Friday, 24 April 2015

5 Ways Lastpass Makes You More Secure On The Internet

The benefits of using a password manager far outweigh the potential cons.
Here's 5 ways that Lastpass makes you more secure.

Source: Pixabay, Public Domain
Too many people are still trying to remember passwords in their head, or on paper.

Are you one of them?

You may feel more secure, perhaps you don't want to entrust your precious passwords to a password manager.

However, you are likely a lot less secure than you think.

While no system is perfect, any password manager worth its salt will have multiple ways of keeping you safe.

Not only that, but it will prevent many common mistakes you might make, when relying on just your memory.

In this post I will outline 5 reasons why Lastpass, my favoured password manager, makes you more secure.

Read on to find out more.

Monday, 20 April 2015

DualShock 4 Review

The Dualshock 4, the flagship controller for the Playstation 4, shows that gaming can be fun, innovative and comfortable, all in one neat package.

PS4 Dualshock 4

The Dualshock 4
The Dualshock 4 controller is, in my opinion, the best way to play games I have come across in the 30-odd years I've been doing so.

Now I know that many PC gamers will beg to differ, particularly where it comes to RTS games.

These often require a degree of accuracy that a controller just cannot handle.

However, as good as a mouse and keyboard can be for the mechanics of gaming, they are terrible when it comes to ergonomics.

The Dualshock 4 (DS4) is perfect for gamers like me, who get, or want to prevent, aches and pains in upper limbs and/or digits.

The DS4 also gives us a set of meaningful additions, which really do add to it's overall value.

Read on to find out more.

All photos source: me, CC-BY 3.0

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes PS4 Review

Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes proves that there’s still vitality and innovation in the stealth game genre.

All images copyright Konami, Fair use

I Hate(d) Stealth Games Like Ground Zeroes

If you had asked my opinion on the genre some time back, I would have said, “I hate stealth games”.

I had tried out one or two in my time, including one Metal Gear Solid game (I forget which one) and some of the Splinter Cell series.

But I never really had enough patience for them.

I found the controls weren’t always the best.

There were often odd layouts, or strange button combinations required for seemingly basic functions.

The propensity of some of these games to penalise you, or flat-out restart a level, just for getting spotted, meant they soon went back to the store.

Lest stealth fans recoil in terror, you may be pleased to hear that I have changed, albeit slowly.

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Lastpass Free Password Manager - Getting Started

You want to use a password manager and you're ready to download it. What do you do next?

Download Lastpass Password Manager

Keep those passwords safe
Geralt, Public Domain, via Pixabay
So, you've finally decided to get serious about your online security and start using a password manager?

Well, you can't go wrong with Lastpass.

Ok now, I'll admit I'm biased towards Lastpass, but that's because I'm a very happy "pro" user.

If you haven't read my previous article on why you should use a password manager, then go read it first and come back when you've finished there!

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Xbox Versus PS4 Comparison

Why I Switched Platform

As gamers make the switch from one generation of consoles to another, many of them are also switching allegiance from one technology company to another.

In the new era of gaming, will you prefer Xbox or Playstation?

From Xbox To PS4

Playstation Defectors
Playstation and Xbox Booth
Source: Gage Skidmore, CC-BY 2.0, via Flickr

I recently read an article, stating that at least a third of new Playstation 4 owners have switched from the Xbox console, as they made the transition from the last to the next generation of gaming.

I'm one of those switchers and so far, I'm very happy to report that the PS4 does everything I expected of it, and more.

I have read one or two reviews by people who migrated the other way, but on the whole, there do seem to be more folk going from Microsoft to Sony, in the current console mash up.

This made me ask the question, why is this happening?

The two machines aren't massively divergent, being based on similar PC-style hardware, but they are pitched at two quite different audiences.

Here's why I made the switch.

Monday, 15 December 2014

Why Everyone Should Use A Password Manager, Like Lastpass

Lastpass remembers your passwords for you and gives you the best of both worlds - security and convenience.

Keep Your Password Safe: Security Or Convenience?

Padlock, via Pixabay
Remember when you first signed up to Amazon or Facebook?

As for many other website, you had to choose a password.

Do you remember it?

Even if you do, what about all the other sites you signed up to since then?

Well, if you can't remember every password in your "list", then it's time to stop trying.

Monday, 17 November 2014

Migrate To Mac With Parallels For Mac

How a 30-year PC pro, used Parallels Desktop for Mac to migrate from PC, in just 1 day (more or less).

Transferring files from the PC to the Apple desktop was easy peasy, but what to do with Windows programs?

What about MS Office, or those programs that don't exist in the Mac ecosystem?

Why Migrate To Mac?

"My new iMac", by Kansir, CC-A 2.0, via Flickr
Once upon a time in a small town south west of London, I received an iMac from a friend.