How to Avoid Being Hacked

First you log in with user name and password (we’ll get to choosing smart passwords in Part 3) to your Gmail account. There should be an avatar in a circle near the upper-left hand corner of the window. Maybe it’s even a photo of you. Click on it and you’ll see “My Account.” (Incidentally, this changes every couple of years) On the new window that opens up, click on “Sign-in & security.” Click on “2-Step Verification,” then on “Get Started.” Time to enter your username and password again. Enter a phone number and click on whether you want to receive a text or a phone call. Then you magically get a text or phone call with a 6-digit verification code. Type it in and select the option to turn on 2-step verification. It’s that easy. Okay, it’s several steps, but not that hard.

It may be that you prefer to collect your Gmail with some other app, like Outlook, rather than using a browser to go to the Gmail page for your mail. If so, it may be that once you’ve turned on two-step verification, your Outlook (or other app) keeps telling you that you have the wrong password, even though you know darn well it’s right. This has happened to me. You probably need to have Google give you a specific app password that Google will generate for you. You’ll need to go to the App passwords page, which at the time of this writing is here.

Select the app you want it for (if Outlook, then you would select “Mail”), then the device you are using (Google magically presents a list of the devices you use with their services). Then select “Generate.” It will show you a 16-digit number in a yellow bar for you to use as your new password for that app (Outlook, eg) on that device (don’t enter the spaces). You can save that password in your app and you may need that number again in the future.

Yahoo!

Yahoo! is similar: sign into your account, go to the account security page, click on “two-step verification,” and toggle the button there to turn it on. Select an option to get a text or a phone call for verification. Enter the code that comes to you via text or phone call. At this point, you can create an app password, similar to the Google process above for your various apps like Outlook or Apple (iOS) Mail.

iCloud

Now, let’s set up 2FA on your iCloud account. First, you have to have a passcode set on your iPhone or iPad.

Click on the Settings app. If your device uses iOS 10.3.3, click on your name (or the name of the account you use to sign on), then on “Passwords & Security.” Did I mention that this will change as Apple keeps us on our toes by changing everything up once we’ve gotten comfortable with the previous version? In the most recent previous version, you would have clicked on Settings, and then on iCloud, then your name, then Password & Security. But I digress…

Now tap “Turn on two-factor authentication.” Be prepared to answer some security questions – which we’ll be discussing in a future article – and then enter the phone number where you want to receive the code for 2FA, and as previously, select whether you want a phone call or a text.

Macintosh

For a Mac, open System Preferences, and select iCloud, and then “Account Details.” You might have to login using your Apple credentials. As above, answer your security questions if it asks, enter the phone number where you want to receive calls or texts for verification. Once again, a magical robot instantly sends you the code and you have to enter that into the field that awaits your answer.

Once it’s turned on, you’ll get a message asking for approval if an unknown device or location signs onto your account. Note that on a Mac, that notification can sometimes be on a window that is hidden behind another, so look for that if you find you’re having troubles with getting the approval request.

Speaking of troubles, it seems like a lot of work to have two-factor authentication, but once it’s set up, it’s not too much of a pain and will add considerable safety to your accounts, as well as considerable barriers to potential hackers. So do it!

Next time, we’ll discuss passwords, passcodes, and why you shouldn’t fill out those fun questionnaires that all of your friends send you.

Next, in part three: Choosing smart passwords and secret questions (aka, giving away the form).

Norton Family Parental Control

The setup process is streamlined and straightforward, and the product works well with any OS, including Windows (XP, Vista, 7, 8/8.1, 10, and 10), Android (4 and later), and iOS (9 or later). The features of Norton Family features are all controlled from an intuitive dashboard.

The Time Supervision feature allows you to keep track of how much time your kids spend on their PCs and devices. Help them foster healthy habits by limiting the number of hours a day they can spend on each device. With Instant Lock, you can help them take breaks. Just enter the PIN to unlock the devices. However, even during lock mode, children and parents can still contact each other.

Literally everything your kids do online can be supervised with Norton Family Parental Control: texting, social media posting, web surfing, and more. Since you likely won’t have time to look over everything, you can still get a general idea of what types of content your children are consuming, as it is all sorted into broad genres like “Shopping”, “Gaming”, “Online Chat”, “News”, “Mature Content”, and so forth. The way it is setup allows you to still have an idea of what they are up to without actually spying on them, which is something some parents would feel uncomfortable doing. It allows kids to maintain some privacy.

Location Supervision keeps you informed about where they are, thanks to tools that help you to map the location of their iOS or Android devices. There is even a 30-day history showing where they have been. The location tracker can be used on both the Android and iOS versions of Norton Family.

Create a profile for each child by entering a name, birth year, gender, and avatar or profile photo. Norton simplifies things by setting up an initial configuration based on the information you specify, and you can always modify the settings.

This is just a general overview of Norton Family Parental Control. There are a lot of other great features as well, including Mobile App Supervision, Video Supervision, and Social Network Supervision.

Norton Security Deluxe

Cyber criminals and identity thieves are becoming more and more sophisticated and traditional anti-virus programs aren’t always enough. It’s essential that you have as many resources as possible when it comes to protecting your business or home from all sorts of cyber threats. The more connected you are, the more private and personal information is out there. If you are running a business, you have to keep not only your own personal data protected, but that of your customers, employees, and associates.

Get Norton Security Deluxe and have a peace of mind. It is an award-winning company that offers a solution for smartphones, PCs, and tablets regardless of the operating system. Get protection for Windows 10, previous versions of Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android.

The protection is always up-to-date to defend against all threats, including the newest. Keep in mind that if you already have a subscription with Norton for older products, the old subscription days don’t get added to the new one, so it’s best to wait until the existing one is about to expire to activate the new one.

The detection engine used to scan for and eliminate malware performs nearly perfectly in tests. This makes the Deluxe package really stand out among antivirus programs. You won’t have to worry about phishing emails and spyware either. Norton has added the ability to stop malicious changes to Registry files. It also utilizes an enhanced exploit blocker to keep potentially suspicious and unwanted applications from being installed. The firewall is easy to setup and adjust. The user can take control and set the rules.

It takes hardly any time at all for malware to infect a PC, and for cyber criminals to sneak in and start taking information. Only Norton Security Deluxe tools are designed to stop potential threats almost instantly. If you ever encounter any troubleshooting problems or have any questions, Norton offers 24/7 personalized customer service.

Logitech Computer Speakers

Logitech x-230 2.1 2-Piece Dual Drive Computer Speakers

Manufacturers Description: Crank up the audio on your PC with this 2.1-channel computer speaker system and enjoy clean, crisp, consistent sound from your games, music, and more. The Logitech X-230’s high-tech subwoofer adjusts itself dynamically to deliver distortion-free bass, while the two wall-mountable satellite speakers use Logitech’s patented FDD2 technology to eliminate the uneven sound response created by conventional dual-driver designs. The result: a clear, uniform sound field without the “hot spots” and inconsistency of other dual-driver satellites.

Features:

  • 32 watts total power (6 watts x 2, plus 20-watt subwoofer)
  • Frequency Directed Dual Driver (FDD2) satellite technology produces a uniform sound field for full, rich sound
  • Dynamic, real-time bass equalization maximizes bass response while minimizing distortion
  • Ported subwoofer design displaces more air for deeper bass
  • Headphone jack enables private listening
  • Master volume and subwoofer level controls placed for quick, convenient access
  • Satellite speaker stands rotate for easy wall-mounting

Price: $50

Value Rating: 9.5 / 10 – This computer speaker system sounds better than some speakers that are $100+ with at least 50 watts of power. It has great crisp sound at nearly all volumes and the bass is surprisingly powerful. Be aware that the subwoofer is not magnetically shielded, and should be kept away from your monitor.

Logitech X620 6.1 Computer Speakers

Manufacturers Description: More speakers means more sound, more detail, and more intensity. That’s what the Logitech X-620 6.1-channel speaker system is all about. Thanks to its 6 satellites, including a dedicated rear center speaker, you can hook it up to your PC or video game console and enjoy your games, music, and movies with sound that truly surrounds you.

Are you looking for powerful bass? Crisp highs and mid-range? The X-620 delivers. Its patented, powerful pressure-driver subwoofer provides twice the bass of conventional designs for smooth, powerful lows, and the satellite speakers provide rich midrange and crisp high-end tones. Even if you don’t have a 6.1 sound card, you can still enjoy the benefits of all seven speakers by using the source selector switch.

Got a Sony PlayStation2, Microsoft Xbox, or Nintendo GameCube? Just plug in the X-620 using the convenient video game console adapter and immerse yourself in the explosions, music, and dialogue of your favorite games.

Comes with 6 satellite speakers and a powered 8-inch subwoofer; 70 watts total system power (140 watts peak).

Price: $85

Value Rating: 9.0 / 10 – Another hit from Logitech. This one is much like more expensive home theater systems. Truely one of the best speaker systems in the growing 6.1 class. An important note: prepare to buy a pricey
Sound Blaster 6.1 Audigy sound card in order to take full advantage of this speaker system.

Logitech Z-5300e 5.1 2-Piece Surround Sound PC and Gaming Speaker System

Manufacturers Description: Demanding gamers require high power, THX performance, and true surround sound. The Logitech Z-5300e delivers on all counts, with a sleek appearance featuring silver speaker accents and removable black cloth grilles. The system includes a patented dual chamber subwoofer that pounds out twice the bass of conventional designs to deliver deep, loud, and powerful bass. The Z-5300e also features polished aluminum phase-plug satellite drivers that project superb high-end and rich mid-range tones for balanced sound, along with a full-featured SoundTouch wired remote that provides convenient controls for quick adjustments. The satellite speakers’ rotating pedestals allow for easy installation on the wall or desktop.

Features:

  • 280 watts system power (35.25 watts x 4, plus 39-watt center and 100-watt subwoofer)
  • PlayStation2, Xbox, and GameCube owners can plug in the Z-5300e using a console adapter
  • Silver speaker accents and removable black cloth grilles
  • Conveniently control volume and power with the wired remote, which also features a headphone jack
  • Enjoy twice the bass of conventional designs with patented subwoofer design
  • Satellites fit on a shelf or mounted on the wall
  • Use Matrix mode and source selector switch to create breathtaking 5.1 surround sound from stereo, 4-channel, or 5.1 sound sources

Price: $150

Value Rating: 8.0 / 10 – This system is almost too much for your average computer user – but it’s great for gamers who demand perfection in their sound system. Even though it will work with game consoles, remember that it is a computer speaker system, and works best with a pc.