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Key Ring App

Do you have plastic “loyalty card” tags (Kroger, PetSmart, CVS, etc.) hanging from your key ring? Do you use them when you shop? If yes, you might like Key Ring, the app that stores the card information in your phone.

Download the app onto your smartphone from the Apple Store (iPhone) or the Google Play Store (Android). Then use the app to scan and label the barcode on each tag. When you are at Kroger, for example,  open the Key Ring App to the Kroger Card and allow the cashier to scan the barcode right on your smartphone. Done.

The Key Ring app is free. When you open it for the first time you will be asked if you wish to create an online account.

If you choose to create an online account, you will specify a username and password and the app will store your barcode information in your phone and online. If you ever need to replace your phone, you can sign into your account and all of your barcode information will re-load.

If you choose not to create an online account, you do not need a username or password but your barcode information will only be stored in your phone (and not also online). If you need to replace your phone, you will need to re-scan each of your loyalty cards. (So even if you take them off of your key ring, don’t throw them away!)

For more information about this app, as well as links to the different app stores, click here:

Calling All Viruses!?

This happens all too often: the caller on the phone tells you that he (or she) has detected a virus on your computer and, for a fee, he will access your computer and clean out the virus. And you let him!!!! At best, you lose the money that you pay him. At worst, he has both your credit card number and access to personal data on your computer.

This is a scam. Hang up as soon as you realize this is the purpose of the call.

A few notes:

  • Microsoft is not calling you (did you ever try to call them; it’s impossible to get them on the phone!)
  • Even if the caller says he is “Microsoft Certified,” you have no way to verify that, even if there is such a thing.
  • Other tech companies are not calling you either.
  • I’ve had people tell me that they have been called about their Microsoft computers having a virus … and they don’t even have a Microsoft computer.
  • If you don’t answer the call, they never leave a voice mail message for you.

I am sad that scammers pray on our fear of computer viruses. There are legitimate ways to determine if your computer has a virus and legitimate ways to remove viruses, but none of them starts with someone calling you out of the blue.

Please don’t be the next victim!

Sleep Timer

I love the “sleep timer” on my TV. I set it to the number of minutes I want the TV to stay on and I fall asleep knowing the TV will shut itself off.

Did you know your smart device has (or can have) a “sleep timer” too? Set it to turn off your music, podcasts, and audiobooks so they don’t stay on all night.

On the iPhone and iPad, the feature is built in. On the Android phones, it’s a free app.

iPhone and iPad 

  • While you have music playing, tap on the “Clock” icon on the home screen
  • Tap the “Timer” tab at the bottom
  • Move the tumblers to set the hours/minutes you wish the device to stay on
  • Tap the line that says “When timer ends” (iPhone) or the “musical note” icon between the “Start” and “Pause” buttons (iPad)
  • Scroll to the bottom of the list
  • Tap  “Stop Playing”

Android Devices

  • From the Google Play store, download the free “SleepTimer” app
  • Open the App from the Home screen
  • Set the number of minutes you wish the audio to stay on
  • Tap “Start”

Your “Sleep Timer” is set.

Sweet dreams!