading. Oh, what a joy it was to finally go back to sitting on my comfy couch, with a cup of cocoa or tea, turning pages of suspense, horror, science fiction, fantasy, romance, or family drama while forgetting the cares of COVID-19. Oh, that was something I haven’t done with all the stresses of work, the daily commute, and taking care of the family. But to aid this interest, I have to equip myself with a great e-reader to last me the pandemic and beyond. So what things should I  consider to get myself the best model for me?

Consider the Screen Type

Legitimate e-readers (not tablets like Amazon’s Kindle Fire that are basically tablets that can also be used as “e-readers”) have displays made with a technology called E-Ink. But then, as mentioned earlier, there are now tablets that can be disguised as e-readers such as the Kindle Fire and the iPad that have LCD or backlit displays. So, if you are on the lookout for an e-reader, remember that those legitimate e-readers that utilize E-Ink technology are not the same as those with LCD displays. E-Ink, with its paper-like display, reduces eye strain and allows for the device’s battery to last longer. However, unlike devices that have LCD displays, they don’t display color and have rather buggy, if not slow, touchscreen capabilities. However, there are also Kindle, Kobo, and Nook (from Barnes & Noble) models that employ e-Ink technology but already have backlights, so you can still read through the devices even in the darkness, which ironically a lot of avid readers prefer.

Traditionally, eBook readers have been equipped with two kinds of screens: LCD displays and eInk. Depending on your needs and wants, choosing a reader with one or another is a principal decision as the type of a display determines essential things about your eBook reader.

(Via: https://www.booknizer.com/articles/types-of-ebook-reader-displays.htm)

Consider Battery Life

Battery life may not really be a primary consideration for most readers this pandemic season since they are most likely just inches away from a charging plug when their devices go low-bat. But for those who may already want to take their e-readers on the road, how long their devices can last on a single charge is an important factor. Obviously, basic models without the bells and whistles would have longer battery lives compared to their counterparts with fancy features such as Wi-Fi connectivity and web browsing.

Side note: E-reader shoppers should consider that the only reason legitimate e-readers (not the tablet-e-reader hybrid models) have Wi-Fi connectivity is for these devices to allow users to shop and download e-books. So, don’t expect e-readers to provide you with a seamless browsing experience, as they are not really the devices to use for this purpose in the first place.

Also, even if you have the best e-reader with the longest battery life, there are, of course, things you can still do to prolong it.

Now ereader owners are limited by the battery that coes with their devices, and while screens may be getting larger, batteries generally aren’t. Most ereaders have a 1Ah or 1.5Ah battery, which is actually good enough for a couple months of usage – if you are careful.

(Via: https://the-digital-reader.com/2020/05/23/eight-tips-for-extending-the-battery-life-on-your-kindle/#:~:text=Now%20ereader%20owners%20are%20limited,usage%20%E2%80%93%20if%20you%20are%20careful.)

Consider Formats

Also, keep in mind that different devices are capable of handling different e-book formats. Popular file formats for e-books include EPUB, PDF, and TXT. Most e-readers such as Nooks and Kobos can handle these formats, but not AZW and MOBI files, which are proprietary (i.e., exclusive) formats for Amazon devices. This means that Nooks and Kobos cannot open AZW and MOBI files and on the flip side, you cannot read an EPUB file on a Kindle.

Now, if you are someone who wants to publish an e-book, you would need to see which format would be most beneficial to your budding biz, which means looking into which e-reading device is most popular among your audience.

The most used, widely adopted, and most popular ebook format in the digital publishing world is ePub. It is what most publishers would send to you when requesting eARCs outside of NetGalley. It is the ebook format they send to ebookstores for selling and the preferred format developers would create first.

(Via: https://bookriot.com/popular-ebook-formats/)

Now that you know what factors you should look into when choosing e-readers, you may also want to know where to get help when you are experiencing hardware problems with your laptop. Get in touch with us and let our expertise work for you.

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Data Recovery Services Specialist Shares Insight On USBs

Irvine, California based Hard Drive Recovery Associates is reaching out to the community with a new blog post where they talk about what USBs are, the different variants they come in and their overall function.

“This is the age of connectivity. Transferring data is almost second nature to the majority of us. Three letters prevail in the field as the main ingredient holding it all together: the USB,” explains Jack Edwards, a representative of the company. He continues, “Whether you know what they are or not, the Universal Serial Buses (Or as most people know it, USB), are at the core of modern technology, whether they be connectors or cables. Knowing just how important they are, you may want to consider learning a thing or two about USBs as it can only make your life easier.”

Edwards explains that people tend to be confused and shy away from learning about USBs due to the sheer amount of information that is related to them. These can prove to be quite overwhelming for people who are not technically proficient, and naming the different types of connectors may already seem like a challenge to most. He claims that understanding these devices is not as complicated as it may seem at first, however, and it all makes sense in its own way.

Through their blog, the company shares, “The first thing to know about USBs is their types and how to identify them. There’s USB-A, B, C, mini-USB, micro-USB and then USB 1, 2 and 3. Each of these refers to a different type of cable or connector. Numbers are for cable types (and their speeds) and letters for connector types. When it comes to cables, the higher the number, the faster the speed of data transfer. USB connectors are a little more complicated, as they come in different shapes and sizes.”

Most of the versions of USB connectors, including the standard USB, Mini USB and Micro USB, have two or more variations of connectors. Most people are familiar with the standard USB connector as well as the micro USB connector (Commonly used by phone chargers). Other connectors (Such as type B and C) are far less common and most will not have heard about them or know what they do unless they are involved in the technology field.

Thunderbolt connectors are also an example of this. For most of their history, Thunderbolt connectors were distinct from USB. That is, until Thunderbolt 3 happened, which uses a USB Type-C connector. So now, with the widespread use of Thunderbolt 3, the divide between Thunderbolt and USB may not be as obvious as before. This connector was designed in a collaboration between Apple and Intel, brought to the market in 2011. At the moment, it was seen as an alternative to USBs. Unlike USBs, however, Thunderbolt aimed to offer considerable benefits, including multiplexing data lanes for PCIe and DisplayPort hardware together, namely mixing data with video and even a fast data rate of 10Gbps for each of two channels (20Gbps in total).

When it comes to compatibility between cables and connectors, Hard Drive Recovery Associates explains that this should not be a topic of concern for users, as all cables are compatible with any USB connector and technology. The limiting factor is the connector and ports available on the device, as it is not possible to connect different types to each other.

Edwards explains, “You want to be more careful about this than anything else, especially when you are looking to buy a new cable to connect your devices. You can end up with a cable that is completely useless to you due to its connector not being supported by your device, so you always want to make sure not to mix up their different types, and always double-check before making a purchase.”

The company’s website offers more details on Hard Drive Recovery Associates and their services. Interested parties may also reach out to Jack Edwards to follow up on any inquiries via email or phone as well. They may also visit the company’s social media pages or blog to stay up to date on their latest news and announcements.

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Want to be an Outlook Pro? Here’s How

If there has been anything that you’ve mastered during this pandemic, that’s your e-mails. I’m sure that with almost a year since initial lockdowns were implemented, you’ve gotten to have a quite intimate relationship with your office email server, which most likely is Outlook. If your Outlook page still looks like a mess even though you’ve had a lot of time fixing it one year into working from home, here are some suggestions to make you (or at least, your Outlook) look like an e-mail pro.

Get into OC Territory With Folders

One of the key factors in enjoying your Outlook experience is by seeing all your emails organized instead of being greeted by a wall of email subject lines every time you open your Outlook app. Putting your emails in folders is the first step to using Outlook like a pro. Yes, it can be a herculean task at first, especially in the beginning when you are faced with an overflowing inbox. But instead of getting intimidated, try to accomplish this task as the rewards are really worth all the effort. A folder system will make your inbox more sensible, so if you continue with the folder system, you really won’t spend too much time searching for old emails lost in a heap of hundreds, if not thousands of other emails. ou want to streamline your email use, this is the obvious first step. But it can also be the most daunting, as well, especially if you have an overflowing inbox. Moreover, a clean, organized inbox with folders will motivate you to deal with your emails, instead of constantly putting off answering them because just one look at your inbox gives you a headache.

This is where folders come in handy. Categories can help here too, but folders will really help you sort your inbox and group them into similar email collections.

(Via: https://www.wisestamp.com/blog/how-to-organize-emails-in-outlook/)

Outlook has templates!

In case you haven’t known yet, Outlook actually allows you to have templates for emails that you find yourself sending over and over. So, instead of composing from scratch when sending a similar email for the 32nd time, you can save one of the emails as a template and use it the next time you need to send a similarly messaged email. Once you have the template ready, just go to File, then Save As, then Outlook Template. The next time, you will need to use that template, click Items, go to Choose Form, then User Templates, and voila! No need to waste time starting similar emails from scratch every single time.

Then, instead of creating the email from scratch, start with a template and customize it to fit your email recipient. You’ll save time and become more efficient at your email tasks.

(Via: https://www.lifewire.com/create-use-email-templates-outlook-1173793)

Get Important Stuff to Your Desktop

Saving calendar invites, important emails, and other similar items allow you to streamline your inbox, as well as give you easier access to those messages and events. You may drag a note, email, calendar entry, and similar items from your Outlook to your desktop. If you’d like to save the item in a different format, click on File and Save As and specify the format. Double-clicking the item on your desktop or wherever you saved it will open the item in Outlook.

Outlook lets you save emails as MSG and HTML files. Saving MSG files is very simple, but saving an email as HTML format file is not that straightforward. Also, while saving an email as HTML, there may be some elements missing.

(Via: https://www.complianceprime.com/blog/2019/01/24/how-to-save-calendar-events-notes-as-file-in-ms-outlook-emails/)

Schedule Your Email Deliveries.

Feel the need to compose a message now although you don’t have to send it until hours later? You may use the Delay Delivery option under Options. Choose Do not deliver before, after which you should type the date and time when you want the email sent.

But then, not a lot of people see the sense of scheduling the delivery of an email. They feel that this is a shortcut that exposes the arrogance of the email sender, as he or she has to schedule the delivery of his/her email and would not be bothered with taking the time or making the effort of sending it at the time it is actually intended to be sent. This article may not be directly related to Outlook, but it provides several reasons that side with scheduling emails:

Scheduling emails is essential when dealing with clients in different time zones. A message sent at 7PM could be delivered to people in the middle of the night. Instead of setting your clock to an ungodly hour, it’s way more favorable to schedule your emails for different time zones. If you want to reach your clients, you should be on top of their inbox.

(Via: https://scheduledapp.com/here-are-4-reasons-why-you-should-schedule-your-emails/)

Now that you’re getting into an email champ, you may also want that with your laptop. If you feel like your laptop is not in its best shape, get in touch with us to get it back in top performance.

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Getting Ready for Money-less Future

If there has been anything that this COVID-19 pandemic has made us adept in terms of behavior we never really got used to before it happened, it would be to do things online, even in financial transactions. Yes, in the past, almost all of us have already done our fair share of Amazon retail therapy, and thus online payment. But the lockdowns, the push for people to stay at home, for businesses to operate online, at the general disdain of people to touch bills and coins that may be carriers of the virus has made contactless payment options more of the new norm rather than being a nice-to-have option.

As such, the world’s largest companies have taken on this “new norm” behavior to their advantage. And how!

Have you tried Samsung Pay?

If you don’t have an iPhone, then chances are you might have a Samsung. What’s great about having a Samsung phone is that you can also use it to pay for things. With Samsung Pay, your phone can act as a card to pay for your purchases in many stores. The only thing you need to do is tap your Samsung phone or watch to pay, so there’s no need to even use your credit or debit card. Samsung Pay is also one of the earlier adaptors of the contactless payment option, so it still works in older terminals that use MST (magnetic secure transmission) technology, where Apple Pay and Google Pay don’t. However, this feature is also in the process of being phased out in the US. It’s also packed with security measures to protect gadget owners in cases of loss and theft.

One inconveniece with Samsung Pay on the watch is that if you take the watch off your wrist, you must enter your PIN to start using it again. This makes sense as a security protection: You wouldn’t want someone to be able to take the watch off your wrist and start paying without that protection. Another security measure (also used by Apple Pay and others) is the use of tokenized codes rather than your actual credit card number. The service is protected by Samsung Knox, which monitors the devices for suspicious behavior.

(Via: https://sea.pcmag.com/mobile-payment-apps/7867/samsung-pay)

What About Apple Pay?

Like most products released by Steve Job’s behemoth, Apple Pay relies on exclusivity and the loyalty of its millions of users who have already gotten used to turning to the company for just about anything – apps, movies, music, books, etc. Apple Pay allows you to buy anything by putting your iPhone over an NFC terminal at any store. The app for Apple Pay also allows you to transfer funds to other Apple Pay users and maintain funds with its Apple Cash feature. Apple Pay users are also entitled to get an Apple (credit) Card. With people encouraged to use contactless payment systems due to the pandemic, Apple Pay is indeed gaining traction as one of the most, if not the most contactless payment systems to date.

Most reviewers still see loyalty card integration as a major opportunity for improvement, and it appears that there is some inconsistency with how Apple Pay interacts with different terminals—e.g., tip interfaces and “confirm payment” prompts. There have also been reports of users who use Bank of America cards being double-charged through Apple Pay, but it appears that this glitch has been corrected. Additionally, there have been complaints of poor performance when making in-app purchases.

(Via: https://www.cardpaymentoptions.com/mobile-wallets/apple-pay/)

And Google Pay?

Google has through the years, toyed with payment apps. The first product is released, Google Wallet, allowed for payment using NFC technology, something which Apple Pay then adapted. The feature was then taken off Google Wallet and put into Android Pay. Then there was Pay With Google and Hands Free, both of which were experimental before finally, Google Pay emerged. All this confusion can finally be put to rest as Google Pay has also gained popularity by utilizing some of the company’s strengths such as email.

In iOS or Android, you can use Google Pay within Gmail to send money to any email address — even a non-Google one.  While services vary according to country, you can also request or accept money using Gmail. Whether you’re paying or accepting payment, your information is encrypted and you can easily revoke access to your Google account on any device.

(Via: https://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/what-is-google-pay/)

And Finally, Fitbit Pay

And who would have thought that the fitness gadget would also enter the arena of providing contactless payment solutions? But then it makes sense as Fitbit Pat allows users to pay using their Fitbit smartwatch or fitness tracker to any contactless payment terminals. Like Apple Pay, Fitbit Pay also uses NFC technology. If you are looking into using Fitbit Pay, look for payment terminals with the wave symbol. Those are contactless payment centers that accept NFC debit and credit cards, as well as your Fitbit smartwatches and trackers.

Rolling out support for a contactless payment system takes a long time, and Fitbit Pay is still a relatively new service. Not all of the most popular banks are compatible with the payment service, so there will always be room for improvement. However, Fitbit has done a good job at adding support for new banks and bringing the service to more countries over the past few years.

(Via; https://www.androidauthority.com/fitbit-pay-features-861536/)

Exploring the best option for contactless payment is a great thing to do these times when the pandemic is still not showing too much slowing down despite the vaccines. But you know what can be stressful? Discovering that your files have gone missing from your laptop. But not to worry, because we can help.

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Can Your Phone Get a Virus, Too?

To answer the question in the title, technically, no. Viruses haven’t really been found on phones, whether on Android or iOS. The next question then, is why do you hear stories from friends who talk about their phones getting damaged because of a “virus” invading their devices?

What most people term as “virus” are actually malware or threats. Viruses are just a type of malware, but there are other kinds of malware, and phones get damaged usually by these other kinds of malware, not necessarily viruses.  So, if you want to be more educated on what these things are that can potentially damage your phone, read on!

Viruses and Malware: What’s the Difference?

The tendency for most people these days would be to clump everything dangerous that disrupts the normal operations of their phone into virus or malware. There is a tendency to interchange these two, using malware when we really mean virus and vice versa. The thing is, as mentioned earlier, there hasn’t been any discovery of a virus in either iOS or Android, the two most common types of operating systems smartphones all over the world run on. So, since it’s actually malware that may be causing your phone to be in its buggy condition. Thus, it pays to know the difference between these two so that you’ll know better what to do when you suspect one of them (most probably, a piece of malware) is wreaking havoc on your phone.

Malware is a catch-all term for any type of malicious software, regardless of how it works, its intent, or how it’s distributed. A virus is a specific type of malware that self-replicates by inserting its code into other programs. Computer viruses have been prominent since almost the beginning of the commercial internet: The first one was created in 1982 for the Apple II, and other versions quickly followed.

(Via: https://www.mcafee.com/enterprise/en-us/security-awareness/ransomware/malware-vs-viruses.html#:~:text=Malware%20is%20a%20catch%2Dall,its%20code%20into%20other%20programs.)

So, How Did It Get Into Your Phone?

So, now that we know that whatever it is that’s making your phone lousy to use is most probably some type of malware, the next question you might be thinking of is, why does your device have it? How did your phone get contaminated? The most common way of phones getting malware is through apps that you may have downloaded into it that ended up introducing harmful malware instead of you finding whatever that app is, useful. Malware may also get into your phone through attachments that you’ve downloaded from an infected email. SMS or text messages may also bring malware to your gadget, as you unknowingly click on some link on those messages, not knowing that link contains harmful malware. Of course, malware might get siphoned to your phone if you connected it to a device like a laptop or a computer that has malware. Finally, you might have visited questionable websites through your mobile browser. That may also be your entryway to a world of malware.

Generally, you won’t get a direct indication of the presence of malware on your phone. It works sneakily in the background, but some symptoms will arise that can confirm its existence.

(Via: https://www.pocket-lint.com/apps/news/153113-how-do-i-know-if-my-phone-has-a-virus-and-what-to-do-about-it)

How to Stop the Mess Your Phone Is In

If you think your phone has somehow acquired some form of malware from one of the causes mentioned above, the most important thing is to stop the malware from totally messing up your phone. The earlier you get rid of that malware, the better it is for your phone. If you don’t act on it as soon as possible and let it fester, the bigger the damage your phone will incur, not to mention that it will put the other gadgets that you usually connect with your infected smartphone at risk as well. There are apps that fight against malware for both Android and iOS, so acting as soon as possible is important.

Android works a little differently from iOS in a variety of ways. Apps have more access to the operating system, which is a double-edged sword. Android antivirus software can be legitimately effective, unlike iOS antivirus software. However, viruses can do more damage as well.

(Via: https://cybernews.com/best-antivirus-software/how-to-remove-virus-from-phone/)

Prevent Instead of Getting Rid

Of course, prevention is better than cure. The amount of effort you will need to invest in avoiding these malware altogether is definitely less compared to the effort you’d expend on getting your phone clean from all the malware that may already have infected it. Not to mention the time you’ll spend suffering because of your underperforming phone! There are some things you can easily do to prevent viruses from wreaking havoc on your phone and don’t worry – they’re not that hard to do at all.

Always use the original operating system. Never Root your Android device until you are aware of what you are doing. If a malicious app gets root access, it can deprive your device of essential security patches and features. Also, it can act as a backdoor for hackers.

(Via: https://www.androidheadlines.com/2020/09/does-your-android-phone-need-an-antivirus-app.html)

But while you now know that viruses don’t really infect your phone, you know what gets damaged? Your laptop. And if a virus may have caused your laptop to lose all your important documents, get in touch with us so we can help you.

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Cache-Free Your Way to Device Spring Cleaning

Every time you browse a website for the first time, information from it is stored in temporary files, and these files are called cache.  Why is there cache, you ask? Isn’t this a little invasion of your privacy because your browser or gadget retains some information about the sites you have visited? Shouldn’t this be prohibited? Cache files, terrible as they may seem when it comes to your security, is helpful when it comes to your browsing speed. See, those temporary files allow you to load the website faster and directly the next time you visit it, leading to a more satisfying browsing experience from you since you don’t have to wait that long for the site to load. If cache files are not present, the browser would need to connect to the site’s server again for proper reloading.

But then, security is not the only downside to cache files, as helpful as they may be. They also slow down your apps and device systems since they use memory and RAM.  Besides, a good number of sites only get visited by a user once, so there is not really a necessity for the cache of these sites to be saved.  Now, the question is, is it a good habit to clear your device’s cache? The answer is yes, and regularly. Why?

You will not see all changes made to the webpage if you rely on the cache. If you frequent a website and are religious in clearing the cache memory of your device, the browser, or the app you are using will be alerted to fetch the webpage’s latest version all the time. Also, when you are using a device that other people may have access to, as mentioned earlier, the next user may get access to your information, as the cache can store information such as your payment modes (e.g., debit and credit card information) and log-in credentials. That’s an additional privacy threat!

So, how do you clear your cache? With a laptop, since most online activities are done through browsing, then clearing the cache of your web browser is the way to go. Otherwise, you can also clear the cache of your iDevice or Android device. Here’s how:

 

Remove your cache in Chrome

Personal laptops run on Chrome. I mean, who uses IE or Microsoft Edge on their personal laptops? To remove cache on your Chrome browser, here are the steps:

To clear the cache and cookies in Chrome, you’ll need to access the browser’s Settings menu. There are three different ways you can get here.

The first way is to click the three vertical dots icon in the top-right corner of the screen, hovering over “More Tools,” and then selecting “Clear Browsing Data.”

(Via: https://www.howtogeek.com/661729/how-to-clear-cache-and-cookies-in-chrome/)

 

Remove your cache in Firefox

Firefox is another popular browser. Here are the steps to remove cache when your browser of choice is Firefox:

Like all internet browsers, Firefox temporarily stores items (such as images) in a cache to help speed up browsing. If Firefox is your preferred browser of choice, you can choose to clear this cache manually by accessing your “Privacy & Security” tab in the browser preferences. Additionally, you can set up custom settings to clear the cache automatically.

(Via: https://www.businessinsider.sg/how-to-clear-cache-firefox?r=US&IR=T)

 

Remove cache from your iDevice

Even if you’re an Apple fan, you can still benefit from a good cache clearing. Here’s how:

However, before you begin clearing your iPhone cache, take note that doing so will erase the data for any app whose cache you clear. This is what clearing your cache on an iPhone means: You delete data stored by apps. In many cases, your apps need this data to function properly, or to at least remember your preferences, settings, and any files you’ve saved to them. As such, before you clear the cache for any iPhone app, consider whether or not you may actually need its data.

(Via: https://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/how-to-clear-cache-iphone/)

 

Remove cache from your Android device

If you’re not a member of the Cult of Apple, then this is for you. But remember, clearing cache and clearing data is not the same.

While we often mention clearing cache and data in the same breath, they’re two distinct actions on Android. When using the Spotify app, for example, it holds on to information like the artists you viewed outside of your library, album art browsed, and search history as cache. When the app cache is cleared, all of the mentioned data is cleared.

(Via: https://www.androidpolice.com/2019/10/03/clear-app-cache-data-android/)

 

Now, if you got carried away with removing files that you put even the important ones in the Recycle Bin which you hastily emptied after, don’t fret. We have experts to help you. Read on to know what we will do to get you back your important files: https://www.harddrivefailurerecovery.net/data-recovery-near-me.

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Hard Drive Recovery Associates Releases Blog Post on the Best Browsers for Internet Privacy and What Goes Well with the Latest Windows 10

Hard Drive Recovery Associates, based in Irvine, California, has announced that they have released a new blog post on the best browsers for Internet privacy and the latest version of Windows 10. The article suggests several web browsers considered to be the best based on several factors, including user privacy, user security, functionality, customization, and compatibility with the latest version of Windows 10. These include the UR Browser, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Opera, and Microsoft Edge Chromium.

Jack Edwards, a spokesperson for Hard Drive Recovery Associates, says, “The internet browser is one piece of software that is so commonly used but also oftentimes overlooked and underappreciated. Whether we spend most of our lives online checking our social media accounts or trying to see what’s the best steals on Amazon, or passing the time by getting into a YouTube rabbit hole of cat videos, we heavily rely on a trusty browser to give us what we need. But then, choosing one to stick to can be difficult, as there is quite a number that goes well with the latest version of Windows 10.”

He continues, “The name of the web browser game these days has shifted to other factors such as user security, user privacy, functionality, and customization. That is why we have come up with this list – to make sure you have the right browser to what you prioritize as most important to your web surfing experience.”

Included in the list is the UR Browser, which was developed based on the Chromium open-source project. However, what distinguishes it from Chrome is that it provides a number of built-in tools that serve to strengthen the privacy and safety features for the user. Thus, the UR Browser answers the needs of people who are putting a lot of importance on security and privacy when they are online.

Also included in the list is Google Chrome, which is the most popular browser worldwide, especially because it comes preinstalled on smartphones using the Android OS. A negative aspect of Chrome is that it requires a lot of RAM and battery life compared to other browsers. But it appears that Microsoft has managed to decrease its battery consumption on Windows 10.

Mozilla Firefox is also included in the list as it has been known for its large number of extensions and it is one of the best when it comes to speed and reliability. However, Windows 10, on its Start Menu, is suggesting that Firefox users use Microsoft Edge instead. It seems that Microsoft has decided to promote its new browser on the latest version of Windows 10.

Also included is the Opera, which has boosted its privacy features through a built-in VPN. The primary strength of Opera is the fact that it is easy to use, while being the most customizable. Many of its users enjoy adjusting the browser to suit their preferences.

And finally, there is Microsoft Edge Chromium, which is the preinstalled browser on Windows 10. According to users of Microsoft Edge, Microsoft has made substantial improvements on its browser. While previously, Edge was shunned because it eats up a lot of data and has a longer load time, Microsoft has improved on it by making it run on Chromium and the Blink web engine. These changes means better compatibility with sites and performance that users have been used to getting with the Chrome browser.

Meanwhile, Hard Drive Recovery Associates is the one to go to when there is a hard drive failure. They point out that even if a computer repair shop or data recovery service provider has stated that the data on the hard drive is no longer recoverable, they will likely find a way to retrieve the data safely and effectively. And they offer the guarantee that there would be no charge if no data is recovered.

Those who are interested in hard drive recovery services may want to check out the Hard Drive Recovery Associates website, or contact them on the telephone, or through email. They are open 24 hours a day, everyday of the week.

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Getting Your Cloud Knowledge On This Lockdown

Since a majority of us are working from home these days and so many pundits are claiming that office work will never be the same again (or at least in the near future), cloud services have become an integral part of the “new normal.” With physical offices becoming passé, cloud storage has become the most suitable option for keeping data. Just months ago, storing data and online files for companies would automatically mean physical devices and in-house servers. But with offices currently located in the living room of a supervisor and a kitchen of a secretary, cloud servers have become a must for storage for various reasons. Accessibility and affordability are just some of the reasons why anyone should be knowledgeable about cloud drives.

For one, online document storage using a cloud is super user-friendly. All you need to do is drag and drop the files in the cloud storage and voila, your document has been “saved” or “uploaded”. You can now access it anywhere as long as you have an internet connection and a device. You can also share your document with your colleagues and teammates by simply giving those you want to have access to the document a link. They can then download the file from their end, thanks to the link you shared. Of course, another benefit of cloud storage is that your files will not be compromised if your gadgets or devices get damaged. Afraid of losing all your beach photos because your phone got wet? Are you in panic mode because you dropped your laptop day before an important meeting? Not to worry if you have tweaked your settings to automatically save everything on a cloud.

Let’s have a look at your options available for the best cloud storage and which expert users constantly recommend:

Microsoft OneDrive

While Google seems to always edge out Microsoft in terms of innovation with online products, the latter can boast of holding its own when it comes to cloud storage solutions. One huge advantage Microsoft OneDrive has over Google or any competition in this field is its seamlessness with other products in the MS Office suite, So, if you are a heavy Excel, Word, or PowerPoint user, then OneDrive is your best cloud storage option.

If you’re more interested in integrating online storage with Microsoft Office then OneDrive is the way to go.

(Via: https://www.pcworld.com/article/3510499/google-drive-vs-microsoft-onedrive.html)

 

Google One/Drive

The fact that so many people are on Gmail would be Google One/Drive’s main selling point. You can easily save attachments and everything you receive on your Gmail on your drive. Any attachments coming from you are also automatically saved on your Google Drive. How’s that for convenience? Moreover, Google is still rolling out some new features, assuring you and millions of its users that it is still on an innovation hot streak.

Google is rolling out a new “Privacy Screen” feature this week that will allow Google Drive users on iOS devices to use passcodes or biometric authentication to protect their files.

(Via: https://www.digitaltrends.com/news/google-drive-privacy-screen/)

 

Dropbox

Aside from Microsoft and Google, one early player in the cloud storage game is Dropbox. Because it is one of the earliest in the market, many users have grown loyal to the product. Moreover, since Dropbox’s product offerings mainly focus only on cloud storage, people who want a no-frills, easy to use product with fewer bells and whistles prefer Dropbox.

Dropbox, a pioneer among cloud storage and syncing services offers synced desktop folders for anywhere-access. Though comparatively pricey, unique tools like its Paper and Showcase features distinguish the service.

(Via: https://sea.pcmag.com/backup-products/7600/dropbox)

 

Apple = iCloud?

Of course, the cult of Apple users also needs to have a say with cloud storage. After all, the company has its own iCloud product that boasts of seamless integration with the company’s gadgets. But then, as with its other products, the iCloud is constantly seen as having great form but not as great when it comes to features and benefits.

Because it integrates so seamlessly with all of Apple’s products and services, iCloud really is the best cloud storage solution for someone who is all-in with Apple. And I do mean all-in: All your computers are Macs, your mobile devices are iPhone or iPads, you work in Apple’s productivity software (Pages, Numbers, Notes), and so on.

(Via: https://www.macworld.com/article/3273416/the-best-cloud-storage-services-for-apple-users.html)

 

But if you have difficulties with document recovery in your igadget, let us help you. Read here to know about your options on recovering files you may have lost: https://www.harddrivefailurerecovery.net/an-external-ssd-can-help-speed-up-your-old-imac.

 

 

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Hard Drive Recovery Associates Publishes Article on How to Recover Emails

Hard Drive Recovery Associates, a company based in Irvine, California, has announced that they have recently published a new blog post on how to get back an email that was just sent, because it might ruin the sender’s reputation. Email users sometimes send an important email too early, only to realize a few milliseconds later that there are some typos or grammatical errors. This can damage the reputation of the email sender but there is one solution, especially if the recipients have not yet opened their emails. The article discusses how this can be done with the commonly used email services like Gmail, Microsoft Outlook, and Yahoo Mail.

Jack Edwards, a spokesperson for Hard Drive Recovery Associates, explains, “It is indeed a nightmare that many email users have experienced at least once in their online lives. You click on send for an important email and milliseconds later see in terror as you spot one, two, three typos and two grammatical lapses. Worse, you hit Reply All, which has everyone at work the recipient of your email.”

He continues, “Undoing your accident may be a lot of work for you, considering your reputation has already taken a dive. However, all is not lost as there still may be one solution for you, particularly if not everyone has opened their emails to marvel at your travesty of an email: You may recall it. A lot of email clients actually have this feature. Our new blog post discusses this option in the three most popular email service providers.”

For Gmail, there is the Undo Send feature, which is on by default. After sending an email, it will appear on the bottom left corner of the screen, allowing the user to View or Undo the message. The Undo Send feature will bring back the email to the drafts section.

For Microsoft Outlook, which is the most popular email service in companies and office because of its seamless integration with other Microsoft products, especially MS Office, also allows users to easily recall an email, although previously this was difficult in the older versions. The latest versions of Outlook allow email recall but there are a number of requirements. For the email recall feature to work, both the user and the recipient must have an Exchange server email account and use Outlook as email client. Also, the recipient’s mail box should be open when the recall attempt is made. Also, the original Outlook message must not have been read and is still in the recipient’s inbox. And finally, the message should not be affected by any process, including a spam filter, add-in, or a rule.

For Yahoo Mail, the last major update that has to do with recalling emails was provided in 2016. Meanwhile, a new update has been released last weekend to allow the ability to unsend an email for its mobile apps.

Meanwhile, Hard Drive Recovery Associates is a company that offers help to individuals and businesses when there is a hard drive or even SSD failure. What makes their service stand out from the crowd is that even if a computer repair shop or data recovery service provider has declared that the data on the hard drive is no longer recoverable, they may still be able to find a way to recover the data safely and effectively. And this is risk free for the customer because they offer the guarantee that there will be no charge if no data is recovered.

The hard drive recovery service is not just for computer hard drives. They also offer data recovery services for external drives and laptop hard drives, servers and RAID data, and Mac hard drives. They also offer data recovery services for smartphones and other mobile gadgets.

Those who are interested in the hard drive recovery services being offered by Hard Drive Recovery Associates may want to visit their website, or contact them through the telephone, or via email. They are open 24 hours a day, from Monday to Sunday.

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