2019 May e-Bytes

Microsoft is making big Windows 10 update changes starting with the May 2019 release
14 Tips for Public Wi-Fi Hotspot Security
38 Gmail Tips To Help You Conquer Email
The Best Video Streaming Services
Best Windows laptops and Chromebooks for under $500
How to Run Diagnostics on Your iPhone or Android Phone
For Sale - HP Desktop PC 8 GB Ram 2 TB drive $170

Microsoft is making big Windows 10 update changes starting with the May 2019 release

Microsoft is making changes to the way it will be rolling out feature updates for Windows 10 starting with the 19H1/1903 release, which is now officially known as the "May 2019 Update." Here's what's new.

14 Tips for Public Wi-Fi Hotspot Security

Public Wi-Fi hotspots can be a hacker's paradise. Following these basic security tips can mean the difference between safe surfing and an ID theft or data-loss nightmare.

38 Gmail Tips To Help You Conquer Email

Google's free email service has come a long way since its debut 15 years ago. It's time you became a Gmail power user. These tips will get you there.

How to use Gmail's scheduling tool to send emails later - Check out Gmail’s new scheduling feature if you haven't already.

The Best Video Streaming Services

Cord cutters have more choices than just Netflix and Hulu. 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.

The cord-cutting TV dream gets another nightmare price hike - YouTube TV's jump to $50 monthly hurts. Could Sling TV be the feel-good cure?

Best Windows laptops and Chromebooks for under $500

Budget-friendly portables for home, school or office.

Laptop vs. Chromebook: Picking the best computer for you - The two portables might look the same, but they are definitely different.

How to Run Diagnostics on Your iPhone or Android Phone.

Whether you're curious about a device you purchased or want to see how well a phone runs before you sell it, here are the best diagnostic tools for iPhone and Android.

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Feel safer with these smart home security gadgets - From doorbells to leak detectors and beyond, these smart gadgets will help you feel safer at home.

23 Google Search Tips You'll Want to Learn - Most of us use Google every day, but many have likely only scratched the surface of the search engine's power. Here's how to become a Google search super sleuth.

10 Ways to Boost Your Wi-Fi Signal - If you feel like your Wi-Fi has gotten sluggish, there are many tools you can use to test the speed of your internet. However, if the only way you can get decent reception is by standing next to your wireless router, our simple tips can help optimize your network. Check them out and then read on for everything you need to know about troubleshooting, supercharging, and upgrading your networking setup.

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How to Tune Up Your Windows 10 PC for Free - If your Windows 10 PC has started to run slowly, these simple tips and tricks can whip it back into shape in no time. And they won't cost you a dime.

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Q. From a PCC Member - I'm working with our lake association to help out with publishing an electronic newsletter and, creating a website and Facebook page. I was startled today when I saw that someone had posted my personal email address on the contact pages of our public website. There are a number of reasons I believe this is ill advised (invitation to spam, vulnerability to inappropriate email, nugget for hackers, ...), however others on our governing board insist that it is not a problem as they have never had any issues. Can you recommend an 'authoritative' source that I can refer them to for learning more about why public posting of private email is not a recommended practice?
A. From Tom Kreuzer, a PCC Board member. I did a Google search and could not find an "authoritative" source, but you are correct that it is common practice to never expose emails unless the person is OK with it. While it is not illegal to post emails, it common practice to respect privacy by only making available your email to people you trust. Most sites who have lists or show an email control it with security. I am not aware of any public site that knowingly exposes private emails. Companies will post contact emails, but not private.  The PCC site is public and I use a contact page instead of exposing an email.

The claim that they have never had any issues is untrue because we all get spam and there is no way to trace what caused it. Also, because an email may be used as an account, it should be only given to people you trust. Email harvesting info:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Email_address_harvesting 

It is also common practice for a group to never give member emails to other members. All newsletters and notices should use blind copy "Bcc" on emails. That way members emails are not exposed to other members. With a Facebook page there should be no need for anyone to have an email because you can control who can see the page and members can use Messenger to talk to other members.

Q. From a PCC Member - I have been getting a few complaints about people receiving emails from my email that I did not send so my account may have been hacked, I am checking into that and trying to setup a new gmail account.  
A. From Tom Kreuzer, a PCC Board member.  Chances are that your email account was not  hacked and there is no need to create a new account. The first thing you should do is change the password for the account. Second check in Gmail "Settings\Accounts and Import\Grant access to your account" that another email is not listed in the section. Most likely nothing is listed. If any are listed, delete them.

Hackers\spammers can send out emails with any name in the "From" address. They send with the email because people are more likely to open it if it looks like it is from someone they know. There is nothing a person can do to prevent this, other than limit where the account might be listed or who it is given to. Never show an email account on a web site or other social media like facebook and twitter. There is spammer software that harvests accounts from sites like this.

Q. From a PCC Member - Several days ago tried to order a Moto g6 Play as you mentioned a week or so ago.  I was on the Republic site where they said it was sold out.  Got on the chat line and found out Republic is not going to get any more of this model.  The chat person said to get a Moto g6 instead and to order from the Motorola website.  Tried to do that but it looks like they only have the Play on the Motorola online site.  Kind of confusing.  I think the chat person was not from Republic the way he immediately told me to go to the Motorola site which he said was less expensive.  Are you still thinking Play is better for me than g6?  If so I will go to the Motorola site and buy it.  Also, understanding from the chat person that I need to be careful which SIMS card I get as most are not compatible with Republic wireless and that it is not straight forward on how to transfer from my old phone to a newer model.
A. From Tom Kreuzer, a PCC Board member. Every model of phone has different features and functions like battery, display, cpu, memory, camera, etc. . Example: Battery in the play is larger and will last 33% longer. Which phone or features are most important to you is different than someone else. Either is fine, just different. If you want to spend a little more the G7 just came out and has gotten very good reviews $299. Phones can be purchased from many places today and prices vary. If you buy the phone from Republic the SIM card and Republic App are installed. If your new phone can not work with your old SIM, you need to order a new $5 SIM from Republic, call Republic to check. Besides the Moto phones, Republic supports many compatible phones: https://republicwireless.com/shop/bring-your-own-phone/

Member responds - I see that the cell is discounted nicely at WalMart.  I will order there but need to know if I also need a SIMS card (which one) and if I need a memory card like I bought for the Moto E?  Likely need your suggestions on how to transfer to the new phone when I get it.

Tom responds - A SIM card is like a micro memory card that is needed so you can make a phone calls and can be put in and taken out of phones. There are different size SIMs, phone call providers, and phone models, so they all do not work with all phones. Call Republic and tell them your current phone and new phone model. Most likely you will need a new card that they can send you for $5. If you have a memory card in the old phone, you should be able to move it to the new one. The G6 play does come with 32GB which good enough for most people unless you plan to take lots of video, photos, and apps. Once you get the SIM and put it into the phone I believe this is what you do. https://help.republicwireless.com/hc/en-us/articles/115015679168-How-to-Replace-a-CDMA-3-0-Phone-with-a-BYOP-Phone  You will have to install the Republic app and run it. It will ask for your account and ask it should transfer your old phone number to the new phone. Also the installation can install your old phone app accounts and some of the settings. This should only take about 1/2 hour. You will then be all set. You will have to setup some of the apps that do not store settings up in the cloud.