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Afterlife: How To Protect Your Digital Legacy

Death isn’t something many people are comfortable talking about, but it’s become more and more evident that planning for it is a wise move. You work hard to be able to live the life you want, and planning for contingencies in this case isn’t daring death to ‘come for you.’ It’s taking the time to pragmatically think things out, and then take control of how your personal, professional, and digital assets can be taken care of. Just in case.

Related article:  Disaster Recovery and Your Business

For a quick background context, here are four articles highlighting the issues people have encountered when they lost loved ones:

  • Don’t Let Your Husband Take His Passwords to the Grave (Leslie Milk , Washingtonian)
    “I told my email provider my husband died. Then they locked me out of our account. “
  • What Happens After A Hacker Dies (Patricia Hernandez, Kotaku)
    “On December 2014, Michael Hamelin, a hacker and physicist, died in an unfortunate car crash. He is survived by his wife, a scientist named Beth Hamelin—who not only has to deal with the grief that comes with a loved one passing on, but also has to manage the intense security measures that Hamelin left behind.”
  • Here is another viewpoint on the same family: Dealing With The Digital Afterlife Of A Hacker (Patrick Howell O’Neill, DailyDot.com)
  • Death leaves online lives in limbo (Peter Svensson, USAToday.com)
    “When Jerald Spangenberg collapsed and died in the middle of a quest in an online game, his daughter embarked on a quest of her own: to let her father’s gaming friends know that he hadn’t just decided to desert them.”

You have an on-line life as well as an offline life — don’t leave your family or business twisting in the wind by ignoring one in favor of the other, or by sticking your head in the sand. It’s neither good business practice nor well-thought out to do so.With the way we live, things are too  interconnected to “just leave it to God” and “hope for the best.”   And hope alone has never been a strategy.

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How Much Do You Know About Digital Hygiene?

The fact that you’re scanning this proves that you have a device that connects you to the internet and lets you read on it. It doesn’t even have to be a personal computer, as the smartphone revolution has given billions of people access to the world wide web than ever before.

This means you have a digital device, a digital presence, and a digital foot-print. Whatever device you use — computer, tablet, phablet or smartphone — you have an internet connection and online accounts (email, social media) that lets you talk with other people. You probably have more than a few online profiles.

If you own an online business, even better. You have all that and pay for a domain name and registration, security certificates, and hosting for your website, as well as own business information, customer information, and mailing list data.

Data Storage Solutions, the original article that inspired this one, was written way back when flash drives were just starting to be a thing. To say that a lot has changed since then would be a massive understatement. Now more than ever, you have to be more digitally savvy of how to handle your on-line accounts and data resources.

On a universal level, security is vital. You protect your privacy and your data, it’s just common sense. Hackers can compromise your identity — not just your online persona, but your identity. They can hold your data hostage, or ruin your brand. One breach, and the integrity and security of your data can be devastated. Four words: credit-card identity theft. Which is just one example.

On the street there are ATM skimmers, online there are phishers, brute-force hackers, malware and ransomware.  On your side of the computer screen there’s, well — there’s you. When was the last time you checked if you had a strong password? Have you added 2-step authentication to all your important accounts? And get this — do you actually remember the answers to your security questions? Continue reading How Much Do You Know About Digital Hygiene?

Top 7 Sites For Free High Resolution Images

We are a visually oriented species as a whole. We follow the shiny and we like  pictures  — the good ones speak a thousand words, after all. Couple that with the internet, and you’ll know that images are an important visual support and design element on websites. They can be the focus of an article. As accompaniment, they can help tell a story– and of course, pictures of products are an excellent way to showcase the goods.

The internet is basically a very fast way to communicate, and the better we get at telling our stories and sharing what we aim to be valuable content, the more we build value in our products and offerings.

Photographs are easy to come by for anyone with a smartphone and some free image editing software. But when you’re running your own business, how much time to you have to take photos, pick out okay ones, and pump them up a little before posting them within your article? Try: Not that much.

If you’re the kind to need different kinds  of pictures for your blog, website, e-books, brochures, or even your mind-mapping board, here are seven free stock photo resources for you.

Pexels

  • 50 new high-quality photos are made available daily, and each month adds  some 1,500 hi-res photos from trusted photographers and other sources like Gratisography and Unsplash.
  • Has over  10,000 searchable photos already available online.
  • All photos licensed under  the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license. This means the pictures are completely free to be used for any legal purpose, for personal or commercial use. You can modify, copy and distribute the photos, with no need  for attribution or to  link to the source. Each photo provides source links.

Pexels helps designers, bloggers and everyone looking for an image to find great photos that you can use anywhere for free. If you aspire to take and share your own pictures, you can upload them as well. Continue reading Top 7 Sites For Free High Resolution Images

Website Accessibility and Design: Acronyms Galore

The internet is arguably the most powerful force for change today, an incredible channel for communicating and transmitting ideas world-wide and instantly. One aspect of the truly incredible gifts that the Net and current technological breakthroughs has given us is the gateway it opens for people who otherwise have difficulty moving around in the regular world, due to disabilities they have.

For example, by the very nature of the manufacturing process, Braille books are painfully expensive, and hard to get for everyone who needs them. With specialized equipment though, a blind person can access the internet and a whole world beyond the one his blindness has previously limited him to. People with restricted physical mobility can use the internet to ‘see’ the world. Continue reading Website Accessibility and Design: Acronyms Galore