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Forgot Password?

We’ve all forgotten passwords and have looked in earnest for a “forgot password” link. The link usually asks for your email address and then sends you an email with a link to recover or reset your password. Thank goodness for that.

But, what if you forget your email password or — as sometimes happens — your devices suddenly reject the password you’ve been using for years?

Your email provider can’t send you an email link because presumably you can’t get to your inbox. Now you are faced with trying to answer security questions you don’t remember. Ugh.

Email providers are trying to streamline the password reset process. Help them help you.

Most email providers ask you for an alternate email address or a mobile phone number. If you provide at least one of these, the email provider will send either the reset link to the alternate email address (make sure you give them one you can access!) or a text to your mobile phone. These are the simplest ways to reset your email password.

Share this information with your email provider. Don’t forget!

Saving Favorites

Whether your saved websites are called “Bookmarks” or “Favorites,” you can quickly add more sites to your list with this computer keyboard shortcut: “ctrl d” on Windows or “command d” on a Mac.

Try it:

  1. Find a web page you’d like to add to your list of bookmarks/favorites.
  2. Hold down the “control” key (Windows) or “command” key (Mac) and then press the “d” key. A dialogue box will appear.
  3. Type in a title for your site (or keep the existing title) and choose whether you’d like to add the site to the Bookmark/Favorite Bar or Bookmark/Favorite Menu.
  4. Click “Add.”

Saving Emailed Pictures

If you wish to save a picture you received in an email, do you download the picture or just save the email.

I recommend that you download the picture into your computer rather than just save the email. To be extra sure you don’t lose the picture, you can do both.

When you download a picture to your computer, you “own” the picture separate and apart from the email. You can edit it, upload it to another site, put it in an album, organize it with your other pictures, and print it, etc. Be sure to backup all of your pictures to an external source — either an external hard drive or offsite.

When you save the email to save the picture, you must open the email before you can open the picture attachment. You can print the picture but you can’t upload it anywhere, put it into a picture book, or save any edits until you save the picture. In addition, you will lose the picture if you accidentally delete the email, or you lose access to your email account. An upside to saving the picture by saving the email, is that if your computer fails, your email (and picture) are saved on the email server.

I would not depend on your email server to keep the only copy of your favorite pictures. The email account of a friend of mine who only kept her pictures in her email folders was hacked and her saved emails were deleted. She lost some pictures she’d like to have back.

Take care of the pictures your friends and family send you.

iPhone and iPad Tricks

A friend forwarded me some really great iPhone and iPad tricks. She said, “I’m sure you know all of these but I’m sending them anyway.”

As it turns out, I didn’t know all of them (and some are really cool).

How many do you know?

click here –> iPhone and iPad Tricks

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