ReadeREST. Kaspersky vs WebRoot. LastPass. Squashage.

ReadeREST
The ReadeREST eyeglass holder system

Once I saw the ReadeREST magnetic eyeglass holder system on Shark Tank I knew I had to have one. This is a simple device consisting of a metal frame that sits on the outside of your shirt and a backing that goes under the shirt, with the two held together through the cloth with a pair of strong magnets. I have been using this since I saw it in 2012, and I like it very much. Prior to that I would hook my glasses in one of my shirt pockets and they would often come loose and drop to the ground – sometimes scratching a lens. With the ReadeREST this almost never happens. My glasses are hooked at one hinge in the metal bar on my shirt and when I lean over the glasses swing out and stay vertical.

ReadeREST in us
Here’s the ReadeREST eyeglass holder in use

You can buy ReadeREST at Walmart in the Vision Department or online as well as at other stores. You can also buy them at the company web site linked above. I bought this latest one at Amazon. They cost $9.99 for one, or $17.99 for a pair on Amazon. I later found a three-pack at QVC.com for $19.98 and they offer different colors and styles – Lori Grenier was the shark that teamed up with the ReadeREST people.

I am in the process of changing the Internet Security system used on our computers from Kaspersky Internet Security to WebRoot SecureAnywhere IS. I had previously changed from Bitdefender to Kaspersky when I signed up with BestBuy’s Geek Squad Support plan because BestBuy included a 3-computer Kaspersky package with the plan. Then a few months ago when I upgraded my smartphone BestBuy included a six-month trial of WebRoot, also available for three devices. Since WebRoot has excellent ratings (9.8 out of 10 at Best Antivirus Reviews, Editors Choice at PCMag) I decided to try it out on my tablet for a while. That was six months ago and I am very pleased with it so I renewed my subscription and today I did the conversion on my laptop.

I got tired of all the nagging and interaction Kaspersky required and I like that WebRoot has a much smaller footprint on my computer and does its job much quieter. I can install WebRoot on our Windows computers and tablet as well as on our Android smartphones and tablets. I will upgrade our 3-device package to a 5-device package to handle all of ours.

I had been using the LastPass password keeper since about 2010 and liked it very much. When I installed the Bitdefender and then Kaspersky packages they came with a password keeper and I sort of used those in parallel with LastPass, but now that I am dumping Kaspersky I will use LastPass solely. WebRoot has a password keeper but I can install LastPass in all the browsers on my computer and tablet (Opera, Firefox, Chrome, and Edge) as well as on my smartphone. This way the same password store is available on all my devices.

The way password keeper apps work is to store your login information for any site or app for which you allow it and it can then automatically log you in in the future or at least fill in the login info for you. Your data is encrypted and decrypted at the device level. Data stored in your vault is kept secret, even from LastPass. Your master password, and the keys used to encrypt and decrypt data, are never sent to LastPass’ servers, and are never accessible by LastPass.

You can ask LastPass to generate a complex password for you that will only be kept it the vault and you will never have to remember it or type it in. You can get LastPass for free, but can get advanced features by upgrading (as I did) to LastPass Premium at $24 per year.

For lack of a name for it, I call it “squashage”. And that’s what we had for supper tonight. Elaine started with an acorn squash, cooked up some Jimmy Dean sausage, mixed the sausage with onions and carrots and pieces of apple and stuffed the squash with the mix. She then roasted it in our toaster oven. It was delicious!

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