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eCrypt.me: Simple and Easy Encryption

Email has come a long way, in terms of all levels of functionality and feature sets. Email security, however, is an ongoing concern. It’s not terribly secure — and any security features offered through email are heavily reliant on the end-user in order for them to have any sort of impact. So if you’re working in a profession that requires a higher level of discretion with the documents that you’re sending back and forth, then you’ll need to be particularly careful with what you’re sending over email. This is where the new service, eCrypt.me comes in.

eCrypt.me is a web-based, secure and encrypted email environment that looks a lot like Gmail or Hotmail — and is just as simple to use. The difference is that it has high-level security built right into the environment.

There’s no concern about setting up any sort of privacy system — in fact, there’s no need whatsoever. eCrypt.me solves this problem by making it easy for people working in professions that require a great deal of discretion (consultants, accountants, lawyers, financial planners, etc.) to communicate with their coworkers and clientele without having privacy concerns. But it’s not just for people in those types of professions. If email security is a concern for you, then eCrypt.me may well be a great choice as your new web-based email client. And you can use your current email address with the service, so there’s no hassle in dealing with an email address change to get started.
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How to Balance Your Internet Life with Your Real Life

Hi, I’m Carl, and I’m a blogger.

I really started blogging back in 1997 when I created an e-mail newsletter for the newspaper. I would start each daily e-mail with some personal insights then list the day’s headlines. I didn’t know it but it was blogging.

I thought I could quit whenever I wanted. But I kept posting updates. And that led to Facebook and Twitter accounts.

So now I’m very comfortable sharing personal aspects of my life with complete strangers. But some people I share my life with aren’t social media exhibitionists. They don’t blog, tweet, friend or check in. And they’re not thrilled to be part of my social networks by associations.

We talk a lot about balancing work and life. But how well do we balance internet life with real life? Do you need to keep your personal relationships quarantined? Here are some tips for achieving harmony:


On your first date, confess your blogging and social media habits. Your date needs to know that this may be the subject of a blog or Facebook update. Better yet, give them veto power. They need to be able to express discomfort and keep their private life private.


Set up ground rules with the people in your life. Understand what they don’t want revealed to the world.

Ask permission

No matter what the rules are, your friends and family will appreciate if you ask before you blog.

Create pseudonyms

Your personal life can have a lot impact on what you write. You can use personal anecdotes to add punch and protect the shy members of your life. Instead of using their names, identify them as “My Better Half” or “No. 1 Son.” Give them a little bit of cover.

Don’t ambush

We’ve all thought of the perfect comeback after losing an argument or point in a debate. Social media offers a chance to make that point after the fact. Which really isn’t fair. And don’t write anything you wouldn’t say to someone’s face.

Extend these courtesies to coworkers

Even if it’s totally professional, you want to consider the people at work and clients part of your private life. They may not appreciate reading about themselves in your blog or Facebook timeline. Ask.

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Is Facebook Productive?

With today’s privacy “simplification” announcement over at Facebook which rolls out to all users over the next few weeks (unless you’ve recently quit…or you may not see if you are going to) , it rekindled an old argument: Is there is any productive merit to the web service?

A lot of users use the site to promote their blogs (WorkAwesome included) as well as to keep touch – and regain contact – with old friends.  This can result in new opportunities and can be effective in keeping communication easy and centralized.  Certainly birthday greetings have become simpler to send (and remember)!

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