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The LastPass team believes your online experience can be easier, faster and safer. Collectively we lose more than 10,300 hours per year retrieving lost passwords, making new ones or talking to call center representatives about them. And it gets much worse if a password is stolen and misused. We go online to connect with people, explore, shop and learn. We certainly don’t go online to fuss with passwords or risk our privacy, personal or financial information. Designed by web enthusiasts and skilled application developers, LastPass was created to make the online experience easier and safer for everyone. We have several Premium codes available for you to win. Here are your ways to #160; One entry per #160; Like the Average Guy Facebook page – #160; Follow @theAverageGuyTV on Twitter  – #160; Follow @LastPass on Twitter – #160; Post about the giveaway on your social sites (1 point PER DAY)  -  Be sure to include a link back to our web page (), the Facebook Page () or Twitter Now, head over HERE or click on WIN below and get it done!  It’s that #160; Contest ends at midnight Central Standard time on Nov #160; Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving! Winner will be chosen at random from all entries. Completion of required actions may be verified for the winning #160; Void where prohibited and can limited to US addresses. Send your questions or comments to As always, restrictions #160; We reserves the right to disqualify any individual entry at any time.
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Rich’s Random Podcast Generator: LastPass with Amber Gott – Online Password Security, Multi-factor Authentication, One-Time Passwords, Phone Apps, LastPass Security Challenge – RRPG020

“The Last Password You’ll Have to Remember!” Amber Gott, Online Community Manager for joins Jim and Rich to talk about online password management and security. Online security has always been a hot topic, and it’s only going to be more so as time goes on. With that in mind, there’s never been a better time to look at how you’re handling your online presence, specifically the passwords you use for site logins, be it a gaming site or commerce such as Listen Mobile: To start with, people are known for using the same password across multiple sites because it’s too hard remembering all the site/password combinations. Or they have a similar reason.  Quite often, they use very simple passwords that are easily guessable. Passwords such as ‘123456’ and ‘password’ are just plain horrible choices.  Dictionary-based passwords such as ‘smellycat’ are not much better.  They’re way too obvious and lack any level of complexity that would prevent someone from cracking them. So this presents a huge security hole, one that could cause a lot of heartache, not to mention significant financial loss. And yes, this stuff really happens. Every single day! This is where LastPass comes in. LastPass is a secure password manager that integrates with your favorite web browser for the purpose of managing online sites and passwords. It stores those sites and passwords in an encrypted vault which you alone can access. All that’s required of you is to remember a single master password. And while you’re at it, you really ought to make it a complex password, one with at least 8-characters, though longer is always better. And it ought to contain at least one each of the following: caps and lower-case alpha (A-a) numbers (0-9) special characters such as ` ~ ! @ # $ % ^ & * ( ) _ + ; : ’ ” \ / | < > so you end up with something like this: Z*&e#sDM6d9cQ …because this password is the key to your online kingdom.  Oh, and you’d best not forget it because LastPass keeps no record of your password whatsoever. That’s right.  There is no ‘answer a secret question for a password reset’ workaround.  And this is by design.  Your master password stays with you. When you type it in, it’s concatenated with your username (email address), and then hashed with SHA to create an encryption key. This is the key used to encrypt/decrypt your vault locally, , the process takes place right there on your computer.  Not online.  That means you never have to worry about someone at LastPass accessing your vault.  They wouldn’t, of course, but more than that, they can’t.  You alone hold the master password, and your key never leaves your computer. And what about credit card numbers and shipping information? Do you dislike typing out all that stuff when making an online purchase?  LastPass has you covered there. Create a new Form Fill Profile to hold such personal information as name, address, gender, birthday, SSN, credit card number, bank account routing number, and any related notes you’d like, and LastPass safely stores this alongside your passwords in the vault. LastPass offers free and paid subscription versions.  The subscription is dirt cheap at $12/year.  What do you gain?  Take a look at this comparison page, and you’ll see that phone/mobile apps are one additional feature. Yubikey support is another. Yubikey provides one of a number of ways to implement multi-factor authentication, something which provides an extra layer of security for logging into LastPass when you’re at less than ideal location such as a hotel, public library, or any open wi-fi. Is it time to secure your online life?  You bet it is.  So head over to and get started by hitting the Download LastPass button and grabbing the installer.  Once you’re done with installation and setup, take the LastPass Security Challenge.  That’ll show you just where you stand with your own online password security, and what you can do to improve it. You’re going to love the “…password manager that makes browsing easier and more secure.”   -Rich   Rich’s RPG is a podcast hosted by Jim Collison and Rich O’Neil in Google+ Hangout. We talk tech with like-minded folks, covering stuff that’s interesting to us. No outlines, no agenda, no worries. And we welcome newcomers. Got your headset and a bit of free time? Join us on the show by contacting us at: or Jim’s Twitter: #!/jcollison If you have a product or a topic you would like us to discuss, please tag your articles in Delicious using the tag “TheAverageGuy”. Check out other great Podcasts from the Average Guy Network at Podcast intro and exit music is used by permission from “In the Shadow of the Great Machine” by Fool’s Chaos. Hear more great tunes at Fool’s Chaos!
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Linkedin Disaster, LastPass, Hangout Lower Third, NASA, Flight Aware – HT076

Jim, Andrew and Christian are joined this week by Greg Welch, and Paul Braren (from an interstate flight) for Show 76 of The Home Tech Podcast. The guys start off trying to have a quick chat with Paul, who purchased some air time with gogo in-flight WiFi on a flight between JFK and LAX.  Even though the upload performance isn’t great, for those of us who have always wanted to be online during a long flight, the dream is here! MozyPro–secure online backup for businesses Join us for the show live each Thursday at 8pmC/9E/1UTC at Listen Mobile:   Not only did the guys manage to talk with Paul during his flight, they also tracked the flight using Flight Aware, which allows you to track flights in real time! Christian fills us in on the some of the work he is doing during his internship at NASA, and tells us some of the exciting goings on happening around him, as well as filling us in on some of the technology that is available to the tech folk at the facility he is working at. Jim talks about the new Google Hangouts Add-In called Lower Third developed by one a Google employee, which lets you put a news-style banner across the bottom of the Google Hangouts video window (as seen in this shows You Tube video) Andrew talks about the hacking of LinkedIn, and points listeners who use LinkedIn across to the utility that LastPass have published to let you know if your password has been compromised and should be changed.  If you are a LinkedIn user, check your password here, and if you need to, be sure to change your password! The guys about their password utility of choice.  Christian uses Roboform, Greg doesn’t use anything in particular, and Andrew uses a combination of KeePass with the database file saved into Dropbox, so that it is accessible from all PCs with the KeePass application installed. Jim and Greg talk about Windows Phone 8, following Jims trial of the Nokia Lumia 800, in particular the recent Nokia Map update, and how the Windows Bing Maps are powered by NAVTEQ. Christian talks about the recent Verizon FiOS upgrades being offered to subscribers, with most subscribers receiving free plan upgrades! Christian’s Deal-of-the-Week is a bit of a Deal or No Deal (you decide) this week, with Christian having been inspired by the 2GB Ironkey that all NASA employees are to use on company machines.  The USB key has inbuilt encryption, and runs out at $ from Amazon.  The guys talk about the various types of encryption you could use as an alternative such as the McAfee Encrypted USB Drive, of which some variants have an onboard antivirus engine, or using a Free Encryption product to protect your data whilst using a regular USB key. Andrew talks about some of the bargains to be found in the End of Financial Year sales, namely the Logitech Wireless TouchPad, that we spoke about some months ago, a bargain at $30 including shipping!  Andrew also talks about the tech search site Static Ice, an Australian tech search engine used by many to find great tech prices online.  Similar to Tech Bargains in the US, but available in Australia, New Zealand, the UK and starting to roll out in the USA. The guys talk about some of the note taking applications available across the various mobile phone platforms, including Microsoft OneNote (laptop and mobile edition), and the popular and ever growing Evernote. Jim closes out the show, asking the listener base what would be the most viable method for selling a large collection of postage stamps, that belonged to his fathers, and has collected over many years.  Jim has started a discussion over on The Average Guy Facebook Page to discuss the sale of the collection. Facebook Page:  Facebook Group: If you’d like to subscribe to the show, click on to update your iTunes library, or for other Podcast downloading applications, please click on the RSS Feed and pick your Pod Catcher of choice! Or, you can now stream the show online at at The Show Announcements and Schedule: #!/TheAverageGuyTV Jim’s Twitter: #!/jcollison Andrew’s Twitter: #!/unrealshots Contact Christian: Contact the show at Find us on Facebook: Find this and other great Podcasts from the Average Guy Network at Some links may contain affiliate codes that benefit the Average Guy Podcast Network.
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DeLorean Bicycle, Facebook, Google, Java, LastPass, Media Tagging, Oracle, Samsung Galaxy SIII and Smart Phones – HT074

Jim, Andrew and Christian are joined this week by Mike Howard from jpeg2RAW and Renny Phipps for Show 74 of The Home Tech Podcast. The guys start off talking about the recent Facebook IPO, which started at $38 and closed at $ at the end of the first day of trading. The guys discuss where the volume may be coming from in the stock, and the future of Facebook being traded on the market, and the future of Facebook were it to become a “user pays” service. MozyPro–secure online backup for businesses Join us for the show live each Thursday at 8pmC/9E/1UTC at Listen Mobile: Mike talks about the new Samsung Galaxy SIII, recently released in London as the “Official Device of the 2012 Summer Olympics”, sporting a quad-core GHz processor, 8MP camera and all the goodness we come to expect from the Samsung Galaxy series of phones. The guys discuss their current smartphone, battery life, and the phone they would recommend to their family and friends. Andrew recommends the iPhone, Mike recommends the Samsung Galaxy SII immediately, and the Samsung Galaxy SIII when it comes to the market, Christian would recommend to his age group any device that can be texted on quickly, and Renny would recommend making a decision based on the features that appeal the most, including applications, and ease of use, and Jim would at this stage recommend the Nokia Lumia 800, based on his recent exposure to the Windows Phone platform, with the Android phone being the last phone he would recommend for an average user. Mike spills the beans on why the video enabled Digital SLR camera can only record 30 minutes of video – due to the tax countries charge on video cameras, as well as sharing for the photographers amongst our listeners, a patch being released by Adobe for Photoshop CS5. Renny tells us about Should I Change My Password, a site which you can put your email address into to see if your email address may have been compromised at any point in the past, and used in a number of security breaches.  Renny talks about LastPass, a cloud-based password management system, that integrates with your browser, and allows you to access all your passwords using a master password. Renny also talks about how he manages his Windows Media metadata, using a plug-in called WMP Tag Plus, which provides library and tagging support for music formats including FLAC, Ogg Vorbis, WavPack, Monkey’s Audio, Musepack and MPEG-4. From Christian’s Corner this week, we get some non-tech news, learning about the latest from MIT, a product called LiquiGlide which will end the frustrations of emptying ketchup bottles. The Deal-of-the-Week is a Build Your Own PC kit from Tiger Direct for $349, including processor, motherboard, memory, hard disk, and case. Christian and Jim also talk about verdict in the Oracle vs Google trail, in which it was determined that Android does not infringe on Oracle patents, primarily in their use of Java APIs. Andrew brings us some more non-tech news, sharing the news that DeLorean is back in business, this time with the DeLorean Bicycle. Made from Stainless Steel, with an 11-speed internally geared rear hub, and hydraulic disc brakes it’s a far cry from the DeLorean from Back to the Future, but who knows what might happen if you hit 88 mph! Jim and Renny discuss what happens when you delete files and folders in Dropbox, versus deleting files from Windows Home Server.  With Dropbox, you can restore files and folders very easily via the web interface, versus if you delete from a Windows Home Server, once deleted, your files are usually gone. The guys close out the show, talking about the Beta version of Microsoft Security Essentials, currently available at Microsoft Connect.  If you like testing new software, check it out! Facebook Page:  Facebook Group: If you’d like to subscribe to the show, click on to update your iTunes library, or for other Podcast downloading applications, please click on the RSS Feed and pick your Pod Catcher of choice! Or, you can now stream the show online at at The Show Announcements and Schedule: #!/TheAverageGuyTV Jim’s Twitter: #!/jcollison Andrew’s Twitter: #!/unrealshots Contact Christian: Contact the show at Find us on Facebook: Find this and other great Podcasts from the Average Guy Network at Some links may contain affiliate codes that benefit the Average Guy Podcast Network.
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Cyber-attacks, Online Security, Wuala goes Mobile, Top Ten Tablets, Facebook Events, 7stacks, Password Management and DNS Benchmarking – HT024

Jim, Andrew and Christian are joined by Gordon Schmidt for this weeks installment of the Home Tech Podcast. The guys kick off with Christian giving a quick insight regarding the change in his development methodologies for his Windows Home Server add-in, Magic Wake-On LAN given the change in technology between original Windows Home Server and the new Windows Home Server 2011. Join us for the show live each Thursday at 8pmC/9E at Listen Mobile: Jim talks about the latest news regarding the recent cyber-attack on the Sony PlayStation Network and the steps you can take to make sure your credit card details are safe, such as regularly changing your password on your online services, and using complex #160; For those of you who use the PlayStation Network, Sony are providing regular updates on their Blog. The guys talk about their method of choosing and storing passwords, such as local software options like KeePass, and cloud based password management solutions such as LastPass, which integrates into your web browser, and supports all the common Operating Systems and web browsers both PC based and mobile. To protect yourself online, the guys recommend: Never e-mail your credit card details to anyone Check the links in emails that claim to be from online services like PayPal, and your bank, and ensure you are going to the correct site If you are using a secure site, such as your online banking, or any service that transacts sensitive information make sure that your web browser shows you the site is secure, normally this is a padlock somewhere in your web browser, or the full name of the site for the new version of Firefox Above all, if something looks too good to be true, it usually #160; Remember that Walmart will never send you an email offering you a free $1000 gift card, your bank will never email you asking to confirm your password, and Microsoft will never try to sell you a product that is normally free. If you think your card may have been compromised, you should: Place a fraud alert with the three major credit bureaus, being: Experian at 888-397-3742; Equifax at 800-525-6285; and TransUnion at 800-680-7289 Check your credit reports – US residents are entitiled to one free credit report per year from Annual Credit Report Check your online banking statement Lodge a case with your bank as soon as you notice unusual transactions on your statement Jim talks about Wuala finally releasing a mobile client, allowing you to access your cloud data on the go. Andrew talks about the latest ZDNet Top Ten Tablet Leaderboard for 2011, which is supported by the TechRepublic Photos of the 10 Hottest tablets of 2011, bringing us the ZDNet ranking of the current and future tablet offerings from all the major players. Christian shares his views and experience of buying new brand name versus the same brand name hardware that has been manufacturer refurbished before being retailed, as well as their observations of the differences between the Operating System as it comes installed from the manufacturer versus installing it yourself. For those of you who use Facebook Events regularly, the folks over at Lockergnome have shown us how to synchronize your Google Calendar with your Facebook Events. Christian brings us his Deal-of-the-Week, a Seagate 2TB external hard disk from Tiger Direct for $ Christian’s Tip of the Week tells us how to time the startup of a Windows 7 PC, using a script found over at SevenForums, so you can now quantify and qualify the startup tips from the past.   Christian also brings us a very cool program, 7stacks, that enhances the jump list feature found in Windows 7, allowing you to nest folders, program groups and the likes into your jump list. Gordon brings us some more chat about LastPass vs KeePass vs RoboForm for password management, and the guys compare the three solutions with the built-in web browser password managers. Gordon also talks about namebench, an Open-source DNS Benchmark Utility, which gives you a benchmark of how your ISP DNS servers perform, against services such as OpenDNS, Google Public DNS and several other public DNS #160; Changing your DNS servers can dramatically speed up your Internet browsing experience! Facebook Page: Facebook Group: If you’d like to subscribe to the show, click on  to update your iTunes library, or for other Podcast downloading applications, please click on the RSS Feed and pick your Pod Catcher of choice! Or, you can now stream the show online at at The Show Announcements and Schedule: Jim’s Twitter: Andrew’s Twitter: Contact Christian: Contact the show at Find us on Facebook: Find this and other great Podcasts from the Average Guy Network at Some links may contain affiliate codes that benefit the Average Guy Podcast Network.
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How to Get Started Blogging, Using Lastpass and RoboForm for Managing Passwords and New iPhone or Android Apps – HT003

Brian, Christian and Jim are together again to talk “how-to” tech for the average home #160; In show #3, we added some new music for the intro and at the end of the show!  Make sure you listen all the way to the end. For our third Home Tech Show we talked about Blogging and micro-blogging. How To Get Started Blogging with Join us for the show live each Thursday at 8pmC/9E at Listen: Other good sites for beginners – & & Microblogging sites – or News we covered: Gwaker Gets Hacked! Link to Lifehacker’s FAQ regarding the attack… Secure solutions for managing Passwords: RoboForm or LastPass EA Sports cuts prices on iPhone Apps iPhone apps – Kindle Reader & Pandora Android – LinkedIn for Android & Google Maps Windows Mobile – MortPlayer & Subsonic Facebook Page: Facebook Group: If you’d like to subscribe to the show, click on to update your iTunes library, or for other Podcast downloading applications, please click on the RSS Feed and pick your Pod Catcher of choice! Or, you can now stream the show online at at The Show Announcements and Schedule: Jim’s Twitter: Andrew’s Twitter: Contact Christian: Contact the show at Find us on Facebook: Find this and other great Podcasts from the Average Guy Network at Some links may contain affiliate codes that benefit the Average Guy Podcast Network.
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