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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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Internet Safety for Kids

Internet Safety for Kids

This one is for the parents, caregivers, teachers, educators and anyone who knows a child they care about. It is important because the internet changes so quickly and kids often experience something before we (as adults) even know it exists. For many youngsters, the internet is a way of communication and community. For some, it can be exposure to content they

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7 Reasons to Love Social Media

7 Reasons to Love Social Media

Binary Tattoo’s message has always been to educate people about the technology they are using so that they can enjoy it while understanding the pitfalls and risks. As such, I find I tend to focus a lot on the negatives and why social media can be dangerous. This time I wanted to extol all the virtues of social media. I

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Self Quantification

Self Quantification

Self Quanti-what?? “Self Quantification” is a fancy way of saying “measuring and analyzing your life”. This is a huge trend in technology and it continues to grow. First we had machines that measured our data (step counters, heart monitors, sleep machines). Then we had applications that analyzed the data you entered (baby growth charts, running logs, calorie counters). Now we have

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Looks are everything

Looks are everything

  For those that missed it, or those that like things in writing, here is the gist of my Ignite Waterloo talk.   Looks are everything. This is not likely what your mother taught you. In fact, it was probably more along the lines of “it’s what’s inside that counts”, and that’s true when you get to know someone BUT

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