Archive for the Permanence Category

Binary Tat Cat says… Don’t do that!

Binary Tat Cat says... Don't do that!

Hold on a minute. Before you post that image, blog or tweet, consider the content. If it breaks even one of these rules, think really hard about putting it out there! DO NOT…. Send a picture to someone via email/snapchat/instagram that you wouldn’t want your boss, principal, or grandma to see! Sure you are sending them to your good friend

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4 Social Media Trends for 2016

4 Social Media Trends for 2016

Looking back at 2015, it was a busy year for Social Media. Though we had lots of competitors vying to be the new ‘it’ network, the top 7 are still the most popular: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Instagram, YouTube and Google+. Some apps, like Snapchat and Vine, have gained popularity with the younger generations, but do not have the mass

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Staying Safe with Connected Devices and the Internet of Things

Staying Safe with Connected Devices and the Internet of Things

If I had asked you to connect to the ‘internet’ a few years ago, you would have opened a browser window on your computer or handheld device. Today we can connect to the internet using any number of devices from wearables (e.g. FitBits) to thermostats to kitchen refrigerators. Collectively all these devices and connections are known as the Internet of

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Sharenting: 5 tips to keeps your kids safe

Sharenting: 5 tips to keeps your kids safe

Of all the jobs I have ever had, by far the most difficult, confusing, exhausting AND rewarding is as parent.  Since it is often all consuming, it helps to be able to share the daily challenges and victories with others who can sympathize and who appreciate your pain or your pride. The term “sharenting” was created to describe the burgeoning

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Digital Citizenship

Digital Citizenship

The great thing about the internet is that anyone can use it, even with limited resources. The troubling thing about the internet is that anyone can use it, even with limited rules on conduct and behaviour. Your identity online should be an extension of who you are in real life. Unfortunately, when you remove the face-to-face contact, some of the

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Why You Need a Family Device Contract

Why You Need a Family Device Contract

When you get a new job, you sign a contract. When you rent or buy a house, you sign a contract. In fact, any time two or more parties enter into an agreement with a lot of rules, it seems like a good idea to have a contract so that everyone is on the same page. Why not then create

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Facebook Policies 2015: What you need to know

Facebook Policies 2015: What you need to know

As of January 1st, 2015, Facebook has restructured their polices. More importantly, they have also restructured the way they present them to the user. If you are a Facebook user, here is what you need to know. **Pay special attention to the last section.** 1. Agreeing to the Terms and Conditions When you initially sign on for a service, you

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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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