Use your old mobile phone- iPhone or Android as a security camera
There are only 3 easy steps to do in order to repurpose your old mobile phone as a security camera. The first thing you need to do is download a security camera app. Alfred is free to use and gives you a remote view of your live feed, motion detection with alerts, free cloud storage, a two-way audio feed and use of both the front and rear cameras. To unlock additional features, like higher-resolution viewing and recording, zoom capabilities, ad removal and 30-day cloud storage, you can upgrade to Alfred Premium. You need to install it on both your new phone and your old phone. On the new phone, swipe through the introduction and tap Start. Select Viewer and tap Next. Once you get to the sign-in page, click Sign in with Google (a Google account is required) and sign in with your Google account credentials. On the old phone, repeat the same steps, but instead of selecting Viewer, select Camera. And make sure to sign in to the same Google account.
Once you have finished the software installations, pick a spot, or even use it as a baby monitor. There are other free apps available so do some research and find the one that has the features you need.
Tip of the month – 2 Windows Tricks
You probably have a similar taskbar at the bottom of your screen if you are using the Windows 11 Operating system. This “trick” should also be available on Windows 10. If you want to get to your programs and tools quickly, simply hold down the Windows key (the 4 squares ) and click the number associated with the program/task you want to use. In the case above, to open Outlook, I would hold down the windows key plus 1. To open Microsoft Edge, Windows plus 2, and so on.
Knowing how to get to the task manager is important to know. Often you have to force quit a program. Here are 3 ways:
1. Ctrl + Alt + Delete
2. Ctrl + Shift + Esc
3. In Windows 11, right click on the Start button (4 Blue Stars), then left click to choose Task Manager.
However you get there, look at the tab that says “Processes” and find the program that is causing problems and click on it to highlight it. The “End Task” button will become enabled. Click with your left button.