Some time ago I decided to have a cull of duplicate and rarely used apps and services on my Android devices and wrote about it on this blog. Last week I decided to rationalise my various cloud storage and backup systems. The primary reason for this was that I had a substantial number of files relating to a client for whom I do consultancy on my private Dropbox account.

The risk of this is obviously if I get abducted by aliens or decamp for life to a Buddhist monastery, the client has no access to its data. I also had data scattered across other cloud-based systems after years of sampling services for this blog. It was obviously time for rationalisation and to wield the axe.
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It is an established fact that one of the biggest corporate cybersecurity risks is a company’s employees. If employees are lax at work, what is their home cybersecurity like and what can be done to tighten up domestic risk prevention and take it into the workplace? Cybersecurity writer Rebecca Sommer has 10 tips writing on the blog of Boxcyptor, one of the world’s leading encryption specialists which is based in Germany which has some of the toughest data protection legislation in the world.

Rebecca writes:

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For fans of the Newton email app, this week brought some good news.  The service was closed last year and but was bought out by mobile phone company Essential and came back alive and kicking this week (February 5). If you were a user of Newton and your annual subscription was still live at the time of closure, you can sign in and this will continue until it elapses. Because of the gap between the service closing and relaunching, this will be keeping the support team pretty busy, so bear with them and exercise some patience.
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You’ve killed what!

Over the years I have looked at many apps for my Android devices and it has not been unusual for me to have multiple apps for the same purpose. Don’t ask me why, I cannot think of a logical reason for this. Maybe it is because I like to see how the various developers make progress, playing a game of feature leapfrog and play oneupmanship against rival apps.

However, over the last few weeks, I have made a decision that I am going to limit myself to just one app per role. In some instances this has been easy; in others pretty difficult. Here is the result.

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evernoteEvernote and I go back a long way. Some years back I received an email from the company saying I was one of the first adopters of the note-taking service. I think that relationship is about to end.  There have been no major, significant advances in the app for some time. The company’s own forums are full of dissatisfied customers and even Steve Dotto has taken a sarcastic sideswipe after Evernote announced a major upgrade to its logo. I admit things like logos are a matter of personal taste, but this alleged upgrade is seriously fugly as far as I am concerned. So, I have started to look at alternatives and was surprised to find there isn’t a lot out there – with one exception.

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