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Tech update June 2017


If you’re not lucky enough to have a photographic memory, keeping track of passwords can be a nightmare. Every time we want to enter a subscription website or do internet banking, we need a password to verify we are who we say we are. Some of us write passwords in a book or in a text document on our desktop, others just use the same one everywhere because they can’t remember passwords for every site. Neither method is safe.

The answer could be a password app. There are many now available to download, and some are even free. These apps manage passwords as a browser plug-in. You need to remember only one master password – the one that opens the app.

Most products include a built-in password generator for the secure sites you want to visit, which means you don’t have to wrack your brain thinking up a password. These passwords are at least 16 characters long, usually too long for you to remember.

The apps are not for everyone. Some users are wary of any cloud-based program that might be able to access your password. However, the app hosts say their encryption means even they have no idea what your password might be. In the end, it’s your choice. Do the research by looking up ‘password managers’ in Google.


Keeping a vehicle log book is a bind. Inland Revenue requires you to note your opening odometer reading and closing odometer reading over a three-month period. It will allow you to record your business trips only, over that period. Unfortunately, if you overlook a business trip, it will become a private trip by default.

Apps are now coming onto the market to solve the problem. They will keep a track of all your trips and help you to analyse them.

We obtained a quote for using LogbookMe. A 12-week license costs $248 + GST and a 52-week license costs $480 + GST. There will be other logbook apps on the Internet. You may be able to put the log book app to other uses to get the best value out of it.


Find a file by clicking on the magnifying glass symbol on the toolbar. Type in the name of the missing file and if it exists, it will be located for you.

Press Alt + Tab and it will show you all the open programs so you can choose which one you want to go to. This is a great shortcut for switching between programs. It also shows you what programs are running and draining your memory resources.

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