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Technology Tips: September 2016 Edition

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Technology Tips: September 2016 Edition



The content of many websites, such as online news articles, is divided across multiple webpages that require you to click "Next" several times to continue reading. PageZipper is a browser extension that eliminates the need to keep clicking "Next" by merging multiple pages into one.
PageZipper is available as an extension for Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. Once installed, a new toolbar button will become available. The next time you encounter a multi-page website, click the zipper to activate PageZipper.


Use Your Android Instead of a Scanner 

Do you need to create a PDF of a hard copy, but don’t want to bother with a scanner? If you’ve got an Android phone and the Google Drive app, you can make a PDF right now! Here’s how:
1) If you don’t already have the Google Drive app, download it. (Be sure to download the full app, not Sheets, Docs, or Slides for instance.)

2) Open the app and go to the folder where you want your scan to be saved.

3) Tap the blue plus sign in the lower right corner.

4) A white “New” screen will appear. Tap “Scan” and take a picture of your document. Try to take the photo from directly above it to get a straight, easy-to-read shot.

5) Once you’ve taken the picture, you can use the icons at the top to crop, rename, and rotate the image, among other options. At the bottom of your screen, you’ll see several more options: a plus sign (to add more pages), a circular arrow (to retake the photo), and a check mark (to save the PDF).

6) You can now access the document on your Google Drive from any device. As a bonus, its content is searchable!


Keyboard Shortcuts:

Switch Between Windows and Programs

Many of you may be familiar with these handy keyboard shortcuts, but for those of you who aren’t, give them a try. You’ll be able to save some time on your day-to-day tasks.
Alt. + Tab – Switch back and forth between your two most recently used programs or windows.

Alt. + Escape – Switch among all open, not minimized, programs.

Hold down Alt. + Tab – Switch among programs, including those minimized. Use the tab key to go from program to program. 

Command + Tilde (the ~ key in the upper left) – Switch among open windows (not minimized) within a single program (for example, multiple Word Documents).

Command + Tab – Switch among open (not minimized) programs.

Hold down Command + Tab – Switch among programs, including those minimized. Use the tab key to go from program to program.


Malware of the Month

This month’s Malware of the Month is called Clipboard Poisoning. Clipboard Poisoning is a term many people aren’t familiar with, but it has existed for quite a few years in computing. Poisoning occurs when you copy something from a website, but the website replaces what you copied onto your clipboard with something different. The replacement can be as innocent as swapping the copied material with a sentence stating where the information came from, or as malicious as replacing your clipboard with code that will crash your computer. Recently, these attacks have become more widespread, especially for Mac users.

If you are concerned that a website may be infected by Clipboard Poisoning, open up TextEdit or Notepad and paste your copied material into it. Does the same thing you meant to copy appear? If not, the site you used to obtain that code may be a victim of a cyberattack. It would be wise to avoid going to that site for a while, until they have addressed the issue.

“I love technology, and I love new gadgets. I can no longer figure out how to use any of them, but I love them.”
–Jerry Zucker, film director  

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