I am a big fan of Google tools. There are Google Drive, Docs, Sheets, Sites and a lot more. I became a Google Certified Educator because I use those tools extensively and wanted to learn to maximize the productivity. It can be intimidating to learn all of them at once.
Google released a Chrome extension called G Suite Training that offers useful tips while you actually use the tools.
Once you install the extension, you will see a new training menu in your Google Apps. You can tell by looking at the question mark with a Google-colored circle around it. Hit the links below to start learning G Suite!
G Suite Training | Chrome Web Store via G Suite Training
Techsmith released Camtasia 9. Two big changes that I like:
- New 64-bit engine for faster editing and encoding
- Cross-platform project compatibility
The 64-bit engine is a welcome upgrade that would make editing and encoding faster. That is one thing I don’t enjoy about making videos. It sometimes takes too long to edit a video.
I also like that now we can use Camtasia on both Mac and Windows. There used to be a Windows version and a Mac version. Now we can create a project in the Windows version and easily share it with the Mac version.
Time to go watch the tutorial videos to go make videos!
Windows 10 is the best Windows ever. Microsoft included a bevy of helpful features, including the Cortana digital assistant, an improved Start menu and Windows Store. This workshop will introduce key Windows 10 features that will get you excited about using the new Windows. See new features, improvements to old features, and a lot of new ways to alize a desktop, including the Start menu!
October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month in the US and European Cyber Security Month in Europe. I came across this excellent infographic produced by Digital Guardian on how to avoid phishing attacks. I didn’t know about smishing, so I am glad I became aware of it. You will probably learn something from this infographic. Stay vigilant!
You may have heard recently that Yahoo! was hacked. You can read about the news on the internet, but here is my summary of what you need to do if you have a Yahoo! account.
- Log on to your Yahoo! mail account. If your account was hacked, there will be a message from Yahoo! waiting for you.
- Create a new, unique password and change it for your Yahoo! account. Better yet, use Lastpass to maintain your passwords.
- Disable and delete the Security Questions. If you don’t know how, follow this link.
- If you are not using the account, you can close it. I recommend switching over to Gmail.
- Enable two-factor verification if you have not done so yet. Enable it for all accounts that support it.
- (Update 10-2-2016). If you use your mobile devices to check your email, you will need to re-generate “mobile passwords” by going through the steps listed here.
I doubt your account will be accessed for criminal activities, but it’s safe to keep an eye on any suspicious emails that arrive in your inbox.
Google Drive got some useful improvements this week. It added spelling correction while typing in the search words and natural language processing (NLP).
NLP basically means you can search like you talk. You can say something like “open my project paper from last week” and Drive will search for the files that fit these criteria. Cool thing is that Drive will learn your queries, so search gets better over time.
It’s a big surprising that it took a while to get spelling check in the search. Drive will now autocorrect misspelled words and suggest corrections. You have seen this at work; Google search itself has this capability, and now you can use it within Drive.
I like Dropbox a lot, but Drive and, now with Windows 10, OneDrive are becoming my favorites.
I found a few articles from this week that I feel are relevant and useful.
10 Step Security Guide to Keeping your Computer Virus Free from Groovy Post. #5, I use WinPatrol and Malwarebytes (paid but free is good enough) instead. Oh and in #7, pay attention to what your mother-in-law does.
Back to School Tips for Students Using Microsoft OneNote also from Groovy Post.
Top 10 Secret Features in iOS 10 and How to Fix iOS 10’s Biggest Annoyances from Lifehacker.
How to Make a Meme with SnagIt from Techsmith. Camtasia 9 is coming out next week!