May 13, 2019

Google Cloud's High-Speed Network (Infographic)

Have you ever wondered what's under the hood of Google's High Speed Cloud Network? Well the wait is over, because Google has released a pretty interesting infographic showing us all how it works.

Via Google's Cloud Team's Email:

When your data and users live across oceans, you need more than a fast ship to connect them. Google Cloud's high-speed network has points of presence in over 35 countries, with environmentally friendly solutions that offer you the speed and bandwidth you need.
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Pretty impressive isn't it? Let us know what you think about it in the comments!

Apr 29, 2019

How to Deleted Online Social Media Accounts No Longer In Use

Protecting your identity online is essential for your brand, reputation and credit worthiness, far more important than updating your Instagram and Facebook every day. Several times a year the news will cover a serious data breach of information being held by major banks, insurance companies and/or social media platforms. Once the data is taken, it can be misused or even lead to identity theft. Deleting your old social media accounts is a vital step to help ensure some measure of identity protection. It is imperative that you keep your online access to your current accounts safe and protected and delete any old accounts.

Here is a guide that will help you delete your old accounts on the most popular social media sites.

Facebook 

Moving onto the biggest social network platform of all time, Facebook, with over a billion users, keeps things simple and makes it incredibly easy for you to deactivate your account.

Once you go into the "settings" tab from the down arrow in your browser, select your Facebook information and then select delete your account and information". When you are in this menu you will go to delete your account and must add the password to confirm.

Foursquare 

Foursquare hit the internet over a decade ago to let friends know where you are and figuring out where they are. In order to delete your Foursquare account, you will have to access the platform from your computer. Move onto the "privacy" settings tab where you have to scroll to the end of the page and find an option to delete your account. When you select this option you will go to a page where you need to confirm whether you want to delete your account or not.

Google 

Google is the undisputed search engine leader with one of the most interconnected ecosystems. By creating one account for Google you are able to access a plethora of different applications and websites without having to create separate accounts. In order to delete your Google+ or Gmail account, you will need to delete your entire Google account.

Go to "Google account settings" and choose "delete account and services". There you will see the "delete products" option, where you can access all of your Google applications. You need to sign in to all of the websites first before you can delete your account.

Instagram 

Facebook's younger brother is possibly the most used social media platform by Millennials, according to Hootsuite. Thanks to its focus on visual communication, it is the go-to place in order to find talented artists.

Deleting your account is very simple and takes little time to properly accomplish. While you can manage your privacy settings using the mobile app, you must go through an internet browser in order to delete your account. Simply go to the "delete your account page", and there you will have to provide a reason for deleting your account. Once you provide the reason, you will provide your password and then select the option to permanently delete the account.

Linked In 

LinkedIn is the social network for professionals looking for new opportunities to connect with other professionals and grow their business and careers. If you are on the platform, the profile should be complete and up-to-date. If you are no longer using the platform, delete the account. At the top right corner of any page of LinkedIn, you will first have to access the "privacy and settings" tab. From there, choose the "account" tab and then select closing your LinkedIn account. You will have to give your feedback and verify your account before you can delete it. From there you will see a post telling you of the consequences of deleting your account and then the final page which will be for confirmation.

MySpace 

This social media platform has been bought and sold several times since its glory days (2005 to 2009). In 2016 their database was breached and leaked to a dark market website. To delete your MySpace account, you will first have to login to the account that you want to delete. From there, select the "gear" icon and choose the "account" tab. There, you will see an option to delete your account. Before you can delete your account you will have to provide a reason after which you will receive an email for confirmation. Open the email and follow its instructions.

Pinterest 

Pinterest is a web-based pinboard or bulletin board, a place to bookmark images found online. To delete your Pinterest account you will first have to go to the triple dot icon on the website and select the "edit settings" option. From there you will have to go down to the "account" page and select "deactivate account". From there you will click "yes" to receive an email, which you need to open and follow in order to permanently delete your account.

Snapchat 

Snapchat is a service that, for a short time, rivaled Facebook and was the go-to social media app for many people. As is the case with Instagram, you cannot delete your account from the mobile app; you must delete it from a proper browser.

From the website browser, go to "delete your account" and enter your username and password. Your account does not delete instantly and it takes about 30 days to remove all of the information.

Twitter 

Regardless of how famous your really are, everyone has a Twitter handle. Many people follow and get their news from the tweets of everyone from legitimate newsmakers and media organizations to raving fans of our favorite sport teams. Deleting your Twitter account is incredibly easy. It takes at least 30 days for all of your tweets to get deleted. Select "settings and privacy" from the form on the menu and go into the account tab. From there you will have to deactivate your account and enter your password to confirm the action.

Tumblr 

Tumblr probably has one of the most bustling communities on the internet, which is also why it is very easy for anyone to delete their account. While you are able to delete your account, the content other people have reposted will remain available on the site. To delete your account, click on the person-shaped icon on the website, and go to "settings". There select "delete account", entering your email and password to confirm the process. Tumblr also states that it takes them a few days to properly wipe all of your content.

Whatsapp 

Whatsapp is a free messaging app to send Voice over IP (VoIP), images, video calls and documents using a mobile device. To delete your account, simply open your Whatsapp and go to the "settings" menu. From there, select account and go to "Delete my account", after which you will have to enter your phone number in international code and tap "delete".

YouTube 

YouTube is second only to Facebook as a social media platform, owned by Alphabet, the owner the parent company of Google. A well-managed channel can help to improve website ratings. A channel not in use should be deleted. Deleting your channel from the largest video-sharing platform on the internet is quite simple. You will first have to sign into your YouTube account and go to your advanced settings. From there, choose "delete channel" and then opt for "delete channel permanently". This will launch a prompt where you can confirm if you want to delete your channel or would still like to keep it.

Final Words of Advice 

According to industry experts and a recent article in Consumer Reports, it is a best practice to reduce the risk of having your personal and professional data being misused or stolen by keep your current accounts secure and deleting accounts no longer in use.

Apr 22, 2019

Conservative alternatives to Google, YouTube, Facebook and Twitter

We've been blogging a lot lately on the big tech companies and their censorship of conservative thought. If you watch CNN or MSNBC for your news, you might think these sorts of things are just a conspiracy.

Well, they most certainly aren't. In fact, Project Veritas recently did some reports exposing Twitter and Facebook's bias. Here are those videos:





In January a story broke about how Google manually manipulates search results in an effort of censorship.

Via The Daily Mail:
A document that appears to be a leaked internal Google discussion thread, reportedly indicates that the tech giant regularly manipulates certain controversial search results. 
An anonymous source inside the company disclosed the thread to Breitbart, which reported this week that Google has a 'blacklist' containing search terms that are deemed sensitive and thus should be manually filtered.  
Included on the list of 'controversial search queries' are several terms related to abortion, Parkland shooting survivor and gun control advocate David Hogg and Democratic Congresswoman Maxine Waters.   
The thread, if authentic, would appear to go against Google CEO Sundar Pichai's sworn testimony in front of Congress last month that the company does not 'manually intervene' in its Google search results. 
Google also owns YouTube and there are plenty of stories where YouTube has banned, or demonetizes conservative channels.

Via USA Today:
...If something vaguely conservative and intellectually stimulating manages to get past Google’s content gatekeepers, they just remove it. YouTube, which is owned by Google, routinely demonetizes, restricts and censors conservative content. One target of YouTube was Dennis Prager’s PragerU, which had 40 of its videos restricted. Prager sued the social media video giant this year following these unfounded restrictions. YouTube has also been known for banning pro-life videos.
You get my point right?

Well there are alternatives that people can use. Alternatives that value free speech, privacy and don't manipulate and ban people for their beliefs! Here they are:

FACEBOOK and TWITTER Alternative:

Gab


GOOGLE Alternatives:

StartPage

Duck Duck Go

YOUTUBE Alternative:

BitChute



I'm sure there are others, but these are the ones people are most talking about. All claim to make privacy a priority, and value your rights.

Do you know of any others? Let us know in the comments!

Apr 15, 2019

How To Backup All Of Your Photos and Videos From Facebook

Last week we mentioned that we were abruptly suspended from Twitter. Just a few weeks before that we were temporarily suspended from Facebook as well. In fact, I spent roughly 60 days in the first quarter of 2019 banned from Facebook!

With all of this censorship I thought it would be a good idea to backup all of my photos and videos from Facebook in case I got permanently banned. Since I was doing it, I figured you might want to know how to do it too. It's pretty easy really.
  • Login to Facebook from your computer browser
  • Navigate to Settings from the drop down menu at the top of the page


  • In the left menu, click on Your Facebook Information then click on Download Your Information


  • Check all of the information you want to backup (I only left Photos and Videos checked) then click the Create File button


  • After a while you will be able to download a zip file will all of your information from the Available Files tab

That's it. Pretty easy right?

I highly recommend this if you are a conservative on Facebook, especially if you are active with your political posts. As it gets closer and closer to the 2020 Presidential election, things are only going to get worse! I'd hate for folks to lose years of family photos and videos due to Facebook bias.

Did this help you out? Let us know in the comments!

Incidentally, if you didn't know, we've moved to Gab! The social media platform that values freedom of speech! Follow us there!

Apr 8, 2019

We've been suspended from Twitter. We're moving to an alternative!

Well, we pissed off the liberal engineers at Twitter today. They unleashed a righteous ban hammer not just on my political website's (mainwashed.com) Twitter account, but on all of my accounts including the account for Bauer-Power as well!

This isn't that surprising, I mean Project Veritas exposed that Twitter engineers are actively censoring conservatives.

Check it out:



What is surprising is that they banned my conservative account, and every other account that I've ever logged in as. Including my son's Twitter account for his YouTube channel!

Well, we give up. You win Twitter! If you only want socialists and liberals on your site, they can have you. We found an alternative to Twitter (and Facebook for that matter) that values free speech! It's called Gab!

From their page:
A social network that champions free speech, individual liberty and the free flow of information online. All are welcome.
If you are concerned about freedom of speech on Twitter and Facebook as well, you should definitely jump ship and give Gab a try! If you do, give us a follow at https://gab.com/bauer-power!

My new favorite mobile Twitter client

Ever since being in Facebook jail for 2/3rds of the first quarter this year, I've spent quite a bit of time on Twitter instead. Facebook is actually teaching me how NOT to use their service! ­čĄú

Ironic isn't it?

Well, since I'm spending so much time on Twitter, one thing I noticed with the stock Twitter app is that it drained my battery very quickly. Some folks say changing it to night mode helps, but it's still a battery hog.

Enter my new favorite client, Friendly for Twitter!

From Google Play:
Like our Friendly For Facebook app, it is built as an extension of the light Twitter mobile website. It preserves your battery, storage, data and use a smart notification system.

◆ DOWNLOADER ◆
Friendly T helps you to download Twitter videos, gif or pictures to your device.
◆ BATTERY SAVER ◆
Less services and background tasks. Option to disable all notifications. Design and animation optimized to use less power.
◆ SMART NOTIFICATION ◆
Notification system with option to enable/disable Direct Message and option to choose a check frequency.
◆ LITE ◆
Lightweight client with storage and cache optimized. Fast on all devices.
◆ MULTIPLE ACCOUNTS ◆
Add as many Twitter accounts as you want.
◆ CUSTOM ◆
Change theme color of Friendly T. Easy dark mode access.
◆ AD-FREE ◆
No banner. Block all Sponsored Tweets.
One thing to note too, with the stock app I was frequently getting logged out for some reason. That no longer happens with Friendly for Twitter. The biggest thing though is that it saves my battery life!

Do you use a third party Twitter app? Which one do you use? Let us know in the comments!

Apr 1, 2019

How To Fix SPF Fail: Too Many DNS Lookups

At my day job that shall remain nameless, we use a lot of hosted platforms that are set to send out emails on our behalf. The problem with that comes when creating a SPF record so all these services can essentially spoof your emails!

Why would this become a problem? Well, just to give you an example, let's say you are using Office365 for email, but you also use SalesForce and maybe some other platform. On top of that, maybe you have an internal SMTP server or servers for whatever reason. This ends up making a very long SPF DNS record!

Well, I found a really good article from the folks at Black Knight Solutions that shows you how to create large SPF records the right way:
Consider the following SPF record for 'sampledomain.com' - note that the entries are for example purposes only. 
sampledomain.com TXT
v=spf1 a mx a:mail.domain.com a:mail.domain.ie a:server5.somedomain.com a:server7.somedomain.com mx:server95.somedomain.com include:thatdomain.com ip4:192.168.0.1 ip4:192.168.0.2 ip4:192.168.03 ip4:192.168.0.4 ip4:192.168.0.04 -all

This record above is too long and needs to be shortened; you will have to split this up into two or more records and include them in the main SPF record.

Create the following SPF records on the domain name: 
spf1.sampledomain.com TXT
v=spf1 a mx a:mail.domain.com a:mail.domain.ie a:server5.somedomain.com -all 
spf2.sampledomain.com TXT
v=spf1 server7.somedomain.com mx:server95.somedomain.com include:thatdomain.com -all 
spf3.sampledomain.com TXT
v=spf1 ip4:192.168.0.1 ip4:192.168.0.2 ip4:192.168.03 ip4:192.168.0.4 ip4:192.168.0.04 -all 
Note: You can create more records as required.

Then amend the initial SPF as follows: 
sampledomain.com TXT
v=spf1 include:spf1.sampledomain.com include:spf2.sampledomain.com include:spf3.sampledomain.com -all"

Once DNS updates, all records would be read as one by recipient servers.
Essentially, you need to break up all your multiple entries into separate SPF records, then only reference those records in your top level record! Makes sense right?

After I did this, the error is was getting when running a SPF check tool (SPF Fail: Too Many DNS Lookups) went away!

Did this help you out? Let us know in the comments!



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