Two factor authentication now available for your Google accounts

February 10th, 2011 at 1:35 PM  5 Comments

Google has now set the bar a little higher for Internet account security. Now the super-paranoid (like yours truly) can further secure their Gmail through the use of Google’s new two factor authentication system.

While not as cool as as using YubiKey for LastPass you can now use your phone to generate a one time password to gain access to your Google account. As I’ve covered before, you shouldn’t be using the same password for multiple online accounts, but you really shouldn’t be using your main email password for anything else, as it is the go-to place for account recovery. But even if you are, this additional layer of security will make compromising your account nearly impossible. (more…)

Hotmail adds ‘Send As’ support, users say ‘meh’

November 1st, 2010 at 11:59 AM  No Comments

Microsoft has begun rolling out a new feature to Hotmail, allowing users to “Send As” another email account. While this is a welcomed feature and one that the lack of contributed to my migration to Gmail, it’s not exactly ground breaking new features.

In reality it’s just another example of Microsoft playing catch up to Google in terms of providing a fully functional web email client.

via The Windows Blog

Google Apps: Just a good thought?

October 25th, 2010 at 9:24 PM  1 Comment

Modifying a phrase that @johnobeto uses “They Who Must Be Obeyed” at my company (Upper Management) is always looking for ways to cut how much we spend on IT services.  This can be a nuisance but every once in a while it opens the door to allow me to look for new companies that can provide more functionality while lowering the cost.  A few months ago I was tasked with looking into new email providers to move our email into the cloud.


Goodbye RIM, Microsoft, hello Android, Google Apps

November 20th, 2009 at 1:07 AM  5 Comments

androidThose of you who know me, know that I have been an avid BlackBerry proponent for many years. I held fast to the opinion that BlackBerry coupled with Microsoft Exchange was the solution for business mobile communications. Be it BlackBerry Enterprise Server or Microsoft ActiveSync, I held steadfast in my opinion that nothing could perform as well or better in maintaining perfect harmony between my desktop, my laptop, my phone, and anywhere access to my information. I am here to say, that era has ended. A moment of silence, please. Now that the mourning is over, let me tell you the changes I’ve made, how, and why.

First, let me say that I had not been looking to leave the BlackBerry/Exchange family, but I was holding out for a full screen BlackBerry with a physical keyboard, a slider if you will. Those of you who follow mobile devices closely, especially those who follow BlackBerry hardware, are well aware of the numerous design concept drawings, mock-ups, etc. of a BlackBerry slider that have been floating around for at least a year. Never revealing just exactly when we would see such a device, RIM has only been willing to confirm that several design options have been considered. This secrecy is nothing unusual among device manufacturers, but the lack of information and an opportunity provided by a competitor presents a precarious position, and, in this case, caused a long time RIM fan to jump ship.