By Jess Stratton | Monday, February 10, 2014
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Here on Monday Productivity Pointers, I love to talk about cloud apps. I love using apps that you can access from anywhere—your computer, laptop, phone, or tablet. This week, we’ll discuss an important topic around cloud apps: how to secure yourself when using them. In my first video, I’ll show you how to enable two-step authentication, a more secure way of logging in, also referred to as “two-factor authentication.”
More and more cloud apps are offering two-step authentication. When you enable it, step one is to log in to the app with your user name and password as usual. You’ll then receive a text message on your phone from the cloud app itself, containing a second password. Step two is to go back into the app and enter that second password for access.
By Jess Stratton | Monday, February 03, 2014
“Inbox Zero” is a common term for the practice of clearing out your email inbox daily, to stay on top of your correspondence. Most email apps come with a filing system to help you reach Inbox Zero—so you can move your incoming messages to other folders, keeping your inbox uncluttered.
However, when we move a message out of our inbox to keep it out of sight, it often works a bit too well; it’s also out of mind and we forget to go back to it.
This week on Monday Productivity Pointers, I’m going to show you my favorite app ever. This is not hyperbole; if I were only allowed to use one app for the rest of my life, it would be this one. The app is called Mailbox, and it replaces the existing mail app on your iPhone, and supports Gmail, iCloud, and Yahoo! mail accounts. Mailbox allows you to file your mail just like you’d expect—but adds one incredible feature: a snooze button.
By Jess Stratton | Monday, January 27, 2014
This week on Monday Productivity Pointers I’ll show you how to use new technology with an old pastime: sending postcards through the mail.
In the first video, I’ll show you how to use a website service called Postagram to upload a photo that’s on your computer and turn it into a real postcard that’s sent through the postal service. Postagram will even take care of mailing it for you.
In the second (members-only) video, I’ll show you how to do the same thing using your smartphone. This is fantastic because you’ll be able to, say, take photos with your smartphone while on vacation, and have a custom postcard on its way to family and friends before you even hit the hotel room that night!
By Jess Stratton | Monday, January 20, 2014
Did you know that every day, hundreds of eBay auctions close without receiving any bids? It’s not that no one was interested; it’s because no one saw them—and a common reason is that the auctions never showed up in searches is because the listing contained a typo in the item’s title.
This week’s Monday Productivity Pointers looks at a site called FatFingers.com, which will automatically search eBay for common misspellings of the item or items you’re looking for. FatFingers.com helps you find items you want with low or even no bids.
By Jess Stratton | Monday, January 13, 2014
There’s a wide variety of free, cloud-based online storage services to choose from these days, each with its own unique benefits. Rather than choosing just one, lots of people opt to use several—but it’s easy to forget exactly which cloud service you’ve used to store a particular file.
This week’s Monday Productivity Pointers focus on a solution for that problem: a free service called Jolidrive. You can use Jolidrive’s website to access all your cloud-based data whether it’s in Google Drive, Dropbox, SkyDrive, Flickr, Instagram, or SlideShare.
By Jess Stratton | Monday, January 06, 2014
Welcome to this week’s edition of Monday Productivity Pointers! This week I’m covering a great skill to know: how to migrate data between two apps with minimal headaches, by using an Excel spreadsheet. Hint: It’s all about the header column labels.
In the first video, I’ll show you how to make sure you’re correctly matching up the header row of column labels on your Excel spreadsheet for a smooth data import. And just in case you don’t know the column labels in the app you’ll be importing your data into, I’ll show you a great trick for finding out.
By Jess Stratton | Monday, December 16, 2013
Your website is the first place potential customers will visit to find out more about you, so it’s important to keep your site active, current, and consistently updated—establishing your professional persona in the best possible light.
In this week’s Monday Productivity Pointers, I’ll show you how to publish a Twitter feed to your website; using a WordPress blog as my example. I’ll also show you how to embed a Google calendar into your site so it’s clear to potential clients that you’re an active professional.
By Jess Stratton | Monday, December 09, 2013
In this week’s Monday Productivity Pointers, we’ll focus on speeding up your home wireless network. In the first video, I’ll tell you how to identify your home wireless network’s weakest (and slowest) link.
You’ll learn how Internet data speed is measured. Then we’ll examine the components you need to connect to the Internet via wireless, such as a cable or FIOS modem, wireless adapter, router, and your wireless configuration—and how they all need to work together to give you faster home wi-fi connections.
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