Saturday, April 19, 2014

Google Takeout – Download Your Gmail Data to Your Computer or Move Your Mail to Another Service



Google Takeout is a Google service that allows you to download and backup your Gmail email data on your computer or take it anywhere with you. You can move your Gmail Mail to another service e.g. Microsoft Outlook, Yahoo Mail or move it to a cloud storage server such as Box, Microsoft OneDrive, Dropbox or iCloud.

You not only have the ability to download your Gmail Mail, but you can also download and backup 17 other Google services such as Calendar, Blogger, Google Drive, Google Voice, Google+ Data, Contacts, YouTube and Picasa Photos.

Gmail provides a maximum storage limit of 15GB including shared data from Google Drive and Google Plus Pictures. You can see the amount of storage space that your Gmail is using by scrolling down to the bottom of the page and reading the Gigabytes (GB) just under the mail on the bottom left corner. In this case (picture below), the user is currently using 3.88 GB (25%) of 15GB.



Gmail contains the all the vital history of your email exchanges from the date you created your account, and provided you didn’t delete the data, you will be able to download it to your computer or any other service.



Why You Must Download Your Gmail Data

Why should you download and backup your Gmail data? If you are encountering regular and occasional Gmail Login problems, it should be a warning and reminder for you to download a copy of your Gmail on your computer. It is safe to download your Gmail messages in order to keep a copy in case your Gmail account gets hacked, hijacked or closed. When you aren’t able to log into your account for whatever reason, you will be able to keep a reference of your past and important email with friends, relatives, companies, clients and other contacts.

The second reason to download your email is to keep track of past email correspondencies.Email that was received a long time ago (e.g. 5 years ago) usually gets deleted or buried and forgotten as time goes on. Years later, we find that we need this old info. If you downloaded an archive of this email, you will be able to retrieve the old info, if not then you are screwed.

Finally, email servers like other web applications can be affected by bugs or attacked by internet viruses. Each year, security threats that thrive on the vulnerability of online services are born, and in some cases they can be fatal. The worst that can happen to your Gmail account is when you lose your data i.e. when your email is stolen or even wiped out by a virus or cyber criminal. Examples of cyber-attacks resulting in data loss include the Living Social hack of 26 April 2013, when hackers stole 50 million customer records, Adobe Inc. hack of 3 October 2013 when 152 million customer records including credit cards and debit cards were stolen, Target / Fazio Mechanical Services hack of 18 December 2013 when 110 million customer records including 40 million credit cards/debit cards were lost.

To download your Gmail Data, go to the Google Takeout link on:

You can add other Google products to download by clicking the link “Show these products” below, and ticking the products that you want to download.

It will take a long time to download your Gmail, especially if you have a lot of data like 4 GB.Gmail will email you when your download is complete.



Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Encrypt and Save Your Gmail Login Passwords with Roboform Password Manager – Log Into Multiple Accounts at Once



An increasingly large part of our lives is being spent on the internet, not by design but by necessity. You see, everyone is moving their business to the internet, and the customer has no choice. A lot of banks, shops, entertainment, communication and social platforms require you to log into their online applications and websites to make your transactions faster, easier and convenient. This means that passwords have become part of our lives. We can’t avoid or escape passwords because our lives are tied to the internet.

Nowadays it is not surprising to find that an average person owns multiple accounts on different websites like Gmail, Yahoo, Facebook, MSNBC, Microsoft and Twitter. These are large websites that many people are a part of, but it does not stop here. Most probably, you are also an owner of personal online accounts at Verizon, AT and T, Amazon, Walmart, Expedia, Tripadvisor, CitiBank, HSBC, Macy, Comcast, American Airlines, Apple, Costco, Starbucks and hundreds of other accounts for paying online bills.




As you can see, the task of remembering each and every unique password for all your online accounts becomes harder. Instead of burdening your brain with 101 passwords, why not leave room for productive things? This is where a Password Manager like Roboform comes in. It relieves you from the pain of password fatigue. An internet security bug like Heart Bleed will require you to change your password and it can be a daunting task if you have many accounts. A password manager can help you re-organize and change your passwords easily and quickly. Roboform does not only save you from remembering passwords but it also ensures that you will never forget your passwords again.

It is important to note that we are not talking about built-in Password Managers found on web browsers like Firefox, Internet Explorer and Chrome. These are basic password managers which lack a lot of essential features needed to protect your online account. Let’s look at the weaknesses of these browser-based password managers:

-          They can’t encrypt your password (except Firefox), meaning that anybody who accesses your computer can view them.
-          They store your password on your computer or browser, posing a risk of being found by anyone who uses your computer.
-          They can’t generate random pass codes also known as one-time passwords or disposable passwords.
-          They can’t protect your password outside of the browser or computer in which they are activated.
-          They don’t have an option to store your encrypted password in a secure cloud server.
-          They are not effective against cookie hijacking malware.
-          They don’t work on cross platforms and can’t sync with different devices.

What a basic browser password manager can’t do, Roboform can do, many times better and more. Roboform is not a basic password manager but a dedicated password manager. It is not a browser-based password manager but a cloud-based encryption technology.It can encrypt your passwords, generate random passcodes, protect your password anywhere in the world, on any computer that you are logging in. It works on all popular platforms. It prevents any sniffing of your saved passwords because it automatically logs you into all your accounts with a Master Password. All you need to remember is your Master Password for logging into your online accounts. You can log into 101 accounts at once by clicking a button.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

How to Use Your Own Photo as Gmail Background Theme – Custom Theme - Personalize Your Email



Besides using Gmail Themes, you can also use your own custom photos as backgrounds and share them with your friends. There are hundreds of themes to choose from the Gmail theme gallery but if you want to personalize your email, it is a good idea to upload your own pictures.

To customize your Gmail background, simply go to Settings and choose “Select a background image” from the drop-down menu. A screen will pop up and on the left sidebar of this screen, you will see 6 options available for you.

To personalize your Gmail background with your own photo, you must upload an image from your computer or smartphone.Click [Upload photo], select the image and instantly, your photo will become your Gmail background.



All the uploaded photos can be found under [My photos] folder. If you have a BlogSpot/blogger blog, you will also be able to access all the pictures that you uploaded in your blog posts. You can use these pictures as your Gmail background by simply selecting them with your cursor and clicking the [Select] button.

The second option for applying a custom Gmail email background is to copy and paste the image URL from any website on the internet. For example, you can copy URLs of pictures hosted on Pinterest, Flickr, TinyPic, Photobucket, Wikipedia, Facebook, MySpace or Yahoo. The easiest way to copy an image URL from a website is to use a browser like Firefox. Right click on the image and select “copy image location”. Paste the URL on your Gmail background image screen and you should see the full image that you want to use as your background.

The last option for using a custom background is to take a snapshot from your Gmail account through your computer webcam. Click the snapshot link on the Gmail background image screen and an Adobe Flash application will ask you to give Google Mail permission to access your computer camera and microphone. Select “Allow” and you will see your face in the camera. Take several snapshots and choose the best image to use as your Gmail background theme.

Select a Background Image
Take a Snapshot - Allow Google Mail To Access Your Computer
Webcam Loaded - Ready To Take Snapshot
You Can Access Your Photos From Blogger


Saturday, April 12, 2014

Chromecast – Stream Internet Videos to your HDTV with Google Chrome Cast





Google Inc. has launched a new device that allows you to stream online videos to your HD Television at home. The Chromecast is a stick or dongle that you can connect to your HDTV via the HDMI port. To begin watching online videos on your Television, simply run the Chromecast app on your computer, notebook, tablet or any compatible smartphone.You should be connected to the internet. The Chromecast app will scan your WiFi network and detect the stick.

The setup and connection is very smooth and entirely automatic, simply press the Setup button at the back of the stick, enter your WiFi password when prompted ,give a name for your Chromecast and voila,you are already connected to your WiFi network. An LED light will indicate that the device is on and you will also see the strength of the WiFi signal. Play the media that you want to watch on your smartphone by tapping the icon and begin streaming to your TV.

                                              

So what makes the Google Chromecast different from its competitors and why is it special and convenient? If you are familiar with internet to television streaming devices such as game consoles (PS3, Xbox, Wii, and Nintendo), blue-ray players and HDTVs with inbuilt internet modems, you will have a reason to like the Chromecast.

First of all, the Chromecast allows you to use your mobile phone or tablet as a TV remote control. You can sit back on your couch and stream videos and music to your television. You will need a compatible mobile phone or tablet to stream online content. The currently supported devices are:

  1. Smartphones and tablets with Android 2.3 and above.
  2. iPhones, iPads and iPods with IOS 6.0 and above.
  3. Computers running Chrome for MAC and Chrome for Windows.
  4. Chromebook Pixel.
The second reason to use Chromecast is its low price, you can get the stick at $35.00 only. It is currently available at Amazon for $29.99 only.Click Here >>>


Streaming devices similar to Chromecast are available but they cost more. These include the Roku Streaming Stick, AirPlay, Apple TV and Amazon Fire.

The Chromecast stick can function on its own, however it comes with a 6 feet Forge USB Power Cable,USB Power Adapter and HDMI Right Angle Male to Female Adapter that allows you to connect to the HDMI port if the Chromecast stick is too big to fit.

Google Chromecast can stream online content from:

Pandora - music
YouTube - videos
Crackle – Hollywood movies, Television series
Rdio – songs, stations
Google Play Movies and TV – TV shows and movies
Google Play Music - songs
Songza - music
Red Bull TV – entertainment, sports, music, lifestyle
Vevo – music videos
Plex – home media library streaming
Rhapsody/Napster – music
Netflix – movies
HB GO – TV network, shows, series and movies
Hulu Plus – current TV shows and movies