Tools You Will Need
We will be using Mozilla’s FireFox Browser for a number of reasons including it is more secure than I.E. but more so because of it’s plugin Addons that will help you organize your system with blazing speed.
If you don’t already have FireFox running on your computer, you can download it here: www.mozilla.com click on the big green download button and save it to a folder you will or have named: @ProfitTrendsSoftware – the @ sign will move the folder alphabetically to the top and make it easier to get to when we start setting up your programs.
If you already have a GOOGLE account, you will want to set up another one just for your hot trends projects. If you already have an account, you will need to sign up with a different e-mail address. Even if you have a Gmail account set up you should set up a new Gmail account. The purpose being you want to keep everything in this account separate from any other information you store online. It is cleaner and easier that way.
Just go to: www.google.com/accounts/NewAccount and sign up. You will be sent information at your Gmail account (If you already have an account) or your alternate e-mail account. NOTE: from time to time GOOGLE changes their mode of operations as far as these sign ups go so you may have to use a little common sense to read between their lines to get a new account.
Most of the tools you will use with this system will be from GOOGLE. To access any of the tools referred to from here on, (Before you bookmark them), just sign into your Google account home page and click on the tool icon of the tool you want to work with. You can also reach your account home page by using this link: www.google.com/accounts/ManageAccount
You will be required to enter a username and password when you sign up. You will be signing up for several free services. If you don’t have a login info database like RoboForm you need to get one. It will save you untold frustration, time and probably your sanity. You can get it here: RoboForm.com there is a free version but it only holds login information for 10 logins. You’ll need far more than that. In a perfect world you could just use the same username and password for all accounts but that’s just not the way it works online. Some will assign your a password. Some will want a user name, some will use your e-mail address as your username.
Login Database Tool – A Free Option: You can use the “AllPass” database for login info. You can get it here: www.altools.com It is by no means the user friendly, feature rich and powerful of a tool that RoboForm is, but you can get by with it for now.
There are numerous tools from GOOGLE you will use when we get into setting up your system. When you are logged into your Google account, all Google tools will be available through the same account and you should not be required to login to use any Google tool unless you have logged out. The only services that run contrary to that rule are AdSense and Adwords.
The first thing you want to do is set up your Google e-mail account on Gmail. That is Google’s Free Web Based e-mail. From your Google account home page You may have to click on “My Account” in the upper right of the page), click on the Gmail link/icon in the Products section. Configure your e-mail account any way you want.
It is VERY IMPORTANT to use this Gmail account for all the free services you will use for this system. Doing so will keep all your e-mail information apart from non Hot Trends related e-mail and you will be able to organize this e-mail account just for hot trends related communications.