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How much time do you spend on Facebook every week? What about your kids? It’s time for anoth more...

How much time do you spend on Facebook every week? What about your kids?

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip.

An average US citizen spends 7 hours and 45 minutes on Facebook per month. Kids blow those numbers out of the water on a daily basis.

Wouldn’t it be great if you could monitor your kids Facebook usage, without sitting over their shoulders with a stopwatch? You can. It’s a computer app called Time Rabbit.

Time Rabbit is a stand alone app that sits and waits for Facebook activity on a computer. Once Facebook is opened, it monitors daily hours, minute and seconds spent on the site. But it’s smart too, if you open another tab and veer off for a while it knows, and the clock stop until Facebook activity resumes.

Reporting gives you access to weekly, monthly and lifetime use. And the free app works with all the major web browsers, Internet Explorer, Firefox and Chrome.

For now that app only works in the Windows environment, and doesn't give you mobile reporting from smartphones, but it’s a great start for the price. In case you missed the price earlier... it’ FREE.

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http://www.gigawatch.com/TimeRabbit/

Once in awhile a product comes along, that makes you think... why didn’t anyone think of that s more...

Once in awhile a product comes along, that makes you think... why didn’t anyone think of that sooner?

It’s time for a marriage saving Data Doctors Tech Tip.

Many of us have experienced this, your partner falls asleep and you’re wide awake, so you grab the remote to watch something mindless, only to discover the volume is at 100 when it turns on, waking them up, and sending you to the couch.

The latest device from Roku one of those internet connected streaming media boxes, can fix that problem for ever. The Roku 3's remote control features a headphone jack and volume buttons on the side, so as soon you plug in a pair of earbuds, the sound from the TV mutes and plays through the remote.

This works for any content you watch through your Roku: If you pop your headphones into the remote, you'll be able to hear your program in your ears without disturbing your sleeping spouse (or anyone else in your home, either).

Is the highly competitive and growing field of streaming media boxes, Roku's addition of a "private listening" mode could separate it from the rest of the pack.

We’ve got answers to your technology questions.

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/05/roku-3_n_2812189.html

Whether you’re new to LinkedIn or an old veteran of the world’s largest network of business pro more...

Whether you’re new to LinkedIn or an old veteran of the world’s largest network of business professionals, you’ll want to listen up!

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip

Lot’s of people have LinkedIn accounts but don’t realize all the hidden gems that the service provides.

One of the most underutilized is the easy to setup but powerful Company Pages.

Company pages allow anyone with no technical experience to setup a complete site that showcases a companies products and services and allows anyone to follow the company itself.

It’s also a great way to showcase your companies job opportunities. And for you job seekers to follow and learn more about a company you may want to work for.

Its also a great way to get recommended by your best customers and engage with future prospects as a company.

It’s kind of like a Facebook business page only its on LinkedIn and its free and easy!

We’ve got answers to your technology questions.

Go to http://facebook.com/datadoctors.

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip. If you love your Android device, we’ve got good more...

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip.

If you love your Android device, we’ve got good news for you... YOU’RE #1 the most popular platform in the world.

Now for the bad news... You’re also the number 1 target for malware in 2013.

Because of the popularity and openness of the Android platform, security experts are predicting a dramatic increase in attempts to exploit your beloved smartphones and tablets.

The highest risk group, are people that have turned off Androids protection and general settings by rooting their phones.
Your phone or tablet has more information on it than you likely realize.

If your phone gets exploited, your email can be compromised, your contacts exposed. It’ll take a bad guy just a few seconds to figure out where you bank, request a password reset, which gets emailed to them and in no time at all, you're dealing with the fallout.

Follow this simple list to stay safe. First, don’t root your phone or let anyone root it for you. ??Next, buy your apps from Google Play, Androids official app store.

And finally, make sure your phone is password protected.


We’ve got answers to your technology questions, just as us.

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Public WiFi Dangers Aired: 03/15/2013
It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip By now, you should be aware of the dangers of us more...

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip

By now, you should be aware of the dangers of using public wifi connections; you will always be a potential target.

That’s right, free wifi allows anyone to connect to the network including those with malicious intent. Hackers can use something called a packet sniffer to capture everything your computer is transmitting on the open network

If all you do on public wifi is check sports scores, watch YouTube videos or other non-sensitive activities, you have nothing to worry about.

But the minute you have to use a username and password to get to something that you care about, or put your credit card number into a form, it’s time to stop and think!

Do you really need to do this right now or can it wait until you get to a more secure connection.

If you have to do it from a public connection, make sure the address starts with https or don’t do it. The “S” means secure or scrambled.

The best way to be safe when you travel is to use your smartphone on your cellular providers data network or set it up as a hotspot for your laptop.

We’ve got answers to your technology questions.

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Are You Sending SPAM Aired: 03/14/2013
Ever have someone tell you the email you sent them never arrived, no matter how many times you more...

Ever have someone tell you the email you sent them never arrived, no matter how many times you sent it?

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip.

We all hate SPAM and since the majority of messages circling the internet, are SPAM, lots of filters are in place to keep it from hitting our inbox.

These automated filters look at different parts of your message to determine if it’s legit or junk.

If you’re making some common mistakes, like using certain trigger words or phishing phrases, you’ll be marked as SPAM. So what are some of them?

100% Satisfied, #1, Act Now!, Apply Online, Best Price, Affordable... you get the idea.

Try to avoid images in your signature. The KISS system works best with email... keep it simple sender. Use the plain text format for the best results.

Want to check your emails and see how SPAMMY they are? You can. Just send your test message to [email protected] that’s check, C H E C K @ I S N O T S P A M .com.


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http://www.benchmarkemail.com/blogs/detail/the-100-worst-spam-words-and-phrases

http://isnotspam.com

Want to keep your home phone number, but get rid of the phone company? It’s time for another more...

Want to keep your home phone number, but get rid of the phone company?

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip.

If you want to fire your phone company, but are worried about the quality of calls over the internet, you should check out Ooma.com.

Ooma, spelled O O M A, is a different kind of phone service. You pay for the Ooma interface one time, it’s $180 bucks, plug it into your internet router and you’re done. Calls are free, but you do have to pay taxes of a few bucks a month.

Now you plug in your existing home phone, regular or cordless, and start calling. You don’t need any other special equipment. And, Ooma’s basic free service gives you voicemail, caller-ID, call-waiting. You can keep the number you have or get a new one.

The voice quality on Ooma is exceptional. May actually sound richer and fuller than your current home phone service.

But what about 911 calls, how will they know where I am? All Ooma units come bundled with 911 services. Help will be able to find you. And if anyone ever dials 911 from your home, you'll get a text message alert on your cell phone as well.


We’ve got answers to your technology questions.

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http://ooma.com/

You know what it’s like to forget something like your wallet, phone or car keys. But what ab more...

You know what it’s like to forget something like your wallet, phone or car keys.

But what about that important document, spreadsheet or presentation?

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip.

The keys and wallet, we can’t help you with... the computer files... YES WE CAN!

You need a solution that syncs all those important files across your computers, smartphone and tablet. You need a Dropbox.

Dropbox is a simple and free solution that allows you to have a virtual filing cabinet, where ever you go.

Once you set it up, you’ll never have to worry about sending yourself an email with the files attached, because no matter which device you use, it automatically syncs to your Dropbox, and then your devices.

You get your first 2.0 gigs free, and can build up to 18 gigs by referring friends and family. If you need more space, 100, 200 and 500 gig plans start at just $10 bucks a month. You can even do bigger plans for your business.

Now you don’t have to worry about which device you created it on. Dropbox gives you files at your fingertips.

We’ve got answers to your technology questions.

Go to facebook.com/datadoctors.

http://www.dropbox.com/

No one likes a surprise bill, especially when it comes from a free video game. A free video gam more...

No one likes a surprise bill, especially when it comes from a free video game. A free video game? Yes, a free video game.

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip to warn you about in app purchases.

What’s an in app purchase? It’s a hidden feature in lots of games that allows you purchase virtual coins, merchandise or even new levels in the game.

The problem is, your kids can easily purchase these and suddenly you’re staring at a bill that’s tens, hundreds or thousands of dollars.

So how do you turn these in app purchases off to avoid this pain?

For iPhone, iPod, iPad users it’s in the general area of your settings, you need to enable restrictions, and then turn off your in app purchases.

Since Androids come in different flavors, you may have to do a bit of hunting, but most of them work the same. Go to the play store on your device, then settings, make sure you set a pin number, and then select the “use pin for purchases” option.

If you need help, we’ve posted a how to video with the step by step instructions right on our Facebook page.

Go to facebook.com/datadoctors.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9P4wFB6d7gM

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip. Lynn asked... Is there anyway I can prevent bac more...

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip.

Lynn asked... Is there anyway I can prevent backscatter? My inbox is full of mailer daemon returned emails that appear to be sent from me, but of course they weren't. I've set a filter to delete these type emails from the Cox server, but some of them continue to come through. I would prefer to NOT change my email address.

The problem is simple... a spammer has your e-mail address and is obviously using it as the fake sender on a current 'campaign'. More than likely, this will go away in the coming weeks as the spammer will use other addresses for his junk messages.

When your email address gets spoofed like this, it appears as if it’s email sent by you to whomever the sender has listed as the recipient. The real issue here, is the size of the list that spammer used.

We’ve seen some instances where a spammer has sent out tens of thousands of emails, and when the bad addresses start bouncing back, you’re bombarded with these returns.

If it continues en mass, you’ll probably have to change addresses to sidestep the junk returns.

It’s always good to keep two email addresses, one for subscriptions and online ordering, another for family and friends.

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http://www.facebook.com/datadoctors/posts/10151508226325320

If your kids spend more time in front of the screen than you want them to, you’ll want to liste more...

If your kids spend more time in front of the screen than you want them to, you’ll want to listen to this Data Doctors Tech Tip.

Technology, hailed for its innovation and ability to organize our lives, has also been on the receiving end of some bad press when it comes to kids.

The Kaiser Foundation found that kids aged 8-18 spend an average of 7 and a half hours a day using a variety of media gadgets. Aside from time spent in school, that is nearly all of their waking hours. Who has time to exercise with all that screen time?

GeoPalz gives kids the motivation to get moving in a cute, kid-friendly fitness tracker. The more activity that kids log, the more points they’re able to accrue.

With GeoPalz, kids can earn points and redeem them for fun prizes that promote even more activity, like Frisbees, jump ropes, balls and more. Those who aim high can save their points for bigger rewards like a bike or skateboard.

While kids are using their GeoPalz, parents can use the company’s more mature fitness tracker for teens and adults called the iBitz. These “smart” pedometers sync to both Android and iOS apps via Bluetooth and monitor movement, and even additional health measures like weight, calories, steps taken and more, so the whole family can meet their fitness goals together.

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http://mashable.com/2013/02/25/technology-kids-off-couch/

Know Where To Park Aired: 03/06/2013
Metered street parking is rough, especially when you run out of time. It’s time for another more...

Metered street parking is rough, especially when you run out of time.

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip.

Between alternate side parking, tow zones, loading zones and metered spaces, there are any number of ways a driver might misread -- or even ignore -- the rules delegated by a parking sign and end up with a ticket.

An app called Park.it is trying to eliminate hat risk by showing users where legal spaces are in the area they’re driving and sending alerts to their smartphones if a space is no longer safe to park in.

Park.it takes into account all kinds of potential violations, from street cleaning times and restrictions for residential zones to incline parking rules and meters.

The app launched where all the cool tech starts, in San Francisco... but it’s now rolling out in New York and Washington, D.C. before it hits the rest of the country.

In case you were wondering how big the parking ticket industry is... In 2011, Washington D.C. set a city record by collecting $92.6 million in parking ticket revenue.

In New York City... they write 27,000 tickets a day.

Soon you'll be able to say stick it, to the ticket!


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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/27/parkit-app-alerts-drivers-to-avoid-parking-tickets_n_2768256.html

UChek Urine Testing App Aired: 03/04/2013
Those precious bodily fluids of yours can reveal a lot about your health. Urine analysis, for e more...

Those precious bodily fluids of yours can reveal a lot about your health. Urine analysis, for example, can give you early warnings about liver or kidney problems. It can also tell you if your diet is on the wrong track, or if you're at risk for diabetes.

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip.

Now, you can get a heads-up without peeing in a cup. That’s right, you can do a self check for these medical problems in the privacy of your own bathroom, with a smartphone in hand.

Enter Uchek, for iPhone and Android,  was introduced at the TED Conference. Uchek will reveal potential health issues in your urine, using nothing but commercially available test strips and a couple of smartphone snapshots.

Ucheck says... Everybody pees, and everybody carries a cellphone, so they figured they had to be able to do something with this.

Ucheck takes away the difficulty of self checking, you don’t have to guess what the colors mean.

This also brings down medical costs, because doctors will no longer need to buy expensive urine analysis machines and proprietary strips.

The app asks you to take a couple of shots of the strips at intervals of a few minutes. It then delivers the chemical composition of your pee, what that means, and how it is changing over time.

We’ve got answers to your technology questions.

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http://mashable.com/2013/02/26/uchek-urine-analysis-app/

There’s been lots of news lately about corporate accounts getting hacked, in fact many of you h more...

There’s been lots of news lately about corporate accounts getting hacked, in fact many of you have experienced the pain of a Facebook or Google account breach, but did you know it’s easy to prevent?

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip.

If you haven't already heard the term 2 Step Verification, you need to embrace it TODAY!

2 Step Verification is available for most of the big online services like Facebook, Google, and most banks these days.

So what is it, and why should you be doing the 2 step?

2 Step Verification It uses something you know, your password, and something you have with you, your phone.

It drastically reduces the chances of having your personal information in an account stolen by someone else. Why? Because bad guys would have to not only get your username and password, they'd have to get a hold of your phone.

Once you have it turned on, when you or someone pretending to be you, signs in from an unrecognized device, you have to enter your username and password as usual. But, you’ll also need to enter a code from your phone.

During sign in, you can tell it not to ask for a code again on that particular computer. But when anyone else tries to sign in to your account from other computers, you’ll get an alert asking for that special code.


http://youtu.be/zMabEyrtPRg

Hotmail Is Going Away Aired: 02/28/2013
Soon you’re going to have a new outlook on your email... like it or not! It’s time for anoth more...

Soon you’re going to have a new outlook on your email... like it or not!

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip.

Last week, Microsoft announced that it is closing Hotmail and moving the "hundreds of millions" still using it to Outlook.com by this summer. So should you fear the new Outlook.com email... Not at all!

Hotmail users, once they move (or get moved) will get Outlook.com's clean new interface for their mail and calendars.

You may have already seen the first of many emails encouraging you to make the switch on your own. This is the best way to do it, as you can choose when, and get comfortable with the interface on your own.

Once you make the change, there’s no going back. But this applies whether you switch it or they do, so be proactive.

The good news is, everything moves over, you won’t lose anything. If you click the upgrade button it takes maybe a few seconds, but it’ll all be there.

Finally, if you have a Microsoft ID or Windows Live ID tied to Hotmail, you won’t have to change accounts or get a new one. If you use an @hotmail.com, @msn.com or @live.com e-mail address as your Microsoft account, you can keep it, even after Hotmail is gone. It’s just like changing your mobile phone carrier. You’re simply moving to a better service, but your 'number' (in this case your Microsoft account and email address) stays the same.


http://windows.microsoft.com/en-GB/windows/outlook/auto-upgrade-outlook-FAQ

Spear Phishing is on the rise, and many of you don’t even realize it’s happening to you. It’ more...

Spear Phishing is on the rise, and many of you don’t even realize it’s happening to you.

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip.

It used to be you’d get a random email from a bank you don’t do business with, claiming an account security issue. It’s pretty easy to figure out, that ones a scam.

But what if you get an email from your company's HR department with a policy change notification, or vacation policy update. You click on it because it’s your company, or is it?

These days, the bad guys are spear phishing right inside your office. Why? Because they know you won’t even think about opening a company email, and they’re right.

So, how do you sniff out a spear phishing scam? While it’s nearly impossible to give you absolutes, you should know enough to never click on any of the links that are posted in the message.

If the warning, information or request is legit, it will appear on your screen when you manually log into your account, so always open a web browser and type the address yourself.

Look for poor spelling and bad grammar, those are usually signs of a scam.

Finally, check the links. You can sniff out mismatched links by hovering your mouse over the link (DO NOT CLICK ON IT) and checking the status bar at the bottom left corner of the message or web browser to see if it matches. If it doesn’t, you know it’s a scam.


http://www.datadoctors.com/help/columns/21820-Tips-for-Sniffing-out-Phishing-Scams/

File Conversion On The Fly Aired: 02/26/2013
It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip. We’ve all had this happen to us. We get an emai more...

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip.

We’ve all had this happen to us. We get an email with a file attachment, but we don’t have the right application to open the file.

That used to mean one of two things... you email the person back requesting a different file type, or you find a program that converts the file for you.

Aside from the inconvenience, there’s the cost involved too. Do you really want to buy an app for one time use?

Next time you need to convert a file from one type to another, just remember Zamzar.com. That’s Z A M Z A R .com.

Zamzar is a free website that can convert any file, to any file.

Zamzar can convert your ebook files to pdfs, wavs to mp3, Quicktime to MP4... the list is almost endless.

To convert a file, simply drag and drop it on the Zamzar conversion tool. Choose the format you need the file converted to, give them your email address, then click convert.

When the file is done, Zamzar sends you a link to download the newly converted file, and you’re off and running.

We’ve got answers to your technology questions. Ask us anytime!

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http://zamzar.com

Phone calls are so last century, and sometimes text messaging just won’t do. Wouldn’t it be gre more...

Phone calls are so last century, and sometimes text messaging just won’t do. Wouldn’t it be great if you could combine the two?

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip.

There’s an app that’ll turn your phone into a walkie talkie, that’s right a 2 way radio. The app is Voxer.

Voxer is more than a walkie talkie, Voxer is a multimedia push-to-talk application. With Voxer you can instantly send voice, text and photos to individuals or groups in real time.

Now, when you’re out running errands, you can use Voxer instead of calling to get a quick voice message delivered instantly. It works so fast, you can have a real 2 way radio conversation.

Just press the Hold & Talk button and your voice is sent in real time! You can listen live or listen to recorded messages later. Need to show the person a picture in the middle of the 2 way conversation? Simply attach it and it’s there nearly instantly.

When your teens are out at the park, you can easily stay in touch with them so they know when its time for dinner.

Use it when you take your summer road trip and you have multiple cars in your caravan. That brings us to one of the best and most practical uses of Voxer... you don't ever have to text and drive. Simply have a 2 way on the freeway.

The Voxer App is available for iPhone and Android, and best of all it’s FREE.

We’ve got answers to your technology questions. Ask us anytime!

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http://voxer.com

Tune Wiki Aired: 02/22/2013
There's a bathroom on the right. Spanky... what are you singing? Those aren't the words. It’ more...

There's a bathroom on the right.

Spanky... what are you singing? Those aren't the words. It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip.

If you’re like me, you like to sing along to your favorite songs... but, you don’t always know all the words. So, you make it up as you go along.

There’s an app for that, and if you’re a music lover, you’re going to love it. The app is Tune Wiki, and it turns your iPhone, Android, or tablet into a portable Karaoke machine. What? Really? YES!

Once you install the Tune Wiki app, it will look at all the music on your device or that you have stored in the cloud, then as the songs play, the lyrics come alive.

The Tune Wiki app, keeps the lyrics in sync while the song is playing. Now you can sing along and not botch the words.

There’s a bad moon on the rise? Really? All these years I thought it was a bathroom on the right.. who knew?

So next time you’re having a get together with friends, or you’re playing a music trivia game, bust out Tune Wiki and know what you’re singing.

So now I come to you... with broken arms.


http://www.tunewiki.com/apps

Alternative Software Aired: 02/21/2013
If you need a good photo editor, but you don’t want to pay $700 or you need an inexpensive alte more...

If you need a good photo editor, but you don’t want to pay $700 or you need an inexpensive alternative to Microsoft Office, there are alternatives.

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip.

The world of software is much bigger than the big name commercial programs that we have all heard of and often time there are even free alternatives

Open source programs are collaborative ventures that allow programmers from around the world to help in the development and its open to anyone that want to use it.

A great website for discovering inexpensive alternatives to expensive commercial programs is Althernativeto.net.

Simply put the program that you want into the alternativeto search box at the top and whammo! You’ve got alternatives that you never knew existed!

Based on users recommendations they’ll list great alternatives to the applications you want to replace.

You can find alternative software for Windows, Mac, iPhone and iPad, Android, Linux and Blackberry.

Now when you need an alternative to... (fill in the blank) go to alternativeto.net.


http://www.alternativeto.net

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