5 Free Windows Programs You Should Be Using.

Free Windows ProgramsYou know what they say, the best things in life are free, and that’s especially true in the software world. There are a tons of free PC programs available on the web that can improve the way you work and play.

Here are 5 Free Windows Programs You Should Be Using that will help you solve problems you didn’t know you had. some you might know, some you might not. But once you’ve used them, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without them.

I use these programs everyday and highly recommend them. If you use any programs I haven’t mentioned leave a comment below and I’ll be sure to try them.

This will be a continuing series of articles as I have many more to add.

Know Your Cellphone Rights While Protesting

EFFThe EFF, Electronic Frontier Foundation is the leading nonprofit organization defending civil liberties in the digital world, has recently updated its cell phone guide for protesters. People want to be able to communicate, to document the protests, and to share photos and video with the world. So they’ll be carrying phones, and they’ll face a complex set of considerations about the privacy of the data those phones hold. We hope this guide can help answer some questions about how to best protect that data, and what rights protesters have in the face of police demands. Read it here. Its also good general advice to everyone even if you don’t plan on attending a protest.

How To Continue Sending Messages On Facebook Without Downloading the New Messenger App

facebook-messengerRecently Facebook disabled sending messages from its mobile app on iOS, forcing users to download and install its new Messenger App. if you were hesitant to do it or you did install the new app what to chat with your friends the old way I found a way to do it. If you did download the new app uninstall it first.

eBay Urges Customers to Change Passwords After Network Attack

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eBay Inc. (Nasdaq: EBAY) said beginning later today it will be asking eBay users to change their passwords because of a cyberattack that compromised a database containing encrypted passwords and other non-financial data. After conducting extensive tests on its networks, the company said it has no evidence of the compromise resulting in unauthorized activity for eBay users, and no evidence of any unauthorized access to financial or credit card information, which is stored separately in encrypted formats. However, changing passwords is a best practice and will help enhance security for eBay users.

Information security and customer data protection are of paramount importance to eBay Inc., and eBay regrets any inconvenience or concern that this password reset may cause our customers. We know our customers trust us with their information, and we take seriously our commitment to maintaining a safe, secure and trusted global marketplace.

Takeaway, Change your password today and if you also use Paypal with the same password change it also.

Happy Mothers Day

BPT would like to wish everyone a Happy Mothers Day.

Happy Mothers Day from BPT

Netflix To Raise Prices For New Subscribers

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Netflix is raising it subscription prices for new subscribers starting today 5/9/14. The changes mean anyone signing up for Netflix’s video subscription service beginning Friday will pay $8.99 per month for in the U.S. The old price of $7.99 per month will continue until May 2016 for Netflix’s existing 36 million U.S. subscribers.

Fly The Google Earth Flight Simulator

Flight-sim-4_thumb.jpg Google Earth has a cool tool you may not have heard of. The Google Earth Flight Simulator. With it you can fly around the globe in Google Earth, it allows you to operate a simulated aircraft using either your mouse or another controller. It takes a little while to get used to the controls, I crashed quite a few times in the beginning.  Give it a try its free.

Time To Run Windows Update To Fix Internet Explorer Security Vulnerability

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The Fix is in. Microsoft on Sunday issued a warning about a newly discovered exploit of a security vulnerability that impacts all versions of Internet Explorer (IE) released in the last decade. And while the firm has provided a set of workarounds to help customers until a fix is released, this exploit could represent the first major security issue that will not be fixed for Windows XP, which recently exited its support lifecycle.

“Microsoft is aware of limited, targeted attacks that attempt to exploit a vulnerability in Internet Explorer 6, Internet Explorer 7, Internet Explorer 8, Internet Explorer 9, Internet Explorer 10, and Internet Explorer 11,” a support notice on the company’s web site explains. “The vulnerability is a remote code execution vulnerability … An attacker could host a specially crafted web site that is designed to exploit this vulnerability through Internet Explorer and then convince a user to view the web site.”

*Update*

Microsoft on Thursday released an out of band security update to fix the Internet Explorer security vulnerability it disclosed this past weekend. The firm had suggested it might fix the issue outside of its normal monthly security update schedule, but there was one surprise: Despite the fact that Microsoft stopped supporting Windows XP last month, it has elected to fix this issue on XP too.

Read more, http://windowsitpro.com/paul-thurrotts-wininfo/microsoft-warns-new-ie-flaw-will-probably-not-fix-windows-xp

How to Test If Your Infrared Remote Control Is Working

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How many times has this happened to you, you pick up the remote point it at the TV to change the channel and nothing happens. Do you do what I do and frantically press all the buttons hoping one will work then give it shake or two and finally give up and replace the battery’s only to find out its still not working. Since TV remotes broadcast their codes in the infrared spectrum you can’t see if it sending anything, until now.
Here’s a tip I found that lets you check to see if the remote is sending its infrared signals to your device.

Create A Desktop Icon To Lock You Computer With One Click

lock & KeyStepping away from your computer for a bit to do something else but don’t want others to see or have access to your desktop, you can create a shortcut icon to quickly lock the keyboard and display without using CTRL+ALT+DEL or a screensaver. Here’s how.