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5 Social Media Trends for 2015

5 Social Media Trends for 2015

Time for everyone to weigh in on trends for the year. If there is one thing I have learned in this business, it’s that predicting the internet is like predicting the weather: You can use as many resources as you want to but you can only glimpse a fraction of the future, and once in a while you get hit by a

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The new Senior Citizen is a Digital Citizen

The new Senior Citizen is a Digital Citizen

When you look at online use statistics, you’ll see that kids under 18 are the best trend setters. The 18-34 age group are the most prevalent users. But the fastest growing demographic? Seniors, age 65 and up. This shouldn’t come as a surprise.  The internet offers the same benefits to seniors as to the young: connections with people, ability to do things

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Pew Research Internet Project

Pew Research Internet Project

If you have not heard of the Pew Research Institute, it is a non-partisan organization based in the states that does research, demographic studies and public opinion surveys. With the myriad of sources of research that are available, Pew is recognized as one that is both thorough and reliable. Their Internet Project has been ongoing since February 2000 with several

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Cyberbullying

Cyberbullying

I have been wanting to write a blog on Cyberbullying for a long time but didn’t feel I had the expertise to write it. Luckily, I have colleague, and new friend, Darren Laur to help me out. Darren is currently a serving Staff Sergeant with the Victoria City Police Department, with over 27 years of law enforcement experience, and is an internationally

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8 things you need to know about Instagram

8 things you need to know about Instagram

Instagram is an incredibly popular free application that can be used to share photos and videos. People who use it, love it, but to people who do not use it, Instagram has a shroud of mystery. That’s because, unlike many social networks, you can’t just visit the site online and browse accounts as a non-user. You need to either have

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Safeguard your email account from hackers

Safeguard your email account from hackers

At least once a month I get a strange email from one of my contacts. Sometimes it is a link which is masked as a funny article I must look at. Sometimes it is a plea to send $1000 immediately to Costa Rica because they are stranded there with their family. How and why does this happen? There are two

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How to Protect Yourself from Sextortion

How to Protect Yourself from Sextortion

There is a scenario today that is becoming all too common and it goes something like this: Girl on internet meets guy that she doesn’t know Guy befriends girl over hours, days or months Girl becomes comfortable with guy Guy, innocently asks girl to see her nude, PROMISING never to share the image or reassuring the girl that it is

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Why Someone Else Will Get Your Digital Photos

Why Someone Else Will Get Your Digital Photos

I’d like to talk about the safe places to store your digital pictures that you DON’T want seen. Spoiler Alert: there aren’t any. Once you have captured a digital photo on a device that is connected to the internet, there are no guarantees that it will stay where it belongs. When we hear about compromising photos, the reference is often to nudes.

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The 4 Things You Must Do To Protect Your Data

The 4 Things You Must Do To Protect Your Data

It has been over a year since Edward Snowden outed the NSA for secretly spying on people using their digital data. This was a real eye-opener to the public, who once assumed much of their online information was safe. When we consider how much we do online these days (banking, bills, shopping, social networks), it is scary to think any

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The Internet: the most, and least, reliable source.

The Internet: the most, and least, reliable source.

It probably won’t surprise you to know that I do most of my research online. Sure, I have a mini-library of actual books on big data, privacy and parenting ‘in the digital age’, but all the latest and greatest info needs to be sought in real-time. Thing is, I am not alone. Many people, especially kids, use the internet for

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