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Eileen Lozano is an Office Manager/Client Services Assistant at Stanton Street, an El Paso, Texas area website development company. Contact Eileen Lozano at (915) 351-8440.
The Future is Now, how to undo emails sent in Gmail

The Future is Now, how to undo emails sent in Gmail

Sending emails is so nerve wrecking, one typo to a potential employer or client can literally make or break your life. If only there was a small window of time that would allow you to turn back the hands of time and retrieve that embarrassing email. Well, if you use Gmail, you’re in luck! Undoing emails is now a setting that you can turn on in your Gmail setting to ensure that your heart doesn’t beat out of your chest in a panic. Follow the steps below to activate this setting.

Step 1: Make sure that you are signed into your Gmail account. Click on the wheel in the top right hand corner and scroll down to “settings.”

Step 2: Scroll down the laundry list of options that you are given and look for the “undo send” option. Once you have located it you will then have the option to choose how much time you have after you accidentally send the email to “undo” it. Step 3: After making your selection remember to scroll a little further down and hit “save changes.”

Step 4: Presto Magic never send embarrassing emails again.

Note: An important thing to remember is that this setting needs to be enabled before sending any emails.

 

 

 

Eileen Lozano
Eileen Lozano is an Office Manager/Client Services Assistant at Stanton Street, an El Paso, Texas area website development company.

Contact Eileen Lozano at (915) 351-8440.

Friends Don’t Let Friends Go Live

Friends Don’t Let Friends Go Live

You hear your phone buzzing from the other room, you rush to it because you’re waiting for that call or text. You arrive at your phone only to see the so and so is “going live” Instagram push notification. ARGH!? Frustration ensues. 

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Eileen Lozano
Eileen Lozano is an Office Manager/Client Services Assistant at Stanton Street, an El Paso, Texas area website development company.

Contact Eileen Lozano at (915) 351-8440.

Facebook is determined to make users civically engaged with new “Town Hall” feature

Facebook is determined to make users civically engaged with new “Town Hall” feature

During the 2016 election we saw the spread of fake news on social media, the misrepresentation of facts was so overwhelming that we felt compelled to write an entire blog about it. Since then Facebook and other social media sites have been determined to work on their algorithms and carefully vet people using their services.

Mark Zuckerberg has exercised his voice and power to become somewhat of a philanthropist. Last month he published an extensive manifesto via Facebook where in it he outlined several goals for his social media platform. In the manifesto he spoke about how previously Facebook was a place to bring friends and families together but now he would be widening his lens by asking the question, how can he bring us all together and create a “global community?” He outlined a slew of initiatives that he would be working on including a Facebook where people became more “civically engaged” and voted more often.

This now a possibility with their new, “Town Hall” feature. The new feature is available under the “More” options on your Facebook mobile app. It’s a neat tool that allows you to connect to your local, state, federal, and national representatives. To get started using this feature you must first put in your address, Facebook won’t share this information but I’m assuming it does save it. 
You need to put in your address so Facebook can pull the correct representatives. It will connect you to their official Facebook pages, and you also have the option to “Message” or “Email” them. It also makes you aware of how many of your friends are connected to their representatives which does nothing essentially aside from add pressure from your peers.
El Paso County Votes website reports that there are only 422,769 registered voters in our city, this number is a lot higher than previous years and tools like “Town Hall” are important to getting those numbers up. If you’re unclear about who represents you or how to contact them regarding issues that are important to you, I highly recommend educating yourself with this information. I would also recommend utilizing the Countable app. It delves more in depth on issues, bills, processes, and legislative procedures.

Eileen Lozano
Eileen Lozano is an Office Manager/Client Services Assistant at Stanton Street, an El Paso, Texas area website development company.

Contact Eileen Lozano at (915) 351-8440.

Microsoft breaks up with Internet Explorer

Microsoft breaks up with Internet Explorer

A few weeks ago Microsoft decided to end its support of Internet Explorer 10 and all versions previous. Internet Explorer 11 is the last and the only version that Microsoft still supports. Internet Explorer 11 still offers improved security, increased performance, better backward compatibility and support for web standards that helps most sites operate. If you are using Microsoft 10 don’t worry IE11 will continue to be supported.

Now that Microsoft has deemed Internet Explorer at its end of life what does this mean for you? It means that you need to take immediate action if your using version 10 or older. End of life doesn’t mean that your browser will stop working. It means that Microsoft will stop providing security updates. Security updates are vital and used to patch up vulnerabilities  that may be exploited by malware. These updates are crucial to keeping your information and data protected and safe. Regular security updates are very important so maintaining your browser by continuously updating the platform is recommended. Also with Microsoft no longer offering security updates for these different versions they are no longer offering any technical support. Stanton Street will also be following suit by no longer offering technical support for IE9 because it does not support many responsive functions and it has an average usage of 0.3%  locally.

If you feel up the internet stream without a paddle don’t worry there are other browsers available to you. Google Chrome, Safari, or Mozilla Firefox are all great options for searching the internet safety. Still have questions give us a call and we would happy to talk more in depth with you.

Eileen Lozano
Eileen Lozano is an Office Manager/Client Services Assistant at Stanton Street, an El Paso, Texas area website development company.

Contact Eileen Lozano at (915) 351-8440.

Hunt in Good Company with Stanton Street

Hunt in Good Company with Stanton Street

hmcblogHunt Companies provides service members and their families with quality living that they deserve. Hunt Companies wanted their professionalism to translate through their online presence. Having over 30 properties with their own sets of assets could prove challenging. Luckily, it’s Stanton Street’s forte. We have the level of professionalism, organization and creativity that Hunt Companies looks for when redesigning a website.

Identifying the needs of the client is always the first step we take when developing a new website or revamping one. In the instance of Hunt Military Communities, we knew that users needed to be able to access documents, forms and other services from any mobile device or tablet. The sites also needed to contain content geared toward current and future residents.

To easily organize the properties, we created a “gateway” page that gives new and prospective residents the ability to filter and search for applicable locations. Upon opening the gateway page, users are greeted with colorful thumbnails that represent each community. The page is neatly organized by branch: Navy, Air Force, Army, Marines and Civilian. Properties can also be filtered by the user’s status.

When a desired location is selected, users are directed to the homepage that displays imagery of their community along with functions such as: wait list lookup, rental applications, maintenance requests, rental payments, and “Find Your Home.” A site search is also readily available to get the user to a topic quickly.

The website is also host to resident newsletters, documents and forms, helpful links and frequently asked questions. The interactive community map provides residents with a quick overview of parks, basketball courts, and other recreational activities. Contact Us pages have been formatted to include phone numbers, addresses and management team information. New, current and prospective residents can easily reach out to management through general inquiries and leasing forms.

We appreciate the opportunity to partner with Hunt Military Communities and create optimal experiences for their service member’s past, present and future. If you are interested in redesigning your site or would like to develop new one, fill out our contact form. We would be happy to help you!

Eileen Lozano
Eileen Lozano is an Office Manager/Client Services Assistant at Stanton Street, an El Paso, Texas area website development company.

Contact Eileen Lozano at (915) 351-8440.

Listen Up Android Users

Listen Up Android Users

Mobile Notifications & MessagingAndroid users listen up! Some of your information might be in the hands of the wrong people. There is a new malware breach that has reached more than 1 Million Google accounts and is infecting 13,000 devices every day.

Gooligan is the name of this dangerous software that roots vulnerable Android devices and will steal email addresses and authentication tokens stored on them. Once the malware has your sensitive information it can then access accounts such as Gmail, Google Photos, Google Docs, Google Play, Google Drive and G Suite. If Gooligan is successful at gaining access it has full control of the device and the ability to send commands to your device remotely. Any devices running an older version of the Android operating system, such as Android 4.x (Jelly Bean, Kit Kat) and 5.x (Lollipop) are the most at risk. The malware attack was uncovered by Check Point Software Technologies and they have published a neat tool to make it easy to find out if your Android device is infected. If after you run a check on your device and you find out that it has been hacked, Google’s director of Android security has recommended you run a clean installation of the operating system on your device. Attempting to install a clean version of your software is called, “Flashing” completing this process is complicated. Google recommends turning off your device and go to a certified technician in your area to help you flash the device.

Eileen Lozano
Eileen Lozano is an Office Manager/Client Services Assistant at Stanton Street, an El Paso, Texas area website development company.

Contact Eileen Lozano at (915) 351-8440.

Snap Out of It

Snap Out of It

snapRecently I blogged about the distribution of fake news and how Facebook and Google are making it harder for people to peddle misinformation. While certain social media platforms were in the hot seat, Snap (formerly Snapchat) remained out of the spotlight. Snap is Facebook’s biggest competitor, so how did a social media platform with 150 million daily users manages to sidestep the issue?

Snap is a growing source of breaking news for users but there are a handful of reasons why the sometimes controversial social network doesn’t get brought up over debates about fake news. Snapchat is user-generated content that appears over a short period then poof it disappears. There have been many changes to Snapchat over the last few years they released filters, geo filters, and a news section to the app. The news that has been integrated is contained in a separate action they call Discover. The process that publishers go through to get content published is much more extensive, and Snapchat does a great job of vetting potential partners. The way that Snapchat operates is also very different than most platforms. Snap thrives on authenticity, not collecting likes and shares. Snapchat profiles do not display a follower count or even let users know how many followers they have. The app also doesn’t have any links for users to share so it makes it harder for snaps to go viral. Another way that Snap has helped stop the promotion of fake news stories is through a Live Story. This is a mashup of photos and videos of an event that work as a firsthand account and makes it difficult to alter this content. Snapchat is a very unique and somewhat experimental source of information, that is tightly managed. Whether that’s good or bad only time will tell. One thing that is for certain is practicing responsible sharing. Friends don’t let friends spread rumors.

 

Eileen Lozano
Eileen Lozano is an Office Manager/Client Services Assistant at Stanton Street, an El Paso, Texas area website development company.

Contact Eileen Lozano at (915) 351-8440.

Give and Let Live

Give and Let Live

Tis the time of year to give to organizations and other less fortunate, and if you were thinking about giving to an organization soon, today is the perfect day to do so. The Tuesday after Black Friday and Cyber Monday has been dubbed Giving Tuesday. Giving is great but you also want to make sure that your donation is going to the right place so we have outlined a few things to keep in mind while you’re giving.

  • Do your homework – Make sure you have the exact name of the charity that you would like to give to. Name similarities might make things confusing so be sure to double and triple check.
  • On the spot donations – We have all been caught up by someone holding a clipboard with information while trying to walk to your car. Don’t let your emotions get the best of you, try and get a card from the organization. Go home and check them out online first before you give any monetary donations.
  • Charities that don’t disclose – Charities have the option to disclose their information to the BBB, and some opt not to. This raises some red flags so make sure you visit give.org to find out if your charity has opted to not disclose.

Don’t let these deter you from giving. The Better Business Bureau states that “charities receive one-third of their annual donations during the holiday season.” Go online, do your research and have a happy #GivingTuesday.

Eileen Lozano
Eileen Lozano is an Office Manager/Client Services Assistant at Stanton Street, an El Paso, Texas area website development company.

Contact Eileen Lozano at (915) 351-8440.

The Holidays are for Snapchat

The Holidays are for Snapchat

MySpace Picture- 2006

The holidays are a time for family, food, drinks and posting all of it on Instagram, right? And if you don’t post your holiday festivities they might as well not have happened. I cannot recollect a time that I didn’t document my life on social media. At 14 I armed myself with a digital camera and a Myspace profile to give my friends and strangers an all access pass to my life, doing that has never seemed weird or out of place. I dare to say that not doing it seems more strange. In the last 14 years, my choice of social media and technology has changed. I have used the last 6 iPhones, Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, Vine, Twitter, and Tumblr to document milestones and life. My Facebook account is my longest relationship, Happy 10-year Anniversary to me! While I grew up with a sense of ease and comfort using social media and technology it doesn’t mean that it always came easy. There is a new social media app every year it seems and we all need to learn it to seem relevant. Snapchat was one of those apps for me. Initially, when millennials younger than I caught on to it I immediately dismissed it as some teenage fad and made fun of it. I made fun of it because I didn’t understand it. Snapchat has been around since 2011 but people in my circles didn’t start utilizing it until 2015. I avoided signing up because I didn’t want to ask people how it worked because I didn’t want to appear out of the know and I just didn’t care enough to Google it. I don’t think it was until their filters came out that I signed up. I sucked it up and asked my teenage cousin how it worked, to my dismay he didn’t make fun of me for being out of the loop. Quite the contrary. We sat there for a good 15 minutes bonding and practicing, it was great. My lesson is this, don’t be afraid of the unknown, looking dumb, or asking questions. The only constant in life is change and that includes technology. Be bold, evolve with it.

Eileen Lozano
Eileen Lozano is an Office Manager/Client Services Assistant at Stanton Street, an El Paso, Texas area website development company.

Contact Eileen Lozano at (915) 351-8440.

Facebook and Google Make It Harder to Distribute Fake News

Facebook and Google Make It Harder to Distribute Fake News

It doesn’t matter what side of the Presidential election you were on, one thing that we can agree on is how much social media and fake news impacted the decisions of many voters. Google and Facebook now realize that having incorrect information is just as bad as having none and they are working together to ban fake news sites from their platforms.

The U.S election was extremely popular on social media and the closer we got to November 8th the more intense and more frequent the posting became. While this would have been something to discuss before the election Google and Facebook are taking steps to make sure this doesn’t happen again. Google has updated its policy to say that the company will attempt to ban sites that “misrepresent, misstate or conceal information.” Google went on to say that sites that do not comply with this rule will be banned from using Google AdSense. Facebook has also updated its policy to rule out fake news sites from using Facebook Audience Network. Both tech giants have explicitly said that they will not advertise fake news stories and will work on their algorithms and continue to aggressively vet people using those services.  The behemoth that is Facebook can no longer ignore how much power they have in distributing information to the American people. Google did not escape harsh criticism either and were held accountable for putting too much prominence on false news stories.

But will cutting them off be enough?

While their approaches will make it harder for fake news sites to bring in revenue, they will not completely disappear. Facebook and Google have started to address the issue of misinformation but solving this problem will take more than just an ad ban.

Eileen Lozano
Eileen Lozano is an Office Manager/Client Services Assistant at Stanton Street, an El Paso, Texas area website development company.

Contact Eileen Lozano at (915) 351-8440.