Michael Bolanos


About Michael Bolanos

Professional IT Consultant, Entrepreneur, Friend of Humans, Animals, and Earth.


Helping combat COVID-19 3D Printed Face Shields for Medics and Professionals

We have started to 3D print and produce face shields based on the open source design by Prusa for first responders. We did not do much modification on these Face Shields as we think they are beautiful for our first responders, medics, and professionals just the way they are. We […]


3D Printed Respirator Mask for Coronavirus Emergency Use

During this Global Pandemic due to the COVID-19 virus we remixed this open source Reusable Emergency Respiratory Mask after printing dbeck’s version. I was having a hard time keeping that version together so I remixed some 3D printed rivets and now it works great, no sewing required! Be safe out […]


Use Lastpass + Yubikey To Raise Your Security Posture

Just when you thought it was good enough to just have a strong password along comes Two-Factor and Multi-Factor Authentication. We have crafted Multi-factor solutions for small businesses, individuals, and enterprises. Here is a nice explanation from Okta on “Two-Factor Authentication vs. Multi-Factor Authentication: What Are the Risks?” If you […]

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VPN Explained – Remote Access vs Anonymity Top Tips

For July of 2019 we thought we would share “VPN Explained – Remote Access vs Anonymity Top Tips.”  While VPN basically encrypts your traffic on the Internet for security, it can also attempt to hide your address or identity. Business VPN vs VPN for Anonymity It seems all the advertising […]


Fresh Install Your Computer For Better Performance

Performing a fresh install on your PC or Mac can be one of the “ultimate troubleshooting techniques,” that is according to ZDNet, and we agree. If you are inclined to do so and have the technical skills or help to do a fresh install we think it should be considered. […]


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uBlock Origin vs AdBlocker vs Pi-Hole

The topic of ad blocking as a security measure is often misunderstood. Besides the fact that ads can be annoying they can also bring with it malvertising. Malvertising is advertising that can be dangerous to your computer, mobile device, browser, or any device. Why do I need it? Pop-up and […]


Best Wifi for Home & Small Business 2019

The demand for the latest Wifi Technologies is booming. In 2019 we have some great offerings and the companies offering have increased. Even Amazon has gotten into the game with the acquisition of Eero. While last year we focused on SMB and the Home users market with basic off the […]


What can we learn from Seniors about Technology?

We can learn a lot from Seniors, but don’t ask me, ask a Senior. It’s interesting to discuss Seniors on a day like today, it’s my Father’s birthday he would be 107 years today if he were still alive. Today we at offthegridit helped a class of Seniors learning to […]


Top Reasons To Avoid using Comcast and AT&T Internet Supplied Wifi Routers

Here are the top reasons you should ditch your Comcast Cable modem or bypass your AT&T U-Verse Wifi equipment.  We always recommend you avoid using vendor supplied Wifi and Routers/Firewalls.  Use a reputable third party router for best performance, security, and insight into your network. To Bridge or Not To […]


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The Worst Networks Of 2018

Ok let us see who can claim the honor of having the worst network for 2018.  If we can identify a winner for 2018 we will gladly send you a Raspberry Pi 3.  Please submit your entries by December 14, 2018. Ok, let us take a look at some bad […]