How to change the primary email for a Skype ID

Your Skype ID is associated with an email address like most online services are. The email is key to recovering a lost password, among other things. Your Skype ID can be changed but so can the email that’s associated with it. It’s a simple enough change to make and since Skype is often a critical communication tool for most people, you can not only change the primary email for a Skype ID, you can also add a secondary one. Here’s how.

Primary email for Skype ID

Visit this link in your browser, and sign in to your Skype account. In the column on the left, click the ‘Edit Profile’ option.

Click the ‘Add email address’ option under the ‘Email address’ section.

This will allow you to change whatever email is set as the primary email and also enter a secondary one if you want to. One you’ve changed the email address, scroll to the very end of the page and click Save.

You will get an email, on the newly selected address, telling you that your primary email and/or secondary email address has been updated.

The primary email is used to recover a lost Skype ID or password. The secondary email can be used for the same purpose but it will be a more complicated process to use it to recover your Skype login information. You will have to first to tell Skype you no longer have access to the primary email before you can use the secondary one.

The email that is associated with a Skype ID is also used to add a person as a Skype contact. Changing the email will not suddenly expel you from contacts’ lists. You will have to let people know which email to use to look you up on Skype since you’ve made a change but other than that, you won’t run into any problems.

You can change both your primary email for a Skype ID and also change your Skype username. Neither one is set permanently however, if you’ve been using the Skype ID in question for a long, long time, it’s not a good idea to make both changes at the same time. Space them far apart enough so that your contacts aren’t confused about who they’re talking to. If you’ve just created a new Skype ID and want to change your email and username, changing them both at the same time will not be as big a deal because your contacts’ list is still bound to be short.

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How to use a GIF for your Google profile picture

The GIF format is widely supported by desktop image viewers and online image editors, as well as various social media sites. It’s grown in popularity quite a bit but you still can’t use it anywhere and everywhere you want. That said, the right GIF can still be used anywhere, as long as the image format is supported. Google supports the GIF format for profile pictures. If you have the right GIF, and by right we mean appropriate, you can use it as your profile picture. Here’s how you can set a GIF as your Google profile picture.

GIF as Google profile picture

First things first; find a good GIF to use. The GIF being used for this post is not an example of an appropriate GIF. It’s there for instructional purpose only. You can create your own GIF, or you can search online for one.

Once you have the GIF, visit this page. If prompted to, sign in with your Google account. Your profile picture is editable from this very page. Click the camera icon on the picture.

Select the option to upload an image from your computer, and then upload the GIF that you want to use.

Adjust the image if you need to and click ‘Set as profile photo’. That should do the trick and your profile photo should update however, it doesn’t always update immediately. You can wait for the update to eventually happen or you can force it.

To force the update, click the camera button on your profile picture. If the new image hasn’t appeared, you will still see the old one. Clicking the camera button will return you to the same upload photo screen. This time, go to the ‘Your photos’ tab, and select the ‘Profile Photos’ folder. Inside this folder, you will see the GIF you uploaded. Select it, and click the ‘Set as profile photo’ button. Repeat this 2-3 times until the profile photo updates.

The GIF will appear as your profile photo when you send an email and it will play which is why it’s important to have something appropriate and nothing that plays too long.

You can change the profile photo back to your old one, or to something else. The process is the same as it is for setting a GIF as your Google profile photo. All you have to do is use a different image i.e., one that isn’t a GIF when given the option to choose an image. This will update your profile photo across all Google services including YouTube and Chrome. If you want, you can set a different profile photo for Gmail.

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How to identify real download links and buttons

Ads are how online content is ‘paid’ for. The content might be a useful article, or it might be a hosted file that you can download. In either case, ads keep the lights on and allow you to consume the content you need for free. Sure, the ads are annoying but they’re necessary. That said, not all ads are the same. A good, reasonable ad shouldn’t pretend to be anything it isn’t. It should look like an ad, and act like an ad. Unfortunately, when it comes to software repositories, you often get ads disguised as download buttons. Users are highly likely to click on these ads thinking they’re the real thing and end up with countless pop ups opening. Here’s a simple way to identify real download links and buttons.

Identify real download links and buttons

This trick works in practically all browsers and doesn’t require that you install any add-ons or extensions. What it does require is that you do not compulsively click items on a web page. Navigate to a web page with a download button or link. It may have several of them, or just the one. The point is to find out if the one you see is real or not.

Hover the mouse cursor over a link or button and you will see a small bar appear at the bottom of the window. This bar is part of your browser’s UI and it reveals the link that you’re about to click. Look at the URL and the domain that it links to will reveal it.

In the screenshot below, the download button is on MediaFire and the link that’s revealed also shows that it links to MediaFire.  The name of the file is also part of the URL. All this indicates that the download button is real and clicking it will start the download.

If the link were an ad, the URL would contain the name of an ad related service or domain. For example, if the ad being shown is powered by Google, the domain name will show Googleadservices. Likewise, there are plenty of other ad services that are used and they can all be identified by looking at the URL.

The same trick works for links and for buttons. Once you’ve identified which is the correct link, you can click it and download the file. Some downloads are hidden behind ads i.e., you have to click the ad and view it for a certain period of time before you’re taken to the actual download page. In such a case, this method is of no use because the real download button/link simply won’t appear until you interact with the ad first.

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How to update saved passwords in Chrome

Chrome has a password suggestion feature, and also a built-in password manager which, if you’re not a fan of services like Lastpass, you might actually use. The passwords in Chrome are saved whenever you login into a website. Chrome offers to save them or you can set it to always save a password. That said, if you update a password or you enter the wrong one but Chrome saves it anyway, you will have to manually edit it. Here’s how you can edit and update saved passwords in Chrome.

Update saved passwords in Chrome

Chrome doesn’t have a very proactive password manager which is why it doesn’t have a simple way to edit or update passwords. The only way to change an incorrect password is to delete the incorrect entry, and then replace it with a correct one.

Open Chrome and click the more options button at the top right. From the menu, select Settings. On the Settings page, click Autofill in the column on the left. Under the Autofill section, click Passwords.

Alternatively, paste the following in the URL bar and tap Enter.

chrome://settings/passwords

You will see a complete list of all the passwords that Chrome has saved. If you want, you can click the little eye icon next to a saved password and view it. You will be prompted to enter your system’s password or PIN to proceed. The passwords here can only be viewed and not edited. As we said before, removing them is the only option. Click the more options button next to a saved password that you want to update and select ‘Remove’ from the menu.

The password will be removed. No authentication is required to remove a password.

Once the password has been removed, navigate to the website that it was for. If you’re signed in, sign out and then sign in again. When you sign in again, Chrome will offer to save the new login credentials.

Password editing isn’t a complex feature and many stand alone password managers allow you to edit passwords without having to create an entry for them all over again. The reason behind why Chrome doesn’t offer something similar may have to do with security. The Autofill data is synced with your Chrome profile and allowing it to be changed means that someone might be able to change the data with the right tools. It’s a small possibility but it’s there nevertheless which is why it’s probably best to just make sure the data can’t be edited at all.

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How to ping a website from five different locations

You can ping a website or a computer from your desktop. All you need is a command line app. Command Prompt on Windows 10, or Terminal on macOS do the job. The ping is of course only sent from your system and your current location. This comes with limitations; if a website you’re trying to ping has been blocked in your area, the ping result will make you think it’s not responding. You can always use a service like Down for everyone or just me to check it, or you can ping a website from five different locations using FreshPing.

Ping a website from five different locations

FreshPing is a web app and takes any and all pain, however small it is, out of pinging a website. You don’t have to remember the ping command, you only need to enter the URL to the website you want to ping, and click the ‘Ping Now’ button.

The ping doesn’t take more than a second to send if everything is up and running. It won’t take more than a minute regardless. Scroll down and you can see the five different regions the website was pinged from. You will get a break down of how long it took for the DNS to respond, how long the TCP connection time takes, the TLC time, and when the website was able to establish the connection.

The total time the ping request took is given at the end but if you hover your mouse over one of the other sections, you can get the precise time for it as well.

The ping is sent from five major regions over the world; Asia, the US west and east coasts, the South African east coast, and the European Union. The cities the ping was sent from are also given next to each region and they’ll be the same regardless of what time you ping a website.

This tool can check if a website is up, and how slow/fast it is to respond. It will not check if a website is blocked in your country. If you’re unable to access the website yourself, it might be your ISP, or a regional restriction. It’s also possible that the website itself is blocking traffic from your area. Regionally restricted content is a thing; Netflix is a prime example of this though it only blocks specific content and you have to use a VPN for Netflix to get around it. The same applies for any other website that is blocking traffic from your region.

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