How to Transfer Files to a New Computer


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When purchasing a new computer, you’ll want to transfer files from the old computer to the new one. With today’s technology, it is easier than ever to do this. Transferring files to a new computer may be done with a flash drive, an external hard drive, or over a network.

Windows Easy Transfer

If the new computer is running Windows 7*, you may use the program called ‘Windows Easy Transfer*.” If the old computer was not running Windows 7, you’ll need to download the software from Microsoft’s page. If both computers are connected on a network, the “Windows Easy Transfer” software can use the network connection. If no network is available, an “Easy Transfer” cable is required. This transfer cable is a USB cable with male connections on both sides and may be purchased at any computer store for a minimal amount of money.
With the new computer, open the “Windows Easy Transfer” application. To do this, click on the “Start” button, type “Easy Transfer” in the search field, and press the “Enter” key. Click on the “Windows Easy Transfer” link to run the software. Follow the wizard to transfer the specific information you want to transfer to the new computer. The wizard will tell you the exact timing for running the software on the old computer. Continue following the wizard until all files and folders have been transferred successfully. Transferring files to the new computer using the “Windows Easy Transfer” software may take a few hours. This is dependent on the amount of data you will be transferring.

External Hard Drive

One other way of transferring files to a new computer is to use an external hard drive. These come in a variety of sizes, holding up to 2 TB of data. These also may be purchased at most any computer store. The price is dependent on the brand name and the amount of storage needed. The more space on the hard drive, the more expensive the device will be.
Connect the external hard drive via USB port to the old computer. The hard drive appears as another drive letter, just as a CD drive comes up as the E: or F: drive. Copy all files and folders you want on the new computer onto the hard drive using Windows Explorer.
Once all files and folders are on the hard drive, disconnect it from the old computer and connect to the new computer. The external hard drive will most likely be automatically recognized by the new computer. If not, use Windows Explorer again to copy the files and folders from the external hard drive and paste them into the desired location on the new computer.
The external hard drive may now be used as a back-up device by copying data onto the drive from the new computer at regular intervals.

Flash Drive

Yet another way of transferring files to a new computer is to use a flash drive. Flash drives do not hold as much data as external hard drives, but can hold up to 128GB of data. As with the external hard drives, the more data storage you purchase, the more expensive the device.
Plug the flash drive into the old computer using a USB port. Following the same steps as with the external hard drive, copy all data onto the flash drive; then plug the flash drive into the new computer and copy the data from the flash drive onto the new computer.
Any time you transfer files to a new computer you should use caution to ensure you have copied everything needed before disposing of the old computer. If you have space, the know-how, and a static bag, it is a good idea to keep the hard drive until you are sure you no longer need it. The data can be recovered from the old hard drive.
Once you are ready to dispose of the old computer, use caution and ensure all data has been erased from the hard drive. Software is available to do this; or you may take it to a computer repair store to have it done for you.

Laptop vs. Desktop Which is Right for You ?


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When it’s time for a new computer, whether it’s your first or an upgrade, it can be difficult to choose today between a laptop and a desktop. There are so many more choices than ever before and each comes with a variety of competitive features and price ranges.

In the past, the laptop was a downgrade from a desktop, unable to perform as well and as fast and missing many of the features that a desktop had but with the benefit of being mobile. Today, the two are nearly equals with the main difference being that on a laptop you are confined to your battery life. While batteries are improving and you can purchase a back-up battery, your “on-time” is still dependant on the battery life.

Of course, if you are using the laptop at home or at the office, you can also just plug it in to operate. You can also plug desktop accessories such as a mouse and keyboard into it. You can even hook your laptop computer up to a desktop monitor if you want a larger screen. With so many options, how do you choose which is best for you?

Location

When deciding between a laptop and desktop, consider where you will be using the computer the most. Are you a student who will travel from classes to study sessions and back to your dorm room? If so, then the laptop is much more practical for you. It’s possible to store everything you need for personal and educational use on the same computer and take it with you wherever you go. It takes up less space in a dorm room and you can take it home with you for vacations and off-seasons.

If you work from a home office and will be accessing this computer primarily for work purposes and for long hours at a time during business days, then a desktop will probably suit you best. A desktop will be at less risk for overheating from extended use and you don’t really need to take it with you.

Features

When looking for any computer, features are going to be important. When comparing a laptop versus a desktop, consider the features that each has and to what capacity it can perform. For example, many laptops have built-in webcams and media software preinstalled for ease of use. Some laptops are designed and marketed towards gamers and will allow you to play certain games with ease.

If you are a serious gamer, a designer or some other type of computer user that requires the latest and greatest features, you might choose a desktop over a laptop because it’s easier to upgrade your video card, sound card, memory and other parts and pieces as the computer ages.

Performance

Performance is another deciding factor in choosing a laptop or a desktop. A desktop is better suited for long hours of performance and lots of multitasking. So consider what you will use the computer for to help decide between desktop or laptop computer.

HOW TO: Become a Google+ Beta Tester


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Want to test new Google+ features before they become available to the public? Now you can, thanks to a newly launched Google+ program.
To sign up to be a beta tester, head over to the Google+ Platform Preview page and enter your email address. Any address will work, so long as you’re signed in to your associated Google+ account.
You’ll need to click on a link in a subsequent confirmation email to confirm your entry into the program. After that, Google will email you every time new features are available for you to test out.
If you’re looking for additional Google+ resources, be sure to check out our roundup of 15 guides and services for Google+ power users.

HOW TO: Protect Your Company’s Passwords


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It’s almost impossible to understate the importance of having and using strong, secure online passwords. As important as it is for consumers to heed this advice, it can be even more important for businesses to use and secure the passwords of their various accounts. As tools like Firesheep
 have shown, gaining access to an email or Facebook
 account can be alarmingly simple.
Fortunately, there are tools and precautions companies can take that will help simplify the process of keeping passwords safe, Use Unique Generated Passwords for Different Accounts

No matter how often we’ve been warned, the reality is that most of us use the same password or group of passwords for all of our major accounts. At first, this doesn’t seem too bad especially if that password is a unique and long mix of numbers, letters and cases. The problem with using the same password or group of passwords, however, is that if one account is compromised, other accounts can follow.

This is especially true for users that associate an e-mail address with an account. When Gawker Media’s web servers were breached last year
, thousands of commenters had their usernames, passwords and e-mail addresses exposed. As a result, some of these users had their email, Facebook and Twitter
 accounts compromised as well.
For business accounts, using a separate, unique password for each major service and making sure that none of these passwords are the same as those associated with personal accounts is essential.
Good password management applications typically include a password generator, however, websites like Strong Password Generator are great in a pinch. Using more than 7 characters is a good idea, but be sure to check with your application or service for rules associated with the use of special characters.

Password Management Tools Are Your friend

One of the primary reasons individuals reuse the same passwords is because keeping track of 100 different logins is difficult, if not impossible. This is where password management applications become crucial, especially in a business environment.
In the past, I’ve written about password management apps for Mashable and here are a few of my favorites:

1Password

: 1Password is a solution for Mac OS X and Windows that allows users to not only store their passwords safely, but also access those passwords from within their web browser. That means that rather than relying on the built-in password manager, a user can use 1Password to fill in logins instead. These logins are protected by a master password, and Agile Web Solutions also makes an iPhone and Android app for accessing and securely logging into websites while on the go.
1Password starts at $39.95 for a single license and is $59.95 for a 5-user license.

LastPass

: LastPass is a cross-platform password manager that works with all major web browsers to securely store and generate passwords. LastPass also has an Enterprise option for businesses that includes support for applications as well as websites.
LastPass Premium is $12 a year for individuals and starts $24 a year for Enterprise customers.

Passpack

: Passpack is a tool designed for teams and businesses that want to make passwords accessible without making them insecure. What we like about Passpack is that it lets users store their personal and work-related passwords in one place, but then choose who has access to what passwords. Plus, Passpack makes sharing passwords secure and also makes it easy to update or change group passwords in bulk.
Passpack for departments and workgroups is $4 a month.

Use HTTPS Logins

Beyond just using unique, secure passwords and password management tools, it’s also important that businesses use secure logins, especially when accessing web services from outside of a corporate network.
In the last few months, a growing number of websites including Twitter, Facebook
,Gmail,Foursquare and HootSuite have started to implement HTTPS as a login option. Using HTTPS, logins are encrypted over the network. This means that even if the network itself is open, the password and username to your account isn’t visible to those sniffing the network.
Turning on HTTPS as a default login option in the web services that support it is a good idea for all users, but it makes even better sense in a corporate context.
Feel free to share your password protection tips in the comments.

In Battle for Patents, Google Buys a Batch From I.B.M.


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In the heated battle for technology patents, Google is using its checkbook to bulk up.
The technology giant bought more than a thousand patents from I.B.M. this month, for a broad range of applications. In an e-mailed statement, Google confirmed the purchase: “Like many tech companies, at times we’ll acquire patents that are relevant to our business needs. Bad software patent litigation is a wasteful war that no one will win.”
The purchase was earlier reported
 by SEO by the Sea blog.
The deal comes less than one month after Google failed to win a cache of more than 6,000 patents from telecommunications equipment maker Nortel Networks
. The company lost out to a consortium of competitors that included Apple and Microsoft, which paid $4.5 billion in cash for the lot — well above Google’s initial bid of $900 million.
Google pursuit of patents is largely seen as a defensive maneuver, to deter lawsuits from rivals.
In a blog post in April, Google’s general counsel, Kent Walker, wrote, “a company’s best defenses against this kind of litigation is (ironically) to have a formidable patent portfolio, as this helps maintain your freedom to develop new products and services. Google is a relatively young company, and although we have a growing number of patents, many of our competitors have larger portfolios given their longer histories.”

How to backup and restore data and e-mail account settings in Outlook 2007


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Creating backup of your outlook data and email account settings is as essential as creating backup of any data. This will help you in case of data loss or migrating from one system to other.

In Outlook 2007 your e-mails are saved in a Personal Folder File with a .pst extension which does not include in your normal backup operation.

Following these simple steps can help you to save and restore your e-mail, contacts, rules, task and more.

Backup your Email data Outlook 2007

1. The data is saved in a Personal Folder File (.pst) only if you are not using Microsoft Exchange account or Windows Live Mail account.
For Microsoft Exchange Account or Windows Live Mail account your backup data is saved locally on your computer instead of the e-mail server.           
There are two .pst files, one is the personal folder file which includes all of your Outlook folders, such as the Inbox, Calendar, tasks and Contacts and the other is the Archive Folder which includes archive messages of your Outlook.

2. You can easily locate the data files in outlook 2007 using the following steps.
Go to Main Menu of Outlook 2007, Click File and select Data File Management and Account setting window will pop up.
The other way is to click on Tools menu and select Account settings from the drop down menu.

3. Click on the Data Files tab. You may have a single data file or multiple data files. These are the Data Files, wherein you store your email messages, tasks, calendar, tasks and other items.  
Outlook 2007

4. Click on the Open Folder icon.Windows Explorer will be opened automatically and will take you to the location where this data file is stored. Now select the outlook.pst and archive.pst file you want to backup.

5. Now you can copy this file to any backup storage device. Make sure that your Outlook is closed before you backup these files.

Restore your Email data – Outlook 2007
Restoring is as simple as to backup your data. 
All you have to do is copy the backup PST files into the folder that you located when you backed up your work initially.

Backup/Export Account Settings – Outlook 2007

   Start > Run > type ‘regedit’
   Locate the following path in your ‘Registry Editor’
   HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Windows MessagingSubsystem\Profiles\Outlook
Registry Editor

Now right click on the key outlook and select option:Export and save .reg files to your desired location.
You can run the same file while restoring your outlook. This will restore your old outlook profile with all your email accounts settings and rules. You will need to enter your password as Password is not stored into .reg file.
It is difficult to locate the Personal folder files in the previous versions of Outlook; however it’s much simpler in Outlook 2007. Backing up and restoring data is easier, faster with the new Outlook 2007.