How to Connect to a FTP Server with an Android Device

You’ve probably wondered if there was a way to transfer files between your server and your mobile device on the road, where no computer is available.

Well, this will definitely solve that. You will learn how to transfer files between a FTP server and your Android device with a free app called: AndFTP.

Difficulty level: Easy

How to Manually Configure Your Email Account on Your Android Phone

Many people who have Android phones wish to access their emails at any time while on the go. However, manually configuring an email account is often tricky. This article will give you a step by step guide on how to manually configure your email account on your Android phone.

The hardest part of configuring your email account manually is knowing what information you need to enter. Once you have the information, configuring the rest of your account is very easy! Therefore, before we begin, let’s figure out what information we need!

Email address: the email address for the account that you are trying to set up

Password: the password for the email address that you are setting up
Server (ex: If doesn’t work, you will find this information in your webmail login under Settings then Email Accounts.

Incoming and Outgoing Server Ports: For the incoming server, this may be 143. For the outgoing server, this may be 25. If port 143 or 25 does not work, you can easily find this information in your webmail login under Settings then Email Accounts.

Now that we have the information ready, let’s set up the email account on your Android phone!
1) Go to Settings

2) Tap on Accounts

3) Then select Add Account

4) Choose Email

5) Enter the email address you are adding and the password

6) Uncheck the Automatically configure account box

7) Tap Next

8 ) Select General Settings

9) For Account name, enter the desired name for this account. For Real name, enter your real name. For Email address, enter your email address.

10) Select OK

11) Select Incoming Server

12) Tap where it says POP mail server and select IMAP mail server

13) Enter your connection details. For Server, enter your domain’s mail server. Most of the time, it is (ex: If doesn’t work, you will find this information in your webmail login under Settings then Email Accounts. For Username, enter your email address. For Password, enter the correct password for the email address.

14) Tap Advanced settings

15) Make sure Use secure connection and Verify Certificate are unchecked

16) For Port, enter 143. If port 143 does not work, you can easily find this information in your webmail login under Settings then Email Accounts.

17) Tap OK

18 ) Tap OK again

19) Select Outgoing Server

20) Enter your connection details. For SMTP server, enter your domain’s mail server. Most of the time, it is (ex: If doesn’t work, you will find this information in your webmail login under Settings then Email Accounts. For Username, enter your email address. For Password, enter the correct password for the email address.

21) Tap Advanced settings

22) Make sure Use secure connection and Verify Certificate are unchecked

23) For Port, enter 25. If port 25 does not work, you can easily find this information in your webmail login under Settings then Email Accounts.

24) Tap OK

25) Tap OK

26) Tap OK one more time to finish configuring your email account.

You will now see your email account listed.

With the current settings in this tutorial, any emails that you send or receive will not be secure. This means that everything sent or received can be intercepted as clear text. This is due to the certificate naming conflict between your mail account and your domain. Because of the conflict, the phone would display an error and show a connection failure. However, when we chose to deselect the certificate validation in the settings, we were able to bypass this problem.
If you encounter an error, please double check that your information is entered properly, or that your server name and ports are correct. If you continue experiencing difficulties manually configuring your email account, feel free to leave a comment and ask for help!
This concludes how to manually configure your email account on your Android phone

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How to Manually Configure Your Email Account on Your Android Phone

5 Apps for Keeping New Year's Resolutions

Many people probably will be welcoming the new year with familiar resolutions: Live healthier, save more and, in general, improve one's life.

But New Year's resolutions tend to fizzle out faster than an old bottle of champagne. Luckily, several great smartphone apps can help keep you on track with your 2013 resolutions. Here are a few that provide guidance and encourage you to persevere.
Resolution: Lose weight
App: MyFitnessPal Calorie Counter (Android, Blackberry, iOS, Windows)
In the battle against bulge, knowing how many calories you consume is key. But tracking how much you've eaten can be a chore. With MyFitnessPal's free Calorie Counter, you keep a food diary that shows how much you can eat and still lose weight, and you'll have it with you everywhere you go. You can also tap into the large community of users to find encouragement and inspiration.

Resolution: Exercise more
App: Fitness Buddy (Android, iOS)
A personal trainer can help guide your exercise routine to get the best results. But not everybody can afford pricey one-on-one sessions (especially if another resolution is to save money). Azumio's $1 Fitness Buddy app brings personal training programs to everyone. With more than 1,000 videos and even more illustrations, it shows you the right way to perform exercises. Enter your exercises into the diary to track your progress, and get a detailed account of how you're doing.

Resolution: Quit smoking
App: Livestrong MyQuit Coach (iOS), QuitNow! Pro (Android)
If you're trying to quit smoking, you need all the assistance you can find to break the hold of nicotine. Livestrong's $4 MyQuit Coach for iOS helps you develop a plan for quitting, and tracks your progress. FewLaps' $3 QuitNow! Pro for Android is similar, but also includes chat features to bolster your support network. It's worth spending a few dollars to get the extra boost an app can provide.

Resolution: Save money
App: (Android, iOS)'s free app helps you get a handle on how much money is coming in, and how much goes out. With the app, you can enter purchases as you make them to keep an accurate account of spending. The app also creates budgets for categories such as eating out and entertainment. The app works as an excellent extension to's online finance-tracking service.

Resolution: Get organized
App: Astrid (Android, iOS)
Lists are your best friend when it comes keeping a resolution -- and even more valuable if your resolution is to get organized. Todoroo's free Astrid app keeps track of your work and personal to-dos, and syncs them across all the devices in your life (smartphone, tablet and computer). You can speak new entries instead of spending the time typing, and even can make lists public to share with friends.
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Create your own Yule log video playlist [YouTube tips]

Want to cozy up to a digital fireplace as you unwrap your Christmas presents? You can find dozens of Yule log videos on YouTube, of course, but most of them are too short to last even through the stocking stuffers.

The trick: creating a video playlist, perfect for taking an all-day tour of your favorite YouTube Yule logs—the more, the merrier.
Here’s how to do it…
  • First, you’ll need a free YouTube account. Creating one takes just a few seconds, or you can log in to YouTube using your Google or Gmail profile.
  • Next, start searching for Yule log videos. You can refine and sort your results by clicking the “Filters” menu just beneath the search box.
  • Find a Yule log that suits your fancy? Click the “Add to” tab just beneath the video player (make sure to click through to the video itself from the search results page). A new “Add to playlist” section will appear, complete with a gray box containing the playlists (if any) that you’ve created in the past.
  • Beneath the gray box, you’ll see a form labeled “Enter new playlist name.” Go ahead and make up a name (like “My favorite YouTube Yule logs”), select a privacy setting (Public or Private), then click the “Create playlist” button.
  • YouTube add to playlist 300x210 YouTube tip: Create your own Yule log video playlist
    Just click your Yule log playlist in the gray box to add more videos.
  • Now repeat the process as you find more Yule log videos—except instead of creating a new playlist for each one, look in the gray “Add to playlist” box and click the Yule log playlist you just created.
  • Want to see the results? Click the “Guide” button in the top-left corner of the page, just beneath the YouTube logo, then click the “Playlists” (or “Playlist updated”) link.
  • You should now see a list of all the playlists you’ve created. Click the link for your new Yule log playlist, and it should begin playing automatically, one Yule log after another.
  • Want to change the order of your YouTube Yule logs, change the name of your playlist, or make it public? Click the Guide button (top-left corner of the page) again, click Playlists, and click the Manage button (beneath and to the right of the search box). Finally, click the Edit button next to your Yule log playlist.
So, want to see a Yule log video playlist created by yours truly? Click here to view it on YouTube, or just check out the video player below:

Bonus tip

You can view your Yule log playlist on your Android phone, iPhone or iPad from Google’s YouTube mobile app.
Just log into your Google account, tap your name in the left column of the interface (on iPhones and smaller Android phones, you may have to tap the top-left menu button first to reveal the column of options), then tap Playlists.
Oh, one more thing…
Happy holidays, everyone!

Create your own Yule log video playlist [YouTobe tip

Get iOS style notifications on your Android lock screen, with ‘LockerPro Lockscreen Lite’

LockerPro Lockscreen Lite is an Android lockscreen with a difference: it brings iOS style notifications right onto your Android lockscreen. This means that any notifications from any app such as the ones you would normally see your notifications bar (e.g. missed call notifications, messages, Facebook notifications, game notifications, Dropbox, etc.) would appear on your lock screen, and can be accessed right from that screen by flicking them to the right.

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More info on this one:
  • Access your camera right from the lockscreen: gives you the option to jump straight into you camera or into your launcher.
  • You have complete control over which apps to display notifications from: If you want to see notifications from a specific app, you have to select it manually: LockerPro Lite will suggest a bunch of apps to add to display notifications from (the usual suspects: Phone, Messages, Facebook, Dropbox etc.); but if you have a game or other app, say, whose notifications you care about, you will have to add a checkbox next to it in the settings. Conversely, if you don’t want certain notifications, simply uncheck their app.
  • Free vs. Paid: the paid app lets you remove the notifications bar, which would have been nice, and to perform many more customizations.

The verdict:

I’ve been using this for about a week and it has passed the test of time, so to speak. The notifications are practical and useful and the lock screen works well (the free version is a perfectly adequate app in it’s own right).
The one criticism I have is that LockerPro Lockscreen Lite somehow remains open in the background after you use it, and shows up in the in the active tasks list, which is annoying and begs the question as to whether the app takes up some of your Android’s memory unnecessarily. I hope this issue might be dealt with in an update, but as it is the app works well and I very much recommend it.
Get LockerPro Lockscreen Lite here.

13 Tips to Increase Android’s Performance

As it is with any other desktop or mobile operating system, the performance of your Android OS will start to diminish after you use it for some time. Mobile operating systems are supposed to be lighter and faster to keep up with our need to be on the move, yet still give us access to everything. Want to have the best of both worlds? Then, it’s time to do some housekeeping.
If you have noticed that your Android phones performance have been ‘slowing down’, particularly after you’ve been loading it up with tons of Android apps (we don’t blame you) from the Google Play store, we have a few tips to share with you.

With just a few tweaks and changes, you’d probably be able to breathe life into your Android specifically those that have been updated to Android 4.0 and above.

1. Know your Device

It is important that you learn about the capabilities and drawbacks of your phone. Don’t overburden your phone with resource-hungry apps which would otherwise degrade your phone’s performance at your expense.

2. Update your Android

If you haven’t updated your Android phone to the latest firmware, you should. Google brings great improvements to each new release of the Android operating system, including updates that ensure stability, higher performance speed and connectivity along with other user-friendly new features.
Tablets can also run on ICS and Jelly Bean now; you should be able to update it until Android 4.1 Jelly Bean via System updates (Check under ‘About phone’).

3. Remove Unwanted Apps

Every app you install in your phone take some storage space and runs some background processes. The more storage space occupied or the more background processes running on your phone, the slower your phone’s performance.
Don’t install apps you hardly use. Keep only the apps that you need and if you have got an app that isn’t really useful, you can uninstall or disable it.

4. Disable Unnecessary Apps

‘Performance assistant’ was introduced in Android ICS to help you disable apps that you don’t need. Disabling apps is different from uninstalling apps – uninstallation remove application files from the phone but no file is removed/deleted when you disable it. These disabled apps are not shown on the home screen or app tray but you can re-enable them for use whenever you need them.

5. Update Apps

You should regularly update your phone’s installed apps from Google Play. Try to get updates your apps when they are available in Google Play. Developers fix bugs and add features in new released versions of apps. Updated apps perform better and faster, and will less likely crash your phone.

6. Use High-Speed Memory Card

The memory card is the storage space of your phone. Phones with low internal memory can get a boost from high-capacity memory cards for maximum storage space. But it adds not only capacity but also speed to the mix. You can get between 2GB to 32GB worth of storage space to support high speed read/write operations. Always go for memory cards of Class 6 or Class 10 for your Android phone if you seek performance for your phone.

7. Keep Fewer Widgets

Widgets are not apps, which only run once you choose to activate them. No, widgets are always running in the background; they are active all the time. While some Android users use it to keep track of the weather, and their important dates, others use widgets like ‘Extended controls’ for quick access for essential configurations such as switching Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or their GPS on or off.
They do have their uses but bear in mind that having too many of them running on your homescreen will cause your device’s performance to slow down.

8. Avoid Live Wallpapers

You must be loving Android’s live wallpaper feature. Phones (from different manufacturers) come with different live wallpapers but you should know that live wallpapers that are badly made will need more CPU cycles to run, thus draining the battery faster. Everytime you activate the home screen, you run not only your apps but also your live wallpaper.

9. Stop Syncing

Sync is a very good feature which synchronizes your data with Google servers. Keeping sync on, you can get notifications whenever new mail comes in or when you get new notifications or updates for apps. To do this, it does a refresh at every preset interval (e.g. it checks your mail every 5 minutes for new incoming mail), and this will eat into your android’s performance for other activities.
You can keep Sync off for unrequired services or only have it on when you need to transfer or upload materials to Google servers.

10. Turn off Animations

What animations? Well, if you haven’t noticed, your phone screen actually fades out and in as you switch from one task to the other. To see this in action Go to Settings > Developer Options > Window Animation Scale > Animation scale 10x. Then choose Window Animation Scale again to see the fade in effect in ‘slow-mo’.
When you choose Animation off, the screen just snaps to position without animation. You can also turn off Transition Animation Scale in the same way. If you are a heavy user, you’d probably notice that your Android performs faster with all animations off.

11. Use Task Killer/Manager

Download any free Task Killer apps or Task Managers from Google Play. Some of the good ones are Advanced Task Killer and Super Task Killer Free. Use a task killer to kill background processes and other apps that you don’t need or you don’t use.
Set options to automatically kill unnecessary apps (based on your selections) after every set period of time. Some of the examples include Update Manager (updates don’t come every minute/hour) or any manufacturer-installed app which you don’t require.

12. Root your Android

As Android is built on the Linux kernel, like any other OS, it also can be rooted. Rooting your Android gives you administrator level access on your phone, which means that you can uninstall the apps that came with your phone but may not be what you want to use.
You can then flash it with custom ROMs that may be a better fit to your job requirements or personality, or to enhance the performance and battery life of your phone. You can even update your phone to the latest OS or updates that could otherwise be unsupported for your phone model.
When Not to Root
There are a number of factors against rooting your Android device; for one thing, most manufacturers deem your phone warranty voided if your phone has been rooted. You also need to know what you are doing to avoid screwing everything up, beyond repair. This is called ‘bricking’ a.k.a. turning your phone into a useless brick. So think it through before you use this method to enhance the performance of your Android.

13. Use Lightweight Background Apps

Everyone enjoys listening to music but imagine how much memory the music player app requires to play a whole album for you. It’s the same with other types of background apps you may have. Use lightweight apps for these purposes, e.g., you can install a music player that requires 1 MB installation space (and thus less RAM too) than the ones requiring 10 MB or more.
This way, your phone will have more free memory, boosting your phone’s battery and performance.


If you follow the above-given suggestions, tips and tweaks will help in making your Android faster and smoother while in use. Have other Android-related performance-enhancing tips and tricks? Let us know.

25 Online Tools to Generate Pronounceable / Random Passwords

From Facebook to ATMs, our passwords are digital locks to keep our confidential information secure from unwanted access. There are two types of passwords: pronounceable passwords which makes it easy to remember but no less effective, and random passwords, which are infinitely more difficult to crack.
If you’ve tested your password strength, but you don’t feel like installing desktop tools to generate passwords, then you’ve come to the right place.

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In this post, you’ll find 25 online tools to help you generate pronounceable and random passwords quickly and easily. What’s awesome is that all the online password generators featured on this list are not only free; we don’t even need to sign up or subscribe to any of them.

Pronounceable Password Generators

Pronounceable passwords may not be as strong as random passwords, but sometimes it’s better to be able to remember than to risk forgetting your passwords and having to go through all the trouble of retrieving them, isn’t it?

Pass Creator

A simple, straightforward password generator, which requires you to specify the exact password length you want, and whether you want it pronounceable or hard-to-crack random. Customize your random password by ticking any of the 7 options (you can select more than one).
Pass Creator

Automated Password Generator Online

The APG Online can generate up to 999 passwords according to your customization with just one click. It also allows you to save the customizations until your next return for new passwords.
Automated Password Generator Online

Password Boy

Password Boy is a user-friendly password generator that is very quick and easy to use. Simply choose random or pronounceable, and the character set you want included.
Password Boy

Random Password Generator

Arguably the easiest to use, this online tool is for those looking for a quick password with the least hassle. Available in 14 languages, simply tap "Generate new passwords", and there you have it!
Random Password Generator

Designeus Pronounceable Password Generator

This two-step generator lets you select the password template you want, then churns out passwords based on the pattern chosen. You can only choose to include uppercase, lowercase letters, numbers and/or symbols, but if it’s a pronounceable password you want, you will get a pretty decent one. lets you select the "level of pronouncability" you want in your password. Less pronounceable passwords are harder to crack, but more pronounceable passwords are easier to memorise. After all, how difficult can it be to remember ‘maliLulu’?

Random Phonetic Password Generator

This generator only creates pronounceable passwords made of lowercase letters. All you get to pick is the password length (maximum 64 characters) and how many passwords you want generated (maximum 1000).
Random Phonetic Password Generator

xkcd Password Generator

Xkcd’s idea of an excellent password is a phrase of four common words jumbled up. Careful though: It is also believed that even the most obscure words aren’t good choices as passwords consisting of "dictionary words" can be quickly hacked. That aside, it’s actually fun to try what the generator can come up with; they actually gave me the phrase, "little old bean history". There’s even a comic strip explaining their unusual take on passwords:
xkcd Password Generator

Phonetic Password Generator

OK, this one seems like a straightforward one. Consonants will remain, but the vowels might be replaced by numbers and symbols.
Phonetic Password Generator


Get a simple, catchy password with only lowercase letters and numbers (not so recommended) or a stronger and yet pronounceable password, like ‘sc@ryLeaf92′.

Random Password Generators

Unlike pronounceable passwords that may be based on your personal information or common dictionary words, random passwords are simply a bunch of meaningless characters that hackers would not be able to guess, and could only resort to "brute force". Some of these generators also allows the option to exclude ambiguous characters, which are characters that look confusingly similar, such as ‘i’, ‘I’, ’1′ or ’0′, ‘O’ and ‘o’.

LittleLite Password Generator

LittleLite Password Generator is direct and quick. Just tick any of the character sets you want in your password, specify the password length, and generate.
LittleLite Password Generator

Hugh’s Secure Password Generator

Hugh’s tip to an easy-to-remember random password was to come up with a memorable phrase, or better, a song’s name; snag off the first letter of every word, spice it up with some punctuations and replace letters with look-alike numbers. Generator or no, it would be fun to come up with this kind of passwords manually, aye?
Hugh's Secure Password Generator

Random Password Generator

Allowing you to limit ambiguous characters, this makes the generator a nice, quick choice if you’re tired of having your Wi-Fi being hacked, and your friends complaining that they kept mistyping your passwords because it’s hard to tell between ’0′ and ‘O’. Even better, the generator offers to display output phonetics, helping you to memorise your passwords.
Random Password Generator

Password Bird

Password Bird basically creates passwords by combining parts of words and numbers meaningful to you, so it can be random and yet uniquely memorable for you.
Password Bird

Online Password Generator

Lets you choose whether to completely exclude ambiguous characters (i,I,1, etc) or even include specific symbols. Although the password generated would not be easily pronounceable, if you want something that is easier to remember, you can tweak the pronouncing options to ‘Normal’.
Online Password Generator

New Password Generator

If you’re opting for something you can memorise easily, all you need to do is decide how many letters and numbers you want in the password, and if you want the digits before the letters. Otherwise, customize your password further with upper-case letters and symbols.

Techzoom Password Generator

Not sure what options to go for? Check out this generator’s handy guidelines. Your best bet is always to go for an at least 14-characters password, and of course, don’t forget to include mixed case letters, digits and symbols.
Techzoom Password Generator

Norton Identity Safe Password Generator

Norton is not only protecting users against viruses and malwares now, they’re even protecting cyber users from getting their passwords hacked. Apart from the regular features, you can also make sure the passwords generated will not contain any similar characters.
Norton Identity Safe Password Generator

Password Chart

The Password Chart is a witty way to generate secret codes like how we did it back in high school. Firstly, generate the password chart by typing in a phrase (preferably a funny one you’ll remember). Then, you can either print out the chart and do it the (fun) manual way, or save time and convert it again using the generator; see your password convert to utter gibberish, which only you’ll remember.
Password Chart


Not only does it generate passwords for you, it also tells you if yours is strong or weak.

Free Password Builder

The Free Password Builder allows you to increase the chances of or entirely omit certain characters from the passwords generated.
Free Password Builder

Random Memorable Password Generator

It can cook up as many passwords as you want with just one click, then tell you how you can remember the password.
Random Memorable Password Generator

Secure Password Generator

All the basic features plus the extras like limiting ambiguous characters and displaying phonetic pronunciation in this one tool.
Secure Password Generator

Random Password

Random Password conveniences the indecisive folk by offering only two customizable options: password length and non-alphanumeric characters.
Random Password

Secure Password Generator

Lets you choose if you want to generate the password locally (to be more on the safe side).
Secure Password Generator