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Sign up for a free account with the cloud storage management service. You’ll have a choice to use the Facebook login. However, it’s recommended to use a fresh set of login credentials. As you verify your email address, you will be taken to your Cloudkafe main account page. Here you will find 6 categories which are used to group cloud services as per their probable usability.
1. Documents: SugarSync, Dropbox, Box, Google Drive and SkyDrive.
3. Videos: Youtube, Vimeo.
4. Notes: Evernote and Catch.
5. Contacts: Google and Yahoo contacts.
6. Music: This segment is yet to have any services listed.
You will now have to add/authorize your accounts one by one. Just head over to the categories you wish to add the services and authorize access to them one at a time. With all the services you need are connected, you can have a complete view of your data online. You can open the files, move them within the service. Alternatively, you can download them too (for some of them) if you need to. A simple feature to download Youtube videos (that you had uploaded earlier) might been a nice addition to Cloudkafe. The interface looks a little gawky at some screens but is overall quite simple and easy to use.
The great thing about using Cloudkafe is that you can search for something in all the services in one go, which is really very helpful. The app, however, do not allow you to move files across different services which is a bummer. Other premium services has cap on how much bandwidth you can use every month which could be frustrating if you are transferring large files. Thankfully Cloudkafe has no such bar on bandwidth usage. Cloudkafe is completely free and with all features available, it indeed works great for most people.
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Online security has never been more important, and if you think keeping all your accounts safe and secure is a big challenge, you’re definitely not alone.
But even if you feel comfortable with your passwords and you’ve managed to think of a different one for every account—an impressive feat to say the least—there are simple steps you can take to lay an extra layer of protection over your data. One of the most effective is enabling two-factor authentication (2FA) across all your apps and services.How two-factor authentication works
The “two” is key in 2FA—it means that if someone wants to get into one of your accounts, they need not one, but two bits of information. A password counts as one, but it’s not enough. In addition to something you know—your password—two-factor authentication also requires “something you have.” This may be a code (sent to your phone via text message or from a code generator app) or a token you carry around with you, like a USB security key.
If you’re already dreading the idea and think this will make it too complicated to check your email every day, know that 2FA can be set to kick in only when you access your accounts from a new device. You can list your laptop and phone as “trusted devices” so they won’t prompt you to constantly look up codes or wait for texts when you log in from there. This can be comfortable but is also a great reason to protect your personal devices with strong PIN codes, passwords, and biometrics.
[Related: How to do two-factor authentication like a pro]
Two-factor authentication and two-step authentication are terms people often use interchangeably, and though they are very similar, they are not the same.
Two-step usually refers to two bits of similar information, like a passcode and a password, that you need to log into your account, and that you might get on the same device. Two-factor, meanwhile, typically requires two different devices or types of authentication, like a passcode and a fingerprint, making it much safer.
No, Google Authenticator won’t give you the winning Lotto numbers, but will help you protect any account. David Nield
You only need to look at the number of data breaches that regularly hit the headlines to know how easily your password and email address can leak into the public domain. You can always take mitigating steps if one of these events affects you but, as with everything, pre-emptive action is the best option.
With 2FA, anybody who tries to log into your accounts using your credentials will need to provide a second bit of information they don’t have, so they won’t be able to get in. If this happens, platforms usually notify you of an unsuccessful attempt to access your account, which could be useful if you ever wonder about whether you need to take further steps to protect your data.
Still, using two-factor authentication doesn’t mean your accounts are suddenly unhackable or that you can let your guard down. Text messages can be intercepted, phones can be stolen, and it’s important that you think of 2FA as one part of an effective security strategy rather than a failsafe lock.
Setting up this extra layer of security across all your accounts is easy and shouldn’t take you long at all. It’s definitely worth a few minutes for some extra peace of mind.Activating two-factor authentication in all of your accounts
If you have time to play FarmVille, you have time to enable two-factor authentication. David Nield
Just about every major digital platform out there has a two-factor authentication option now. In some cases, you might actually get prompts to turn it on when you log in.Google Microsoft Apple Facebook Twitter Instagram
For Instagram, open the app, go to your profile tab and tap the menu button (three horizontal lines, top right). There, go to Settings, then Security, and finally tap on Two-Factor Authentication. On this menu, you can set up authentication apps and verification codes sent via text message. You can also link your Instagram account to your WhatsApp account so you can receive your codes through there—ideal if you’re abroad and only running on WiFi. To enable this option, make sure you’ve already enabled 2FA via text messaging and that the phone number associated with your accounts is the same. After that, just turn on the toggle switch next to WhatsApp and you’re set.Snapchat
In Snapchat, tap the cog icon from your profile tab and you’ll see the Two-Factor Authentication option. The platform only offers 2FA through text messaging and authenticator apps, so we’d recommend you enable both in case you need to access your account and have no phone reception.TikTok
Open the TikTok app and on your profile tab, tap the menu button (three lines) on the top right corner of the screen, and go to Security and login. On the next screen, go to 2-Step Verification, and at the top, tap the Turn on button. TikTok has not elaborated a lot when it comes to the 2FA methods they currently offer their users, and at the moment of writing, you can only choose between getting a code sent to your email or to your phone via text message. Still, this is better than nothing, and hopefully, in the future, the platform will also add alternatives like prompts or authentication apps.
Tell your friends about securing their Snapchat account. And yes, you can use the doggy filter while you’re at it. David NieldDropbox WhatsApp
For WhatsApp, open the app and go to the main menu (three dots, top right). There, go to Account and then Two-step verification. At the bottom of the screen, tap Enable and follow the instructions. Meta’s messaging platform doesn’t give you too many options—the only 2FA method they offer is a secondary 6-digit code the app will require if you want to set it up on another device. Once you provide and confirm your code, WhatsApp will also ask you for an email address you’ll be able to use to recover your account in case you forget your code.
[Related: How to keep all of your accounts safe in a world where people want your data]
As you can see, two-factor authentication is just about everywhere and you should find the option fairly prominently displayed under any platform’s security options.
Where you won’t find two-factor authentication—at least not yet—is on media streaming services such as Spotify and Netflix. While we can’t speak for those services, it’s likely that the extra convenience of quickly switching between devices to listen to music or watch movies outweighs the security concerns of someone being able to binge-watch Stranger Things or listen to the complete works of Coldplay without your knowledge.
Where 2FA is available, switch it on, and pay attention to whatever backup login options there are (like security questions or a text message). After all, your accounts are only as strong as their weakest points.
You may have heard about a weird new product from Google: a little device called the Titan Security Key that will serve as a form of two-factor authentication. That means you would use the gizmo as part of a login process to verify that you are, in fact, you. Instead of getting a text message with a code, you plug the security key into your computer and press a button.
You can’t buy one of these yet (Google says it will be available to the general public “soon”), but the announcement is a good reminder that setting up two-factor authentication on your accounts is one of the easiest ways to keep your info private— even if your username and password are compromised.
“We see consistently that in a large percentage of cyber incidents, had individuals had some sort of multi-factor authentication, they would have at least delayed—or made it slightly harder—for attackers to gain access,” says Oren Falkowitz, the CEO of Area 1 Security, a firm that helps prevent phishing attacks.
In short: using two-factor authentication is smart, but a physical key isn’t your only option.Text me?
Security experts say that receiving a code by text is the weakest of the two-factor options. Getting verification via text is pretty simple: you try to log onto an account, but first have to enter a code that’s sent to your phone. It’s easy to set up and understand—and certainly better than nothing—but the method has its flaws.
“I would say SMS is by far the worst,” says Lorrie Faith Cranor, a professor of computer science at Carnegie Mellon University and a former chief technologist with the Federal Trade Commission. “[That’s] because SMS relies on an insecure channel in the phone network that was never meant to be used for security.”
Besides the fact that the channel isn’t secure, a related problem with using SMS to receive a code is “account hijacking,” Cranor says. In that case, an attacker may use a tactic like this: they’ll go to a phone store, pretend to be someone else, and have the victim’s phone number transferred to a new phone.
This could lead to unpleasant scenarios like an attacker withdrawing money from a victim’s bank account, Cranor says. “We’ve also seen it where they go to the victim’s Twitter account, and then start tweeting as them,” she adds.Actually, don’t text me
Security experts say that there are better options than just getting that code texted to you, though. One of those is using an app like Authy, or another called Google Authenticator, to generate the six-digit number you need. Those codes expire after a set amount of time, like a self-destructing message on Mission: Impossible.
And then, of course, there’s using a gadget that you plug into your computer or connect via Bluetooth. One well-known choice is a YubiKey, and another is the forthcoming item from Google. “It’s very hard to circumvent a physical security token,” says Amine Hambaba, senior director for security at Shape Security. That’s because if a remote attacker had access to your username and password, they still would need to get their hands on a tangible object.
Google says that they’ve had success using them internally. “We have had no reported or confirmed account takeovers since implementing security keys at Google,” a company spokesperson says via email. And the Titan key doesn’t work with just Google accounts—you can also use it with other accounts that support using a security key.
Ultimately, a physical key is a strong way to secure an account, but it’s not a shield against all online threats. Having one won’t stop you from a downloading a malicious file, for example. And there are obvious drawbacks to using a physical object for authentication.
“I think it’s good for security,” says Cranor, of CMU. “But it’s not always the most convenient approach.” That’s because you have to carry it with you to actually use it, like an old-school house key. “It’s another thing to have to keep track of, and manipulate,” she adds.
Whether or not you plan on buying a Google key, it makes sense to turn on two-factor authentication on key accounts that allow it—head over to sites like Facebook and Gmail and do it now.
In the August 15th issue of the Journal of Biological Psychiatry, Gregory Miller, PhD, and his colleagues released the results of a preliminary study in which they found that stress impacts the body at the genetic level. While studies around stress have previously focused on levels of cortisol— frequently referred to in Pop-psychology parlance as the “stress hormone”— and the impact of stress on those levels’ patterns, Miller and his colleagues found in their subjects that it is the body’s ability to receive the signal from this hormone, even as it exists in some stressed subjects at normal levels, that is altered under stressful conditions. Miller’s team noted the differences in patterns of gene expression in the blood’s monocytes– white blood cells impacting physical immune response– between subjects serving as caretakers for family members battling cancer and a comparable group of subjects not coping with an enduring stressor of this kind. The genetic patterns in the caregivers’ monocytes impaired their bodies’ responses to cortisol’s anti-inflammatory properties. The caregivers’ “chronic pro-inflammatory state… could contribute to the risk for a number of medical illnesses, such as depression, heart disease, and diabetes.”
John H. Krystal (affil. Yale University or Medicine), Biological Psychiatry’s editor, noted after the study’s release that important questions remain, saying “we don’t know how to account for the resilience of some stressed people exposed to severe sustained stress or the vulnerability of some people to relatively mild stress… The better that we understand the underlying molecular mechanisms that link stress to illness, the more likely we are to make progress in answering these important questions.”
The Texas Medical Association’s site also recommends “meditation and spiritual practices” as resilience-building activities. Just this month, in fact, researchers at Emory University unveiled the results of a study that “examined the effect of compassion meditation on innate immune, neuroendocrine and behavioral responses to psychosocial stress,” evaluating the degree to which compassion-based meditation practices influenced stress-reactivity. For this study, sixty-one healthy young adults were randomly assigned into two groups, one which practiced compassion-based meditation, while the other participated in health-discussion sessions. Both groups were exposed, immediately following their participation in these different activities, to a standardized laboratory stressor. The results of these tests indicate that those who engaged in the compassion-based meditation had reduced inflammatory responses and less emotional distress in response to the psychosocial stressor.
Mind and Life Institute seek to facilitate collaborative research partnerships between modern science and Buddhism for a more in-depth understanding of reality, and our minds.
Much like the “chronic pro-inflammatory state” of Miller’s stressed subjects, a society imbibed on fear of change and the unknown— like, for instance, our Post 9/11 cultural landscape of xenophobia, oft-repeated phrases involving the word ‘terror’ itself, and, in recent weeks, economic panic and collapse— creates, in individuals, a chronically stressed, pro-inflammatory fight-or-flight response in the brain, and in the body. Ongoing scientific inquiry into relaxation techniques like meditation, can, perhaps, suggest some answers to Krystal’s “remaining questions” on stress and its physiological effects, and help to explain why some people who are exposed to enduring stress can, with practice, learn to land on their feet in spite of it.
If you have a lot of badly named files on your PC, renaming them is extremely tedious, to say the least. Therefore finding an excuse not to do it becomes really easy. What you need is a batch renaming tool that will do it all for you in seconds and the aptly-named File Renamer aims to be the go-to tool in this area. All it needs is your input to tell it what it needs to change in each file and seconds later, it’s done. You can then wonder what all the stressing was about.
File Renamer is not a free program, but you can try the feature-limited free demo. If you like it, you can purchase the unlocked unlimited version for $20. The app’s website claims that File Renamer is intuitive and easy to use, but in truth, you need to play with it for a while and get the hang of each rule that the program uses to make the changes before making wholesale changes to your files.
One idea is to make a duplicate copy of your file folder and try File Renamer out on the duplicate folder. There is an “undo” function to everything you do with File Renamer, but nevertheless, if the files are valuable (such as sentimental photos), you may feel more comfortable testing File Renamer on copies first.
After installing File Renamer, add the folder full of files you wish to rename to File Renamer’s interface. You can do this in one of two ways, by dragging & dropping the files with your mouse, or alternatively dragging and dropping them onto the hub icon on the desktop. You will then see your filenames, as they currently are, along with a space for the new filename when you specify what rule you want applied.
On the right hand side of the interface are your renaming rules. Obviously File Renamer can’t read your mind, so you have to tell it specifically where and what you want changed and removed. There is a drop down menu to choose an action. The menu underneath will then change to that action’s options, so you can tweak the rule. Choose your options and you will see your filenames change in real-time. This is good because you will then see whether or not you are on the right track.
What is particularly good about File Renamer is the remarkable flexibility of the rules and how far they can reach into your files to pull information. For example, you can specify EXIF data from your photos as the basis for your renamed files or the ID3 tags from your MP3 music. Or if you want something more basic, you can specify that your files be renamed in sequential order from number 1 onwards. The options before you in this app are simply fantastic.
There are quite a lot of possible renaming actions to choose from.
If you have lots of photos called chúng tôi or music files called noartist.mp3, then now is the time to start renaming them. $20 is a small price to pay if you have lots of mismatched files which you desperately want to put in order.
Note: The Download button on the Product Information page will download the software to your system.
For a popular email service like Gmail, there is no shortage of third-party apps to extend its functionality and productivity. Regardless of the operating system (or browser) you are using, you are sure to come across a few Gmail apps and extensions that claim to improve your productivity. Mia for Gmail (Mac only) is one of them, and it allows you to check and manage your Gmail account right from the menu bar.
Mia for Gmail is a Mac only application that sit quietly in the menu bar and notifies you when there is an incoming email.
1. To get started, simply download Mia for Gmail from its website. The free version only allows you to connect to one Gmail account. You can upgrade to the premium version for $2, and it will allow you to connect to multiple Gmail accounts.
2. Open the .dmg file and drag it to the Applications folder.
3. Launch the Mia for Gmail app from the Launchpad.
4. Once launched, you will find a Gmail icon in the menu bar. It will also prompt you to add a Gmail account.
5. Once connected, you should see the MIA Gmail icon lit up and showing the number of unread emails in your inbox.Preferences
In the Preferences section, there are a few things that you can configure:
Notification – Get notified for every incoming email. This can be a disturbance if you have plenty of incoming emails every day.
Open at login – This will make MIA for Gmail run every time you log in to your computer.
Hide status mail counter – This will hide the unread count beside the MIA for Gmail icon.
View only unread emails – Only display unread email in the drop-down list.
Check every xx mins – You can configure how often the app checks your Gmail inbox.Conclusion
MIA for Gmail is a nifty app that allows you to manage your Gmail account(s) without a browser. It is not a complete replacement for your Gmail web account, as it doesn’t come with many of the useful features in Gmail like search your email, label sorting, etc. Also, it only displays the top ten emails in your Inbox, and there is no option to configure that which is rather disappointing. However, for those who can’t live without leaving their email inbox open, and yet still want to kick the habit of peeking into their Inbox every few minutes, this app is worth trying out.
Damien Oh started writing tech articles since 2007 and has over 10 years of experience in the tech industry. He is proficient in Windows, Linux, Mac, Android and iOS, and worked as a part time WordPress Developer. He is currently the owner and Editor-in-Chief of Make Tech Easier.
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