Web Page Information

There are times when you want to look at the information underlying a web page.

Here are some easy ways to do that when using Chrome.

Control U – this gives you the HTML code and you can look at the text in the page.

Ctrl-Shft – I – allows you to look at Styles and much more information.
To find the Certificate – click on the >> and choose Security – View Certificate.

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Google Voice Legacy versus Update

The latest Google Voice Update seems a lot harder to use – if not impossible.

Luckily you can use the “Legacy” system – at least for a while.
Here’s how to go back to the older version.

  1. On your computer, open Google Voice.
  2. At the top left, click Menu Menu and then Legacy Google Voice. (It’s near the bottom of the list.)
  3. You are now back at your older version.
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Google Security Checkup

One thing you should do on a yearly basis is to do a Google Security Checkup. It’s a process that Google will walk you through to make sure you are as secure as possible.

Here’s the link:

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Chrome Form Fill Bug

Security Now showed a easy way for a hacker or even plain websites to find out all sorts of information about you using the Form Fill function built into Chrome.

Websites can put up a Form Page, but put the fields off the screen. If you have Form Fill enabled, Chrome and other browser will automatically give the page all sorts of information about you and you will never know.

An easy fix for this is to go into Settings – Search for Form and then make sure the box is unchecked under Passwords and forms.

As long as you are there, you should probably also uncheck the “Offer to save your web passwords.

Also click on the Manage links and remove any information they have have stored in the past.


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Email to Google Calendar

email-gmailSteve Dotto shared this easy tip on how to take a date/event that is sent to you in Gmail and easily move it into Google Calendar.
The quick way is to click on the More tab in Gmail and then Create Event.
It may not get everything perfectly, but it’s a good start to putting it on your calendar.

This tips reminds me to put a date in the Subject Line.

Steve’s video is below.


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Handbrake – SubTitles


One of the mysteries solved is how to encode video which has subtitles, but only in certain parts of the movie. Under the Subtitles tab, this configuration is what works for me. Forced Only and Burn In.

Make sure you save this as a preset and it can use it every time you need it.

Here is a link where it talks about Forced Subtitles in Handbrake.

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OpenDNS for Security Risks

One way to protect yourself and your family on the internet is to make sure you don’t go to compromised sites.

OpenDNS.com is a way to setup your computer or even better your router so that you stay on safe internet websites.

They offer three “Home” solutions.

  1. Family Shield – free
  2. Home – free
  3. Home VIP – costs $20/year

For most people, the Home version is probably the best.
The VIP versions doesn’t seem to offer many benefits for the money other than for young kids. You can lock down a router to specific white-listed sites which will keep young kids out of trouble. You can set your own personal computer to use other websites.

If the kids have their own personal tablet, you can change their personal DNS settings.
Here are instructions on changing an Android tablet.

Here’s a link which compares the different versions.

One of the caveats is that OpenDNS does not protect you nearly enough. A PCMag.com article said that OpenDNS did not protect well from malware URLs and blocked few phishing sites.

OpenDNS does have some instructions on their site depending on what router and devices you own – https://support.opendns.com/hc/en-us

Here’s a good video on using OpenDNS.com

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