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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.

Please, take a look at the products and services we have to offer, read through my blog below, and we have more resources through our newsletter. Also feel free to contact us if you have any questions. Thanks for reading.

Encryption 101

Encrypt your file from anywhere | Shutterstock

 

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.

Posted by Lorne Lavine on Feb.10, 2016  2:57 pm No Comments

Time to Play

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.

Posted by Lorne Lavine on Feb.08, 2016  3:10 pm No Comments

Easy Peasy

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The Windows 10 upgrade process drags old files, settings, and programs from your previous Windows system to your new one. If you want a completely fresh system, though, you have a couple options.

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.

Posted by Lorne Lavine on Feb.06, 2016  3:07 pm No Comments

Pass the Salt

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.

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You can grant people you trust access to some websites but not others | Shutterstock

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.

Dashlane has a built-in feature for sharing passwords with friends and family in a way that’s super secure and keeps you completely in control. You can also set up a contact to automatically gain access in emergency situations. Here’s how to do both.

Posted by Lorne Lavine on Feb.06, 2016  2:36 pm No Comments

Jodena Consulting

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.

Posted by Lorne Lavine on Feb.06, 2016  10:25 am No Comments

I Can See Clearly Now

If you have trouble seeing, we’ve shown how to enlarge the font in Windows. However, you might not need a larger font all the time; perhaps you’d like a way to zoom in on the occasional hard-to-see content. Fear not, because Windows includes a tool just for this.

Posted by Lorne Lavine on Feb.04, 2016  3:01 pm No Comments

I’ve Got the Power

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!

Posted by Lorne Lavine on Feb.02, 2016  2:57 pm No Comments

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Windows XP was my favorite operating system for many years. Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8, not so much.

When Windows 10 launched in 2015, I decided to give Microsoft another shot. For the most part, the homecoming has been an enjoyable experience, as there are a lot of new features to enjoy. Still, there are a few things I hope Microsoft can improve upon in future Windows versions.

Posted by Lorne Lavine on Jan.30, 2016  12:04 pm No Comments

Mistakes Happen

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.

Whether your machine is brand new or several years old, it’s never too late to get started.

Posted by Lorne Lavine on Jan.28, 2016  12:01 pm No Comments

Dropkick

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.

Posted by Lorne Lavine on Jan.24, 2016  11:56 am No Comments


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