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Google 2-Step Verification

Why you need it ?

It’s easier than you think for someone to steal your password

Any of these common actions could put you at risk of having your password stolen:

  • Using the same password on more than one site
  • Downloading software from the Internet
  • Clicking on links in email messages

2-Step Verification can help keep bad guys out, even if they have your password.


Imagine losing access to your account and everything in it

When a bad guy steals your password, they could lock you out of your account, and then do some of the following:

  • Go through – or even delete – all of your emails, contacts, photos, etc.
  • Pretend to be you and send unwanted or harmful emails to your contacts
  • Use your account to reset the passwords for your other accounts (banking, shopping, etc.)
How it works ?

Signing in to your account will work a little differently

Keep sign-in simple

During sign-in, you can choose not to use 2-Step Verification again on . From then on, that computer will only ask for your password when you sign in.

You’ll still be covered, because when you or anyone else tries to sign in to your account from , 2-Step Verification will be required.

How it protects you
Your password 2-Step Verification

An extra layer of security

Most people only have one layer – their password – to protect their account. With 2-Step Verification, if a bad guy hacks through your password layer, he’ll still need your phone or Security Key to get into your account.

Sign in will require something you know and something you have

With 2-Step Verification, you’ll protect your account with something you know (your password) and something you have (your phone or Security Key).


Verification codes made just for you

Codes are uniquely crafted for your account when you need them. If you choose to use verification codes, they will be sent to your phone via text, voice call, or our mobile app. Each code can only be used once.

See Features to learn about backup options for times when your phone is not available.



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How to Get to Safe Mode in Windows 10

In Windows 10, many troubleshooting processes require you to enter into Safe Mode before resolving your issues. You can get to Windows 10 Safe Mode in two different ways.

If the operating system is able to boot successfully and allows you to log on to your computer with an administrator account, entering into Windows 10 Safe Mode should be easy (and so would rectifying the issue). If you are able to log on to the Windows with an administrator account, the OS has no startup related issue and you can get to the Safe Mode by following the instructions below:

  1. Log on to the Windows 10 computer with any administrator account.
  2. Once on the desktop screen, press the Windows + R keys simultaneously on the keyboard.
  3. In the available field of the opened Run command box, type MSCONFIG and press Enter.
  4. From the System Configuration box, go to the Boot tab.
  5. Under the Boot options section, check the Safe boot checkbox.
  6. Click OK, and when prompted, click Restart to start Windows 10 in Safe Mode. Alternatively you can also click the Exit without restart button to continue working with the OS, and allow Windows 10 to boot in safe mode the next time the computer starts.

On the other hand, if Windows 10 doesn’t boot properly or no longer allows you to log on with an administrator account, you can enable the legacy Advanced Boot Options menu that allows you to press F8 upon statup. It will display the additional boot options from which you can get to the safe mode in Windows 10.
You can enable the Advanced Boot Options menu by following the below instructions.

  1. Power on your PC.
  2. Use the appropriate key(s) to enter into the BIOS setup.
  3. Configure your PC’s BIOS to use CD/DVD drive as the first boot device.
  4. Insert the Windows 10 bootable disc, save the BIOS settings, and restart the computer with the Windows 10 DVD.
  5. On the first displayed screen, click Next, and then click Repair your computer from the next box.

  6. From the Choose an option window, go to Troubleshoot > Advanced options > Command Prompt.

  7. In the opened command-line interface, type C: and press Enter.
  8. Once the first commend executes successfully, type BCDEDIT /SET {DEFAULT} BOOTMENUPOLICY LEGACY command and press Enter.

    Note: The above command enables the legacy Advanced Boot Options menu that you can access by pressing the F8 key during the computer startup. To disable this, you can follow the above steps, and use the BCDEDIT /SET {DEFAULT} BOOTMENUPOLICY STANDARD command instead and press Enter.
  9. In the command line-interface itself, this time type EXIT and press Enter.
  10. Eject the inserted Windows 10 bootable disc.
  11. Back on the Choose an option window, click Continue.
  12. Optionally, revert the BIOS settings back to default or set the hard disk drive as the first bootable device, and restart the computer.
  13. Once the computer shuts down and begins to restart, start pressing the F8 key repeatedly until you see the Advanced Boot Options menu.
  14. When displayed, use the arrow keys to go to (highlight) the Safe Mode option and press Enter to start Windows 10 in safe mode.

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Smartphone to the next level : Pyramid Hologram

Pyramid Hologram

Pyramid Hologram, a simple technology, you can make even in your own basement. Just prepare your smartphone, hard plastic, scissor/cutter, pen, ruler, and tape duck. Watch video below for better insight.

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a. paper (clean/white), you’ll be drawing trapezoid on it to build pyramid
b. CD case (hard plastic), transparent and colorless
c. tape
d. pen
e. smartphone
f. cutter / scissor
g. ruler

Let’s do it

1. Draw trapezoid on paper, we’ll need it as blueprint when cutting hard plastic. Mind the shape, more height is preferrable than more width

Pyramid Hologram Step #1

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2. Cut the hard plastic based on prepared trapezoid blueprint. Make 4 trapezoids which we will need to build pyramid

Pyramid Hologram Step #3

3. Tape together all 4 trapezoids into pyramid.

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4. Put pyramid on top your smartphone and play specific designed videos. You can find these videos by searching “video for pyramid hologram” keyword.

Pyramid Hologram Step #5

Turn off light for better view

Pyramid Hologram

Here is one self made sample.

Pyramid Hologram Miku

You can also make your own hologram videos by downloading HOLHO apps in your Android phone

Here is the list of available hologram videos you can find on youtube.

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Is antivirus software necessary for Android?

We are often asked whether antivirus apps for Android are necessary, and for good reason. Apple has tried hard to discredit Android as a virus-infested swamp of malware and there have been several high-profile Android security threats. Android has a tarnished reputation for security and viruses. But is this justified? Would Android users benefit from antivirus apps? 

Not according to Android security chief Adrian Ludwig. Just prior to the Google I/O developer conference earlier this year, Ludwig told reporters: “Do I think the average user on Android needs to install [fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”yes” overflow=”visible”][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”][antivirus apps]? Absolutely not. I don’t think 99 percent plus of users get a benefit from [anti-virus apps].” 

Ludwig also claimed that the threat posed by Android malware has been “overstated”.

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Just how real are the threats on Android? / © ANDROIDPIT

So where does this leave us? If the chief security engineer for Android says it ain’t a problem, suggesting antivirus companies are just trying to sell their products, then should we be concerned? Maybe. Security companies and antivirus app developers would respond by saying Google is simply trying to downplay the flaws in its own Play Store. But let’s back up a step.

What are Android viruses?

A virus is a type of malicious software (malware) program, the likes of which have been infecting our PCs for decades. As the Android platform has developed and became more widely used, so too has the number of potential threats to the system. Viruses don’t actually infect Android, because they don’t self-replicate, but the term gets used nonetheless.

Security reports – usually from antivirus and security companies – regularly tell us that the threats are on the rise. Whether you believe these reports or, like Ludwig, think they’re simply trying to scare you into installing an app, it’s a good idea to know as much as you can about Android viruses and where they come from.

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There are many ways that viruses or malware can get onto your phone. / © ANDROIDPIT

Where does Android malware come from?

The Google Play Store is the largest target for this type of malware and scams, because it is the mainline delivery system for content onto your phone. The sheer volume of apps uploaded (and downloaded) per day, along with the lack of comprehensive policing, makes it an easy target.

But there are plenty of other delivery mechanisms for viruses and malware. Emails with attachments – much like the ones you get on your PC – or MMSs that get automatically downloaded, hacks on popular apps such as WhatsApp, phishing scams, fake apps, APKs you’ve installed manually (outside of the Play Store) or clicking suspect download links, among others.

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Distribution of mobile malware by type. / © Kaspersky Lab

What is the risk of malware and viruses?

The security threat malware poses to your device varies. In some cases, it will simply send ads to your smartphone, which is annoying but not exactly dangerous. At other times, rogue software can imitate sites or apps you normally trust, tricking you into giving up your password or credit card details.

“Do I think the average user on Android needs to install [antivirus apps]? Absolutely not” – Android Security Engineer, Adrian Ludwig

One of the most common security risks is in apps from the Play Store that pose as reputable apps – you know the ones: they usually have the exact same name and icon as the real one.

Once installed, these sketchy ripoff apps reveal their true purpose and either send text messages to premium phone numbers, attempt to open back doors to hackers or otherwise make you and your phone more vulnerable through nefarious means. 

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You are the biggest threat: disabling security features, installing unofficial apps, etc. / © ANDROIDPIT

How do I know if I have been affected by malware?

Often you won’t be able to tell if your smartphone is under threat, or if you are about to download something potentially harmful. What’s worse is that, once you are affected, you frequently won’t even know it, unless an unusually high credit card bill comes in or your phone starts acting strangely. The dumbest thing a hacker can do is let you know you’ve been hacked, after all.

Besides installing an Android antivirus app and running a scan, there’s not much more you can do without a Masters degree in computer science. The best defense is a good offense, though, so the best approach is to have good habits in the first place. Fortunately, when a malware scandal is big enough, the patch is usually widely known and applied.

However, you’re arguably at more risk of losing your phone without adequate protection (lock screen security or a remote wipe option) than you are of having your phone affected negatively by a virus or malware.

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You usually won’t know you’re affected by malware until things start going wrong. / © ANDROIDPIT

What are antivirus apps?

Antivirus apps are a method of identifying threats to your handset. There are hundreds of antivirus apps available for free from the Google Play Store, and discerning which are best is difficult (AV-Test, an independent security institute, compile a league table every few months of the best antivirus apps for Android, should you be interested).

Antivirus apps for Android work in a similar way to the antivirus software you would find on your PC. Once installed, you can use them to scan the files on your phone for sneaky software you may have inadvertently downloaded, and the antivirus app will highlight any problems.

Unlike Windows or Mac-based antivirus software, however, Android antivirus apps do not automatically remove harmful software for you – you have to do this manually once they have been identified. Not all virus definitions are up-to-date and not all antivirus apps have the same features. The good news is that they quite often provide a lot of added features that can be really useful, such as backup solutions and remote wipe features.

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Premium version of antivirus apps usually come with extra features © ANDROIDPIT

How much do antivirus apps cost?

It varies. There are often free and paid-for versions of the same apps, but in most cases the vital functionality is available in the free version.

Paid or pro versions feature the same core functionality but add some of the useful additional features I mentioned above, such as remote lock and wipe, backup options, ad blocking and more.

Should I install a free security app?

Well, some people (me included) debate whether antivirus apps offer any discernable benefit to your device. These security apps cannot protect you from a lack of common sense. In fact, most of the protection they offer only comes into effect once you’ve already fallen victim to malware.

Most of the protection antivirus apps offer only comes into effect once you’ve already fallen victim to malware

The vast majority of malware is gleaned from the Google Play Store, but many of the simple security risks can be avoided just by being sensible (you may already be aware of these if you read my article on app permissions). Likewise, don’t install unverified APKs from outside Google Play, be wary of attachments from email addresses you don’t trust, don’t randomly click download links and so on.

If you do choose to install an antivirus app, be aware that they commonly consume a lot of battery, take up disk space, annoy you with notifications and reduce processing speed. Naturally, how they affect your system depends on how you use them, but the vast majority of Android users will never encounter any security threats or see any need to clog up their system with antivirus apps.

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Anything you deem necessary to protect your Android is worth doing, even if only for peace of mind. / © ANDROIDPIT

So what does this all mean?

The simple truth is, thieves, hackers, bandits and hoodlums will try to exploit anything; it is inevitable that a platform with over a billion active users will become a target. Can scams, viruses trojans et al be avoided by sensible use of your smartphone? In most cases, yes. Does this mean we don’t need antivirus software? That’s really up to you to decide.

As long as you’re careful on the Play Store, downloading apps or data from known and reputable sources, you should remain protected on Android. But why risk it? Threats to Android devices are becoming more and more common. I’d even recommend downloading software just to run a scan every once in a while and then removing it again.

Regardless of whether antivirus apps are ineffective or Google is just trying to sweep a growing problem under the rug, I recommend you take any precaution you deem necessary to stay safe. The downside of installing an antivirus app is negligible. They do consume system resources, but they probably do more good than harm and if they make you feel more secure, that’s worth something.

Do you have antivirus apps on your Android? Have you ever been affected by malware? Share your experiences in the comments. 

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How To Setup a USB Flash Drive to Install Windows 10, 8, or 7

If you have a computer and would like to install Windows, you may be wondering how to do it without a clunky external DVD Drive. Today we show you how to install Windows from a USB flash drive.

Installing Windows 7, 8, or 10 from a flash drive is essentially the same as installing it from a DVD. Most of the work is setting up your flash drive so it becomes a bootable device with the OS on it. Here we will take a look at a couple of utilities that will allow you to easily create a bootable USB drive and copy Windows to it.

Note: You’ll need a minimum of a 4GB flash drive to dedicate to the installation files.

First, Download Windows USB/DVD Download Tool (for any version of Windows)

First, you’ll need to download and install the tool from Microsoft’s website, and then you’ll need to make sure that you have an ISO image of Windows 7, 8, or 10. This also works with Vista or XP, of course, but most people wouldn’t be installing those these days.

If you have issues using the tool, you might want to reformat your drive as NTFS beforehand, which you can do by right-cicking the drive icon in Windows Explorer.


Creating a USB Drive with the Windows Installer

It’s a pretty straight forward process, first browse to the location of your Windows ISO file and click Next.

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Select USB device…this also helps you burn the ISO to DVD as well if you need that option.

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Choose your flash drive and click Begin copying.

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Now just wait for the process to complete. The drive will be formatted and files copied to the flash drive.

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When the process is finished you will be able to see the files on the flash drive as you would if you opened the installation disc. Now you can start the installation on any computer that allows you to boot from a USB drive.

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Update: this utility distributes adware so we’re not linking to it anymore.

If you want to transfer a Windows 7 installation disc to USB…another super easy utility to use is WinToFlash. Just follow through the straight forward wizard, and you’ll be ready to install Windows 7 from your flash drive in no time.


The neat thing about this utility is it also offers different advanced features and tasks for other versions of Windows too.


It’s as easy as choosing the location of the Windows installation disc and the USB drive. Where in this example the DVD is drive (E:) and the flash drive is (F:). They recommend to turn off your Antivirus to increase the process speed, but we had MSE running on our machine and it didn’t seem to affect performance at all.


Next, you’ll need to agree to the Windows 7 EULA and hit continue.


Now just wait until the drive is formatted and the files are transferred over to the USB drive. The amount of time it takes will vary between systems. In our test it took around 10 minutes to complete over to an 8GB flash drive.


That’s it! Now the drive is ready so you can install Windows 7 on your netbook or any other computer that supports booting from a USB drive.



WinToFlash is still in Beta and doesn’t require installation to use. Microsoft’s tool apparently became Open Sourced recently, requires installation, and a few other requirements like .NET Framework. Both of these tools are free and each one works a bit differently, so you’ll need to decide which will work best in your situation.  If you don’t want to manually create a bootable flash drive and copy the install files over, then you might want to check out these extremely simple to use utilities.

Download WinToFlash (Because there is adware in this application we’ve removed the link)

Download Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool

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