The Top 10 Holiday Internet Security Tips You Need To Know

Posted by Jason Ephraim on November 26, 2015

With the holiday season, and some of the world’s biggest online shopping days, fast approaching, we wanted to take a minute to help you better protect yourself online. It’s an unfortunate fact that as you email friends and family, or buy gifts from online retailers, you can also unintentionally expose your sensitive information and devices to hackers and scammers. That is why we collected this list of the top 10 internet security tips that you can use to ensure you have a happy holiday season, free from things like: Viruses Identity Theft Fraud And more 1. Always Check For a Secure Connection Before Entering Payment You should never enter details like your credit card, social security number, or anything beyond your name or email if the connection is not secured. If you are ever prompted for sensitive details including credit card numbers or your address, simply check the address of the page. If it is secure, you will see the URL preceded by “HTTPS://” with the “S” indicating “Secure”. Your browser may also use a shield or lock symbol in the same address bar. If the page does not appear to be a secured connection, do not enter your information. 2. Never Enter Information In A Popup This can be confusing, given that many sites use what are called “modal windows” for prompting users. For instance, you may come across sites that activate a modal window asking you to log in. These are not popups. Why? because they are a…

Productivity Series: How Becky Kane of Todoist Gets Things Done

Posted by Jason Ephraim on November 19, 2015

Here at Mailbird, we are obsessed with productivity. Especially, as it relates to the workplace. That’s why we are excited to open up this new series exploring how people working in successful tech startups manage their time and their work effectively. We want to learn how top tech executives, writers, reporters, programmers, and people in various other roles stay on top of their work. We will also explore the challenges they face every day, ranging from overcoming their own behaviors to dealing with common workplace distractions. Today, we are really excited to talk with Becky Kane of the to-do list and task management app Todoist. We had an awesome call with Becky where we asked her a wide range of questions to try and understand how she stays productive as a content writer for Todoist. We also went into a few challenges she faced early in her role, and how she overcame those challenges to become more productive and just get stuff done. Describe your role at Todoist: I’ve been with Todoist for about a year now. I primarily do content marketing, so I run our company blog. It’s a lot of writing and content strategy, and project management; making sure you get all the copy and design together. Then it’s a lot of outreach as well to influencers, guest posters, collaborating with freelancers. It’s a lot of email time. Can you describe a typical work day? I’m trying to get more of a routine down right now actually. I love…

China’s Singles Day 2015 – What it is & how to celebrate it

Posted by Jason Ephraim on November 10, 2015

What is China’s “Singles Day”? Are you single? You might be surprised to learn that China actually celebrates the 11th of November as “Singles’ Day”. Because the Chinese have always held a deep spiritual belief in the powers of symbolism, the 11th day of the 11th month was an obvious candidate for celebrating singles. In China, the day is typically full of young singles organizing parties while thousands of businesses host wild events aimed at single men and women. “Blind Date” parties are also common for those singles wishing to use the holiday as an opportunity to find a partner. As is typical of most Chinese celebrations, food is an important part of the holiday. Singles often eat four deep-friend dough sticks (representing the four “1”s) and a stuffed bun (representing the period) for breakfast. The holiday actually began as a men-only celebration at several colleges in Nanjing throughout the 1990’s. However, it has quickly spread to include both sexes, and extend as far as Hong Kong and Singapore. In fact, thanks to huge promotions by online shopping vendors, like Alibaba, the holiday has actually become the largest online shopping day in the world!   How can you celebrate Singles’ Day? Unfortunately, Singles’ Day has yet to gain a strong foothold outside China. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t do your part to bring it to our shores. Are you single? Take this opportunity to celebrate yourself! Treat yourself to a nice meal. Take a spa day. Buy yourself a little present.…

Use These 10 Free Image Sources for Your Emails & Newsletter

Posted by Jason Ephraim on October 31, 2015

Finding free images you can use, especially when you are in a hurry, can be difficult. You just don’t always have the time to search for the perfect image only to find that it’s usage rights mean you can’t just paste it into your post, message, etc. We know, and that’s why we’ve collected this awesome list of our favorite places to find free images from across the web. 1) Pixabay Pixabay has thousands of professional-grade images you can use. Better yet, it’s search feature is ideal for when you need an image of something specific!     2) Unsplash Unsplash has some amazing unique photos that are worth a look at if you want something non-specific. Lots of creative and emotional posts that work great as headers or backgrounds. Made by an awesome web design and development studio Crew.     3) Little Visuals Similar to Unsplash, Little Visuals is a personal photography and image site. It has not been updated in a while due to the unfortunate passing of its owner. However, it’s always worth a look when you need some photos. Feel free to drop a donation to help support the Hand on Heart charity that was set up in the owner’s memory.     4) New Old Stock Need a black and white photo? Looking for something a little old-timey? This is the perfect collection of free images for you! Created by a wonderful web designer, Cole Townsend     5) Superfamous Images This site has some stunning geography, nature,…

Star Wars Your Email With These Awesome Signatures

Posted by Jason Ephraim on October 30, 2015

A huge chunk of the team here at Mailbird are die-hard Star Wars nerds. We are beyond excited about the upcoming release of the next installment to the Star Wars series, “The Force Awakens”. That’s why we wanted to share these awesomely simple signatures that you can use in your emails right now.   Spread your benevolence and wisdom as a noble Jedi Knight.   Or, spread fear and corruption as a tyrannical Sith Lord.     The choice is yours! Just copy and paste into the signatures setting of your preferred client.   Jedi Knight   May the force be with you, John | Vice President | Mailbird Inc. | | +1 123-456-7890   Sith Lord   Give yourself to the Dark Side, John | Vice President | Mailbird Inc. | | +1 123-456-7890   If you are a Mailbird user, it’s as easy as going to your menu, select “options”, select “identities”, select the account you want to apply the signature to, “edit” and paste your choice in the “Signature” field   If you don’t have Mailbird yet, now it the perfect time to try. You’ll even get access to Mailbird Pro FREE for 30 days, no credit card required. Try Mailbird  

Hillary Clinton’s Email Mistake And What You Can Do To Avoid It

Posted by Jason Ephraim on October 30, 2015

The chances are good that if you have even the slightest interest in the 2016 United States Presidential race, you are familiar with the controversy surrounding Senator Hillary Clinton and her alleged use of personal email accounts on a private server to conduct government business. For months now, a flurry of accusations, testimony, and new information continues to hover over Senator Clinton’s campaign as she campaigns across the nation in the hopes of securing the Democratic nomination, and eventually, the presidency. Even if it turns out that not all the accusations laid against her are, in fact, true; it cannot be denied that it has greatly hindered her campaign and Senator Clinton’s chances at reaching the white house.   It’s not just Hillary Clinton’s problem Hillary Clinton’s email woes make for big headlines, but it’s amazing how many people make the same mistake of using personal email accounts for things like saving contacts or rely on our business email account for things like shopping on Amazon. Even if you aren’t a high-level government official, using a business email account for personal reasons, or using a personal one for the business is something that can result in:   Termination Identity Theft Increase in Spam Email Confusion Embarrassment Even prosecution!   If for no other reason, it’s important to keep things separate because situations change. After all, the chances are good that you will change jobs in the next five years. When you lose access to your business email account during a…