Security gadgets for on-the-go protection

On March 30, 2011, in Uncategorized, by Staff Contributor

Sometimes it can be hard to keep your belongings safe while you are on the go. Fortunately, there are many tools that make it easier. Things like notebook locks and personal safes are extremely handy and portable enough that you can take them with you wherever you go. These are some of the coolest tools that can help protect your things.

Laptop privacy screens

Privacy can be a serious concern if you do a lot of work in public. Often, if your typeface is large enough for you to see it, it’s probably large enough for someone else to see it too. That’s what these privacy screens are for.

Laptop privacy screens get rid of the need to crouch over your screen and constantly minimize windows by obscuring any view from an angle. Viewing the screen from an angle results in a seriously darkened screen, which makes it challenging to really see anything.

Handheld paper shredder

We all know the benefits of shredding documents that have personal or business information on them. Sometimes, it’s not so easy to do. With a handheld shredder, destroying sensitive documents is a simple task that can be a huge help in keeping your data secure.

Mandylion Password Manager

Strong passwords are essential to our security. They are one of the best ways to protect your sensitive data from hackers and evildoers. Strong passwords aren’t always so easy to create and keep track of, however, which is why we often need a little help.

Fortunately, the Mandylion Password Manager quickly and easily comes up with unique and remarkably strong passwords. It touts “military-grade password protection” and can help you manage up to 50 logins. With this, the only password you need to recall is the one for the Password Manager.

For those of us who travel or even conduct business at the coffee shop once in a while, security is important. These tools are easy to transport and make constant security much more feasible.

If you’d like to check out even more security gadgets, take a look at this Mashable article.

 

3 ways to keep your inbox under control

On March 25, 2011, in Uncategorized, by Staff Contributor

Email is both a great convenience and a huge stressor for many of us. Our inboxes overwhelm us with messages, yet most of them are necessary. Fortunately, there are many techniques out there that can help make your inbox easier to handle. Here are a few of them:

  1. Set up folders

    Setting up folders or labels in your email client is an uncomplicated way to manage your inbox. Usually, you can set filters to label your emails automatically so that emails from certain addresses will go into a unique folder.

    This helps you decide which emails should be read immediately and which ones can be left until later. This convenient feature is available in most email clients and services.

  2. Enable conversation view

    Enabling conversation (or “threaded”) view in your email client decreases the number of visible emails in your inbox. Emails that are related to one conversation will all be found under one “email” instead of taking up multiple spots in your inbox.

    Also, when you use this feature, you will address all emails in a conversation when you address one. There is no longer a need to go through and archive each individual email – delete one, and you’re done.

  3. If it will take less than 5 minutes to address, deal with it right away 

    Many emails take lots of time and energy to really address. For those emails that don’t require much time, it is generally best to deal with it right away. Putting it off will only make it seem bigger than it is and create more stress than is necessary. As you address these emails right away more often they will become easier to deal with.

These 3 tricks are great tactics to help you de-clutter your inbox and make it a little easier to manage. There are a lot of other great tips out there that can make just as big of a difference and are easy to do.

For additional tips on email management check out this article from Business Insider.

 

What are the pros and cons of wireless mice?

On March 23, 2011, in Uncategorized, by Staff Contributor

Whether you’re a wireless mouse user or you’ve stayed with the wired version, you likely know that there are advantages to both. The debate between the two options has been going on for years. While it probably won’t be resolved anytime soon, these facts might help you better determine which one is right for you.

Wired

The strengths of wired mice are plentiful. Some of the key ones include:

  • Extended life expectancy
  • Faster response time
  • More cost efficient
  • More accuracy – a big pro for gamers
  • No chance of inadvertently gaining control of someone else’s machine

Some of the major drawbacks to wired mice include less freedom to roam and just a lack of convenience.

Wireless

Despite the occasional dead batteries, wireless mice have a number of strong points. They offer a level of convenience that can’t be reached with a wired mouse, no matter how long the cord is. Some of the major benefits include:

  • Greater freedom – another favorite feature among gamers, who often control their TVs from the couch
  • Improvements in response time and accuracy
  • Fewer cords
  • Smoother movement due to the lack of a cord

Despite these advantages, there are still several disadvantages to consider. Bad signals and dead batteries may not happen often, but if they come at an inconvenient time, the results can be detrimental.

In general, the decision between wireless and wired mice is dependant on preference. If you require accuracy and fast response times, a wired mouse would probably suit you best. If you’re someone who likes to work from the couch or other untraditional spots, you may enjoy the convenience and freedom of a wireless mouse. There are plenty of great wired as well as wireless options, so you can’t go wrong either way.

For more information on the debate between wireless and wired mice, check out this website.