How to Recall Sent Emails in Outlook

Featured-Image-Recall-Outlook-Emails.jpg Under specific circumstances, you can recall your emails in the Outlook desktop app. This is quite useful if you don’t want the recipients to read a particular message or you have a replacement message for them. The method to recall such Outlook emails are shown below. The only condition is that both the sender and the recipient should be using Microsoft 365 or Microsoft Exchange email accounts. For example, this technique would only work for the employees of the same organization who are using the Outlook program. Steps to Recall the Outlook Email After… Read more

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Your Password Manager Can Do More Than Just Store Passwords

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It’s common sense that everyone should be using a good password manager (we hope, at least). It’s also worth noting that password managers have tons of other amazing features that you might not be using. These features are both convenient and security-centric, and they can help you stay safe online and get the most out of your password manager.

Everyone knows the primary feature of a password manager—to store your login credentials—but they can also do tons of other cool things, like alert you to security breaches or store important files. Of course, the features a particular password manager has varies, depending on which one you’re looking at, but we rounded up all of the most common features you can expect to see in any of the most popular ones.

So without further ado, here are some other features password managers have to offer. They can:

Enter Your Login Info for You

What’s not to like about something that will fill in your stored credentials for you whenever you log in to a website? Some managers can also fill in additional fields, like contact information and credit card information. This feature is available on both mobile and desktop use so you can expect assistance no matter what device you’re using.

Generate Secure New Passwords on the Spot

This is one of the best features of password managers. Any password manager worth its salt should be able to create a random and secure password for you on demand. It’s a simple, yet nice feature, as it means you won’t ever have to come up with a less-than-unique password ever again. A good manager should also automatically update your login info with the new password it creates (or at least prompt you to).

Store Other Information, Besides Passwords

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Did you know that your password manager can store other types of information besides passwords? Yep. They can also store things like contact information or credit card numbers. Typically, this information can also be autofilled when you need it (say, when you’re shopping or putting in your lunch delivery order online).

Certain managers can also store things like bank account numbers, social security numbers, Wi-Fi router or server information, membership information, driver’s license and other ID information, software licenses, and documents. Really, the sky’s the limit here.

Store Important Documents and Photos

As kind of an extension to storing non-password information, many password managers also offer a decent amount of secure file storage. This isn’t necessarily meant to replace or be used the same way you’d use regular cloud storage, like Dropbox or Google Drive; it’s more meant to be a way to store digitized copies of important documents (like a will, title, letter, or passport) in a secure encrypted format.

Provide a Place to Take Secure Notes

Many password managers offer a space where you can make notes (and it’s a great way to keep important thoughts and information away from prying eyes). Sure you can use them just like a standard note-taking app, but this function is designed more for any type of text you’d want to keep password protected. This might include instructions for logging in to a specific site, or the directions to your buried treasure.

Typically, you’ll have the ability to share any notes you create with others (even if they don’t use the same password manager), and assign a label or tag to them for easy searching. You should also be able to import or export files, and toggle password protection as needed.

Audit Your Passwords to Make Sure They’re Strong and Safe

In addition to storing your passwords, good managers can also scan and assess them to see how strong or old they are, if you’re using duplicates (that’s a no-no!), or even if one has been compromised. Security scans usually don’t take long, and can provide helpful suggestions for how to strengthen your overall password security. Good managers can even suggest new passwords right on the spot, so all you’ll have to do is log in to the corresponding website and update your password.

Let You Share Files with Others

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You might want or need to share some of all of your login info or secure notes with another user at some point (your spouse, for example). A good password manager should make it easy to do so, and have built-in options for sharing something with another user on your plan or potentially even someone who doesn’t use a manager.

Good password managers also offer emergency access in the event of, well, an emergency. Typically, this grants a one-time easement into an account during a short period of time. This would most likely be used in the event of someone passing away, so a loved one could access their accounts to stop bills, for example.

Offer Secure Web Browsing

Some managers offer their own options for safely browsing the web, typically via their own secure inbuilt browser or virtual private network (VPN). Either option is nice to have any time you are using a public Wi-Fi connection, like a restaurant or café, or are needing anonymous and secure browsing.

Protect Your Account with Two-Factor Authentication

Password managers also double as two-factor authentication (2FA). If you’re unfamiliar with the term, 2FA is an additional way to keep your online accounts secure, like having to scan your face or fingerprint to unlock your phone or enter one of those six-digit SMS or email codes to access your Twitter account. That’s in addition to typing in your account password.

Good password managers offer two-factor authentication for keeping that account safe from a hacker. Similar to 2FA options for other sites (like Twitter), your manager might send you a notification with a code to scan or enter in addition to typing in your password, before letting you access your account. These notifications will also double as an alert if someone else is trying to log in to it.

Monitor Your Passwords for Breaches

Because password managers already know your login info, it makes sense that they should also be able to scan the web (including the dark web) to see if it comes up in a known security breach. Certain managers offer this feature, and will alert you in the event one of your passwords is thought to be compromised. This keeps you ahead of the curve and gives you the opportunity to change a breached password before the hacker has a chance to use the one they uncovered.

The best password managers will also actively protect you against phishing. They’ll remember the original site you created an account on, and prevent you from entering your information if you somehow end up on a different account posing as the original. While your manager won’t pop up with a huge red flag, you’ll be able to know it’s a phishing site as it won’t autofill your credentials.

Hopefully now you have a better understanding of how robust and awesome password managers are. They’re worthwhile even if you do just use them to store your passwords, but their artillery of convenient security features really makes password manager worth the cost.

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How to Close All Google Chrome Windows at Once

While browsing the web with Google Chrome, it’s easy to get carried away and open dozens of windows filled with hundreds of tabs. Luckily, it’s easy to close multiple Chrome windows at once on Windows, Linux, and Mac. Here’s how.

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How to Use Shortcuts Directly From iPhone and iPad Home Screen

There is a myriad of ways to launch a shortcut, including from the shortcuts app, Siri, and widgets. But the fastest way is by using a home screen shortcut. Here’s how to use shortcuts directly from the iPhone and iPad home screen.

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This quick and clever tool creates an instant homepage for your podcast

Podcast homepages weren’t something I gave any thought to until I launched my own standalone show. And honestly, even then I probably didn’t give enough thought to the subject. For that reason, many or most of my shows have Tumblr pages — which is, at best, a bit of a mixed blessing in 2020.

The biggest reason many podcasters give little consideration to the subject is the fact that most people are platform-dependent when it comes to listening. People who consume a lot of podcasts generally do so through a single platform/app, be it Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google, Stitcher, Castbox, etc. But when it comes to actually promoting your show on social media, you’re best served by sharing a link that’s platform agnostic.

I’ve been playing around with Podpage a bit today. The new offering was created by Brenden Mulligan, co-founder of app developer toolbox LaunchKit, which sold its tools to Google way back in 2016. The offering has been around for a while now, but Mulligan has offered some updates and recently listed it on ProductHunt.

I’m digging it so far. It’s basically plug-and-play to get up and running, though you can customize a fair bit beyond that. For reference, a simple page I made this morning for my podcast, RiYL:

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After a couple of hours, I’m pretty seriously considering dropping the long-standing Tumblr in favor of the service. My page is pretty simple so far, and honestly, that’s by design. Or, rather, partially by design and partially due to the fact that I haven’t been very good about updating episode art, which has kind of limited my options here (perhaps I’ll go through the 400+ episodes on some future rainy day).

You start by entering your podcast name, and the service goes to work, scraping the relevant information and building it into a page. From there, you can add a Patreon (or other method for monetization) and all related social media. One of the nice things about having a purpose-built service like this is how it pulls together all of the relevant information into a single spot. The sidebar features a breakdown of the different podcatchers where you can listen to the show, coupled with a signup form to get show updates.

On the bottom are a selection of reviews from different podcasting services. Up top is a link to the services where you can leave that feedback. There’s also a subscription link and contact form, which is a handy way of allowing people to email you without giving out personal information. Notes submitted to the form will be sent to your associated email.

The basic experience is free and there are currently two upgrade options. At $5 a month, you can host it on your own website and for $12, there are a bunch more customization options, along with a more fully featured website, including blog functionality and the ability to add transcripts.

Note: Changes to the Full-Text RSS free service

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How to See How Much RAM Is in Your Chromebook

RAM is important when it comes to how well your computer runs. Chromebooks require less RAM than other computers running Windows 10 or macOS. Still, you might feel like you need more. We’ll show you how to find out how much RAM your Chromebook has.

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A Beginners’ Guide to Smart Living

smart-living-mobile-phone-1.jpg An automated home was a futuristic pipe dream not too long ago. However, as the second decade of the 2000s comes to an end, “smart living” is a burgeoning tech market. In this piece, we look at how to start creating a smart home. Before that, let’s outline why you’d want a smart home in the first place. What Smart Living Means (And Why You’d Want to Do It) For the uninitiated, smart living refers simply to automating aspects of your home – usually mundane tasks. For example, it could be that you set your… Read more

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Epic has a stern warning about buying and selling Fortnite accounts

Though many items eventually make their way back into Fortnite‘s Item Shop, some are far less common than others — and many skins are exclusives in one way or another, making them rare. If you started playing the game later than everyone else, you may be tempted to buy an older Fortnite account for its classic and rare skins — … Continue reading

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What Is “Binning” for Computer Components?

You might not realize it, but every time you purchase a new desktop CPU, you also get a ticket for a giveaway called the “silicon lottery.” Two CPUs of the same model can perform differently when pushed to their limits thanks to something called “CPU binning.”

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How to Make Calls from Windows 10 Using an Android Phone

If your computer runs Windows 10 and you also have an Android phone, you should probably be using Microsoft’s Your Phone app. You can do a lot with it, including making and receiving phone calls on your PC. Let’s do it!

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