Reflection on Losing a Laptop– Security, Syncing, and Lessons Learned

This week I had a taste of fear and regret when I thought I left my laptop on the bus. I spent a whole work day freaking out, trying to secure my sensitive data and recover my valuable files. I am writing a reflection on those terrible hours to share what a godsend cloud services […]

“Can’t Live Without” Apps– Mac & Windows Apps I Install Immediately Upon Getting a New Computer

This week at work, they replaced my ailing but valiant Dell XP laptop with a new HP Windows7 notebook for work, and then surprised me with a dual-booting iMac desktop for me to aggressively customize and evaluate the next wave of standard applications we might adopt across campus. In other words, I’ve had to start […]

Make a “Hard to Guess but Easy to Remember” Password for Greater Cloud Security

In my last post, I recommended using a password manager like LastPass to help you create strong, unique passwords for all of the different sites you use. If you don’t like the idea of storing passwords in the cloud, the next best way is to create a mnemonic password formula. The way it works is to […]

Good Security Practices Keep You Safe(r) from Hackers when Using Cloud Tools

Friends and colleagues have been expressing doubt about entrusting their data to “The Cloud”, especially in light of the recent high profile attacks on the CIA, the Senate, and Sony (among many others).  As educators are increasingly adopting cloud-based tool in instruction, it’s very important to have a clear idea of what we’re really talking […]

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