Mobile applications “Apps” and tools are great, aren’t they? Mobile applications that make our lives easier, and help us make time feel like it is going just a bit faster when we are waiting at the doctor’s office, or in line for our favorite coffee. Which apps and tools should you use to help keep your life, computer and professional world safer and more secure? We’ve got the answer, and it is direct from our techs, the team that has a passion for keeping themselves, and others, safe in the online world.
If you love to travel internationally, our tech, Arnold, recommends checking out Mobile Passport. This app can cut your customs and border wait time from around one hour to 5-10 minutes. And, if you are traveling
with family, or a big group, that saved time can mean more fun, and less stress all around. The app is free and is applicable at three cruise ports and 25 airports. There are four steps to set up the app, which includes setting up your profile, answering a few questions, submitting to Customs & Border Patrol and following the Mobile Passport Control signs within your location. The added bonus is that you are able to set-up profiles for your entire family, which absolutely comes in handy!
How many passwords do you have? And how many do you remember? If you are like us, you have created more passwords than you can count, and remember only those that you use most often. The others that always leave your mind when you need them. Our techs can relate, and use a password vault to avoid that situation. Audrey, Stephen T., and Jonathan have a few suggestions for you to check out:
Two factor authentication (2FA) helps you protect yourself while online, and since we are all online a lot, an app focused on 2FA can save you time and keep you protected. One of our techs, Kyle, likes Authy. This mobile application goes beyond passwords and helps protect you from hackers that like to take over your accounts, like Facebook and Gmail. It’s a free app, and can really help keep you protected, and can help prevent those unwanted spam emails from being sent from your email account!
If you’re like us, you are probably on Wi-Fi a lot, perhaps nearly all the time! If you are, it’s worth checking out WiFiman. A free app that basically helps you find the least crowded channel for your Wi-Fi access point, let’s you run speedtests and analyze the devices connected to your current Wi-Fi connection. It basically checks to determine the fastest Wi-Fi option for you. And faster Wi-Fi means being able to complete work (or access games) faster.
Our tech, Keith, has been using OneNote more and more lately. OneNote is a digital notebook. You’re able to keep all your ideas, thoughts and info in one place and take it with you….you know, without the paper notebook. OneNote can help you organize your thoughts, draw out ideas or write notes, record audio notes for yourself and share notebooks with others. And, OneNote comes with Office Lens, which is the built-in camera within OneNote. If you happen to be jotting notes down on a whiteboard (or a regular notebook), for example, you can take a picture, crop or enhance the photo and add it to your OneNote notebook. You are also able to save that picture as a PDF and share it with others.
OneNote is included with Office 365, which David recommends using in your professional life. It includes the suite of Office products in one place. And, if you’ve used a Microsoft product in the past, like Word, you’ll have no trouble adapting to Office 365. Plus, there are a few more bells and whistles, which are extremely helpful!
Speaking of bells and whistles, check out Microsoft Flow. This tool connects your favorite apps to each other and can automate tasks for you. Flow is an impressive tool, that can handle a lot but can also be a bit overwhelming
The team also wanted to share a few other tips and tricks that aren’t apps or tools but can save you some time. What can we say, when we start sharing info, we like to share as much as possible!
Take a Shortcut: Michael’s favorite short cuts are:
Yes, we know that was a lot of information. Ask our tech team about mobile applications “apps” and tool recommendations, they get to talking. Not only because they like what they are using, but they want to help our customers save time and stay safer online. We’re happy they shared and hope you find value in a few of these tips too!