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You Can Lock Your Dropbox Account With A Key?

You can now lock your Dropbox account with a USB key. I don’t quite think people comprehend what a stupid idea this is…

From Engadget:

If you’re so concerned about the security of your Dropbox account that even two-factor authentication through your phone seems too risky, you can rest easy. The cloud storage outfit has added support for USB keys as part of the two-factor sign-in process. Rather than punch in a code, you just plug in a stick to prove that it’s really you. You’ll need a key that meets FIDO’s Universal 2nd Factor standard, but this key will also work with Google and any other U2F-capable service. Frankly, this is a long-due upgrade — if you regularly access Dropbox from PCs, you won’t have to worry quite so much that someone will get your login details and swipe your files.

So just to clear up any confusion, you need a special super secret flash drive.

Why not just buy something like this and carry your files with you?

“Oh sorry, I can’t get that file off of Dropbox for you because I left my flash drive with the key on at home”

10 internet points to the person that sold this idea to their boss.


Why Rig Your Own Online Competition?

Whether we like it or not we live in the social media age. Brands try to capitalise on this by hiring social media experts* to interact with their clients.

These so called experts then decide to run online competitions to drum up some support. You know the ones where you have to follow everyone on Twitter and like everything on Facebook and then you never win? Yeah, those ones. The fact that you have heard of these competitions must mean that they are working?

Well now some of the more cunning so called experts have come up with an even better plan. What if you ran the competition but only people with a massive social media following won? What if those “winners” then tweeted about “winning” and showing off their cool new prizes? What we’ve got here is questionable at best but NOT illegal. (As far as I can tell)

This wonderful scheme gives a brand all the free promotion a competition normally creates as well as an extra boost of promotion when the “winners” post about it. With the same cost equalling more publicity, I don’t blame brands for going for this approach. I blame the social media experts who spinelessly suggest this idea to brands.

In the South African context these are the same people bitching and moaning about “Jobs for pals” in the government and then hitting up their socially savvy friends asking them to win prizes without even entering the competition.

That’s not okay.

* A social media expert is someone who is smart enough not to use the c-word or refer to blowing up cripples in Afghanistan. Looking at you FNB. Oh and they also know a few people with a big social following that are willing to win competitions.

Funny Banned Porn Sites in India

Recently the Indian government decided to ban a whole bunch of porn sites. They then released a list of all the banned sites. Then lifted the ban.

More than 800 porn sites have now received free promotion from the Indian government. 10 internet points to the first porn site to add an “Indian Government Approved” banner to their site.

Since I now have a list of over 800 porn sites (and the porn industry is known for being creative) I’ve decided to host a Porn URL awards ceremony.

The categories will be: WTF, EWWWW, Most Creative, Awkwardly Specific and Cyber Squatting.

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Opinion: Thanks for the Eulogy Mashable, but Web Design isn’t Dead

Mashable, or “BuzzFeed 2.0” is quickly becoming clickbait central online. It is a thin veil pulled over what is masqueraded as journalism.

Okay, that wasn’t very nice and is quite out of place coming from a lowly blogger like me. One of their “articles” struck a nerve. And then it occurred to me that it was written to shock people. What was true didn’t matter, as long as, people shared the article, Mashable, and their accountants were happy. The article I’m referring to is “Web Design is Dead” presented on Mashable’s home page like this:

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All very ominous now isn’t it?

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Too Lazy To Break Up With Someone? There’s an App for That…

Binder, clearly a rip of “Tinder” is an app that will call up or text your partner and give them the bad news. Where Tinder allows you to swipe people into your life, Binder allows you to swipe them out of your life.

The Internet has made it super easy to find the special someone.
Binder makes it just as easy to get rid of them too. With one swipe we take out all the pain of chucking your other half.

As simple as that. I tried downloading this app to give it a test (with Rachel’s permission of course) and see what kind of message they deliver but it was not yet available in at US app store. I do hope they deliver a polite, heartfelt message with a side of condescension and sarcasm.

I have very high hopes for this app as it has one of the best customer reviews I have ever seen.

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I’ll update this post with a review once I get the app tested. Oh, and best of all? It is free. Saving a dollar on an app may be good because I doubt you’ll be getting your stuff back after using this app.

[Binder via ProductHunt]

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