So I just noticed that I haven’t been back here in over a year. Not that I write a lot, but this is a long time. But I’m on Medium these days. If I ever write. So if you’ve stumbled upon this and by a miracle you want to see more of my thoughts, head over to my Medium profile.

Adios, WordPress. It’s not your fault. I just like clean, minimal things.

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ARE YOUR ONLINE ACCOUNTS SECURE?

tips to avoid email hacking

Hacking your Google, Facebook and other accounts is remarkably easy. Not because the security protocols of these services are weak, but because how we behave – using easy passwords that we can remember. A little bit of social engineering and a brute-force program, a focused and smart hacker can own your online life just like that.

The good thing is, you don’t need to be a “techfreak” to take preventive measures. Here’s a very simple thing that you can do to prevent that. Fortunately, all major services like Google, Facebook, Dropbox and Evernote offer two-factor authentication options. You can set up your own device as trusted and if your account is logged in from any other devices, then you’ll need to enter a security code sent to you by the service. So even if someone figures out your password, they still won’t be able to get in to your account without that code.

Now, there are generally three ways to set up the two-factor authentication –

  1. A call,
  2. A SMS (both to your chosen cell phone number)
  3. An authenticator app.

Call and SMS are not particularly safe because that largely depends on the security options of your carrier. If they do not have a strict verification process in place, it will be easy to have your calls and SMS diverted to another recipient or they can just be intercepted midair, before the code even reaches your phone.

An authenticator app is the most secure of them. It’ll work even if you don’t have data connection on your smartphone.

For Facebook, you can use the authenticator built in the Facebook for Android and iOS app. But Google and Microsoft both have their own authenticator apps that can be set up for multiple services. For example, you can use the Google Authenticator app to secure your Google accounts, Facebook account, Dropbox account and Evernote account.

When you’re done setting up two-step verification on your account and connecting it to the Google Authenticator app, a code generated by the app will be required to log in from another device. Of course, then you’ll have to be extra careful not to lose your phone and the trusted PC at the same time after the setup. Some services, like Evernote and Facebook will also provide a set of backup security codes which you can print out to log in from other device when all other two-step verification options are unavailable.

So, set this up and continue to be safe online. After all, we take all possible measures to prevent bad people from breaking in to our homes. Why leave only one lock for our digital places?

Issue: Earthquake Video

I’ve been seeing some of the comments of the people who shared the video recorded at a office in during yesterday’s earthquake. Some are understandably confused, but some are downright mean, hurtful and shows the utter lack of minimum respect we have or people with different opinion.

So is it wrong if some people can keep their cool in the face of danger and laugh to maintain a light environment and help calm others down? Those guys that you’re criticizing for being “too kewl to speak in Bangla” is just saying “it’s alright, calm down, go slow”. So what if some of us weren’t afraid o the earthquake, which to be honest, wasn’t even that severe to begin with compared to how it was in Nepal. The only reason we felt it more is because we were much higher up in the building. If we are running for our lives for this, then we’re kind of insulting the ones who’re actually in risk.

Frankly, yes, I’m not afraid of the earthquakes that we feel down here in Bangladesh because the way our streets are, I got a more chance of getting killed in a traffic accidents or in the hands of a mugger than getting killed i building collapse in this mild earthquakes. Besides, if you know about earthquakes, then you’ll know how much safer we (Bangladeshis) are, in contrast of popular belief. Read up, people.

And please, learn to respect other people’s opinions. We empathize with for Nepal. We aren’t just afraid of the “leftover” earthquake down here.

I saw black stray today, in the Kalachadpur road. It was trying to cross that busy alley. Both of its front legs were bent backwards, clearly broken by a car or rickshaw’s wheel. And it was still trying to stand on them limping.

Why is this species, called Homo Sapiens, is so consumed in themselves and cruel and possess such utter disregard for any other fellow species of this planet?

Who am I kidding? I didn’t stop and helped that poor “animal”, get him to a treated and make up for the faults in other.

Researchers Search for ‘Mystery Sea Monster’ That Devoured Great White Shark

TIME

Shark attacks suddenly seem less scary.

When a 9 ft. long great white shark’s tracker washed up on a beach, scientists found that the data indicated that the shark underwent a 30-degree spike and a rapid 1,900 ft. dive. The temperature increase and underwater descent indicate that the shark had entered a larger animal’s digestive track.

“When I was first told about the data that came back from the tag that was on the shark, I was absolutely blown away,” said filmmaker David Riggs in the Smithsonian’s Hunt for the Super Predator, which documents Australia’s first large scale great white tagging project. “What could kill a 3 m. great white?”

The documentary, which airs in the U.S. on June 25, chronicles the researchers’ attempt to understand what exactly happened to Alpha, the unlucky shark who had “a real swagger,” Riggs recalled.

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