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What Is Email Bankruptcy Aired: 05/30/2013
Once in awhile, we all get behind. Some of us get so far behind that we need a fresh start. more...

Once in awhile, we all get behind. Some of us get so far behind that we need a fresh start.

While it's hard enough to stay on top of the plethora of emails you get every day, if you fall a couple of days behind, it can be nearly impossible to catch up. You could have hundreds of messages in your inbox that haven't even been read.

If you’ve become submerged under a pile of email in your inbox, the only way out may be to declare email bankruptcy. That means deleting everything in your inbox. Just like financial bankruptcy, email bankruptcy involves writing off the losses and starting over.

The most tactful way of declaring email bankruptcy is to send a message to people you care about explaining that you have filed email bankruptcy and they need to resend any message they are waiting on a response from.

If you do this in a group message, make sure you put all the addresses in the BCC section, that’s Blind Carbon Copy so you don't expose all those email adresses.

We’ve got the answers to your technology questions.

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Everyone wants free Internet service, but $20 bucks a month ain't too bad either. It’s time more...

Everyone wants free Internet service, but $20 bucks a month ain't too bad either.

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip.

FreedomPop is now available nationwide, and their offering is unique.

They’re goal is to provide fast, wireless internet, anytime, anywhere, for FREE!

When you sign up for FreedomPop’s wireless internet service, you get 500 megabytes of data for free!

You can also sign up for their 2 gigabytes service for just $20 bucks a month. That’s cheaper than most smartphone data plans, plus you can use it with any device.

Now that level of service is great for an average, casual user. Not for you hard core music streamers and YouTubers.

The Premiere service gives you 4 gigabytes for under $30 bucks. That’s 1/2 the price of AT&T or Verizon.

They’ve formed wholesale partnerships with companies that provide 4G Wimax and 4G LTE mobile broadband. These networks deliver high speed Internet and keep you mobile.

If you’re a check email, look at Facebook and do your banking kind of person, FreedomPop could replace your Cable or DSL at home.

The hotspot device will set you back $30, you can use it at home or take it with you and there are no contracts. You can cancel it anytime.

We’ve got the answers to your technology questions.

All you have to do is ask us at facebook.com/datadoctors

http://www.freedompop.com/

Lather Rinse Reboot Aired: 05/28/2013
How many times does this happen in your home? You hear... “Honey, I can’t connect” or “sweethea more...

How many times does this happen in your home? You hear... “Honey, I can’t connect” or “sweetheart, my email’s not working” or my FAVORITE... “I can’t connect to Facebook”.

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip.

When you have nagging issues with your technology, whether your desktop, laptop computer, smartphone or tablet, instead of struggling with “how do I fix this?” remember what the shampoo bottle says.

Lather, Rinse, Reboot! OK, it’s really lather, rinse, repeat, but Lather, Rinse, Reboot, makes it easy to remember.

If the email program on your smartphone is stuck, or you can’t seem to find your WiFi connection even though it says you should be connected... Lather, Rinse, Reboot!

If your laptop is running like molasses, or if the spreadsheet you’re trying to edit isn’t adding up... Lather, Rinse, Reboot!

When your desktop PC can’t seem to connect to your favorite websites or the screen goes to sleep randomly... Lather, Rinse, Reboot! You starting to smell a pattern here?

In all computing devices, resources get used. The longer it’s on, the more you do with it, the more resources get sucked up.

When you kill an app or resource, it gives up most of its memory usage, but a fraction remains and over time, your resources run dry.

So the next time your laptop acts lousy, your desktop is declining, or your tablet it tardy, before you call your IT guy remember this first.

Lather, Rinse, Reboot!

We’ve got the answers to your technology questions.

All you have to do is ask us at facebook.com/datadoctors

Tech To Know If Fido Is Fit Aired: 05/24/2013
Is your puppy porky? It your fido fat? If your dog makes a better rug than running part more...

Is your puppy porky?

It your fido fat?

If your dog makes a better rug than running partner, you might want to listen to this Data Doctors Tech Tip.

Do you sit and wonder if your dog sits around too much? A new device for your dog called FitBark can let you know if he’s lazy.

The device keeps track of how active your dog is, and then gives you something called a daily BarkScore.

Until now there have only been fitness options for humans — RunKeeper, NikeFuel, FitBit but nothing for our four legged friends.

Through a small device on your dog's collar, FitBark can let you know how your dog is doing at any given moment.

If you’re out of town, you can see exactly when the dog sitter took your furry friend for a walk, and even how long the walk was.

If fido feels under the weather, you can give your vet exact details about your dog’s activity over the past few days, including how long your pooch has been sleeping.

The BarkScore lets you quickly see how much activity your pooch has gotten during the day, and they need a little more. That should keep his tail wagging!

We’ve got the answers to your technology questions.

All you have to do is bark at us at facebook.com/datadoctors.

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip. Many of us hold on to our cars these days. They more...

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip.

Many of us hold on to our cars these days. They run longer, the don’t break down as often and we know everything about them.

The problem is, our technology has evolved, but your car hasn’t. So how can you connect today’s smartphones to yesterdays cars?

The Smartini BT, may be just the tech you need to pimp out your old ride.

The Smartmini plugs into a 12-volt power port in your car. They used to be called cigarette lighters for you old timers.

The device does 2 things... it talks to your phone or tablet via bluetooth, and transmits the signal to your FM radio.

Now, if you’re wanting to hear your music, the Smartmini is able to make a wireless, one way connection by broadcasting to an open frequency on the FM radio, you just tune in to listen. Like you do right here!
?The best way to get a clear signal is the let the Smartini do it for you.

You don’t need a bluetooth device to play your tunes, there's also a standard input jack. The Smartini BT even has an output for cars that have a mini jack.

On the other side, you'll find a powered USB port. It’s able to charge a smartphone, but not your tablets. As an added bonus, the device also features a Bluetooth 2.1 connection which adds hands-free calling.

We’ve got the answers to your technology questions.

All you have to do is ask us at facebook.com/datadoctors.

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When you buy a new computer, software, or accessory these days, you’ll notice one thing missing more...

When you buy a new computer, software, or accessory these days, you’ll notice one thing missing from the box, the manual. So where is it?

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip.

Have we become so smart that manuals are now considered last century? No, not really.

Manuals these days are often buried on company websites as a PDF file. And it’s sometimes hard to know you have the right one, for the correct model.

If you’re in front of your Windows computer right now, help is just a button push away. Just hit F1 and you’re done!

The F1 key is the universal help key in Windows. Almost every program will open the help screen when F1 is pressed in virtually any application.

Mac user don’t have it quite that easy, but it’s not too challenging. They simply need to press and hold Command, Shift and the Question Mark to pull up the help menu.

These built in help screens do more than save the tress. As updates are released, the help menu gets updated at the same time. The information you pull up when you need help is accurate and current.

Don’t got crazy scouring the web for your missing manual. It’s right in front of you, right at your fingertips.

Just remember, it’s F1 and you’re done!

We’ve got the answers to your technology questions.

All you have to do is ask us at facebook.com/datadoctors.

Are you listening to this Data Doctors Tech Tip while sitting at your computer? If so, sit up s more...

Are you listening to this Data Doctors Tech Tip while sitting at your computer? If so, sit up straight.

We humans have taken an evolutionary step... backwards. Our posture at work sucks, and we can all thank the computer for that.

The posture lessons and cautionary tales, and all the ergonomic gadgets of the past thirty years have taught us nothing, and as a result, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is now the most common neurological problem.

It affects many of us who sit at a computer typing away all day long. After all, we’re Bipeds, hunter gatherers, not sitters and typers.

The typical treatment, even for moderate cases of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is surgery, and it’s all be­­cause you were too lazy to sit up straight.

So how do you fix the problem? You need to set yourself, your desk and your chair up for success.

Keep your chairs at a height so that your knees bend at a ninety degree angle keep your feet flat on the floor and make sure your wrists are parallel with the floor.

Laptops are great but if you can, get an external keyboard and raise your computer up. Everyone looks down at laptops and that’s a painful problem.

If you need some help keeping your hands from going numb, check out a pair of Imak computer gloves. We’ve got a link to them on Facebook.

We’ve got the answers to your technology questions.

All you have to do is ask us at facebook.com/datadoctors.

http://www.pcworld.com/article/2035704/the-21-worst-tech-habits-and-how-to-break-them.html

http://www.imakproducts.com/product.php?s=20128

Back It Up Aired: 05/20/2013
Today’s Data Doctors Tech Tip is a simple, but necessary reminder. Back It Up! Last month, a more...

Today’s Data Doctors Tech Tip is a simple, but necessary reminder. Back It Up!

Last month, a Rutgers student posted a plea to a thief that stole the laptop. They didn’t care about the computer, but they were willing to pay $1,000 bucks for something on the computer.

Their thesis and 5 years of work, lived on that laptop and that laptop only. Can you imagine losing something so valuable, so fast? Neither could they, but it happened.

So how could this poor student have avoided the pain? A simple backup. Yes, simple.

We see people all the time that buy an external hard drive, call it a backup but the reality is, it’s not.

First: A backup means you can locate the file in more than one place. If you have an external hard drive and the document is only there, that’s not a backup.

It needs to live in your documents folder on your computer, and a duplicate needs to exist on the external hard drive.

If you’re working on an important document (like a thesis), you can always perform a save as or copy to a flash drive.

You can also use any number of free cloud services for those ultra important documents, and they’ll even backup automatically.

No matter what you do, do something. The worst kind of backup, is no backup.

Need help with your backup plan? We can help.

All you have to do is ask us at facebook.com/datadoctors.

In the final part of our series to avoid getting hacked, we tell you about a tool that tells yo more...

In the final part of our series to avoid getting hacked, we tell you about a tool that tells you if it’s time to change your password.

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip.

You just sent out an email to your friends with great info on the latest diet... the problem is you didn’t. So are you being spoofed or did someone hack your account?

Most of time it’s a harmless, but what if someone hacked your account, used it, compromised it, How would you know?

If you go to should I change my password dot com, you can enter your email address and in an instant, the site will report back if it appears to have been compromised.

To date, they have discover nearly 52,000,000 compromised email addresses.

Over 34,000,000 password breaches.

And they are adding about 30,000 new email addresses to the database every day, to keep the reporting accurate and up to date.

You can check an individual email address for free, or if you want to keep tabs on multiple addresses you can subscribe to the service for $10 bucks a year, for up to 10 email accounts.

So if you're not sure if it’s time to change your password, check out should I change my password dot com.

We’ve got the answers to your technology questions.

All you have to do is ask us at facebook.com/datadoctors.

http://shouldichangemypassword.com/

In part 4 of our weeklong series to avoid getting hacked, today’s Data Doctors Tech Tip explain more...

In part 4 of our weeklong series to avoid getting hacked, today’s Data Doctors Tech Tip explains why the pain of 2-step verification is worth the price of admission.

2 step verification is nothing new, yet it’s amazing how few people use this powerful and free tool to to protect themselves.

Microsoft started rolling out its two-step verification process back in April. Also known as two factor authentication the process strengthens your account security by requiring you to enter your password step one, then a security code step two.

The security code sent to you by SMS (text messaging), or in Microsoft’s case you can make it a phone call, or you can use an authenticator app on your mobile device.

Turning on two-step verification on your Microsoft account will enable it across all of your Microsoft services that currently support two-step verification, like Outlook.com, Office 365, and SkyDrive.

Even if someone gets your username and password, they won’t be able to get in. Why? because they need one more important thing. 2 step authentication requires something you know, like a username and password, and something you have, your smartphone.

If someone tries to login as you, you’ll get a text message with a code that must be entered to proceed. Without that code, your account is locked and you’ll be alerted that someone has your password.

Lots of others like Facebook and Google have been offering this for a while, when you see the option SAY YES!

Tomorrow, we wrap up our series on how to avoid getting hacked, We’ll tell you how to know if it’s time to change your password.

Remember, we’ve got the answers to your technology questions.

All you have to do is ask us at facebook.com/datadoctors.

http://howto.cnet.com/8301-11310_39-57580180-285/how-to-use-two-step-verification-with-your-microsoft-account/

In part 3 of our weeklong series to avoid getting hacked, did you know your smartphone holds th more...

In part 3 of our weeklong series to avoid getting hacked, did you know your smartphone holds the key for hackers? And it’s the quickest way for them to take over your life.

It's time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip.

Your home is loaded with a bunch of valuables, high end TV’s, Jewelry, lots of computers... would you leave the door wide open?

Duhhh! Of course not!

OK time for a quick test. Grab your smartphone right now and wake it up. Can you access your stuff without entering a password? Then your door is wide open.

If a bad guy got your phone, it would take him no time to find out what bank you bank with via the app you most likely use, request a password reset through your email, which he has in his hand, and well... you can figure out the rest of the story.

Manufacturers give you the ability to password protect your smartphones for a reason. They are just like your desktop or laptop computer. Full of valuable information, and incredibly easy to access.

Finally, for you Android users that swipe a pattern to unlock your device... hold it up to the light and look at the screen. If a hacker found it, they’d be able to retrace your swipe in an instant.

Tomorrow, Microsoft has finally done it and you should too. Securing your safety with the 2-step.

Got a tech question? We’ve got the answers.

All you have to do is ask us at facebook.com/datadoctors.

In part 2 of our weeklong series to avoid getting hacked we’ll tell you why you should stop usi more...

In part 2 of our weeklong series to avoid getting hacked we’ll tell you why you should stop using the same password over and over again.

It's time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip.

We've all been told not to use the same password for all our online accounts, but so many people still do it.

Let's face it, we know using the same password everywhere is dumb, it’s not safe, but who can remember dozens of complicated passwords?

No one! That’s why everyone should think about using a password management utility.

Utilities such as LastPass take the complexity out of using lots of complex passwords, because you only need to remember one.

That's right, you setup an account with Lastpass and it generates strong passwords that are unique to each of your online accounts and remembers them so you don't have to.

Simply login with your single password to get to all your stored account credentials and click the mouse to securely connect.

Because Lastpass is a cloud-based service, you don't have to have special software or apps to get to your secured accounts, you can do it from any computer on the Internet.

Your credentials are stored on a securely encrypted system and the best part is that Lastpass is free!

Tomorrow, we’ll tell you why your smartphone holds the key for hackers.

Remember, we’ve got the answers to your technology questions.

All you have to do is ask us at facebook.com/datadoctors.

http://lastpass.com/

Today we start a weeklong series to help you avoid getting hacked and we kick it off with this more...

Today we start a weeklong series to help you avoid getting hacked and we kick it off with this Data Doctors Tech Tip.

Everyone knows that bigger is better, in this case longer is best.

When you make a password, it’s common these days to add special characters, numbers and capital letters to make the password more difficult to hack.

The problem is, how on earth do you remember something so nonsensical?

Instead of going crazy with characters, and nuts with numbers, go long!

Making a simple yet hard to crack password is actually easy. Make it 15 characters or more. Remember this... length matters more than difficulty.

Most people have 8 character passwords. Add 7 exclamation points, and you’ve instantly made it exponentially more difficult to crack. You can add any characters, digits or letters... just make it 15 characters or longer.

The reason this makes your password more secure is that todays password cracking tools can try billions of combinations of letters, numbers and symbols to crack an 8 character password just like that.

A motivated hacker with todays fast cracking tools, can guess your 8 character password in under 30 seconds. Add 7 exclamation points, and it’ll take over 12 million centuries to guess every combination.

A longer password makes it much hard for a hacker to find your needle in the haystack.

So, how big is your haystack? We’ve got a link to a great tool you can use to check your own password strength. You’ll find it on facebook.com/datadoctors.

There, you can ask us your tech questions anytime.

Tomorrow... why you don’t want to use the same password over and over.

http://www.grc.com/haystack.htm

When you need new glasses, you can go see Becky at the eyeglass store, or you can let Glasses.c more...

When you need new glasses, you can go see Becky at the eyeglass store, or you can let Glasses.com replace Becky with an app.

It’s time to go shopping with this Data Doctors Tech Tip.

The app is called 3D Fit from Glasses.com. It lets you see, through augmented reality, how dozens of pairs of glasses look on a 3D model of you!

The app makes an accurate 3D model of your face, allowing you to see how you look in various styles of frames from different angles.

Here's how it works: Using an iPad and soon Androids, you take a video of your face while rotating your head to the left and then the right. It quickly creates a 3D rendering of your face from both sides.

Now instead of going through the online catalog and guessing what’s going to look good on you, you’ll instantly see them on your face, along with the brand and price.

You can scroll through them, click on any pair to see colors and even add them to your favorites.

There are other sites, that let you virtually try on glasses, but this looks so real with reflections and drop shadows, it makes buying them foolproof.

This augmented reality app lets you shop and try-on without going anywhere, and find glasses that actually look good on you.

We’ve got the answers to your technology questions.

All you have to do is ask us at facebook.com/datadoctors.

http://www.glasses.com/

Need a little excitement to make your morning run a bit more fun? It’s time for another Data more...

Need a little excitement to make your morning run a bit more fun?

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip.

Zombies Run!

Where?

No the app, actually... Zombies Run 2. It’s part Runkeeper, part Walking Dead and it turns your morning jog into a virtual run-for-your-life adventure.

Out of steam? Can't bring yourself to finish that last mile? Maybe a zombie horde breathing down your neck will give you the adrenaline boost you need.

That's the idea behind Zombies, Run! 2. This Android and iOS app gives you an immersive running game and audio adventure for your smartphone.

It works like this: Before you start your run, you launch the app, pick your mission, put on your headphones, and then you hit the road.
Along the way, the story unfolds and the Zombies have you on the run.

Each mission has goals... Get supplies, rescue humans, deliver news to another base and of course stay ahead of the Zombies. It’s theater for your ears.

With 60+ missions, “Zombie Chase” interval training and the ability to run with your own music, you can have the best of both worlds, your morning workout, and saving the rest of us from being eaten.

So if you want a bit more excitement from your morning run... then run away from the Zombies.

We’ve got the answers to your technology questions.

All you have to do is ask us at facebook.com/datadoctors.

http://www.zombiesrungame.com/

Twitter Music Aired: 05/08/2013
If you’re a music lover and you use Twitter, you’re going to love this Data Doctors Tech Tip. more...

If you’re a music lover and you use Twitter, you’re going to love this Data Doctors Tech Tip.

Recently Twitter launched a new service called #music which uses tweets and artists’ Twitter accounts to help users discover new music.

The service uses iTunes to deliver short previews of each song along with a link to purchase, and you can also connect your Spotify or Rdio accounts to listen to the full tracks.

You can use your web browser to check out #music, at music.twitter.com or by downloading the free Twitter #music iPhone app from the App Store.

Just like Vine, #music uses your existing Twitter accounts so there’s no lengthy registration process. Once authorized, #music looks for artists you are already following and it gives you recommendations based on your tastes in music. It’s pretty smart.

They also help you discover new stuff. The two other tabs, Popular and Emerging, list currently trending artists as well as “hidden” talent currently being Tweeted about.

Paired with Spotify and your iPhone app, it’s able to play music completely within the app.

If you have and Rdio account you can listen to the new stuff easily as well. Twitter #music has a grid-based layout that’s sharp easy to use and previews load virtually instantly.

Don’t worry Android users... there’s a #music app in the works for you too.

We’ve got the answers to your technology questions.

All you have to do is ask us at facebook.com/datadoctors.

http://music.twitter.com

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/twitter-music/id625541612?ls=1&mt=8

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip. Do you have a website? Many of us do these days more...

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip.

Do you have a website? Many of us do these days, whether a blog, small business or a bigger company. Your website is the easiest way for people to find your business.

But how do you know if your site’s working the way it should? Is it running all the time, are people able to connect to it whenever they want?

If you can't answer those questions with 100% certainty, you need to know about uptimerobot.com.

UpTimeRobot, monitors your websites every 5 minutes, and it’s totally free.

Once you sign up for your free account, you can monitor up to 50 websites.

You can even get alerts by e-mail, SMS or Text Messaging, Twitter, RSS or push notifications for iPhone/iPad.

Now if any of the sites that you’re motoring take a dive, you don’t have to worry about someone discovering it hours later and maybe letting you know, or assuming someone else already told you.

If you don’t think that happens, guess again, it actually happens in businesses of all sizes. If you run an e-commerce site, you know how much money that can cost you.

The UpTimeRobot dashboard is easy to read, so you can see the history of the site and see if there are any repeat problems you need to know about and deal with.

We said it before, but it’s worth repeating. UpTimeRobot can monitor up to 50 websites and it won’t cost you a dime.

We’ve got the answers to your technology questions.

All you have to do is ask us at facebook.com/datadoctors.

http://www.uptimerobot.com/

Want to dress like Olivia Pope on Scandal, you like the mens leather jacket from Vampire Diarie more...

Want to dress like Olivia Pope on Scandal, you like the mens leather jacket from Vampire Diaries?

It’s time to go shopping with this Data Doctors Tech Tip.

We live in a multitasking culture, chatting on social media networks while watching television has become the norm. How many times have you seen SPOILER ALERT?

We love sharing our thoughts in real time about the shows we're watching. And as social media becomes more of a platform for like minded audiences to gather, it's also driving e-commerce.

Almost 90% of U.S. homes own at least one device that can be used as a second screen; and 87% of consumers says they use at least one device while watching television.

OK, so how does that all tie in to dressing like Olivia Pope? There’s an app called Get This. Get this creates a second-screen experience linking purchasable content to the television show you are watching.

Get This works with each show's production staff (producers and stylists), who tell them in advance which items will be featured on each episode. Then when viewers see those items, they pop up on their screens in the app.

The idea is that if you see Olivia Pope wearing a cute dress on Scandal, it pops up on your screen so you can buy it.

An audio-sync button matches to the show and highlights items as they appear on screen.

We’ve got the answers to your technology questions.

All you have to do is ask us at facebook.com/datadoctors.

http://mashable.com/2013/04/18/get-this-social-purchases/

We’ve told you about LoJack for laptops, but what about protection for your Androids, Blackberr more...

We’ve told you about LoJack for laptops, but what about protection for your Androids, Blackberrys or virtually any other device in your business?

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip.

AirWatch allows businesses to manage their mobile fleet. No not cars and trucks, phones.

With AirWatch, companies can be certain their mobile information is safe. They provide end to end security to the user, the individual device and content on the phone.

There mobile device management helps companies enforce security policies and secures mobile access to company resources. If an employee loses their smartphone, no matter what type, it can be remotely locked and wiped.

AirWatch even has Mobile Application Management. That means you can manage public and purchased apps across employee, corporate or shared devices in your organization. They can even distribute, track, update, and secure applications over-the-air.

Because they are a scalable service, you can have 10 or 10,000 employees on the service. You simply pick the license type, choose a hosting model and you’re up and running.

They offer complete mobility management for laptops, smartphones, tablets and even Kindles.

We’ve got the answers to your technology questions.

All you have to do is ask us at facebook.com/datadoctors.

http://www.air-watch.com

Wouldn’t it be great if on your next trip instead of renting a car at the airport you can rent more...

Wouldn’t it be great if on your next trip instead of renting a car at the airport you can rent a car from your friend?

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip.

Peer-to-peer car-sharing service RelayRides is going social. The goal is to get users to rent a car through Facebook using the power of their social network.

RelayRides calls it “Renting Social”, members can now post a Facebook status message that lets friends know they need to rent a car.

The idea is pretty simple: One of your buddies may have an extra car, or happens to be out of town when you need a car, and they might be willing to loan it to you for a price.

RelayRides acts as a middleman in the transaction. The renter pays the company, which in turn, pays the car owner and provides insurance in case of an accident.

The service is currently used in over 1,400 cities across the country, and they hope Facebook integration will help growth by essentially putting it in the News Feeds of people who may not know about it.

Their goal is to have a RelayRides car within a 10-minute walking distance of 100 million Americans by the end of 2015.

Check them out before you travel, and perhaps you can rent your next ride from Ken,

RelayRides is available on Facebook now.

We’ve got the answers to your technology questions.

All you have to do is ask us at facebook.com/datadoctors.

http://relayrides.com/

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip. Microsoft has added two-step verification to se more...

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip.

Microsoft has added two-step verification to services like Outlook.com, Messenger and SkyDrive, and to sync all your settings between devices.

Two-step verification, also called two-factor authentication relies on 2 things, something you know: Your password and something you have, your cellphone.

Two-step verification is a very important security feature, as it makes it very hard for a third party to access your account even if they have your username and password.

Once you turn it on,  you'll be asked to enter an additional piece of information (besides your username and password) to access your account, such as a code sent to a phone.

Microsoft also offers an authenticator app for Windows Phone, which allows you to receive the two-step verification code even if you’re offline.

Two step verification may sound like a big hassle, but you can choose not to be asked for a security code on devices you regularly use. Of course that kind of defeats the purpose. Microsoft will only ask you for a code if you don't use the device for 60 days.

Other companies that offer a two-step verification including Google and Apple, others will follow along.

The two-step verification option for Microsoft accounts, is now available to all users.

We’ve got the answers to your technology questions.

All you have to do is ask us at facebook.com/datadoctors.

http://mashable.com/2013/04/17/microsoft-two-step-verification/

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