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Friday Fun: Password Management

If you are anything like me then you have passwords for everything from banking to logging into your social media accounts. So many passwords to remember or in my case forget! But what happens when you find an issue or alerted to an issue?

Have you ever seen Facebook come up with an alert stating that there has been a suspicious login on your account and that you need to change your password with immediate effect? I certainly have and it rattled me somewhat.  It made me realise how much I value my social media content.  Until then I didn’t enable the two step authentication on Facebook, but now I do.  And you know what it’s well worth enabling.

I don’t know about you but these days as a result of that little scare on Facebook I now treat my social media data and services differently.  I treat them more like banking services. I also make sure that anything that I put on social media I would be happy for people to see in public.  After all you never know what data breaches may occur.  It is worth being wary of third parties holding and storing your data.

Whilst you have probably already got all your new years resolutions sorted for this year you may want to consider adding one to your list.  Take security more seriously especially when it comes to your personal social media data.  Consider using unique strong passwords and two factor authentication on your social media data and remember to back up your social data regularly.

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Backing up your social data

A few weeks ago I read an article about the importance of data backups.  It really got me thinking about data and the importance of the data that we share across our social media accounts.

The article that I was reading was all about backing up your laptop or computer and ensuring that the data that was being backed up was secure.  Now I know many of us are terrible at doing regular backups of our personal machines but what about our online data, that information that we share with our friends and family?  What would happen if suddenly we accidentally deleted our account or it got suspended for some bizarre reason.

I would hate to think about a scenario where those precious shared images and videos went missing or were lost forever because I hadn’t backed them up.  My main reason for backing up my laptop is to ensure that I never lose my all important files and photographs.  I can’t remember a time when I haven’t backed up content and these days I do tend to back up most of my images to “the cloud” as well as to a local hard drive.  After all you never quite know when or where you will need access to your data.

Over the years I’ve used a range of backup services and only once have I had to revert back to my backups and that was when my laptop completely failed after getting rather wet. (I learnt after that to keep my laptop in a waterproof bag!) I spent a small fortune getting the data back and a new machine exactly how I wanted it.

It is amazing how many people just don’t think to do backups and it is so simple to do for your online data as well. Most of us think that it is just big companies that have things to lose if they lose their data but these days we all have data that we want to share and store forever.

Most of that data captured contains moments, memories and events.  These are all things that we just want to keep and look back on over time. Backing up your online social media data is simple just download Digi Me (formerly SocialSafe) and back up your online data regularly for free.

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Digi Me Predictions for 2015

2015 is in full flow and now is a great time to predict the key trends for the year ahead. Here are a few of our predictions..

  • Personal data ownership will be debated.
  • You will own your data and create permissions/ terms of use to companies rather than agreeing to their policies.
  • Personal data privacy will become more important to people.
  • New services and tools will become available to help you capture and manage your personal data.
  • Individuals will have a better understanding of who has access and stores their data.

What personal data privacy trends are you spotting for the year ahead? Leave a comment or share your predictions using #pdppredictions

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Capturing Your New Years Resolutions

Every year millions of people around the world make new years resolutions and 2014 was no different.  These were the top 10 New Years Resolutions for 2014. The big question is did you manage to stick to them?

  1. Exercise more
  2. Eat better
  3. Cut down on alcohol
  4. Stop smoking
  5. Spend less time on Facebook / Twitter
  6. Learn a new language
  7. Learn a musical instrument
  8. Spend less money
  9. Secure dream job
  10. Average eight hours of sleep a night

Most people at the beginning of the year share their resolutions with friends and family on social media platforms like Facebook at Twitter.  Why not use SocialSafe to look back and see if you managed to keep your resolution from last year.

What are you going to make your New Years Resolution this 2015? And what would you like ours to be?

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Friday Fun: Feature Requests

This Friday we thought it was time to dream and dream big…

Dream of a Digi Me with every feature you could possibly imagine… I mean think of the possibilities if all your data were in one place and within your control.

What would you like to do with it?  How would you like to interact with it and where would you like to store it?

These are just a few ideas to get you started in that imaginative spirit!

Share your ideas in the comments section or share them via Twitter or Facebook.

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Research Insights: One in Five has Left Social Media Services

A recent report from Open Xchange has found that one in five people have tried and then shut down one or more of their social media accounts. The research was commissioned due to the CEO of Open Xchange regularly finding people that are quite rightly worried about the data being collected on them. Some of those people have even gone so far as to stop using certain online services and apps as well as closing accounts down completely.

The research itself looks to identify the point at which people believe the benefits no longer outweigh the risks and therefore switch off from a particular online service.  This worrying trend was also picked up by Sir Tim Berners-Lee at Le Web earlier today.  Interestingly he suggested like we have here at Digi.Me, that your data should belong to you and you should be in control of that data.

The research from Open Xchange is fascinating as it delves into exactly what drives people to cancel or just stop using an online account, app or service. Take a look at the graphs below to find out more about what drives this behaviour.

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The other question is what happens to your data when you stop using a service? Well in most cases unless you delete your account your data is still there for the app or service in question to use as they wish.  What is of additional concern is that if you don’t keep track of updates to terms of service you could find your data is being used for all sorts of different things and being sold to third parties without you being aware.

How do you capture your data so that you still have those important pictures, images and comments that you shared on these services… Well you could always back up your data using Digi.Me (formerly SocialSafe) and store it wherever you choose. You may just want to back up your social media data just to have it all in one place. It’s amazing what you find out when you have it all in one place.

Let us know if you agree with the research and your views on data privacy in the comments or on Twitter, Google Plus or Facebook.

Bonus: Look out for Digi.Me Version 7! It’s coming out soon!

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Facebook Terms & Policy Update – What does it mean for your data?

If you have a Facebook account you may have noticed a little icon pop up in the top right of your account making you aware about the latest Facebook terms and policy changes.  Most people tend to ignore these small changes but it is always worth noting how recent changes affect who owns your data.

The latest changes on Facebook attempt to make it clearer who has access to your data and how.  The big changes are mainly in the area of tracking data on your mobile device.  So if you are a mobile user your usage statistics including GPS data will now be stored against your Facebook account.  Also included in this recent update is a log of websites you have visited whilst you are logged into Facebook.  This information is collected and used to help advertisers target advertisements that are more relevant to your interests.  Whilst this information has been collected in the past it hasn’t been as clear what it was being used for.

If you don’t want Facebook to know where you have been and when, the advice online is to use the web version of Facebook rather than the Facebook app.  This way you keep your location data private when you are out and about.

What can we do to help you manage your data?

SocialSafe which is transitioning to Digi.Me can help you manage and store your social media content including your Facebook data. At the end of the day your data belongs to you and as such we provide you with the tools to take a copy of your data from Facebook (along with many other data sources) and store it locally so that you have your data on your computer. This means that if there is an outage on Facebook or you decide that you no longer wish to use a social media provider you can download a copy of your data including your images and status updates.  You no longer have to lose those all important moments that you once shared with friends, family and colleagues.  Give SocialSafe a try today by clicking on the link below. It’s free and puts you in control of your data! (Plus there is so much more you can do with your data when you have it all to yourself!)

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Red Bull mentions our ambitious time capsule on the moon campaign.

If you’re here reading this, there’s a high chance you recognise the value in keeping together all those moments you shared with others.  We’ve been helping folks like you (hopefully including you) to gather everything together to create a digital story of you.  This acts as a simple content backup but also provides fantastic insights on your life and a way to look back and enjoy your history.

We wanted to do something for our future historians too.  And we wanted to do it in a big way.

Launching early next year we will be offering up spaces for a digital time capsule that we’ll be sending to the moon, with our partner Astrobotic.  You’ll be able to collate a small number of memories that capture this time we live in and add these to the capsule.  It will be locked for at least 150 years so will provide a rich, intimate, look into our lives.

Our chairman, Julian, recently spoke to Red Bull about his one of his other passions, Space.  Read Red Bull’s Seven ways to get into space and remember to register for your place in our time capsule today.  (You may notice that there’s no mention of SocialSafe – we’re updating our name to better reflect our purpose, but more on that very soon).

Want to help make history?  What do you think about sending a time capsule to the moon?

SocialSafe Aligns With Sir Tim Berners-Lee’s Vision For Personal Data

Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the man who invented the internet, has spoken out about the issue of data ownership. An article this week in The Guardian talks of how the father of the world wide web sees a future in which the individual is the one who owns their personal data – not the big companies – and a future in which the individual can use that data for their own benefit.

Well they say great minds think alike, and we’re thrilled that this is precisely what we are actively working towards  here at SocialSafe – individuals aggregating their personal data from a variety of different sources to create a vastly superior data set that is more useful than the sum of its parts.  Today, SocialSafe is a social media organiser enabling users to download and aggregate a complete record of all their interactions in one safe place allowing them to view, search, export, organise it and more.

Looking towards the near future, SocialSafe will extend to all other personal data sets (e.g. shopping, banking, utilities, health, quantified self etc.) and users will be able to permission access others to their data for service, reward or convenience. The user has total control over what they choose to download and where they store it – we as a company never hold any of our users’ data, and they’ll always be able to access it.

We’ve been saying publicly for some time that we feel big data is wrong for the individual, and we’re immensely humbled to have our intentions and vision vindicated by the words of someone so influential in not only the tech industry, but the world as a whole. If you’ve not read Alex Hern’s article, we’d highly recommend that you do so. It may just change the way you think about personal data and who is benefiting from you being you.