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10 Free Tools for Creating Infographics

“Don’t have hours to spare crafting something beautiful in Photoshop? We (They) select tools that won’t cost you a penny…”

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Your Smartphone Is Becoming An AI Supercomputer by Sean Captain via fastco-e911a1ecaff695c740670e41df436c86

“…Just as “the cloud” was becoming the answer to every “How does it work?” question, smartphones have started clawing back their independence, performing on their own tasks that used to require a tether to a server farm. The result is a more natural AI experience, without the annoying or creepy lag of an internet connection to a data center…

…AI will also drive convenience features. You might see virtual assistants that use the phone’s camera to recognize where you are, such as a specific street or the inside of a restaurant, and bring up relevant apps, says Rizzoli. And for once, such hyper-conveniences may not have the creep factor. If future AI doesn’t need the cloud, then the cloud doesn’t need your personal data…

…As artificial intelligence continues expanding across the tech world, it seems destined to grow on phones, too. Expectations are rising that gadgets will simply know what we want and what we mean…”

Test your VPN through Terminal – Linux Tips

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Do you use a VPN to connect to Internet and increase your privacy? If you are one of the many you would be sure that the VPN you are paying is really working properly.

You can always use, via browser, one of those dedicated websites that check your Ip and, in some cases, test the real effectiveness of VPN and/or use Terminal.

But, for my experience, if you prefer to test your public IP without using the Terminal, the best tutorial for this specific task has been published by http://www.tecadmin.net.

Get Public IP using Linux Terminal

Recommended!… if you are looking for an extra test that you can manage directly from Terminal.

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Is Computer Security Becoming a Hardware Problem? by Michael Byrne via vice_motherboard_logo

Benefits vs. Risks Of Cloud Computing (… and some tips from my experience…)

Previously posted on Medium

Today utilizing an external drive is the most often used strategy for having an efficient backup storage. On the other hand, the people who contemplate utilizing cloud computing for this purpose often wonder if the technology is worth the attempt.

Users of the system ensure that there’s no reasons why anyone should keep from utilizing this system as it guarantees numerous additional benefits as when compared to the traditional methods. The truth that you’ve to fork out a “minuscule” amount of cash on a -monthly- basis for the use of cloud data storage is one motive behind prospective users to be careful.

 

The following benefits of the technology are cause enough to make sure that this expense property is truly worth it.

Extensive storage space: The most elementary advantage of utilizing the cloud is that you can store any quantity of information, which is difficult when using drives. The system is very simple to utilize as the account is created within a few minutes, as opposed to the effort and time spent on going searching for an additional drive.

No Physical existence: Once you have saved your data on the cloud, it becomes the obligation of the supplier to worry about its preservation. Rather than purchasing and saving these numerous added drives, one only has to stay attached to the web in order to access the stored information.

Convenience of automatic back-up: The consumers of cloud computing do not have to trouble making sure that they have related the external drive to their computers and that they take back-ups occasionally. The options on the cloud system may be altered as per the user’s setting as to whether the back-up must be taken several times in one day or once each day. The only obvious prerequisite for the system to be copied is the internet must be related and anything else is looked after.

Easy restoration: In usual conditions, locating and repairing a hard disk drive from backed up information is a long and troublesome process which calls for the providers of the pc technician. The cloud consumers are spared from such an annoyance as this restoration procedure is made quick and simple. If at all the users however have questions about managing this on their very own, they could always seek help from the companies plus they’ll be more than happy to oblige.

It is important to understand the dangers involved when transferring your business into the cloud before contemplating cloud computing technology. You should perform a risk assessment procedure before any control is handed over to a service provider.

First of all you should deeply understand what is the real privacy protection offered by the Cloud Provider. Nowadays the best (more secure and/or more respectful of your privacy) Hosting – Cloud Providers are redeploying their storage servers from USA to Switzerland. This happens because in general Swiss has a better privacy protection and it is outside the European Union and United States Laws. This means that in Swiss, disclosure order/warrant have less possibilities to have effects than in US or EU if they have not a very good legal motivation.

More in general, it is possible to affirm that any location of the Cloud Provider could be good if you understand the local privacy legislation before you use its services. Moreover the Cloud Providers have to guarantee an encrypted storage without detaining any key that can, directly or indirectly, decrypt the information you save or use through its servers. Consequently all the data transmission have to use https protocols with a recommended minimum of 1024 bits encryption. On my side I privilege nothing that offers less than a 2048 bits https protection.

Usually you can have a good representation about the security of the services offered and the legal legislation that will affect your Cloud Service contract if you read carefully the EULA.

For this reason, before committing, you should inquire which privacy and security laws will apply to the information and where your information will be saved. In case the information will be saved outside of your Country, you will also need to be informed as to the laws and regulation demands in that specific geographic place.

Moreover you have to understand if the Cloud Provider that you are choosing to support your business, is really able to guarantee an adequate service level. Don’t be worried to send inquires if the information provided in their Service Level Agreement don’t solve tour doubts or you think that the provided services could not match with your needs in future because they seems not enough flexible.

Anyway, try to prefer a Cloud Service Provider that has an effective Customer Support Service that can promptly (24/7/365) solve your problems. Cloud Service reseller are (sometimes) cheaper but they could not be the best choice for your business technical needs.

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Last but not least, don’t underestimate the security holes represented by the human factor. You have to offer the right level of training to your employees and colleagues because just a single mistake by them, can be transformed, by an hacker or a competitor, in a potential debacle for all your Cloud System. Invest in learning courses about Cloud risks for all your employees and colleagues, let them understand what are the potential risks of using Cloud Services. Don’t be afraid to introduce “difficult” technical concept (as e.g. man-in-the-middle attacks, different encryption systems, social engineering tactics, the importance of digital signs, etc..) to them.

For this reason, in order to reach a better security level, configure all the electronic devices (common: tablets, smartphones, laptops & uncommon and often more dangerous: all the hardware with an embedded OS especially if they are able to communicate data through Internet or your phone provider) in order that they use your VPN by default. If you will be able to secure all the transmission through your reliable VPN you could have solved at least the 40-50% of the potential mistakes that are normally made by your employees or colleagues.

Can audio go viral on Facebook? Here’s what happened when NPR ran an experiment for a month by Serri Graslie via NiemanLab

“Trust me, this is really, really great even though you don’t know who’s talking and there’s nothing to look at and I’m asking you to focus for 40 seconds!”

Quora: a great, powerful tool for Social Media Marketing!

Quora? Are you sure about what you are saying? Why?

Yes, I am more than sure. I know that you could be surprised about thinking Quora as a Social Marketing tool but it is really a powerful if you learn how to disrupt its potential.

In few words Quora is you personal brainstorming tool. A real powerful tool if you consider that people in Quora are in the main part experts into their sectors.

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If you post a question, promote it -asking to Quora suggested experts to answer- and you don’t receive any reply, it means you posted the wrong question! Quora people don’t waste their time answering to obvious or silly questions. So, if this happens, don’t be ashamed but remove it and start thinking what is the mistake you did. In many cases if you spend some minutes thinking about it you will find the answer you were asking for.

But, remember, don’t limit yourself to only asking but start answering the question that Quora will propose to you. Good answers will get you being noticed. And it could be helpful for your CV or for attracting traffic top your social media or blog.

For this reason I suggest you to spend the right time to write your profile when you join Quora. It is important for a couple of aspects. The first is related to the questions that Quora will propose to you: especially at the beginning they will be strictly related to your Bio. The second aspect is directly linked to your social exposure. Don’t forget that Quora is not only a collaborative platform but it is also a precious, “shining” window were you can directly show your expertise and indirectly attract new follower to your social media, blogs or online activities.

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Quora is the right tool to create and nurture your personal branding strategy. If you think to be an expert on some topics, go to Quora and show your knowledge there. Because Quora is the best place to find people that are looking for the right answers to their top engaging questions.

Moreover Quora let you connect with experts in all the topics you prefer. Doing this you are able to create your personal web of experts and potential promoters for you or your activity. After a while, I suggest you to actively search the most appropriate questions you like to answers. This strategy will enhance your presence on Quora and allows you to give your best when answering.

Last but notquora-logo2 least, don’t be obvious when you answer to a specific question directly related to your business or activity. If you want to promote your activity or your website you need to clearly explain why you think that it is the best solution to that specific question. In few words you have necessarily demonstrate to the questioner (and to all the other experts who are going to read you) why you or your services or website are the first best for his/her needs.

To conclude let me say that Quora is really essential for your Social Media Marketing and you should be really interested to test and include it into your Social Media Strategy!