The media and its focus on the cloud has me worried that not that many people have protection or are educated on the possibilities on how to use this
advantage. There are many cloud services out there. Amazon has one, Apple is releasing one pretty soon, and my favorite Dropbox has
one. Going to the cloud and using cloud services means putting your information into the hands of other companies so you (and the company) can have
access of such information throughout various platforms (iOS, Android, Windows, Mac, Windows Phone 7, Linux, etc.) that has access to the Internet.
Now the government has the authority to access such information and you just made it easier for them to do it. That is, if you're using it blindly.
This is Part 1 of a series of post that I will continue to contribute to the ATS community to help them be more conscious of the technology that's out
there, how to use it wisely without getting screwed, and how it's "connected" to general conspiracies. The last part is simple, they want all you're
information (hence social networks). Here's one reason why (a little off topic but I'm proving a point):
they're going to install a new checkpoint of the future using the
information they have about you.
How is that information received? Through cloud services.
Anyways you get the idea, you use these and you're at risk. That's why I'm here (and Google:
10 Clever uses for the cloud
The reason Dropbox
is my favorite is because of the grand support it has among developers. Another reason is that it
has apps that works across all devices. If you use Amazon or Apple's you're pretty much limiting yourself. I see this one as the most open.
Here's how I'm going to help.
You have two choices, sign up for Dropbox individually, or use the referral link above. Using the referral link will grant us both free space. You
start off with 2GB (enough already) and you can get more by visiting the dropbox.com/free url
tutorial for people who need help doing it
. They also do
random fun events like scavenger hunts once in a while to increase space (great developers).
Why use Dropbox (by no means am I advertising Dropbox :@@
1- You can record situations in which the police might be giving you a hard time by abusing their power and your rights. This can be later used in
court. Note this though (from Yahoo Answers
As long as the police officer is in public, there is no state where recording a police officer is illegal. If it is a private conversation, 12 states
require all parties to consent to recording voice:
* New Hampshire
No states require consent to record video unless there is an expectation of privacy, like in a bathroom or changing room.
With that said, make sure you're using this technology correctly (not everyone has the
chance to get their cased dismissed like the lady from the 19th Ward in Rochester
), it's called Dropvox
this you're allowed to instantly record audio as soon as you open you're app and it's immediately sent to Dropbox's servers.
2- Take notes of certain situations you don't want to remember or that you overheard using
. As the last one, syncs with Dropbox.
3- Take photos of situations that violate other's rights (if the law permits it) by using the iOS
. For Android
(download the original app but use this tip
4- Send Files
Before you go on ahead and start using Dropbox make sure you
and take measures like:
If sending an email of a link to a person (through a computer) make sure to
password protect it
Other great things/extras:
If you send a download link to a friend or family and they don't know how to download it
(just put this after the link
If found something interesting that you think will get deleted real quick or you're not in your computer, first right click and save as webpage and
web app. It will automatically
download it to your pc.
If you want people to upload something to you're dropbox from ATS or from work, you can send them a temporary invite, or a timed one by using
Send a screenshot of your pc straight to Dropbox
Alternative Dropbox Download Manager
Listen to music using DropTunes web app
Change your Desktop background
How to use Dropbox as a killer collaborative work
Use Dropbox to get back your stolen computer
Make Dropbox look sexy? lol (had to add humor, but it's also serious)
Find the IP Adresses of your remote computers
Password protected portal for public
Always remember to use Truecrypt
, if not
Drag n Crypt
use an encrypt zip file to secure files
(daily; depending how paranoid you are) do a security audit
free up disk space by deleting files in the
hidden Dropbox cache folder
, how to permanently delete old
, finally here's 10 Tips and Tricks
Most importantly in case of an emergency, please do a
for your family and friends.
Hopefully I haven't offended anyone with the links, I'm here for your benefit. My next post shall be on staying safe browsing online and how third
parties go out their way to get your information and how to prevent it. I spend massive amounts of time looking through my Google Reader to find these
links. Enjoy the protection, and keep your information safe from the government! You know they're out enforcing the concept of the cloud with Google
Chrome OS laptops (that only perform everything online and is completely monitored by Google) for their own benefit. If you see what I'm seeing you'll
know what to do. Thanks ATS creators for letting me express my concerns and help the community. Ask any questions and please move it to the right
topic if I made the mistake of putting it here (although I think I got it right).
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edit on 1-7-2011 by JJShinobi because: Added Password Protected Portal for Public Downloads..