CAREFUL WHEN YOU PUSH

“Push Bullet,” free for Android phones, is a handy way to send any file, photo or web address from your computer to your phone.

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SHARING A LINK

This happens a lot: Somebody will tell us about a great site, article or video they saw on the web, but don’t remember exactly where it was. Google it, they’ll say. Sometimes that works and sometimes it doesn’t.

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SHARING WI-FI SIGNALS

A pretty girl, very sweet looking, knocked on our door and said to Joy:”I have to get on the Internet. Can I use your password?” We didn’t know her and she wasn’t a neighbor, but she stood poised and ready with notebook and pen to take down our password.

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A NONPROFIT WEBSITE

We heard from a church secretary whose job it is to create a website. She doesn’t know how to do that and wondered if we’re sticking with our previous recommendation, Yola.com. We’re re-thinking that.

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YOUR OWN WEBSITE

There are dozens of ways to build your own website these days, but some are easier than others. The good news is you don’t have to learn HTML or coding of any kind, to produce a great site. And most of your choices are free. The first question to ask is would you rather work on or off-line? Online is great for collaborative sites. Your contributors won’t have to own special software to edit the site and add material. Just give them the password and they can get on. On the road, you can work from any computer. We’ve created several sites using Yola.com, and we think they look great. With drag and drop, you can add social networking, storefronts, […]

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BEST PHOTO APPS

We love taking a photo with our Android phone and have it automatically show up in our Google Plus account online. Google’s Picasa can also upload photos to your Google Plus account and provides excellent free editing tools.

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YOU TRACKING ME?

Quite a few people seem upset over the possibility that their online activities are being tracked by the government. Yahoo acknowledges they have answered around 13,000 tracking requests from the feds in the last six months, and Facebook and Microsoft have similar numbers. Google’s “Chrome” browser has an “incognito mode,” but warns that you could be under “surveillance by secret agents.”  (Can you imagine what a boring job that must be?) Mozilla Firefox has denounced government tracking and offers add-ons, such as “DoNotTrackMe,” to cover your embarrassing parts.  In an upcoming release, they’ll block the most intrusive tracking cookies by default.

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BEST BROWSER

Chrome is still our favorite web browser, and according to a recent Accuvant study, commissioned by the security firm ZoneAlarm, it is also the safest and the fastest –even though it’s only around five percent faster than others.

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THAT’S AWESOME

If you surf the web with Google Chrome, you may notice that typing the first few letters of a website you’ve recently visited brings up the rest. Now Mozilla’s Firefox does the same thing. They call it the “Awesome Bar.”

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DOT COM EXPANDS

Just when we got used to websites ending in “.com,” “.org,” “gov.” and “.net” along with 18 other obscure endings, ICANN, the nonprofit group that controls the dot endings, is about to expand the list with 1400 more. The first ones will roll out on April 23.

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