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

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 have created 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 is click here, install the free chrome extension then enter 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.

 

Get the BEST price possible on products you’re already wanting to buy! Click Here!

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

Building your own higher end IP camera surveillance system PART 1

Part 1 | Part 2

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.

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Hikvision DS-2CD2032-I Outdoor HD 3MP IP Bullet Security Camera 4mm
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Hikvision DS-2CD3132 2.8mm Lens 3MP Mini Dome Camera 1080P POE IP CCTV Camera

 

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.

 

CyberPower CP1500AVRLCD Intelligent LCD UPS 1500VA 900W AVR Mini-Tower
CyberPower CP1500AVRLCD Intelligent LCD UPS 1500VA 900W AVR

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

Part 2 the installation of your NVR.

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.

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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!