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How to take control of your passwords

Online Password SecurityI froze this weekend. Not because I was at a ski hill and the temperature was chilly. It was because I was trying to log in to my Netflix account to view a movie and couldn’t remember my password. (Please tell me this has happened to you too!) I tried a few different guesses, until I finally gave up and had to go through the pain and humiliation of clicking the Forgot Your Password? button and resetting it. Wasted time, wasted energy and worst of all my popcorn got cold!

These days, we have so many passwords to remember. We all go online to do our banking, check our social networks and shop. Many of you tell me you’ve resorted to having one password for all your accounts — a definite no-no when it comes to online security and preventing identity theft (more on that later). There is a solution. It’s safe, secure and easy to use. It’s called a password manager. [Read more…]

Fall in love with your technology

Happy Valentine’s Day!

7 Stylish Valentine Tech Gifts for Under $50

Heart“It’s not a romantic gift if you can plug it in.” These were the wise words of my very close friend when we were discussing gift giving for Valentine’s Day. She speaks from experience. Her husband once gave her a fire extinguisher as a gift. I am not kidding. As you can imagine, that gift didn’t go over very well. He’s still in her bad books for that one.

But, that story got me thinking.

Can a tech-focused gift be romantic? Can it express your true feelings without making your Valentine run for the hills? Well, after some careful research, I’ve found 7 stylish and romantic tech gifts for Valentine’s Day that are sure to show you care. [Read more…]

5 Ways to Dispose of your Electronics Responsibly

Electronics RecyclingLast weekend I was enjoying a peaceful walk in nature with my best pal, Lucy. She’s my 4-year-old Airedale Terrier. As she was running up and down the hills in the ravine chasing squirrels, my eye caught a very depressing scene. There, laying in the bushes was an old computer monitor. It was black, smashed up and ugly.

Today, there are so many ways to dispose of electronics in a safe, environmentally friendly way.

So if you’re thinking of getting rid of that old computer, cell phone or printer, here are five ways to do it responsibly. [Read more…]

Saying thank you has never been easier

Thank YouHow many of you have written your thank you cards for the gifts you received during the holidays? If you’re like many people, the answer would be “not yet” (meaning not ever).

My mom was a stickler for making me write thank you notes. Every year after Christmas, she’d ask me if I’d written my Thank You Notes. When I got into my teens, I can tell you this was the perfect excuse to roll my eyes and let out a big sigh.

Fast forward to present day. I still hear her voice asking me the million dollar question. But, thanks to her years of training, I’ve got it covered.

Saying thank you is something few of us do enough. The reasons? Lack of time and sheer laziness. I’ve heard these excuses before … “It takes too much time” “I don’t have any cards” “I don’t have stamps” “I can’t remember who gave me what.

Well I’m here to help you get over these excuses with a tech solution that will help you say thank you in less time, with creative style and with great ease. [Read more…]

How to use your voice to get more done

microphoneI just bought the iPhone 4S. I couldn’t resist.

I did have a business reason for making this purchase, it wasn’t only for fun and games. The main reason was to meet Siri. As it turns out, I like her so much, I’ve made her part of my team.

Who is Siri? In my mind she’s my new assistant. In the real world, she’s Apple’s voice recognition software, and she came built into my new iPhone.

Here are the top five things Siri does for me: [Read more…]

5 Reasons to Use a Digital Calendar for 2012

calendar on a smartphoneI was with a colleague the other day and we were setting up our next meeting. I whipped out my smartphone, she sheepishly reached into her briefcase and pulled out her paper planner. Then she whispered, “I still use a paper planner, isn’t that pathetic?” Now, she may have been embarassed because my focus is helping people use technology to work smarter. But the fact is, if you’re using a paper system that works for you, then that in itself is working smart.

But for those who are currently using a paper calendar and contemplating switching over … this blog is for you. (For those who are digital already, read on. There may be some features you didn’t know about.) [Read more…]

5 Ways to Stop Junk Email in its Tracks

 

no spamFew things are more overwhelming to me than seeing a jam-packed inbox. The energy it takes to go through each email, deciding which ones stay (and where to put them … but that’s another blog) and which ones go, leaves me exhausted. The kicker is many of these emails I consider to be junk (or spam as they are also called).

If only there was a way to curb the number of junk emails I receive.  How can I do this? How can you do this? It’s easy. Just follow these 5 simple steps. [Read more…]

Top 6 reasons to send e-cards this year

image of a mailboxIt finally came. That dreaded first holiday card of the season. I know I should welcome it with open arms, but I can’t get past the gentle reminder it sends: Get your butt in gear and get your own cards done.

Faster than a flying reindeer, my holiday card project is at the top of my To Do list, knocking the others tasks way, way down. Have I ordered my cards? Is my mailing list up-to-date? Have I bought stamps?

In business, it’s even more urgent to get your cards out earlier than later. Your clients may take extra time off during the holidays. You don’t want to miss them, and you definitely don’t want to be the card they open in January. Very embarassing.

This year, after much thought and research, I’ve decided to abandon the traditional paper greeting card and send out e-cards instead. Why, you may ask? Well, I have a bunch of reasons. [Read more…]

5 Benefits of Using Skype for Your Business

SkypeMy husband travels. Usually he’s only gone for a day or two, but the last few times it’s been for at least 2 weeks. We miss him when he’s away for so long, but we’ve found a solution that’s a real improvement over a telephone call. It’s called Skype and it’s a software application that allows you to chat over the Internet using voice, video, instant messaging and texting. The best part? It’s free.

You may be thinking: What a nice little glimpse into your personal life, but what has that got to do with my business? Well, by using Skype for my personal use I’ve learned what a valuable tool it can be for my business. [Read more…]