There’s no shortage of talented content creators and committed publishers with a clear vision in the MENA region, but their stories often don’t reach the readers who would appreciate them the most because they become overshadowed by global competition. Limelines is a platform created to change content consumption and publishing in the MENA region to bring the very best the Middle East and North Africa have to offer to the global stage, presenting a more optimistic version of the region.
What Is Limelines?
A prime brand of Cetera Technology SAL, a Lebanese tech startup, Limelines is a content curation and personalization platform born in the MENA region to meet the needs of the people who inhabit it.
“The MENA region has so much to offer in terms of knowledge, especially through its wide and diverse writers, storytellers, and ambitious readers,” explained Rime Diab, Chief Executive Officer at Limelines. “Stemming from this, Limelines curates the region’s unfolding stories to give its readers a full-circle perspective and an unbiased perception to content,” Diab added.
Essentially, the platform gathers content from the best MENA publishers and presents it to readers based on their unique interests in a way that satisfies the expectations of tech-savvy millennials who are used to managing their lives through their mobile devices.
From fashion and food to politics and cutting-edge technology, Limelines has something for everyone thanks to its partnerships with top publishers across 19 countries in the MENA region. The platform first launched in English, but it has since released Arabic and French versions.
“Our market research shows that 59 percent of the MENA region’s publishers write in Arabic, 43 percent write in English, while almost 15 percent publish in French,” said Diab. “This diverse and cosmopolitan audience requires a platform that reflects it, and that’s what Limelines aspires to offer.”
Limelines is available free of charge to readers and publishers alike. As a reader, you can simply log in to the web version of Limelines with Facebook, Google, or email. Alternatively, you can download the official iOS or Android app to your mobile device to enjoy a native reading experience from anywhere with internet access.
Once logged in, you need to select at least two topics of interest to kick off your reading journey. This shouldn’t be a problem since Limelines covers a wide variety of topics that should interest everyone from entrepreneurs to tech geeks to finance executives to people who love exploring the latest lifestyle trends.
When you discover an interesting story on Limelines, you can add it to a line, which is basically a collection of thematically related stories. You can keep this collection private and come back to it later when you want to read a certain story again or reference it, but you can also share it with others.
You can find interesting stories to read directly on your home feed, or you can explore any topic you want to broaden your horizons. Whenever you find yourself a bit short on time, you can use the Quick View feature to read 10 important headlines that you can’t afford to miss.
Overall, the reading experience created by Limelines is polished, efficient, and time-saving. It would be nice to see support for dark mode in a future release, but the default color scheme is also pleasant and easy on the eyes.
Limelines For Publishers
Limelines was created with MENA publishers in mind, allowing them to effortlessly submit content to the platform and make it available to readers across the entire region. All that a publisher needs to do to create an account is to select the “Get started as a publisher” option on the sign-up page and fill in the required information.
Next, the publisher is asked to provide its RSS feeds, which are automatically processed by Limelines. A single publisher can have one or many lines and hence add as many RSS feeds as the publisher wants. Any publisher that relies on paywalls can also submit content to Limelines, which will redirect readers to the paywall and let the publisher handle business as usual.
Immediately after an RSS feed is approved, Limelines starts generating traffic, and the publisher can track incoming visitors using any analytics tools since all Limelines links are tagged. At the time of writing this review, Limelines features some of the best publishers operating in the MENA region, including Kooora, Sport 360, and Entrepreneur Middle East, just to name a few.
Limelines Review Verdict
Limelines is the content curation and personalization platform the MENA region has been waiting for. Regardless of whether you live in the region or just have a personal or professional interest in it, you need to give Limelines a try and experience just how easy it can be to discover the best content MENA’s publishers have to offer.
Myki Password Manager & 2FA Authenticator Review
What makes Myki a unique password manager is that it stores data locally, not on its servers or in a third-party cloud storage solution.
It seems that a week doesn’t go by without a large-scale data breach making the headlines. What’s worse, most people don’t realize that their credentials have been stolen until it’s already too late. While you can’t do much about the security of the websites and online services you rely on, you can significantly minimize the consequences of a data breach by using a password manager like Myki.
What Is Myki Password Manager?
Myki is a free password manager whose purpose is to securely store and manage passwords across your devices. It’s intended for individuals, enterprises, and managed deployments and available for Android, iOS, macOS, Windows, Linux, and all major web browsers.
As we explain in detail in the section dealing with security, Myki is different from other password managers because it stores data locally – not on its servers or in a third-party cloud storage solution. This means that even if Myki’s servers were breached, your passwords would still be safe.
Like all password managers, Myki makes it easy to log into any website or app by remembering passwords for you. In addition to passwords, you can use Myki to securely manage credit cards, government IDs, personal documents, and all other sensitive information. Paying users can organize their items with custom tags and fields or by creating custom profiles.
If you install Myki on multiple devices, you can seamlessly synchronize all stored information between them. You can also share access to your accounts with other users without revealing your passwords and revoke access to shared accounts at any time.
To protect you from brute-force attacks, Myki comes with a password generator that can generate complex passwords of up to 99 characters, including numbers, capitals, and special symbols. While the password generator is not as customizable as it could be (for example, it doesn’t let you specify the minimum number of special symbols), it does fulfill its purpose of generating nearly uncrackable passwords.
Because all passwords, regardless of how strong they are, should be combined with at least one more authentication method, Myki simplifies multi-factor authentication by securely storing your authentication tokens and automatically filling them when you need to log in – no more SMS messages and annoying authenticator apps.
The last feature worth highlighting is the Security Dashboard. Its purpose is to evaluate the strength of your passwords and give you a total security score. At the time of writing, the Security Dashboard doesn’t take into consideration password age, and it also doesn’t check passwords against public databases of password breaches. Hopefully, Myki developers will introduce this functionality in a future update.
Getting Started With Myki Password Manager
Setting up Myki is easy and takes just a few minutes. First, you need to install the Myki app on your smartphone, from which you can then authenticate Myki on other devices.
- Install Myki from the Google Play Store or the App Store.
- Launch Myki on your smartphone.
- Enter your phone number.
- Verify your phone number.
- Create a six-digit PIN code to access Myki.
You will then be prompted to install Myki on other devices. Users of other password managers, such as Google Passwords, Dashlane, KeePass, 1Password, or LastPass, will be pleased to know that they can import their existing passwords to Myki in less than a minute using the Myki web browser extension. It’s similarly easy to export passwords from Myki and store them as a CSV file.
You can find download links to the desktop version of Myki at the bottom of its website. To autofill passwords in your web browser, go to the Myki Install page and install the appropriate browser add-on.
Add the device to your Myki account by scanning the displayed QR code or entering the pairing code. You can then go to the advanced menu and import your passwords. A new password can be added by clicking on the plus icon in the Vault.
When you visit a website that’s saved in your Vault, the Myki owl icon will show in the login field, and you can click on it and select your account. Myki will automatically fill in both the username and password for you.
As we’ve already mentioned, Myki doesn’t store any passwords in the cloud. Instead, the database with your passwords is stored on your smartphone, encrypted with the AES256-CBC encryption algorithm, which is regarded as one of the most secure encryption standards in the world. The only piece of information that’s stored on Myki’s servers is the hashed version of the phone number you signed up with.
The AES encryption is also used for password sharing, which happens via a P2P encrypted link between the Myki app and the Myki browser extension or desktop app. No sensitive information is ever exchanged via the internet, making it impossible for an intruder to infiltrate your network and capture your passwords in transit.
Myki gives you the option to create a secure backup on any authenticated device, allowing you to recover your passwords when something happens to your phone. The developers are currently implementing a feature that would make it possible to back up their passwords on someone else’s device, sort of like giving a spare key to a friend.
Individual users don’t have to pay anything for Myki. Teams that would like to use Myki to manage their passwords will be charged $4.99 per user per month if subscribed to the monthly plan, or $3.99 per user per month if subscribed to the annual plan.
Myki’s pro features (custom tags, custom account images, custom profiles, custom fields, Android watch support) can be unlocked either by paying for each feature individually (roughly $3 per feature) or by purchasing all pro features in a discounted bundle (roughly $10).
Myki is an innovative password manager that provides an alternative to cloud-based password management without robbing its users of the convenience associated with it. Its free version doesn’t have any major limitations, and the few locked features can be unlocked individually.
• Stores passwords locally.
• Password sharing.
• Polished user interface.
• Smooth auto-fill.
• Limited reporting capabilities.
Have you given Myki a try? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!