Secure your Internet connection with the Cloak VPN – WU18

In this age of Snowdens and NSA spying, you might be spending more time thinking about your privacy online. Unfortunately, public wifi—which many of us rely on every day—can be a huge opportunity for hackers and spies to grab your data and use it for nefarious purposes.

That’s where Cloak comes in. Cloak is a “VPN”—a “virtual private network”—that helps you keep your connection secure and hackers out.

Cloak is a VPN service that helps you secure your Internet connection.
Cloak is a VPN service that helps you secure your Internet connection.

Cloak starts at $1.99 per month—less than a cup of coffee at that café you loiter at. The base plan starts with 5 GB of bandwidth per month, and you probably won’t even come close to using it. VPNs have existed for ages, but at this price point subscribing is a no-brainer, especially when you factor in the beautiful and easy to use applications that Cloak has built. (The service is currently Mac and iOS-only.)

In this episode, my good friend Peter Upfold is my guest on the show. Peter introduced me to Cloak through a post on his blog, and I was excited to have him come share the service with the Wrapp Up audience.

Learn more about the Cloak VPN after the jump…

Keep your photos safe with Loom – WU17

The late, lamented EverPix was a fantastic service for keeping a “cloud-based” backup of all your photos from all your devices. When it shut down, many users were left scrambling for alternatives. That’s where Loom, a freemium photo storage application, comes in.

Logo for Loom, a freemium photo storage and archival application
Loom is a freemium photo storage and archival application

Loom works similarly to EverPix. You install client applications on your various devices (Mac laptop, iPhone, etc.) and it takes care of the rest, automatically uploading them to the Loom servers. It’s able to preserve your existing photo galleries and structure, so you can easily find photos. The cloud-based storage means you can access your photos from any device, so anything you upload from a desktop is accessible on a phone, for instance.

Loom isn’t perfect; I’ve found the desktop app frequently hangs and loses connection to the Loom servers, and the web interface could use some more polish (the ability to more easily share photos, zoom in on them, etc.) but it’s otherwise the best in the bunch. It’s affordable too: $40 per year for 50 GB of space, which is probably enough for most people (250 GB is only $99 per year).

As always, the audio and transcription of this episode are below.

Learn more about Loom, an app to help you keep your photos safe

Keep your files safe and accessible with Dropbox – WU16

As a digital nomad and web entrepreneur, I have a lot of files floating around that I need continuous access to. Bank statements, invoices, legal documents, and more. Whenever possible, I try to be completely paperless, and Dropbox, the free online file storage app, makes it possible.

Dropbox, the free, fast online file storage and syncing platform
Dropbox, the free, fast online file storage and syncing platform

By this point, Dropbox is admittedly ubiquitous, and I am sure my readers and listeners are well aware of how great it is. (And it is great.) But I still think it’s worth talking about apps that may already be an integral part of our process.

Below, as always, you’ll find episode audio and a transcription. It’s a quick episode this week, so there’s no excuse for not listening!

Click to read the transcription and here the episode audio.

Grow your virtual/online team with Elance – WU15

In the past eight or nine months, Van Patten Media has grown from a one or two (and occasionally three) person operation to a group of around ten freelancers working hard to build awesome websites and web products. I attribute that largely to Elance, the online resource for anyone looking to hire freelancers and contractors.

Elance logo. Elance is a marketplace for global talent. Build your online/virtual team with Elance.
Elance, a marketplace for global talent. Build your online/virtual team with Elance.

Through Elance, I’ve found the editor of this programme (Wrapp Up), my personal assistant, writers, my bookkeeper, and more. Elance is a tremendous service for any entrepreneur looking to get serious about building a team, which is an essential step in the growth of a business. I’m a big believer in the power of teams, and Elance is a great way to get started.

I’ve already shared my tips for hiring a virtual assistant. In a future post, I’ll talk more about the essentials of building a team and how you can start easily with services like Elance. I’m also planning a series of posts guiding you through Elance, so you can get started right away.

Below are the rough transcription, provided by Rev.com and an audio player so you can listen to this week’s episode.

Enjoy!

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