In this week’s Monday Productivity Pointers, we’ll take a look at how to secure your computer online to protect your privacy and data. We’ll go back to basics and explore how data travels through the Internet, what a firewall is and how it works, and the types of online threats a firewall can protect you from.
If you use the native Apple Mail app, there’s a particularly helpful feature you should know about: Smart Mailboxes let you create a custom mailbox containing only messages that match the criteria you specify—no matter where they are in Mac Mail. For example, you can create a Smart Mailbox that contains only unread messages sent to you in the last week, or just the messages from your team members. In the first Monday Productivity Pointers video this week, I’ll show you how to create some basic Smart Mailboxes.
Wunderlist is a handy productivity app that comes with just enough features to make it a great to-do list, free of unnecessary features and clutter. In this week’s Monday Productivity Pointers, I’ll show you how Wunderlist can help you juggle multiple projects by creating subtasks within tasks.
This week I’m focusing on getting you to your appointments on time using two mobile apps that have become crucial to my day-to-day work: Tempo Smart Calendar and Twist.
Tempo Smart Calendar is an iPhone app that combines your email inbox, calendar, and maps to build a customized calendar for you. For example, if you have a flight scheduled, you can tap the calendar entry to see if it’s on time. You can also directly dial into conference calls, ¬including any long conference codes required to get in. If you have an appointment with a client, Tempo Smart Calendar will try to find emails in your mailbox related to that appointment, keeping all the info you’ll need just a tap away.
In the video below, I’ll focus on getting you to your appointments. Tempo Smart Calendar contains a feature that allows you to easily notify your meeting participants if you’re running late with only a few taps.
This week on Monday Productivity Pointers, I’ll cover a popular request: how to record a video of what’s happening on your computer screen with narration, commonly referred to as a screencast.
There are many uses for a screencast. Maybe you’d like to record your own tutorial videos, or you’ve discovered a handy new trick on your computer and would like to share it with your friends online via social media. In today’s Monday Productivity Pointers video, I’ll show you how to use the freely available QuickTime Player to create a simple screencast recording with voice-over narration. To follow along, all you’ll need is a Mac and a either a headset or a standard microphone.
This week in Monday Productivity Pointers, I’ll answer a question I get asked frequently: What’s an easy way to get an audio file (like a sound clip or MP3 file of a song) posted online so you can easily share it on social media sites like Facebook or Twitter?
In my first video, I’ll show you a neat trick to get your audio clips onto YouTube, which is a fantastic springboard from which to share your media files. What makes it particularly easy is you can share it out to many social networks directly from YouTube.
To do it, you’ll need a Mac with the built-in iPhoto app installed on it, an active YouTube account (which you already have, if you have a Google account), the iTunes application, your sound clip, and some photos. Finally, your sound clip has to be free of any DRM restrictions—that is, you can’t use a copyrighted song.
It’s a scenario no one wants to think about—but it happens all the time: You lose your iPhone or it gets stolen. What do you do? Fortunately, a native iOS app called Find My iPhone can help you track its location as soon as you realize it’s missing.