GPS systems, especially those included on our smart phones, have made life much more convenient. Finding restaurants, mapping vacation routes, and even getting out of the woods alive are some of the benefits. But this new technology also makes it easier for criminals to track us down and cause harm. A recent report by an NBC news affiliate in Kansas City showed just how easy it is for predators to find children based on photos taken of them with smart phones. Here’s how it happens: Someone innocently snaps a photo of their child, a friend, or of themselves to post on social media sites like Twitter and Facebook. The GPS on the phone applies a Geotag to the photo that contains the exact longitude/ latitude where it was taken. Once this photo is shared publicly, the geolocation tags are also shared publicly. Bad guys can use simple software to extract the location where the photo was taken. The scariest part of this whole process is that it happens within minutes.
If you’re lucky enough to have a boss that lets you telecommute, or even luckier to not have a boss at all, working from home is a great way to be more efficient and save a little cash. Granted, there are plenty of distractions trying to get you off your game: kids, pets, television, the refrigerator. With a little practice, you can master these distractions and really get into a groove when you work from home. But one distraction that you can’t just ignore is technology inadequacy. You have to take care of that once and for all. And once you do, it’ll be smooth sailing.
Heraclitus was a Greek philosopher (I know, I hadn’t heard of him, either). He believed in the theory that “the only thing that is constant in life is change.” We can accept and enjoy a child, for example, as something that is constantly changing (or maybe something that always needs changing). Change is a good thing. If you’ve been on Facebook recently, you know that change can often be frustrating. But it does not need to be so. Without getting all philosophical, let’s take a look at why technology changes, and why that is a good thing.
The Internet is full of scams, viruses and unwanted surprises. But don’t be surprised if you search for a celebrity and wind up in the middle of a whole lot of trouble. McAfee, a computer security software company, has released its “most dangerous searches” list, and if you’re not careful, your search for a Project Runway recap involving Heidi Klum, for example, might just be the thing that lets a virus loose in your computer.
School is back in session. And while you may have a temporary relief period during the day, the homework assignments, impromptu projects, and other schoolwork will undoubtedly pile up. But don’t let the teachers have all the fun. You can teach your kids a thing or two that will set them up for success for the rest of their lives.
Phone hacking — It’s not just for big news organizations. Recent news has shed light on some phone security issues here in our own back yard. A British news organization is being accused of hacking into voicemail accounts to get tips and leads on big stories involving celebrities, politicians, and members of British royalty.
Are tablets (including iPad and other models) out to take over the world? Well, it seems that they are, whether they want to or not. Recent popularity of the tablets has really opened the door for a ubiquitous showing of these “smartphones on steroids.” Soon, there will probably be some form of tablet in every household. Let’s take a look at why.
Facebook is a great tool to share vacation photos that make your coworkers jealous, keep track of your teenage kids, or stay up to date with recent news. But did you know that Facebook is also a great place to get free stuff?
You’ve seen the power of YouTube. There have been many lost work hours spent watching anything from double rainbows to playful kittens. Heck, YouTube even started that whole Bieber-fever nonsense. It is a powerful tool. We wanted to share a few of our favorite YouTube features with you. These features kind of fly below the radar, so you may not be using them yet. But they will make your YouTube experience a lot more fun.
For years, we have all pretty much used Microsoft Word for our word processing needs (or Corel WordPerfect for some of you old-schoolers). But now that the computer market has changed a bit, new options are being brought to the forefront.