Technology http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/8130/all en-US 6 Gadgets Every Work at Home Professional Needs http://www.wisebread.com/6-gadgets-every-work-at-home-professional-needs <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/6-gadgets-every-work-at-home-professional-needs" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/female_student_000056371408.jpg" alt="Woman using gadgets every work at home professional needs" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Desk jockeying from the comfort of your home? Make your home office way more awesome with these six gadgets. They can help increase your productivity, reduce boredom, and make <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-worst-work-from-home-jobs">working from home</a> much easier.</p> <h2>1. Multi Device Keyboard</h2> <p>Need to switch from iPad to laptop, and back again without fumbling for cables or constantly restarting the Bluetooth connection? This <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00MUTWLW4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00MUTWLW4&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=5CYHDAML4NWYGBQR">multi-device keyboard</a> makes it easy &mdash; as simple as turning a dial. It's wireless and completely mobile, making it easy to move around the house or pack on business trips.</p> <h2>2. Smart Light Bulb</h2> <p>I've been on spreadsheet grinds that go so long that when I look up, the sun's set and it's dark as a cave in my office. It's time to consider switching the home office lighting to the new <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00TJ4WMZE/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00TJ4WMZE&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=PXVTF3FRNDVCHGYE">GE Wink</a>, which can be controlled by both your home dimmer and from anywhere with a smartphone app. Try one in your office and one in the living room, so you can brighten, dim, or turn off the light without having to leave the desk.</p> <h2>3. Bluetooth Headphones or Speaker</h2> <p>My Bluetooth speaker has been a lifechanger. When playing back a video for work, I can actually hear it without tethering myself to the computer with corded headphones. If you want a big sound for less, try the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00D6OHHEE/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00D6OHHEE&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=2VIIEZBOSHOE5DCW">Photive Bluetooth speaker</a>, which is by far the best value in the Bluetooth speaker market. It also holds a single charge for days.</p> <p>For those who like lush headphones, these <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00MR8Z28S/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00MR8Z28S&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=IFTL42CB5APW6QWD">Jabra Bluetooth headphones</a> are awesome. They're comfortable, have well rounded sound, and work within a decent range. You can finally enjoy work tunes and grab something from the fridge at the same time!</p> <h2>4. USB Key</h2> <p>This really handy <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00A3U7IS4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00A3U7IS4&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=QMPCHVGQGAS6MOVJ">USB stick by LaCie</a> fits onto your key ring, but it's also shaped and sized like a key! This makes it lightweight and less bulky than your current USB drive. You'll also find it very hard to fill because it holds a sizable 32GB of drive space, making this the perfect goto on-the-go USB solution.</p> <h2>5. Desk Elliptical</h2> <p>Everyone knows it now: Sitting is a disease. But even if you work from home, you probably also need to work at a desk. There are options such as the standing desk, or the treadmill desk. But, If you want to remain sitting most of the time yet keep your blood flowing (perhaps even burning some extra calories), try this <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00SIBYETQ/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00SIBYETQ&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=E2CQUHTE3LOAKWEC">under-desk elliptical</a>. It's compact, light, and easy to use. Plus, it's a great value compared to full-size home gym equipment.</p> <h2>6. Tylt Vu Charging Pad</h2> <p>This is really cool: An affordable and convenient <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00DG8NUC8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00DG8NUC8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=YY3JNJKHK5OP4BYB">home charging pad</a> that's good for any smartphone. No more misplacing cords, then scrounging for them in a hurry when your phone is at 3% battery. It's also small enough to keep on your desk and take along on business trips.</p> <p><em>What are some other gadgets you can't work from home without?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amanda-meadows">Amanda Meadows</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-gadgets-every-work-at-home-professional-needs">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-convince-your-boss-to-let-you-work-from-home">How to Convince Your Boss to Let You Work from Home</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-essential-tools-for-telecommuting">5 Essential Tools for Telecommuting</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-important-signs-that-your-job-sucks">10 Important Signs That Your Job Sucks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-warning-signs-that-it-is-not-the-job-for-you">6 Warning Signs that It Is Not the Job for You</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-things-to-do-before-your-first-day-at-a-new-job">5 Things to Do Before Your First Day at a New Job</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career Building Technology freelancing gadgets home office telecommute work work from home Mon, 29 Jun 2015 09:00:13 +0000 Amanda Meadows 1467957 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Laptop Cases http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-laptop-cases <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-laptop-cases" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/coworkers_laptop_000029625544.jpg" alt="Coworkers using best laptop cases" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>A laptop or tablet can be a large investment for any individual to make. To get the most from your investment, it is crucial that you protect it properly. Look for a durable option with tough fabric, sturdy hardware, and ample protection for your computer.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s also important to find something that feels comfortable to you. Look for a bag with comfortable straps, adequate padding, and the right fit. There are specific cases designed for each laptop size because this allows the computer to fit snugly in the case, without being too tight.</p> <h2>What Is a Laptop Case?</h2> <p>A laptop case can perfectly protect, transport, and store your laptop. It can protect your laptop both while you are at home, and while you are traveling. With the right case, featuring protective laptop compartments and organizational slots for your other everyday essentials, you can get out of the house and to your morning meeting quickly.</p> <h2>Top 5 Laptop Cases</h2> <h3>AmazonBasics 17.3-Inch Laptop Bag</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00LU7B8X0/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00LU7B8X0&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=BFFP5JFALARQN4ZO"><img src="/files/fruganomics/u5171/amazonbasics.jpg" width="250" height="214" align="right" alt="" /></a>As Amazon&rsquo;s #1 best seller in laptop and netbook computer sleeves and slipcases, the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00LU7B8X0/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00LU7B8X0&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=BFFP5JFALARQN4ZO">AmazonBasics 17.3-Inch Laptop Bag</a> is perfect for carrying laptops up to 17.3&rdquo;. This slim, compact case has both a handle and a detachable padded shoulder strap for comfort and carrying ease. The convenient case features three sections accessible from the outside, as well as multiple organizers within the bag. The roomy padded interior features a separate space to hold your laptop without unnecessary bulk. There are also multiple accessory storage pockets for things like your portable mouse, mp3 player, cell phone, cables, and pens, so you can easily organize all of your essentials and quickly grab them when you need them.</p> <p>With nearly 5,000 Amazon reviews to date, the extraordinary customer feedback proves that this is the ideal slim shoulder bag to protect and transport your electronics. This is also backed by an AmazonBasics 1-Year Limited Warranty for your added satisfaction.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00LU7B8X0/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00LU7B8X0&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=BFFP5JFALARQN4ZO"><em>Currently $16.49 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Case Logic 15.6-Inch Laptop Case</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007AB9JK4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B007AB9JK4&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=I25ODRYGZFZU22AT"><img src="/files/fruganomics/u5171/caselogic%2015.jpg" width="250" height="220" align="right" alt="" /></a>As Amazon&rsquo;s #1 best seller in laptop and netbook computer briefcases, the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007AB9JK4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B007AB9JK4&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=I25ODRYGZFZU22AT">Case Logic 15.6-Inch Laptop Case</a> is designed for function and comfort. The clamshell design allows the case to open completely for full access to your laptop. There is both a neoprene-lined, padded handle and a removable strap with an anti-slip shoulder pad for carrying ease.</p> <p>The tailored case is ideal for protecting and transporting your 15.6&rdquo; laptops or smaller electronics. The protective laptop compartment walls provide extra protection and the interior adjustable strap secures the laptop inside its compartment. The slip pocket keeps documents separated from other items in your bag. The front pocket panel provides basic organization for small daily accessories and a wide base for bulky items, like your cords. While it is very sturdy, many reviewers noted how light it is to carry.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007AB9JK4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B007AB9JK4&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=I25ODRYGZFZU22AT"><em>Currently $19.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>AmazonBasics Laptop Backpack</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00EEBS9O0/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00EEBS9O0&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=EOW25VXUJ4OXFUEJ"><img src="/files/fruganomics/u5171/amazonbasics%20backpack.jpg" width="174" height="250" align="right" alt="" /></a>As Amazon&rsquo;s #1 best seller in laptop and netbook computer backpacks, the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00EEBS9O0/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00EEBS9O0&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=EOW25VXUJ4OXFUEJ">AmazonBasics Laptop Backpack</a> is roomy, sturdy, and made of quality materials. It features various compartments, allowing you to organize all of your essential items. You&rsquo;ll find a padded sleeve to comfortably protect a notebook computer up to 17&rdquo;, as well as a smaller pouch for a tablet. There are also side mesh water bottle pockets and various organizational compartments for small electronics, keys, and anything else you need to get out of the house in the morning. There is also a mesh compartment on the left shoulder strap, which provides convenient access to your most important items, such as your cell phone.</p> <p>The padded backrest and adjustable, heavily padded shoulder straps make the backpack comfortable to wear, even when loaded up with all your items. There is also a padded handle on top for carrying ease. The bag can also be expanded or zipped on the side to make it smaller. This is backed by an AmazonBasics 1-Year Limited Warranty for your peace of mind.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00EEBS9O0/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00EEBS9O0&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=EOW25VXUJ4OXFUEJ"><em>Currently $29.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Samsonite Classic Three Gusset Lg Toploader</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004AB4YWA/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B004AB4YWA&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=SMKI65VQN4XPB6RM"><img src="/files/fruganomics/u5171/samsonite.jpg" width="250" height="169" align="right" alt="" /></a>As Amazon&rsquo;s #1 best seller in laptop and netbook computer messenger bags, the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004AB4YWA/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B004AB4YWA&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=SMKI65VQN4XPB6RM">Samsonite Classic Three Gusset Lg Toploader</a> is constructed of rugged 1680 Ballistic fabric for durability and should last you a long time. Samsonite is a trusted luggage brand and offers quality professional suitcases, bags, and other traveling items. Samsonite bags are also highly rated by both customers and independent review sites. At 12&quot; high and 17&quot; wide, this attractive Fabric/Nylon/Ballistic Weave Nylon bag offers plenty of room for your laptop and small electronics. With a padded, removable shoulder strap for convenience, wrapped bale handles for comfort, and SmartPockets to slide over the upright handles for easy mobility, this bag leaves little to be desired. The padded laptop compartment will keep your computer separated and perfectly protected, while still leaving plenty of space for other important items.</p> <p>There are tons of pockets and compartments of all sizes, for things like your phone, credit cards, pens, keys, and other essentials. There is also an easy access quick stash front pocket for all of your must-have items, making this the perfect bag for traveling. In fact, there is even a convenient slot on the back, which allows you to easily hook the bag to your suitcase.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004AB4YWA/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B004AB4YWA&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=SMKI65VQN4XPB6RM"><em>Currently $51.17 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>AmazonBasics 11.6-Inch Laptop Sleeve</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00CD8ADKO/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00CD8ADKO&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=MBHQT4DSQFYARJN7"><img src="/files/fruganomics/u5171/amazonbasics%20sleeve.jpg" width="250" height="246" align="right" alt="" /></a>As Amazon&rsquo;s #1 best seller in touch screen tablet sleeves, the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00CD8ADKO/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00CD8ADKO&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=MBHQT4DSQFYARJN7">AmazonBasics 11.6-Inch Laptop Sleeve</a> is the best option when you want to give your touch screen tablet some love. The slim design allows you to carry it on its own or place it in your bag for added protection. The form-fitting neoprene sleeve has a quick top-loading, zippered access for ultimate convenience. It provides protection from bumps, debris, and other accidents for any laptops up to 11.6&rdquo;.</p> <p>Don&rsquo;t be scared by the low price of this sleeve. Amazon has created its own brand of quality, affordable products by reducing the cost of marketing and advertising and passing the price savings onto the customer. This is also backed by an AmazonBasics 1-Year Limited Warranty for your added peace of mind.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00CD8ADKO/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00CD8ADKO&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=MBHQT4DSQFYARJN7"><em>Currently $7.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best laptop cases. As always, be sure to check <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar">Wise Bread's Buying Calendar</a> to learn when and how to buy just about anything!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-cannon">Andrea Cannon</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-laptop-cases">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-waterproof-laptop-cases">The 5 Best Waterproof Laptop Cases</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-power-banks">The 5 Best Power Banks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-ups-backup-batteries">The 5 Best UPS Backup Batteries</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-bluetooth-speakers">The 5 Best Bluetooth Speakers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/frugal-advice-for-the-gadget-addicted">Frugal Advice for the Gadget Addicted</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping Style Technology laptop bag laptop sleeve laptops product reviews Wed, 24 Jun 2015 09:00:18 +0000 Andrea Cannon 1431319 at http://www.wisebread.com 6 Cheap Ways to Ensure Your Cyber Security http://www.wisebread.com/6-cheap-ways-to-ensure-your-cyber-security <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/6-cheap-ways-to-ensure-your-cyber-security" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/tablet_security_000056477568.jpg" alt="Man using cheap cyber securty for protection" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Anyone with a computer has probably been a victim of a phishing attempt, where hackers pose as a trustworthy entity and try to get your username, password, credit card details, and other sensitive information that your mom told you never to give to anyone.</p> <p>But mom's advice isn't enough. The U.S government may be able to afford $14 billion for cyber security to protect its networks from hackers, but the rest of us can't. Here are some free and inexpensive ways to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-powerful-ways-to-protect-your-money-from-cyber-theft">keep safe online</a>.</p> <h2>1. Passwords That Go Beyond Your Dog's Name</h2> <p>Strong, unique passwords are a must-have for each site you visit, but especially for those storing sensitive personal information.</p> <p>Using your dog's name and the year you graduated from high school as a password isn't terribly secure. The website <a href="https://agilebits.com/onepassword">1Password</a> creates and stores strong passwords for you, so that you don't have to remember for each website you visit. You just need to remember the main password to enter 1Password; just don't make it a simple one your dog could remember.</p> <h2>2. Different Email Addresses</h2> <p>Use a different email address for site registration and recovery than you use for everyday email. If your regular email address is compromised, an attacker can't also reset all of your sensitive passwords.</p> <p>Whatever email system you do use, pick one with a robust spam filter to avoid phishing attacks. I'm a fan of Gmail.</p> <h2>3. Two-Step Verification</h2> <p>Set up two-step verification for Gmail and <a href="https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204152">Apple</a> to protect your accounts with your password <em>and </em>your phone. The <a href="https://www.google.com/landing/2step/%23tab=why-you-need-it">Google</a> verification requires entering a password as you normally would when signing in. Then, a code is sent to your phone via text, voice call, or through Google's mobile app. Or, a security key can be inserted into your computer's USB port.</p> <p>Once signed in, you can choose not to use two-step verification again on that computer &mdash; only your password. If someone tries to sign into your account from another computer, two-step verification will be required.</p> <h2>4. Buy an Online Security Program</h2> <p>An all-in-one online security program such as <a href="http://amzn.to/1cw8I32">Norton Security with backup</a> provides virus detection, password storage, file backup, parental controls, and firewall protection. Buying programs for those features individually is expensive, and free options may not provide the same level of threat protection.</p> <p>The parental controls are especially strong. According to a study by AV-Comparatives, the premium edition of Norton scored ahead of all other antivirus programs for overall parental controls and blocked 99% of all pornography.</p> <h2>5. Monitor Your Credit for Free</h2> <p>You can pay a credit monitoring service to alert you to any significant changes or suspicious activity on your credit report and credit cards, but you can do the same thing yourself for free.</p> <p>Your bank or credit card provider may already offer fraud alerts and other protections for free. For example, you can choose to be notified via email or text message if your credit card is used to withdraw cash or a transaction happens outside the U.S.</p> <p>Logging into your account every day and checking your account activity is another free way to monitor your credit, though that can be a lot of work.</p> <p>One of the best ways to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-free-and-low-cost-ways-to-protect-your-credit">protect your credit</a> is to get a free credit report each year at <a href="https://www.annualcreditreport.com/index.action">AnnualCreditReport.com</a>. Consumers are entitled to a free report yearly from each of the three main credit reporting agencies. Request one report every four months to cover an entire year. If you find any errors, report them to the credit bureau you got the report from immediately.</p> <h2>6. Talk to Your Kids</h2> <p>Lastly, talk to your children about the importance of staying safe online. I check out websites my daughter wants to visit before allowing her online, but it's easy to run into dangerous sites without knowing you're doing it.</p> <p>Safekids.com offers <a href="http://www.safekids.com/safety-advice-tools/">advice on online safety</a>, including how to avoid cyberbullying, parental guides for Facebook and Instagram, and recognizing when a sexual predator is manipulating children.</p> <p><em>What steps have you taken to increase your cyber security?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/aaron-crowe">Aaron Crowe</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-cheap-ways-to-ensure-your-cyber-security">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-your-computer-last-almost-forever-with-some-simple-tricks">Make Your Computer Last (Almost) Forever With Some Simple Tricks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/comparing-online-backup-services">Comparing Online Backup Services</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/book-review-network-know-how-win-a-copy">Book Review: Network Know-How (Win a Copy!)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/get-free-media-software-for-your-windows-pc">Get Free Media Software for Your Windows PC</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/phishing-scams-continue-to-plague-social-media-sites">Phishing Scams Continue to Plague Social Media Sites</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Technology computers cyber security cybertheft online scams phishing Fri, 12 Jun 2015 09:00:15 +0000 Aaron Crowe 1451220 at http://www.wisebread.com The Comprehensive Guide to Identity Theft: Everything You Need to Know http://www.wisebread.com/the-comprehensive-guide-to-identity-theft-everything-you-need-to-know <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-comprehensive-guide-to-identity-theft-everything-you-need-to-know" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/identity_theft_000050437260.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Identify theft is happening more today than ever before. As such, it is important to be educated about what you can do to avoid it.&nbsp;Most people do not know they have been affected until they try to open a new line of credit. Here is everything you need to protect yourself, and what to do if you become a victim of identity theft.</p> <p>Here are Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to help you understand more about identity theft:</p> <ol> <li><a href="#1">What is identity theft?</a></li> <li><a href="#2">How does identity theft happen?</a></li> <li><a href="#3">How big of a problem is identity theft?</a></li> <li><a href="#4">What kinds of identity theft are there?</a></li> <li><a href="#5">What are common identity theft scams?</a></li> <li><a href="#6">What laws protect me from identity theft?</a></li> <li><a href="#7">What should I do if I think I'm a victim of identity theft?</a></li> <li><a href="#8">What is a fraud alert and what does it do for me?</a></li> <li><a href="#9">What is a credit freeze?</a></li> <li><a href="#10">Why should I file an identity theft report with my local police?</a></li> <li><a href="#11">How can I protect myself from identity theft?</a></li> <li><a href="#12">Are identity theft services like Lifelock worth paying for?</a></li> <li><a href="#13">Can children be victims of identity theft?</a></li> <li><a href="#14">Where can I find more information about identity theft?</a></li> </ol> <h3><a name="1"></a>1. What is identity theft?</h3> <p>Put simply, identity theft happens when someone takes your identity without your knowledge. They use your social security number or a credit card in order to get credit, cell phones, credit cards or any other goods without your permission. The individual with your information can actually create more problems for you by doing crimes in your name.</p> <h3><a name="2"></a>2. How does identity theft happen?</h3> <p>Although many people think that identity theft is a crime that happens outside their home, the truth is that many times it happens because of a family member. The person who has the most access to your information can be a spouse or an adult child. These can be the first places to look when you experience this crime.</p> <p>Some people have this happen after their wallet or other personal information is stolen. This can happen if you make online purchases in unsecured sites or if you are tricked into responding to an Internet offer. In some types of identity theft, employees at businesses or medical facilities will be enticed to steal patient information and give it to the identity thief.</p> <p>Identity theft can also find its way to you through scams for scholarships or other things that people need. Many unscrupulous thieves will offer you something that you want and when you send them your information, they capture it to use later.</p> <p>If you use online social networking or create a profile anywhere, an individual can steal your identity using this pertinent information.</p> <h3><a name="3"></a>3. How big of a problem is identity theft?</h3> <p>There are several statistics that allow us to understand part of what is going on with identity theft. According to the 2012 National Crime Victimization Survey, it is estimated that 16.6 million people experienced personal identity fraud in 2012, with financial losses totalling $24.7 billion. It can take anywhere between a few hours and over 5,000 hours in order to get an identity back once it is stolen. About 10% spent more than a month clearing up the problems due to identity theft. The more time you need to spend to resolve the issues, the more likely you are to experience problems with work or personal relationships: of those who spent six months or more on the aftermath of identity theft, 47% experienced severe emotional distress.</p> <h3><a name="4"></a>4. What kinds of identity theft are there?</h3> <p>There are several kinds of identity theft that everyone should watch out for. Here are a few of the most popular:</p> <p><em><strong>Character Identity Theft.</strong></em> Someone pretends to be you and commits a crime. This can be someone you know or someone you do not know. The individual gives your name when they are arrested and then leaves the area. This can result in your arrest and incarceration because they have your name and your social security number in their system.</p> <p><em><strong>Theft of Your Social Security Number.</strong></em> If an individual has your social security number, they can do just about anything. The individual in this theft can get employment using your number. These wages are sent to the IRS as wages that you earned.</p> <p><em><strong>Medical Identity Theft.</strong></em> Unfortunately, this type of identity theft is on the rise. It is usually done in a doctor's office or hospital where employees have access to your records. This can also be started by a doctor within the hospital. Thieves can steal your identity and receive prescriptions or treatment in your name. Eventually, you could lose your current health coverage if this information is not geared towards you.</p> <p><em><strong>Driver's License Identity Theft.</strong></em><strong> </strong>If someone has access to your driver's license number, they can write checks in your name and they can commit crimes with their vehicle. They can also have outstanding tickets that you will not know about because you didn't commit the crime. Usually, you will not know until you fail to appear in court for the traffic violation and you are arrested.</p> <p><em><strong>Credit Identity Theft.</strong></em> The individual is able to use your social security number or other information to get services, loans or goods, and they don&rsquo;t have to pay the bills. They often go on a spending spree without your knowledge. When the bill collectors start calling, you find out that they have run up a bill that you have no idea how to approach.</p> <p>Identity theft is insidious and will creep up on the average person without knowledge and can be done over a period of years.</p> <h3><a name="5"></a>5. What are common identity theft scams?</h3> <p>One of the ways that an individual can lose their identity is through a variety of Internet scams. Some of the most common are:</p> <p><em><strong>Scam #1: Can you help me by cashing money orders?</strong></em><br /> In this scam, someone gets an email from someone who requests that you help them secure money in your country. There are many variations: Sometimes it can be someone who is sending out products and needs to have you change their money into American money. At other times it can come from a consulate who needs your help. The most current scam is coming from an &quot;American soldier in Iraq.&quot;</p> <p>This is a way to phish people's information. You give them required personal information and they can use it to do much damage.</p> <p><em><strong>Scam #2: Your Bank Needs To Update Your Information</strong></em><br /> This scam requests pertinent bank information to update your account. This often comes from a bank you have heard of but where you do not have an account. It is a major spoofing type of identity theft that gets your information easily if you are not careful. This scam allows the thief to commit credit card fraud or open credit accounts in your name.</p> <p><em><strong>Scam #3: Phishing or Spoofing Your Information</strong></em><br /> This scam involves email. You receive an email from your bank, the FBI, the IRS or any other place that the perpetrator is using. You are told some information that seems legitimate -- like you have to update your information, or the FBI is looking for something or the IRS needs you to send new information. The individual hopes that you will respond to the email with the information they requested. If you do, you have given your personal information and they can use it anywhere.</p> <p>A new version of this is to give you an email that says to call the bank to resolve an issue. When you call the number you are not on the phone with your bank but with the thieves.</p> <p><em><strong>Scam #4: The IRS Stimulus Check Update</strong></em><br /> Since most people are afraid of the IRS, this scam is one that&rsquo;s working very well. The individual receives a call from the &quot;IRS&quot; that says in order to process their stimulus check, they need to verify your social security number and your bank numbers. This is a giveaway that it is a thief because the IRS uses the information you put on the form and doesn&rsquo;t call or send email to verify.</p> <p><em><strong>Scam #5: The Corporate Executive Nightmare</strong></em><br /> This scam involves an email that is sent to a top executive in any company which states the individual has received a subpoena to appear in court about &quot;legal violations leveled against their company.&quot; In order to read the subpoena, they must install an &quot;add on&quot; to their browser. Those who do this give valuable information over to the thieves and it steals usernames and passwords.</p> <p>The point is: No one is above being scammed by identity thieves, and the scams are becoming more sophisticated. You should check scam alerts often because they change frequently. You can do this by going to the<a href="https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/scam-alerts"> Federal Trade Commission Website</a>.</p> <h3><a name="6"></a>6. What laws protect me from identity theft?</h3> <p>In 1998, Congress passed the Identity Theft and Assumption Deterrence Act (18 U.S.C. &sect; 1028.) to make identity theft a federal felony. Check with your state to see whether there is a law in your state about identity theft. The federal government will not get involved in an investigation unless the loss is substantial, but states will usually investigate the smaller ones.</p> <h3><a name="7"></a>7. What should I do if I think I'm a victim of identity theft?</h3> <p>There are several things you should do if you feel you are a victim of identity theft:</p> <p><em><strong>Step 1: Get a copy of your credit report from all three credit bureaus.</strong></em><br /> Go to <a href="https://www.annualcreditreport.com/cra/index.jsp">AnnualCreditReport.com</a> and fill out a form to request a credit report from all three credit bureaus. It is the only website that is authorized to do this for consumers.</p> <p><em><strong>Step 2: Check your credit report thoroughly for any unknown charges or accounts that you have not opened.</strong></em><br /> Make a list of any charges or accounts that are not yours and get in touch with the credit bureaus right away to have them investigate these charges. Look for any accounts you haven't opened, charges that are not yours, or companies that have made inquires about you. There may be inquiries from companies that you have never heard of -- which could be someone trying to open an account in your name. Check to make sure your names, initials or any other identifying information (like your addresses) are correct.</p> <p><em><strong>Step 3: Place a fraud alert on your credit reports.</strong></em><br /> The Federal Trade Commission suggests that you put a fraud alert on your account as soon as you suspect identity theft. Putting a fraud alert with one of the bureaus will do so for all three. They are obligated by law to contact the other two after you alert one of them, and you should receive a confirmation that it has been done. If you do not receive a confirmation from the other two, make sure you call them directly.</p> <p>Contact information for the bureaus is listed here:</p> <p><a href="https://fraud.transunion.com/"><strong>TransUnion</strong></a><br /> 1-800-680-7289<br /> TransUnion Fraud Victim Assistance Division<br /> P.O. Box 2000<br /> Chester, PA 19022-2000</p> <p><a href="https://www.alerts.equifax.com/AutoFraud_Online/jsp/fraudAlert.jsp"><strong>Equifax</strong></a><br /> 1-888-766-0008<br /> P.O. Box 740241<br /> Atlanta, GA 30374-0241</p> <p><a href="https://www.experian.com/fraud/center.html"><strong>Experian</strong></a><br /> 1-888-EXPERIAN (397-3742)<br /> P.O. Box 9532<br /> Allen, TX 75013</p> <p>Once the fraud alert is in place, the thieves can no longer open accounts in your name.</p> <p>Make sure you keep records of every phone call you make with every individual and keep track of dates, times and any correspondence.</p> <p><em><strong>Step 4: Immediately close any accounts that you feel have been tampered with or that have been opened fraudulently.</strong></em><br /> It is important to call each company and talk to someone in the fraud department. You should always follow up with them by letter and include any documentation that gives them information as to why it is fraudulent. Make sure you send any information certified with a receipt requested so you can have a record of what was sent and when it was received by the company.</p> <p>If you open new accounts on your own, use new Personal Identity Numbers (PIN) and passwords. However, don't use offshoots of your personal information like your mother's maiden name or your birthplace.</p> <p>If there are fraudulent charges, you can ask the company to send you the forms to fill out to report a fraud.</p> <p><em><strong>Step 5: File a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).</strong></em><br /> The fastest way to file a complaint with the FTC is to fill out their <a href="https://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov/">online complaint form</a>.</p> <h3><a name="8"></a>8. What is a fraud alert and what does it do for me?</h3> <p>Before you set up a fraud alert on your credit file, it is important to know what it is and what it does. When you ask for a fraud alert, the major credit bureaus will basically put a note on your account. When someone tries to open an account at a department store, a bank or other places in your name, or if they try to get a new credit card, cell phone or other credit, you would be contacted by phone.</p> <p>Under normal circumstances, if the store or lender can't get you by phone, they would not open the account. The challenge is that the creditor isn't required by law to do this, so many will ignore the rule and open the account anyway.</p> <p>Fraud alerts are a good idea anyway because from that point on, you have a record that you had placed it on a certain date. Fraud alerts are to be opened within 24 hours and you should get a confirmation. They stay on your file for 90 days, so you will have to renew it at the end of that time. You can also remove your fraud alert but it must be done in writing.</p> <h3><a name="9"></a>9. What is a credit freeze?</h3> <p>Some states let you freeze your credit so that the only way someone can use it or get access to your credit report is if you give them the ability to do so. To unfreeze the information temporarily, you will get a PIN and other information. This will not damage your credit report or your credit score. Some states let anyone do this while others only allow it if you have been a victim of identity theft.</p> <p>In most states, it is free to freeze your credit if you have been a victim of identity theft. If not, it can cost you $10. It is a good idea to check with your state to see how they handle this issue.</p> <h3><a name="10"></a>10. Why should I file an Identity Theft Report with my local police?</h3> <p>The Identity Theft Report will use the Theft Complaint Form and it will have more details than most identity reports. It will give enough detail to show to any company or lender that you have been a victim of identity theft. When you file this report, you then notify the credit bureaus and they can block fraudulent information from appearing on your report. Find out more about how you can file an Identity Theft Report at the <a href="https://www.identitytheft.gov/">FTC website</a>.</p> <h3><a name="11"></a>11. How can I protect myself from identity theft?</h3> <p>The challenge is that there is no real way to protect yourself from identity theft because it happens all the time and very quickly. You are always moving through your life by carrying some form of identification. This is why it is virtually impossible to stop it. However, there are several things you can do:</p> <ul type="disc"> <li>Don't carry your social security card in your wallet unless you are going somewhere that requires you to show your card. Make sure it is kept in a safe place at home.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Ask to have your social security number removed from checks or other items that you carry on a regular basis.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>On the back of credit cards, instead of your signature write, &quot;Check photo ID.&quot; This will insure that only the person with your ID can do the transaction.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Make copies of the fronts and backs of all your credit cards and keep this information in a safe space. If they are stolen, you have the information you need to cancel the cards.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Make sure you get your mail from your mailbox regularly and don't let it sit too long. Thieves can get great information directly from your mailbox.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Do not leave personal information in your glove compartment in your car. Take it into your house instead.</li> </ul> <h3><a name="12"></a>12. Are identity theft services like Lifelock worth paying for?</h3> <p><a href="http://www.lifelock.com/">LifeLock</a> is considered the best company of its type and has won several American Business Awards. You have heard of them because of CEO Todd Davis, who has put his social security number out on radio, television, billboards and anywhere else he can think of. The point is that he is so sure that you are protected by his company that he uses it himself.</p> <p>They put fraud alerts on your credit report every 90 days to make companies check with you before they open an account in your name. They use a proactive defense, so they stop identity theft before it happens. Other companies wait until you have the problem before they fix it. LifeLock guarantees you will be protected up to a million dollars. This makes the program well worth the money.</p> <p>Other options include software programs like <a href="https://www.identityforce.com/">IdentityForce</a>. This program searches for potentially stolen personal information online and gives you an ID health score to help you assess your risk level. If you check out other companies like LifeLock, you can probably find a review or a comparison chart on the Internet about them.</p> <h3><a name="13"></a>13. Can children be victims of identity theft?</h3> <p>Children can become victims of identity theft, and it often takes longer to find out about it. Generally, a parent or close relative takes the child's social security number to open accounts, get credit cards or obtain bank accounts. Usually, you will not know about this until the child gets older and they apply for their first credit. By then, the damage is done.</p> <p>The challenge with child identity theft is that when an application is made, no one checks the age of the applicant. This means that anyone who has access to a child's personal information can take advantage of it. You can find out more about what to do when your child has become a victim of identity theft at the <a href="http://www.idtheftcenter.org/artman2/publish/v_fact_sheets/Fact_Sheet_120.shtml">Identity Theft Resource Center</a>.</p> <h3><a name="14"></a>14. Where can I find more information about identity theft?</h3> <p>There are several ways to get more information about identity theft and identity theft protection. Here are a couple to get you started:</p> <p><a href="http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/microsites/idtheft/"><strong>The FTC's Identity Theft Site</strong></a><br /> This FTC site gives you a wealth of information. There are forms and frequently asked questions that help you in every step of the process. The FTC constantly updates their information so that you can be aware of any current scams or phishing frauds that may develop.</p> <p><a href="http://idtheft.about.com/"><strong>Identity Theft at About.com</strong></a><br /> This is a very thorough article about identity theft and it is easy to read and follow. It gives you information about identity theft protection and identifies scams and other ways that thieves steal identities. They cover aspects of identity theft that you may not think about under normal circumstances.</p> <p><a href="https://www.privacyrights.org/topics/7"><strong>Privacy Rights Clearinghouse</strong></a><br /> This is the privacy rights organization with several fact sheets on different privacy issues. They cover every known privacy action and provide fact sheets on each one. Their identity theft section is very thorough and you might want to try the other fact sheets to stay well informed.</p> <p><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Identity_theft"><strong>Wikipedia's Identity Theft Page</strong></a><br /> Wikipedia gives a general overview of identity theft and how it affects consumers. It covers issues that are not seen in other sites like financial identity theft (in a different perspective than usual) and very detailed information about how they obtain your information easily.</p> <p><a href="http://www.idtheft.gov/"><strong>IDTheft.gov</strong></a><br /> This is former President George W. Bush&rsquo;s site on identity theft. It gives a general overview about the problem and what they do. The site provides information about the task force, what it does, and talks about victim's rights.</p> <p><a href="http://money.howstuffworks.com/identity-theft.htm"><strong>&quot;How Identity Theft Works&quot; on HowStuffWorks</strong></a><br /> This is a fun site because it gives a lot of information about how identity theft works and gives you a couple videos to see as well. The videos are interesting and very comprehensive in their information. You can also click on links to take you to specific areas in the information.</p> <p><a href="http://www.idtheftcenter.org/artman2/publish/v_fact_sheets/Fact_Sheet_120.shtml"><strong>Identity Theft Resource Center's Fact Sheet on Identity Theft and Children</strong></a><br /> This is a fact sheet of information about how children are affected by identity theft. It gives a breakdown of what it is, how it happens and precautions you can take. It also includes helpful thoughts from victims.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-comprehensive-guide-to-identity-theft-everything-you-need-to-know">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-terrifying-things-that-can-happen-when-someone-steals-your-phone-and-how-you-can-protect-it">11 Terrifying Things That Can Happen When Someone Steals Your Phone (And How You Can Protect It)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-is-your-auto-reply-email-telling-people-about-you">What Is Your Auto-Reply Email Telling People About You?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/google-yourself-challenge-how-much-can-people-learn-about-you-online">Google Yourself Challenge: How Much Can People Learn About You Online?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/phishing-scams-continue-to-plague-social-media-sites">Phishing Scams Continue to Plague Social Media Sites</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/social-media-and-identity-theft-in-2010">Social Media and Identity Theft in 2010</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Technology identity theft Sat, 06 Jun 2015 17:24:27 +0000 Amy Lu 1437154 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Waterproof Laptop Cases http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-waterproof-laptop-cases <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-waterproof-laptop-cases" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/waterproof_laptop_000008856979.jpg" alt="Man using waterproof laptop case in water" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Once you have found and purchased the perfect laptop or tablet, it&rsquo;s important to keep it well protected at all times so that you can get the most from your investment. With the right case, you can protect your case in both wet and dry environments. When you are carrying something as valuable as your laptop, having the added waterproof protection can save you in unlikely storms or exposure to moisture.</p> <p>As is the case with a non-waterproof case, look for a quality item with sturdy fabric and hardware, a comfortable fit, adequate protection for your computer, and a tight seal to keep moisture away. You will want to find a case that fits your specific laptop size so that your computer can fit snugly in the case, without being too tight or flopping around.</p> <h2>What Is a Waterproof Laptop Case?</h2> <p>Whether you&rsquo;re planning a trip to the mountains, walk to work in the rain, or just want to give your laptop extra water-resistant protection, a waterproof laptop case is a great investment to make.</p> <p>A waterproof laptop case can protect your electronics from moisture, conveniently transport your computer, and store your laptop when you aren&rsquo;t using it. It&rsquo;s the perfect solution when you are traveling, dealing with rainy weather, or just want to store and protect your computer from bumps. If you don&rsquo;t want to have to buy another laptop again anytime soon, getting the right laptop case is the first step.</p> <h2>Top 5 Waterproof Laptop Cases</h2> <h3>Aqua-Quest Waterproof Laptop Macbook Pro Air PC Case with Padded Sleeve</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007I9BKD2/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B007I9BKD2&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=BEMJH56C7ZZGQKUH"><img src="/files/fruganomics/u5171/aqua%20quest.jpg" width="250" height="212" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007I9BKD2/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B007I9BKD2&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=BEMJH56C7ZZGQKUH">Aqua-Quest Waterproof Laptop Case with Padded Sleeve</a> is one of the most highly rated waterproof laptop cases by customers on Amazon and independent review sites alike. Aqua-Quest is a trusted name in waterproof items and offers products that are designed to keep your items safe and dry. This case is 100% waterproof, extremely durable, and abrasion resistant, so you can take it on any adventures.</p> <p>There is also a padded sleeve insert for added impact protection. The exterior has a water repelling surface as the first line of defense. Take comfort in the watertight closure featuring a double zip-lock seal and additional velcro flap, which still allows you to easily get the bag open when you need to.</p> <p>For everyday use, you can easily close the bag and access your items with the full width velcro flap across the top. When you are around water or in extreme weather conditions, you can use the double zip lock seal, which will protect your computer even under quick temporary submersion. There are reflective tabs and logos for visibility and it comes in red or black and is available in 13&quot;, 15&quot; &amp; 17&quot; sizes. This quality case is perfect when you are traveling or around moisture. You can also use the multi-purpose dry bag for important documents, or other valuable items that you need to keep safe.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007I9BKD2/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B007I9BKD2&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=BEMJH56C7ZZGQKUH"><em>Currently $29.00 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Everki Titan Checkpoint Friendly Laptop Backpack</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005LMWP78/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B005LMWP78&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=RVORC2VWYSNAGUIJ"><img src="/files/fruganomics/u5171/everki%20titan.jpg" width="202" height="250" align="right" alt="" /></a>As the top rated item in Amazon&rsquo;s laptop and netbook computer bags and cases, the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005LMWP78/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B005LMWP78&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=RVORC2VWYSNAGUIJ">Everki Titan Checkpoint Friendly Laptop Backpack</a> is the perfect bag for traveling. In fact, it is even checkpoint friendly and quickly opens up 180 degrees so you can get through airport security checkpoints without having to remove your device. It has all the features and accents you could ever want in a backpack, laptop case, and travel bag, all wrapped up into one. The bag is constructed of quality materials and a water-resistant weather cover to protect against dust, rain, or snow.</p> <p>The 5-point balance strap system and fully adjustable chest strap evenly distributes weight for safer, more comfortable carrying, even with a full load. There is also soft padding on the shoulder straps and deep airflow channels to improve circulation. With this bag, you can transport your laptop, electronics, and any other travel essentials you need. The spacious main storage area has large, zippered pockets, dividers, and a front compartment with plenty of storage slots. There is an ultra-soft padded laptop compartment for up to 18.4&quot; laptops, a soft fine-felt lined tablet pocket, a felt-lined top access pocket for small gadgets, and a surplus of pockets to help you organize your items.</p> <p>This also includes a separate accessories pouch for your wires, pens, and other essential accessories. This is also backed by a Limited Lifetime Warranty for your added peace of mind. This has overwhelmingly positive reviews online, as well as top mentions by independent review sites.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005LMWP78/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B005LMWP78&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=RVORC2VWYSNAGUIJ"><em>Currently $159.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Kamor&reg; Water-Resistant Neoprene Laptop Sleeve Case Bag</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00H4OWPF8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00H4OWPF8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=OLB5FSGR6SCHBBAC"><img src="/files/fruganomics/u5171/kamor.jpg" width="250" height="155" align="right" alt="" /></a>As one of the top rated waterproof laptop cases on Amazon, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00H4OWPF8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00H4OWPF8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=OLB5FSGR6SCHBBAC">Kamor Water-Resistant Neoprene Laptop Sleeve</a> comes in 11.6&rdquo;, 13.3&rdquo;, and 15.6&rdquo; options. It is also available in a number of different colors to best suit your style. It offers a snug fit for laptops and tablets up to 15.6&rdquo;. The case is made of quality materials, sturdy hardware, strong stitching, and a thick plastic zipper. The water-resistant neoprene material offers a lightweight design and superior protection from dust, shocks, bumps, scrapes, scratches, and spills.</p> <p>The slim-line design allows the case to be carried comfortably, or it can be fit in your favorite bag. The affordable case is also backed by a 12 month warranty for your added peace of mind.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00H4OWPF8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00H4OWPF8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=OLB5FSGR6SCHBBAC"><em>Currently $14.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Case Logic RBP-117 17.3-Inch MacBook Pro/Laptop Backpack with iPad/Tablet Pocket</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0055YB5IC/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B0055YB5IC&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=3RHCIR3N5C5OBWKV"><img src="/files/fruganomics/u5171/case%20logic.jpg" width="193" height="250" align="right" alt="" /></a>As one of the top rated waterproof laptop cases on Amazon, the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0055YB5IC/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B0055YB5IC&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=3RHCIR3N5C5OBWKV">Case Logic RBP-117 17.3-Inch Laptop Backpack with Tablet Pocket</a> was declared one of the top waterproof laptop cases by eBay. You&rsquo;ll enjoy full electronics capacity with integrated pockets for both a 17.3&rdquo; laptop and a tablet. The durable, water-resistant materials protect this backpack from daily wear and tear, as well as moisture and unexpected weather conditions.</p> <p>The backpack consists of sturdy nylon and high density twill, and is treated with an elastic-polyurethane. Thick foam padding covers the straps, to protect pressure points in the shoulder blades and lumbar area for ultimate comfort, and the multi-functional compression straps keep the backpack comfortable. The pockets are lined with soft, quiet polyester so you can easily get your items in and out of the bag without bothering the person next to you.</p> <p>Designed to load easily into overhead bins and small spaces, with a tapered streamlined body plus top and bottom grab handles, this is ideal for traveling. You&rsquo;ll find plenty of compartments, pockets, and storage options to perfectly separate your must-have items. And with so many compartments, you should have no problem storing everything you need for your trip. You can even store your sunglasses, phone, or plane ticket in the top-loading pocket for instant access.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0055YB5IC/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B0055YB5IC&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=3RHCIR3N5C5OBWKV"><em>Currently $68.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>CHLOROZ Neoprene Easy-Fit Smart Sleeve</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00R7UWO78/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00R7UWO78&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=K4SXUAQ6KDEHVHNJ"><img src="/files/fruganomics/u5171/chloroz.jpg" width="154" height="250" align="right" alt="" /></a>As one of the top rated waterproof laptop cases on Amazon, the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00R7UWO78/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00R7UWO78&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=K4SXUAQ6KDEHVHNJ">CHLOROZ Neoprene Easy-Fit Smart Sleeve</a> is roomy enough to fit your essentials, but will snugly protect any laptop up to 15.6&rdquo; from bumps, debris, or damage with thick cushioning. There is also a top-loading zipper, so you can easily retrieve your laptop. The case is built to last, made of quality materials, thick stitching, and plastic zippers.</p> <p>While it&rsquo;s very cushioned and soft, it&rsquo;s also lightweight, making it perfect for daily use. The sleek, simple black design will fit any style and because the case is so slim, it can be carried on its own, or stored in your bag. The sleeve is also backed by a lifetime guarantee for your added peace of mind.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00R7UWO78/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00R7UWO78&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=K4SXUAQ6KDEHVHNJ"><em>Currently $16.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best waterproof laptop cases. As always, be sure to check <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar">Wise Bread's Buying Calendar</a> to learn when and how to buy just about anything!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-cannon">Andrea Cannon</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-waterproof-laptop-cases">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-laptop-cases">The 5 Best Laptop Cases</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-power-banks">The 5 Best Power Banks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-ups-backup-batteries">The 5 Best UPS Backup Batteries</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-bluetooth-speakers">The 5 Best Bluetooth Speakers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/frugal-advice-for-the-gadget-addicted">Frugal Advice for the Gadget Addicted</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping Style Technology laptop case laptops product reviews technology waterproof laptop case Wed, 03 Jun 2015 09:00:11 +0000 Andrea Cannon 1432256 at http://www.wisebread.com 13 Things IT People Wish You Knew About Computers http://www.wisebread.com/13-things-it-people-wish-you-knew-about-computers <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/13-things-it-people-wish-you-knew-about-computers" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/computer_problems_000021826479.jpg" alt="Having problems with the computer" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>This post is brought to you by <a href="http://r1.fmpub.net/?k1=cmx-metric&amp;k2=289%7C671%7C2046&amp;k3=disclaimer&amp;k4=&amp;r=http%3A%2F%2Fbusiness.comcast.com%2Finternet%2Fbusiness-internet" style="line-height: 20.7999992370605px;" rel="nofollow">Comcast Business.</a>  Follow us <a href="http://r1.fmpub.net/?k1=cmx-metric&amp;k2=289%7C671%7C2046&amp;k3=disclaimer&amp;k4=&amp;r=http%3A%2F%2Ftwitter.com%2Fcomcastbusiness" style="line-height: 20.7999992370605px;" rel="nofollow">@comcastbusiness</a>.</em></p> <p>You might only get this joke if you&rsquo;re an IT pro: To the optimist, the glass is half full. To the pessimist, the glass is half empty. To the IT pro, the glass is twice as big as it needs to be. Maybe it can&rsquo;t be helped that you see the world and the computer differently than your clients do. But wouldn&rsquo;t it be nice if people at least understood a few basic realities about the device they&rsquo;re asking you to fix? We asked the experts what they wished people knew. Here are their responses.</p> <p>1. &ldquo;I wish they knew not to open attachments in emails from people they don't know, especially after I've told them a million times.&rdquo; &mdash;Nicholas Roderique, IT Consultant at Information Innovations, Inc.</p> <p>2. &ldquo;That rebooting really does fix many, many, <em>many</em> problems.&rdquo; &mdash;Scott Kendall, Outhouse IT.</p> <p>3. &ldquo;Google it! 95% of the answers we give you we look up on Google! Do some research, you might be able to find it yourself!&rdquo; &mdash;Martha Ezell, higher education information technology department.</p> <p>4. &ldquo;I wish people knew how fast heatsinks can accumulate dust. Every spring/summer there's a huge influx of &lsquo;my computer shuts down/gets really slow when I play games, etc.&rsquo; &mdash;Nathaniel S., IT Professional.</p> <p>5. &ldquo;Please don't use your work computer to look at porn or illegal activity. We're required by company policy and in some cases by law to report it if we find it (and we do find it, even if you delete your browsing history). Plus, it's very awkward for us.&rdquo; &mdash;Brad T., IT Project Consultant.</p> <p>6. &ldquo;Yes, the computer does need to have all of the updates and patches for its operating system and the programs it runs installed on it.&rdquo; &mdash;Aryeh Goretsky, ESET Security Research.</p> <p>7. &ldquo;The difference between log off and shutdown...&rdquo; &mdash;John Barlow, IT professional in insurance.</p> <p>8. &ldquo;Don't just tell me your computer has an error on it. Write down the exact syntax of the error message. Being able to understand what the problem is can be an ordeal, especially when the end user lacks the vocabulary to convey the issue clearly. If there is an error message, write it down, take a picture, something.&rdquo; &mdash;Chris Alford, Information Technology Manager for a call center.</p> <p>9. &ldquo;When you say you've &lsquo;restarted two or three times,&rsquo; ... we can check. And we know you're lying.&rdquo; &mdash;Ryan St. John, IT consulting/tech support.</p> <p>10. &ldquo;I wish people knew that their computer running like crap and taking forever to boot up has nothing to do with the Internet. No, your web browser going opaque, and having a spinning circle doesn't mean your Internet is slow. It means it's time to upgrade from your Windows XP-era dinosaur.&rdquo; &mdash;Eric Sheppard, IT pro for an internet communications company.</p> <p>11. &ldquo;Your monitor is not a computer. And your computer is not a hard drive.&rdquo; &mdash;Mat Hanson, IT professional in the mining industry.</p> <p>12. &ldquo;Cleanliness is next to Godliness. Clear out your temporary files and caches. And if you're not sure what you should do or how you should do it, your IT professional will be more than thrilled to show you how.&rdquo; &mdash;Brad T., IT Project Consultant.</p> <p>13. &ldquo;I really wish folks would understand that their hard drive can die with no warning &mdash; that data is extremely vulnerable and backup is so important.&rdquo; &mdash;Michael Kautzman, IT Professional with a managed service provider.</p> <script type="text/javascript" charset="utf-8" src="http://vc.cdn.fm/video_conversationalist/system/published/opportunity/89730671/289_2046.js"></script><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/carrie-kirby">Carrie Kirby</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-things-it-people-wish-you-knew-about-computers">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-6"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-gadgets-every-it-professional-should-own">8 Gadgets Every IT Professional Should Own</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-gadgets-every-work-at-home-professional-needs">6 Gadgets Every Work at Home Professional Needs</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-netflix-and-hulu-to-play-on-your-tv">How to Get Netflix and Hulu to Play on Your TV</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-power-banks">The 5 Best Power Banks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-save-money-on-ipads-iphones-and-macs">6 Ways to Save Money on iPads, iPhones, and Macs</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Technology Comcast Thu, 28 May 2015 12:00:08 +0000 Carrie Kirby 1438859 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best UPS Backup Batteries http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-ups-backup-batteries <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-ups-backup-batteries" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/headphones_computer_000052723758.jpg" alt="Too busy to notice power outage" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Anyone who&rsquo;s ever experienced a power outage knows how important it is to keep batteries and battery-powered tools around the house. You might have been in the middle of something important or need access to pertinent information after the power has been cut off, but without a computer or wifi, your information sources are very limited.</p> <p>Power outages are not only a huge inconvenience, but have the potential to hurt your electronics in the case of surges. In these instances, having something to keep your electronics going for a short amount of time, or at least safely shut them down is crucial.</p> <h2>What Is UPS Backup Battery?</h2> <p>UPS stands for &ldquo;uninterruptible power supply&rdquo;, meaning if your power goes out, you&rsquo;ve still got some reserves before your devices are completely useless. UPS backup batteries are essential for keeping your electronics from being completely fried by wayward currents or voltages coming through the outlets. Without the protection, there is a chance that your laptop, console, or anything else that plugs into the wall could be rendered useless by a random surge. When buying a backup battery, make sure you know which devices you&rsquo;ll be plugging into it and how many watts they each use. After finding the sum of the watts, make sure the battery you&rsquo;re getting can support that amount of energy.</p> <p>There are three different kinds of UPS units: standby (a unit that is charged and then takes over if main power shuts off), line-interactive (similar to standby, but works better in brownouts) and online (constantly filters electricity through the system and has devices isolated from wall power).</p> <h2>Top 5 UPS Backup Batteries</h2> <h3>APC Back UPS 650VA</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005GZRUZW/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B005GZRUZW&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=FOWHGIA5VURYGN5G"><img src="/files/fruganomics/u5171/apc%20back-ups.jpg" width="250" height="185" align="right" alt="" /></a>This <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005GZRUZW/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B005GZRUZW&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=FOWHGIA5VURYGN5G">APC Back UPS</a> model is perfect for someone with one main workstation that needs protecting. This UPS backup comes with eight outlets, four that have surge protection, and four that have surge protection plus battery backup. It comes with software installed to safely shut down your computer and other devices when the main power supply cuts out. It comes with enough power that some people can work through shorter outages until the main power returns.</p> <p>This model is also Energy Star approved, meaning that as it retains power for you, it has also been officially recognized as helping you sustain lower energy costs. It comes with a three-year warranty, $75,000 in connected equipment guarantee, as well as 390 watts/650 volts of output power capacity.</p> <p><em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005GZRUZW/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B005GZRUZW&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=FOWHGIA5VURYGN5G">Currently $73.95 on Amazon</a></em></p> <h3>CyberPower Intelligent LCD Series UPS 1350VA 810W AVR Mini-Tower</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000OFXKFI/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B000OFXKFI&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=MFLWO3ZE5QE6GK5W"><img src="/files/fruganomics/u5171/cyberpower%20intelligent.jpg" width="147" height="250" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000OFXKFI/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B000OFXKFI&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=MFLWO3ZE5QE6GK5W">CyberPower mini tower</a> has the ability to run up to 1500 VA/ 810 watts, which can include two desktop computers and monitors. On the front of the tower there is an LCD screen that relays important information like battery runtime, load status, and even if there are problems on your current line. It comes with four surge protected outlets and four surge protected and battery backup outlets, for eight outlets in total.</p> <p>Though it packs hefty amounts of energy, the CyberPower 1350 can fit comfortably under a desk or in a corner to keep from intruding into the decor of your room. Be aware that if you are running a Power Factor Correction PSU power supply, this device will not work and you&rsquo;ll have to look into UPS backup options that are compatible with the kinds of waves made by that. If you live in an area that experiences regular power fluctuations, the CyberPower 1350 has a built in AVR (automatic voltage regulation) to keep this from harming your devices.</p> <p><em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000OFXKFI/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B000OFXKFI&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=MFLWO3ZE5QE6GK5W">Currently $129.95 on Amazon</a></em></p> <h3>APC Smart-UPS 750VA 120V LCD UPS System</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002MZW5KE/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B002MZW5KE&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=476YGHDMUTW6YIPY"><img src="/files/fruganomics/u5171/apc%20smart-ups.jpg" width="250" height="235" align="right" alt="" /></a>If you&rsquo;re looking for a UPS that can backup your server or point-of-sale equipment, then the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002MZW5KE/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B002MZW5KE&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=476YGHDMUTW6YIPY">APC Smart-UPS 750VA LCD UPS System</a> might be what you need. All six of the outlets attached to this UPS are both battery backed up and surge protected, giving any device that has been plugged in the best defense against sudden fluctuations in electricity. It has a pure sinewave output and comes with AVR technology. An automatic green mode is engaged during usage to make sure your energy is being used in the most efficient way.</p> <p>There is an included predicted month and year estimate to when the battery will need to be replaced so you can keep track of its health. The bright LCD screen displays alphanumeric characters and can be changed to different languages for optimal convenience, making it a great addition to any home office space.</p> <p><em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002MZW5KE/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B002MZW5KE&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=476YGHDMUTW6YIPY">Currently $259.95 on Amazon</a></em></p> <h3>APC Back-UPS Pro 1500VA 10-outlet Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS)</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003Y24DEU/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B003Y24DEU&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=3I7IV57PZDCMQNEC"><img src="/files/fruganomics/u5171/apc%20pro.jpg" width="155" height="250" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003Y24DEU/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B003Y24DEU&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=3I7IV57PZDCMQNEC">APC BR1500VA 10-outlet</a> packs a hefty punch of energy that might be the perfect option for you. It comes with 10 outlets, five surge protected and five with that plus battery backup. To guarantee consistent protection, it comes with Automatic Voltage Regulation without using the battery. This UPS also comes with PowerChute software which not only safely shuts down your devices to prevent data corruption, but also monitors and displays energy usage while helping you manage energy cost by giving you efficient energy plans. It also comes with a basic LCD screen to conveniently display information about the battery.</p> <p>Telephone and coaxial cables can also be protected by this UPS. The battery is replaceable as well as expandable with additional purchases if necessary, and the one it comes with can output 865 watts / 1500 volts ampere.</p> <p><em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003Y24DEU/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B003Y24DEU&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=3I7IV57PZDCMQNEC">Currently $162.50 on Amazon</a></em></p> <h3>CyberPower Standby UPS 425VA 255W Compact</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001Q3MA4O/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B001Q3MA4O&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=WMYTTP7UVPIAFV7V"><img src="/files/fruganomics/u5171/cyberpower%20compact.jpg" width="170" height="250" align="right" alt="" /></a>People without too many devices to back up might find a great match with the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001Q3MA4O/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B001Q3MA4O&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=WMYTTP7UVPIAFV7V">CyberPower Standby UPS</a>. This UPS comes with a three-year warranty, eight surge protected outlets, and a protection outlet for telephone cords. Its protection is provided by a simulated sine wave (a square wave) to keep your personal computer and other kinds of devices safe.</p> <p>Be aware that this UPS puts out 225 watts / 425 volt ampere, which is lower than most on this list, but is more than sufficient for anyone who needs less than that amount of power. The Cyberpower 425VA Standby UPS is a GreenPower UPS, meaning it can reduce energy consumption up to 75%. With a USB port to help you install the PowerPanel Personal software to help you keep track of your battery&rsquo;s status, this UPS is a great addition to any room in need of protection.</p> <p><em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001Q3MA4O/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B001Q3MA4O&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=WMYTTP7UVPIAFV7V">Currently $84.95 on Amazon</a></em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/janae-spinato">Janae Spinato</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-ups-backup-batteries">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-7"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-power-banks">The 5 Best Power Banks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-laptop-cases">The 5 Best Laptop Cases</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-waterproof-laptop-cases">The 5 Best Waterproof Laptop Cases</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-bluetooth-speakers">The 5 Best Bluetooth Speakers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-sunscreens">The 5 Best Sunscreens</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping Technology backup batteries product reviews ups backup batteries Thu, 28 May 2015 01:23:32 +0000 Janae Spinato 1415642 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Apps for a Smarter Home http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-apps-for-a-smarter-home <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-apps-for-a-smarter-home" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/smart_home_000044457776.jpg" alt="Man using apps for a smarter home" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some great articles on apps that make your home smarter, summer items you can buy at the dollar store, and cheap date ideas that won&rsquo;t skimp on the romance.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://couponpal.com/blog/make-your-home-smarter-with-these-5-apps">Make Your Home Smarter With These 5 Apps</a> &mdash; Use the LIFX app to control LIFX light bulbs from your smartphone. [CouponPal]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/10-awesome-summer-items-you-can-find-at-the-dollar-store">10 Awesome Summer Items You Can Find at the Dollar Store</a> &mdash; You can find many summer essentials at the dollar store! Stock up on sunglasses, flip flops, and water balloons! [Parenting Squad]</p> <p><a href="http://cashmoneylife.com/10-cheap-date-ideas/">10 Cheap Date Ideas</a> &mdash; Have a romantic dinner at home &mdash; and dress up for it! [Cash Money Life]</p> <p><a href="https://getoutofdebt.org/88416/how-to-save-money-for-vacation-from-travel-experts">How to Save Money for Vacation From Travel Experts</a> &mdash; When booking rooms over the phone, don't use a chain's 1-800 number. Call the hotel directly; they'll have more room to negotiate. [Get Out of Debt Guy]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/How-Get-Organized-36367042">17 Goals For a More Organized Life</a> &mdash; Organize your closet in three simple steps. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/Saving-Money/2015/0526/Your-car-stroller-or-ice-cream-gets-recalled.-What-do-you-do-next">Your car, stroller, or ice cream gets recalled. What do you do next?</a> &mdash; Hang on to packaging, manuals, and labels so you can easily check whether a product you own has been recalled. [The Monitor]</p> <p><a href="http://www.kiplinger.com/article/spending/T050-C000-S001-3-things-that-cost-women-more.html">3 Things That Cost Women More</a> &mdash; On average, women are expected to outlive men by about 5 years, which means that most women will need to save more for retirement. [Kiplinger]</p> <p><a href="http://www.thousandaire.com/when-it-comes-to-managing-cash-do-what-works/">When it comes to managing cash, do what works</a> &mdash; If seeing your savings jar fill up with $5 bills makes you excited about cash management, then keep it up! [Thousandaire]</p> <p><a href="http://www.listenmoneymatters.com/how-to-invest-100-1000-10000/">How To Invest $100, $1000, $10,000</a> &mdash; $100 is enough to open an investing account with Betterment. [Listen Money Matters]</p> <p><a href="http://blog.readyforzero.com/lost-control-money-break-up-mistakes/">I Lost Control of Money During a Break Up, Don&rsquo;t Make The Same Mistakes I Did</a> &mdash; Trying to fill an emotional void by spending money will only put you in debt. Instead, think of it as an opportunity to develop new skills and meet new people. [ReadyForZero]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-apps-for-a-smarter-home">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-8"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-modern-life-skills-everyone-should-master">15 Modern Life Skills Everyone Should Master</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/can-a-robot-called-digit-really-help-you-save-more">Can a Robot Called Digit Really Help You Save More?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-back-to-school-iphone-apps">10 Back-to-School iPhone Apps</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/find-lost-keys-fast-with-a-teeny-tiny-tile">Find Lost Keys Fast With a Teeny Tiny Tile</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-apps-for-business-owners-on-the-go">5 Apps for Business Owners on the Go</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Home Technology apps best money tips smart home Wed, 27 May 2015 19:00:11 +0000 Amy Lu 1437118 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Hacks to Speed Up Your Browser http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-hacks-to-speed-up-your-browser <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-hacks-to-speed-up-your-browser" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_slow_internet_000054555610.jpg" alt="Woman learning hacks to speed up her browser" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some great articles on hacks to speed up your browser, simple ways to build a life you enjoy, and how to become more confident.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.lazymanandmoney.com/10-hacks-to-speed-up-your-browser/">10 Hacks to Speed Up Your Browser</a> &mdash; Many websites have moved away from Adobe Flash; disabling Flash when you don't need it will speed up your browser immensely. Use an add-on to turn Flash on and off with a click of a button. [Lazy Man and Money]</p> <p><a href="http://www.adaringadventure.com/life-coaching/3-simple-ways-to-build-a-life-you-enjoy">3 Simple Ways To Build A Life You Enjoy</a> &mdash; Narrowing down your options will help you make smart decisions that increase your enjoyment and eliminate what isn't important to you. [A Daring Adventure]</p> <p><a href="http://www.pickthebrain.com/blog/20-secret-ways-build-confidence/">20 Secret Ways to Build Your Confidence</a> &mdash; Avoid people who make you feel small or unworthy. You don't need them in your life! [Pick The Brain]</p> <p><a href="http://www.iwillteachyoutoberich.com/blog/3-counterintuitive-secrets-about-earning-more/">3 counterintuitive secrets about earning more</a> &mdash; The customers you attract from lowering your prices tend to be more work and are harder to please. [I Will Teach You To Be Rich]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Child-Safe-All-Purpose-Cleaner-34882330">Pet- and Child-Safe All-Purpose Cleaner</a> &mdash; Tea-tree oil + water = a safe and powerful eco-friendly cleaner! [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://money.cnn.com/2015/05/20/retirement/safe-retirement-savings/index.html">3 steps to a safer retirement stash</a> &mdash; Start with a portfolio so you can see exactly what you own. [CNN Money]</p> <p><a href="http://www.getrichslowly.org/blog/2015/05/19/the-tax-mistake-that-could-hurt-you-now-or-next-year/">The tax mistake that could hurt you now or next year</a> &mdash; You can adjust your withholding at any time of the year, but the sooner you get it done, the more of an impact it'll have on your taxes. [Get Rich Slowly]</p> <p><a href="http://www.mydollarplan.com/tips-for-a-great-summer-vacation/">4 Tips for a Great Summer Vacation</a> &mdash; Give the hotel or resort a call to see if they have any specials that aren't advertised on the website, and to see what their customer service is like. [My Dollar Plan]</p> <p><a href="http://www.thecentsiblelife.com/2015/05/7-frugal-easy-non-food-party-favor-ideas/">7 Frugal + Easy Non-Food Party Favor Ideas</a> &mdash; You can find bubbles in affordable party packs. Print your own labels to customize this fun party favor! [The Centsible Life]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/10-signs-you-could-be-pregnant">10 Signs You Could Be Pregnant</a> &mdash; Early signs of pregnancy can look like cold symptoms, stress, or PMS, but if you experience multiple items on this list, it may be time for a doctor's visit. [Parenting Squad]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-hacks-to-speed-up-your-browser">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-9"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-alternatives-to-cable-tv-that-will-keep-you-entertained">8 Alternatives to Cable TV That Will Keep You Entertained</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/beware-the-nasty-secret-of-the-craigslist-free-section">Beware, The Nasty Secret Of The Craigslist Free Section</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/quick-vista-hack-to-get-you-browsing-at-high-speed-again">Quick Vista Hack to Get You Browsing at High-Speed Again</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/life-without-tv">Life Without Television</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-slash-the-cost-of-wi-fi-when-you-travel">6 Ways to Slash the Cost of Wi-Fi When You Travel</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Technology best money tips Internet Fri, 22 May 2015 18:00:08 +0000 Amy Lu 1432465 at http://www.wisebread.com 6 Easy Ways to Improve Your Online Reputation http://www.wisebread.com/6-easy-ways-to-improve-your-online-reputation <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/6-easy-ways-to-improve-your-online-reputation" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/two_friends_computer_000062076912.jpg" alt="Two woman managing their online reputations" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Searching for another person's online profile is common practice these days. Employers routinely use search engines to screen potential candidates. We even Google ourselves. It's totally expected and normal!</p> <p>Knowing that bits and pieces of information about your identity are floating around cyberspace should compel you to ensure your online reputation is in tip-top shape. And it's easy with these <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-to-improve-your-work-reputation">reputation management</a> tools.</p> <h2>1. Get <em>YourName.com</em></h2> <p>The number one way to control your search results is by purchasing your own domain name. If you have a name that is unique (like mine), this will be cut and dry. For people with more common names, you'll have to be a bit more creative. If the name Kim Smith is taken, incorporate your professional title. For example, Kim Smith, MBA could try <a href="http://www.kimsmithmba.com" title="www.kimsmithmba.com">www.kimsmithmba.com</a>, or <a href="http://www.kimsmith-mba.com" title="www.kimsmith-mba.com">www.kimsmith-mba.com</a>.</p> <h2>2. Get on LinkedIn</h2> <p>Adding your profile to popular social media sites is a surefire way to ensure the real you (that you wish to portray) shows up at the top of search results. LinkedIn is the largest social networking platform, with over 347 million users, and has great SEO power.</p> <p>Creating a profile provides the unique advantage of getting your very own, customizable vanity URL. For example, if your name is Jane Smith, your personal LinkedIn page would look something like <a href="http://www.linkedin.com/en/janesmith" title="www.linkedin.com/en/janesmith">www.linkedin.com/en/janesmith</a>. Because the LinkedIn network spans more than 200 countries worldwide, the letters preceding your name will represent your country's code.</p> <h2>3. Get on Google+</h2> <p>If you don't already have a Google account, it's time you get one to start taking advantage of the super searchable features of <a href="https://plus.google.com/">Google+</a>. It allows you to &quot;share and [be] discover[ed], all across Google.&quot; In many ways, it combines the features of popular social media networks. Users can create circles, add updates, and share posts and photos similar to Twitter and Facebook. And when someone searches for your name, your Google+ profile will be one on the first results to appear in search.</p> <h2>4. Setup Google Alerts</h2> <p>The <a href="https://www.google.com/alerts">Google Alerts</a> tool allow you to monitor content on the web by inputting the search terms you want to track. Input your name to detect any new information that appears about you. You'll be notified via e-mail with a link to the source whenever something new is found. If you're unhappy about the content, you can use tools like the ones below to bury it in search rank.</p> <h2>5. Use Brand Yourself</h2> <p>With <a href="https://brandyourself.com/">Brand Yourself</a>, users can sign-up and personally manage their online profiles or receive the guided support of a reputation management expert. The free account has limited features that allow you to control your search results by &quot;boosting&quot; three URLs you want to appear at the top of search results. Paid accounts come with more boosts and additional features. You also get instructions on how to improve the rank of certain URLs, which you can apply to all of your reputation management efforts.</p> <h2>6. Use ReputationDefender</h2> <p><a href="http://www.reputationdefendertestimonials.com/images/en/logo_reputationDefender.png">ReputationDefender</a> is a company dedicated to helping its clients improve their online reputation. Though it's a paid service, it can help you remove or minimize unwanted search results and boost positive search items. If you have serious online reputation concerns, this may be one of your best bets.</p> <p><em>What online reputation management tools have you used, and why?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/qiana-chavaia">Qiana Chavaia</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-easy-ways-to-improve-your-online-reputation">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-10"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-gadgets-every-work-at-home-professional-needs">6 Gadgets Every Work at Home Professional Needs</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/apple-introduces-most-outrageous-rewards-program-in-history">Apple introduces most outrageous “rewards” program in history</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/your-web-presence-will-soon-be-more-valuable-than-your-credit-rating">Your Web Presence Will Soon Be More Valuable Than Your Credit Rating</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-career-advice-sites-you-should-know-about">15 Career Advice Sites You Should Know About</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-social-media-saved-someones-life">5 Ways Social Media Saved Someone&#039;s Life</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career Building Technology branding Google online reputation social media Thu, 14 May 2015 21:00:13 +0000 Qiana Chavaia 1420555 at http://www.wisebread.com 8 Gadgets Every IT Professional Should Own http://www.wisebread.com/8-gadgets-every-it-professional-should-own <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-gadgets-every-it-professional-should-own" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000040902748_Large.jpg" alt="Two professionals watching 3D printing" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>This post is brought to you by <a href="http://r1.fmpub.net/?k1=cmx-metric&amp;k2=289%7C671%7C1997&amp;k3=disclaimer&amp;k4=&amp;r=http%3A%2F%2Fad.doubleclick.net%2Fddm%2Fclk%2F289950907%3B116588121%3Br" rel="nofollow">Comcast Business.</a>  Follow us <a href="http://r1.fmpub.net/?k1=cmx-metric&amp;k2=289%7C671%7C1997&amp;k3=disclaimer&amp;k4=&amp;r=http%3A%2F%2Ftwitter.com%2Fcomcastbusiness" rel="nofollow">@comcastbusiness</a>.</em></p> <p>If you didn&rsquo;t love technology, you probably wouldn&rsquo;t have gone into IT. But how to separate the gadgets that can truly help you with your job from those that would just be really, really cool to own? Here are eight purchases that you can totally justify as workday-enhancing &mdash; if not directly work-related.</p> <h2>1. A Smartwatch</h2> <p>Aaron Gross, Milwaukee IT pro with marketing firm Bader Rutter, never goes to work without his<a href="https://getpebble.com/"> Pebble Smartwatch</a>. He likes being able to check his notifications without pulling out his phone. It also helps him stay on schedule at work. &ldquo;Even if my phone&rsquo;s in my office and I'm in the server room, my wrist goes off and I make my meeting,&rdquo; Gross said. Of course, there are other smart watches on the market (you may have heard of a certain Apple product). If your company issued you an iPhone, you might appreciate the way the Apple Watch works as &ldquo;a symbiotic iPhone companion,&rdquo; as<a href="http://www.cnet.com/products/apple-watch/"> <em>CNET</em> put it</a>. But Gross said that at $99, his Pebble has been going strong for a year and he&rsquo;s still pleased with it.</p> <h2>2. A Great Pair of Headphones</h2> <p>Work in a noisy environment? Find yourself away from your desk too often to be tethered by a headphone cable? Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 Wireless headphones are equipped with noise-canceling, and pair with your phone or iPod via bluetooth. <a href="http://www.digitaltrends.com/headphone-reviews/sennheiser-momentum-wireless-2-0-review/"><em>Digital Trends</em></a> likes it for its &ldquo;near-flawless wireless performance&rdquo; with an &ldquo;impressive battery life,&rdquo; perfect for powering you through long work days.</p> <h2>3. A Customized Desk</h2> <p>As an IT pro, your workstation is like your home. Or at least you may spend just as much time there. Would you put a standard-issue couch in your living room? Then why use the company-issued keyboard? If you use your handheld devices so much that you&rsquo;re more comfortable with screen typing than push-button typing, it&rsquo;s time to try the<a href="http://gearnova.com/glass-computer-keyboard/"> Bastron glass keyboard</a>, a smooth piece of glass with keys displayed in blue or pink lighting. More old school? The<a href="http://www.qwerkywriter.com/"> $309 Qwerkywriter USB keyboard</a> looks and feels like a real typewriter and is available for pre-order after a successful Kickstarter campaign. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <h2>4. A Portable&nbsp;Mobile Charger</h2> <p>The best gadgets on earth are nothing but diving weights if you&rsquo;re on the road and can&rsquo;t charge them. Need to power up your phone while you bike to work? Make your laptop last through a flight? Bring a mobile-first charger. <em>Digital Trends</em> lists the<a href="http://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/best-portable-battery-chargers/"> 25 best external batteries</a> which range in price from $15 to $100 depending on weight, capacity and looks. Does your team expect you to respond on weekends and vacations, even if you&rsquo;re camping? Better pack a solar charger like the &nbsp;RAVPower 15W Dual-Port Solar Charger &mdash; <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2015/01/23/ravpower-15w-solar-charger-savior-battery-pack-keep-your-gadget/">recommended by <em>Engadget</em></a> &mdash; which you can use to charge a device or external battery pack.</p> <h2>5. A High-Tech Coffee Maker</h2> <p>You could always get a coffee maker for your cube with a timer on it so your first pot is fresh and waiting when you walk into the office. But what if you get to work at different times? Wouldn&rsquo;t it be great if you could schedule your brew from your phone on your way to work? Or from the middle of a particularly tiring meeting? The new<a href="http://www.cnet.com/products/smarter-wi-fi-coffee-machine/"> Smarter Wi-Fi Coffee Machine</a> promises just that, allowing you to dictate the number of cups and the strength of the brew you want waiting for you.</p> <h2>6. A Hybrid Laptop</h2> <p>IT project consultant Brad T. likes to use a laptop that can convert to a tablet, like the<a href="http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/msusa/en_US/pdp/Surface-Pro-3/productID.300190600"> Surface Pro 3</a>, for field work, because it enables him to complete documentation as he walks through company facilities. "I could do it more fluidly because I didn't have to find a place to either sit or a work surface before I did my paperwork,&rdquo; he said.</p> <h2>7. A Fitness Tracker&nbsp;</h2> <p>If you spend long hours in front of your computer, it&rsquo;s easy to forget to get up and move around. A high-tech way to remind yourself is by wearing a fitness tracker. <em>The</em><a href="http://thewirecutter.com/reviews/best-fitness-tracker/"> <em>Wirecutter</em> just spent 10 days</a> testing trackers and deemed the<a href="https://www.fitbit.com/chargehr"> Fitbit Charge HR</a> the best of the pack. Wearing one of these, you can track not just your workouts but floors climbed and server rooms traversed. You can even use the alarm feature to remind yourself to get up and move after a certain amount of time at your computer.</p> <h2>8. An Unlosable Umbrella</h2> <p>If you tend to move from one facility to another during the workday, you may find yourself leaving important items at far-flung work sites. And no one wants all the gear you carry from the office to the parking lot to get soaked. Enter the <a href="https://www.bluntumbrellas.com/xsmetro-tile">Blunt + Tile</a>, a rugged umbrella that comes equipped with a <a href="https://www.thetileapp.com/">Tile tracker</a>, which you can locate using your smartphone. It&rsquo;s the first smart umbrella that will &ldquo;make sure you&rsquo;re never caught unprepared again,&rdquo; explains <a href="http://www.gizmag.com/blunt-tile-bluetooth-trackable-smart-umbrella/34328/">gizmag</a>.</p> <script type="text/javascript" charset="utf-8" src="http://vc.cdn.fm/video_conversationalist/system/published/opportunity/89730671/289_1997.js"></script><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/carrie-kirby">Carrie Kirby</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-gadgets-every-it-professional-should-own">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-11"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-things-it-people-wish-you-knew-about-computers">13 Things IT People Wish You Knew About Computers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-gadgets-every-work-at-home-professional-needs">6 Gadgets Every Work at Home Professional Needs</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-netflix-and-hulu-to-play-on-your-tv">How to Get Netflix and Hulu to Play on Your TV</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-power-banks">The 5 Best Power Banks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-save-money-on-ipads-iphones-and-macs">6 Ways to Save Money on iPads, iPhones, and Macs</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Technology Comcast Wed, 13 May 2015 12:00:07 +0000 Carrie Kirby 1422222 at http://www.wisebread.com Ask the Readers: Which Websites Have the Best Designs? http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-which-websites-have-the-best-designs <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/ask-the-readers-which-websites-have-the-best-designs" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/website_designers_000055522386.jpg" alt="Two coworkers admiring best website designs" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Editor's Note: Congratulations to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-which-websites-have-the-best-designs#comment-771896">Karen</a>, Mary, and Emily for winning this week's contest!</em></p> <p>Exciting news! Wise Bread is gearing up for a redesign, and we would love to know which websites you think are especially pretty and user-friendly. Since there are a <em>ton</em> of innovative and otherwise spiffy sites out there, please limit your top picks to sites that, like Wise Bread, feature a bunch of articles &mdash; but unlike Wise Bread, they don't have to be all about personal finance!</p> <p><strong>Which websites have the best designs?</strong> What do you like about them? What changes would you like to see in Wise Bread's redesign?</p> <p>Tell us which websites have the best designs and we'll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card!</p> <h2>Win 1 of 3 $20 Amazon Gift Cards</h2> <p>We're doing three giveaways &mdash; here's how you can win!</p> <h3>Mandatory Entry:</h3> <ul> <li>Post your answer in the comments below. One commenter will be randomly selected to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card!</li> </ul> <h3>For Extra Entries:</h3> <ul> <li>You can tweet about our giveaway for an extra entry. Also, our Facebook fans can get an extra entry too! Use our Rafflecopter widget for your chance to win one of the other two Amazon Gift Cards:</li> </ul> <p><a class="rcptr" href="http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/79857dfa182/" rel="nofollow" data-raflid="79857dfa182" data-theme="classic" data-template="" id="rcwidget_2z004skf">a Rafflecopter giveaway</a> </p> <script src="//widget-prime.rafflecopter.com/launch.js"></script></p> <p>If you're inspired to write a whole blog post OR you have a photo on flickr to share, please link to it in the comments or tweet it.</p> <h4>Giveaway Rules:</h4> <ul> <li>Contest ends Monday, May 11th at 11:59 p.m. Pacific. Winners will be announced after May 11th on the original post. Winners will also be contacted via email.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>You can enter all three drawings &mdash; once by leaving a comment, once by liking our Facebook update, and once by tweeting.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered, or associated with Facebook.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>You must be 18 and US resident to enter. Void where prohibited.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Good Luck!</strong>&nbsp;</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tell us which websites have the best designs and we&#039;ll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card! </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-which-websites-have-the-best-designs">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-12"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-200-giveaway-what-does-corporate-social-responsibility-mean-to-you">Ask the Readers $200 Giveaway: What Does Corporate Social Responsibility Mean to You?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-how-did-you-spend-your-first-paycheck">Ask the Readers: How Did You Spend Your First Paycheck?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-do-you-honestly-follow-a-budget-chance-to-win-20">Ask the Readers: Do You Honestly Follow a Budget? (Chance to win $20)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-do-you-trust-product-reviews-chance-to-win-20">Ask the Readers: Do You Trust Product Reviews? (Chance to win $20!)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-share-your-favorite-frugal-holiday-tradition">Ask the Readers: Share Your Favorite Frugal Holiday Tradition</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Giveaways Technology Ask the Readers website design Tue, 05 May 2015 15:00:23 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1410072 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Power Banks http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-power-banks <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-power-banks" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_tablet_phone_000035376192.jpg" alt="Woman happy she used her power bank to recharge her tablet" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>A portable power bank can save your phone when you&rsquo;re down to your last bit of battery. And let&rsquo;s face it, nobody wants to be stranded without their cell phone. Fortunately, power banks are small, affordable, and easy to use, so you won&rsquo;t ever have to panic when your phone or tablet is running low on battery juice ever again. With the small external chargers, you won&rsquo;t ever have to worry about your battery running out in the middle of a call. You can talk to your friends, play games, listen to music, or surf the internet for as long as you want, without having to worry about finding a nearby charging station.</p> <p>In fact, some power banks can charge your smartphone more than four times under one full charge. To get the most from your investment, it&rsquo;s important to choose a power bank that best fits your lifestyle and budget.</p> <h2>What is a Power Bank?</h2> <p>A power bank is a portable battery charger that can recharge your battery whenever you&rsquo;re running low on power. This will make it more convenient to use your phone or tablet whenever you need to, without having to search for an available wall charger. All you need to do is plug your phone into the portable charger and continue on your day. The phone will charge with enough power to get you through your day and you can easily recharge the power bank from any USB port once you get home. These are ideal for when you are traveling, on business, or just to keep in your car or bag for a quick emergency charge. At some point in time, you&rsquo;ll find yourself on low battery power, and will be glad you have the portable power you need.</p> <h2>Top 5 Power Banks</h2> <h3>EasyAcc 10000mAh Brilliant Ultra Slim Dual USB Portable Power Bank External Battery Charger</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00H9BEC8E/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00H9BEC8E&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=AEKPXOLHVQOT446S"><img src="/files/fruganomics/u5171/EasyAcc%20Classic%2010000mAh%20Power%20Bank.jpg" width="250" height="171" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00H9BEC8E/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00H9BEC8E&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=AEKPXOLHVQOT446S">EasyAcc Brilliant Ultra Slim Dual USB Portable Power Bank</a> is one of the bestselling battery chargers in the world. With dual USB output, you can simultaneously charge two devices to save even more time. While it is compact, ultra slim, and super portable, it is powered with an impressive 10000mAh rechargeable power capacity (USB Output 1: 5V 2.1A, USB Output 2: 5V 1.5A), providing enough power for 5-6 full charges to your iPhone 5 or 2.5-3.5 charges for Samsung Galaxy S4, S3. The reliable charger has a matte surface, is fingerprint-resistant, and available in black and orange, black and green, black and purple, black and silver, white and green, white and orange, and white and purple, so you can find the perfect colorful power bank to express your style.</p> <p>You can use it everyday, or in emergency situations only, and with standby time of up to six months once fully charged, you won&rsquo;t have to worry about it losing power anytime soon. Your purchase will include an EasyAcc power bank, a Micro USB Charging Cable (20 CM), a Micro USB Charging Cable (60 CM), and a User Manual.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00H9BEC8E/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00H9BEC8E&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=AEKPXOLHVQOT446S"><em>Currently $21.49 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>RAVPower Luster 3000mAh Mini Portable Charger (2nd Gen External Power Bank With iSmart Technology)</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00MNAWMHE/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00MNAWMHE&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=DRLM4ZOB3336AF5B"><img src="/files/fruganomics/u5171/RAVPower%20Luster%203000mAh%20Mini%20Portable%20Charger%20.jpg" width="250" height="248" align="right" alt="" /></a>As the #1 Best Seller of all Amazon&rsquo;s MP3 battery packs, the lipstick-shaped, lightweight <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00MNAWMHE/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00MNAWMHE&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=DRLM4ZOB3336AF5B">RAVPower Luster Mini Portable Charger</a> can fit into any pocket or bag. With 3000 mAh of juice (Input: DC 5V / 1A Output: DC 5V / 1A), it&rsquo;s powerful enough to provide nine hours of additional talk time or 90 hours of music playback from your cell phone. Equipped with iSmart technology to charge your device smarter and faster than standard USB, it automatically detects and delivers the optimal charging current for the fastest charge possible. The external power bank provides enough power for a full charge for iPhone 6, 5, 4, and most smartphones.</p> <p>Built with premium grade A+ battery cells, you can enjoy over 500 recharge cycles with this mini charger. Available in black, silver, gold, pink, and blue, and no larger than a pack of mints, you can choose what best suits your personal style. Your purchase will include a RAVPower power bank, a USB Charging Cable, and a User Manual.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00MNAWMHE/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00MNAWMHE&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=DRLM4ZOB3336AF5B"><em>Currently $12.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Anker&reg; 2nd Gen Astro E3 Ultra Compact 10000mAh Portable Charger External Battery Power Bank With PowerIQ Technology</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009USAJCC/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B009USAJCC&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=VIWVJUTNDIDVT2WU"><img src="/files/fruganomics/u5171/Anker%C2%AE%202nd%20Gen%20Astro%20E3%20Ultra%20Compact%2010000mAh%20Portable%20Charger.jpg" width="250" height="235" align="right" alt="" /></a>As the #1 Best Seller of all Amazon&rsquo;s portable power banks, the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009USAJCC/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B009USAJCC&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=VIWVJUTNDIDVT2WU">Anker 2nd Gen Astro E3 Ultra Compact Portable Charger</a> has the highest average review rating of any charging brand, resulting in 10 million+ satisfied customers. One in three chargers sold on Amazon is an Anker charger, making them Amazon&rsquo;s #1 charging brand. With 10000 mAh of juice, this ultra compact portable charger can charge your phone, tablet, and more, whenever you need it most. It charges most tablets almost once, the Galaxy S5 two and a half times, the iPhone 5s four and a half times and other smartphones multiple times, all on just one charge of the portable power bank. Available in black and white, this reliable compact charger has the size and feel of a smartphone. It is made of industry grade materials, premium circuitry and a 92% efficient battery cell (up to 10% above the industry average).</p> <p>It is unobtrusive, lightweight, and equipped with PowerIQ technology, which detects your device to deliver the fastest charge possible. Your purchase will include the Anker Astro E3 Portable Charger External Battery Power Bank, Micro USB cable, travel pouch, welcome guide, and their world famous 18-month warranty.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009USAJCC/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B009USAJCC&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=VIWVJUTNDIDVT2WU"><em>Currently $22.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>ZILU Smart Battery 13000mAh Backup Power Bank</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00K64WR9C/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00K64WR9C&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=DHWW7IP5NEWSG3GN"><img src="/files/fruganomics/u5171/ZILU%20Smart%20Battery%2013000mAh%20Portable%20Charger%20.jpg" width="250" height="163" align="right" alt="" /></a>ZILU is the trusted brand that created the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00K64WR9C/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00K64WR9C&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=DHWW7IP5NEWSG3GN">ZILU Smart Battery</a> and the only supplier on Amazon that offers 1,000 Cycles (double the market standard). Made of high quality Samsung 18650 Lithium Lion Battery Cells, the ZILU smart battery is durable, reliable, and small enough to fit in your pocket or bag, but powerful enough to contain 13000mAh energy. It is compatible with most of the smartphones and tablets on the market and equipped with SmartSwitch technology, allowing it to charge any of your mobile devices in the correct way. With 3A output and 2A input, the charging speed is 50% faster than most battery packs on the market and boasts up to 93% energy conversion rate.</p> <p>The small, compact charger offers nine levels of protection and passed the most strict safety certification, UL 1624. With two outlets, it can simultaneously charge two devices at the same time. It can charge the iPhone eight times, Samsung Galaxy S5 four times, Galaxy Note III nearly three imes, and iPad more than one time. It is also equipped with a flashlight function for emergency situations and four LED lights to show the battery capacity. Your purchase will also include an impressive 2-Year Limited Warranty.</p> <p><em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00K64WR9C/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00K64WR9C&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=DHWW7IP5NEWSG3GN">Currently $27.90 on Amazon</a></em></p> <h3>K2R-803 Cell Phone Portable Charger With Flashlight</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00LADNVB6/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00LADNVB6&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=QGOSHEJIIGCT5AM6"><img src="/files/fruganomics/u5171/K2R-803%20Cell%20Phone%20Portable%20Charger.jpg" width="250" height="185" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00LADNVB6/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00LADNVB6&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=QGOSHEJIIGCT5AM6">K2R-803 Cell Phone Portable Charger</a>, or &ldquo;As Seen On TV&rdquo; item, really does hold up to its word and can quickly charge your iPhone, iPad, Samsung, smartphones, and tablets. It is beautiful, lightweight, and holds an incredible 7,800mAh, enough to fully charge your iPhone Battery almost four times. Only top grade Lithium Ion Battery Cells are used and multiple levels of protection are built into the charger to keep your phone battery healthy. You can also rely on the intelligent K2R monitoring system with overcharge, over-discharge, over-current, over-voltage, short-circuit and over-load safety protections. With two USB ports, you can simultaneously charge two devices to save even more time.</p> <p>The charger is equipped with a flashlight for emergency situations, as well as four LED light indicators to show the remaining charge. Your purchase includes a K2R-803 Portable Charger, a user manual, an Intelligent LED Micro USB Cable, an Intelligent LED iPhone 5 Lightning USB Cable (the LED on the cables displays a red light when the device is charging and a blue light once it is charged), and an exclusive Battery Boost Bonus Guide Ebook. You can take comfort in the 100% customer satisfaction guarantee and incredible 3-year warranty.</p> <p><em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00LADNVB6/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00LADNVB6&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=QGOSHEJIIGCT5AM6">Currently $29.99 on Amazon</a></em></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best power banks. As always, be sure to check <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar">Wise Bread's Buying Calendar</a> to learn when and how to buy just about anything!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-cannon">Andrea Cannon</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-power-banks">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-13"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-laptop-cases">The 5 Best Laptop Cases</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-ups-backup-batteries">The 5 Best UPS Backup Batteries</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-waterproof-laptop-cases">The 5 Best Waterproof Laptop Cases</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-bluetooth-speakers">The 5 Best Bluetooth Speakers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-computer-keyboards">The 5 Best Computer Keyboards</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping Technology electronics portable chargers power banks product reviews Fri, 01 May 2015 09:00:25 +0000 Andrea Cannon 1386471 at http://www.wisebread.com 15 Modern Life Skills Everyone Should Master http://www.wisebread.com/15-modern-life-skills-everyone-should-master <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/15-modern-life-skills-everyone-should-master" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_tech_skills_000042638902.jpg" alt="Woman with basic tech skills needed for everyday life" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It's 2015, people! That means there's no excuse not to learn these 15 basic tech skills that will save you money, time, and embarrassment when talking to more tech-savvy know-it-alls.</p> <h2>1. Use Uber and Lyft</h2> <p>Taxis are expensive, and not every city has a fast and expansive public transit system. That's why <a href="https://www.uber.com/">Uber</a> and <a href="https://www.lyft.com/">Lyft</a> are great alternatives, especially when you plan to drink.</p> <h2>2. Make a Basic Website</h2> <p>You never know when you might need to have your own website, and if you're a freelancer, it's a must. With platforms like <a href="http://squarespace.com/">Squarespace</a> and <a href="http://wix.com/">Wix</a>, it's never been easier (or cheaper) to make your own website.</p> <h2>3. Set-Up Online Banking</h2> <p>Are you still going to the bank to check balances and move money around? That's insane. It's about time you enrolled in online banking at your institution. It's as easy as going to your bank's website, clicking on &quot;online banking,&quot; and following the instructions.</p> <h2>4. Update Your Facebook Privacy Settings</h2> <p>Don't want just anyone to see your private posts? It's time to learn how to <a href="https://www.facebook.com/help/325807937506242/">edit your privacy settings</a> on social networks, especially Facebook.</p> <h2>5. Transfer Money Instantly</h2> <p>At this point, Western Union and other traditional money wire companies are useless. Every bank offers transfers within their banking app, and it's instant when transferring within the same bank. Failing that, <a href="https://www.paypal.com/us/webapps/mpp/mobile-apps">PayPal's new app</a> is simpler than ever.</p> <h2>6. Operate Bluetooth Accessories</h2> <p>Want to use all the cool new speakers, keyboards, mouses, headphones, and more? You will need to master the Bluetooth connection. Here's how to do it for <a href="http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/add-a-bluetooth-enabled-device-to-your-computer">Windows</a>, <a href="https://support.apple.com/kb/PH13704?locale=en_US">Mac</a>, <a href="http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/smartphones/get-the-most-out-of-bluetooth-on-an-android-device/">Android</a>, and <a href="https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201205">iPhone</a>.</p> <h2>7. Edit a Smartphone Photo</h2> <p>Are you one of those people who uploads your photos sideways or too dark? There's no excuse! Most mobile phones allow for you to crop, rotate, adjust brightness or contrast, and more, all with a couple finger taps. Want to get creative? Try some cool photo editing apps.</p> <h2>8. Comparison Shop With Barcodes</h2> <p>Out shopping and want to check prices elsewhere? A great cheat is to use the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html?ie=UTF8&amp;docId=1000645111">Amazon app</a>, which uses your phone's camera to scan barcodes. It will show you the same product and its Amazon price. <a href="http://www.google.com/shopping">Google Shopping</a> is also helpful when on a computer.</p> <h2>9. Crowdsource Information</h2> <p>Learn the art of the ask. Sometimes you don't have the time or enough prior knowledge of something to Google it, and that's when asking your friends comes in. Being able to ask your social network for their expertise is clutch in this modern age.</p> <h2>10. Invest Your Own Money</h2> <p>Why hire someone to take over your money management when you can day trade and manage your investments online? If you're putting off saving for retirement, it has never been easier to start. Learn more about <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-cheap-easy-ways-to-invest-your-first-1000">how to start saving</a>.</p> <h2>11. Upgrade Your Email</h2> <p>Email is still a very important part of work and personal communication, but issues like cluttered inboxes, unsynced calendars, non-replies, and copious newsletters make email frustrating. There are plenty of extremely useful email plug-ins to increase your productivity!</p> <h2>12. Google Better</h2> <p>Everyone knows about using quotes and the plus and minus while searching, but did you know about the tip calculator? What about reverse image search? Polish your Google prowess with these <a href="http://www.popsugar.com/tech/Things-You-Can-Do-Google-35330843#photo-35330843">key search hacks</a> to get the results you're looking for.</p> <h2>13. Use Siri</h2> <p>&quot;Siri&quot; (or &quot;Cortana,&quot; or &quot;Google&quot;) as a tool can seem silly and time consuming, so many people don't use her. However, there are some instances in which she's indispensable, such as sending text messages and making calls in the car. There are tons of other <a href="http://www.businessinsider.com/13-cool-things-siri-can-do-for-you-2014-8?op=1">cool things Siri can do</a>, too.</p> <h2>14. Use GPS Apps</h2> <p>If you're still printing out maps before you leave the house, it's time to stop. GPS has come a long way. (Remember those old Garmin GPS machines you had to buy back in the 00s that worked poorly?) <a href="https://maps.google.com/">Google Maps</a> is the best, but <a href="https://www.waze.com/">Waze</a> is excellent for those looking to snake their way out of traffic or avoid highways. You can save locations, pre-plan trips, and add new locations with voice-control while driving.</p> <h2>15. Troubleshoot Your Wi-Fi</h2> <p>You don't need an IT person to fix your Wi-Fi. Computers have made it extra easy to troubleshoot a connection. Check your laptop's network settings and <a href="http://www.computershopper.com/feature/ten-fast-fixes-for-wi-fi-problems">troubleshoot your Wi-Fi</a> on your own. When all else fails, you can always reset your router! Another hack: many smartphones can be used as a Wi-Fi hotspot. Simply go to your phone's general settings, to networks, then tap &quot;use as hotspot&quot; and follow the password directions.</p> <p><em>What modern life skill do you think everyone should master?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amanda-meadows">Amanda Meadows</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-modern-life-skills-everyone-should-master">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-14"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-back-to-school-iphone-apps">10 Back-to-School iPhone Apps</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-multipurpose-iphone-4-cases-fit-for-a-freelancer">5 Multipurpose iPhone 4 Cases Fit for a Freelancer</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-apps-for-business-owners-on-the-go">5 Apps for Business Owners on the Go</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/these-5-apps-can-fix-your-finances">These 5 Apps Can Fix Your Finances</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-self-improvement-apps-to-make-you-smarter-stronger-and-happier">10 Self-Improvement Apps to Make You Smarter, Stronger, and Happier</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Productivity Technology apps email life skills online banking smartphones social networks Tue, 21 Apr 2015 13:00:21 +0000 Amanda Meadows 1392289 at http://www.wisebread.com 4 Mobile Phone Upgrades That Aren't Worth the Money http://www.wisebread.com/4-mobile-phone-upgrades-that-arent-worth-the-money <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/4-mobile-phone-upgrades-that-arent-worth-the-money" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/girl_phone_000039037532.jpg" alt="Girl realizing she has mobile phone plan she doesn&#039;t need" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The old adage says &quot;If you buy what you don't need, you'll need what you can't buy.&quot;</p> <p>When you have a mobile phone, you're already shelling out some serious coin every month. The average U.S. <a href="http://www.cbsnews.com/news/6-reasons-your-phone-bill-keeps-rising/">monthly phone bill</a> ranges from $120 to $148. So, there's no need to pay for additional features you don't really need.</p> <p>Consider avoiding these four costly plan upgrades.</p> <h2>1. International Long Distance</h2> <p>Unless it's an absolute emergency, it just doesn't make sense to make international calls using your mobile phone's plan. For example, as an AT&amp;T subscriber, I would pay $2.19 per minute if I were to call to a landline in Ecuador, or $2.37 per minute if I were to call a wireless number.</p> <p>While paying $5 per line to upgrade to <a href="https://www.att.com/shop/wireless/international/long-distance.html?tab=1">AT&amp;T World Connect</a> lowers my calling rates to Ecuador ($0.35 per minute to landlines and $0.53 per minute to wireless), it is still not worthwhile. Without paying any additional fees, I can call any landline or mobile in Ecuador for $0.15 per minute, by signing up for a Skype subscription. I'd decrease my calling cost to landlines in Ecuador to as little as $0.075 per minute.</p> <p>You could also leverage smartphone apps, such as <a href="http://line.me/en/">Line</a>, <a href="http://www.tango.me">Tango</a>, or <a href="http://www.viber.com/en/">Viber</a>, that allow you to make international calls for free. Or, buy an international calling card with good rates for the country that you're trying to call. The point is that there are much more affordable options than upgrading for an international long distance feature.</p> <h2>2. Frequent Equipment Upgrades</h2> <p>T-Mobile Jump, AT&amp;T Next, and Verizon Edge offer variations of the same idea: Instead of committing to a single phone model for two years, you can upgrade to the latest model as soon as you want. No matter your phone carrier, if you have a frequent upgrade plan, you pay a monthly fee based on the full price of your selected phone (cost of service is separate).</p> <p>From a purely financial perspective, frequent equipment upgrade plans often aren't worth the money. For example, you could <a href="http://lifehacker.com/are-early-upgrade-plans-worth-it-1369868915#">save close to $650</a> by sticking to a two-year plan with AT&amp;T, instead of going with a frequent upgrade plan for two years. Similar savings scenarios happen with Verizon ($600) and T-Mobile ($340). (Note: Sprint retired its <a href="http://support.sprint.com/support/article/Learn_more_about_Sprint_One_Up/35e890a8-cbab-4cc4-99a7-91b0bc533e35?INTNAV=LP:Support:01102014:oneup&amp;ECID=vanity:oneup">One Up upgrade plan</a> on January 9, 2014). The premium that you pay for the &quot;convenience&quot; of having the latest model is too high and something that you don't really need.</p> <h2>3. International Data Plan</h2> <p>I get it, I really do.</p> <p>Just like many Millennial travelers, I believe that a trip isn't a trip without posting a few vacation pics for my friends to view. About 69% of Millennial travelers use some form of <a href="https://www.yahoo.com/travel/millennials-travel-survey-113198011097.html">social media during vacations</a>.</p> <p>Most service providers provide international data plans starting at 100MB. For example, <a href="http://www.att.com/shop/wireless/international/roaming.html">AT&amp;T's 120MB data plan</a> is $30, and <a href="http://www.verizonwireless.com/landingpages/global-roaming/">Verizon's 100MB data plan</a> is $25. The problem is that a 100MB allowance doesn't go very far. Consider how much data some common activities consume.</p> <ul> <li>Emailing a single high-resolution photo is 2MB to 5MB.</li> <li>Doing a 10-minute video call is about 24MB.</li> <li>Visiting 50 web pages equals about 10MB.</li> <li>Completing 30 social media posts with photos is roughly 10MB.</li> <li>Downloading 10 songs is 40MB.</li> </ul> <p>You could burn through 100MB of data in a single day. And that's assuming that you're keeping track of all of your data use. If you unintentionally left on the auto-push feature of your smartphone for all apps, you could easily burn through most of the data in just a couple of hours.</p> <p>Instead of buying an international data plan, take the following steps when traveling abroad (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-minimize-cell-phone-charges-when-you-travel-abroad?ref=seealso">How to Minimize Cell Phone Charges When Traveling Abroad</a>):</p> <ul> <li>Use the Wi-Fi from your hotel or from other reliable sources;<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Plan ahead with smartphone map apps, such as <a href="http://www.ulmon.com">Ulmon Maps</a> and <a href="http://osmand.net">OsmAnd</a>, which can work without an Internet connection;<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Keep your phone in airplane mode as much as possible to prevent data use;<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Prevent automatic upload of media.</li> </ul> <h2>4. Tethering</h2> <p>Sharing your data connection with all your other devices sounds like an awesome deal. However, the reality is that mobile tethering has several drawbacks:</p> <ul> <li>Most cellular carriers will require you to pay an additional fee or upgrade to a minimum MB plan to be able to tether through your device.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>There is no cellular carrier that will let you tether any device with an unlimited plan. You have to downgrade to a paid data plan, and figure out which one makes financial sense.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>You have a data cap when tethering, often ranging from 2GB to 5GB. Depending on your data use, you may incur overages and their corresponding expensive fees.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Tethering is major drain to any mobile's battery life.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Many users report that their Internet connection freezes when the phone receives a text or call.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>You're always trading off something when you're tethering. Tether via Wi-Fi, and your phone's battery drains quickly. Tether via USB, and only your computer can connect to the Internet. Tether via Bluetooth, and your connection gets very slow.</li> </ul> <p>This is why that tethering fee is something that you don't really need. Imagine if your home Internet provider would try to charge you for plugging an additional device to your home connection. You would probably tell your Internet company that they're crazy. If you really need a hotspot on the go for work purposes, you're better off investing in a mobile hotspot. That way you won't have to compromise for subpar service.</p> <p><em>What are some mobile plan upgrades that aren't worth the money?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/damian-davila">Damian Davila</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-mobile-phone-upgrades-that-arent-worth-the-money">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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