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Portable Apps - Portable software for USB, portable and cloud drives

Portable Apps - Portable software for USB, portable and cloud drives | technologies |
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After my last post, I was reminded of the frustrations I experienced, in the World of Education, when I couldn't use the software appropriate for many tasks. 
Portable apps came to my rescue. 
Portable apps are a “lite” version of a software, which can run without being installed on the host computer. 
It also doesn’t modify the computer’s configuration information. In other words, users of a Portable app can run it, use it, and no-one will ever know they were there. 
Apart from offering me more flexibility and security when I was working on public computers, another good use for portable apps is to keep the number of installed apps, on my laptop, to an absolute minimum. 
Installed programs take up space and can cause a computer/laptop etc., to run slower; so the less you have installed the better. 
I tend not to install something if there is a portable version available. 
Take a closer look the Portable app Directory, that includes apps for... 
  - Accessibility 
  - Development 
  - Education 
  - Games 
  - Graphics & Pictures 
  - Internet 
  - Music & Video 
  - Office 
  - Security and 
  - Utilities 
...there's currently 300+ apps available.
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CheckShortURL - Unshorten tiny links from hundreds of URL shortening services

CheckShortURL - Unshorten tiny links from hundreds of URL shortening services | technologies |
Ensure your safety and prevent unsuitable content while surfing on the World Wide Web.
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Short URLs Can Be Dangerous 
Everyone needs to think twice before following those shortened URLs. 
Some of them may conceal undesirable links that may load malware onto their PC or lead them to websites they would definitely like to avoid. 
Users can deal with this problem by using CheckShortURL
Just copy and paste the short URL that you're unsure of, into CheckShortURL, and the full URL will be provided. 
If the long version does not sound reasonable or familiar, discard it.
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AESio is a web-based service that focuses on the issue of security when it comes to online collaboration.
There are many websites that...
- facilitate creating something new with others online.
- let you share messages, files and notes
...but all of this is done without securing or encrypting the data. AESio provides that encryption and security to enable online collaboration on even sensitive data projects.
Once users have signed-up, they can begin uploading files and creating notes.
Files can be uploaded directly if they are less than 50 MB.
Users can create multiple workspaces that are sized at 200 MB each. Users can, if they wish, add collaborators to their workspace in which case the shared workspace capacity is 100 MB.
Messages can be sent to one another as long as they are less than 5 MB.
Notes created or shared with others, support advanced special formatting such as hyperlinks, text colors, and text highlighting in various colours.
Premium plans, will follow; they will provide users with greater storage capacities.

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G Suite – Gmail, Drive, Docs and More

G Suite – Gmail, Drive, Docs and More | technologies |
Do your best work with Google’s suite of intelligent apps (formerly Google Apps). Get business email, video conferencing, online storage and file sharing.
John Dalziel's insight:
Many Learning Providers are embracing G Suite which provides all the tools they need to... 
  - Communicate - GMail, Hangouts, Calendar, Google+; 
  - Store - Google Drive; 
  - Collaborate - Docs, sheets, Forms, Slides, and Sites; and 
  - Manage - Admin and Vault; one package that works seamlessly from computers, phones or tablets. 
No it isn't free but at the time of posting this, it starts at about £4/user/month. 
If you’re one of the Learning Providers that already use G Suite, and/or are contemplating using it, then keeping track of your data is critical. 
Such organisations need tools that can help them manage access to ensure that only the right people are sharing information.  
Team Drives - - make it easy for employees to manage file access. 
Team Drives allows users to specialise permissions based on who they would like to... edit, comment, reorganise or delete ...certain files. 
Unlike files in My Drive, files in Team Drive belong to the team instead of an individual. 
Even if members leave, the files stay exactly where they are so your team can continue to share information and get work done. By default, all members within Team Drives automatically see the same files regardless of who adds or reorganises them—cutting back on how many times organisations have to grant file access to trusted team members. 
To get started on Team Drives use the step-by-step guide ;
A "should use" for those who have G Suite accounts!
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Cyber Street

Cyber Street | technologies |
Cyber Street provides easy tips so that you stay safe online. Learn how to protect your home or business from cyber crime in a fun and interactive way.
John Dalziel's insight:

This has been launched by the UK Government to help the public and small businesses stay safe on-line.
Basically it's an animated, interactive high street,which can be explored to learn more about web-security topics.
Clicking characters allows users to watch video clips of their "stories".
For some, the advice provided may be obvious but, as always one size doesn't fit all. This approach does however make important safety information accessible to all.
P.S. save time by clicking the newspaper (bottom-left) for short-cuts to all content.

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