If you’ve listened to our show you’ve heard our Tool Tip session where each of us share a tool tip of the week. I know you don’t usually listen (you should) so I thought I’d recap this month’s tool tip here in a TL:DR kind of way. 🙂
Tool #1: Goosh.org
Everyone wants to know how they rank in Google. The problem is that Google does a great job tailoring it’s results for individuals. It doesn’t matter if you are signed in to Google or not, the results for any search term will be skewed. What you see in your results is not what I see, or what they see.
Goosh.org simply removes that skew. It might look like a broken website but don’t let that fool you. The next time someone says they rank on the 1st page of Google for something head over to http://goosh.org/ and get the real answer.
Tool #2: twofactorauth.org
If I gave you my username and password to my online banking, you wouldn’t get a dime from my account! Really! If I gave you my username and password for Facebook, you wouldn’t be able to log in as me.
Simply, 2FA is a way to keep the bad guys out. When logging into a site that has 2FA if the site doesn’t recognize the IP address (computer, ipad or phone) it triggers a text message to go out to that persons cell phone. It’s just a simple text of 6 digits or so that you need to enter into the popup window to complete signing in. No digits, no entry – simple as that.
https://twofactorauth.org/ is a list of every website that could or should have 2FA. You can enter the name of your bank and it’ll show you if they allow it and if they do there’s a link to the “How To” article on your banks website, right there!
Tool #3: StalkScan.com
Forget about the ‘stalking’ part of the URL. StalkScan taps into Facebook’s Open Graph in a pretty cool way. Let’s say you want to see all the Restaurants you’ve checked into on FB. How would you do that? This tool makes it pretty easy. Just enter your profile, then jump down to the Restaurant Section and click.
It’ll create the proper search in FB to show you just that!
You can also drill down to specific dates, other interests and even use this to see the same thing about other people! Of course FB privacy rules apply, so if someone posted friends only and you are not, it won’t show.
Tool Tip #4: doesitusecloudflare.com
So, there was this data leak on CloudFlare… What that is isn’t important. What is, is that plenty of sites use CloudFlare and if you have a profile on them your username, password and other stuff might have been published on Google! This site (http://www.doesitusecloudflare.com/) will show you if a site you enter uses CloudFlare.
One of the biggest sites I’ve seen using CloudFlare was Uber.com. Interestingly Lyft.com does not.
Check it out and change your passwords to something secure and unique.
That’s it for this month’s Tool Tips. Is this something you liked?
Would you like to see this series continued? I’d like to know.
Oh and here’s last weeks show:
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