Saturday

Create Your Own Custom E-Mail for Your Website, Fast, Easy & Free!



For more than a year, I ignored the use of a custom e-mail address and kept using Hotmail as my contact address, as time went on I started to realise there were even more benefits with owning my own Custom mail address.
If you have a custom domain/website, as a blogger, a webmaster, consultant etc, you can improve the way clients contact you by setting up your own customised mail address.
Domain registrars or hosts offer this service, but not all Registrars give it to you for Free, meanwhile in this post I will show us the Latest method on how we can get it Set up, Free, Easy and Very Fast.


 REQUIREMENTS
  • A working website domain
  • A Google Account

1. Now Go HERE, click on Get Started and Fill in the form including A primary email address to Start using Google and administrating the custom mail service.

After signing up, check the mail you used in signing up, you get a link back to where you now Sign in again with your Custom Domain address, choose E-mail, and Hit GO.



You can add more users from your panel if you want.

Now your account is set, next thing is You'll still need to

2. Verify that you own the domain,

Depending on your domain registrar, this will require you to input some records in your MX and CNAME in the DNS, when configuring this I used NameCheap Free DNS which gave me Total Control of my domain, since my Domain Registrar didn't offer me DNS Management.

3. To activate your custom mail

I believe you've opened your DNS Management Control panel now, so all you need do is enter the following MX records to point your domain to Google mail servers:

10 ASPMX.L.GOOGLE.COM
20 ALT1.ASPMX.L.GOOGLE.COM

20 ALT2.ASPMX.L.GOOGLE.COM

30 ASPMX2.GOOGLEMAIL.COM

30 ASPMX3.GOOGLEMAIL.COM


NameCheap even made it all easier by automatically adding Google Apps Email tool,
Simply scroll down to MAIL SETTINGS >>  
click on  "User (Mail Server's Host Name Required)"
and there! you'll find it, Mark the  Google Apps Email.
Hostname should be filled with the "@" signs then fill in MAILSERVER HOST NAME with the above Google mail servers I provided us above.
Scroll down and Click SAVE.


Hope this helped you to move on to something more professional.
Regards.

Tuesday

Is it Worth Packing a Netbook or an iPad?

When it was first produced, the Netbook heralded the advent of a smaller, less expensive and more portable laptop. With lower prices than a conventional laptop they were thought to be the future of technology on the move. However, then came the tablet format in the form of the iPad. Suddenly, the netbook had a serious challenger!

So, when I am going on a trip or holiday, I always wonder what I should pack — A netbook or an iPad?

Must Read: iPad Mini vs. Kindle Fire HD vs. Nexus 7: Why it is called Battle of the Tablets

On the move

Both the iPad and the netbook claim to be highly portable. The ease with which I can get online and search the web offers great convenience. The netbook, although lighter than a traditional laptop, is still relatively weighty and unfortunately it struggles to compete with the iPad on the clarity of its screen display.

ipad-or-netbook

Viewing angles can also be a challenge, with the display becoming difficult to see unless I am viewing it head on. The iPad is lighter and smaller than a netbook; it has a fantastic display system that offers brilliant clarity no matter what angle I am looking at it from. With a longer life battery, the iPad can potentially give hours of viewing whilst out and about.

Browsing the web

As searching the web is one of the main functions I need, whichever device I choose must be efficient at browsing online and make it an easy and simple experience. A netbook has the advantage of ultimately being a scaled-down PC so I have the option to opt for any web browser and it fully supports Adobe Flash player. The downside is that screen quality again, which when combined with the size of the screen – usually around 10" in size – can make reading and viewing more difficult.

With the iPad clearly winning on these fronts, I start ask myself whether could it be time to sell my netbook and just stick to the superior screen abilities of the iPad.
With the tablet device,the fabulous screen display makes viewing anything a pleasure and I can easily flip between pages online. The only problems lie with the fact that, as it's an Apple product, the only browser that I can use is Apple Safari, whilst Adobe Flash – which is used by so many websites – is not supported at all.

Video and audio capabilities

My primary reason for buying one of these devices is for watching films, catching up with TV and listening to music. Although the screen quality is not comparable between the two, the netbook does allow me store a significant number of downloads. However, it struggles to display HD and the screen size doesn't always make for easy viewing. The iPad was created for this type of use; the Retina Display in the latest version gives brilliant screen quality and iTunes provides fast and easy access to a huge library.


So which will I pack?

The netbook might be a good option if I need a little more capability on the move and is ideal for short breaks. For longer trips, I tend to take a more traditional laptop. For overnight or weekend breaks, when I am planning to browse the web and watch TV or films or listen to music, the iPad would be my preferred choice. It slips perfectly into an overnight bag.

Monday

How to Unlock Huawei USB Modems To Make and Receive Calls

I use a previous version of Huawei modem for my internet connection, since the previous version of Huawei modems did not support Voice and Video calling, I have to be going through stress of removing my SIM card each time I'm through with the modem and put it back on the phone, that was not even too bad, the worse case was when friends later called, telling me I don't pick their calls, this was because my line would ring while it was plugged to the modem without an alert telling me there's an Incoming call for me, I could not make calls too.
All these changed when I stumbled upon the perfect solution for this which I'm going to be sharing in this post.

To Make and Receive Calls using your Huawei USB Modem

First, you must Unlock your Huawei modem using DC-modem Unlocker.
Next, Make sure all your Internet connections are switched off.
1. Run the DC Unlocker
After Installing, plug in your modem, you can now view this post for complete guide on how you can Unlock your Huwaei Modem, depending on your modem type/versions

2. Once you've successfully Unlocked your Modem, you can now Download and Install Mobile Partner by Darshana

Mobile Partner by Darshana

The application contains the latest dashboard for your modem, everything you would do right from your mobile, you can also do it there from the dashboard on your computer system.
  • Make and Receive Voice and Video calls
  • Send and Receive SMS, MMS
  • USSD, Call history etc.
The connection comes with few Access points pre-installed already for various Networks, if yours is not Listed.
Create a New Access point by going to Tools >> Options >> Profile Management >> New

Install Mobile Partner by Darshana


NOTE: To use the new Mobile partner dashboard, Make sure your previous default Modem's dashboard is closed. You can't run two dashboards at the same time.

When you've finished inputting all required details of your access point, click Save, go back to the "Connection" dashboard, choose your new Access point from "Profile" and hit connect.
As you connect to the internet with this app, you also won't have to worry about Missing your calls as this app will enable you know when you have a caller, so you can pick it and speak with them right away.

Friday

5 Ways to Protect Your Home Wi-Fi

Setting up a Wi-Fi connection at home gives you the freedom to connect from anywhere around the house, but it also leaves your Internet service vulnerable to intrusion. If you're just installing home Wi-Fi today or if you're a long-time user who wants a little extra protection, consider these methods to keep your connection clear.

1. Device Encryption

WiFi encryption
All modern wireless routers come with their own internal security measures, but for ease of use those extra settings default to off. You can check 4G coverage to see if you have access to this device
By going into your router settings, you can set the level of security you would like to use.

•    The best protection setting today is WPA2. This is a strong encryption designed specifically for Wi-Fi. The downside is that not all devices currently support WPA2, so make sure both your wireless adapter and any devices you use to connect to the Internet support WPA2 before activating it.
•    Classic WPA (Wi-Fi Protected Access) should be supported by any modern device. If you can't activate WPA2 or aren't sure if your devices support it, go with WPA.
•    Many routers still offer WEP (Wired Equivalent Protection), but it's rather outdated. Avoid using it whenever possible.

2. Change Your SSID Settings

The SSID is the name of your wireless connection. Your router will create a default SSID, so if you leave the name at the default, it suggests to unauthorized users that you aren't paying attention to your connection. You can change your SSID name, which is the equivalent of putting a "No Trespassing" sign on your property. You can also disable SSID broadcast, which will remove your connection from any outside lists of available connections. Disabling SSID broadcast is best for simply securing your connection against casual outside users, though it's less effective against hackers.

3. Set Strong Passwords

It's just common sense to make sure any important password for your devices or personal information is hard to hack. A good password should have the following qualities:
•    At least ten characters in length
•    Mixed uppercase, lowercase, numbers and symbols
•    Random rather than relevant no pet names, birthdays or other obvious personal info

4. Choose the Right Router

No matter what security settings you choose, you'll want a good, reliable router to give you the best, most stable wireless connection. Research router specifications and take recommendations from trusted sources. Modern wireless routers tend to be easy to install. Even if you're new to Wi-Fi tech, there are plenty of online resources that can guide you through Setting up a Belkin Router or another high-performance device.

5. Change Admin Settings

The last thing you'll want to do when installing a new wireless connection is to make it impossible for an unauthorized user to gain administrative access. To do this, you can change the default router user name, which is probably "admin" out of the box. You should also disable wireless administering in the Local Access Management settings, though this will require you to connect to your router with an ethernet cable to make administrative changes.
With a little research and preparation, you can ensure your home Wi-Fi connection is totally secure. You'll be free to access the Internet in your own personal cloud without having to worry about hackers or nosy neighbors.

About The Author:
Abigail Clark is an upcoming freelance writer. She graduated from The University of South Florida with a bachelors in marketing, minoring in journalism. When she isn’t up to her neck in coupons she is enjoying the outdoors fishing. She loves doing reviews for technology, home products and beauty products. If you would like her to do a review for you look her up on twitter.