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Remove all your personal info from the internet: 6 steps to disappear for good

Remove all your personal info from the internet: 6 steps to disappear for good

Finally ready to get off the grid? It's not quite as simple as it should be. 

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If you're reading this, it's likely your personal information is available to the public. And by "public" I mean everyone everywhere. The start of a new year is a good time to get your internet privacy ducks in a row and effectively "delete" yourself from the internet. But how can deleting yourself from the internet stop companies from getting hold of your info? Short answer: It can't. 

Unfortunately, you can never completely remove yourself from the internet, but there are ways to minimize your digital footprint, which would lower the chances of your personal data being out there. Be forewarned, however: Removing your information from the internet, as I've outlined below, could adversely affect your ability to communicate with potential employers. Still interested?  Here are some ways to disappear your digital self.   

1. Delete or deactivate your shopping, social media and web service accounts

Think about which networks you have social media profiles on. Aside from the big ones (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn), do you still have old accounts on sites like Tumblr? MySpace? What about your Reddit account? Which shopping sites have you registered on? Common ones might include information stored on Amazon, Gap.com, Macys.com and others.

Using a service like DeleteMe can make removing yourself from the internet less of a headache.

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DEC
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20 Free Chrome Extensions to Fine-Tune Your Digital Marketing Strategies

20 Free Chrome Extensions to Fine-Tune Your Digital Marketing Strategies

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How much time does it take:

To perform keyword researchTo find well-performing keywords and generate content ideasTo A/B test your content ideasTo confirm whether your content is worth creatingAnd finally, give it approval for writing.

It swallows the entire day or days to finish. And it is just one activity.

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You may say, “But I have to invest time for accurate results.”

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DEC
17

Master The Art Of Monotasking: Train Your Brain To Resist Distractions

Master The Art Of Monotasking: Train Your Brain To Resist Distractions

Distraction is so infused into our daily lives that much of the time we hardly even notice ourselves ... [+] succumbing to it. How often do you find yourself mindlessly thumbing away at your phone, with no recollection of having picked it up?

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You don’t need me to tell you that distractions are everywhere. By the time you’ve read a few lines of this article, you may have already felt the urge to refresh your Twitter feed, check that email notification, flick to another tab on your screen. 

This permanent state of distraction is so infused into our daily lives that much of the time we hardly even notice ourselves succumbing to it. How often do you find yourself mindlessly thumbing away at your phone, with no recollection of having picked it up?

But while we may consider interruptions to be mostly harmless, or even proof of our ability to juggle our workload and multi-task, studies have shown them to be hugely disruptive. 

Research by Gloria Mark at the University of California, Irvine, found that it takes an average of 23 minutes and 15 seconds to return to an original task after an interruption. Observers going into workplaces who monitored and timed people’s activities found employees were switching between tasks on average every three minutes and five seconds, and roughly half of these were self-interruptions.

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DEC
17

How to turn any video into a live wallpaper for your iPhone lock screen

How to turn any video into a live wallpaper for your iPhone lock screen

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(Pocket-lint) - Do you have a video you absolutely love and would like to turn into a live wallpaper for your iPhone's lock screen? In this step-by-step guide, you will learn how to do just that - and it will take you less than a minute.

Live wallpapers are essentially live photos set to your iPhone lock screen. Live photos offer a GIF-like animation effect on the iPhone 6s and later (excluding iPhone SE). When set as a live wallpaper, you can force-press on your display and it will play. But it only works on the lock screen - not the home screen. Beyond Apple's stock live wallpapers, you can create live wallpapers out of any video saved to your camera roll. 

Ready to spice up your lock screen? First, you need to convert a video into a live photo, and then you will be able to set it as your lock screen live wallpaper. It can be any video you've shot or one you've saved to your camera roll - even a TikTok video you've downloaded if you really want.

Option A: Use a video in your camera roll

If you want to use a video in your camera roll, you'll need to use a separate third-party app to turn it into a live photo first. Search "live wallpaper" in the Apple App Store and you'll see a plethora of options that allow you to make live photos out of videos. For the purposes of this guide, we'll walk you through how to use the intoLive app. It's free to download and use, but there is a Pro version that unlocks more editing tools.

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DEC
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16 of the Best iOS 15.2 Feature Updates Worth Knowing About

16 of the Best iOS 15.2 Feature Updates Worth Knowing About
Apple's end-of-the-year updates for iPhone and iPad are always worth a look, but this year's in particular are extra sweet! Tech tips from Lifehacker
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DEC
11

Instagram influencer received 'hundreds' of obscene photos

Instagram influencer received 'hundreds' of obscene photos
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Jess Davies said the graphic images she was sent left her "feeling dirty" and questioning herself

A social media influencer said she had been the victim of cyber-flashing for the past 10 years.

Podcaster Jess Davies, from Penarth, Vale of Glamorgan, said she had received hundreds of unsolicited obscene images.

Calls are growing for cyber-flashing to become a crime as part of measures to toughen laws on online safety.

The UK government said its plans would "force social media companies to stamp out online abuse".

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DEC
11

"A Sea, of Dreams"

"A Sea, of Dreams"
"A Sea, of Dreams" by Henri Hemmerechts OCEANROAMERS Red Sea University, Marine Science-Fisheries Faculty Port Sudan Sudan, Red Sea's last, wildlife refuge. #sharksofsudan #discoversudan #underwatersudan #biodiversity #theoceanroamer #opredsea
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DEC
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8 Privacy Settings You Should Change on LinkedIn Right Now

8 Privacy Settings You Should Change on LinkedIn Right Now

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LinkedIn, like all social networks, uses a lot of your personal information to show you ads and sponsored content. Just as you’d be wary about sharing more of your data with Facebook, you should also exercise restraint when sharing information with LinkedIn. If you haven’t been doing that so far, now is the time to change how LinkedIn uses your information.

Here’s how to protect your privacy on LinkedIn.

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Re-evaluate your personal information

Re-evaluate your personal information

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DEC
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WhatsApp, iMessage give the most info to the FBI, new document shows

WhatsApp, iMessage give the most info to the FBI, new document shows

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An internal FBI document has revealed how much data it can legally obtain from messaging apps.It turns out that iMessage and WhatsApp were the most permissive in this regard.Signal and Telegram are two high-profile apps that don’t give out much data.

There are loads of messaging apps on the market today, and many of these services make a big deal about their security and privacy policies. Now, a newly leaked document has revealed just how much data the FBI can legally obtain from these services.

Rolling Stone and Property of the People obtained an FBI document (seen below) that details exactly what kind of information the bureau can obtain from various messaging apps with a warrant or subpoena. And it turns out that WhatsApp and iMessage provide the most information.

WhatsApp, iMessage, and Line all provide “limited” message content in response to a legal request from the FBI. Signal, Telegram, Threema, Viber, WeChat, and Wickr don’t disclose any message content though.

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NOV
29

B2B Influencer Marketing Named Top Marketing Tactic for 2022: What You Need to Know

B2B Influencer Marketing Named Top Marketing Tactic for 2022: What You Need to Know

In HubSpot’s 2022 Marketing Industry Trends Report featuring insights from over 1,000 global marketers, influencer marketing was named the top marketing trend.

What is even more promising is that content formats ideal for engaging influencers including short form video and virtual events were also in the top 5 marketing tactics from the coming year.

As we bring 2021 to a close, Marketers all over the world are making decisions about how to come out of the pandemic era with trust, confidence and improved marketing results. More than ever, digital experiences, authenticity and the ability to connect with customers in meaningful ways are essential for success in the new year.

So what role does influence play for B2B marketers that want to make 2022 a marketing and customer success story? From getting started, to picking influencers, trends, mistakes to avoid and measurement – here are insights driving some of the most successful B2B brands in the world in to count on content partnerships with industry experts, key opinion leaders and influencers.

Getting started with B2B influencer marketing

B2B marketers that want to get started working with influencers have as many options as they do marketing goals. One area to focus on is to identify those who are already behaving as influencers for their brand with audiences that matter. In many cases these are customers but can also be industry partners, members of the brand’s community or even internal subject matter experts.

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NOV
29

These secret iPhone codes unlock cool effects in iMessage

These secret iPhone codes unlock cool effects in iMessage
You can add colorful animations to your iPhone texts using secret codes that few people know about. All you need to do is send someone a special …
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NOV
28

These are the vital skills you’ll need to succeed in the workplaces of the future

These are the vital skills you’ll need to succeed in the workplaces of the future

Digital technologies are transforming the way we work at a rapid pace.

It’s inevitable that some of the next decade’s most in-demand occupations are still in their developing stages, or yet to even exist.

A report commissioned by Dell anticipates that 85 per cent of the jobs that will exist in 2030 haven't even been invented yet.

Researchers are seeking to understand what this means for the skill-sets we’ve honed since our earliest stages of education. Will the skills developed by people that entered the workforce a decade ago still be relevant in the future? And how can we adapt if they aren’t?

People are worried about the potential obsolescence of their employment and what they can do to combat this. A study by the McKinsey Institute has identified over 50 "foundational skills" that will help people thrive in the future world of work.

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NOV
27

This Is Why Lush Just Quit TikTok, Instagram & Other Social Media Platforms

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Lush has decided to leave four major social media platforms until they "take action to provide a safer environment for users".

On Friday 26th November, the brand deactivated its TikTok, Instagram, Facebook and Snapchat accounts in all 48 countries in which it operates.

In a press release posted on its website, Lush said it made the decision because "concerns about the serious effects of social media are going largely ignored now".

Lush hasn't turned its back on social media entirely. The brand's Twitter and YouTube accounts remain active and it has promised to "invest in new ways to connect and build better communication channels elsewhere".

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Instagram Tips & Tricks You Should Know By Now

Instagram Tips & Tricks You Should Know By Now
This is your crash course on Instagram! We have tips, how-tos, and guide for making the most of this pleasant platform!
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Italy Fines Apple and Google Over Consumer Data Usage

Italy Fines Apple and Google Over Consumer Data Usage

Italy has issued $11.3 million (€10 million) fines to both Apple and Google over what the country's antitrust authority, the AGCM, describes in a translated statement as "aggressive practices regarding the acquisition and use of consumer data" that violate its Consumer Code.

The AGCM says it found two violations of the Consumer Code: "One for lack of information and another for aggressive practices related to the acquisition and use of consumer data for commercial purposes." The resulting €10 million fines are the maximum it's allowed to issue.

Google is accused of failing to provide enough information about how personal data will be used when people are creating accounts or using its services. Apple is said to be similarly tight-lipped about how it uses customer data when people create Apple IDs or use its digital marketplaces.

That covers the first violation of the Consumer Code. The second has to do with both companies purportedly designing their account creation processes in a way that makes sharing personal data—which they can then use for a variety of commercial purposes—the default.

TechCrunch reports that Apple and Google plan to appeal the fines and have denied any wrongdoing. If that sounds familiar, it's probably because Apple made a similar claim on Nov. 23 after the AGCM issued a $225 million (€200 million) fine to it and Amazon over Beats sales.

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NOV
27

The 15 best cross-platform productivity apps for your phone, tablet, and laptop

The 15 best cross-platform productivity apps for your phone, tablet, and laptop

For most of us, our daily lives revolve around a multitude of gadgets, not all of which run the same software or are made by the same company. This hampers the ability of the devices to “talk” to each other. Fortunately, this gap has been addressed by a handful of services out there that find themselves on the most popular platforms, like Android, iOS, Windows, macOS, Linux, and the web.

If you’ve been looking for a great note-taking or productivity app that you can access on all or most of the devices you use, I’ve gathered the best cross-platform apps and services around. If you haven’t used one already, you’re about to make your lives a lot simpler.

1) Notion

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Notion is one of the most flexible services in that it lets you design the way you take notes and store thoughts. Notion’s blocks — think of them as blank cards to store data in different ways — make it really easy to store data coherently, and you can even link one with another. The wide availability of third-party templates also means you can store information the right way from the get-go.

Availability: Android, Web, iOS, iPadOS, macOS, Windows

Pricing: Free for personal use. Paid plans start from $4/mo

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Warning Issued For Millions Of Microsoft Windows 10, Windows 11 Users

Warning Issued For Millions Of Microsoft Windows 10, Windows 11 Users

Early this month a botched security patch left every version of Windows exposed to a zero-day hack. Now millions of Windows users need to be on high alert once more, because it has happened again.  

A new zero-day hack affects all Windows users after Microsoft botched the fix

SOPA IMAGES/LIGHTROCKET VIA GETTY IMAGESMORE FROM FORBESAll Windows Versions Impacted By New Zero-Day Hack, 0patch Buys TimeBy Gordon Kelly

The new vulnerability, which is already being exploited by hackers, was publicly disclosed by security researcher Abdelhamid Naceri. The vulnerability bypasses a previous flaw (CVE-2021-41379), which Microsoft believed it had successfully patched in November, and enables a hacker to elevate privileges allowing them to take over a computer and spread their attacks across the victim’s network. Moreover, the new hack applies to all the latest versions of Windows, including Windows 11, Windows 10 and Windows Server 2022. 

"Talos has already detected malware samples in the wild that are attempting to take advantage of this vulnerability," confirmed Jaeson Schultz, Technical Leader of Cisco's Talos Security Intelligence & Research Group. “This is just more evidence on how quickly adversaries work to weaponize a publicly available exploit."

Microsoft has confirmed the new flaw, telling BleepingComputer: “We are aware of the disclosure and will do what is necessary to keep our customers safe and protected.” 

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What Is Webflow? Everything You Need to Know

What Is Webflow? Everything You Need to Know

When you think of building a website, you typically assume you need to code. While it may be tempting to forgo building your website until you’ve learned to code–which can seemingly take ages–why not use a no-code tool instead?

In this article, we’ll take a look at one such tool–Webflow. Here, you'll learn what you can expect from its design choices, the user interface, and its content management system among other features and benefits.

What Is Webflow?

Whether you’re a blogger or you want to create a simple fan page for your favorite comic, there’s something for everyone at Webflow.

This no-code website builder goes beyond templates to give you complete control over the layout and look of your site. You can essentially build and design your page however you’d like. And you have plenty of tools at your fingertips to help you do so.

Webflow gives you the ability to work with three coding languages- HTML, CSS, and JavaScript- without the need to understand them. Your focus stays on the visual side, or frontend, of the design.

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Develop The Necessary Skills & Use The Tools To be an Ethical Hacker Through This 120-Hour Comprehensive Course Bundle

Develop The Necessary Skills & Use The Tools To be an Ethical Hacker Through This 120-Hour Comprehensive Course Bundle

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Workers’ paradise? Portugal's new teleworking law takes flak

Workers’ paradise? Portugal's new teleworking law takes flak

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal’s new law on working from home makes the European Union country sound like a workers’ paradise.

Companies can’t attempt to contact their staff outside working hours. They must help staff pay for their home gas, electric and internet bills. Bosses are forbidden from using digital software to track what their teleworkers are doing.

There’s just one problem: the law might not work. Critics say the new rules are half-baked, short on detail and unfeasible. And they may even backfire by making companies reluctant to allow working from home at all.

“The law is badly written and doesn’t meet anybody’s needs,” says José Pedro Anacoreta, an employment attorney at PLMJ, one of Portugal’s main law firms. “It’s no good for anyone. ... It doesn’t make any sense.”

In many places around the world, the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated a prior trend toward the digitalization of work and more flexible work arrangements. Amid such a sudden and massive shift in the employment landscape, governments are scrambling to accommodate working from home in their employment laws. Those efforts are largely still in their infancy.

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