Firefox Announces Send, Providing Free Encrypted File Transfers while Keeping your Personal Information Private

I just tested this and found that it also works with Chrome and I suspect it will work with other web browsers as well. The sender and the recipient can be using either Windows or Macintosh. Additionally, Send will also be available as an Android app in beta later this week. Best of all, it is very easy to use. Not bad for FREE software! The following is an extract from the Mozilla Blog. (Mozilla is the organization that produces the free Firefox web browser):

“Imagine the last time you moved into a new apartment or purchased a home and had to share financial information like your credit report over the web. In situations like this, you may want to offer the recipient one-time or limited access to those files. With Send, you can feel safe that your personal information does not live somewhere in the cloud indefinitely.

Send uses end-to-end encryption to keep your data secure from the moment you share to the moment your file is opened. It also offers security controls that you can set. You can choose when your file link expires, the number of downloads, and whether to add an optional password for an extra layer of security.”

Further details are available in the full announcement at: https://mzl.la/2Hj8tww.

Will a Chromebook Computer Run My Favorite Programs?

I recently published an article (at https://wp.me/p5Z3-76Q) about an inexpensive Chromebook computer that is on sale right now. I have also published numerous articles in the past about Chromebooks. Every time I publish an article about Chromebooks, several people write and ask, “Will a Chromebook computer run my favorite program(s)?” I decided to answer here so that everyone can read my reply.

The short answer is: a Chromebook probably will not will run your favorite programs but thousands of Chromebook programs are available that probably will do the same thing that you are presently doing.

Even better, most of the Chromebook programs (or “apps”) are available free of charge.

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TAILS 3.12 ; The Highest Level of Privacy Available in a PC or Macintosh

Linux has long had a good reputation for maintaining privacy of the individual. Amongst all the versions of Linux (called “distributions” or “distros”), The Amnesic Incognito Live System (TAILS) has the reputation of being the MOST PRIVATE. TAILS can be installed on almost any computer designed to run Windows or Macintosh. Yes, unlike some other Linux operating systems, TAILS has versions available for a Macintosh computers as well as for Windows systems.

Best of all, TAILS is available FREE of charge.

TAILS runs from a removable flash drive. It is not necessary to format the computer’s hard drive or to “blow away” the Windows or Macintosh operating system. You can literally have your cake and eat it too. In this case, you can use one computer for running both TAILS and also for running either Windows or macOS. The different operating systems will never interfere with each other.

The Amnesic Incognito Live System (TAILS) version 3.12 is now available.

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Windows 10 Logs Your Activities to the Cloud Even When You Tell It Not To

This isn’t much of a surprise. “Although Microsoft appeared to answer critics, and even lawmakers at the beginning of the year by incorporating even more privacy controls into Windows 10 (which really just adds to the flood of settings you now have to be mindful of) it would appear that the toggles do little to nothing in reality.”

Details may be found in an article by Steven Parker in the Neowin web site at: http://bit.ly/2zR1up9.

Keep Loved Ones Digitally Close with Family Locator

Every time we have a disaster, I think of the cell phone app called Family Locator. I am in Florida at the moment, and news about this week’s Michael hurricane certainly reminded me of the need to find and even track the whereabouts of family members. This app answers an age-old question: “Where are you?”

The Family Locator app for iPhones, Android phones, and even BlackBerry phones lets you know where some or all of your family members are located, plus or minus a few feet. This can be critical information when they have been evacuated to a storm shelter of some sort in advance of a hurricane or forest fire or tornado, or if they are simply stuck in a blizzard. Setting up alerts in the app will also allow you to know when family members have made it safely to their next destination.

In order to function, both you and all family members you wish to locate must have the Family Locator app installed on everyone’s cell phones, and each phone must be turned on and communicating with cell towers or wi-fi hotspots.

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A Review of Kolab Now

If you are concerned with the privacy of your information. (We’re looking at YOU Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and a bunch of other well-known privacy-invasive companies!) Kolab Now might be the perfect replacement for your present email, text messaging, calendar, address book, and other services. Kolab Now is an especially good replacement for Gmail, Microsoft’s email services (HotMail, Outlook.com, Microsoft 365, and others), Yahoo, and other services that read your email and other information in order to serve advertisements in your face and to sell information about your personal web surfing habits to any company that wishes to buy the information. Kolab Now also blocks spying by the U.S. government, the United Kingdom government, by China, and by a whole bunch of other governments that spy on their citizens.

There is one major disadvantage to Kolab Now, however:

Most of the above-mentioned services are available free of charge while Kolab Now costs a modest amount of money. For most individuals, Kolab Now monthly charges are about $ 4.50 US, £ 3.45 in the United Kingdom, and € 3.87 in all countries that use Euros. A free 30-day trial is also available. Group accounts, used mostly by corporations and other organizations, costs about $1 US more per month per user. That’s a lot cheaper than running your own in-house servers for email, text messaging, calendar, address book, and other services.

How much is your privacy worth?

What makes Kolab Now’s services worth the money?

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Wasabi: the New, Low Cost Cloud Storage Service

Wasabi is a brand-new cloud storage service. The company is so new that not all the planned “bells and whistles” are yet available. However, the present implementation hows a great deal of promise. In short, Wasabi appears to be perfect for Macintosh and Windows users looking for a simple way to use cloud storage at very low prices.

I signed up for Wasabi a few hours ago and, so far, it seems to work well. I am using Wasabi in the same manner as an external disk drive. Installation and operation was simple. If I do encounter problems with Wasabi in the future, I will publish a follow-up article at that time.

The most obvious advantage of Wasabi is the price: $.0049 per gigabyte/month which equals $4.99 per terabyte/month (all prices are in US dollars).

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