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Mac: Iconping is a simple network utility that lets you know at a glance if your connection is slow or dropping. As long as the icon is green, everything is okay. If the icon turns yellow, things are slowing down, and if it's red, you're probably disconnected.
Android/iOS/Windows/Chrome: Whether you're learning English or you've been speaking it your whole life, Ginger Page is a new writing tool that wants to make sure that your spelling and grammar are accurate at home and on the go. The app translates other languages for you, offers contextual corrections, and more.
Microsoft's Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET) is targeted toward system administrators, but the How-To Geek explains how you can use it to secure your personal Windows system.
In conjunction with penetration testing firm Pwnie Express, our own Sean Gallagher spent a week tapping the Internet traffic of National Public Radio (NPR) tech reporter Steve Henn, hoping to learn what passive surveillance can glean in the post-Snowden world. It turns out that, despite more encryption, personal data still leaks like crazy from apps, services, and websites, as we detailed in our 5,000 word report on the experiment.
This week, NPR aired a series of four radio pieces on Morning Edition that ran through the experiment and its results with an eye toward more mainstream Internet users. Henn did a terrific job making the project accessible and interesting. Together, the pieces form a nice 30-minute primer on just how much data all of us are leaking in the clear on a daily basis. If you haven't had a chance to check out the series, which concluded on Friday, take a listen—and then pass the links along to any friends and family who could use an education in online privacy (and the lack thereof).
TheLadders conducted a study tracking the eye movements of recruiters when looking at resumes (online and off) and LinkedIn profiles. Besides revealing that recruiters only look at resumes for about six seconds , the study also points out the most important areas job seekers should focus on.