Tag Archives: Mobile Computing

Hacked!


This has happened to three people I know in the past two weeks.  Read the article.  It’s long.  Read it anyway.  If you don’t, then don’t whine when it happens to you.  It’s your own fault.

As email, documents, and almost every aspect of our professional and personal lives moves onto the “cloud”—remote servers we rely on to store, guard, and make available all of our data whenever and from wherever we want them, all the time and into eternity—a brush with disaster reminds the author and his wife just how vulnerable those data can be. A trip to the inner fortress of Gmail, where Google developers recovered six years’ worth of hacked and deleted e‑mail, provides specific advice on protecting and backing up data now—and gives a picture both consoling and unsettling of the vulnerabilities we can all expect to face in the future.

http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2011/11/hacked/8673/1/?single_page=true

Free 50 GB Cloud Storage Account on BOX.COM — For LIFE!


If you’re looking for cloud space, BOX.COM is giving away 50 GB with a new log-in until (I believe) March 23. It’s definitely in effect right now. After you sign up and confirm by clicking the link in the email they send, you log in and are automatically upgraded to a lifetime 50 GB account (personal accounts only).

Kicks the 2 GB that Dropbox gives you all the way to the curb.

If You Have An Android Phone, You MUST Have This App


WiFi File Explorer Pro establishes a secure WiFi connection between the browser on your PC, Mac or Tablet and your phone, using your home network.  When you give it a click, it automatically accesses the WiFi connection you have the phone set to use.  Then it gives you an IP address (one of those 10.0.0.2:1500 jobs).  You type that into the browser, and a window or tab opens with a file structure that allows you access to all the data on your internal storage and SD card.  From that point you select whatever files you like and download or upload as you wish.  Spend two minutes really looking at the interface and you have it knocked.

Any file can be copied from your phone to the other computer and vice-versa with the same ease as any other upload or download.  There are even a simple media player and photo browser to explore your files before you transfer them.  Transfer music, images, documents, data…whatever you like.  I suppose you could even make a copy of the whole OS, if you wanted to.

And no cable!  If you have the phone, you have a connection, quickly and with no fuss. You can’t forget the cable because you no longer need a cable.   Even if you remember to bring one, you won’t use it.  If WiFi File Explorer doesn’t work, you did something wrong.

This is absolutely the best buck you will ever spend on an Android app!  Go to the Android Market or Amazon’s Appstore for Android and get it, NOW!  Try it out, and then leave a comment here about how fantastic it is.  (You can download a free trial, but don’t bother.  It’s only 99 cents, and I absolutely guarantee you’ll end up buying it, so save yourself the time.)

One thing:  You can connect to any WiFi network that your phone is configured to connect with.  That means the one at McDonald’s, too, or at Starbuck’s.  If you’re on an unsecured network, DO NOT ACTIVATE THE APP.  Otherwise, it’s cool.  You can connect to your buddy’s system, too, to share files from your phone.  Just be certain he has an encrypted WiFi network.  You’d be amazed how many people don’tYou can’t screw this up without trying, but it’s not idiot-proof.