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50% off digi.me: flashback is the #3 (of 12) reasons to love us!

Christmas is a common time to indulge in what has been as we prepare to turn the corner on a new year – but what if you could look into the fun of years past on any given day all year?

Well, guess what – with digi.me you can, and so on the third day of Christmas, my true love gave to me the gift of flashback!

Yes, our brilliant app with all its many other cool features (gathering all your social networks in one place, for a start, plus being able to search for anything across all platforms and create collections of related content as just two of many others) also allows you to zip back in time and see your activity on your linked networks on any given day. Cooler than  Christmas snow, yes?

Think of it as Facebook’s memory feature on steroids. Just one picture? Pah – we give you everything – a full look at what you posted, shared, liked and favourited – and best of all we retain links to the original posts as well as comments and likes on them – so you can go as deep down the historical wormhole as you fancy and come back across all sorts of things you’d forgotten.

Sound like fun? That’s because it is. The good (family gatherings, time with loved ones) the bad (possibly the same, almost certainly pictures someone has scanned from your pre-selfie teenage years) and the ugly (messy nights out, bad perms, bad glasses, bad, well, anything) – they’re all still there, frozen in time and waiting to be rediscovered. Hours of fun to be had.

The flashback feature on our front page will automatically show you years past on the date you visit, so you can either make a date to come back every day forever (potentially fun but time intensive), or just use the date function at the top right to zip around either at random or to dates like your birthday or key anniversaries.

And, of course, no post combining Christmas and flashbacks is complete without a joke referencing the ghosts of Christmas past (hoho), so a) here it is and b) feel free to go and check those out as well.

Are there other features we should tell you about? Of course there are, too many to go into detail about here, but they include being able to export to PDF and Evernote, and the ability to add up to 20 social media accounts and pages. And, of course, new features and capabilities are being added all the time – digi.me is only going to get better and better!

In a Christmas treat from us, digi.me premium is 50% off for the whole of December, so head over to our download page to bag your festive bargain now!

 

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50% off digi.me: #2 (of 12) reasons to love us – universal search!

Posting different parts of our lives to the different social networks and friends that cater for them can be lots of fun – but a huge pain when it comes to trying to find an elusive post or picture, right?

So, on the second day of Christmas my true love brought for me – universal search!

Yes, among the dozens of clever things you can do with digi.me, universal search is undoubtedly one of the cleverest.

So what do we mean by universal? Simply that you can search across all networks. Need to know if you wore your favourite Christmas dress to a party last year? What present you bought for your loved one (maybe even who your loved one was at that point?) digi.me can help. Simply fire up the app, hit the magnifying glass search icon in the top left and away you go.

You can narrow your search down if you’ve got a good idea about where what you are looking for might be found, or you can search everywhere if you don’t.

And not only will digi.me quickly and speedily find what you’re looking for from all your backed up accounts and the entire date range that your personal library spans, but we’ll then give you options of what you can do with that information.

Of course, you can just delight in the fact that you don’t need a new Christmas jumper as no pictures of last year’s exist (as if!), but you can also add your long-forgotten post to an existing collection of content, or create a new one (both exciting premium features). And you can even export it as a PDF or to Evernote – so many choices, so many options, it’s like Christmas has come early (hoho!).

And if that doesn’t sound tempting enough, digi.me premium also offers the chance to add up to 20 accounts.

Sound tantalisingly tempting? Then head over to our download page to bag your Christmas bargain now!

 

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50% off digi.me: #1 (of 12) reasons to love us – the gift of secure data!

On the first day of Christmas, my true love brought to me…all my social networks in one place for a fantastic limited-offer price! BUY DIGI.ME PREMIUM NOW!

Yes, no dodgy candle or bath products from the big man in red this year, the gift of digi.me is quite literally the gift that keeps on giving, combining posts from all your key social networks in one place to search, explore and enjoy for as long as you want!

Offering the option now to store all the important posts and pictures that make up the sum of the things you care about most, next year will see the change to add details such as finance, health and purchasing to your library which you can exchange with businesses of your choice for services, offers or rewards.

And the best bit? For this month we are offering our premium digi.me product – that’s the one with all the best bits we offer in – for 50pc off a year’s subscription, so $3.49 instead of $6.99. It was just what you asked for on your list, right? (We know you make a list, even if it’s just in your head)

So whether it’s Father Christmas’s present to you (which are always the best ones), or for someone who you love enough to give a gift that does something brilliant and doesn’t just sit on a shelf gathering dust, here’s the lowdown on why you should be jumping all over this offer.

Digi.me is completely private and all information is held on your computer. We never see it, it’s just for you to enjoy, use and share as you wish.

We support major networks including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn, with more coming all the time.

You can search across all platforms, gaining new insight into yourself and your life, create collections of favourite events or people (Christmases past, anyone?) and export them as PDFs to share or just to keep as hard copies.

More you say? Well, how about a widget-based front page, which offers you the chance to slice and dice your data how YOU want – such as most popular posts, most active friends and most influential followers. Even better – create your own, with our easy three-step guide.

We can’t guarantee the turkey will defrost in time, that your favourite Bond film will be on the telly or that you’ve been good enough for a visit from Santa – but we can guarantee that your data is held securely on your computer so you can do more with it.

Oh, and if you forget to get a present until Christmas Eve? It’s a download, with you in seconds. Really, if digi.me could cook it would have Christmas totally covered. Enjoy!

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Announcing the Internet of Me: an ideas forum for a technology revolution

digi.me, the personal data software company, has launched the Internet of Me forum , an initiative that aims to gather and publish information and opinion related to technologies, policies, industries and companies aiming to put people at the centre of their connected lives and back in control of their data.

With each of us creating ever-greater amounts of data about ourselves each and every day, what happens to that data and – crucially – who controls it has never been more important.

Wearable tech and connected devices will continue to grow and multiply, adding ease and convenience to our lives and combining to offer us tremendous benefit and insight, especially when brought together to form a complete picture of our lives.

This rich data store can – and should be – a catalyst for innovation and growth, but digi.me believes that the only way to realise the full potential of the personal data economy is for a fundamental shift in control over this information back to the individual.

This is where the Internet of Me comes in – the natural next step that puts individuals at the centre of their connected world, in control of their data, enabling them to see it, use it and share it on their terms for convenience, services and reward.

Digi.me’s social media app, which has already been used by over 300,000 people in 140 countries, lets users gather information from all their social media accounts and hold that data on their hard drive or in their personal cloud, ready to enjoy and explore as they choose. Digi.me is the enabler in this, and does not see or have access to any personal data at any stage of the process.

Next year, our app will offer users the chance to combine other personal information streams such as health and financial data. Users, if they choose, will then be able to give permission to companies to access it in exchange for personalised benefits. This unique approach that combines both privacy of information and exchange of personal data will enable a better and deeper relationship between users and companies for the benefit of both.

Apps and services such as digi.me will increase trust between those who create the data and those who wish to use it, as well as naturally resolving most of the current issues surrounding data privacy and security online.

But while we are excited to be a key component of this new technological advance, we know the Internet of Me is so much more than just us, which is why we are sponsoring a forum to explore and promote the different approaches and solutions surrounding personal data in the hopes of greater benefits and associated technological advances for all.

In doing so, we want to bring other voices into the conversation You can find our thoughts so far here – www.Internetofme.info – and we welcome all comments, suggestions and discussion.

As the Internet of Things looks to change how we interact with the world around us, the Internet of Me will put us at the very centre and in control of our connected life.

We look forward to exploring and developing its potential with you.

*digi.me is a sponsor of the Personal Information Economy 2015 event in London on December 8 and our founder Julian Ranger will be giving a keynote speech. Do come and see our stand if you’re there, or follow hot topics and subjects of interest on the event hashtag #pie2015.

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Sell your personal data? We’ve got a better idea…

A recent report showing that people value their personal data at around £3,000 interested us here at digi.me HQ because we believe the information that makes up you and your life experiences is worth much more than just a number.

The survey of 1,000 people by digital storage company Western Digital found they put an average value of £3, 241 on their personal data.

Men valued it slightly more highly, at £4,174 compared to £3,109 for women and were more willing to sell it, with only 23pc calling it ‘priceless’ against 31pc of the women.

But what if you could do more with your data than just sell it or not? What if you could make it work for you – and even benefit wider society at the same time?

That, in a nutshell, is the digi.me vision – we unlock the power of your personal data, but then leave it up to you how you wield that power.

Imagine you had all of your data, covering specific fields such as health (not just your GP records but wearables too, such as how much you exercise and how much sleep you get), financials and purchases gathered together in one place that you and you alone could access, unless you granted permission.

You could, of course, just keep it for yourself – browse it, explore it, enjoy it – and gain new insights from having everything about you collected together. Nothing wrong with that.

But you could also choose to do something with it – share it with a company whose products or services you were interested in, for example, in exchange for a personalised offer or discount.

Suddenly, your data is working a lot harder and only in a good way. You get something you want, at a better price or with something extra thrown in, and in return the retailer gets to view 100pc solid and reliable data, which helps them hone and refine their offering and business. Quick and convenient, mutually pleasing and desirable.

Now imagine all your friends and neighbours are doing this as well – suddenly, everyone is benefiting from their data, including businesses and services who suddenly have lots of fully accurate rich data to work with, instead of the slices of fragmented and unreliable data currently gleaned from tracking ads and the like.

If enough people get involved, it could change the future direction of products and services, not to mention the face of public and individual sector innovation, as new avenues become possible and indeed desirable if it can be proved there is a need for them.

Right there, your data could be part of a social revolution, and you’re benefiting at the same time.

So yes, data can have a price – and you’re able to sell it if you wish. But isn’t there so much more value to be had elsewhere if we use or imaginations and apps like digi.me?

*To read more about our mission to unlock personal data and enable the personal data economy, see https://get.digi.me/

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Millions of Facebook users give up privacy to play words quiz

Over 17 million people have willingly (and in most cases unthinkingly) handed over huge amounts of their personal data to a company they know very little about in exchange for a graphic of their most-used words in status updates.

I know, right? It is, as Comparitech pointed out, essentially a privacy nightmare, but Facebook users can’t seem to get enough of it at the moment.

The quiz app, by Vonvon.me, works out what your most used words were in status updates this year, and presents them as a word cloud which you are then encouraged to share on your timeline. I’ve seen plenty on mine, and I bet you have too.

So far so straightforward – but how does the quiz app get that information? Yep, by mining the information you have posted/logged with the site.

According to Comparitech, that includes disclosing your:

  • Name, profile picture, age, sex, birthday, and other public info
  • Entire friend list
  • Everything you’ve ever posted on your timeline
  • All of your photos and photos you’re tagged in
  • Education history
  • Hometown and current city
  • Everything you’ve ever liked
  • IP address
  • Info about the device you’re using including browser and language

But it gets worse than that. The terms and conditions (that you have to sign up to when you authorise it to access your Facebook account, but which most people likely never read fully), allow Vonvon.me, among other things, to keep using non-identifying data for as long as they want, store it where they want, and sell it on to any third parties.

And all you got in return was a word cloud. Vonvon is not unusual in this, we’ve talked before about how most apps ask for far more permissions than they actually need to operate, and this is just one that’s gone viral.

But, as ever, it always pays to take care about what and who you hand your data over to. By all means take part in the Facebook quizzes and the like – but just take care about what they’re asking for in return.

Because your personal data is you, it has value and companies such as digi.me are working on ways that you can share it, on your own terms, for tangible benefits. Basically, it’s worth a lot more to you than a word cloud, so protect it!

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Back up your Facebook – or risk losing everything

Imagine you go to log into Facebook one day and your account, well, just isn’t there anymore. Scary, right?

Well that was the reality for US journalist Jeff Bercovici when a hacker took over an old email address of his that was associated with the account, and proceeded to change every single thing about it, including deleting nine years’ worth of his Facebook activity.

No red flags, no second chances, everything gone. Not worth thinking about, is it?

You can read the full story here – he is clear that a lot of the blame lies with him, in not having two-factor authentification enabled for his account, and for using an old email address that was in fact so ancient, and so unused, that it had been released back into circulation.

But, those key facts aside, just how easily the hacker was able to change everything about Jeff’s account once he was inside makes for chilling reading. Everything that made the account personal – its name, the profile picture, other pictures, posts and comments – were all either changed or deleted.

Seemingly with no comeback, without raising any security flags for unusual behaviour and with no chance to undo and get them back.

Now, because Jeff is an influential tech journalist based in San Francisco with over 7,000 Twitter followers, this is where his story starts to diverge from the usual user experience, something he acknowledges in his article.

A few phone calls and some insider assistance later, and his account has been fully restored. But, as was clear from the initial customer service response above, Facebook considers that once data has been deleted for any reason, as far as they are concerned it is gone for good.

So, how can you stop this happening to you? While this hacker wanted Jeff’s verified user status for himself, there’s nothing to stop people breaking into any account and taking it over, so what can you do to protect yourself?

Of course, taking all available security measures is a key one, so make sure you have enabled Facebook’s Login Approvals, which texts you a code if you access Facebook from an unrecognised device – ie one that hasn’t been used to log into your account before – and needs that code imputed before you can continue.

But the single most important thing you can do is back up your account. If the key details, such as your contacts, posts and pictures are saved, then anything happening to your account will not be such a disaster, right?

And how can you do that? With digi.me of course  – you can connect your personal accounts, as well as pages, to our app and run regular syncs so that the most important information you are sharing with your Facebook friends is backed up and so can’t be lost.

Check it out here – it’s free to download and use, and you get premium features including universal search, flashback and export ability free for a month as well!

Having your data – or at least a copy of the most important parts – in a place that you own and control (in this case the digi.me library on your computer) is the single most effective thing you can do to make sure that your data stays where it belongs- with you.

And why wouldn’t you want to do that?

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4 reasons why SAAS is not right for digi.me – or your personal data

We’re often asked why digi.me is designed to store data locally, rather than on our own servers, and the answer is as simple as it is complex – you owning and controlling your own aggregated data is the only solution that makes sense.

Privacy is the critical reason behind this, control, security and cost are others – but our whole business rationale is that gathering all your personal data securely in one place is vastly more valuable to each and every one of us than having it scattered around.

But crucially, it’s a decision based firmly in the reality of what is best for our users – so here’s the background behind our key reasons in a little more detail:

1) The privacy reasoning is relatively obvious – if you’re pulling everything about you into one big online library, you don’t want to leave the door open. As digi.me grows to become a full inventory of your life, covering all your social media updates and pictures as well as data from every area of your life including financial, health, purchase, travel and positional and even from the Internet of Things – would you really trust all of that to be held externally by one company?

Studies show that most of us have – rightly, given the continuing major upturn in hacks and security breaches – trust issues when businesses have a large proportion of a single area of that data, let alone all of it – so the obvious person to trust with it all is you.

As the owner, you store this data where you choose – digi.me never sees it and never stores a copy – and it’s yours to do what you want with. Cloud-based syncing with future releases will allow you to access this secure library of you from multiple devices, but you choose the cloud and your data is still encrypted within it. Whether you go with this option or solely local storage, we can’t see it, nor can anyone else.

2) Control is also important – if you’re in charge of your own data, then accessing it and deciding what happens with it is naturally your decision. A SAAS service will usually have terms and conditions (T&Cs) nominally placing you in control – but what happens if the company could no longer provide the service or if you wanted to take it elsewhere- could you actually do that in reality?

Your data today is held by many companies under terms governed by their T&Cs. Most allow you to retrieve your data yourself- and upcoming Data Protection acts (DPA), such as the new EU DPA, are making this an absolute right.

But because data – your information, often provided by you, about you – is so valuable, many of these companies such as Facebook and Twitter do not allow 3rd party companies to access and keep that data, even with your permission –  they can access it but must then throw it away.

This is, of course, because your data is valuable to them, because they can sell it on and profit from it. They don’t want another company to hold that commodity as well – but digi.me overcomes that because you yourself gather the information after downloading our app, we do not do it for you. (Of course, this is another layer in how your data is kept private, as we have mentioned before, because we provide the means to get your data, not your personal information itself.)

3) Security is another major issue with SAAS companies – servers full of valuable data from millions of people that has a significant financial worth are a very attractive honeypot for hackers and criminals in general.

It takes time and money to bypass modern security protocols so it makes sense to target servers storing huge amounts of data rather than going after one person at a time. And, as recent breaches show, even huge multi-nationals have weaknesses that can be – and increasingly are – exposed.

4) And if a company does go above and beyond in their efforts to keep your data safe, such as by adding individual encryption, then you run into the final issue – cost.

If a 3rd party service is going to perform all the sync processing to retrieve your data, organise, store and manage it and then provide services on top then the cost associated with this as well as the relevant processing storage and bandwidth is substantial.

But each of these key issues is completely and emphatically overcome if you retrieve and process your own data locally or in a cloud of your choosing.

You get guaranteed privacy and control, because only you have your data. Because it’s yours, you can retrieve it from other companies and store it. Because it’s all in one place, it’s safer and by using resources you have already paid for you avoid extra cost.

Digi.me therefore, precisely because it is not SAAS, brings vast and ongoing benefits to the personal data economy and to each individual. Additionally, it puts you at the centre of your digital life and gives you the base layer of the Internet of Me, where the power of data becomes centered on the individual rather than being held elsewhere.

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For trade not sale: digi.me and our role in the personal data economy

You may have seen digi.me quoted in a recent article in the FT about changes in the personal data economy which will lead people to only give information about themselves in return for something that benefits them.

This step change is certainly coming, and is arguably long overdue, but we have always believed it is about so much more than money, with a straight sale the least exciting thing we can do with our data.

Digi.me offers far greater benefits to both individuals and businesses than just the prospect of a sterile trade between data and cold, hard cash – it offers exchange of that information, with whom and when you choose, in return for any value which may be service, convenience or reward. Much more powerful and of ongoing benefit to your life.

Clearly, the data of each and every one of us has a monetary value to businesses. It tells businesses snippets of information about us, about what we are like and crucially what products or services we could be interested in or tempted by. But the key word there is snippets – this is snapshots of bits of personal information we have revealed about ourselves. Not whole, not wholly accurate, and therefore far from useful. But businesses use it because it’s still better than nothing.

How much better would accurate, rich data about each and every one of us be? Traded by the individual only with businesses they want to deal with, in exchange for service, convenience or reward.  That may be a health app to help you stay healthy or to allow you to share information with a doctor when you travel. It may be a new service to allow you to get more out of a product you use, it could be to tailor a service for you, it could be to allow you to directly engage with your bank on your credit history, and so on – innovation will flourish once you control your own data.  And that innovation will be much more than just selling your data to get tailored advertising!

Permissioned Access, coming to digi.me next year, does just this, turning this outdated and imperfect process on its head, with immediate and tangible benefits for both parties. Businesses can provide better services with more likelihood of deep consumer engagement if they know who they’re working with – and you can give them 100 per cent accurate and deep data going back months or years, with no errors thrown in.

If we’re getting personalised services based on actual data about ourselves, rather than some imagined self, we’re more likely to bite. There’s mutual trust, everyone’s happy, and the data for value exchange model becomes the new normal.

Here at digi.me we have always been crystal clear that the user regains control of their own data partly by having it under their control, which means stored in a local library on their computer or, with our coming release, encrypted in a cloud storage of their choice.

Crucially, we never see your data – you download our app and then populate it yourself, direct from your social networks, and then over the next year, your other data such as finance, health, from wearables and more. Under Permissioned Access, businesses will first have to demonstrate that they understand and will respect the importance and privacy of user data before they are certified and allowed to use our service. So we take your security and privacy, and that of your data, extremely seriously.

With the massive social media platforms of our age, the Facebooks, the Instagrams and the Twitters, has come the resigned understanding that, because we are allowed to use them for free, the inevitable trade is being tracked and our anonymised data sold on.

Companies like digi.me are working hard to show this does not have to be the model, that you can use us without us seeing or using your data, because we’re offering something new and different, which will change how you value your data forever.

Data exchange for value, whether service, convenience or reward, is where the personal data economy is undoubtedly heading – so remember you heard it here first.

*Want to also be the first to see new releases and get our new app when it is released? Download our desktop version for free.

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Why digi.me knows that Exporting is GREAT!

As the Government launches its Exporting is GREAT campaign to encourage 100,000 new UK exporters into the market by 2020, our founder Julian Ranger explains why having access to a worldwide market has been great for digi.me

Physical exports have been a way of life for centuries – the trading of things that one country didn’t have with another one that did, but these days digital exports are growing in popularity and digi.me is in the vanguard.

Here at digi.me, our ground-breaking app is helping thousands of people take back control of their personal information – but why should that be restricted to the UK?

We have an international team and believe firmly that our product has merit around the world – and our current stats, which show we export both physically and digitally to over 150 countries, with our app content localised in 11 languages, bear this out.

Of course, shipping overseas in any form has its challenges, but we’ve had (and continue to have) a lot of support from UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) and are getting a lot of help from a European embassy overseas at the moment for an ambitious country-wide project we’re hoping to run there.

Clearly, there are some obvious ground rules to follow – you need to be clear on what your product or service brings to your target market, and what marks you out from your competitors. Do your research on what an individual country needs, and then go from there.

My previous experience of selling to the US Air Force and US Navy gave me confidence to know that anything is possible, and we started exporting with digi.me digitally immediately from set-up, with direct exports to France and the US following afterwards.

Now Toshiba has joined forces with us to distribute our market-leading personal data software across Europe, North and Latin America, which sees them partnering and promoting us through their marketing and social media channels, as well as pre-installing our app in a number of laptops and tablets in the Latin America marketplace. We’re also in our third year with the FNAC security pack in France, so are becoming well known over there as well.

As for our future exporting plans, we hope to be able to announce that European project soon, as well as open a US office, with US locals, to explore possibilities for digi.me there.

So our advice to anyone wavering about joining the international market would be to get out there and do it – you really won’t regret it.

*Exporting is GREAT will run for five years and provide advice and expertise to support businesses at every step of the way, from initial interest to market. This will include the year-long EIG Roadshow that will travel the length and breadth of the country, reinforcing the campaign’s core messages, giving face-to-face assistance to first-time exporters and using the latest technology to connect these businesses with live export opportunities. Online help will be available via www.exportingisgreat.gov.uk