Gordon Swaby

My Essential Online Tools


Last Pass – I don’t do passwords, i honestly don’t. I really suck at remembering them too, couple that with my unfortunate hacking experience a few years ago and you have me being an extremely paranoid security person. I don’t know any of my passwords.  Every password for every website i use is randomly generated by a password generator provided by lastpass; they’re usually something like 8Au#r9US7Br^H 6-10 characters long, in some cases even 15 characters long. Passwords are encrypted client side and sent to the lastpass servers already encrypted. Military security type of thing. My #1 online essential tool. Heck i love the damn thing so much i’m a premium user. $12 a year isn’t bad:)

smrtguardSmrtGuard Nobody likes losing there cellphone, more so the information on the cellphone. Me? I’m safe. In the unlikely event of me losing my cell phone or worse it being stolen i can remotely wipe everything off it, track it, and my information is always backed up by them which i can restore conveniently at any time. Damn lifesaver if i say so myself:) Yet again another online essential tool for only $4 USD monthly.

xmarks-v-105x122Xmarks– I’m always juggling my laptop and my desktop. Love both dearly, but it gets tedious sometimes sharing information between the two. But syncing bookmarks between them is a synch. Xmarks does that well. Now it feels like i’m using one browser. Sure there is del.icio.us i use it, but xmarks always comes in handy:)

2849921070_29444fb283Dropbox – Last but not least Dropbox. Syncing files between computers. You never know how good it is until you actually try it. Then there are those odd times when you mistakenly forget an essential file. Log into dropbox and download that badboy, a lifesaver!

Written by Gordon Swaby

Gordon Swaby

Founder and CEO of social learning service EduFocal.com. I’m passionate about technology, the internet and the use of technology in education. I am a recipient of Governor General’s Youth Award, the PSOJ’s 50 Under 50 Award, The commonwealth Youth Award and many others.

Lovingly made on Friday, June 19th, 2009 at 7:26 am. Filed under Interesting, Tech, Uncategorized, Webology.

  • http://www.jamaipanese.com/ Jamaipanese

    I've been using Xmarks for a while now from when it was foxmarks. Juggling between about 5 different computers I use at home or work. Great tool!

    • http://gordonswaby.com Gordon Swaby

      Yup, me too:) didn't like the name change though

  • Bighouse

    Great sites man! I love dropbox!

  • http://keystomykarma.com Aundra

    Wow, thanks a bunch for the tips 🙂

  • http://blog.taylorgphotography.com/ taylor2nd

    drop box is gods gift to mankind it ell you.. Gods gift. lol. Love it. It has saved me quite a few times with photo jobs..

  • http://morpheusramblings.blogspot.com/ fredraster

    Good post.
    Too many users do not pay attention to security on the Internet and eventually their privacy will be compromised.

    Walk Good


    Yes,I have been having major problems with passwords. I can never remember them, and even when I write them down, I cannot find the book or piece of paper I wrote them on.Nuff respect!!

  • http://ruthibelle.blogspot.com/ ruthibelle

    Nice post, G-Boy (new nickname. yep. no arguing. It's settled). Edyukayshunal 😀

  • http://www.authorityseo.com authorityseo

    Dropbox sounds like a good idea. I do most of my work on a desktop and have to remember to add the files onto my laptop before meetings. As you can figure I forget one or someone asked for something that I didn't save on my laptop.

  • http://experienceaurie.wordpress.com/ Aurie

    This was very helpful. Thanks boss man

  • http://www.clicktrue.biz ginocarpio

    nice tools!

  • max191

    Definitely a great post. Hats off to you! The information that you have provided is very helpful.
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  • http://www.abacuswebsoft.com.sg/ Serene

    Great tool collection, i'm going to add this on my list 🙂 thanks

  • http://www.abacuswebsoft.com.sg/ Serene

    Great tool collection, i'm going to add this on my list 🙂 thanks

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