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  • 6 things in your home you wont believe are connected to the internet

    • By sarah
    • |
    • Wednesday, May 1, 2013

    First, our Internet Public Service Announcement (IPSA):

    Tracky takes privacy seriously. It’s why we created a platform with three tiers of visibility: secret, private and public. While we focus on the concept of open social collaboration, inherent in this is the ability to collaborate in the way that works best for you.

    If privacy is important to you, and you do a lot of work online, then protection of your data is vitally important. You may not realize it, but anything in your home or office that is connected to the internet has an IP address and therefore, may provide  information about you. An Internet Protocol or IP address is like a phone number or address specific to your device. It contains information about location in order to identify that particular device.

    The easiest way to protect your information? Make sure you have a secure, encrypted wireless connection. Since these devices are in your home, work with your internet service provider to ensure this is setup correctly. If you want to completely hide your IP address from potentially prying eyes, look into using a proxy server. You can also install a firewall  that alerts you if there is ever any suspicious activity. (And, don’t forget to use a VPN service if you’re surfing the web via public Wi-Fi.)

    Now, onto the fun stuff, we present you, the The Internet of Home Things:


    [PHOTO CREDIT: HapiLabs]

    Your fork
    The HapiFork, launched during this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES), claims to help you eat at a slower pace. The company says health benefits to eating slower include decreasing acid reflux, obesity and diabetes.


    [PHOTO CREDIT: LG]

    Your refrigerator
    Well, only if you have something like the LG Smart ThinQ™ refrigerator. The device’s LCD screen tells you what’s inside, food that’s about to expire and ingredients you have to make specific meals. All of the information can be accessed on your smartphone, too.


    [PHOTO CREDIT: Beam]

    Your toothbrush
    Win prizes for brushing your teeth and get your oral health updates to sync with your smartphone. No more worries about mom and dad quizzing you to see if you brushed. Your phone can prove it.


    [PHOTO CREDIT: Lixil]

    Your toilet
    It plays music, monitors water usage and a major power drive cleaner--the ultimate smart toilet. Plus, if you don’t like using your hand to flush the toilet, then you’re in luck. This toilet and app from Japanese firm Lixil, can be flushed from pushing a button on the app. Just make sure to wash your hands and your phone when you’re done.


    [PHOTO CREDIT: NY Daily News]

    Your shoe
    “Don't be surprised when Google's new high-tech Adidas start talking. The 'smart shoes' know up to 250 phrases, can track physical activity and communicate with the wearer's cell phone contacts.”


    [PHOTO CREDIT: SmartWallit]

    Your wallet, backpack, dog and more
    Although the product isn’t a reality yet, it’s only days away from its Kickstarter deadline and already surpassed its goal.  The attachment hooks to whatever you want to keep track of and, when you get more than a few feet away, an alert is sent to your smartphone to avoid you leaving it behind (or someone taking it from you).

  • 6 ways to protect your online information you might not think to do

    • By sarah
    • |
    • Wednesday, November 7, 2012

    Dear people of the interwebz,

    We want you to protect your online stuff.

    <3,

    Tracky

    A giant shout out to all of the doers out there! We know you’re out in the world making things happen and, a lot of times, your work happens online. Working in the open social collaboration

    l space, we, at Tracky, know (and take seriously) the importance of online security and privacy. In fact, our information (and that of our customers) is housed in the world’s largest and most secure technology ecosystem.

    We’ve learned a few things about online privacy over the years and thought you might benefit from them, too.

    Here’s to keeping safe online!

    Check your Skype IM history

    Did you know that by default your Skype instant messaging (IM) history is set to forever? If you frequently use Skype, you might share confidential details, contact information, files, etc… It's not fun to think about, but if your Skype account is ever hacked, that means all of your IMs are visible. We recommend storing important information from Skype conversations elsewhere (preferably in a CRM or task manager...ahem, Tracky).

    It's easy to change your Skype preferences. Set your IM history to a period of one month (or less) for the best chance at protecting your information.

    Clean up the apps associated with your social media accounts

    You can either view each social network and check associated apps (unnecessarily time intensive), or you can use MyPermissions.org to do it for you. 

    Want another handy dandy resource? Here’s an ifttt recipe that sends a reminder to check your permissions once a month. (Or you could add it to your calendar.)

    Protect your Facebook search habits

    Facebook recently announced that “in addition to your other activity, you’ll be able to see the searches you’re making on Facebook.” The feature will be rolling out over the next few weeks and you’re auto-enrolled in it.

    No one besides you can see your Activity Log. Whew! However, if you don’t want that kind of search information just hanging around on the interwebz, you can choose to delete this option. You can access this tool by going to the top of your profile, and going to Search from the activity sorter (the option won’t be visible until it’s available to you). In the meantime, you can view all of your activity by clicking on the log.

    Backup your online photos

    If you’re dependent upon a social network to store all of your photos, you might to think again. It’s never been easier to back up your photos or your email. We recommend storing a copy of your favorite photos on your computer, or if you don’t want to use up your storage, throw your favorites in Tracky (we have free storage for now and cheap file storage for the long-term).

    Create an “Online Finances” track

    Make a secret track in Tracky of social networks and websites you’ve allowed to store your credit card information.

    If you’re ever hacked, it’s nice to know whether or not you stored financial information so you can quickly contact your financial institution.
    Manage all your social network settings without giving access to your log in and password

    Bliss Control simply links to the page(s) you actually need in order to manage your social network profiles. Then, you can update your privacy settings to your liking.

    Change or update your passwords

    One way to help protect your online safety is to create the most secure passwords possible. How do you do it? Use a free tool like Strong Password Generator to do the dirty work for you. It allows you to include symbols and create passwords up to 30 characters long. Take that sneaky web villains!

    Here’s your checklist for creating the ultimate strong password (borrowed from Strong Password Generator):

    • At least 15 characters
    • Uppercase letters
    • Lowercase letters
    • Update your passwords every couple of months
    • Numbers
    • Symbols, such as ` ! " ? $ ? % ^ & * ( ) _ - + = { [ } ] : ; @ ' ~ # | \ < , > . ? /
    • Is not like your previous password
    • Is not your name
    • Is not your login
    • Is not your spouse’s name
    • Is not a common name.


    Questions about anything listed here? Reach out to us at sarah [at] tracky.com.

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