Friday, January 27, 2017

How to quickly insert a screenshot into Word 2013

Microsoft Word 2013 gives you the option to take a screenshot and insert it into a Word document in one easy step (without having to save the screenshot first).  To copy and insert the current view from any open program, file, or folder:

- Open a Word document (either an existing document or a blank new document) in Word 2013
- Select the Insert tab
- Select Screenshot*
- Select the currently-open program or view from which you want to take a

Once you have inserted the screenshot, you can resize it or move it around just like any other picture.

* If the "Screenshot" option is grayed out, you will need to convert your document to the current Word version first.  To convert the document:

- Select the File tab
- Click Convert
- Click OK

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Name the Malwarebytes robot for $200

Malwarebytes, the company behind the popular anti-malware tool of the same name, is looking for a name for their robot mascot.  Come up with the winning name and you could win a cool $200 (in the form of a Visa gift card).  Entries can be submitted here, and must be in by February 1st, 2017.

Friday, January 13, 2017

FTC launches IoT security challenge with $25,000 prize

Ever worry about how insecure the "smart" devices in your home are?  Wanna do something about it?

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is launching the IoT Home Inspector Challenge, an open call to developers, software engineers, and weekend tinkerers to create a solution (hardware or software) that will make the Internet of Things a little safer.

Specifically, the FTC is looking for a tool that can, at the very least, "help protect consumers from security vulnerabilities caused by out-of-date software."  Of course, more is better if you want to add additional security features.

You can enter by yourself or with a team, and the top entry will earn $25,000.  Honorable mentions can potentially take home $3,000.  The contest runs from March 1st to May 22nd, and the winner(s) will be revealed in late July.

If you're thinking of entering, all the rules and eligibility requirements can be found on the FTC's contest page.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Follow Hound: Twitter extension to see who's not following you back

Want to know which of the Twitter accounts you follow isn't following you back?  Follow Hound will show you with just one click.

When viewing the list of those you're following, simply click the Follow Hound icon (the blue dog) in Chrome's upper right corner (once you've installed it; you can get it from the Chrome Web Store) and the list will be filtered to only show users who are not following you back.  This filter makes it a breeze to see who isn't following you, and you can decide whether to unfollow them or not.  As you scroll down the page and more users are loaded, they will automatically be filtered as well.

Follow Hound is free, lightweight, and simple to use.  If you experience any issues, please leave a comment on this page or on the Follow Hound support tab in the Chrome Web Store.

Follow Hound is currently available for Chrome and Firefox.  An Opera version is in the works.

- Follow Hound for Chrome
Chrome Extension

- Follow Hound for Firefox
Mozilla Add-on