Monday, February 18, 2019

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LivingSocial is the most recent high-profile site to be hacked. The online coupon site reports that hackers got access to the names, emails, birthdays, and encrypted passwords of 50 million customers. What's positive though, according to the company, is that hackers did not get any credit card or banking information.

Not sure about you, though I'd be somewhat skeptical if I had an account and was told that my email, username, birthday were all hacked though not my credit card. I'd probably insist on knowing whether credit card data that they keep of mine is encrypted, as it should be.

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Internet trolls come in many shapes and sizes from straight out being rude to, contrarians, wisecracking mischief makers to hate mongers. For better or wose in sickenss and in health, they are deeply emeshed into the the new-media landscape.

The Urban Dictionary defines a troll as a person “who posts a deliberately provocative message to a newsgroup or message board with the intention of causing maximum disruption and argument.” A recent study by UW-Madison science researcher Dominique Brossard reported that "the tone of blog comments alone" can influence our perceptions of a... Read More

It's difficult to keep track. The most sophisticated technogod's in the world were infiltrated this past week. A random guess and you're almost certain to pick a company that announced that it was hacked.

Twitter, Pinterest, and Tumblr are all figuring out how to deal with security breaches after being hacked and email addresses and other information was stolen.

Zendesk the customer support social platform just announed it too was hacked. The company says it detected the hack early this week, closed the vulnerability, and notified customers if information had been stolen.

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The very rarely used words to describe products of Apple like embarrassing, erroneous, illogical, incomplete, annoying, irking, disgusting, and appalling are now being commonly used with the Apple Maps. The New York Times has declared Apple Maps as an appalling first release in Apple’s history that's also the least usable piece of Apple's software. Earlier this month, Apple launched its own mapping device that created high anticipation among Apple fans. But just within a few days, the negative responses started flowing thick and fast.

Apple Maps, based on mish-mash data, lacks important... Read More

If you conduct business via Skype, it's important to follow these "etiquette" rules when chatting with clients or colleagues. Skype is free to use - just download the software to your computer. Skype offers low-cost calling plans, but instant messaging and Skype-to-Skype calls (including video calls) are free.

1. Don't "shout" when you type. Shouting is the equivalent of typing with all caps. Just be careful when you instant message and make sure your caps lock is turned off. "Shouting" in the cyber world is considered rude.

2. Don't have a one-sided conversation with yourself.... Read More

Nowadays, it’s difficult to explore the Internet and not encounter a social networking or sharing function. With the added factor that many business professionals have a Facebook account, Twitter profile, LinkedIn page, and so on, individuals continue to grow connected online. With the use of social media becoming more and more prolific, the distinction between the professional and personal remains blurry. Stories of the two clashing constantly emerge, whether from managers asking for Facebook passwords or companies monitoring employee Internet use. How do you make sure that your personal life,... Read More

Apple surprised environmental groups and consumers with a sudden withdrawal from a well established and "prominent" green products registry, says the San Jose Mercury News.

Apple will no longer be conforming to the standards set by EPEAT, the eco-friendly certifier backed by the EPA. "Apple has said that their design direction is not compatible with EPEAT standards," says EPEAT boss Robert Frisbee. "It's kind of odd since they've helped design" the standards.

EPEAT stands for the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool and is the method for consumers to assess the... Read More

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