Monthly Archives: March 2010

Securing Your Wireless Connection

If you have a wireless network setup in your home or office and don’t want people to use it who don’t have permission, perhaps you should consider encrypting your connection.

When you encrypt your wireless connection, any data that you send over your network can’t be viewed by third parties, unless they know the decryption key.

There are different types of encryption that you can use, such as WEP, WEP + 802.1x, WPA, WPA2, as well as other types of encryption. Which type of encryption your router has may depend on your router’s manufacturer, as well as your router’s software.

If you would like to change your router’s security settings, you may be able to do so by going to 192.168.0.1 or 192.168.1.1 in a browser and then entering in your username and password.

If you don’t know what your username and password are, perhaps you should try using “admin” for the username and “password” for the password or “admin” for the username and “admin” for the password. (You should also change your router’s username and password from the default to prevent people from accessing your router’s settings.)

Once you’ve logged into your router, you should look for a security section or something similar to that, where you should be able to change your security settings.

When you select a type of encryption, you should enter an encryption key, which is a like a password that enables you to access your wireless network and Internet connection from your router. Your encryption key should be a combination of lower and uppercase letters, numbers, and symbols, in order to make it hard to guess.

After you’ve selected your encryption type and chose a password, you should save your settings and then log out of your router.

In order to access your wireless network and the Internet again, you may have to enter your encryption key, but you may be able to save the settings so that you only have to enter it once.

Hopefully after reading this, your wireless network is secure and you can use your network and Internet connection without having to worry if someone else is using it!

Google Chrome

If you’re a computer user, you’ve probably heard of Google Chrome, which is a free web browser that was created by Google.

Google Chrome is a free, open source, web browser that was released as a beta version on September 2, 2008.

Google Chrome includes features, such as sandboxed tabbed browsing, which means that if one tab crashes, you can still browse the Internet using other tabs. The tabs in Chrome are also above the address browser, unlike in other browsers, such as Internet Explorer or Mozilla FireFox, which all have tabs under the address bar.

When you launch Google Chrome, rather than seeing a homepage, you should see a window that has screen shots of the websites that you have recently visited. If you click on one of the websites, you will be taken to it. You should also see a list of websites that you recently bookmarked, as well as a list of recently closed tabs. Also, you should be see a search box, which enables you to search your history.

Another feature of Google Chrome is the ability to use a private browsing mode, called Incognito Mode. If you use Incognito Mode, Chrome will not save the history of the websites you visited, as well as cookies from those websites.

Google Chrome also allows you to add extensions to the browser, which you can choose from an extensions library. Chrome also has the ability to change the browser’s theme.

If you would like to try using Google Chrome, you can download it from the Google Chrome website.

Personas

If you’re a Mozilla FireFox user and would like to give your browser a new look, perhaps you should try using Personas.

Personas enables you to change FireFox’s theme from the default theme to a variety of different themes, which you can find on the Personas website.

If you have the latest version of Mozilla FireFox, all you need to do to preview a Persona, is hover over it and you will be able to see what it would look like in FireFox. Once you have found a Persona that you like, all you need to do to set it as your Persona is click on it.

On the Personas website, you can see which Personas are the most popular, as well as other things, such as Personas that were recently added, and more.

You can also create your own Persona from the instructions available on the Personas website.

If you would like to try changing your Persona in Mozilla FireFox, you can do so by going to the Personas website.

iGraveDigger

If you’re looking for a fun game to play for the iPod Touch or iPhone, perhaps you should try playing iGraveDigger.

iGraveDigger is a game where you have to defend a house against monsters that are coming toward it. To stop the monsters from getting to the house, you need to dig holes to bury them in.

Some monsters require deeper holes to be buried, or else they’ll just walk out of the hole and continue toward the house. However, some monsters only require a small hole in order to be stopped, after which you can fill the hole in, burying the monster.

When you launch iGraveDigger, you should see a loading screen and then a menu, which has two options, “Buy Premium” or “Play Free”.

After choosing “Play Free”, you should see another menu, which has three buttons, a “New game” button, an “Options”, and  a “Scores” button.

After tapping on the “New Game” button, a screen displaying the game’s instructions will come up.

To play the game, all you need to do is slide your finger down in order to dig a hole and slide your finger up to bury a monster once it has fallen into the hole that you’ve dug. The more times you slide your finger down, the deeper the hole will be. The maximum size of a hole is three “slides” down.

If you would like to try playing iGraveDigger, you can do so by downloading it from the iTunes App Store for free.

Backing Up

If you have important files or data on your computer, you probably don’t want to lose them if something happened to your computer.

Here are some ways that you can back up those files so that if something happens to your computer, you’ll still have your files and data.

External Hard Drive

One way that you can back up your files would be to purchase an external hard drive and back the data up onto it. There are also external hard drives that you can purchase that can be connected to a router, so that you can back up and retrieve files and data from multiple computers.

CDs

Another way that you can back up your files would be to burn them to a CD, that way, if something were to happen to your computer, you will be able to retrieve your data.

However, unless you have a CD-RW, you won’t be able to change or edit any of the data that you put on a CD, so you should check to make sure that you have all of the data you need before you burn it to a CD, or else you may have to burn any additional data to another CD.

Also, CDs can’t hold as much data as an external hard drive can, so you may have to burn multiple CDs to store all of your files and data.

Online Backup Services

There are online services, such as Carbonite and Mozy, that can back up your data without you having to do anything. These services run in the background on your computer and upload data to the Internet.

Online back up services are good because you don’t have to worry about what data you have backed up or not, as your files will be backed up automatically.

However, these services may charge a monthly fee in order to use them, but if you have important files, the price may be worth it.

Hopefully after reading this post, you’ll be able to back up your data in case something happens to your computer.

If you have another method of backing up your data, please feel free to leave a comment or send an e-mail by using the Contact page.

GMail Tips

Below are some tips that you may not know or may not use that you can use in order to make using Google’s GMail service better than it already is.

Labels

Rather than using folders to organize e-mails, GMail allows you to organize your e-mails using labels, which are located next to the subject of an e-mail. GMail has a few default labels, such as “Personal” and “Travel” that you can use to categorize e-mails, or you have the option to create your own labels.

If you would like to mark a message with a particular label, you can do so by clicking on the check box next to the message and clicking on the desired label from the list of labels, which you can see by clicking on the “Label” button in the GMail interface. You can also drag an e-mail into a specific label category in the sidebar of your GMail account.

A message can have more than one label, so that you can categorize it in multiple ways.

You can also change the color of the labels that you’re using, so that you can see who a message may be from or what you labeled it as, without having to read each label.

Themes

Another great feature of GMail is the ability to change the theme of the GMail interface. If you would like to change your GMail account’s theme, you can do so by going to “Settings” and then to “Themes”.

Once you have clicked on "Themes”, you can choose from a variety of different themes, such as different colored themes, as well as other themes, such as a beach theme, a mountain theme, a pebbles theme, and more.

You can even choose your own theme colors if you would like to by clicking on the button that says “Choose your own colors”.

Chat

GMail also allows people to chat with other GMail or Google Chat users from within the GMail interface. If you have an AIM account, GMail also allows you to sign in and chat with your contacts who are using AIM from within the GMail interface.

Accounts

If you have other e-mail accounts that are not with GMail, you can import your contacts from those accounts into your GMail contacts list.

GMail also allows you to retrieve e-mail from other e-mail accounts that you may have, so that you don’t have to check multiple e-mail accounts.

Hopefully this post has informed you of some GMail features that you may not have known about or may not be using.

If you don’t have a GMail account, you can sign up for one for free at GMail.com.

Twitter Tools

If you’re someone who uses Twitter and would like to find out information and statistics about your Twitter account and activity, perhaps you should try using one of the websites below.

TweetStats.com

TweetStats.com is a website that you can use to find out a variety of statistics, as well as information about your Twitter account and activity, such as how many tweets you make a day, how many tweets you make monthly, your aggregate daily and hourly tweets, and more.

TweetStats.com also allows you to view a Tweet Cloud, which shows you words that you’ve used in tweets, as well as how many times a word has been tweeted. You can also view the top five words that you have used in tweets, as well as if you have made any “Swooshes”, which are 140 character tweets.

You can also view your follower statistics using TweetStats.com, which allows you to view how many friends you have by day, as well as how many followers you have by day.

TwitterCounter.com

TwitterCounter.com is a website that enables you to view how many followers a user has on Twitter, comparisons between more than one Twitter user, and more.

When you go to the TwitterCounter website, you can enter your Twitter username and see a graph of how many followers you have. You can also enter other people’s Twitter usernames and see how they compare to each other.

You can also view graphs of how many people you’re following, as well as how many tweets you’ve made.

TwitterCounter.com also gives you a prediction as to how many followers you will have the next day, as well as in 30 days. Also, you can see the date that you jointed Twitter on, how long TwitterCounter.com has been tracking your statistics, as well as what your Twitter rank is.

TwitterCounter also has a list of the top 100 people on Twitter, which you can view by followers, how many people they are following, or how many tweets they’ve made.

WeFollow.com

WeFollow.com is a Twitter directory, which allows users to add themselves under different categories, such as Celebrity, Music, Socialmedia, and more.

WeFollow also allows you to see what the top tags are, as well as what the top cities are and who the top Twitter users are.

If you click on someone’s Twitter username on WeFollow.com, you will be taken to a page where you can see how many people are following a user, how many people they’re following, as well as how many tweets they’ve made.

You can also see a user’s interest rankings, which are what rank they are in a particular category. In addition to seeing a user’s interest rankings, you can also see a user’s city ranking.

I hope that these Twitter services will help you and allow you to see some helpful or interesting statistics about your Twitter account, as well as other Twitter users.