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…

My favourite shared host: Dreamhost!

In this week’s episode of the Wrapp Up, I walk you through why I love Dreamhost (warning: affiliate link!) and have named it my “favourite shared host”.

Dreamhost, my favourite low-budget shared host
Dreamhost, my favourite low-budget shared host

Dreamhost is awesome for a lot of reasons, like their affordable pricing ($8.95 a month), awesome control panel (it isn’t CPanel!), shell and SFTP access with no questions asked, and many more. It’s affordable and packed with features.

You can sign up for a Dreamhost account here (or here if you prefer a non-referral link).

As always, you’ll find audio and the transcription below.

Update: My pal Keith Knoer reminded me on Twitter that Dreamhost is more than just a shared host:

I’ve only ever used their shared offerings, which is why I forgot to mention this. It is true though: Dreamhost also offers VPSs, managed WordPress hosting, and dedicated servers. (We’ll cover my favourite VPS hosts in future episodes.)

Also: I’ve set up a coupon code for listeners! Get $20 off a one year plan with Dreamhost using the code WRAPPUP20.

Listen to this episode to learn about Dreamhost.

Rapportive: Your Inbox Secret Agent

This week’s Wrapp Up app-of-the-moment is Rapportive, an awesome free tool for finding information about your contacts right in your Gmail inbox.

Rapportive is an inbox secret agent that gets you detailed profiles of your email contacts.
Rapportive is an inbox secret agent that shows you detailed profiles of your email contacts.

Rapportive (it’s sort of like “rapport” and “report”, get it?) is an indispensable part of my email inbox. It’s sort of an intelligent “mini-CRM” that helps you get acquainted with leads, stay updated with colleagues, and more.

As always, the audio and a full transcript, provided by Rev.com, are below.

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Automate your digital life with IFTTT (If This Then That)

Find yourself doing simple tasks constantly? Want to save yourself time and remove tedious tasks from your day-to-day routine? You can try hiring a virtual assistant, but a cheaper (free!) and easier solution might be to try out IFTTT (If This Then That) a web service that helps you automate your digital life.

IFTTT helps you automate your life
IFTTT helps you automate your life

I love IFTTT because it takes care of things I might otherwise forget. I use IFTTT to back up my Instagram photos, automatically add new blog posts to Buffer so they are shared later, and more. It’s an awesome way to get simple tasks off your todo list so you don’t have to think about them. It’s one of the best tools in my arsenal. I love to automate as much as possible, and this app simplifies the heck out of it.

Below, you’ll find audio and an edited transcript (prepared by Rev, my favourite audio transcription app) of this week’s episode.

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