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How To Enable Password Protection In SocialSafe – VIDEO GUIDE

At SocialSafe we understand that privacy is a very important issue for a lot of people, and we take yours very seriously. This is why we never see nor store any data that you choose to back up from your social networks. We also recognise the fact that a number of you may be using SocialSafe on machines with shared access – such as a family computer – so a while ago we added password protection for your SocialSafe journal.

Enabling password protection within SocialSafe is very easy, and we’ve put together a simple video showing you how to do this:

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As you’ll see, all you need to do is click on ‘Edit Password’ from the menu in the bottom left of the app, and from there you can choose your password. You are also able to set your SocialSafe journal to lock after a period of inactivity (you can choose the length of time), and there is also the option to set your journal to lock when your machine is sleeping.

If you needed to lock your journal immediately, but leave your workstation open for someone else – allowing a housemate or a friend to borrow your laptop to do some work for example – then you can click on ‘Lock Now’ from the menu:

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Lock your journal manually from the menu

As with every password,  it is good practice to make it something memorable to yourself, but not obvious to other people. A combination of numbers, upper and lower case letters and other characters is recommended to make your password as strong as possible.

Do We Outgrow Some Networks In The Same Way That We’re Too Young For Others?

This week the professional social network LinkedIn made its service available to teenagers over the age of 14 in the USA, and children of 13 years in some other countries. As many commentators and publications breathed a collective, weary sigh of “why?”, others feared that this pressure to find activities that will look good on an online CV will stifle the natural curiosity and journey of discovery that every person should go through as they grow up.

To paraphrase Josh Constine‘s article on TechCrunch, what would have happened if Picasso had been born this century and was now going to coding camp because college recruiters will like it, rather than exploring his passion for painting?

But lost in all this discussion is another message, a message that intimates at our maturity in the face of different social networks. Clearly there is a strong feeling that you can definitely be too young for a network such as LinkedIn, so are there identifiable age bands within which you become too old to meaningfully use a certain social network? Possibly, possibly not. But from my own experience, I have friends with whom I used to interact a lot on Facebook, however now we contact each other online almost exclusively through LinkedIn.

Perhaps as you get older you start to interact with your friends and contacts in a different way, and certain networks will rise and fall in relative popularity depending on the type of content typically shared and the people who are sharing it. We only need to look back to the latter half of the last decade to see the likes of Bebo and MySpace leading the pack in the social media explosion. Bebo was widely regarded as a network for younger net users, Facebook is typically (but not exclusively – I’m just generalising to make a point here) the stomping ground of the high school, college and university students, and LinkedIn is the one for professionals.

Now, while those example demographics may sound like very different types of people indeed, we will all be them at some stage in life. So instead of looking at them as unrelated silos of data, the different social networks – and more specifically the content stored on them – are all part of your whole story. It’s hard to understand the next chapter without being able to reference the one before it.

To get your whole story, download SocialSafe now, and create your own journal full of your social network content. Keeping you memories safe on your own machine, you’ll be able to look back on all of your stories, no matter what happens to the originals. Start yours now!

Do You Have A ‘Digital Will’ For Your Online Accounts After You Die?

It’s not a particularly enjoyable topic to discuss, but at some point we’ve all got to face up to the fact that we’ll eventually die, and someone else will be left to sort through our assets and belongings. This process is coming further complicated by the virtual possessions we are increasingly creating, that often require passwords to access.

Historically, social networks have not been too compliant when it comes to granting next of kin access to the deceased’s accounts. Facebook, for example, will merely offer to “memorialise” a profile upon presentation of a death certificate, but even this hides features such as status updates. When the physical essence of someone ceases to be, what is left of them? The things they have said and done, and the impact they had on those they knew and encountered.

If we don’t take control of this data – our everyday musings, comments on photographs, messages to and from friends and loved ones etc – while we are still alive and breathing, then we run the risk of it all being jettisoned by the host organism (the likes of Twitter, Facebook et al) when they receive notification that one of their one billion users has posted a Check-In from the other side.

SocialSafe is one way in which you can extract this content from your social networks and actually take control of your data. By backing up your data locally, you can leave it to whomever you want. If you use the password protection feature of SocialSafe, simply leave a note of that password in an envelope with your will, and your executor can access this data and do with it what you wish.

Of course there may be parts of your full SocialSafe journal that you don’t want to be seen by anyone, even after you have gone. To make sure the correct content is viewed, you can regularly export the parts you’d like to be passed on and then save them in a location on your computer that you make mention of in your will.

Everyone will have different ideas about what they’d like to happen to their online legacy when they are gone. Ultimately it is a personal decision that means those left behind will either be provided with or deprived of a collection of memories of their time with the departed. The key thing is to take control of this data now so that the decision belongs to you, not the company that hosts your data – along with that of another billion users – on a chilly server farm somewhere near the Arctic Circle.

Twitter Temporarily Blocked In Pakistan Over Images Of Mohammed

Over the weekend Pakistani authorities blocked access to Twitter, reportedly over representations of the Prophet Mohammed circulating on the micro-blogging network and the fact that Twitter refused to block these images. Islamic culture considers it blasphemous to depict the Prophet Mohammed in any illustrative manner, and there have been other cases in recent history images of Mohammed causing controversy and unrest.

However, taking religion, faith, and morality completely out of the equation, at the centre of this story is the fact that Twitter users in an entire country were temporarily (Twitter is now back up in Pakistan) unable to access any of their information. I doesn’t matter who may or may not have been at fault in this situation, the fact is that there will have been plenty of innocent users that were affected. Plenty.

Social networks and other sites do run the risk of temporary or even permanent closure if those with the power to do so believe that it is for the best that they are shut down. With social media accounting for more and more of the world’s professional online activities – not just photos from a big weekend or a game of Farmville – therein lies the risk of losing valuable business information if there is a blanket ban imposed for any period of time.

People often take for granted the ease with which content and data can be accessed, but when the authorities lock the communal filing cabinet you suddenly can’t check who requested an information pack on your company or look at that phone number someone DM’d you on Twitter.

SocialSafe allows you to unite your social networks, creating a searchable offline journal populated by your Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Instagram, LinkedIn and Viadeo accounts. If losing access to your social network content could have a detrimental effect on your business, creating a searchable offline backup would be a good place to start.