Happy Friday! I’m so ready for the weekend, dear readers. But first, a very short post on some of the great articles about online security and travel. Yes, today’s post was inspired by my desire to take a vacation soon and no, the conferences I’m going to this month and next month don’t count as vacations. But that is neither here nor there, so let’s get to the helpful bits of the post.
Lifehacker has been on an online privacy and security kick over the last few weeks and I think it behooves you to take a quick look over a few of their articles. They are, of course, great to share with your library patrons and colleagues. First, how to secure and encrypt your web browsing on public networks. It’s has easy-to-follow instructions and would be a good thing to do before going on your next trip, even to the local coffee house.
You should also check out the collection of tips on how to secure your online life the easy way. Just to point out one tip, if you haven’t enabled two-step verification for your Google Account you really should. Here’s the article on how to do it. I was happy that you can enable two-step verification for multiple accounts using the same smartphone which is very handy.
Now on to some helpful travel tools. Check out wanderfly. It’s still in beta, but is fun to play with while you’re still trying to figure out what you want to do for your vacation. Another plus, it is very easy to use. Also, check out the best travel apps for Android and the best travel apps for iPhone while you are trying to plan a trip.
Also, go check out John’s latest post over on Ink and Vellum on designing an information literacy course and leave a comment if you teach a term-long information literacy course. I have to go do that as we teach a required information literacy course at my university.
Finally, for your Friday viewing enjoyment, take a very quick break and watch Simon’s Cat in ‘Lunch Break.’
Have a fantastic rest of your day and a fabulous weekend. I’ll be back next week with more library and technology news.