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The 3-2-1 Backup Philosophy
No matter how technical you may or may not be, there is one thing that everyone knows: backup the data files you care aboutand#8232;and#8232;. Because we specialize in data recovery, we've seen virtually every scenario over the past 30 years when it comes to critical data that has been lost. Beyond equipment failure and traditional data loss, we all now need to be concerned with the growing instances of ransomware.and#8232;and#8232; Just having a local external backup drive isn't enough these days because everything from ransomware to a fire or flood could render that local backup useless.and#8232;and#8232; We recommend the 3-2-1 backup philosophy which means that you have 3 copies of your data on two physical storage devices with one copy that exists off-site, such as an online backup service like Carbonite.and#8232;and#8232;T hat means that your primary copy lives on your computer's hard drive, the second copy lives on an external hard drive connected to your computer and a third copy is stored in the cloud. If you do this, it covers every possible data loss scenario that we are aware of at this point in time.
E-Waste Is Still A Problem
When it comes to the holidays, some of the most popular gifts are without a doubt electronics. This invariably leads to the disposal of our older tech, which if done improperly, can be a very bad thing. Unfortunately, most consumers have no idea just how many toxins are used to manufacture our gadgets, so they just throw them in the trash. To keep these toxins from polluting our ground water, consider repurposing your old tech as someone else may be able to use it. Charities, homeless shelters and local schools are just the beginning of possibilities for repurposing your old tech. If that's not an option, finding a responsible electronic recycling program in your area will be your next search. E-waste is generated by the hundreds of millions of tons each year, so we all need to do our part to keep it our of our landfills.
Sickness Forecasting & Mapping App
It's no secret that as the weather gets colder, the number of people that get sick increases as a result. Being exposed to those that are sick is how most of us become sick ourselves, so knowing where a large number of people are sick can be helpful. An app called SickWeather acts as a forecasting tool that shows you where lots of people are saying that they are experiencing symptoms. It does this by scanning social media posts and other data sources to gather signals of areas that show hot zones in your area. Knowing about these areas can be helpful so you can avoid them as this app serves as an early warning system for outbreaks. Their ability to predict outbreaks is pretty impressive based on the technology they've developed. Get the info and the apps:and#160;https://www.sickweather.com
The Ultimate Spam Beater!
With virtually every interaction we have online, there's a good chance that you'll be asked for an email address as part of the process. For those interactions where you only need to have a valid email address to get something you want, but won't need to interact with them ever again, there's a clever and free option. A website that calls itself '10 Minute Mail' provides random email addresses that are only good for ten minutes. Start by visitingand#160;https://10minutemail.comand#160;which will publish a generic email address and a counter that starts at 10 minutes. You stay on this page to also receive the intended message and if you need to extend the time that you use the account, simply tap the button to add another 10 minutes. Keep in mind, this is a really bad option if you'll ever need to reuse the email address because no matter what address you use, all messages are deleted after 10 minutes and you can't request the same one again.
Faster Classified Item Searches
The days of manually searching through classified ads in the physical world was disrupted by a website we all know as Craigslist. Searching for those one of kind or used items has gotten easier via the Internet, but today's tip will take it to another level. If you spend lots of time searching for items on Amazon, eBay or Craigslist, today's tip is for you. An awesome all-in-one search tool exists for all three sites at Search Tempestand#160;https://www.searchtempest.comand#160;and#8232; Instead of having to go to each site to search for the same item, switch to Search Tempest to make it much more efficient and eliminate some of the geographic issues that exist on Craigslist. Bargain shoppers will find this to be a power tool because of all the awesome filtering options that make it more efficient to do extensive item searches.
Free App Considerations
Those wonderful apps have turned what was once simply a voice communication device into miniature marvels in the palms of our hands. On top of that, how wonderful is it that there are so many free apps to choose from? As it turns out, free is not always free when you consider the big picture of these apps. Both your cellular data usage and battery usage can be impacted by the use of free apps on the regular. Researchers have actually studied this issue and published real data on the consumption of power and data which can be significant. They can also chew up valuable memory with the ads they deliver, which can impact everything you do on your smartphone. An additional consideration is the privacy implications of 'free' apps since they can only make money from tracking your usage. The next time you have to choose between a free app and one that might cost a buck or two, it may be a very good return on investment.