Have you ever heard of the term “idiot box?” Maybe they are not that dumb? Smart TV’s are able to watch you watch TV and learn about the devices on the same network in your home. By the way, even if you had never heard of the idiot box term, I am sure you can easily guess that it is the North American word for a television set. At least, that is what Google seems to believe.
In fact, search of “define idiot box” yielded the definition “a television set.” Marriam-Webster seems to agree as well.
Back to our point, though. Your Smart TV has been reported to spying on you with your consent but, if you are like the majority of Smart TV owners, without your knowledge. So, go ahead and read up on these stories about what Samba TV does with your data and what bad hackers could trick your device into doing. Armed with this knowledge, you will at least be able to understand how in the world did that company know to advertise this or the other product to you.
Yes, an extra dot in the username part of the email address does not change who gets the email address at Gmail.com. Please be careful to notice that this might not be true of all other email service providers.
For example: email@example.com is the same as firstname.lastname@example.org or any variation of the position or number of dots before the @ sign. If someone tries to open a new Gmail account with just a dot as a difference between their address and yours, Google will tell them the username already exists.
Caution: if you used Gmail through an organization like school, business, or company, your dots do matter.
More on this in this Gmail help article.
Have you experienced anything that contradicts the above? Please share here in comment.
Is Google Search Console failing to retrieve your website’s sitemap? It is possible that you need to refresh your permalinks.
To do that:
- Go to your /wp-admin page.
- Go to the “Settings” menu and click on Permalinks.
- Once on the permalinks page, without altering anything, click on “Save Changes.”
Give it some time and then go test yoursite.com/sitemap.xml and see if Google is finally picking something up.
You can find some more ideas here:
Just as as announced in June 2017, Google just released this July 12 2017 a brand new product called Backup and Sync. In addition to brand new functions like backing up pictures and files from USB connected media, this tool comes to gather the functionalities that were present in Google Photos and Google Drive into one product.
Backup and Sync for Google Photos and Google Drive is available for Mac and Windows comes to move your clutter from your desktop into the cloud. Backup and Sync can be customized to only sync certain folders, to ask you what and where to delete files, and so forth. You can read more about it
With that said, if you are an Enterprise, Business, Education or Nonprofit user, Google made sure to mention that Backup and Sync is not for G Suite users just yet. These will need to wait for Drive File Stream (to be released to “soon” to the public as of the publication of this article).
Google Backup and Sync for Mac
Some Security Considerations
Having all your data stored on the cloud could be a good or a dangerous thing, though. If you already used Google Drive or Google Photos you most likely understand the risks attached to having your life in the cyber cloud. The risks include having all your data stolen by anyone with your password if the password is your last line of defense. So, if you are going to use this or any of the cloud storage of personal or corporate data that is not for public release, please add 2-step authentication as part of your security practices. We would recommend it for all of your accounts where possible.