Posts Tagged with “Web Tip of the Week”

WTOTW: Hotspot Shield

I share a web tip on my podcast every week. For #LOLshow Episode 14, the featured tip is Hotspot Shield.

Hotspot Shield is a free VPN service that helps protect your privacy and anonymity when surfing the web.

Why would you need such privacy and anonymity? Here are some reasons:

  • Protect yourself from snoopers at Wi-Fi hotspots, hotels, airports, corporate offices.
  • Protect yourself from identity theft online.
  • Hide your IP address for your privacy online.
  • Access all content privately without censorship; bypass firewalls.

Access Blocked Content

To expand a little on the last point, you could use the service to access not only censored content but also sites blocked by your office or content not available to our geographic region. You could view Facebook and YouTube if your office blocks those, for example. Read More »

WTOTW: HootSuite

I share a web tip of the week on every episode of the #LOLshow. This week, the featured tip is HootSuite.

HootSuite bills itself as a ‘social media dashboard for teams using Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn’. However many people like me simply use it as a Twitter client. However, it’s one heck of a Twitter client which definitely deserves your attention if you manage multiple Twitter accounts or use social media for marketing. It was also a winner in the recent Mashable Awards for Best Social Media Management Tool. Plus, the owl mascot is super cute 😉

HootSuite has steadily been adding features in 2010. Some highlights:

  • Post to Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Foursquare, MySpace, PingFm and more.
  • Lots of integrations with 3rd party services e.g. Ning, Salesforce, ConstantContact, Google Analytics
  • iOS, Android & BlackBerry apps
  • Stats that you can print and export
  • Scheduled tweets, now in bulk
  • Auto-tweet RSS feeds, with Google Analytics integration

HootSuite’s service comes in 2 tiers – Free and Pro. The Free account is fully featured and in no way crippled, and is enough for most user’s needs. The Pro account is geared towards agencies and larger businesses with its team collaboration features.

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I share a web tip of the week on every episode of the #LOLshow. I will be cross-posting the tips here. Follow my tips via the wtotw tag.

DuckDuckGo is a search engine with some cool features. First, it has a funny name, it is geek-friendly with lots of features and attempts to give you more relevant results by excluding sites that only contain ads. It’s killer feature: DuckDuckGo guarantees your privacy by not collecting or sharing your personal information at all.

If you’re like me and you don’t trust Google, you’ll also love their campaign – Google Tracks You. We Don’t. An Illustrated Guide.

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