How satisfied are you with the time you spend online?
Maybe you just got your first computer, smart phone or tablet and can’t wait to start exploring or maybe you have been online for a while, but the technology has moved too fast for you to keep up.
Oh sure, you are on Facebook and you share emails of funny videos and beautiful photo slideshows. You may be on Pinterest and follow some favorite personality’s blogs and sign up for newsletters. You know how to shop online and may even own a Kindle or Nook.
Then there comes that time – it may be a Sunday night or it may even be in the middle of the day – when you hit refresh on Facebook for the hundredth time, to see if anyone has commented on your post or replied to your comment. You check your email to see if there is anything new, only to find more junk that you are not interested in. You wonder just what the internet is good for anyway, because all it is doing is making you feel bad about yourself and you have to return to a job you hate or are boredom from too much free time.
Are you ready to make a change and get more satisfaction from your online experience, but are frustrated with the tools you have been using for email, browsing, creating and collecting information?
Why do we feel that to enjoy our online adventure we must go back to the beginning of time – or the internet – and learn from there? Why don’t we just start from where we are with the most current tools available to us right now?
Every day the hardware gets more user friendly and easier to use, why should our whole experience be any different?
Time to revamp our internet/technology experience and get going on our adventure!
These three web based applications (apps), will have you up and running in no time on all of your devices; all in sync and available from anywhere!
Google Account (with Gmail), Evernote and LastPass
I have been using these three products, consistently for over three years. I have changed phones from Android to Apple, changed laptops from Windows PC to MacBook and use an Apple iPad tablet and have never lost my address book contacts or calendar when I changed systems.
These three tools are just the ticket you need to collect, organize, and create; to get the most out of your internet experience and bring the excitement that comes from learning and exploring new things into your world.
All three are free to use. Evernote and LastPass have premium upgrades that extend the features available, but the free version is more than enough to get started.
Google Account with Gmail & Google Chrome Browser
With just one username you can access your address book, email, bookmarks and calendar…all from any device and all kept perfectly in sync.
You can log into your account from any computer or device from anywhere just by going to Google.com and signing into your account.
Although you can sign in to your Google account using any browser; by using Google Chrome your experience will be much more rewarding and easy to use.
Evernote – The Workspace for Your Life’s Work
Evernote is a single place to create and collect information that is synchronized and available across your phone, tablet, computer and the web.
It is a powerful tool that not only remembers everything, but also organizes all of your notes and collected information and has such a powerful search feature that you can find anything you are looking for by just typing in a few words.
With a free Evernote account you can:
- Create text, photo and audio notes.
- Clip web pages including text, links and images.
- Synchronize your notes across your devices.
- Search for text within snapshots and images.
There are many apps that were created to work with Evernote that let you create and customize the most useful helper that you can’t live without!
LastPass – Password Keeper
There are many different way to remember your passwords and I have tried a few, including a little notebook! As the internet and mobile devices have grown so has our need for a more secure and user friendly method. One that is available everywhere we go and we don’t have to remember to bring with us.
LastPass is simple, fast and easy to setup and effortless to use. You only have to remember one master password to access your Vault.
Download and setup is quick and easy. Once you create your account, LastPass will prompt you to save new sites as you browse and login to them.
LastPass is also secure. It is encrypted and decrypted locally on your computer before syncing with LastPass. Your Master Password is never stored or shared with LastPass.
If you have mobile devices (phones, tablets) there is a LastPass app to give you access from your devices, but it requires the Premium upgrade.
LastPass Premium, $1.00/mo – $12 annually, has additional features making it a very inexpensive upgrade:
- Unlimited use of LastPass Mobile Apps on all of your devices.
- Ad Free and Priority Assistance
- Shared Family Folder to manage shared apps with up to 5 LastPass users (can be Free Account users).
This post is just to introduce you to Google, Evernote and LastPass. Hopefully it will spark your interest in learning some new, and easy skills to make your time online more enjoyable.
In our next posts, I will take you through each app, show you how to open an account, initial setup and how to get started using them.
What tools are you using now to check your email and browse the internet?
Tell me in the Comments below.