4 Apps You NEED To Master After Graduation: Part 2

LastPass (Password Manager App)

Technology today has become more personal than ever. We humans have brought this about by taking the first step and being more personal with technology ourselves. Creating online profiles, making our likes and preferences public, and opting for easier and quicker business transactions through the use of credit cards and online banking are just a few ways we have made technology personal. As the technology in our lives becomes more and more personal, the need for security and encryption is imperative. Protecting your life online from hackers with bad intentions is just as important as protecting your house from burglars. Internet security is too often overlooked because it lacks the potential physical harm related to someone breaking into your house or apartment. Luckily there are also applications and software that specialize in this to make protecting your personal information a breeze.

LastPass is my choice for a password manager and online identity protection. After in-depth testing of two of the top password managers (Dashlane [free] and LastPass [free]) I chose LastPass. Both are free to download but after the trials, you have to subscribe to have your passwords synced across the computer and smart device platforms. Unless only use one device, the subscription is pretty important. Both interfaces are nice but Dashlane looks prettier overall. LastPass is more bare-boned and lacks some appearance and smoothness brought upon from Dashlane’s animations. So why LastPass? I need my passwords to be synced across all of my devices: tablets, computers, phones, etc. in addition to my fiance’s. So, whatever option I went with, I needed to subscribe to the paid version. Which is why I choose LastPass based upon the subscription price. At the time, LastPass costed a measly $12/year compared to Dashlane’s $40. Now both are crazy cheap for the security they offer and either would be a good choice. Point is, choose one.
So how does this relate to a blog aimed at recent graduates and people seeking their next career move? In every way imaginable. Internet security and encryption is embedded in our everyday life but taken for granted unless you have been directly affected by it in the past. Simply learning a bit and taking a few easy steps like protecting passwords and setting up two-factor authentication when possible can drastically reduce your chances of having your finances, identity, or just life upended by identity theft.

Evernote (Life Organization App)

The last application you need to master after graduation is Evernote. Before Evernote, I had amassed 100+ notes on my iPhones’s “Notes” app. There was no organization, no tagging, nothing to help me sift through and find certain notes. I had my To-Do’s mixed in with random thoughts, books to read, articles bookmarked, pictures, and everything in between. It was chaos. This chaos was exacerbated in an attempt to organize them by downloading 10 different apps for each specialty. Until I committed to Evernote. I had known about it but did not know how pretty the interface was along with the capabilities offered. It can do just about anything. Folders, parent folders, notes, tags, integration with any of your cloud storage apps, business card scanning, and beyond! Basically it did what the 10 apps I download do, all in the Evernote app. It also has all of the sharing features you need if you want to collaborate with other people.

The free basic version of Evernote has data upload limits and monthly data upload limits but they are not a problem unless you are a photographer uploading hi-res photos in which case there different apps I would suggest for this. The one potential feature that the basic version does not include is offline access. I still have the free version and I have not had a problem yet so I wouldn’t worry too much about this feature. For details about the different versions and pricing look here.

*Mail App

Each of these applications explained in this series play an important part in your personal and technology profile. They are all not only free, but are really easy to use and implement into your daily lives. I have over 100+ apps on my phone currently but the ones I have just talked about are the only ones I actually have notifications turned on for because how important they are. Lastly, another crucial app that should not go without mention is your Email app. Get the hang of it if you haven’t yet because it is your key and portal to online communication. For more tips on how to do this, check out my article on emailing.

Your Homework: 

Download both LastPass and Evernote and see which one you like. Take this next step to organize your life and secure your online profiles.

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