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How to Share Sensitive Information Over the Web

How to Share Sensitive Information Over the Web

When people think about sending “sensitive” information, they usually associate it with one of two things: work stuff or inappropriate pictures. With that being said, there are a bunch of reasons you might want to share sensitive information over the web.

We are going to talk about a few ways to do just that, but let you decide what the “sensitive information” actually is.

Common sense

Sending important information to the wrong person can be a big problem so the first thing you will want to do is make sure you have the correct contact information. No matter how you plan to send someone information, make sure you have the correct email address or phone number for them.

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Not putting all of your eggs in one basket

Not many people consider breaking up messages or sending them through different services. For example, you can share a file or folder with someone via Dropbox with an encrypted zip file in it and text them the password key. If you send everything, including the password, in a single file, what’s the point in password protecting it?

Browser check

Depending on what exactly you are sending, you might want to consider using a secure browser — a browser like Dell KACE based on Firefox or one that’s more geared toward privacy like SRWare based on Chromium. These can help you be a bit more at ease when you are browsing or logging into your accounts.

Lastpass is a browser add-on that can share passwords and secure notes with other Lastpass users easily. This is a great way for you to send bank information or other things like Social Security numbers. Remember the common sense rule: you need to make sure you have the right user information before you start sending info to some random person.

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    Encryption methods

    Dropbox users have some choices. You can share a folder, letting you add any kind of information to the folder for the other person to receive. Another option: if the person is not a Dropbox user, you can send them a link to the folder or file. This way they can view or download it right from the web vs. you sending the file via email.

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      To add a little more security when sending a file, you can send it as an encrypted zip file.Then if someone intercepts your email, they will need the password key to open it. If you send the password separately, someone is less likely to know what the password is or what it is for. A great app for making a secure compressed folder is 7zip. You could also add the encrypted zip file to your Dropbox shared folder for a little added security.

      When you want to email something but need it to be secure, you can try Sendinc. Using this web-based service will not only let you send secure emails, but you can have the message self destruct Mission-Impossible-style anywhere from 1 day to 365 days later.

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        Another cool way to send files securely is to use something like File Camouflage. In a nutshell, you can use File Camouflage to hide and encrypt a file within an image. If someone accidentally sees the email, unless they know there is a message in it, they will think it is nothing more than an image.

        Mobile sharing

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              Sharing information while mobile is a lot trickier. Some of the apps out there like Lastpass remove the sharing feature from their mobile app. Apps like Snapchat are available and the image can be deleted after a certain amount of time, but the image can still be easily intercepted or copied with a screen capture.

              Final words

              There is always the chance something you send electronically can get intercepted by someone other than the intended receiver. It is best to break up the messages, send the password separately, encrypt what you can whenever you can, and do your best to only send people images of what you aren’t afraid to have your grandma come across in the internet.

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              Published on September 20, 2018

              11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

              11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

              In today’s fast-paced and never-ending busy world, we are overwhelmed by tasks that need to be completed by tight deadlines. With so much technology it is difficult to find the right tools to help boost our efficiency. And, many tools get obsolete so its essential to stay up-to-date to know when you will have to make adjustments to these tools. Independently of where you work, there’s a good chance that you have to be working on a PC or a laptop.

              Do you are feel like you do not have enough time, or cannot accomplish much as of late? It is recommended to take a step back and look at the big picture. Also, you want to explore new and innovative ways to improve productivity.

              In this article, I outline 11 features and apps within the Chrome browser that can help you do just that.

              Minimizing Tabs

              Let’s face it we all have more than a dozen tabs opened on our computers. One neat trick to still keep most of them open is to turn them into pinned tabs. On Google Chrome you can right-click the tab and select “Pin Tab” option. This turns the tab into an icon enabling you to continue multitasking.

              Pinning a tab anchors the tabs on the left of your toolbar; a great benefit of the “Pin Tab” feature is that you can’t close these tabs accidentally since the “X” disappears after pinning them.

              Incognito Mode

              Google Chrome is a very easy-to-use and intuitive. But, Google does collect our browsing data; so to remedy this, you can use Incognito Mode. This feature does not keep your browsing or download history. You can enable or access it in three different ways:

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              1. Press Ctrl/Command+shift+N
              2. Select File Menu and choose New Incognito Window
              3. Download extension New Incognito Window

              This feature is very handy if you’d rather not have your browsing history stored and utilized for future advertisement or suggested pages.

              Save Webpages as PDF Files

              Have you ever browsed interesting or important information and then forgot to bookmark or save it in “favorites”, making it impossible to find again? Chances are you have done this on a number of occasions.

              Thankfully, there is an easy solution. You can save webpages as PDF files. On your keyboard, press control/command+p and you will be able to save webpages as PDFs.

              Open Recently-closed Tabs

              Ever had dozens of tabs opened and all of a sudden your browser shuts down? It has probably happened to all of us. You can easily recover all of your tabs using two approaches. Don’t panic if this happens because there is a workaround and solution for it.

              One is by pressing Ctrl/CMD+Shift+T.

              The other approach is to click on the three vertical dots on your browser and hover over “History”.

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              Solve Mathematical Problems

              Google’s Chrome browser doesn’t just search for relevant and updated information. It is also capable of performing some mathematical problems. Within the omnibox (Chrome’s address or URL bar), you can perform mathematical exercises.

              For example, if you are struggling with percentages you can search 20 percent of x amount and it will instantly provide a result. Pretty handy, right?!

              Play Media Files

              Are you frequently met with difficulties when playing or watch a video files? Well, once again Chrome comes to the rescue. You can can listen or play videos from all sorts of movie or music files (mp3, mp4, .mov, .mkv, .ogv, .webm, .wav, etc.) by simply dragging the file into the search bar.

              In addition, you can view images, PDF files and Microsoft Office files, too.

              Navigate Swiftly Between Tabs

              With all of those tabs opened comes great navigation responsibilities. Rather than clicking through every tab, you can use shortcut keys like Ctrl+Tab to navigate all of the different tabs. Also, you are able to navigate to the first tab by pressing Ctrl-1, Ctrl-2, and so on. If you want to switch to the very last tab, press Ctrl-9.

              Stay Focus(e)d

              Computers nowadays have awesome capabilities.

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              Sometimes we like to get work done, but let’s face it, we’re all human. We sometimes procrastinate by visiting a website we really like, or maybe take a break with watching a flick on Netflix, a video on YouTube or browsing Facebook.

              With Chrome’s StayFocusd extension, you can truly stay focused and get more done in less time.

              This extension naturally helps you stay more productive by limiting the amount of time you spend on websites. You can set the time and it will automatically block those sites after a certain period.

              Grammarly for Editing

              Grammarly is a must have, and it’s really a complete powerhouse. Grammarly helps you check your grammar and spelling for everything you write online.

              You can use it professionally or as a student, which will make the editing process much easier and more efficient. Furthermore, it can automatically check for typos when you send an email, type a Tweet, or post a Facebook comment. It’s like having your own personal copyeditor!

              Loom

              There are times that words in an email or written text in a chat app will just not convey the right meaning.

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              There is a saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, the same is true of videos.

              With Loom, you can capture, narrate and immediately share video recordings of your screen, which will help coworkers understand issues you are facing, or to easily convey an explanation on screen. Plus, with video you will be able to easily walk people through a process, and you can use it to create simple how-to videos.

              Chrome Calendar Extension

              No matter what your level of responsibility is at your job, Google Calendar is another essential resource to have at your fingertips.

              Specifically, you can have this extension added as an icon in the toolbar of your browser, which I highly recommend. Once you add the extension to your browser, you can check for upcoming events with a single click without leaving your current page.

              Final Thoughts

              Google Chrome has definitely evolved from its inception. As you can see you have a very powerful tool that comes as a free installation and is loaded with dozens of capabilities. The above listed Chrome apps can resolve some of the most common obstacles to your time management and productivity.

              Featured photo credit: Andrew Neel via unsplash.com

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