Dropbox has a feature that will screenshot when you hit printscreen, place it in a folder, and upload that to your cloud storage there to keep it backed up, or prepared to share.
I'm glad someone thought of me. <3
There are a number of freeware projects designed to help people take screenshots, but I don't have a ton of experience with using them. A popular, higher-rated one (by CNET standards) is ScreenHunter Free. Dropbox is doable as well, but I don't use that either- I'd prefer to save to file somewhere and edit to avoid any metadata trickery that happens sometimes.
You are always on my mind. Rawr.
Dropbox's feature is pretty neat, but I will have a look at Screehunter.
Thank you two.
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Post by Fluffy The Mad on Jun 12, 2014 17:34:45 GMT -5
I'm going to add a note here on internet usage and security. Keep in mind that I am mildly paranoid about data collection and other annoying habits that companies use on the net.
First: What data does my browser store? What kind of data does it send out?
-Browsers send and receive things in a format called HTML, using HTTP. (HyperText Markup Language and HyperText Transfer Protocol, respectively) These are packets of data that have things like a destination, a series of numbers for checksums and acknowledgements, information on your brower, HTTP version, page requested, and so on. Servers (even other end systems that are typically clients) send back similar data in their headers, with different data in the body of the packet.
In some cases a server sends you (the client) a bunch of data to store so that it can identify you as a user, because things are rarely constant on the internet- it's much more accurate for you to store the data than it is the server, since the server can't remember who you are, (your IP can change, you can go offline, etc.) but you can remember where the server is. These are called cookies. Cookies can be modified on the fly by the server sending you some more data, like things you've pushed into a cart, did in a flash game, or a security certificate saying you've logged in. Sometimes they can be used just to say 'I was here!' These are usually stored and valid for a given amount of time, though they can be permanent cookies. Data is also stored as things called Locally Stored Objects. (LSOs) LSOs are similar but are usually used in a different fashion, and are not typically deleted when a user clears a cache of cookies. Servers can request information from these cookies, so that they can respond appropriately.
Why are you telling me all of this, DNR? Isn't that how things are done, with good reason?
Usually this is used sensibly, so you can stay logged in or do whatever functionality the cookie was designed for. However, some websites and services can use this data to identify browsing patterns and usage history. Typically this is done for targeted advertising, meaning that a website asks your browser for some data. Your browser, trying to be helpful, says 'this person looks at a lot of car websites!' The service then takes that data and distributes it, either storing its own cookie/LSO or noting the IP address. It could also send data to specific websites, such as Facebook. 'User Joe likes cars.' This leads to advertisements being directed by that usage towards whatever the user's preferences are.
Arguably this is simply sensible business strategy, but I entirely disagree with websites obtaining data without being fully transparent with its usage. Most have some disclaimer hidden behind a number of pages saying 'this website and its partners will anonymously use data for purposes of improving user experience' or something similar. Some websites may not even have that much; it falls into the direction of the first post suggesting that any user only access websites that they trust.
So, what do I do about this behavior if I want to put a stop to it?
The solution is pretty simple, though it does get annoying from time to time. Any user can manually clear their cache data and LSO folder, or use an add-on for their browser that deletes them automatically. Some may have functionality to exclude cookies from a particular host; I don't know which ones at the moment. I can update this post after some research. Some companies use more popular advertising services that can have an 'opt out' feature if you can find the main service. You can likewise use other addons such as Ghostery to block advertising cookies and tracking services.
I know this is a bit rant-like, but analytics without transparency bothers me. I may add some of this to the main post; as usual feel free to PM me or post here if you have more to add or want to argue something I've said.
Post by Fluffy The Mad on Sept 9, 2014 16:24:04 GMT -5
I'm revamping the OP for general security precautions and the like. I'm also going to add in some specific tools for modern threats like Firesheep. (Not the most recent, but it's a good indicator of common threats) As usual, any commentary or suggestions are welcome.