Sandip Rai

    Test Drive Google Drive

    by , June, 2017

    The dri­ving force behind Google Drive is the idea of “Save Here. Access Any­where.” Any file you save to your Google Drive will be acces­si­ble to you from any device, includ­ing your PC and smartphone .

    As a stu­dent, you can use this ser­vice to write and sub­mit papers, projects and reports every semes­ter. Once you save it in Google Drive, you will never lose your work. This fea­ture makes Google Drive a more secure option than stor­ing your papers on USB flash dri­ves that are eas­ily misplaced

    If you have a Google or Gmail account, it’s easy to get started with Google Drive. Go to google​.com/​drive and sign in with your Google account.

    Every user gets 15 GB of stor­age space, which should be more than enough for all the papers you will write until you graduate.

    Google Drive’s most pow­er­ful fea­tures are its online sync­ing, col­lab­o­ra­tion, and soft­ware suite (Google Docs, Sheets and Slides).

    Sync Your Files

    Google Drive fea­tures an easy-​to-​use file sync­ing tool for lap­top and desk­top computers.

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    Protecting Our Online Privacy

    by , May, 2017

    Many of you may have heard about the recent pas­sage of a bill by Con­gress allow­ing Inter­net Ser­vice Providers (ISPs) to sell their cus­tomers’ brows­ing his­to­ries to adver­tis­ers. This one bill has essen­tially killed our online pri­vacy. Our brows­ing his­to­ries are, after all, a trea­sure trove of data which can reveal almost every­thing about us: which sites we visit, where we bank, our shop­ping habits, our health con­cerns, our sex­ual ori­en­ta­tion, and even when we are home.

    Tech­nol­ogy has made our life eas­ier, cer­tainly, but it has also left us far more vul­ner­a­ble. A crim­i­nal from the other side of the world can eas­ily hack our com­put­ers, mobiles and even our smart TVs. Every­thing we do online, whether on Face­book, Google, or indeed almost any web­site is recorded, pack­aged, and then sold to adver­tis­ers to tar­get spe­cific ads at us. One day, we start shop­ping for mater­nity wear, and the next every adver­tise­ment we see is directed towards new moth­ers. Even innocuous-​seeming things, like Facebook’s new per­sonal assis­tant ‘M,’ have the propen­sity to expose our per­sonal infor­ma­tion, with its abil­ity to read all of our Face­book Mes­sen­ger con­ver­sa­tions. It’s high time for us to pro­tect our online pri­vacy, lest we expose our every moment, our every desire, our every pur­chase to out­siders. After all, our pri­vacy needs to be pri­vate to our­selves and our­selves alone, and so this must become our most crit­i­cal priority.

    This arti­cle focuses on spe­cific tools and appli­ca­tions that can help us pre­vent the leak­age of our online pri­vacy to out­siders. Mes­sag­ing, brows­ing and emails will be the main focus.

    Mes­sag­ing

    Tex­ting has become the cor­ner­stone of this gen­er­a­tion. Yet most of the ways we send mes­sages – from SMS to Face­book Mes­sen­ger. – don’t encrypt our mes­sages and often store full copies on com­pany servers, mak­ing them vul­ner­a­ble to being hacked and exposed. But there are secure options.

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