Gmail is as secure an email service as you could hope for. It offers two-factor authentication in addition to several other precautionary measures for keeping your account secure. You can configure your Gmail account in most email clients but if Gmail deems an email client to be a security risk, it will block it from signing you in. The result is that you’re unable to add your Gmail account to an email client. This is what happens when you configure a Gmail account in Outlook on your desktop. Here’s the fix for it.
Add your Gmail account like you normally do and enter your password when prompted. If Gmail blocks Outlook from signing in, you will repeatedly be prompted to enter the password for your account.
When Gmail blocks a sign-in attempt, it also sends you an email to alert you to the same. That email is what holds the key to allowing Outlook to sign in.
Open it and tap the ‘allowing access to less secure apps’ link in the email body. It will open your Google account’s settings page and take you directly to the setting for allowing/disallowing secure apps.
All you have to do is select the ‘Turn on’ option and Outlook will be able to sign in. If you don’t get the email, and you may not if you haven’t enabled security alerts, simply visit your Google account settings.
To do so, sign into Gmail on your desktop, click your profile and select ‘Settings’.
On the settings page, go to Sign-in & security and scroll down to the very bottom where you will see the ‘Allow less secure apps’ option. Click the switch to enable/disable it.
You’re probably wondering what the long term security risks are here. This won’t automatically open you to security risks but you won’t know if you’ve added your Gmail account to an unsafe app.
To put you at ease, apps that use the Google API to authenticate your Gmail account, for example Pokèmon Go, will never be considered unsafe. They do not store your Gmail password, in fact, they never know what it is to begin with.
It is likely Gmail thinks Outlook isn’t secure simply because it does save your Gmail password. In order to remain signed into Outlook, you must keep the Allow less secure apps option On. You cannot change it back once you’ve been signed in successfully.
Facebook’s Oculus Rift is one of the high-end VR headsets available in the market today. In addition to the high cost of the headset, the desktop needed to run it costs $3000. It is not a cheap toy by any means. Games and settings for the Oculus and the Rift are all stored in the Oculus directory. If you ever decide you want to move them or back them up, you will need an app to do it. vrBackupper is a free Windows app that can backup and restore Oculus games and Rift settings, and move the Oculus installation directory to a different location.
The interface has two tabs; Migrate Oculus Installation’ and ‘Backup Restore Oculus’.
Moving Oculus Directory
The Migrate Oculus Installation tab lets you move the Oculus directory to a different tab. When you run it, it will look for where you’ve installed Oculus. It can find the directory no matter which drive you’ve installed it to. Select the new location you want to move it to, and click ‘Start move’.
Depending on the size of the directory, this could take quite a while. You should know that your files are being moved and not copied. It is inadvisable to interrupt the process.
Backup/Restore Oculus Games & Rift Settings
To backup your games and Rift settings, go to the ‘Backup Restore Oculus’ tab. It has two other tabs; Backup and Restore.
The Backup tab lets you select your Oculus directory and back it up to any other location of your choice. This is a backup so the files are being copied. The installation location does not change.
The Restore tab is where you restore your games and settings from. Once you’ve installed Oculus, run vrBackupper and select this tab. Select your backup and then select your Oculus directory to restore the backup to. Again, it depends on the size of the backup how long the restore will take.
If you want to copy a game you downloaded from the Windows Store from one PC to another, you’re going to have to download the game all over again. It will take time and bandwidth. Simply copying files between PCs doesn’t seem to work either as games can’t be installed like that and will fail to run. There is however a pretty simple work around to this that lets you copy Windows Store games between two PCs. Here’s what you need to do.
We should mention here that this post is not meant to encourage game piracy. It cannot and should not be used to obtain illegal copies of a game.
Access the PC that you have a Windows Store game installed on. The game resides in a dedicated folder of its own located at “C:Program FilesWindowsApps”. This is a hidden folder. You will need to enable viewing hidden files and you must have administrative rights to access the contents of this folder. This is the only tricky part to the process.
Look for the folder the game’s files reside in. It should look something like this;
Copy the folder to the PC you want to move the game to. Copy it to your desktop or to a drive that isn’t the OS drive.
Next, open the Windows Store and look for the game. Click the download button and allow the download to begin. Pause it shortly after it starts and close the Windows Store app.
Go to “C:Program FilesWindowsApps” where the Windows Store app will have created a dedicated folder for the app. Delete it. Copy the folder you brought over from your other PC to “C:Program FilesWindowsApps”.
Open the Windows Store app again and resume the download. The game will begin to install. To make sure it is installing, check Task Manager. It should indicate high, even 100% disk usage during installation.
Microsoft Edge now supports extensions. You can download an extension for Edge from the Windows Store. Microsoft has added support for extensions only recently to Edge so there aren’t a lot of them in the Windows Store. Quite a few are still in beta and developers prefer to make them available outside the Windows Store, possibly to avoid poor ratings. If you want to install an extension in Edge, it’s a fairly simple process if you know what to do.
Open Microsoft Edge and in the URL bar, type about:flags and hit enter. In the very first section, look for the ‘Enable extension developer features’ option and check the box next to it to enable it.
You will need to restart Edge. There is no dedicated button for restarting Edge when you make a change to the Flags like there is in Chrome. You have to restart Edge manually by closing and opening the browser.
You can now install an extension from outside the Windows Store. Find an extension you want to try out and download it. If you download it as a zipped file, extract it before you proceed to the next step.
Open Edge and click the ‘More’ button at the top right. Go to Extensions and click the ‘Load Extensions’ button. Navigate to the extension folder you just extracted and/or downloaded. You have to select the folder the extension’s files are in, and not a particular file. Select the folder and click the ‘Select folder’ button in the Open file dialog.
The extension will be loaded and it will appear in the Extensions panel. You may or may not have to turn it On.
Extensions downloaded from outside the Windows Store can still be verified extensions. A verified extension is an extension that has digitally been signed by a verified developer. An unverified extension can be installed the same way, however, each time you launch Edge, it will disable the unverified extension. You will have to enable it.
A word of caution; extensions installed from outside the Windows Store can be dangerous. Be careful which extensions you choose to install.
When recording screencasts, we can enable visual cues for mouse clicks. These cues make it easier for anyone watching the screencast to follow it. For most apps, even those built for recording a screencast, these visual cues only work with the mouse. Key strokes are rarely accompanied by a cue to show which key was pressed. Many video makers have to add key strokes in post-production which can be cumbersome and time consuming. ShowOff is a small Windows app that adds a floating box to your screen. All key strokes and mouse clicks you make appear in the box.
Launch ShowOff and drag & drop the white box within your video’s frame. Start recording. Every key you press, whether it’s a letter key or a special function key, will appear in the box.
The app is pretty smart. When you hit the Alt, Ctrl, or Win key, it shows whether you hit the key on the right or the left of the keyboard. When you right-click or left-click anywhere, the box will show ‘RClick’ and ‘LClick’ to indicate it respectively.
By default, the box is white and the text on it is black. If this doesn’t appeal to you or doesn’t sit well with the screencast you’re recording, you can change it.
To do so, right-click ShowOff’s icon in the system tray and select ‘Settings’ from the context menu. This will open the app’s settings INI file. You can edit it Notepad. The parameters are pretty easy to identify and the syntax is easy to follow even if you don’t know much about scripts.
Simply change the values in front of ‘;backcolor’ and ‘;fontcolor’ to change the color of the box and the text on it. You will need the HEX code for the colors you want to use. You can get HEX codes from any one of the millions of web apps built specifically for the purpose. We can recommend Color by Adobe.
ShowOff does not show mouse movement i.e. if you move the mouse cursor to the left or right, or position it over a particular menu in an app, it will not show a visual cue for the action.