Tanya Techie

  • It’s been 9 months since the last post where I broke down all the issues with the PS4 Media Player. In short, there have been a large amount of improvements to the DLNA functionality. I was forced to use the PS4 […]

  • There are still many good reasons to use cloud storage, whether you want to share files with your friends, or make your business easier by sharing files or backing up some data. Even though many file sharing sites […]

  • If you’re like me, you’re really beginning to get fed up with Gmail. What was once the go-to email provider in the world, millions have been leaving as Google began violating users’ privacy, instituting draconian […]

    • you are recommending a mail service owned not just by a state bur by the Russian state as secure? BAHAHAHA

      • I would trust Russia with my personal mail long before I trusted the U.S. government. Russia is probably the least likely to hand my mail over to the U.S. government, especially since I am no one of political importance! Gmail on the other hand doesn’t even need a court order, the U.S. government can probably already read all my emails in my gmail account! But the U.S. government does not have access to mail servers in Russia. Therefore Russia servers are far safer. Plus, few Russians know English very well at all. So most Russians can’t read my mail even if they wanted to just like most Americans can’t read Cyrillic.

        • Are you kidding? Most of the hacks of credit card companies, banks etc. have originated in Russia, and the perpetrators are never prosecuted. So obviously they know English well enough to hack into our systems. The Russia gov’t would love to get their hands on anything American, just look at what they did to our election. I would not be worried about the US gov’t looking at my emails unless I was plotting a ter rer attack.

          • I sense a liberal tinge to your many unfounded and erroneous assertions. Sounds like you are listening to the liberal conspiracy theories. Russia had nothing to do with our election. Trump won by the electoral college. Don’t you know that popular vote does not elect the President? You can’t “hack” electoral votes, there aren’t enough of them to “hack”. There are only a few hundred electoral votes (538 to be exact). (America is a republic, not a democracy. America was never intended to be a democracy. America is a Constitutional Republic.)

            Also your comment about “I don’t care about the government looking at my emails because I have nothing to hide” – obviously you do not care about freedom, which is the fundamental principle of the United States. Your comment is a common liberal cop-out. “Oh, I’m doing nothing wrong so I don’t care if they take away all my freedoms”.

            Samuel Adams, one of the founding fathers of America, said, quite aptly:

            “If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude than the animating contest of freedom β€” go from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains sit lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen!”

            I will translate this for you: “If you love to be a slave to your masters, the liberal socialists, and give up your freedoms to do so, suit yourself. We Americans don’t care what you say and we will ignore you. May you crouch down and lick the liberal hands which feed you. May your chains of liberal bondage to the slavery of comfort at the cost of your freedom weigh you down,” (he was being sarcastic when he said, “sit lightly upon you”) “and we deny you as one of our fellow Americans!”

            Remember this isn’t even me saying this (although I agree), this is one of our founding fathers of America saying this.

    • Hearing this does scare me a bit. I should quit gmail sooner rather than later. I need a complete replacement!

    • Thank you for the tips! I will look them up.

      Update: I looked up Inky. It does not look like Inky is a real email program, rather it is just an interface so you can read gmails, microsoft emails, etc all from the same place. This is not a replacement for gmail. Also, there is a free version but to have the features you have to pay. So no, Inky is not a solution to replace gmail and it is also not a free solution.

    • Thank you so much for this. I stumbled across your informative article on my quest to find an alternative to gmail. Totally fed up. Like you, I don’t relish migrating multiple accounts to a new platform, but the time has come. I am a frequent international traveler and am heartily sick of losing access to my gmail because Google has deemed the activity “suspicious”.

      I have experienced everything you described, including Google continuing to deny me access even with their own valid access codes. And traveling overseas, I rarely have the ability to receive a two step verification code by phone anyway, as I use different SIMs in each country. If you do manage to jump through their hoops and change your password and gain access to your accounts, you’re still not home free.

      And it’s not just, “Thank you very much, User. You have proved that it’s you and you’re in Spain.” The next night you’re at a different hotel a hundred miles away, and you have to go through the entire nonsensical exercise yet again. On a recent trip to Ireland, I went through (no joke) 12 passwords that I had to create AND REMEMBER (insert angry emoji here) for just one of my accounts.

      And you’re right – Customer Service isn’t a concept that Google embraces. I’ve tried for months to find an email address to suggest to them that they offer a service, such as bank credit cards do, where you could inform them of upcoming travel plans so that they know it’s you in advance. There isn’t one. I even asked my son-in-law, who works for Google. He just shrugged. There isn’t one.

      I am currently sitting in a hotel room 23 miles from my house, and once again I have been shut out of my gmail. 23 freaking miles – I didn’t even leave the State.

      I had already done some research, and heard of two of the services you recommended. I appreciate your reviews of them, as it helps narrow down my choice. You can be sure that one of them will shortly be obtaining a new account.

      • I am sorry to hear about your experiences. I also have had the same experiences. Whenever I travel or move, I lose access to my google accounts. Some accounts I will never have access to ever again. I need to get off gmail before it is too late and I lose access forever.

    • Hi Julie, Hushmail is not safe and cannot be trusted. They lied about their business model “not collecting user data” because it did collect user data and they turned this personal data over to the government when asked for it.

    • Can you please elaborate on this?

    • I am looking for a free secure email service I use it for a lot of political clubs.

    • ProtonMail is free, actually (you can pay for upgrades but it is free for normal use). Startmail is not free, it is a paid-only service. If you have to pay, that changes everything because then you need to weigh your options.

    • What about GMX? It’s in box is unlimited. Any info on this provider?

    • GMX looks exactly like mail.com down to the exact design. Research shows that GMX acquired mail.com in 2010. Mail.com is terribly spammy as in they spam your inbox. Mail.com does not allow you to use POP or IMAP, does not let you forward any mail, and is very limiting. I would not use mail.com as my primary email provider due to these limitations which are indicative of not being in control of your own data, and likewise GMX mail being the same company is probably not much different.

    • What about GMX? Its inbox is unlimited. Any info on this provider?

    • John,
      Thank you so much for writing this because, as you pointed out in one of the comments about our liberties, anyone who cares about our freedom and privacy should NEVER use Google!! Did you know that they said they want to be “the voice of God” over all of us? Insanity.

      I wouldn’t really trust the Russian thing either though because even though they look like a liberty beacon of freedom compared to our tyranny, they still shouldn’t be trusted. Putin was KGB and still has ties to it. True freedom is only in individual systems that work around the big govt thugs because none of them are ever out for the interest of the people. Be the RESISTANCE! God bless and thanks again.

      I’ll be dumping my gmail account right away so I sure appreciate your research on this topic.

      • Hi Judy, it’s true, Russia is not perfect, in fact no big government is going to have freedoms. Sure, Russian email is probably less likely to read by U.S. officials, especially if you’re just a regular user (whereas every citizen in the U.S. can have their gmail accounts read without a warrant for any reason whatsoever). However, it’s true it is not a perfect solution. The perfect solution is the self-hosted solution.

        In fact I wrote another post about this detailing it quite well and it will be posted soon. There I explain how to really keep your email 100% (or at least 99%) private. Of course, no matter what you do, once an email is sent, it is most likely to be stored in the internet forever, accessible by someone. So the best thing to do is watch what you write. However, even if what you write is innocent, still you don’t want government officials and other strangers reading your personal mails, so it’s best to protect yourself.

    • You are on point in your posted comments here. Furthermore, to the concerned folks here, see: Echelon Project, Carnivore Project, Lantern Project, then Congressional internal scandal articles published/archived Jan 2000 and April 2000 Netscape.net (stealing emails off of satellites using pirated software… by the “law makers” themselves), optical signal splitting of telephone/cell phone lines at AT&T in Oakland, California, anything of YOU and by YOU belongs to YOU as per Davis v. Mississippi which means secret data mining = stealing, and there is lots more info out there. See EPIC.org and their tools section.

      God did Bless America. Now it’s for Us to enforce His blessings!

      Sending good wishes to all.

    • Hey nice post. I hope it’s ok that I shared it on my FB, keep up the great work.

    • Which is best secure email hosting company for small business?? Data per account 10 GB max, at least 10 accounts required, company domain name to be, use on desktop/mobile both, Data security most essential

    • There is a search engine called StartPage that protects your searches as well as an email service StartMail.

      I’m sure there are other free email accounts that protect your email from snooping eyes. I believe StartMail is one of the first to offer a paid version that will keep your emails private. I’m thinking of switching to them. Still deciding which way to go.

      The other is Protonmail, I understand it costs less than Startmail. It is supposed to be the most secure email service in the world and its servers are in Switzerland.

      The other way I found was to do the encryption yourself using GPG tools. It allows you to encrypt your mail before you send it out along with a key so that someone could email you back an encrypted email. This method is free just download GPG tools.

      I hope this information will be helpful in providing you some options to traditional free email services which will give you more privacy.

    • Secure email does not exist – it is a dream.
      Try encryption, but that is easily broken in spite of what the tech hacks tell you.
      If it’s online, it is vulnerable – period.

    • Even if you have a secure browser, you can still download malware without your knowledge by just accessing a website (drive, click and download), many websites have malicious malware just waiting to be downloaded by someone passing by. Never play these games like the money tree or chase the monkey they will download malicious malware onto your computer.

      Opening email attachments in a viewing pane can also download malicious code and malware. Anti virus software is NOT trustworthy. License software that you purchase sometimes comes with malware. The tech companies are doing everything they can to gain control of your computer. There is no such thing as 100% secure when it comes to electronic devices. Most software applications are installed out of the box with default configuration settings, which open vulnerabilities, threats, threat agents and risk to your system.

      Patches fix one problem but open other vulnerabilities. If you computer is not properly hardened the bad guys still have another avenue to get into your computer. Nothing can be trusted. Back in 2012 during research there were 740 fortune 1000 companies that were hacked, and two dozen government agencies- now why would this be true if these organizations are spending millions on securing their systems? Why?? Poor patching, misconfigured software, software flaws etc…. Many software vendors develop poorly developed software products. Microsoft does not certify their products they let the public do it for them so that they dont have to spend the money. No one can be trusted, it is your responsibility to secure your own data!!

    • What email service should I be using for things like online banking, credit cards, Amazon and Apple ID? I am currently using email provided by my ISP, but they are doing away with that soon.

  • At E3 2016, Sony officially confirmed they are working on and planning on releasing the new successor to the PlayStation 4, the much coveted PS5, in the 2017 holiday season. This one isn’t an April Fool’s joke. […]

    • I’ve never seen the word ‘however’ used so many times in one article.

      • I agreed and have updated the article accordingly. Thank you for your feedback!

  • Before this recent upgrade, and since craigslist had decided to eliminate html images from the site, users have been stuck showing and viewing small resized 600×400 pictures. However, craigslist got a nice upgrade […]

  • There’s your problem right there. Sell that overpriced inferior Alienware while there is still a market of people silly enough to buy it from you, and build a PC for 1/10th of the cost that is 100 times more powerful.

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  • Hi KB, no, “prohibited” does not mean “hide”. When you click “prohibited”, it flags the message as spam. Since you thought it was spam, it only makes sense to hide it as well, so that is why craigslist adds it to hide automatically whenever you flag it as spam. You can always unhide if for some reason you really wanted to see the spam listings…[Read more]

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  • So I picked up another PS4 today after returning my first one last year when it had no DLNA, because PS4 now has DLNA support. However, I was very disappointed to discover how bad the DLNA is on the PS4.

    Let’s […]

  • If you haven’t already heard, Sony officially released a statement saying that today, October 9th, PlayStation 4, the highly desired upgrade to the PlayStation 3, has gotten its first official price d […]

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  • Craigslist got a major update today, that now allows you to hide listings from the search and automatically hides posts you have flagged, with the option to undo the hiding of the post if desired. This is a great […]

    • They do not, you need to re-click that link in the bottom right corner that says “show/hide hidden listings”. You must have clicked that and forgot about it. Click that and the hidden ones will disappear.

    • Hi KB, no, “prohibited” does not mean “hide”. When you click “prohibited”, it flags the message as spam. Since you thought it was spam, it only makes sense to hide it as well, so that is why craigslist adds it to hide automatically whenever you flag it as spam. You can always unhide if for some reason you really wanted to see the spam listings that you flagged.

    • Their post will not be removed unless many people flag it. So just one person accidentally clicking prohibited is not really going to impact the seller much, don’t worry.

    • Craigslist recently updated their “hide” feature and I also noticed it is not always working on multiple posting when trying to hide on the map. This is a bug on craigslist, so there’s nothing we can do until craigslist fixes this bug. I agree it’s quite annoying and craigslist needs to fix this issue ASAP.

    • Notice next to the red X it says something like “5 hidden”. This means this is how many posts you have hidden. If you click it, it will show ONLY the posts you hid. Click again to go back to normal with your hidden posts hidden.

    • Hi owner that needs help,

      Did they said they saw the reviews on craigslist and not yelp?
      If craigslist, you can find the views by just searching for your own apartments on craigslist.
      One you find it, you can flag, but no guarantees it will be removed. However, it is probably breaking the TOS of craigslist so you can go into craigslist support forums and post it there, and an admin might remove it, but be aware that there is no guarantee it will ever be removed.
      Lastly you can contact craigslist abuse over the web form and post the link to the post and a brief description of why the post should be removed. Still, no guarantees.
      Please be aware you will never be able to contact craigslist by phone. Unfortunately there is absolutely no way.

    • You unhide hidden ads by clicking in the top right of the page.

    • Why does c/l allow photos in personal ads?  Disallowing it would eliminate all the smut in there, it’s awful and offensive posts rarely get deleted.  What does only inevitably gets reposted.  Some people are just plain sick!

    • Once a post is flagged off the site showing the error “flagged for removal”, the ad has been removed from craigslist due to enough people flagging it and will not ever be coming back.

    • Click the “prohibited” link in the top left of the page when clicking an ad.

    • Hi John, I found the hidden post feature doesn’t work on different computers. If I hide one post on one computer with one account, the post is not hidden if using the same account but different computer. Any idea how to solve the issue? Thanks, Will

      • This is because craigslist stores these settings in the localstorage area of your browser, not in your account. It is a browser cookie.

    • It only hides for you.

    • You have to click on the red icon in the top right, then it will show only your hidden posts, then you remove from hidden then go back by pressing back in your browser.

    • Hi, actually every time you flag an ad it also hides it. So you flagged 14 ads. If an ad is hidden then it is only hidden for that person, it still shows for everyone else.

    • You can’t take them down but you could take them to court and have the court order them to stop using your phone number as well as have the courts force craigslist to take down existing ads with your phone number not posted by you.

    • You were ghosted for overposting likely. This has nothing to do with this hidden feature.

    • delete all your cookies, including the super cookies. This will unhide everything, and delete all your saved searches and favorites too.

    • This is because craigslist stores these settings in the localstorage area of your browser. You are automatically deleting all your cookies, or using private sessions, so, they cannot store your setting. Every time your browser is closed, it deletes all settings websites store in your browser. Shut that feature off if you want websites to be able to store your preferences indefinitely.

    • If you log into your account, it does save your trashed items forever. If you are not logged in, there would be no way for craigslist to know you wanted it trashed after you cleared your browser cache. So log in before you trash items if you want to keep it trashed forever.

    • I’m not sure how many. Yes I know about the evil craigslist flaggers, some evil businesses do it to kill their competition also.

    • Hi! This is Sharif from Bangladesh. From yesterday approximately 5:30pm EST no posts are going live till now, renew ads, flagging also not working. So many posters are facing this flagging issue. Can anybody let me know why it’s happening and when it will be fixed?

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    In this bulletin today, Twitch stated, “We […]

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