SpiderOak is an alternative to the very popular Dropbox service. Both earlier this summer and then this week, Edward Snowden listed Dropbox as a service of particular concern when it comes to the privacy and encryption of the documents and files stored on the service. While Dropbox does encrypt files as they travel between your computer and their servers and also encrypt files stored on their servers, they do not do what SpiderOak does and encrypt the data while it is on your computer as well.
I’m a firm believer in figuring out how to protect privacy online. So I am going to start experimenting with more of these services that secure privacy. While I am not particularly worried about what I do online being problematic legally, I think it makes sense to start using tools that protect my rights because my use of them speaks to the importance of the issue.
If you are a library director, you will eventually be contacted about former employees and asked about their time working for you. How should you answer? Well an article in Inc. offers insight from several attorneys about what is best to do.
Background Burner is a free tool that lets you quickly remove the background from any image. Just choose a file and the service processes your image. It then offers you different options for the removed background. Pick the best one and download it.
This is perfect for websites where you want a cleaned up version. It’s also handy for those of us who don’t have Photoshop skills!
I’ve long been a fan of Bluefire Reader, using it to read e-galleys of new books coming out on my iPad. Somehow I missed that Bluefire is now available for the PC as well. It does require that you have an Adobe ID and password to use it, but after that your reading on Android and iOS devices will sync with what you are reading on the PC.
Bluefire offers support for EPUB and PDF. It works with Adobe DRM, allowing you to read anything you have on your Adobe Digital Editions.
If you use Bluefire on your devices already, using it on your computer is no brainer. If you don’t, it is definitely the one to try!