10 Smartphone Security Tips

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You’ve probably read a lot about hackers and how to protect your computer, but for some reason, most people don’t really care all that much about smartphone security. Maybe because it’s not like a traditional hard drive where you store all your documents, images, videos, etc, but today’s hyperactive smartphone users store a lot of […]

Best Online Buying Guides to Consult Before Making a Purchase

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Planning on buying a new computer, a new DSLR camera, a new power tool, a new appliance, or a new piece of furniture? If so, you should always take your time before making a big purchase. I’ve always told friends and family to wait a bit and do a little research before going out and […]

How to Setup a Website With a Custom Domain in 30 Minutes

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I’ve been blogging on Online Tech Tips and Help Desk geek for years now, but I really can’t use them to post random thoughts, ideas, links, notes, etc since they consist of more professional content. That’s why I decided two days ago to setup another blog using the aseemkishore.com domain name I had bought a […]

How to Keep Yourself Updated With the Latest Internet Memes

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Did you know the latest Internet meme was Hadouken and Vadering? Yeah, me either. Hadouken is where people take pictures of themselves fighting in mid-air and Vadering is where people pretend to use “the force” and strangle people Darth Vader style. I have to admit, it’s pretty damn funny. Apparently, the Hadouken meme was started […]

OTT Guide to Codecs, Container Formats and Transcoding

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If the title of this article doesn’t already make your head hurt, then the rest of it definitely will. Well, hopefully I can explain it in a way that makes sense to the non-technical person. I am writing this article about video/audio codecs becauseI found myself confused when trying to explain it to a friend […]

OTT Guide to Creating a Strong Password

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It’s so common now, that we all do it without even thinking about it: create a password that’s at least x characters, has at least one number and one symbol and isn’t your first or last name. Whether you are at work or creating an Apple ID, these password requirements for a “strong” password are […]

OTT Explains – What is Port Forwarding and What is It Used For?

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Most people live their lives not having any idea what port forwarding is and what it can do for them. I recently bought a Foscam IP camera that connects to my wireless network and records everything to my Synology NAS (network attached storage) device. What’s cool about an IP camera is that you can view […]

How to Use the Command Line to Kill a Program

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Everyone knows how to kill a program using Task Manager in Windows or Force Quit in OS X, but sometimes it’s useful to kill a program using the command line. I’ve run into several situations where the program refused to end via Task Manager, even when I tried to kill the underlying process. Force Quit […]

OTT Explains – HTTPS, SSL and the Green Address Bar

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Have you ever been on a website and noticed that the address bar is green? If you visit a different site, it’s sometimes not green. And on some sites, the text is green and the name of the company pops up too in green. I started noticing this last weekend and wanted to figure out […]

How to Properly Setup Recovery and Backup Options for Two-Factor Authentication

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I’ve always been a big proponent of two-factor authentication and it seems these days you really need to use it. Just look at the recent Apple security hole that allowed people to reset your Apple ID password with just your email address and DOB. If you had enabled two-factor authentication on your account, you would […]