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Hardly a week goes by that we don’t read about a celebrity, political figure, or influential person (I’m looking at you, General Petraeus) who commits professional suicide by sending inappropriate photos or salacious messages via text or email. Of course, there is one obvious method of preventing TMZ from publicizing your questionable correspondence–don’t send it . There are, however, times that you might need to send sensitive information, such as an account number, social security number, or directions to the pile of gold buried in your backyard. So how can you electronically send “Eyes Only” information without risking public exposure?
There are several services that allow you to send email messages and text messages that will not only self-destruct, but prevent the recipient from forwarding or printing the message. If only the CIA had known about these free services….
Burn Note https://burnnote.com/#/ If you ever want send sensitive information, Burn Note might be the answer. Burn Note allows you to send email messages that self delete once they are read.
One Shar.es https://oneshar.es/ One Shar.es allows you to send encrypted data that is self destructs after one use. It’s very easy to use and is great for sending your classified information.
Vapor Stream https://www.vaporstream.com/ Vapor Stream allows you to send text messages or emails that disappear from your device the moment that they are sent and disappear from the recipient’s device when they are read. This app does not allow the messages to be printed or forwarded, and messages are not stored on secondary servers.
The moral of the story is this: When in doubt, use the “Grandma Standard.” If it’s a message that you wouldn’t want your grandma to read, don’t send it, but if you must, do it with caution.
So you think you have a virus….
Computer viruses can not only disable internet access, they can redirect your browser, shut down Windows Internet Security and Firewall (leaving you vulnerable to more attacks), leave you unable to execute programs, and ultimately shut down your system. Here are a few tips for identifying and repairing viruses:
How to spot a virus
How can you tell if you have a virus? If your virus software is outdated, you might not know from a scan if your computer is infected, but these symptoms suggest a virus:
So what do you do if you have a virus and can’t get online, let alone run a virus program? Here are some simple things that you can do. Try these before you take it to the repair shop:
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We all know that Steve Jobs was an innovative thinker, a wearer of black turtlenecks, and a purveyor of cool, but here are a few Steve Jobs facts that you might not have known:
He took Timothy Leary’s words to heart. He turned on, tuned in, and dropped out
Jobs, who claimed that LSD was one of the three most important thing he had done in his life, was also a college dropout. Jobs graduated from Homestead High School in Cupertino, California and enrolled in Reed College in Oregon. He dropped out one semester later.
He did not know his biological father until later in life
Jobs was born out of wedlock to graduate students Joanne Carole Schiebleand Syrian-born Abdulfattiah Jandali. He was adopted by Clara and Paul Jobs, a middle-class American couple.
He didn’t play well with others
Jobs was a perfectionist with a legendary bad temper. Imagine a mushroom cloud. Now imagine a bigger mushroom cloud. Jobs was a relentless taskmaster, who reportedly made people cry with his tantrums.
He was a Buddhist
Jobs went to India in 1973 in search of spiritual enlightenment. He returned with a shaved head, and adopted the Buddhist philosophy. Not only did he practice the Zen way, he also used the Dalai Lama in Apple’s ad campaign: “Think Different”
He made $1 a year (in salary)
In 2010, his compensation package was a whopping $1 per year. This does not include, of course, his shares of Apple.