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How we transformed a tiny rural village into Italy’s first digital nomad community

When we stumbled on the rural village of Tursi in January 2022, we knew we’d hit the jackpot.

With a coworking space inside a converted 16th-century monastery, this Italian idyll was the perfect place to kick off our start-up.

Our vision? To bring digital nomad communities to our country’s undiscovered gems.

A digital nomad project in a remote Italian village

Tursi’s unique coworking space is the work of local association Tursi Digital Nomads. It is located in Basilicata, a beautiful south Italian region still relatively unknown to both Italians and foreigners.

We make our first visit on a cold winter’s day. The building is empty but we can vividly imagine our community working from these beautiful rooms and sharing coffee breaks on the terrace overlooking the green valley below.

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Want to live abroad as a digital nomad? This how much you could earn in your job in 38 countries

Want to live abroad as a digital nomad? This how much you could earn in your job in 38 countries

Dreaming of trading in your current job for a shiny new one abroad? You’re definitely not the only one.

The COVID-19 pandemic has pushed many people to rethink their relationship with work - including where exactly they’d like to carry it out.

As we come out of lockdowns and strict pandemic-related restrictions, many workers in Europe and the United States are still thinking of leaving jobs that do not meet their needs or offer a good work-life balance.

And if you are anything like the 1 in 5 respondents recently surveyed by PWC who say they are likely to change employers in the next 12 months, a new salary calculator could come in handy.

The tool, created by insurance company William Russell, shows how average salaries for different jobs vary across the 38 countries in the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

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Best penetration testing tools: 2022 buyer's guide

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Knowing the state of the entire software system is of the utmost importance if business organizations are to operate with zero tolerance for security vulnerabilities. Although it may be challenging to maintain 100% secure software architecture, an insight into the security posture of your computer systems is possible when you conduct penetration testing with the best tools.

Due to the high number of penetration testing tools available to security professionals, it has become a challenge to pick the best penetration testing software tools that can help organizations meet compliance standards. So what are the best penetration testing tools for security professionals in 2022? How can penetration testers ensure that they adopt the best practices for penetration testing to meet recognized testing standards? Let’s find out.

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Penetration testing software tools for security professionals

Nmap

Nmap is an open-source pen-testing tool that relies on IP packets to determine the hosts in your networks. It helps penetration testing professionals to audit network security, monitor network inventory and perform host service management duties.

Regardless of the organizational network size, Nmap can help audit network security issues, providing information on the server, packet filters, ping sweeps, firewalls and so on. In addition, the tool supports both the command and graphical user interface and contains a comprehensive document to help new users to get started with the tool.

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Viral Content Creator Shares 5 Tips for Growing Followers Organically

Viral Content Creator Shares 5 Tips for Growing Followers Organically

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The ever-increasing rise of social media users means having a strong online presence has never been more important. Social network platforms almost tripled their total user base in the last decade — from 970 million in 2010 to an estimated 4.48 billion users in July 2021. This staggering growth has seen an increase in online influencers and entrepreneurs who are now able to make a comfortable living creating content for their fans.

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Although social media "clout" has been so strongly sought after, many social media influencers struggle to grow an organic audience. The ability to buy followers and boost one's social media stats with the click of a button has blurred the lines of what an influencer truly looks like. That said, having an organic audience is still vital for successfully building a lasting personal brand online.

Australian , actor and serial entrepreneur Harry Jowsey has grown an organic audience of millions of followers, originally taking advantage of his moment on 's popular reality TV show, Too Hot To Handle. His account amassed over 4.8 million followers to date, and his Instagram account has grown to over 4 million active users. The entrepreneur — alongside his manager Jeff Duncan, CEO of Ingenuity Live — has since leveraged his mass following to dive into other ventures, including his own podcast, a sunglasses company called Kensgntn, all while being heavily involved in venture capital endeavors investing in a range of startups like Versus Game and ChargeFuze.

Jowsey shares five critical tips that helped him grow an organic social media following in today's wild online climate.

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Popular streaming app OBS now optimized for Apple Silicon in new beta

OBS is one of the most popular apps for livestreaming. Although the app has been available for macOS users for quite a while, the current version of OBS is only fully compatible with Intel Macs. Luckily, this is about to change. The platform this week released the first beta of OBS Studio 28, which not only adds new features but also runs natively on Apple Silicon Macs.

As shared by the app’s developers on its official website, the latest beta update of OBS Studio finally brings native support for the Apple Silicon platform. This means that users of Macs with the M1 and M2 chips will notice a significant performance boost when using OBS.

Apple Silicon Macs can run Intel apps without major issues in most cases, thanks to Rosetta technology. However, these apps can’t take advantage of the full performance of the ARM chips made by Apple. When an app has native Apple Silicon support, it not only runs faster but also consumes less power, which is great for MacBook users.

One thing to keep in mind is that, despite support for Apple Silicon Macs in the main OBS app, third-party plugins will also need to be updated to work with the M1 and M2 chips natively.

But of course, other new features and enhancements are coming with the OBS update. For instance, version 28 adds support for 10-bit HDR video, as well as support for the new ScreenCaptureKit API for high-performance screen capture on macOS. The update also significantly improves support for the Apple VT encoder.

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What are the most popular productivity apps around the world?

What are the most popular productivity apps around the world?

Welcome back to our Workplace newsletter. Today, we dive into the productivity apps people are downloading around the world. Turns out a lot of us are working on the go, and care more about protecting our privacy. Also, Airtable doesn’t want the “productivity” label; CEO Howie Liu wants it to be an app development platform. And influencers are struggling to get paid on time.

Productivity around the world

If I could summarize what I’ve learned about productivity in one word, it would be “subjective.” Everyone works differently and has different criteria for their favorite productivity apps. Still, there are some apps most of us have coalesced around (think Google Drive or Zoom). I was curious about what productivity apps are most popular among consumers across the world, so I asked data.ai for some insights.

Data.ai sent me the top 10 productivity apps by downloads, monthly active users and consumer spend in Brazil, France, Germany, India, Japan, South Korea, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Google One, the cloud storage subscription service, is the most popular app by consumer spend in each country. No surprises here: We need our mobile storage!The app category with the most growth in six of the eight countries is mobile cleaner/antivirus.Microsoft Outlook is the most popular app by monthly active users in the U.S. and U.K. Waze is most popular in Brazil and France.Public service apps, or governmental portal apps, made the top 10 downloaded productivity apps list in Brazil, France, Japan and South Korea.

What do these data points tell us? In general, global consumers are taking more control over digital privacy, and working more on the go.

Lexi Sydow, head of insights at data.ai, noted that the rise of password management and authenticator apps means that consumers are more aware of cybersecurity concerns.Microsoft Outlook’s popularity in the U.S. and U.K. indicates a shift toward mobile work. “In fact, we see the average person checks their Gmail app nearly nine times a day on their mobile device Monday-Friday in the U.S. during Q2 2022 on Android phones,” Sydow said.

The different popular productivity app genres show differences in “cultural norms or infrastructure across countries,” Sydow said. For example, the prevalence of public service apps might show governments’ digital innovation. Mobile cleaner and antivirus apps are often used more on Android devices, Sydow said, making them more widespread in Android-dominant countries like South Korea and Brazil.

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How To Track An Android Phone And Find It On Google Maps

How To Track An Android Phone And Find It On Google Maps

Before starting, check that you're on Android 8.0 or above. To find the version on your phone, go to Settings, About Phone, and Android version (via Google). 

For older Androids, try heading to System, System update, and update your Android OS to a more recent version. 

Next, we'll prepare the Android for tracking. The Find My Device feature is built into the OS by default. But it has to be enabled. And its interface can be accessed via the web portal or the Android app.

1. Go to your phone's Settings

2. Navigate to Google, Find My Device. Alternatively, go to Settings, Security, and Find My Device

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35 Text Abbreviations You Should Know (and How to Use Them)

35 Text Abbreviations You Should Know (and How to Use Them)

Knowing the meaning of these terms will keep anyone with a phone, social media, or even just web access from being constantly confused in the digital world!

OMG! IMO, texting abbreviations are the GOAT! If you have absolutely no idea what that means, it might be time to brush up on your texting abbreviations. These collections of letters, short for a single word or group of words, are so common in texting that many have migrated into spoken conversations. And they’ve moved beyond text conversations, becoming widespread in social media captions and comments too. If you’re pairing these texting abbreviations with a GIF, find out what GIF stands for.

Why do we use abbreviations when we text?

It seems impossible to imagine texting without abbreviations today, but how did abbreviations become such a massive part of texting lingo? Well, in the days before smartphones, and even before keyboard phones, texters were working with a limited number of characters—160, to be exact—and before “unlimited” plans became the law of the land, each text cost money to send. Plus, typing just with thumbs isn’t quite the speedy process that typing on a traditional keyboard is. Not to mention, before keyboard phones, you had to press the number corresponding with the letter you wanted—enough times for that letter to appear. Needless to say, typing full words was cumbersome, and it became customary to shorten words and phrases. And, of course, abbreviating is just convenient in general, and is certainly not exclusive to texting—just look at all these common abbreviation and acronym examples.

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Classic texting abbreviations

1. LOL

This is perhaps the most ubiquitous texting acronym. Short for “laughing out loud,” “LOL” is now used to express even the mildest amusement. You can respond “LOL!!” perhaps paired with one of these popular emojis when your friend tells you a hilarious story, but you can also just say something like, “I forgot to have breakfast today, LOL.” It’s something of a catch-all reaction. Another note: “LOL” does not stand for “lots of love.” In the early days when texting abbreviations became mainstream, plenty of people made this LOL-worthy mistake.

2. OMG

The abbreviation “OMG,” for “oh my God” (or gosh, or goodness, or your expression of choice) vastly predates texting. In fact, the Oxford English Dictionary tracked its earliest recorded use to a letter written in 1917! Today, you’ll see it used in sentences like, “OMG, can you believe how hot it is today?!” It’s a pretty catch-all exclamation or reaction.

3. IDK

“IDK” is perhaps the theme of this article, because it literally means “I don’t know,” which is exactly how you felt about all these text abbreviations before you learned what they stood for. Next time you get a text from your kid asking where their favorite shirt is, reply with “IDK, ask your mother/father/sibling.”

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Instagram gives in to users’ complaints and drops TikTok-like updates

Instagram gives in to users’ complaints and drops TikTok-like updates

Instagram is walking back some of its most controversial updates after recent changes prioritising video content over photos have caused something of an uprising against the Meta-owned app.

This week, over 230,000 people signed a petition to “make Instagram Instagram again” and stop it from “trying to be TikTok”, asking Instagram to go back to its original purpose of simply allowing users to share photos with their friends.

Following the backlash, Instagram said on Thursday it would drop its tests of full-screen photo and video posts and would bring down the number of posts in user feeds that its algorithm recommends.

“Based on our findings and community feedback, we’re pausing the full-screen test on Instagram so we can explore other options, and we’re temporarily decreasing the number of recommendations you see in your feed so we can improve the quality of your experience," a spokesperson for Meta told Euronews Next. 

"We recognise that changes to the app can be an adjustment, and while we believe that Instagram needs to evolve as the world changes, we want to take the time to make sure we get this right".

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ACDSee Announces ACDSee, a Free Program for Ultra-Fast File Browsing and Organization

ACDSee Announces ACDSee, a Free Program for Ultra-Fast File Browsing and Organization

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ACDSee, known for their fast and capable digital asset management software, has announced ACDSee Free, a totally free application that offers a range of features for culling and managing raw files without needing to import any of them. Read on for what you can expect. 

ACDSee Free comes with a variety of free features, including:

Ability to view hundreds of file types, including raw images, videos, Microsoft Office documents, PDFs, and more with no need to import for quickly sorting and culling photosCreate slideshowsBatch rotate and flipShare media using SendPixGenerate contact sheets and print single images directly from the applicationSearch based on file name and folder contentsSort by image type, size, date taken, or date modified

Altogether, ACDSee Free looks like a great program for quickly culling and managing images, and of course, the best part is that it is free. If you like it, check out Photo Studio Ultimate 2022. Fstoppers readers can use our exclusive discount code FSOP15OFF for an extra $15 off!

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How to remove bloatware from Windows 10

How to remove bloatware from Windows 10

Windows 10 is not the latest PC operating system, but is ever so capable and, naturally, full of its annoyances. In this article, we'll show you some nifty tricks to remove those out-of-the-box annoyances (aka bloatware) Windows throws at you, especially for Windows Home users. 

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Getting rid of bloatware

When you buy a new PC, it often comes with a Windows license and a Windows install filled with bloatware. The other day, I got roped into looking at some laptops installed in the office of some friends. They all had Start menus filled with bloatware. My friend was unhappy and we suddenly found ourselves in a teachable moment. I'll share with you what I shared with them.

1. Once you get your PC, look at the apps 

Start by just looking at the apps in your search bar. You'd be surprised that even a bare, simple install of Windows 10 often comes with garbage like Candy Crush Friends Saga, Candy Crush Saga, and Cooking Fever.

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Make Money on YouTube With Less Than 1,000 Subscribers

Make Money on YouTube With Less Than 1,000 Subscribers

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With inflation rising, everyone is looking for different ways to earn extra money. One of the easiest and most convenient ways to make some extra money on the side is through . In this article, I am going to go over the different ways you can make money on .

When you think of making money on YouTube, the first thing that comes to mind is monetizing your channel through ads. While it is possible to earn money through YouTube Adsense, there are other ways to make money on the platform with less than 1,000 subscribers:

Related: 3 Ways to Make Money on YouTube Without Adsense

1. Sell courses

Are you knowledgeable in yoga, the piano or something unique that you are passionate about? You should consider creating a course!

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Facebook’s New Nightmare—Is It Time To Delete Your Account?

Facebook’s New Nightmare—Is It Time To Delete Your Account?

Facebook’s nightmare is worsening as owner Meta announced quarterly results including its first ever revenue decline of 1% to $28.8 billion. It comes amid plans to make the Facebook viewing experience more like TikTok’s—a change that users did not ask for or want.

It’s no surprise that many Facebook users have become disillusioned with the data-hungry social network, with some already deciding to delete their accounts.

At the end of last year, Facebook saw its first ever decline in daily users, and as people become more invested in their privacy, it’s easy to see why.

Apple’s privacy changes dubbed App Tracking Transparency—which allow people to say no to the type of invasive tracking the social network is famous for—have already hit Facebook hard. According to predictions, the social network is set to lose $12.8 billion in 2022.

Making things worse, the global economic downturn is seeing advertisers reign in their spending, heavily impacting platforms including Facebook, YouTube, Snapchat and Twitter.

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Is it finally time to delete Instagram?

Is it finally time to delete Instagram?

It feels like only yesterday that #DeleteFacebook was trending in the wake of privacy scandal after privacy scandal. Now it's that other Facebook (sorry, Meta)-owned social media platform that's facing its own moment of reckoning. Yep, Instagram is in trouble.

The photo-sharing app (although that very definition is the issue here) has dominated the news this week, after a couple of Kardashians took to Stories demanding, "make Instagram Instagram again." This prompted a response from Instagram's CEO – and it was a response that didn't go down well with creatives. Maybe it's time to check out some of the other best social media platforms for emerging artists.

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So what's the beef about? If you're an Instagram user, you've no doubt noticed that the platform appears to be trying very, very hard to be TikTok. This means videos are everywhere, as is "recommended content" from accounts you don't follow. The one thing that's hard to find is static image content from those you actually follow – which is the content many joined Instagram for in the first place. Not everyone wants to watch repurposed videos of people dancing or throwing melons at each other or whatever it actually is that they do over on TikTok. 

All of this is bad news for artists – especially photographers, illustrators, and anyone who doesn't deal with video. In reaction to the new algorithm (which heavily favours video), illustrator Jim Stoten recently began sharing videos of himself 'doing nothing'. "The result has been extremely unexpected," he announced. "People have told me that this is the first time they have seen me in their feed for MONTHS."

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Zoom calls from the beach: These are the 10 best tropical islands for remote work

Zoom calls from the beach: These are the 10 best tropical islands for remote work
Thanks to more widespread and permanent remote work arrangements, some lucky employees no longer have to wait until retirement to regularly hit the …
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This iOS 16 Security Tool Can Guard Against an Industrial-Strength iPhone Hack. How to Use It

This iOS 16 Security Tool Can Guard Against an Industrial-Strength iPhone Hack. How to Use It

Most of us will never have to worry about being targeted in a state-sponsored cyberattack, but that's not stopping Apple from releasing new features that can protect your iPhone and the information stored on it.

In the last few years, governments and organizations from around the world have used Pegasus -- software created by the cybersecurity company NSO Group -- to spy on activists, journalists and politicians.

The Pegasus software is meant to to help governments keep track of criminals and terrorists, but it's also used maliciously to secretly read text messages, record phone calls and steal important files. It can even be used to turn on your iPhone's camera and microphone to create new recordings.

And that's why Apple has released a security feature that you can use to protect your iPhone from these sorts of attacks. Called Lockdown Mode, the new iOS 16 setting is designed to fight attacks from malware and spyware like Pegasus.

Read more: Pegasus Spyware and Citizen Surveillance: What You Need to Know

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3 Rules That Will Help You Be Even More Productive Working Remotely than You Ever Were in an Office

3 Rules That Will Help You Be Even More Productive Working Remotely than You Ever Were in an Office

Even as businesses try to figure out how to bring their employees back to the office I think it's pretty safe--at this point--to say that remote work isn't going anywhere. It's not just that millions of people have spent the better part of two and a half years working remotely, it's that they were as productive, if not more so, than they were in an office building.

At the same time, remote work certainly has its challenges, not the least of which is managing your schedule amid all of the distractions that come with life. There's no question that there are some days it's a lot harder to get things done when life gets in the way.

Still, with an intentional effort, working remotely can help you be more productive, give you more control over how and where you work, and give you flexibility in your schedule. With that in mind, here are the three rules that can make working remotely even more productive than working in the office.

1. Have a Place to Land

One of the biggest benefits of working remotely is that you aren't tied to a desk. You can work from, well, anywhere. That's great when you need a change of scenery to inspire you--or if you just need to get away from all the distractions.

Of course, as great as that flexibility can be, if you're going to work from home on a regular basis, you can't always be bouncing between the couch or the kitchen table. 
Even if you enjoy working in different environments, you need a place to land--away from the distractions of life.

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How to use the free Windows 10 video editor

How to use the free Windows 10 video editor

Not only may you not know how to use the free Windows video editor, but you may not even know these options are present on your Windows laptop or desktop in the first place.

It turns out that the Windows 10 Photos app may actually be misnamed, as you can make some limited edits to video using it. Microsoft also offers two free video editors — Video Editor and Clipchamp — in Windows 10, but these are more detailed tools. Using Photos lets you make basic edits — and a few more advanced ones — from a familiar interface, and without costing you anything extra.

Read on for instructions on opening your video in the Photos app, and for a brief rundown of what tools are available. Once you've read this guide on how to use the free Windows 10 video editor, you'll have some valuable knowledge next time you need to make some changes to some footage.

1. Right-click on your video file and either open it in Photos OR select "Edit in Photos" from the Film and TV app

2. Make use of the diverse tools in Photos to edit and enhance your clip, such as the video trim, mark-up or slo-mo tools.

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How to Create a Blog Content Calendar That Helps You Stay on Track

How to Create a Blog Content Calendar That Helps You Stay on Track
Did you know that following a blog content calendar will save you time AND grow your blog faster?It's true:Most people put off following a strict …
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Ransomware: 1.5 million people have got their files back without paying the gangs. Here's how

Ransomware: 1.5 million people have got their files back without paying the gangs. Here's how
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The battle against ransomware is challenging because not only are ransomware attacks extremely disruptive, but in many cases, victims opt to pay the ransom demand for a decryption key – fueling additional ransomware attacks because criminals know they can make easy money. 

However, one scheme continues to take the fight to ransomware gangs and has now helped over 1.5 million victims successfully decrypt their machines without giving into ransom demands, preventing an estimated $1.5 billion from ending up in the hands of cyber criminals. 

The figures come from Europol on the sixth anniversary of No More Ransom, the European Union law enforcement agency's anti-ransomware initiative.

SEE: Ransomware: Why it's still a big threat, and where the gangs are going next

First launched in 2016 by Europol, the Dutch National Police (Politie), and a handful of cybersecurity and IT companies with four decryption tools available, No More Ransom has now grown to offer 136 free decryption tools for 165 variants of ransomware, including GandCrab, REvil, Maze, and more. 

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