Ben Smith

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Safer Dropbox-ing for apps requesting ‘Full Access’

Dropbox has grown beyond ‘just’ file-syncing, and is now a universal ‘online disk’ for web and mobile apps. Having apps read and write to a folder on my laptop is brilliantly useful, but also risky. I don’t store sensitive stuff on Dropbox, but it would be inconvenient to lose files or for them to be compromised by malware.

Dropbox offers controls to make 3rd party access safer, but when apps choose not to use them we can get close with some extra setup.

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How to search for links to your website on Twitter

Because I am a terrible person (and recently changed the domain name I use) I wanted to monitor for tweets linking to my website, but it was surprisingly tricky to do reliably.

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Essential apps and utilities for a new Mac

The first 10 apps I always install first on any Mac and why.

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Outlook Web Access as a Mac app for Office365 (with unread message badge)

Some businesses use Office365, but block access from desktop applications. This isn’t as painful as it once-was, but it buries my most-used tool in yet another browser tab and I miss a dedicated dock icon and unread count.

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Backing-up Apple Photos without relying (only) on iCloud

As a family we are all-in on Apple Photos… Our images are ‘magically there’ on phones, tablets and laptops. We share photo streams with family and make albums of important events. And whilst we mostly use iCloud to sync images, it’s reassuring to know they are all backed-up ’in the cloud’ too.

But I don’t trust Apple’s copy to be my only copy - we talked about this in detail on this week’s 361 Podcast.

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