Engaging whether it is software, gadgets, headphones, applications, smartphones or computers, I am always researching and trying new things. I like my software to be unique an great while easy to use and fully functional, my gadgets to be as cool and sexy looking as the new isomething, and my gear to be as sleek looking as a CyberPunk fantasy game.
In the past three years I have researched, purchased, tested, and used many products that are truly remarkable. In today’s post I will be focusing on some of my favorite day to day gadgets that allow me to perform my best.
Full Focus Planner
I used to just trust that everything I needed to do was in my big ol’ head. But with so much going on in it, so many distractions of social media, instant messaging, being a social media/community/ project manager and being constantly available for around 18hrs a day, plus being a dad, things can fall apart quite easily.
Michael Hyatt is the “Internet’s Mentor” helping every one learned how to maximize their time. I first began developing the habit of using a planner from a another brand. When I saw the Full Focus Planner I thought it was going to be interesting. To my surprised I was able to not only plan the day, but plan the Week, the Quarter, and set goals for the year. You can visit the site
There are different buying options for the planner program I can honestly say that in order to not cheat yourself, buy the annual subscription. As you will get the real value and money’s worth of everything you can learn from it. Trust me. I bought one stand alone, and two weeks later, I was full of regret. So I waited a month until I could purchase the annual subscription.
The biggest achievement I have being able to do with this journal was start to get myself organized to do my job as efficiently as possible, so I could save time spend with my family, focus on my health and move on to start new projects. I hope you find value on this planner and join the many entrepreneurs and people who have achieve more thanks to it.
We all need tools. Organization, project management, calendars, cards, and many other views that can help us propel tasks, businesses, teams, or simply be able to plan the party for your five year old without borderline loosing the sanity.
You want to know your budget vs expenses? What is left to do? What has been paid in full, not paid, or just a deposit? A Timeline of everything in one place without having to go all around the email, notes, notebooks, scratch papers and many tools? Airtable is the one for you.
Here is a quick intro video so you can see what I am talking about:
This is my current Layout of my Airtable Divided into personal and professional aspects. My Podcasts base is my go to so I can keep track of everything that is being or needs to be done such as editing, transcripts, social media sharing or if it is done. There are many templates and one of my favorites from a social media manager stand point are the editorial calendar ones. Many big companies prefer to use Airtable because of the great efficiency to actually make this work.
There is the web version, Desktop Download, iPhone or Android App, iPad as well. Click here to start using it today!
I have used the big names in Social Media handling applications. The ones that have come out of nowhere and the ones that have come and gone. One thing is obvious, it is extremely expensive to use the apps and their free versions are filled with limitations that make you wonder “what’s the point?”
Recently I discovered Crowdfire App and fell in love with the simplicity and the great usage. I like reading and sharing what I find it to be interesting. The message in Facebook is one, how I address people in Twitter is another, LinkedIn I act as professional and courteous as I can be and in Instagram is where I abused the hashtags and have the most fun. Different tones, same messages all from the same place.
CrowdFire let’s you connect your accounts on social media, Facebook Pages, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, LinkedIn; then you add your interest in topics, and you can share articles right from the app and it let’s you control how many posts per day will you do on each network. One of the challenges is that Twitter is very fast paces while Facebook not so much, Instagram things disappear as quick as they get created. So you want to stay as relevant as you possibly can with the followers and audience on that network.
It also lets you connect your blog so as you as you post something it’s in the app and you can then proceed to share it with the audience. Instagram is tricky because of how the application is but it’s nothing that’s not manageable with to taps on your phone.
Here is a screenshot of one of the very cool features you can enjoy. Know your audience. Who follows you, what’s is trending, who is your fan, and even do a Friend Check. That one was surprisingly fun.
This helps asses your strategy and work to move away or with the current message and the results of your work as they reflect on your followers.
To begin using CrowdFire App click here
On my next recommendation I will be sharing gear itself. The bags, microphones, headphones, both bluetooth and noise-cancelling, among other things that I can not leave my house with.
As a fan of Rock music, while writing this article, I was rocking out to some Queen songs from Bohemian Rhapsody (The Original Soundtrack) of the biopic.
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Ever since I began surfing the web my parents would ask me to be careful. Even more careful than crossing the street, or keeping my mouth shut so I would not be hit while in recess. Lame joke, i know but hey let’s add humor somewhere.
With every new advancement in technology, there comes dark sides, risk, threats, hackers, viruses, trojans, malwares, and the good ol’ human psychology scam trying to get something out of you.
In my previous job at a TelCo. company we had extensive training about social engineering, cyber security, systems safety, and “you are the firewall” motto when it can to security.
The reality of everything is that nowadays, trust me when I say this, hackers are not into creating viruses, trojans or malwares. They are looking to do phishing. Creating forms, emails, and convincing materials that trick people into providing any type of information, or allowing to install some application that tracks or allows a backdoor entrance to your patterns and behaviors, or even steals your data. Online Security nowadays needs to be taken as seriously as avoiding being attacked on the street.
Online Security nowadays needs to be taken as seriously as avoiding being attacked on the street.
Applications that keep you safe
These are a list of applications that will keep you safe on the browsing, avoiding scams, keep your passwords safe, add a second layer of security and even know your gramma is correct.
Is the new internet browser for those of us who just want to access the internet, the data, the information as fast and secure as possible without it tracking your patterns, behaviors, and habits so it can be later be sold or you can be advertised to. For example, have you ever gone to a site to look for shoes, and then you go to your favorite social media platform and you start getting more and more ads about those shoes in particular. Then you go to a news site, and you also get a banner of the shoes. The same shoes.
Guess what? You are being ad-targeted. The more you browse and keep cookies in the cache, the more chances you will be shown things that you search for at one point in time.
Brave allows you to control natively if you will only connect to website that have an Encrypted connection and a SSL Certificate. In other words, HTTPS and not HTTP. It will allow you to stop Ads and Trackers. So you won’t be getting ads from search engines promoting stuff and trackers saying that you are from a certain city because of the IP address you get from your Internet Service Provider. Blocking scripts also allows for certain things on the webpage that might look great but actually slows down, burns resources and enable things that you may or may not care for but does allow the webmaster and the advertisers know of you habits. Spy much?
Overall, Brave is a great tool for safety and enjoy browsing the internet, securely and faster than ever before. I mean, we have high speed but sometimes feels like it is 128kbps still, right? Brave solves that issue.
Right after you install Brave and set it up as your default browser, yes I recommend it that much, the next thing I recommend is turning Last Password on and using it.
Last Password allows you to manage your passwords in just one place, auto-fill the information correctly, and generate passwords. Social Media and Community Managers can truly benefit from this tool. Plus it is Free! you can even download it on your smartphone and use it as an extension when you want to log in into a webpage or app. I like the fact that you can select and create the password as simple or as difficult as needed. Wether you need the password to be easy, have all characters or simply be a hackable one, LastPass allows you to be on top of the game.
Cryptonite by Metacert Protocol
Wether you are into Crypto Currency, Blockchain, Trading, or simply browsing the internet, Metacert is the company that everyone should be rooting for right now.
Surfing the web, specially social media and mainly Twitter this year, have become a cesspool for phishing scams where you have mysteriously won a contest, you can enter to win a prize, you have been selected to wear the Infinity Gauntlet…ok that last one is a bit off but you get the point. Scams are the new “be careful on the internet” that everyone is saying. As in, watch out what links you click, fors you fill, and what if that is not the real site, person, profile or the correct address.
Metacert provides you with the best solution so you can now wether the webpage is 100% safe or if it is not a secure site. Because the principle of decentralization is the community, the actual users are the one reporting the bad URLs (addresses) to the Metacert team so they can verify and add it to the database and you can know for sure wether or not you are safe in that click or not.
So how to add Cryptonite by Metacert. You must have Google Chrome installed on your desktop. Click here so you can install it. Is an extension that provides a shield icon on your status bar. Green is for verified domains, Black/Grey for non-crypto or unverified domains, Red for reported URLs.
Here is a video demo:
If you have Brave Developer version you can add Cryptonite as well. Here is another video on how to download and add Cryptonite on Brave.
Hope this post helps you gain more confidence. I will be sharing more information on apps and dapps that can help your experience be better.
See you all in the blockchain!