So you need to access one of Google's products for work but don't want the hassle of having to create a separate Gmail account? Or you're a Hotmail or Yahoo mail user and don't want a Gmail account?
You can use your existing work, Hotmail or Yahoo etc email to access all the Google service - here's how:
How to set up Google without Gmail
You can then continue filling out the rest of the form with your normal info.
Next time you want to sign in to Google - enter your own (non- Google) email address and the password you just created.
Where I can find a lull in the preparations for Christmas, usually somewhere around the solstice, my thoughts turn to the ending of the year and I find myself reflecting on all that happened during this trip around the sun to bring me to where I am now. Whether you keep a journal or not this is a great time to do some reflective writing to consolidate where we are before we load ourselves up with resolutions, plans and intentions for the new year.
I wrote mine a couple of days ago and it felt like a strong way to end the year but I've also been thinking about the process of doing the review and wanted to share mine with you. It's pretty straight forward! Just take yourself off somewhere quiet with a notebook and pen for a couple of hours. This year I headed out into the Peak District with snacks, a flask of tea and an inspirational view but in previous years I've either gone to a coffee shop or sat at the kitchen table. Wherever is good as long as you're comfortable.
Wherever you are, just start writing! No-one but you is going to read it so write what you truly feel. If the blank page is staring back at you and you're not sure where to start then some of these might be good places to start.
When did we become to critical of failure? Why are we so quick to focus on blame rather than learning outcomes? Blame culture creates fragility, we can become so brittle and afraid to try in case we are criticised by others that we seek to protect ourselves by getting in there with the self criticism first.
Not so long ago we were more open to the idea failure being part of the path to success, familiar with the notion of the "eccentric Englishman" inventing things in his shed, playing down the risks to life and limb from the odd small explosion or out of control contraption!
Sir Joseph Swan didn't just wake up one day and make a lightbulb. He probably tried a range of different filaments and burned his fingers a couple of times before it worked. John Boyd Dunlop probably had a few slow punctures in inventing the pneumatic tyre and, closer to home, Yorkshireman Percy Shaw iterated his design for the Cats Eye several times before he perfected it.
Failure is essential to growth. We cannot succeed first time every time we try something new. Growth means working at the outer edges of our capabilities so by it's very nature growth is challenging. If we stay well within our comfort zones we never grow. As often quoted, an infant falls many times when learning to walk but keeps on giving it another go until off they toddle.
There is something to be said for failing fast but perhaps the phrase is just shorthand for 'make sure you step back and give it an objective look, pick out the lessons and learn them quickly'? Dogged pursuit of a an objective while refusing to learn clear lessons because it's not what you want to hear isn't going to lead to a good place.
Perhaps it's time to shift our mindset and culture away from the heavily filtered social media image we are so desperate to portray? Let's move towards expecting and encouraging failure as part of working towards something new. If you think it's time then here are not one but two challenges for you today;
Cutting a long story short - it's because you don't want to let someone steal a master key to take your money or damage your reputation.
How it happens
Hackers steal information from companies, trying to obtain lists of usernames and passwords, which they then offer for sale online to scammers.
In the same way a telesales company might buy a list of people's phone numbers and work through it dialing each number in turn trying to sell you double glazing the hacker buys a list of usernames and passwords and works through it trying each username and password on a variety of sites.
Where do they get your username and password?
A few of the most notable sites who reported data breaches in 2018 were; Facebook, Uber, British Airways, T-Mobile as well as thousands of smaller websites and organisations.
What do they do with it?
Let's say you have booked flights with British Airways a couple of years ago. You used your email address and regular password that you use in several places to register with their website. As the scammer now has your email and password they can possibly now get into your British Airways account.
What can they see there? Probably your full name, address, date of birth and possibly any saved bank card details too. This helps them to build a profile of you and could possibly try using your card details to purchase things online.
Where do they go next?
Now they have your keys they can try them in many other doors, probably starting with the main email providers; Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail/Live/Outlook, AOL. There are even software tools they can use to check thousands of the names in a matter of seconds and flag up to them which doors opened.
You used the same password for your email so now they can access and read your email without you knowing they've even been in there. When are you going on holiday? Who are your family and friends? They can send emails out pretending to be you and even change your email settings so any replies go to another email account under their control to hide the unusual activity from you.
A common scam at this stage is to send an email to everyone in your address book saying 'Help, my wallet and phone were stolen and I'm stuck in another country, please lend me £300 - here are my (the scammer's) bank details'. These emails can be made to look very realistic as they have read all about your trip in your emails!
The prizewinning scam
The big prize is getting access to your online banking and emptying your savings account. But what if here's where you've been savvy?? You've used a different password for your internet banking!
Have you ever forgotten the password for a site and clicked the 'forgot password' link and had a special link emailed to you to reset your password? The hacker can go to a website, click forgot password and then watch your email waiting for the link to reset your password. They can then change it to a password that they choose which will mean your password no longer works and you now can't get into your own account. They can even delete the reset password email so you never know it was there.
And the reason your bank forces you to use that irritating code generator or card reader is?
Banks have a duty to protect us and they know that a lot of people reuse passwords. The extra devices or the bank's own app on our phone force us to generate a second 'password' that can't be bought from a list online so our accounts stay safe.
How to Stay Safe
Use what's called multi factor or two factor authentication if you are offered the option.
This just means you prove your identity to a website with two ways of identification, usually something you know (your password) and something you have (bank dongle or mobile phone).
It's easy to set up, just make sure you give your mobile number when you are creating an account with a website and ticking the box for them to send you a code by text message whenever you want to log in.
Using a password manager can revolutionise how easy it is to manage your online life and even improve your online security.
LastPass is free and really easy to use so why not check it out now
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About the Author
Rachel Ferla is a Digital Skills and Productivity Coach with over 15 years experience as a project manager juggling multiple projects.