Category: Tech

Hand-picked software for work & office

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I’ve been building my personal Windows-toolchain for more than 20 years, and that is why people approach me frequently to ask for tools for this and tools for that. Find here my toolchain, which should make things easier for everyone.

In general, I will prefer open source or freeware tools, unless a commercial solution is clearly superior in my eyes. For most of my recommendations, there are also versions for Mac, and Linux.

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Has my email address been hacked?

More and more platforms have been hacked and user data has been leaked as a consequence. Even large and reputed providers like Adobe and Dropbox were affected. Just recently another 500m user credentials have been leaked.

Hasso Plattner Institute, a very reputed German IT & tech research organization, has compiled a database where you can conveniently and securely check if your email address or any other user data has been compromised.

Go here to proceed and find another comprehensive database here.

Anyways, you should consider using unique yet easy to remember passwords for every single service you use. This will save you hours of work and some sleepless nights, just in case 🙂

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Generate and remember secure passwords easily

Security in the internet age has long been neglected by the majority of users, even though their data has been at risk or even exposed not only recently. Nevertheless, many users struggle to use password managers in order to use strong and unique passwords for all services they use. You recognize yourself? Then there is good news for you: Even without using a password manager, it is quite easy to generate and remember secure and unique passwords for everyday use. Just follow the steps below and instantly use passwords complying with all standards which experts recommend for strong passwords.

    • At least 12 characters long
    • No words which can be found from a dictionary
    • No personal information
    • Should contain lower case letters, upper case letters, numbers, plus special characters
    • Unique for every website/service used

You can easily create and memorize passwords complying with these requirements by creating an individual rule.

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Protect your privacy (WOT edition)

The browser plugin Web of Trust (WOT) claimed to protect your privacy. Instead, WOT recorded your internet usage from your browser, performed poor anonymization of this data and then sold it. Consequently, the private lives of millions of users have been compromised. Their account balances, their travel, their families, many things have been exposed.

Problem is: most browser add-ons are capable of monitoring your activities and noone knows what happens to the data they record. This is a wide field, but focusing on the WOT scandal and browser extensions, you can protect yourself.

  • Delete any blocker/tracking add-on with commercial background, e.g. AdBlock (Plus), Ghostery, WOT etc.
  • Instead, use open source or trusted-source add-ons like uBlock Origin (open source, Chrome, Firefox), Privacy Badger (by Electronic Frontier Foundation, Chrome, Firefox) and HTTPS everywhere (by Electronic Frontier Foundation, Chrome, Firefox).

Besides, you should use a password manager like KeePass (open source) or LastPass in order to use secure and different passwords for all websites / services you use!

If you think you’re safe, think again.

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