Slice Earth Day Sweepstakes

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Sweepstakes FAQs

What are the prizes?

One $50 Amazon® gift card.

Five Slice Flip & Tumble Reusable Shopping Bags.

How do I enter this sweepstakes?

Just Follow us on Instagram (@helloslice) and post an eco-friendly product.  For additional chances to win, Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter (helloslice) and post an eco-friendly product from the form on this Slice Earth Day Blog:http://blog.slice.com/2014/04/slice-earth-day-sweepstakes/

Do I need to use the Blog form to Like on Facebook or follow on Twitter to enter this sweepstakes?

Yes.  You’ll need to use the Blog form to either Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter so that we can track your entry.

What if I already Follow helloslice on Instagram and Twitter and Like Slice on Facebook?  Can I still enter this sweepstakes?

Yes.  You can post your eco-friendly products on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter with #sliceearthday to be entered in to this sweepstakes.

How will I know if I am the winner?

We will contact winners via direct mail the week of May 5.  Winners must respond to direct mail to claim prizes.

When does the contest start? End?

The contest begins at 12:00am PST on Tuesday, April 22 and ends at 12:00am PST on Saturday, May 3.

Anything else I should know?

If you’re a fine print kind of person, you can see full rules & regulations here.

Heartbleed Vulnerability: Time to Change Your Slice Password

You might have heard about Heartbleed, a serious bug affecting the technology that powers encryption service used by many Internet companies. If you haven’t heard about Heartbleed you can get the 411 here. Slice, like many other companies, has taken the necessary precautions to protect against the vulnerabilities that arose with the Heartbleed bug.

While we don’t believe that there was any malicious activity targeted at Slice or Slice accounts, we do recommend changing your Slice password. The potential security risk is something to consider and changing all your passwords is a sound idea, regardless. During times like this it’s important to reflect on your security in the digital age and how you can better protect yourself.

Don’t Let the Hackers Win! Password Security Tips

We’ve all heard password do’s and don’ts, like not making your password PaSSwoRd or using the same password for your bank account, email account and Netflix account. Scammers and hackers won’t stop doing what they do – but let’s not make their job any easier. You increase the difficulty of cracking your password by increasing the types of characters you use and the number of characters. You can help limit any security breaches by having different passwords for every account.

 

#ProTip: Easy to Remember, Hard to Crack

Coming up with secret password conventions can save you the hassle of remembering your passwords and keep them difficult to crack. For instance, you could use a phrase such as “Slice is too cool, I have it on my iPhone and Android!” Then select the first letter of each word to create your password: Si2cihiomIaA. Also consider using a password manager like Lastpass or Dashlane, so if you ever forget your password you can easily retrieve it. Keep it easy to remember but hard to crack!

Have any other security tips? Let us know @Helloslice.

If you have any questions about Heartbleed and Slice, shoot us an email at support@slice.com

Tax Tip from Slice

It’s crunch time for tax filing!  Are you planning to take advantage of tax deductions on your purchases this year, but find yourself scratching your head on exactly how much you spent?  Here’s a tip that could make this process a snap.

  • In the Web version of Slice, go to the Purchase History tab.

  • Narrow down your results by using our filters: keyword search, order date selection and other filters such as categories and merchants.  Books, Office Products, Payments, Software and Mobile Apps, Tickets & Events, Travel, Electronics & Accessories are categories that are popular for deductions.

  • Once you’ve found the items you’re looking for, simply click on the “Export all <x> items” link on the upper right hand corner of the page below the search box.  You’ll get a csv download of all the items!

Hope this will save you some time and get you some bigger savings this tax season!

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Join our Spring Cleaning Twitter Party – featuring Tech Savvy Mama

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Spring is here at last and it’s time to come out of our winter burrows. This is the time of year we think about spring bloom, spring showers and uh oh – spring cleaning! It’s likely your supply closet and garage get the most attention, but don’t forget about your digital life. Join us, along with Leticia Barr, founder of  Tech Savvy Mama, as we share tips and tricks on how to declutter your digital life.  In addition, we’ll also be giving out awesome prizes!

Theme: Spring Cleaning: Decluttering Your Digital Life

When: Wednesday, April 2 @ 6pm PT / 9pm ET

Where: #SliceSpringCleaning

Who to Follow: @HelloSlice and @TechSavvyMama

Prizes: Amazon® Gift Cards

Use Twitter hashtag #SliceSpringCleaning to participate, ask questions and share tips.

We are giving away three $25 Amazon® Gift Cards!  For a chance to win: Follow @HelloSlice and Tweet using #slicespringcleaning.

Winners will be selected during the Party and contacted by Slice.  See here for rules.

Still need convincing?  Here are a few reasons why you want to be there:

1. Expert tips! Get all the insider tips from the people who know how to get organized, helping you stay ahead of the game.

2. Getting organized is fun! Contrary to popular belief, cleaning up can be fun and rewarding. Get the “Ah ha!” feeling and you don’t even need to lift a finger. OK, you do need to lift a couple of fingers.

3. Winner! Winner!  Did we mention that there are some sweet prizes up for grabs?  Follow @HelloSlice and Tweet using the hashtag #SliceSpringCleaning to be entered to win one of the Amazon® gift cards we’re giving away. Enter the Tech Savvy Mama giveaway for even more chances to win!

4. Fits your schedule. Join us any time you can during the party. Feel free to tweet out any comments or suggestions you have later on at #SliceSpringCleaning.  The party doesn’t have to end!

5. It’s free. That’s right, you get all the above at the low cost of free!

No need to RSVP.  See you there!

Check out a transcript of our Party here.

5 Tips to Spring Clean Your Smartphone

How many times have you used your smartphone today? Twenty times? Maybe fifty? More, still? According to the Pew Internet Project’s mobile technology research, as of January 2014, 90% of American adults have a cell phone, with 67% of phone owners constantly checking their phones for messages, calls, or alerts even when they don’t hear any ringing or didn’t notice their phones vibrating. In this day and age, we’ve grown accustomed with this pressing need to have our phones by our sides at all times, so as not to miss any calls, texts, emails, or updates – even during the night.

Which is why as much as we do a thorough sweep of our houses and offices for unattended stuff and need-to-trash files, clothes, and unfixable appliances, our smartphones should also be subjected to the same kind of scrubbing and sweeping (figuratively, of course). Whether you’re an iOS loyalist, an Android user, or a Windows fan, we’ve got 5 rocking tips to help keep your device in tiptop shape. Back up, speed up, and spring clean the hell out of your handy dandy device:

Delete and transfer old texts or emails and photos or videos –

Clear up extra space in your phone by removing unimportant texts and emails. Another simple way to free up memory is to transfer old photos and videos to your computer. Because chances are, your phone is filled with pictures of random every day things that you’ve either already posted on Facebook or shared on Instagram. And if you’re using an iPhone, you can see that your photos app contains a separate album called My Photo Stream and another album for your Instagram posts, meaning when you take a photo and share it on IG, you have two photos saved on your Camera Roll album and on your My Photo Stream album, plus the on the IG album. Imagine using up 3 times the space needed for the exact same photo!

Remove those unwanted applications –

Remember those games you purchased because a friend of a friend told them they were good so told you to download it and asked you to try it but when you did, you got bored by the minute? Or how about those photo and video apps you downloaded because their previews were so enticing that the photos looked like they totally got fixed and the apps were FREE, but then you find out the in-app purchases like the brushes and other effects and you decide it’s not worth the money? It’s time to uninstall these apps to give space to other applications you’ll use more. Besides, if you’re using your own Apple or Android ID and change your mind about the app you’ve just deleted, you can always search through your previously purchased apps and just download it again.

Update your phone’s OS –

While most operating systems alert you for any update, regularly check for other app updated as well. By making sure your software is updated, you enjoy increased productivity and an optimized smartphone performance. Updated versions of your phone’s OS mostly provide bug fixes but some updates also come with useful features and battery enhancing capabilities.

Review and houseclean your icons –

If your home screen looks like it’s been through two tornadoes, a thunderstorm, and run over twice by both a racecar and a dump truck, then it’s time to re-assess and clean up. Re-arrange your icons per usage or per app. Keep your photo and video apps such as VSCO, PicLab, Flipagram, and Instasize in one folder. Place all your shopping apps like Amazon, Slice, Groupon, and Yelp in one folder. Place all your games in another (well technically some people actually do need more than a couple folders for their gaming apps). No matter how many apps you have, it’s best to keep your home screen looking tidy, neat, and organized as this also helps you to navigate more quickly.

Clear cache –

Much like your PC or laptop, the cache stored in your Web browser helps speed things up because it loads what you want faster the next time since it remembers what you searched before – like keywords or images. However, this also puts a strain on your phone’s memory. Clear cache regularly to help your phone save disk space and eventually perform better.

 

Post contributed by: Lisa Campbell, a writer for Become, Inc—a product price comparison site for online shoppers. She’s an ecommerce enthusiast and also loves to write about social media, shopping tips and marketing-related topics.