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28Jan/160

How and why to enable Two-Factor Authentication on your Google, facebook and other online accounts

In today's day and age it is now more than ever imperative to protect your online accounts from hackers and one way you can help is by Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) on all your online accounts that have this feature and choosing a strong password.

How Two-Factor Authentication works is once you have enabled it, every time you sign into a new computer and sign into your Google account, Facebook, Dropbox or any of the many others you will put your password in and then you will be asked for a code which is randomly generated by an app on your smart phone. the app I use is Authy

When logging in you can chose to keep the information saved so you do not have to log in using your phone each time which you can do for a computer you own or do not save for a public computer.

 

To enable Two-Factor Authentication on your Google account please visit this link

To enable Two-Factor Authentication on your Facebook account please visit this link

To enable Two-Factor Authentication on your Dropbox account please visit this link

For a full list of sites that support Two-Factor Authentication please click here

 

Dropbox 2 factor authentication

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27Jan/160

Awesome geeky gifts each month with Loot Crate

If you sign up with Loot Crate you will be getting a box (crate) in the mail each and every month you have an active subscription.

All you need to go is go to the Loot Crate website, choose the particular crate(s) you wish to receive and each month you will receive in the mail your chosen crate.

Loot crate

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27Jan/160

Use Wikibuy to streamline your Amazon purchases

Hello my name is Scott and I am an Amazon shopping addict, I love love love shopping on Amazon especially since I have a Amazon Prime membership giving me free 2 day shipping, streaming music, TV and movies and more. (check out Prime membership here because trust me it is so worth it and will pay for its self in no time.)

Back to the reason I am creating this article.

If you are like me and love to shop for deals then you should check out WikiBuy, no doubt you have seen their ads on facebook and around the internet. I was skeptical at first but I gave it a whirl today and I am actually happy with the results.

So what you do is you sign up for Wikibuy with your email, password of you choice and your zipcode (for estimating the shipping cost) then you go to Amazon, Walmart.com or any other the other stores supported, find a product and add it to your cart. Wikibuy will automatically start shopping around for better prices from other stores and testing out variou coupons to whittle down the price even more

Wikibuy searching

After searching for this particular product Wikibuy has found that the product I found on Amazon was indeed the cheapest available in this particular make and model BUT has given me 2 alternatives that are similar but will save me money.

Wikibuy results page

In my opinion Wikibuy is a pretty nifty little tool to use to shop smarter, its in BETA at the moment so expect a few minor issues but they are improving all the time.

 

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25Jan/160

Top 10 Deadpool related merchandise

DeadPool

 

With the US release date for the most romantic valentines day movie 'DeadPool' set for February 12, I thought it would be a great time to give you my top 10 list of all things DeadPool merchandise.

10. DeadPool Beanie. 

Its still winter so keep your head nice and warm with this awesome beanie featuring your favorite bad-ass.

Deadpool beanie

 

9. Deadpool bathrobe

Because who doesn't love a good bathrobe.
Deadpool bath robe

 

8.  Deadpool Pillow case.

Sleeping with your head on top of Deadpool... hell the fuck yeah!

Deadpool pillowcase

7. Deadpool vinyl bobble head figure

 

Everybody loves a good bobble head... this Deadpool bobble head kicks the ass of all other bobble head characters.

Deadpool bobble head

 

6.  Deadpool action figure.

Remember action figures as a kid, wish I had this Deadpool action figure when I was younger.. hell I'm buying it right now!

Deadpool action figure

5.  Deadpool adult coloring book.

Adult coloring books are all the rage right now, this Deadpool coloring book is just what you need to express yourself creatively and because its Deadpool means its the best damn coloring book on the market!

Deadpool adult coloring book

4. Deadpool keychain.

I collect keychains so I might be a little bias putting this on this list BUT we all have keys and we all love Deadpool so heres an awesome keychain.

Deadpool keychain3. Deadpool lego mini figure.

Lego is awesome, Deadpool is awesome, any questions?

Deadpool mini lego figure

 

2. Deadpool belt buckle.

Gotta hold those pants up somehow so let Deadpool do it for you with this awesome Belt Buckle.

Deadpool belt buckle

1.  Deadpool cosplay costume.

Before going to the Deadpool movie premiere you need to buy this cosplay costume and wear it on the night because why the heck not!

Deadpool cosplay costume

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12Jan/160

Building your own higher end IP camera surveillance system PART 1

In this series of posts I will be going over how you can create your own higher end IP Camera surveillance system so you can monitor your home or business either remotely or locally.

Part one of this series will go over selecting the equipment required for this installation; we will be using Amazon as our go to store since their return policy is awesome and prices are extremely competitive.

Selecting your NVR (Network video Recorder)

First step would be selecting your DVR, there are many IP camera NVR (Network Video Recorders) on the market and heck you can even make your own with a decent PC and free software but for this guide I will be going over using the Hikvision NVR since Hikvision makes an extremely nice NVR for a low price; the IP Cameras required are on the higher end BUT are very low cost.

Depending on how many cameras you want to install will determine the NVR you will choose, they come in 4, 8 or 16 channel (cameras)

4 Channel Hikvision NVR

~8 Channel Hikvision NVR

16 Channel Hikvision NVR

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You will also need to choose your hard drive size as the majority of NVR's are sold without them.

I recommend the Western Digital purple Hard Drive which are designed for CCTV systems that are continually cycling over data after data.

The camera number and quality you wish to record at will determine the hard drive size.

4 channel NVR - 1 terabyte hard drive
8 channel NVR - 2 terabyte hard drive
16 channel NVR - 4 terabyte hard drive

IP Cameras

Choosing a good quality IP camera today on a budget is no longer difficult with  Hikvision IP cameras.
There are many to choose from  but my favorite would be the Hikvision DS-2CD2032-I Outdoor HD 3MP IP Bullet Security Camera 4mm or the Hikvision DS-2CD3132 2.8mm Lens 3MP Mini Dome Camera 1080P POE IP CCTV Camera since they look great physically and the picture quality is fantastic and with a price point on Amazon of around $100, cant go wrong with that.

 

Cable and connectors 

Unless you know what you are doing; creating your cables for your IP Camera surveillance system is a little tricky and is time consuming; it is better to just buy pre-made cables from Amazon or have some one make them for you.

~ 50 foot cat5e patch cable
~ 100 foot cat5e patch cable
~ 200 foot cat5e patch cable

UPS (Uninterrupted power supply)

I dont care what anybody else thinks, I have been installing CCTV systems for a long time and I know for a fact that you NEED a UPS incase your power goes out of your power bumps.

This 1500VA UPS is perfect for your new IP surveillance system.

 

Part 2 of this series I will go over starting your installation of your IP survellience system.

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12Jan/160

Valentines Day 2016 for all you geeks out there

Valentines Day 2016 is in a little over a month so that gives you a little over a month to get your geeky significant other OR your secret valentines crush that perfect gift.

I have compiled a list of awesome geeky valentines day gifts that your favorite geek in your life will just love.

turnmeon

Geeky Power Button ~ Etsy

 

Valentine Card for Him, Geeky I Love You Card, Geek Card, Science Beaker

Valentine Card for Him, Geeky I Love You Card, Geek Card, Science Beaker

 

Make your own Doctor who Tardis card

Make your own Doctor who Tardis card

 

I love this website, check it out and win at valentines.

I love this website, check it out and win at valentines.

Just remember if you do decide to celebrate Valentines day, it is about the thought and not how much money you spend; sometimes a handmade card can be better than an expensive hallmark card even if you do suck at it because remember..... its the thought that counts.

Happy Valentines day Geeks!


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30Jul/151

Windows 10 start menu button sucks, Classic shell still works

I upgraded windows 8.1 to windows 10 today and found the new Start menu to be somewhat lacking so I installed Classic Shell (see the guide I did for windows 8.1)

I love Classic Shell, it is just so easy to use and really the classics are just better 🙂

What are you waiting for enable the classic Start button today.

 

classic-shell

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29Jul/150

Get windows 10 now instead of waiting

So I have been waiting all day for my windows 10 upgrade tool to tell me it is available; I thought for sure I would be able to upgrade windows 8.1 to to windows 10 today but by 3:30 PM PST no notice but luckily there is a work around which will allow you to upgrade your windows 7, 8, 8.1 to the brand spanking now Windows 10.0.

Just head on over to the following Microsoft page and download the media creation tool provided for you x86 or x64 based system and you can either create a USB/ISO version for a clean install OR you can choose to upgrade you current system and keep all your programs and settings; me I opted for clean install because it has been months since my last install and I need to do some housekeeping on my system.

 

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28Jun/140

Using the internet anonymously & why using a VPN is important

Your IP (Internet protocol) address is basically your home address on the internet; everything you do online is tied to this unique address and since the majority of people surf the web without protection then there is a lot of people vulnerable to attacks from hackers or wide open to be spied on from corporations and governments.

In the wake of the Edward Snowden  revelations;  in this day and age, it is VERY important to use a VPN (Virtual private network) to hide your IP address from the outside work because as we all know the US Governments NSA (National Security Agency) spy's on its own citizens and the citizens from around the world.

What is a VPN (Virtual Private Network)?

A VPN is something you use if you want to anonymize yourself when you use the internet; a VPN hides your IP address from Hackers, Advertising companies, Governments and anyone else who would like to snoop on your browsing and downloading habits.

Why do I need to use a VPN?

Today it is more important than ever to hide your online activity from outside entities; what you do online is your own business and nobody else's.

When you use a VPN all your internet activity is going through your VPN server so anything you do online is tied to that address and not your own.

When you connect to a VPN you may even notice your internet speed has increased because the VPN encrypts your web traffic  even from your Internet provider so if they are slowing your internet speed using a VPN will bypass your internet providers speed throttler.

You can also use a VPN to access websites and services normally blocked/censored by your government, school, workplace etc such as using Facebook from countries or workplaces that that website is blocked in.

By using a VPN you can feel safe in the knowledge that the only footprint you are leaving behind on the internet is that of your VPN server.

How do I use a VPN?

First of all you need to pick a VPN provider; I have started using IP Vanish after trying a bunch of other VPN companies and have found IP Vanish to be the fastest and easiest to use.

IP Vanish has a 7 day money back no questions asked policy so I would suggest trying them out and if you don't like the service you can always easily cancel to get your money back.

Step one

Signup for IP Vanish here

Step two

Download and install the IP Vanish Software

Step three

Login to IP Vanish using the username and password you chose when you signed up.

 

Login to IP Vanish

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step four

Click on response time in the main window so the program sorts the VPN servers from closest to farthest because we need to choose the closest server to connect for the best speed.
In my example; Los Angeles is the closest server so I click on the server name, make sure that 'Open VPN is chosen (highest anonymity) and that auto-reconnect is checked; then click on Connect.

 

Choose IP Vanish Server

 

 

Connected to IP Vanish

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step five

Go to http://www.whatismyip.com and you will see location and IP address displayed is now completely different to your own so congratulations your VPN Connection is successful.

 

Step six (optional)

Click on Preference from the main IP Vanish window; and copy my settings (below) this will make it so your computer will automatically start running your VPN when it reboots and connect to the last server you were connected to at the highest anonymity settings.

IP Vanish Preferences

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IP Vanish also has Android and IOS apps, so you can be connected even when you are mobile; making you 100% anonymous. Android app link & IOS link.

 

 

 

 

12Jun/140

Hide My Ass VPN summer special deals June 12 to July 31 2014

Hi guys.

I just want to let you know that Hidemyass the most kickass VPN is running a summer special between August 1 - 31 2013 and if you have have ever considered trying out a VPN then this month is the best time to try it out.

Hidemyass Holiday Special pricing is as follows:

Month to month was $11.52 until 31 July this price is now $9.99 per month

Here is where the real savings come in.

Pay 6 months in advance was $49.99 and is now $39.99 but that kicks your monthly cost down to $6.67 per month saving you $3.32 per month.

Pay yearly price was $78.66 but is now  $59.99 which is equivalent to $4.99 per month which is pretty fantastic if you ask me.

Check out the deals 

It is very rare for Hide My Ass to have these deals so this really is good opportunity of lock in  cheap prices for your VPN service because if you sign up at these prices then that is the price you pay for life.

If you do not know what a VPN is then let me explain:

Hidemyass VPN (or any VPN really) is a service that you use to watch or listen content that is generally restricted to you ie Hulu.com if you live in a different country to the USA.

You can also download torrents using a VPN safe in the knowledge that nobody can see your real IP address; so basically a VPN conceals where you are in the world to surf or download anonymously.

You can read more about how a VPN works by reading this page

 

 

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