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There are many URL shorteners you can use to create tiny links for sharing on social media, but it's easy to make your own branded links.

Tiny URLs, otherwise known as short links. We’ve all used them to shorten URLs. Sometimes for sharing y2u.be videos. Or to make some 🧀 using amzn.to. Perhaps even to view someone else’s analytics data. And though some may lead you to believe short URLs can be dangerous, used thoughtfully they make a useful addition in your link building strategy. Learn how to make your own branded tiny URLs free in under 5 minutes.

Managing asynchronous dependencies with JavaScript can be a nightmare. But there's a better way. It's called Fetch Injection.

I’ve long been inspired by the work of Steve Souders. In 2009 he published an article titled Loading Scripts Without Blocking, which I first became aware of and studied during my time at Orbitz – where every millisecond a user waited for the page to load had a measurable impact to the business.

Steve’s work was instrumental for the Web development community, and even inspired Nicholas C. Zakas to write Loading JavaScript without Blocking the same month Steve’s book Even Faster Web Sites was published.

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Block your computer from making requests to known ad and malware servers.

I read an article on Medium titled How to encrypt your entire life in less than an hour. The article provided a number of tips for staying secure digitally. One of the tips was to use the Tor browser because popular browsers such as Safari and Chrome were not private enough – even in private mode.

What the author didn’t tell you was that it’s possible to increase your privacy without switching browsers using Dan Pollock’s hosts file. A quick look at the file describes exactly what it does…

Safeguard your privacy online. Arm yourself with knowledge and use these tips, tools and techniques to secure your digital life.

I’m no Steve Wozniak but I carry a healthy distrust of computers. After hearing of the Equifax data breach affecting the privacy of more than 145 million Americans, learning Uber paid and tried to cover up the loss of 57 million driver and passenger records, seeing the impact of the hugely problematic SEC database hack on national stock exchanges and, finally, witnessing the Meltdown and Spectre mass surveillance backdoor I’m really starting to feel the gravity this quote from Woz:

Never trust a computer you can't throw out a window.

Steve Wozniak

Everything you need to know to become a Digital Nomad in Bali.

If you live in a First World country chances are you’ve become a wage slave like I was before quitting a six-figure job to gain my independence. Or maybe you’ve already started freelancing and want to become a better freelancer. Whatever your reasons, becoming a Digital Nomad in Bali is not as difficult as you may think. But it takes preparation.

In this guide I will share valuable information and resources to help you decide if Bali is right for you, describe various move considerations, explain how to actually make the move and show you what’s necessary to get settled in.

How I overcame my Bitcoin investing fears and just created a goddamn wallet. Inspiration, tools and tips to help you get started with Bitcoin.

10 months ago I took a trip to Bali and spent a couple weeks living in a boutique hotel turned coliving apartment at a place called Roam Ubud. During my stay I met all kinds of interesting people including serial entrepreneurs, digital nomads, lifestyle bloggers, iOS developers and even a feng shui author.

Of all the chance encounters I had during my trip to Bali one individual stood out. His name was Robin. And I’ll never forget Robin because he sold me my first bitcoin.

How to get on Telegram without a real phone or getting your prints dusted.

After making some tweaks to improve my online privacy I’ve been waffling over whether or not to use Telegram. I’ve never been too keen on software which collects metadata, or, as Edward Snowden calls them, “activity records”, about their users. My hang-up was the controversy and theoretical weakness in MTProto, Telegram’s encryption protocol. But that all changed the moment Russia banned Telegram, reportedly disrupting their national banking system in the process.

Privacy is not for sale, and human rights should not be compromised out of fear or greed.

Pavel Durov

My man. Now that’s what I call integrity.

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On the suppression of free speech in today’s digital world and what you can do about it.

I’m back in Bali after a trip to Anarchapulco and Chicago to pick up my cats. It was my first time back in the United States in over a year. Instead of a warm welcome back to my birth country I was promptly detained by a CBP officer and put in holding room while they ran a background check and attempted to obtain personal information.

After declining to give CBP my address in Bali and questioning them as to whether or not I was under arrest they were kind enough to inform me I was free to go at any time but that my passport belonged to the U.S. government and wasn’t my property.

It would appear intelligence states like post-9/11 USA don’t appreciate having their own citizens outside their visibility. That certainly wouldn’t suit the “Deep State” if such a thing existed now would it? The experience was very disheartening to say the least.

Securing your cryptocurrency with Google Authenticator? That decision may make you angry one day. But that's okay because Authy is here to save the day.

The first thing you need to learn when you start working with Bitcoin is to set-up 2FA. The most common forms of two-factor auth today are standard telephony and security tokens, which come in both the soft and hard variety.

If we took hard U2F tokens off the table, we’re left with software and telephony. Which of the two would you choose? Well, it depends. Let’s explore.

Secure your NEO. Hardware crypto wallets help. Learn how to set-up multi-currency support on the Ledger Nano S and use it to store your NEO.

It’s true, we live in a multi-digital-currency world. And NEO is said to be the Ethereum of China. With President Xi Jinping becoming the most powerful Chinese leader since Mao, and if it’s true he desires the level of economic progress Mao sought but failed to achieve, it’s possible NEO really just may be… the One.

In this guide you will learn how to use an exchange to convert fiat into cryptocurrency, use the cryptocurrency to purchase NEO and, finally, transfer the NEO to the Ledger Nano S hardware crypto wallet for safe-keeping.

The next Bitcoin fork is inevitable. As the value of Bitcoin continues to fluctuate there are opportunities to make extra money. Here's how to take advantage.

Anyone who invested in bitcoin just before the August hard fork and simply held it for three months has already more than tripled their original investment.

As the next bitcoin hard fork approaches the value of Bitcoin is lifting. Here’s how you can take advantage of Bitcoin volatility as it moves up and down with very little risk as the price fluctuates before the next fork.

Note: This tutorial assumes you have a Coinbase account. If you don’t sign-up for one and receive $10 of free Bitcoin before continuing.