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digi.me is now on the Evernote app center!

In another success for our groundbreaking app, which unlocks the power of personal data for each and every user, you can now find us on the Evernote app center!

Not only that – we’re in the new and noteworthy section, with a lovely description of our app and what you can do with it – which obviously includes exporting to Evernote.

We often focus on what digi.me can do in terms of data, gathering information from your accounts across the major sites including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIN and more, but export is one of our key features too.

You can use export – which can also be done to PDF as well – in pretty much any way you choose – and anywhere you see the PDF and Evernote elephant symbols.

While your collected social media history is a huge and wonderful thing, sometimes you want or need smaller groups of content, or even individual photos, that you can access any time you want them.

While your digi.me library is always available to you, exporting allows you to gather groups of content or favourite images in other places too.

If you want to export to Evernote, when you select your chosen items within digi.me you’re given the chance to give the finished note a title and select which of your existing notebooks it should go in, before it is created in seconds, complete with original likes and comments.

We think everyone should be using digi.me already, but if you needed just one more reason and export was that, then try our free download now!

 

 

What Does Your Phone Know About You?

These days we really do rely on our mobile phones and it is quite scary to think how much your phone knows about you, where you have been and who you have seen.  It even knows some of your favourite hobbies, interests and activities. It is in essence your digital brain!  What would you do without it?

Mobile phones have moved on an incredible amount over the past 30 years, from a device that is clunky and cumbersome to small, light incredibly fast computers that fit in our pockets and handbags. We connect other devices to them such as our fitness trackers, smartwatches, children’s toys and much more.  They are the central hub of our daily lives.  As such they collect a massive amount of data about us.  Some of which is passed on to the applications that we use and some just sits idle on the phone.  Then there is some data that goes back to the carrier as well and some that is collected by the sites that we browse. They are complicated little devices and often we forget just how valuable that data is to us until we lose or break our phone.

A couple of weeks back I wrote a piece on how you can find your phone using the data stored online about you that relates to your phone and it’s location.  This week I thought we would look more at just what data there is on these devices and why it is important to secure and back up your phone and it’s content.

Most mobile phones these days have the option for you to store a copy of your photo’s and contacts in the cloud.  This means that every new contact and photo is saved both on your phone and somewhere on the internet.  The chance of losing this data is low unless of course you haven’t set your phone up to do that. It is one of the first things I set up whenever I get a new phone and I would recommend that if you haven’t done this already then do it as it is a life saver when your phone is damaged or lost as you still have all your contacts and those precious pictures of friends and family.

The next thing that I always set up is a way to secure my phone so that if I lose it someone else can’t just use my phone, run up a massive bill and cause all sorts of trouble. I have heard too many friends lose their phones abroad and because it is abroad they are still liable for the call charges made. Put a pin on it and it is at least a deterrent. You can also turn on phone tracking and remote wipe which take that process one step further. The only issue with these is that you need to have GPS turned on and this can be a bit of a battery drain. You can still find your phone’s last known location through other means so to me this is not essential.  Android phones track where you are using a process called triangulation which uses WiFi and cellular data to identify where you were last so I tend to use that as my fallback.

The apps that you have installed on your phone and have paid for are all stored by the app store where you bought them from so these too are recoverable. The data within these apps is stored remotely too by the app creators. As long as you have stored your contacts, pics and videos remotely you should be able to pretty much recreate your device time and time again. This is the beauty of distributed data.

Looking at this another way though all that distributed data is accessible from a single point – your phone. Once someone has that they have access and potentially control of everything. Just bear that in mind the next time you turn your phone on and you haven’t got any security turned on. You are putting your online identity at risk. That digital footprint that we have talked about here on the blog a few times could become compromised if you don’t protect it properly.

This article was brought to you by digi.me who put you in control of your social media content. Download it now to protect your digital memories. 

Likes and Recover Instagram Apps For iOS Now Released!

Anyone who uses Instagram will be painfully aware that it doesn’t have a ‘favourites’ feature that would allow you to easily mark things for future reference. Nor is there a way to save images directly to your phone.

Well in the last few weeks our we’ve been quietly working away on a couple of separate iOS app projects alongside our main SocialSafe app development, and the fruits of these labours are now ready to be enjoyed!

These will be of interest to anyone who uses Instagram on an iOS device, and so we are proud to unveil Likes and Recover for iOS.

Likes and Recover

Likes [App Store Link] allows you to view a stream of all the Instagrams you have liked, and download any them to your iPhone’s Camera Roll with a single tap. Holding down on an image will take you back to the original on Instagram. It’s as simple as that!

Likes - Effortlessly save the Instagrams you’ve liked to your Camera Roll

Unlike Twitter, Instagram doesn’t have a ‘Favourites’ feature that allows you to easily mark things for future reference.  With Likes you can view all of the photos that you personally liked, without having to scroll back through weeks or months worth of other photos.

All you need to do to get started is download Likes to your iPhone/iPod touch, login through Instagram and the app will show you all of the Instagrams you have liked!

Recover  [App Store Link] works in the same way as Likes, but applies to all of your own Instagram photos. So with a single tap you can save any of your photos to your camera roll, or you can press to view that photo – and any comments etc – on Instagram.

Recover - Effortlessly save your Instagram photos to your Camera Roll

By being able to save Instagram photos to your camera roll, you can do things that you simply cannot on Instagram, such as zooming in on photos, or sending the images privately to non-Instagram users via other messaging apps such as WhatsApp, iMessage, WeChat etc.

These apps are both available NOW in the app store, so please download, rate and review them!

Giving Your Passwords To Third-Party Apps: A Lesson From ‘InstLike’

An app promising free likes and followers for Instagram users has harvested the usernames and passwords from over 100,000 people who downloaded the app since June this year. The Apple and Google approved InstLike app directly asked users for their login credentials rather than using the Instagram API, and created a massive ecosystem of botnets that would like random photos and follow random users.

Security firm Symantec  subsequently alerted Google and Apple, who have both removed InstLike from their respective app stores.

This story serves to highlight what can be a tricky situation for both app developers and app users. Any third-party app that you download to enhance or expand your use of a service such as Instagram (or for that matter Facebook, Twitter etc) would need you to login to your account. However, how do you know who you can trust?

If the app developers are playing by the book, any logging in to a network should be done through that respective network’s API. However in reality it’s not hard for people to create something that looks very similar to those login screens, which might convince the slightly less privacy conscious users that they’re logging in through the normal channels. This appears to be what we’ve seen with InstLike, which saw users submitting their usernames and passwords directly to the developers.

It’s tough on the legitimate app developers as well as the users, as stories like this foster an environment of distrust against any app that requires the user to login via an online account. Adhering to the APIs is one thing, but making sure that your audience realises that you are one of the good guys is another.

With more people choosing to remain logged in to their accounts on their own devices, it’s easy what the actual login screens look like. Just to refresh your memory, here are how five of the most common login/authorisation screens appear:

Facebook Authorisation LinkedIn Authorisation Twitter Authorisation Instagram Authorisation Google Login

At SocialSafe your privacy, trust and peace of mind mean a huge amount to us. That is why we never see nor store any of your data, nor do we ever have access to any of your login credentials. All of the content that you choose to back up from your social networks is downloaded directly from the host network in adherence with the respective APIs, and it is stored on your own machine where you have complete control over your data.

If you ever have any questions about how SocialSafe works and what this means in terms of privacy and social network access, then we are always happy to talk to you about this. Just get in touch via one of our social platforms (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+) or leave a comment below.

LinkedIn Intro – An Own Goal In Terms Of Privacy?

Last week LinkedIn released an iOS app that has caused quite the privacy debate online. ‘Intro’ allows users to route their emails through LinkedIn’s servers, and adds data to outgoing emails if it detects the intended recipient is a LinkedIn user.

There are obvious networking benefits to this, in that it will presumably give both parties a gentle nudge to connect on LinkedIn, but if you’re already emailing somebody in a professional capacity then the chances are that you’re probably going to connect with them eventually.

However, it seems that most people are focusing on the ‘hang on, you want to scan all of my emails?’ aspect of the situation. Given LinkedIn’s somewhat chequered past when it comes to data storage and security, many are saying that you’d be wise to think long and hard about using Intro. Last year LinkedIn was the victim of a very public hack in which 6.4 million user accounts were compromised. Just think how much more of a target it will now be if people are routing their emails through LinkedIn.

Even if things don’t go wrong, there are still some issues to consider when using Intro. For example, Attorney-client Privilege. Marcia Hoffman – former Senior Staff Attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation – reminds internet users that:

“If you let a third-party have access to your privileged email, you could be waiving important legal protections.”

Bishop Fox, The Verge and plenty of other sites are writing about all the reasons you wouldn’t want to use the app, while the network itself has written a blog post hoping to clarify some of the confusion that it believes has led to the negative press surrounding LinkedIn Intro.

At the end of the day, it will come down to how much you value your privacy. One thing that should be considered is just how important your own data is. If it is considered valuable by hackers, then it should be considered valuable by you too.

A lot of your digital life exists on social networks, where you don’t actually hold the data yourself. SocialSafe is the social content organiser that gives you complete control of your data by storing it on your own machine. To get started, download the free trial now,

Instagram Adding Video To Compete With Vine? Facebook Announcement On Thursday

If you can’t beat ’em, join them. Sharing of Vine clips has surpassed those on Instagram images on Twitter, so what does Instagram do? Well it looks like Instagram is adding functionality to support videos. [If you’re reading this and haven’t a clue what Vine is, check out the blog we posted when Twitter’s Vine first launched.]

According to reports, Facebook will unveil the new feature at a press event on Thursday, while other sources suggests that the social network will be announcing its own RSS reader.

The idea of Instagram offering a competing service to Vine first spawned a few weeks ago when technology blogger Matthew Keys wrote that internal testing of a video service allowing for 5-10 second clips was occurring at Instagram. At this point it’s still unclear whether any such functionality would be within Instagram or as part of a separate app, nor indeed if users would see the videos in the stream of the other users they follow on the app.

What do you think? Is this a good move on Instagram/Facebook’s part? Would longer clips and therefore a requirement for more user effort take away from the appeal of what makes Vine so popular? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

Never forget to save your friends .. simple tip

iCal can call applications, nice easy scheduled backups with SocialSafe
iCal can call applications, nice easy scheduled backups with SocialSafe

Simple, scheduled Facebook backup.

If you are using a Mac then here’s a simple workaround (haven’t checked if Outlook can do this, can it?).

It’s not perfect as it still requires some input on your part, but it opens SocialSafe for you on a regular basis prompting you to save your friends and photos etc.

Easy.