I’m Dr. Lorne Lavine, The Digital Dentist. If you’re thinking of adding to or upgrading the technology systems in your dental practice, then you’re in the right place. I started The Digital Dentist after discovering that dental professionals need focused, trained IT professionals to understand and work with their specific technological needs.
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While not an option for your dental files, this works great at home. The easiest and quickest way to encrypt a file is to create a zip folder and add a password to it. Well, you might have a zipping utility on your system but what if you got to work on a completely new system that doesn’t have Winzip or Winrar. Also, you’ve got to send an important file to someone quickly. In such situations, you have to work smart and encrypt the file differently. And, that smart way is to do it via a web browser.
When you insert a removable device such as a CD, DVD, or memory card into your computer, you’ll often see Windows’ “AutoPlay” popup. AutoPlay detects the kind of disc or media you have inserted and automatically takes whatever action you request. But if you find the feature annoying, you can disable AutoPlay very simply in Windows 10.
This is particularly useful if you’ve purchased a new Windows 10 PC and it includes manufacturer-installed bloatware you don’t want. Or, you may need to perform a clean install on a computer without an existing Windows system after installing a new hard drive. Of course, you’ll miss out on the good pre-installed apps, like the free DVD player program that comes with many PCs. However, you can always install VLC to get DVD playback or use one of the more fully featured Windows Media Center alternatives.
Previously, Microsoft forced users to upgrade to Windows 10 before they could start fresh and do a clean install–which was annoyingly complicated and time-consuming. Now, things are much easier, since you can activate Windows 10 with a Windows 7, 8, or 8.1 key.
If you use a password manager like Dashlane or even another manager like LastPass or 1Password, odds are you use a different password for virtually every website or service you’re signed up for. First of all, good for you because you’re taking the steps to be super secure on the web. However, there can come some times when you might actually want to share a password with someone without revealing all of your credentials.
Depending on how much time you spend on the computer, all these passwords will quickly add up. You could have hundreds of different passwords to store. If you’re working on a project with someone or perhaps on vacation for a few weeks and want someone to check in on your services, it’s unrealistic to have to fully expose yourself.
It was good to see my friend Dr. Mayer Levitt last week when I was presenting a lecture at the Yankee Dental Congress. Mayer is the face of Jodena Consulting, the dental practice management firm he started twenty years ago. Mayer writes a very informative blog twice a month and I suggest that you register to receive it. It is never promotional about his company, but rather provides solid management advice or product information to the dental community at large.
Just click on the orange icon on the left side of his Home Page and you will be all set.
There’s no such thing as too many Gmail tips, is there?
Gmail has an appealing interface and several useful features that give it an edge over other webmail services as well as desktop email clients. Its popularity has developers scrambling to build extensions and plugins for it all the time.
If you are a Gmail user, you have an endless stream of tricks and extensions to make the best of it. We’ll explore some of them in this article, then point you in the direction of 20 more Gmail extensions!
All computers have a limited lifespan, and they’ll remind you of this fact on a regular basis: they start getting noisier, they start slowing down, and they start showing error messages for no obvious reasons.
Yet many of these problems can be avoided entirely with a little forethought and preparation. By taking care of your PC — and by being aware of the factors that can damage it — you can make it run smoother and last longer, thus saving you headaches and money in the long run.
Dropbox lets you synchronize files among devices and the cloud. It’s so easy to set up and use, we forget about backing up and protecting the data. Every so often, you need to audit your security on Dropbox to prevent future problems and potential security breaches.
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