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Welcome, Sophie, to a world of happy memories you can enjoy forever

We’ve welcomed a new addition to the digi.me family recently, and it’s given us a reminder of the pleasure of making memories.

Little Sophie was born weighing 8lbs 8oz and, along with her mum, is doing well. Her proud parents have, of course, been taking lots of pictures of her, and as a family they are already making happy memories that they will want to keep and treasure forever.

That’s not been the only new arrival for us recently, as another of our staff had a baby boy, Edison, at the end of August and we released the latest version of our app (our biggest and ongoing baby!) earlier this month.

Making and sharing happy memories on our social media accounts is something most of us take for granted these days, but increasingly there is demand to keep our own physical back-ups of our happiest times as well, so we have somewhere to access them if a network crashes, a camera containing precious photos gives up the ghost, or the platform where we have posted them to share proudly with the world loses them or ceases to function.

It is when we are having our best times that the issue of keeping those memories safe forever should be at the forefront of our minds. Nothing lasts indefinitely, so having a copy of all our precious memories so that they are able to just makes sense.

With digi.me, you are now able to add your own memories and pictures manually, as well as back up pictures and statuses you have posted to a wide variety of social media accounts, so it really can be a full and true picture of who you are and what is important to you.

Don’t leave the continued presence of your most precious memories and pictures to chance, ensure their ongoing survival – and your ongoing ability to reminisce and remind yourself of favourite times now and in the future – by downloading our app and adding your life to it.

And to Sophie, digi.me’s youngest memory maker, we wish years of happy and memorable experiences, that she too in time will be able to look back on with our app and enjoy all over again.

British spies want shorter and less secure passwords

If you thought the purpose of passwords was to be as strong as possible to give your information and accounts the best chance of being secure, Britain’s spies at GCHQ have news for you.

In a new document, Password Guidance – simplifying your approach (PDF), the organisation’s cyber director said that advice has moved on from previous guidance to make passwords stronger as a greater deterrant to hacking.

Now, the spy agency is suggesting IT managers help install systems that make passwords easier to remember. Yes, you did read that right.

The report claims that the average UK user has 22 different online systems that are password protected – clearly more than most people can remember – with the same supposedly safe password used to access around four of these.

It says the need to remember multiple passwords for different sites leads to unsafe behaviour, such as writing them down, duplication, or using simple or predictable passwords creation strategies.

But it also stresses that, crucially, the bottom line is that even following best practice guidelines (ie not doing any of the above) cannot guarantee keeping online services secure. Key loggers, phishing and interception are all cited as credible risks, with information about how to carry them out and the tools to do so easily discoverable on the internet.

In a foreword to the report, Ciaran Martin, Director General for Cyber Security at GCHQ (cool job title!) said: “Complex passwords do not usually frustrate attackers, yet they make daily life much harder for users. They create cost, cause delays, and may force users to adopt workarounds or non-secure alternatives that increase risk.”

It suggests that simplifying an organisation’s approach to passwords can reduce the workload on users, lessen the IT burden, and – crucially – “combat the false sense of security that unnecessarily complex passwords can encourage.”

It lists seven key steps that organisations (and individuals) can take to optimise system security, which are:

  1. Change all default passwords (well, durr)
  2. Only implement passwords when needed to minimise user overload
  3. Understand the limitations of user-generated passwords (tl:dr they encourage insecure behaviour)
  4. Except machine-generated ones have their own problems (tl:dr they’re difficult to remember)
  5. Prioritise admin, mobile and remote user accounts as these are more important/vulnerable
  6. Use account lockout and protective monitoring
  7. And, of course, don’t store passwords as plain text

Will seeming to be good, impartial advice, it’s worth remembering that this does come from the people who broke antivirus software so they could spy on people, so feel free to take it with a piece of salt if you are of a cynical disposition.

Friday Fun: remembering university days

This week hundreds of thousands of teenagers have found out if they have made the grade (quite literally) for places at university.

It’s been a stressful time for parents, as well as the students themselves, but with many now holding confirmed places, it’s a time to start celebrating and looking forward to new adventures as children (in many cases) prepare to fly the nest.

Changes on the horizon for one generation often herald a looking back to times past from the one above, so I thought today’s Friday Fun should take a stroll down university lane and find old student photos.

Given that social media and smartphones were very far from being a mass ‘thing’ for those of us who have children of our own, chances are your pictures (like mine) are blurry efforts in a funny shape, and that the only way to get them online is to take a picture of them with your beloved smartphone.

Regardless, I’ve included one of the few still knocking around of me – here I am with my fellow housemates, as well as our house cuddly toys, in 1995. I’m the one with red hair, by the way, very obviously dyed. Probably wearing Doc Martens and a baggy jumper as well, as that was the uniform back then.

Of course, our children will simply be able to look back through their digi.me library in the future – they really don’t know how lucky they are, do they?

So, anyone care to join me? Share your snaps of days gone past in the comments.

digi.me holiday disasters

Friday Fun: Holiday Disasters

Given August is a bit of a wash-out so far, certainly in the UK, I thought I’d look on the bright side as things could always be worse.

I could be in a tent that has flooded, for example, or a caravan that has blown over a cliff.

A skiing holiday with no snow wouldn’t be a lot of fun at any time of year, while storms in paradise would be pretty annoying too.

While I’ve been bitten by a jellyfish and in a Russian tour group that had to pay off the Mafia to be able to leave the country (separate holidays, true stories), bar the odd illness I’ve never been really unfortunate in the holiday stakes.

But I know some have been unlucky, with friends and strangers alike sharing tales on social media that range from mildly awful to downright hilarious.

Have you got any you want to share? Falling in the sea fully clothed, horrific weather, comedy accidents? Take a look back through the pictures on your phone, or through your digi.me library to remind yourself of some examples of when life didn’t quite go as supposed to – and then share them with us!

We’d love to hear your stories – get in touch by commenting below.

Friday Fun: Footprints

My Digital Footprint This week we have been talking digital footprints. Be that the footprint that we leave behind across every website we visit, or where we knowingly share content via social networks etc.

Whilst looking at some of the different aspects of digital footprints I came across this great piece of artwork by Jenny Hottle that I just had to share.  Whilst the work is from 2011 the sentiment of the article and the art still stands true today.

We all have our own individual identity online and how we share and want to view that is unique.  If you were going to create a digital footprint of your online life what would yours look like?  Would it look similar to this one of Jenny’s or would it be totally different… What unique aspects of your digital life would shine through and how do you think your digital footprint has changed over time?

If I think about my own digital footprint over time you would see my Facebook area being larger than Twitter for personal use, however if you had asked me the same question a year ago I would have said I was more focused on Twitter.  Instagram and PInterest have become more relevant to me and so has Ebay.  That gives you just a little insight into my personal digital footprint… Tell me about yours and how it has changed over time. I would be fascinated to hear about it.

Remember you can always use digi.me to backup your social media digital footprint and keep control of your social media data.  That way if you ever choose to leave a social network you will always have a copy of your data. 

Friday Fun: A Personal One

When it comes to having fun and enjoying ourselves we all want to come up with the ultimate weekend plans.  We look to one another for inspiration and ideas.  What better place to look for those ideas than on our social media networks.

This weeks Friday fun is one of working out what really makes us smile at a weekend.  What is it that we each love doing. Use digi.me to look back over your old social network content and see what fun things you have done last summer or even the summers before that for ideas about what you want to do this weekend.

I took a look at my own social media history and it jogged my memory that there is a country fete that is on this weekend every year that it would be nice to take my son to so that is now my plan! Let us know what plans you are making!

Friday Fun: Finding Yourself

When you lose your phone or your laptop fails you how do you find and restore your digital self?

The other day I lost my phone. Don’t ask me how I will never know!  Anyway it was lost for three whole days and along with it my sanity and my sense of humor were both starting to go as well.  All I will say is thank goodness that my digital life is mainly online and here’s how I managed to recover it!

First of all I started searching for my phone… I looked everywhere, turned the house upside down… then started searching my car and anywhere I’d been recently. It took forever and I didn’t find it.  So then I decided to play detective…

  1. What was the last social media content that I uploaded? What were the last pictures of me online and what was I wearing? (Maybe it is in my clothes or maybe it will give me an idea of where I was when I lost my phone… (I used the digi.me journal to do this bit as it was quicker than looking at each social network individually!)
  2. All my photo’s are backed up to the cloud so I also then went through the most recent image uploads there… The last images that were uploaded were at home… that’s a start then… it’s unlikely to be anywhere but home…
  3. My phone is on Android OS so I then decided to see what information Google had captured about my location to confirm this last assumption. All I needed to do was search “find my phone” on Google and it shows the last place it saw it.  Thank goodness it agreed the last place I had it was at home!
  4. So now to work out what I did with it.  I knew where I’d been that day so then went through the bags I’d used and voila my phone was found!

So you see social media and my online digital presence can be used to track my every move.

Your challenge today is to find out what information is out there about you and share your story online.  Remember when you share your story tag it with #itsyourlife and we’ll share the best of them on Twitter and Facebook!

What is your Wimbledon Tennis Pose?

Friday Fun: Tennis Poses

The Wimbledon tennis season for 2015 is well underway and no matter who you are supporting it is good to have fun in the sun. When you watch the tennis you sometimes see people dressed as their favorite tennis stars whilst watching on center court but not everyone is fortunate enough to get tickets so we thought why not bring the center court fun online.

Our Friday Fun session today is one to get you looking and feeling like a tennis pro! Get your cameras to the ready with a friend and put together your best tennis poses… If you want to really get into it why not dress up like your favorite tennis star!  Post your picture on Facebook, Twitter etc with the hashtag #tennisposes #wimbledon and let’s see what fun we can all create!

And as a bonus bit of fun, leave a comment for us telling us who you think will be in the men’s and women’s finals.

Friday Fun: Muddy Boots

Every time it comes round to things like the Glastonbury Festival in England it rains! Tents get flooded and everyone gets out their muddy boots.  This year is looking like it may follow suit!

We thought it might be fun for everyone to share their muddy boots pictures from  Glastonbury any any other fun festivals that they have attended this year and in previous years using the hashtag #muddyboots

If you can’t make it this year you can still take part, just download digi.me and search for glastonbury and save those muddy boots pictures from last year.  It’s amazing how fun and different muddy boots can be from different festivals and even different countries. Let’s see what fun ones turn up! We’ll retweet and share our favourites!

Friday Fun: Festival Moments

Who is going to a festival this weekend?  Or are you missing out and wishing that you could go?  This weeks Friday fun is all about living and reliving those festival moments!  On Monday we gave you our top tech tips for surviving the festival season and today we are going to give you a way to reconnect with your festival spirit!

Getting into the Festival Spirit

So you went festival hopping last year and this year your calendar has been filled with a range of other commitments. Friends are getting married, the children need entertaining but you still want to feel young and relive those moments but how?

1. Download digi.me if you haven’t done already and sync Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest and Instagram.

2. Search for that festival that you look back on and remember just how amazing it was!  What were you wearing, who were you with and what music was playing… Note it all down. Download the pictures as well! You’ll need these for our next step!

3. Now you have your festival moment you’re going to recreate it with your friends and family and bring the festival home! Create the flags for in the garden, download the music or create a playlist! Drag out the clothes you were wearing and put on a BBQ or get together with your friends and invite them over for a festival remake!

4. Get your cameras to the ready and start making some new festival moments with your friends as you relive the old times but add in new flavours! Maybe add in some music from this year or get the children all dressed up. Who knows maybe you and your friends are really musical and put on your own mini festival in the garden!

Share your pics of your festival moments past and present especially if you’ve recreated them!  We want you to make the most of those moments by celebrating them!