How to Protect Yourself against Online Spying, NSA PRISM/Fairview can spy on anyone

How to Protect Yourself against Online Spying, NSA PRISM/Fairview can spy on anyone

Americans (and now other countries) are becoming increasingly concerned with the online protection of their personal information. There have been numerous stories in the press lately of hacked websites, identity theft, and eavesdropping, among many other alarming “criminal” acts. Recently, the Washington Post ran a story that included the publishing of four slides, all leaked from the United States National Security Agency (NSA). These slides clearly discussed, in extreme detail, how the domestic PRISM program collects its data.

Other countries are also being “spied” on with a different surveillance program called Fairview. A recent example is the surveillance on millions of citizens of Brazil.

How To Hack a Watermelon For an Instant Smoothie and be the Picnic Boss

How To Hack a Watermelon For an Instant Smoothie and be the Picnic Boss

I stumbled on this video while surfing online. I must say that it can be very entertaining to see all the interesting stuff people have come up with on YouTube. Especially considering the crazy amount of video uploaded each minute. This hack by Mark Rober just had to be shared. It isn’t technological (except for the drill perhaps, haha) though it is very fun and can make you an instant hit at any party. Check out the video!

How To Test Your AA Alkaline Batteries by Dropping Them

How To Test Your AA Alkaline Batteries by Dropping Them

Recently I was at a friend’s place who heard about this quick method to test your AA alkaline batteries. I found it hard to believe when he described it. However seeing is believing and this does work! Upon returning back home I searched online and realized other people have discovered the same thing.

THE DROP TEST

Take a AA battery, hold it over a hard surface (one that you won’t worry about scratching) about 2″ up, and drop the negative flat side unto the surface. One of two things will happen:

Mapping a Drive Letter on Your Computer to Your Website Files Using WebDrive via FTP/SFTP/WebDAV

Mapping a Drive Letter on Your Computer to Your Website Files Using WebDrive via FTP/SFTP/WebDAV

 

I frequently come across interesting programs. Many times you file them away until an opportunity arises where they become a perfect fit. Lately I had 2 situations where I was able to use one of those programs.

 

WebDrive is a Windows and Mac based client which allows you to map a local drive directly to an FTP (File Transfer Protocol) server. It also supports SFTP (Secure FTP) which is much more secure as it encrypts the communication. FTP communication is all in plain text and not recommended though sometimes you have no choice.

Comparing Free Online Cloud Storage Offerings: DropBox, Google Drive, iCloud, SkyDrive

Comparing Free Online Cloud Storage Offerings: DropBox, Google Drive, iCloud, SkyDrive

Cloud storage is available in many different shapes and sizes. The ability to synchronize and have access to your files on smartphones, tablets, laptops, workstations, and collaborating with other people has made this “must have” technology for many.

The big 3 (Google, Apple, and Microsoft) all have their own offerings tying into their software and devices. Dropbox was one of the first available. Choosing a solution depends on what you want to do and what devices you own.