HooToo Tripmate Nano Review

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Since I’m primarily going to use this device when I travel, that’s the functionality that I’m testing. They call this Bridge Mode. Security is hard enough when I’m at home, so I’m hoping this device will a measure of security when I travel and have to use a hotel’s WiFi. At only $19.00 on Amazon it’s a bargain.

There is a nice User Guide online which is easier to follow then the one page that comes in the box. http://www.hootoo.com/downloads-HT-TM02.html

1. After taking everything out of the small box, I connected it to a USB cable from my laptop.

2. Disconnect my current wireless connection.

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3. Connect to the TripMateNano wireless connection using the default password of 11111111

4. Open browser and log in 10.10.10.254

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You will then get a popup which will walk you through the rest of the process.

Choose Wireless – then Scan for Networks and then select the blue arrow and choose your wireless setup. Enter your password and choose DHCP.

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You then need to wait while the router reboots.

Re-enter your password and you are now online behind your HooToo router.

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Using the website Speedof.me I got these internet speeds using HooToo.
Download – 13.5 Mbps
Upload – 3.5 Mbps

Using my standard wireless I got these speeds
Download – 17 Mbps
Upload – 3.5 Mbps

Looks like there is 25% reduction in speed using HooToo.

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Summary – for only $19.00 on Amazon this is a bargain which is going to go into my travel suitcase. You could just as easily take this to Starbucks or anywhere there is free WiFi. You could also use this as a guest Network at home or in a hotel. This would be a way to share one internet connection with a number of people.

 

 

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Finding Saved Passwords

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I’m helping a friend who doesn’t know his password to a site, but miraculously is able to login to the site at any time. The answer to this conundrum is that his browser is logging him into the site every time.

To find your saved passwords in Chrome, go to

Settings – Show Advanced Settings – Passwords and forms – click on the Manage Passwords button.

You’ll notice that I don’t have any listed in my Chrome account since I use Lastpass to manage my passwords. Most people can find their passwords listed using this method if you use Chrome.

If you use other browsers, click here to find their solutions.

Below is option #2 – which will show you the password hidden underneath the asterisks.

http://www.cnet.com/how-to/reveal-saved-passwords-from-under-asterisks-in-your-web-browser/
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Moto E – Short Review

MotoE

I am initially very impressed with the Moto E. I have used Lollipop on a Nexus 4 and a Nexus 7 and they been slow and a bit aggravating. On the new Moto E it runs like a race car. For $150 it’s a bargain. I particularly like that it fits in my front jeans pocket. At 4.5″ it’s a perfect size for me.

However there is one caveat – the camera. Here is a picture below of what the camera can do.

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All I have done to the picture is crop it and reduced the size. The picture quality might be good enough for a web picture, but that is not good enough for what I like to do. I usually carry a camera around with me on a daily basis and I wanted to have a phone/camera which will be good enough to take its place.

The Moto G with Lollipop should be coming out soon and I’m look forward to seeing how it might compare.

 

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Setup an IRS Account

Brian Krebs came up with some more great advice – setup an IRS.gov account before the bad guys do.  This is similar to setting up a Social Security online account.

The only thing I noticed when doing this for myself is that since I have already frozen my accounts, the IRS could not verify my information and thus could not setup an account. If you haven’t frozen your accounts then please do follow his advice and setup this account. Brian has a good article on the process – also read the comments below his post.

Below is how the first page looks.

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GoDaddy Phishing Attack

I received this official looking email from GoDaddy – or so I thought initially. It’s actually a phishing scam looking to grab your GoDaddy credentials. If you look at the red arrow it directs you to a totally different site.If you own a GoDaddy account beware of this type of scam.

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Flash Android 5.0 Lollipop System Image on Nexus 4

Here are the steps I took to unbrick my Nexus 4. It downloaded Android 5.01, but I got an error message and it won’t install properly. As I am going through this process, the Nexus is useless.

1. Install Java – Java.com to computer

2. Download the SDK Tools
http://developer.android.com/sdk/index.html#Other
Video recommends downloading the Zip file. It also tells you how to install the SDK and ADB and check if they are working.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oaNM-lt_aHw

3.Download the Android Image file for the Nexus 4. Version 5.01
https://developers.google.com/android/nexus/images

4. You will need the 7Zip program to open up this image.
http://www.7-zip.org/

5. Follow this video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eZD8_oH1BVU

6. Note  I had the message  “Waiting for Device” so I went back to SDK.exe and installed the Extras with the Google USB driver.
https://developer.android.com/tools/extras/oem-usb.html

7. I still had the “Waiting for Device”message even though I found the Nexus in Control Panel and installed the drivers.

8. I unplugged the phone from the computer and plugged it back in – it works!

9. I unlocked the phone.

10 . I did the Flash-all.bat and it worked.

11. Android started to load – it took a while.

12. When I finally started it up for the first time, it did give me the option to use “Tap and Go” – it worked only partially, so I had to enter my Gmail account information manually and had to add some apps manually.

The good news is that the Nexus 4 is working again.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Setup Android ADB SDK on your computer

Setup Fastboot on your computer.

 

 

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Security Freeze Notes

I decided to put a Security Freeze on my credit accounts and thought I’d record a few notes about the process.

  • It only costs $5 for each service in Missouri. Each state has a slight different fee schedule. $15 total per person.
  • Clark Howard has a good explanation that I used for this process.
  • When you fill-in the blanks for each service add in your middle name and any suffix like Jr. I had trouble with one service and wonder if this was the problem?
  • Make sure you write down all the Pin Numbers they give you. Also TransUnion requires you to setup an account – write everything down.

Equifax
https://www.freeze.equifax.com/Freeze/jsp/SFF_PersonalIDInfo.jsp
Very easy – done in about 5 minutes. It seems to me that this is a bit too easy. There are no security questions and no way for them to know that this might be someone impersonating me. They give you a pin at the bottom of the page, so make sure you write this down and keep it for when you might want to un-freeze your account.

Experian
https://www.experian.com/freeze/center.html
Note – this did not work for me – (it did work for my wife)  they indicated that I had to send in the information via the mail. They said they would send me a pin number.

TransUnion
http://www.transunion.com/corporate/personal/fraudIdentityTheft/fraudPrevention/securityFreeze.page

  • Requires you to setup an account.
  • Uncheck the box to get more advertising from them.
  • You also have to setup a 6 digit – numeric only number to lift the seucirty freeze

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