If you are anything like me, you waited until the last minute to do your Christmas shopping. What does a person get for their non-tech savvy friends, or in my case, my parents. Luckily, there are a number of FREE tools out there to reduce your tech support calls from mom. For me, the biggest problem is location. My parents live in Chicago while I rest my head in Denver, leaving me to handle all tech inquiries remotely. For those in a similar situation, have no fear – there’s TeamViewer. TeamViewer connects to any computer, be it Linux, Mac, Windows orthe iPhone. You can use it to remote control a computer or transfer files. It’s browser based and is 256bit encrypted. Oh and it’s FREE for noncommercial use.
What’s next in this holiday stocking stuffer? Ah yes, a backup solution! You can’t always rely on your parents to do the right thing when malware hits (and you know you can count on them to not have a backup)! There two great options out there; DropBox or Mozy. I personally prefer DropBox because if the need arises, I can log in with their accountinformation and share any files needed. For my parents, 2GBs of free space is plenty!
Last but not least, they will need some sort of security for their passwords. Most non-technical users seem to struggle in this area. It seems with the number of passwords needed in the online realm, they want something easy to remember and quick to type, even though it’s not the most secure solution.
To help meet them on middle ground, we like to promote LastPass, which you may remember from this article. LastPass allows you to create one Master Password, allows automatic form filling, one click login, password encryption as well as the ability to upload them to LastPass for backup and shared use across browsers. You can also securely share passwords as well as have LastPass generate them for you, storing them securely don’t have to remember it for every login.
Where there you go folks, 3 apps that will make anyone appreciate the time you take to secure their data.
Happy Holidays from all of us at Greystone!