Facebook and the protection of your data and privacy

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Recently, it has come to light that Facebook had allowed a breach of data, this included the personal information and very intricate details of approximately 80 million Facebook users. How did this happen?  Back in 2013, a researcher who was at Cambridge University named Alexandr Kogan created a personality quiz app. The app was installed over 300,000 times, but due to the way Facebook handled app privacy and your data, the app was able to look into the full profiles of friends, and friends...
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New Google Chrome Ad Blocker

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  This week Google announced the release of their new ad blocking service for the chrome web browser. The new update affects both the desktop and mobile versions of the Google Chrome app, and is enabled by default so there's nothing you need to do to get it working. You'll likely notice this message popping up over the next few days when you are browsing the web. Here is how it works. Google has been working with an independent consortium called the CBA or Coalition for Better Ads. This gro...
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Internet on the go - Tethering & TurboHubs

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​ If you travel around a lot for your job or work out in the fields there is a few things you can do to stay connected and access the internet while in most remote locations. Today we are talking about hotspots and tethering. With a good portion of Alberta now having LTE coverage for mobility, you have enough speeds available to be able to connect to the internet from your laptop and work while on the road. There are essentially two different ways you can do this. The first option is tethering. ...
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Facebook - New mandate, new directions!

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Some interested news this week from the world of Facebook. Mark Zuckerberg announced a new direction and focus for Facebook, with a new mission statement as well stating "Give people the power to build community and bring the world closer." One of the first steps Facebook is taking towards this goal of creating a sense of purpose for all is to push it's nearly 2 billion users towards using Facebook's group & community features. Facebook's Communities Summit for top group admins was held just...
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Why You NEED Patch Management

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One of the most important aspects of using computers to run your business is to ensure that they are safe and secure, that your data is secured, and threats caused by having computers connected to the Internet are minimized. With the current outbreak of yet another RansomWare threat this past week, it is even more important to ensure your systems are protected, and you have very solid backups in place. Over the next several weeks I will go over steps you can do to ensure your systems are safe, a...
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The SmartPhone - Redesigned. The New Samsung Galaxy S8 Series SmartPhone

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Samsung has changed the game with the new Galaxy S8 and S8+ phones, launched this week. The new Galaxy S8 is the latest edition of the extremely popular Galaxy S series of premium Smartphone. Samsung has taken things to the next level, by changing the standard phone design, and removing the entire bezel or border of the phone.This means the screen is MUCH bigger yet the phone is the exact same physical size. In addition to the beautiful new screen, the design implements a curved screen design th...
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The Importance of Security Patches

The Importance of Security Patches
Wikileaks has released more documents as part of their Vault7 data dump release of documents taken from the CIA. This new group of documents includes information on many different hacker utilities that the CIA had access to for gaining access to a iPhone or Mac laptop. Two important things are the big take away from this. 1.     Apple, like most of the big tech companies, takes security on their devices very seriously.They have patched their operating systems as fast as possible w...
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Is 2017 the year of Augmented Reality?

Is 2017 the year of Augmented Reality?
Augmented Reality had been around for a while, but it is getting much better as both the technology side of things improves, and developers come up with new and unique ways to use this tech. Google is investing heavily into this space with the Google Tango platform.Google Tango is a combination of a few things combined to give augmented realty while inside a building. First of all the phone or tablet needs to have two forward facing cameras, which allows Google Tango to see the world in 3D, as t...
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What does the WikiLeaks Vault 7 release mean to me?

What does the WikiLeaks Vault 7 release mean to me?
If you haven't already heard, WikiLeaks has released close to 8000 documents and web pages from the CIA.  To summarize what was released, these documents provide proof that the CIA and other allied intelligence agencies have the ability to spy on you via your computer, your tablet, smartphone, and even in some cases your television if it's a Samsung smart TV.  According to WikiLeaks the information given out is only a small sample of what they have, however they are contacting the manu...
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