Search for Only Add-On Items on Amazon

Becoming a savvy Amazon shopper is an art.
You’ve got to know how, when, and where to find the best deals and savings, how
to utilize Warehouse Deals and Subscribe & Save offers, and so much more.
However, what do you know about add-on items?

Add-on items are a fairly new addition to
Amazon, and they allow you to access small items that can help fill up your
cart once you reach a minimum purchase threshold (usually $25). Add-on items
come as a wide range of products—you can find shampoo, snacks, small home
appliances, and plenty more.

The catch is that finding Amazon add-on items
isn’t very easy. You often come across them accidentally, and there’s currently
no way to search through a list of exclusively add-on items. Maybe Amazon just
hasn’t built this into their search yet, or maybe they have no plans to.

Either way, you can still find add-on items in
a few interesting ways. Let’s look into some of the best ways to scavenge
Amazon for these hidden gems.

Find Amazon Add-On Items Using
Amazon Search

The first option you have is the most
obvious—using Amazon itself. Although this method is a bit crude, since Amazon
currently doesn’t support filtering by add-on items only, the majority of the
results you’ll get are what you want. However, you will have to do a bit of
manual filtering since items that aren’t add-ons can sometimes show up in your
results.

All you have to do is search Amazon for the
phrase “add-on items”. Unfortunately, you can’t add any other terms to the
query. For example, “cookies add-on items” will not properly filter your
results to add-ons.

Even if you do execute this search properly,
Amazon still struggles to filter the results to only add-on items. You’ll see a
few results that aren’t add-ons, often Subscribe & Save items. However, at
least 90% of the results are add-on items.

Find Amazon Add-On Items Using
Third-Party Sites

Since using Amazon’s built-in search feature
doesn’t do the best job, there are a few third-party sites that have started to
index add-on items for searching and filtering. Let’s talk about the two best
sites for finding Amazon add-on items.

Amazon Add-On Item Finder

Amazon Add-On Item Finder is a search engine exclusively for Amazon’s add-on items.

Amazon Add-On Item Finder offers instant
filtering for the following product categories:

  • Baby & Child
  • Clothing & Miscellaneous
  • Food & Grocery
  • Health & Beauty
  • Household, Kitchen, Office
  • Outdoor, Garden, Garage
  • Pet & Animal Care
  • Toys, Games, Entertainment

This site also has a filtering option to show
add-on items below $2. This is great for tossing in filler items to reach a
threshold or squeeze out the last bit of a gift card balance.

Unfortunately, there aren’t many advanced
searching options beyond that. You can additionally search by keyword or
phrase, but you can’t filter by price range.

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Amazon Add-On Item Finder is extremely easy to
use and definitely beats out using Amazon’s native search feature.

So Cool!

So Cool! is more than just a way to search for Amazon add-on items, but it is one of the few Amazon item aggregators that supports this functionality. However, knowing how to pull this off is a bit tricky. That’s why we’re here!

To filter your So Cool! search to add-on items
only, you have to first make a search for an item. After you’ve made the
search, below the search field and on the right side, click the text that reads
filters”.

A menu will pop out, and here, you’ll want to
toggle the “Add-on only” option on by clicking the OFF button to switch it on. Doing so will instantly filter all
items for your current search term to display only add-on items.

Unlike Amazon Add-On Item Finder, So Cool!
supports many additional filtering options such as price range and rating. When
you’re looking to find specific add-on items, So Cool! is the go-to solution.

Until Amazon natively supports a way to filter items by add-on status, using this Amazon search trick and these third-party websites are the best methods for finding add-on items.

Add-on items are a great way to find filler items that compete with many in-store prices, so knowing how to find them effectively is essential to becoming a master of Amazon shopping!

How to Find Your Public IP Address

You public IP address is the address visible from outside your network. Most people don’t need to know their IP address except for very specific reasons, but fortunately, it’s extremely easy to figure out.

You might need your public, or external IP address, when you’re remoting into your computer when away from home, or when you’re sharing files from your FTP server, or connecting your network to a custom DNS service.

No matter the reason for needing to know your IP
address, there are multiple ways to find it. You can use anything from a simple
website to find your IP address to your computer’s command line utility or your
router.

IP Address Finding Websites

The easiest way to find your external IP address
is most definitely to use a website dedicated to doing just that. These
websites are using their own tools to locate your IP address, and they’re just
one click away from helping you.

Here’s a list of several websites that can find
your public IP address:

Tip: Some of these websites show other helpful information,
too, such as your web browser, your local IP address, and even your physical
location.

Find Your IP Address From the Command Line

Windows users can use a DNS request within
Command Prompt to locate their public IP address. Just open Command Prompt and
execute this command:

nslookup myip.opendns.com. resolver1.opendns.com

You’ll first see results from the DNS server but then another set of results at the bottom. Your IP address is listed below the line that says Name: myip.opendns.com.

If you get any kind of error when running this command, try doing just opendns.com. (remove the myip.), which should give you the IP address of opendns.com. Then run the command again using the myip. part in the front.

A similar command can be used to find your
public IP address in PowerShell:

$tmp =Invoke-WebRequest -URI http://myip.dnsomatic.com/

After entering that command, enter $tmp.Content
to see the result.

If you’re using Linux, try this command from a
terminal window:

dig +short myip.opendns.com
@resolver1.opendns.com

Locate the IP Address From Your Router or Modem

Your router and modem is what sits between your
device and the internet, so it needs to know the IP address your ISP has
assigned to your network. This means you can use your own device to find your
public IP address.

Finding the external IP address from a modem or router is not as easy as using the methods above, but it’s definitely possible. The problem with this method is that you need to know how to log in to your router to see all the settings, which is something many people don’t normally do because they don’t know their password or the router’s IP address.

Most routers can be accessed via the http://192.168.1.1 URL, but others use a different private IP address. Once you know the correct address for your router, you need access to the router’s login information so that you can access the administrative console.

If you’ve made it this far, finding the IP
address should be relatively easy. You can look in a section like Device Info,
Management, Setup, WAN, etc. The IP address itself might be called WAN IP
address, External Address, Public IP, or something of that sort.

How to Stop Your IP Address From Changing

Because of the way ISPs assign IP addresses, your public IP address will likely change at some point in the future. This means that the address you find using one of the methods above, will not be the same address you find a few weeks from now, or maybe even sooner.

While you, as a customer of your ISP, can’t technically force your IP address to stay the same, you can implement what’s called a dynamic DNS service to essentially create that effect.

A dynamic DNS service assigns a name to your IP
address, while at the same time updating its record of what your IP address is.
It does this each time the address changes, effectively giving you one hostname
(like a website URL) that you can use to refer to your public IP address.

Once you’ve assigned yourself a hostname, you
can access your network at any time through that name, which in turn is
actually accessing your network through the public IP address. Again, you don’t
need to know your new IP address each time your ISP changes it because the
service does that for you. All you need is the hostname!

Can You Change or Hide Your IP Address?

By default, your public IP address is visible by
nearly anyone. Each website you visit can see it, your ISP knows what it is,
and people snooping on your network from the street can figure it out. What’s
the best way to hide or mask your IP address?

A VPN, or virtual private network, is by far the easiest and most effective way to keep prying eyes from seeing your public IP address. What a VPN does is create a tunnel from your network to the VPN service, thereby preventing your ISP or anyone on your local network from spying on you.

What this does is force the website you’re on to see the VPN’s address instead of your own, which basically hides your identity on the internet. That is, so long as the VPN service doesn’t reveal your IP address to anyone, which is why you wanted to pick a trusted VPN provider.

There are lots of VPNs to choose from, both free and paid. Some have more or better features and privacy than others, so be sure to take your time researching the best VPN services before choosing one to hide your IP address. If you need to, make sure to check that the VPN connection is actually encrypted before moving forward with a subscription.

See our list of VPN apps you can use to protect your privacy while on a desktop or mobile device.

Netflix vs Hulu vs Prime – The Best Streaming Service in 2019

Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime are almost more prevalent than cable these days. In fact, a news story from late 2017 showed that Netflix had nearly as many customers as traditional cable services did.

The service has only grown since then. Streaming services win out because they offer more on-demand options at a lower price than cable services do.

When Netflix was the only real streaming option, the choice was easy. But with so many services to pick from, it can be hard to narrow down which one of the major three is the better option. The average person might have Netflix because of its vast span of originals, then either Hulu or Prime for a single show or two.

Toss on HBO from Game of Thrones, and soon the Disney streaming service for all of the tragically canceled Marvel shows, and you’re looking at the equivalent of a cable bill.

There are only so many hours in a month to
watch television with. There’s no need to spend that much. Here is a breakdown
of what each service offers to help you make the most cost-effective decision.

4K Versus No 4K

If you’re a true cinephile (or you just
like watching content in the best possible quality), then 4K resolution is a
must. And thankfully, it’s available on almost
every platform. The problem is that early in 2018, Hulu killed all of its 4K
content and removed the option from all platforms.

Even the 4K page on the website is now
gone. Hulu said that 4K was never a huge point for them, and even before they
shut down availability of the higher-quality streams, they were only available
in two places: the PlayStation 4 Pro and the Xbox One X. Hulu has a lot going
for it, but the lack of 4K is a big mark against it, especially as more and
more 4K content emerges.

Amazon Prime Video does have 4K support,
although it is limited based on the content. Netflix falls into the same
category. Only limited shows have 4K support, but the ones that do look fantastic.
The downside is that it requires a higher payment tier to stream in 4K than at
lower resolutions.

The upside to this downside is that, when
Netflix detects a 4K-capable smart television, it automatically offers you the
option to upgrade. Almost every Netflix Original has a 4K option, as well as
many Pixar movies.

Original Programming

On-demand television is one of the primary
appeals for any streaming service, but as time has gone on and Netflix, Hulu,
and Amazon Prime grew their own dedicated fanbases, the services started to
produce original shows not available on any other platform. And many of those
shows far exceed anything available on traditional television.

Netflix leads the race in original
programming, with around 700 new shows, movies, and documentaries added in 2018
alone. Some of the ones you might have seen include The Blacklist, Black Mirror, and Sense8. Outside of the bevy of
Netflix originals, you’ll find fan favorites like Friends and Grey’s Anatomy.

Hulu has 50 original series, several of
which have won awards. Among these are The
Handmaid’s Tale, Castle Rock, and Harlots.
Hulu also nabbed the rights to
beloved sitcoms like How I Met Your
Mother
. Although not an original, sitcoms with big fan bases bring a lot of
viewers to the platform.  

Amazon Prime Video also has its fair share
of originals. Although we could find no specific numbers, they have somewhere
between 150 and 200 original shows, with more to come in 2019. Some of the best
ones include the incredibly popular Marvelous
Mrs. Maisel, Sneaky Pete,
and the police drama Bosch.

If we had to judge a platform based on
numbers alone, Netflix would be the clear winner. On the other hand, Hulu has a
lot of well-produced originals. It’s a sort of quality over quantity situation.
In the middle of these two lies Amazon Prime. It has a few hits, a few misses,
but overall, the platform’s originals are worth checking out.

Pricing

The one factor that sways more people than
anything else is price. Because there are so many different pricing tiers,
we’ve broken them down into a table to make it easy to understand.

Streaming
Service
Service
Plan Price Per Month
Netflix Standard Definition, Single Screen: $9 High Definition, Two Screens: $13 4K UHD, Four Screens: $16
Hulu With Ads, $7.99 Without Ads, $11.99 Hulu + Live TV With Ads: $39.99
Amazon
Prime
Amazon Prime Video is included with
Amazon Prime, a service that costs $119 per year. There are no other pricing
tiers.

You should note that these are not all of
the options for each service. While Netflix and Amazon are rather
straightforward in pricing, Hulu has a number of customization
options—including the ability to HBO, Cinemax, Showtime, and Starz to any plan
for varying extra monthly costs. You can also choose to have Enhanced Cloud DVR
and Unlimited Screens to the Live TV plan.

Other Services and Considerations

These three “primary” streaming
services will probably always be at the top, if only for the variety of programming
they offer. On the other hand, HBO has a lot of fans because it’s the only
place to watch Game of Thrones.
Disney+ promises to be a major contender because it will have so much original
programming, as well as many of the Marvel shows people loved on Netflix.

Services like Crunchyroll are also popular
for more niche audiences due to the growing popularity of anime, although
Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime all have a fair share of Japanese animation in
their repertoires.

And the above services don’t even take into
account the people that pay for independent sports packages. All this is to
point out how much competition there is, and how difficult it can be to make a
choice.

Choosing Only One

The fact is, you’ll probably have more than one streaming service. That’s just how it works in this day and age. That said, if you had to pick just one of these three, the 4K, four-screen package from Netflix is your best bet.

Not only does it allow you to stream on up to four different screens at one time, but you gain access to a library of more than 700 original shows and hundreds of classic, much-loved reruns—and you can access it in the highest definition possible at this time.

On the bright side, most people also have
Amazon Prime just for online shopping, so if you do you can always check in on
what their video offerings are for no additional cost.

What are Portable Apps and Why Should You Care?

Have you ever tried to do real work on your phone or tablet? Your everyday, pay the bills, kind of work? It can be done, but with just a touchscreen, it’s a real pain isn’t it?

There are some things for which you just need a real keyboard and mouse. But if you must start lugging around a keyboard and mouse, you might as well be carrying around a laptop. Do you really want to do that everywhere you go?

Yet, almost everywhere you go, you’ll be able to easily find a desktop computer that you can use. Most hotels, every library and school, even big box stores if you’re really in a pinch, have computers that you can use for free. That’s where portable apps come in.

What Makes a Portable App,
Portable?

The beauty of the portable app is that it does not need to be installed on the host computer to work. It’s an executable file that requires only what’s on the USB to run, plus the CPU power and RAM of the computer.

The portable app does not automatically write anything to the host PC as a file, or as a registry entry in order to run. Any settings the app needs are written back to the same folder that the app is held in, on your USB device.

We can’t say that all portable apps leave no footprint on the host, but what is left, if anything, is about as minimal as it can get.

What Apps are Portable?

There are hundreds, if not thousands, of
portable apps available to you. Most of them are available for free, too. At
the time of writing this, there were at least 10 legitimate sites for
downloading portable apps from, many listing several hundred apps.

Of course, there will be some overlap between
the sites, but still, you would be hard pressed to not find an app for what
you’d like to do. Some of the apps whose names you’re likely to recognize
include:

  • Firefox
  • Chrome
  • Google Drive
  • Dropbox
  • Blender
  • Inkscape
  • Audacity
  • Calibre
  • LibreOffice
  • KeePass
  • 7-zip
  • TeamViewer
  • uTorrent
  • CCleaner

There are apps for office work, accounting, audio production, desktop publishing, graphic design, 3D design, web design, app development, encryption, systems administration, eBook management, torrent downloading, music players, file management, and games, games, and more games.

Take a read through our previous article, 12 Handy Tools to Keep on Your USB Stick to get a feel for how a portable app USB drive could serve you.

Beyond that, there are ways that you can make a lot of regular desktop applications into portable apps. That’s not always possible, or easy, but it can be done. The scope of how to do that is far greater than this article. We’ve covered a way to do this in the article, Create a Portable Version of Any Application in Windows.

Where Do I Get Portable Apps?

First, you should know that it’s a good idea
to have a portable app launcher. Think of it like a Windows Start Menu but just
for the portable apps on your USB drive. The launcher can also manage the
updating and installation of portable apps.

Arguably, the most popular launcher is from PortableApps.com. Another good launcher is LiberKey. If you’d like to start an IT tech toolkit, you should also look at adding the NirSoft Launcher to your USB. A good repository of portable apps can also be found at PenDriveApps.com.

Portable Apps Equal Portable
Security

Isn’t it great that there are so many publicly
available computers in the world today? There are some that are even
accessible, outside, all day, all year long!

There are two problems with that, however: the computers may not have the software you need and they are probably not very secure.

We’ve covered how portable apps solves the
public computer not having the software you need issue. Let’s talk about the
security issue, now.

Every web browser needs to know what you’re looking at, what you’ve most recently looked at, and will want to cache information and store cookies to make the websites you’re using run faster and better.

So, many of them are not set up to delete that information upon closing. What’s to stop the next person from logging on to that computer and seeing what you saw, or worse yet, seeing what you typed. This could be any sort of personal information from usernames and passwords to banking or health information.

But with a portable app web browser, none of the history, cookies, or cache needs to be written to the computer. It all gets written within the browser’s folder on your USB drive. Plus, you get to take your bookmarks with you everywhere.

An even more solid step would be using a Virtual Private Network (VPN) whenever you used a public computer. There are portable VPN clients out there that you could use.

Now, all your web traffic is running inside a secure channel, making it much harder for any bad guys to sniff out your secrets. If you don’t have a VPN subscription take a look out our recommended VPN services.

But there’s still the matter of the info being on your USB drive and the possibility of losing it. What’s to prevent someone from picking it up, plugging it into their computer and having free reign over everything on it? Portable encryption apps, that’s what. With a portable encryption app like VeraCrypt, you could make that data inaccessible and unusable to anyone but you.

Portable Apps to the Rescue

Perhaps the driving force behind portable apps
was the computer technician who wanted a nice little toolbox full of their
favourite troubleshooting apps. Don’t let the tiny size of these apps fool you!
Some are extremely powerful and could help you save your computer or be the
hero to friends and family.

There are several antivirus and malware detection apps that you could use without knowing much about computers that could revive an ailing system.

There’s also file recovery apps, like Recuva, that could help you bring an accidentally deleted file back from the dead. There are even password and software license key recovery apps that you can use to get back into the programs and websites that you need.

Don’t be afraid to download and try out a few
of these different technical maintenance type apps. It’s a great way to learn
more about your computer, or your library’s computer, and how to keep things
running smooth and fast.

So, Why Should You Care Again?

Even though your phone is more powerful than
the first supercomputer to beat a human at chess, it’s still awkward to use for
real work. Having the ability to see everything on a screen 5 times the size of
your phone, a full-size keyboard and mouse, and keep all your files and
programs in one tidy USB flash drive size package is just too good to pass up.

Plus, you’ll have the peace of mind that you didn’t leave behind any personal information on that public computer that you were working on, because you used a portable browser and VPN. Any information on that USB is also protected because you used a portable encryption app.

Then there will be the time when a computer is
working poorly, and you’ll be the person on the spot with all the tools to help
revive it. Think of it as a computer first-aid kit that can fit in a small
pocket.

Don’t forget the price, either. Free. Who
doesn’t love free? All the free software, peace of mind, and ability to use it anywhere
should be enough reason for anyone to have a USB drive full of portable apps.

How to Know If Your Password Has Leaked Online

It doesn’t matter if your password is 32
characters long, alphanumeric, and would take several quintillion years to
crack—it’s not secure. As a matter of fact, anything that touches the Internet
isn’t secure!

This is because password security does not only
come at the discretion of the user who has created it but also the server that
it’s being stored on. For a website to verify your login credentials, your
password must be stored in their database. That means that if the server
mishandles it or gets hacked, you pay the price.

As we move into an internet where we’ve started pondering replacements for traditional passwords, websites that monitor for password dumps have become increasingly popular.

The most unfortunate part is that these dumps are often due to websites being hacked, not users, which feels incredibly unfair for those of us suffering the consequences.

There’s nothing that we can do to change the
fact that databases are susceptible to breaches and that our data isn’t sacred,
so we must learn to do the next best thing: constantly monitor for our
passwords being leaked to the Internet.

In this article, let’s go over a few of the
best websites to help you monitor if your passwords have been leaked online.

Have I Been Pwned

First, let’s talk about the name. The word
“pwn” is a form of leetspeak derived from “own,” a term people often used in
internet culture—usually by gamers—to describe defeating someone in some way.

To use Have I Been Pwned, simply type in your email address and hit the pwned? Button.

You’ll either (luckily) be told that your
passwords are safe or you’ll see how many breached sites and pastes your
passwords have been found on.

Have I Been Pwned will then show you a list of
all of the websites and pastes your passwords have been found on.

Have I Been Pwned also includes a section of
their site called “Pwned Passwords” where, rather than by email, you can search
by password. This will let you know if that password is already floating around
in dumps across the Internet.

Have I Been Pwned is generally viewed as the
gold standard in password monitoring, and we recommend that you check it out
first.

Credit Karma

Credit Karma has a reputation as the leading service to monitor your credit, but did you know that they have awesome data monitoring features, too—including password breaches?

Credit Karma goes above and beyond all other password monitoring sites, even showing you a censored version of the password leaked on each site listed. All you have to do is log in, go to their Identity Monitoring page, and click View details under the Data Breach Monitoring table.

The only downside is that you do have to
create a Credit Karma account to see these results. However, is that really a
bad thing? Isn’t it a little sketchy that these other password dump monitors
allow you to search for any email address? This could lead to some nefarious
activity.

If you already have a Credit Karma account,
make use of this. It’s one of the most untapped ways of tracking your passwords
on the Internet. Take advantage of it and you’ll know exactly which of your
passwords to do away with.

DeHashed

DeHashed is an interesting spin on the average password dump monitor, allowing you to not only search by email but also by username, address, and more. After, click the Search button to see your results.

When searching, DeHashed will display the
sites where your password has been leaked. However, you won’t be able to view
the dump or see the specific password without registering and paying.
Nonetheless, just seeing the results offers a lot of information that you can
use to protect yourself.

DeHashed is a solid final choice that may help
you find leaked passwords that Have I Been Pwned and Credit Karma weren’t able
to pick up on. Although it’s a bit bare on features compared to the other two,
it doesn’t hurt to see what DeHashed has to offer. It may save a few of your
passwords.

Just last month, the Collection #1 credentials dump released with over 2.7 billion records. Every week, this is happening on a smaller scale. It’s a powerless feeling to know that we can’t stop this from happening, but we have to stay informed and ready to take action when it does. Creating a strong password for each site you sign up for helps, too.

With Have I Been Pwned, Credit Karma, and
DeHashed, check your emails and passwords on a monthly basis. You’ll be able to
jump on leaks as soon as they pop up, and you might be surprised at what you
find!