Here is this week’s you should know segment.
01. You can get free Google Play credit.
Using the Google Opinion Rewards app you can fill out short surveys and receive Google Play credit. All for free.
02. About OpenStax for free, open-source, textbooks for college
OpenStax is a nonprofit organization started by the Gates Foundation dedicated to free, open-source, textbooks for college.
03. About ransomware viruses
I have been seeing ransomware viruses for nearly 2 years now. These viruses encrypt your data and then demand a ransom to unlock your files. I have seen people lose important information when infected by cryptowall. It is important that you keep cold storage backups or use an online backup software that has versioning (previous versions). Here is info on cryptowall which is one of the largest ongoing ransomware viruses at the moment.
04. You can create a heatmap of your Wi-Fi signal strength
You can create a heat map of your Wi-Fi signal strength for your home or office using a free program for PC, which can then be used to optimize your signal. This is especially useful if you live in a large home and need to know where to place a repeater (signal booster) for your Wi-Fi. Here is the software that you can use. Here are some tips on how to strengthen your WiFi signal.
05. About Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library
You should know about Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, a charity which promotes child literacy by sending free, age-appropriate books to any child between ages 0-5 each month regardless of income in the US, UK, Canada, and Australia. Over 816,000 children have received 60 million free books to date.
Registering a child is free and requires filling out a simple online form on the above website. Then, the child will receive a free book each month until his or her 5th birthday. This seems like it would make an especially thoughtful holiday or birthday gift for the family of a child in your life.