A newspaper article on the subject of identity theft mentioned a traveler whose information was stolen while he was using a Wi-Fi network at an airport. The article went on to discuss how the person now uses some type of additional security that requires eTokens to authenticate passwords. What is an eToken, and is it something I should consider?An eToken is a device that plugs into a USB port on your computer. It is designed to hold a public key security certificate, an electronic certificate that uniquely identifies an individual. Think of an eToken as an electronic identification card that is completed or enabled when you enter your password. The eToken is about the size of a house key and can be kept on your key ring for easy misplacement.eTokens have been around for a number of years and never really caught on other than in a few corporate and college environments. The eToken industry was somewhat tarnished early on when a number of eToken scams appeared on the scene. I don't use eTokens, I don't know anybody else who uses them, nor are eTokens particularly necessary, in my opinion, so it's ultimately an individual decision whether to use them.For more information, one of the leading eToken providers is SafeNet with their eToken PASS product, at bit.ly/QghLqI.Whenever I call a company for tech support for a program, they always ask what version I'm using and I never know what to tell them. Is there an easy way to find out version numbers so I don't sound like a dummy?There sure is: To check the version number in any Windows program, click Help > About (Program Name).How do I uninstall apps on my phone?Apps that you no longer use, or that you took for a test spin and ultimately decided not to keep, are taking up Home screen and storage space. Rather than risk neighbors gossiping about your obsession with apps, engaging in periodic app purging is a good idea and easy to do: Simply tap and hold any app icon you would like to uninstall until it begins to jiggle.Press the small X that appears in the upper left-hand corner of the icon. The words Delete App will appear. Tap the Delete button to remove the App and its associated data from your device. Press the Home screen button to return to your main screen.Mr. Modem publishes "Ask Mr. Modem!" each week, featuring PC tips, tricks and plain-English answers to your questions by email. For more information, visit www.MrModem.com.
Mr. Modem's sites of the week
Awkward Family Photos
The name of this site says it all. Love it!
This site is fascinating in an "I hate these people" kind of way. It appears to be a bit dated since the first photo is of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver's happy home. For most of us, this is the closest we're ever going to get to any of these palatial spreads without the word "stalking" being involved.
Goal For It!
Here you will find a variety of free tools to help people/losers of all ages focus on their strengths and abilities to reach their goals. No, seriously. With the Goal Tracker, you can set a goal, create an action plan and measure your progress, if any. Set your goals as private or share them with others to benefit from the full force and motivational effect of public humiliation. You can also create a Daily Goal Chart to monitor and track daily progress, should there be any. To Do lists let you better organize and manage your daily tasks and help avoid all-too-common WSS, or wheel-spinning syndrome.