Gmail Two-Factor Authentication, Illegal Stickers on Electronics, Chips & Beer

Published on: April 19th, 2018

TFA. Not to be confused with the TSA, TFA stands for Two-Factor Authentication and it is highly recommended as a way to increase the security of your online accounts. Today we show you how to set it up for your Gmail accounts.

Have you ever run across a “Warranty Void if Removed” sticker while dusting off your laptop or desktop computer? Don’t be fooled by this illegal practice! An informed consumer is a smart consumer, and smart consumers can save money. And, as a reward for setting up your TFA, we’ve got chips and beer!


Have you initiated Two-Factor Authentication on your Google accounts?

Sometimes making your online data more secure is fairly easy:
Two-Factor Authentication (TFA)

This principle was covered in a prior Tech Talk so I won’t hit you over the head with it beyond pointing out that according to the article below, less than 10% of Gmail users have set up TFA.   I recently set it up on my one Gmail account that is linked to other information-sensitive accounts. It was easy to set up and is easy to use. I heartily recommend that you jump into the Two-Factor pond – you’ll sleep easier at night knowing that not only can no one can sign onto your account, but if anyone tries, you’ll be the first to know.

Read about TFA use here

Get going with TFA here


Joel Hruska,
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Did you know that “Warranty Void if Removed” stickers, per the FTC, are illegal?

These stickers appear on all sorts of electronic devices, and frequently companies attempt to deny warranty claims if the tape has been removed. “What many people don’t realize is that this is illegal. The 1975 Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act made it illegal for companies to force users to only repair hardware using specific components or via “authorized” resellers.”

Rip the tape off this illegal practice here


Joel Hruska,


Chips and Beer

University of California, San Diego, researchers “reported today that they had created a tiny chip that can read levels of alcohol in the body and relay that information to a smartwatch. It could be an alternative to traditional means of detecting whether someone has been drinking, and offers users the ability to monitor their blood-alcohol levels in real-time.” While the chip is still in the testing stage, it is expected to be more accurate than the current field devices that measure blood alcohol levels based on exhalation.

Drink in the details here


Nathaniel Scharping,


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