Technology As We Know It!

Today, the value of computers is one of the most controversial issues. The computer is not only used for facts any longer. We now use computers for personal reasons such as for online communication, social media, and so much more. Computers are major advancements everyday. More and more features are being put on the computer to benefit the everyday life of people.But as stated before, IS the computer beneficial or does it have more negatives than anything.

In the article “Who Am We?”, the author, Sherry Turkle, talks about how the internet form communities of people because of the online communication. In my opinion, people talk more on computers which includes cell phones because it is a lot faster. You have different social media websites that allows you to out a message in someone’s mailbox and it sits there until they see it. Your able to see if they received the message or not. It makes it so much convenient. Whereas with a letter, you don’t know if the person received the letter or not unless they call and tell you. But Turkle’s main concern was that people was overindulging the internet which I can understand. People spend 24/7 on the internet.

I also felt that “A Rape In Cyberspace” by Julian Dibbell also brought up the negatives of the computer/internet. This article talks about one of the biggest issues that happens in the internet which is privacy and security. The main type that many people face is when it comes to money. I think many people face this around the holidays because of the Christmas shopping and Cyber Monday. That is why it is important that you make sure that the site is on is legit. I never put my information on a website if it is not a company that I heard of. But the article makes you wonder how secure the internet actually is.

Another article that I found interesting and enjoyed is called “Why Your Brain Isn’t a Computer?”.They say that the brain works as a computer because we can retain information for a long time. Well researchers say otherwise. We actually have the power to control and choose as to what goes in our minds. Computers, on the other hand, doesn’t. Computers aren’t able to choose what goes in or not. Whatever people put in is what information computers get. And in my opinion, computers can also figure out calculation on its own that the brain can’t do. If the brain can do it , it usually takes long.

Overall, I think that the computers are beneficial. I think that there are some useful features that computers offer. But just like with anything you have to be careful. There are always dangers in everything that you do.

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Intel and the PasswordBox

Another blogger, Chelsea Ray, recently posted this article to twitter..

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This article was all about Intel Security Software purchasing and combining with a program called PasswordBox, to enhance their security. This got me curious as to what PasswordBox was exactly, and how it worked.

Take a second and think about your life on the internet. All together, how many forms of social media and communication mechanisms do you belong to? If you’re anything like me – or most people as I can imagine – you have a Facebook, a twitter, a blog, a gmail account, a yahoo account, a hotmail account, I manage my bills, I mange my banking and finances, and the list goes on. The number of passwords I need to keep track of is ridiculous, and to be honest, would be quite impossible to manage if I didn’t write them down. When I think about it, I do write all my passwords down – so what exactly is the point? Not only do we have to keep track of all of these passwords to secure our information, but we can’t even make them all the same because each site asks for different specific password requirements.

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PasswordBox is a program that allows it’s users to log into these websites and even apps without having to manually type in your password every single time you go to visit. It helps users create passwords that are still secure and complex without them having to always remember them. Over the past year PasswordBox has grown in popularity with almost 14 million downloads, and why not? Almost sounds too good to be true. Let’s have the software – free software – keep me secure, I won’t have to remember a thing. It also allows you to pass along your digital legacy to friends or family if something were to ever happen to you.

However is this a good thing? Although the program claims to be complete secure and just teamed up with a profound company, it’s scary to think that we rely on a computer program to keep track of all of our credentials and passwords for us. You hear about programs and softwares being hacked all the time. One slip up and a hacker could have everyone of your passwords and accounts. So who makes this call? Many positive reviews have been out there about the PasswordBox, and here is a very informative YouTube Video I found on PasswordBox. You make this call!

Social Media: A Parent’s Biggest Fear for their Children

Fellow Blogger, Julia McHale, recently posted this article to twitter..

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I found this to be interesting because when we think of internet safety and security, we often think people gaining access to our personal information. Whether it be through online shopping, email, or fraudulent websites, there’s always a hacker ready and waiting. When most people think of social media, they often think about the benefits: staying in touch with friends, being able to communicate with friends/family from all over the world, the ability to share pictures of our loved ones with those who we don’t always have the convince of seeing all the time, and the ability to share news and articles from a variety of people from all over the world.

However, Social Media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc., have many risk factors when it comes to our children. Although it does have many nice benefits, it takes an educated and well aware person to recognize the dangers as well. With so many young people taking over the social media sites, they have access to communicate with anyone from anywhere all over the world. Some sites such as Facebook even allows it’s users to display their phone numbers, and email addresses to the public eye.

This article brings to our attention that a recent survey by the Family Online Safety Institute revealed that Social Media was the biggest internet and online fear parents had for their children. This fear rises from the ability for their children to be exposed to indecent and crude material shared by other people they are connected to. Another interesting point that was raised in this article: that parents worried that their children’s internet time and usage could be tracked and inappropriate advertising and products would flash their screens. Along with that concern is the ability for these children to get hold of their parents credit and debit card information to make purchases and rack up crazy bills.

But how do we stop these things? How do we come to terms that we may or may not be tracked? That our children aren’t aware of the privacy settings and policies on their Facebook account. How do we stop them from being a click away from inappropriate material when it can appear anywhere at any time?

Let’s also not forget the whole point of social media: to connect. To connect with friends and family is one great benefit, but remember, just like Sherry Turkle mentions in her article “Who Am We” we can become anyone we want to be on the internet, not just ourselves, and Social Media is one of the top tools for doing so.

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Fact is that privacy settings and parental controls on the internet are hard to enforce because the internet is such a tricky sneaky world, its dimensions are nearly impossible to figure out. With only so much we can control, parents of young teens and children should do their part to the best of their ability by monitoring their children first and foremost and what exactly their doing on the internet. This includes smart phones which have the ability to connect to all of the same things the computer can.

Protect your online identity

It wasn’t until I read a recent article by Da`nielle Nicole DeVoss  and James E. Porter called “Why Napster matters to writing: Filesharing as a new ethic of digital delivery” did I realize just how connected we all really are through the internet. In the article, the two talk all about file sharing and the way files are transmitted from one computer to another over the Internet. Something that we KNOW happens, but we often don’t realize the severity of it. With the ability to be connected like that to so many people (anyone really) from all over the world, its no wonder identity theft online has become an issue. It almost seems.. easy?

I Recently posted this on twitter using the hashtag #tfebt (tweeting from everywhere but twitter) and article with tips and reminders about protecting yourself from online identity theft:

The first thing I noticed about the article (which really is a small poster with information on it) was the weird/random comment about Canada and the increased identity theft and online shopping.  Maybe this isn’t such a bad thing..

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No but seriously..

I thought it was a strange bit of information to open with, however, the article gives good advice and pointers to help maintain your privacy and security while online. It talks about social media, passwords, email, and even wi-fi. All of these things we deal with on a daily basis and in fact have become a common everyday part in our now technological lives.

Email:

Think about it, what do we even have regular mail for anymore? Even the old school way of mailing in the payments for your bills is beginning to go out the window. We use email daily for multiple forms of communication. A lot of important information is given through email, especially when it comes to online shopping. We often receive shipping and receipt information through email which can contain some pretty hefty information we wouldn’t want anyone to get a hold of. As complicated as it may be, it’s important to make sure you create a complicated password for all of your information. This simple preventative step will go a long way in keeping your information safe.

Fishy Scammer Websites:

People are sneaky! You’ve seen the television show..

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Michael Welsh even mentions it in this YouTube video “An anthropological introduction to YouTube,” authenticity is hard to come by on the internet. People are constantly pretending to be someone their not, for whatever the reason. But really.. isn’t that the beauty of the internet? However, some people have more evil intentions then others. It’s important to remember that people create fake emails and create ways to get people to visit their scamming websites, which may look a lot like the websites we all know and love! Remember not to give your password away for any reason no matter what website asks for it.

Wifi:

This is something we often don’t think about. Well, at least I never thought about it.. I’m always on the search for someones free wifi! Especially if I’m out at a store or away from home. But open wifi is dangerous. Its numerous people functioning under the same connection who can get hold of your information. NO ONLINE SHOPPING IN PUBLIC.

Social Media:

It’s important to protect yourself on social media, especially sites such as facebook. You often see many of these sites, including yahoo, other email/search engine type sites, asking for phone numbers as a better way to “keep you connected”, or to “ensure your privacy.” Social media is exactly what it’s name suggests, social. Whether you think your considered private or not under the terms and conditions of these websites, it’s never a good idea to post personal information such as your phone number or address.

Let’s wrap it all up: THE CELL PHONE

honestly.. the smartphone, is a mini computer. Anything internet related that you can do on your computer, you can do on your cell phone. I personally even pay some of my bills online through my cell phone. I can access my bank accounts through an app on my cell phone. I’m fully logged in and ready to go on every social media website there is, right on my cell phone. I can even access every bit of email from my 4 email accounts, ALL ON MY PHONE. Many people can run their entire business all through their fully functioning smartphone. It only makes sense that you would put a passcode and lock on your smartphone. This is alarming:

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It’s important for us as avid internet users to be aware of all of these things. Especially the way technology and the internet is advancing more and more today. We all think it will never happen to us, however.. you never know until it DOES happens to you.