Find free blog images

Find Free Blog Images

Find free blog images

Cats on the internet? Whoda thought it…

Finding images on the Internet is simple. In most search engines, when you search for a topic, there is usually a small section in the search results that shows images. Alternatively, there will be an image option at the top of the search screen you can click on to see any images matching your search terms. If you are just searching to view the images onscreen, then the task is easy. However, if you are looking to find free blog images for a website or other purpose, you will want to make sure it is licensed for reuse so you don’t fall foul of copyright laws.

Licensed for reuse is a fancy way of saying that the person or organization who took/owns the image is happy for other people to use it as they see fit.

You can find images like this in two ways:

Search settings to find free blog images

The first is to change your search settings. To do this in Google for example, you should go into the settings menu. You find that menu by clicking on an icon that looks like a gear, here you choose advanced search, then usage rights drop down menu. There you can choose the option safe for reuse. This will ensure any images that are returned by the search enging are licensed for reuse.

The second method is much more straightforward, and it is the one I prefer. There is a website called Creative Commons. You can find it at https://search.creativecommons.org/. Once you are there, you choose the file type you want, and the search method. For example, you may choose Image and Google. Type in what you are looking for and hit search. It will show you all the images Google found that are reusable.

Using images which belong to someone else without their permission is illegal and immoral, so use either of the methods above and you can rest easy you’re not breaking the law or denying someone an income. And if you don’t like what you find, you can consider companies that sell images to reuse, like Getty Images.

Password Keeper

Managing Passwords – Use a Password Keeper

Password Keeper

Increase your password security

With a digital world comes the ability to access secure information using passwords. Because we can do tasks like banking, shopping, and joining clubs online; password protection is essential and one of the best things you can do is use a password keeper.

But there has been no shortage of stories about websites which people have broken into and stolen sensitive information. Even though this is an unfortunate possibility, there are ways to protect against this vulnerability while enjoying other helpful features such as being automatically logged onto a site once you open it.

Using a Password Keeper

Password keeper applications help you create secure passwords and manage them easily. Programs like LastPass and 1Password are excellent examples of these applications and have some great features:

  • They can automatically generate extremely secure passwords
  • They store your passwords in the strongest way possible to avoid them being stolen
  • They can allow a designated person to access your passwords in the program in case of an emergency
  • They have phone applications and websites where you can access your passwords if you forget them
  • You can also organize and manage the sites you have passwords for easily
  • They automatically log you into sites
  • You only ever have to remember your ‘master password’, the application takes care of the rest

Applications like this not only act as a safe method to create and store passwords, they allow you to manage them easily and remove the need to remember every new password you create. We recommend LastPass or 1Password.

Search Engine Privacy

Search Engine Privacy

Search Engine Privacy

Search Engine Privacy

‘To Google’ has become a verb meaning to search for something on the internet, and although Google has certainly cornered the market in search engine technology (in fact for a large number of people Google is the internet), it isn’t the only game in town. And for those who value search engine privacy and prefer not to have their search history or personal information collected, there is one option which stands out above all others: the weirdly named DuckDuckGo.

In a nutshell

  • The company has been around since 2008, so has had plenty of time to refine their search algorithms
  • DuckDuckGo does not track you
  • They don’t collect any personal information
  • Because of the above, they have nothing to share with third parties even if they wanted to
  • It sports a similar minimalist design to Google’s, and is equally easy to use

Don’t get me wrong, I think Google is great – it’s fast, efficient and by and large gives you just what you were looking for. But for the privacy-minded who prefer not to be tracked or have their search history saved, DuckDuckGo is a fantastic alternative.

Bookmark Sync

Bookmark Sync – Access Sites from Anywhere

Bookmark Sync

Take control of your bookmarks

With a plethora of information out there, keeping websites to access for later is an important skill. Bookmarking is simply saving a site like you would do a page in a book. It used to be that you bookmarked the website on one computer, and accessed the site on the same computer. Today, with smartphones and using computers in different places, bookmarking and accessing those bookmarks (or favorites) on one computer is not enough. Ideally you want to be able to access your bookmarks anytime on any device. Bookmark sync is the way forward, and thankfully there are a couple of really great ways to achieve this.

There are now several browser plug-ins that will sync your bookmarks across each of your devices. A plug-in is something you add to your Internet browser that either runs in the background, or has an icon that sits under your search bar that you hit when you want to use it. One such plug-in is called XMarks and is available for free for Firefox, Chrome and Internet Explorer.

Bookmark sync with XMarks

This browser add-on and associated bookmarking technique has many benefits:

  • All your bookmarks are kept in sync across different computers and devices
  • Keeps your bookmarks safe and accessible online in case your computer crashes, you never lose your bookmarks
  • You can organize your bookmarks in folders
  • You can restore lost bookmarks
  • You can set up multiple profiles so you can save bookmarks in various ways or for multiple people
  • It works seamlessly without you having to think about it
  • Usually there is a smartphone app you can use to access the bookmarks

This bookmarking technique is great. It lets your bookmarks evolve with your changing interest and changing sites, while allowing you to keep them all organized and accessible anywhere.