2019 March e-Bytes

The Best Tax Software
4 reasons to get an Amazon Echo for your grandparents
Severe vulnerabilities uncovered in popular password managers
Race to 5G
Google Making Chrome Incognito Mode More...Incognito
Still Using Windows 7? Microsoft's Next Update Is Critical
Rare 5-Star Review: Adobe Lightroom Classic CC
In the Fight for Your Hearts, Tablets and Desktops Lose to Laptops

The Best Tax Software

If you've never used a personal tax preparation website, 2019 is the year to start. New tax laws and forms have altered the 1040 landscape significantly, making manual prep harder than ever. The best tax software can make filing your taxes a whole lot easier.

4 reasons to get an Amazon Echo for your grandparents

Young or old, Alexa is a great companion for anyone.

Severe vulnerabilities uncovered in popular password managers

Passwords stored in RAM could lead to theft, but the report has to be considered in a risk-based context.

Comment from PCC Member Tom Kreuzer - I continue to use LastPass. Make sure your software and apps are updated to the latest version to get patches.

The Best Free Password Managers for 2019 - A password like '123456' may be easy to remember, but it's also equally easy to guess or hack. These are the best free password managers that can help you keep track of strong, unique passwords for every secure site you use.

Race to 5G

5G is the next generation of wireless networks. It's not just faster—lower latency and more flexibility mean it could start an era of augmented reality, self-driving vehicles, and other applications we haven't dreamed of yet. It's going to take years to realize 5G's potential. Every month here at PCMag, we'll track which carrier is ahead on coverage, devices, and speed to show you who's leading in the race to 5G.

What Is 5G? - AT&T, Verizon, and other carriers will start to launch 5G networks this year. But what exactly is 5G, and how fast is it compared with 4G? Here are the facts we know so far.

Google Making Chrome Incognito Mode More...Incognito

There are fairly simple methods Web developers can employ to detect when you're visiting a site in Incognito mode. Google, however, reportedly wants to put the kibosh on the practice.

Still Using Windows 7? Microsoft's Next Update Is Critical

If you want to continue receiving Windows updates, then the next Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 update is critical as it adds support for SHA-2 encryption. Without it, future updates can't be downloaded.

Rare 5-Star Review: Adobe Lightroom Classic CC

Adobe Lightroom is unquestionably the dominant pro photo-management application. The question is, which Lightroom should you use? Read our in-depth review to find out.

In the Fight for Your Hearts, Tablets and Desktops Lose to Laptops

The tablet market was once exactly what the computer industry wanted, but since 2014 slate sales have been on a steady decline. Desktops are down too. Only laptops will see future growth.

Links - News, Tips, & Downloads

Reduce Online Shopping Temptation - If you click on an ad for something that you have absolutely no interest in buyimg, that ad will crowd out other ads as you visit other sites, and you'll be less tempted to spend money.

People search engine - Massive resource for finding addresses, birthdays, clebrity biographies, classmates, genealogical records, obituaries, fellow veternans and other info.

Here's how you can still get a free Windows 10 upgrade - Microsoft's much-hyped free upgrade offer for Windows 10 ended in 2016, right? Not exactly. The GWX tool may be gone, but all the other upgrade tools still work. The end result is an apparently valid digital license, and there's no evidence that the free upgrades will end any time soon.

WinRAR Has Serious Flaw That Can Load Malware to PCs - The popular file archiving tool WinRAR has had a bug for at least 14 years that can be exploited to take over your PC.

PCMag Picks the Best Website Builders

How to Encrypt a Document Stored on Google Drive - Google Drive may not let you encrypt individual docs, but there are still ways to protect your security and privacy. Here's how to keep your documents from prying eyes.

Even in 2019, People Believe Too Many Tech Myths - Falsehoods like "more megapixels is always better" and "charging smartphones overnight kills the battery" continue to flourish, if you go by the response from the general public.

The Best Personal Finance Services - Need to make sense of your entire budget, or even just get a better handle on your monthly household spending? One of these top-rated apps can help you keep track of your incoming and outgoing funds.

PCMag Picks the Best Video Streaming Services - We break down the best video-streaming services for your money, whether you're looking to completely replace cable or watch the latest original content on-demand.

DirecTV Now, Sling TV, YouTube TV, Hulu and more compared 

15 Secret Tricks and Tips Inside iOS 12 - Many are big, flashy, in-your-face features. Just as many are little hidden tricks that only a true iOS aficionado will find fascinating.

12 Google Calendar Tricks You're Probably Not Using - Can your calendar keep up with your busy schedule? These Google Calendar tips will help you and your team stay organized.

How to mirror an Android device on your TV 

12 Simple Things You Can Do to Be More Secure Online - If a major shopping or financial site suffers a data breach, there's not much you can do about it except change your password, get a new credit card, and possibly freeze your credit. Protecting against that sort of attack is just out of your hands. But here are a dozen simple things you can do to avoid some other common web threats.

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Q. From a PCC Member - At your lecture about PC Declutter, in the handout you recommend that Chrome browser users can clear cache using the technique of going to Settings, etc. I have never used that technique but I have always wanted to at least clear browsing history after doing internet browsing, especially when visiting my bank account on the internet. I have used a shortcut that is fast and helps get rid of the history clutter. In the Chrome home page, I have only the Google search feature showing. I click in the search box and then press ctl h. This brings up the clear browsing history button that when pressed, quickly clears all browsing history. I have found that this has become a habit for me whenever I do anything on the internet. While this only works for clearing history, I suspect that there may other shortcuts for clearing cache, etc. I hope that this hint may be of interest to other PCC members.
A. From Tom Kreuzer, a PCC Board member. What I use in Chrome is the "New incognito window" Ctrl+Shift+N feature which does not save your browsing history, cookies, site data, and info on forms. You should always use this option when using a public PC.
With the Microsoft Edge Browser you can use "New InPrivate Window" Ctrl+Shift+P.

The PCC Member responds - The shortcut to get to the clear cache, etc. is ctl shift delete.  I did a Google search and found a long list of shortcuts for Chrome. I forgot that the ctl h will eventually get you to the settings where you can select to delete cache and many of the other items. I guess that I am so used to just clicking on the buttons so that it clears items that I had selected months ago. Enjoyed your lecture and I always learn something new.

I did look go to the website for VisiPics.htm  and it wanted me to give them info about myself.  Is this a good idea to give these sites ways to send ads, etc?

Tom Kreuzer responds - I did not have to enter anything to download or install the software. Maybe you clicked on some other link on the site, the below image shows the link to download.

Q. From a PCC Member - Tom; did you see this?  Pretty interesting.  Sounds like a good thing to do. I added this chrome extension and will see if it does anything. 
A. From Tom Kreuzer, a PCC Board member.  Looks good to have.
Q. From a Friend - How to see what collectable items you have at home are worth?
A. From Tom Kreuzer, a PCC Board member. The best way to know what something is worth is to search for what it Sold for on eBay. The normal/default search will show you what the current bid is or the price someone wants to get. It is not showing what an items is really worth. I created a video of how to search on eBay using your phone or laptop.