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How to Stay Safe in the Physical World and Defend Yourself in Public

As humans who live in societies with other humans, we have to be aware of the fact that someone else might try to hurt us. That doesn’t mean you should be afraid of everyone; it just means that you should learn how to be more aware. You should also know how to defend yourself if…

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Scam Survivors Support Groups

No matter how careful you are, you can still fall victim to an online scam. Scammers have upped their game and can spoof even the most trusted websites, making it difficult to tell the difference between a trusted site like Amazon or Paypal and a scam site, developed to mine for sensitive information.  The financial…

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Catfished: A Cautionary Tale

The term “catfished” is often used when a stranger reaches out to you and isn’t entirely forthcoming about their personal details. However, most catfish create an entirely false persona–nothing they share with online friends ultimately proves real. According to Review 42, 53% of online dating profiles contain lies, 83% of Facebook profiles are fake (that’s…

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A History of Pop-ups and How to Allow Them on Safari

In the earliest days of surfing the web, pop-up ads haunted us all. If we clicked on the wrong website, we might find the content suffocated by a million pop-ups–mostly ads–that sought to gain our consumer dollars or were a cloak that hackers hid behind. Pop-ups became synonymous with the worst of the internet, and…

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Google’s Making Data Portability Safety a Priority

When you hear “Google Takeout,” you might start to conjure up the celebrity-laden “Uber Eats” commercials promoting food deliveries and think Google is having its turn. But not so fast. Google’s “takeout” has nothing to do with pizza, Kung Pao chicken, or sushi rolls. The only thing they’re delivering is the convenience of transferable data.…

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Technology from James Bond Movies that Exists Now

James Bond movies first hit the silver screen in 1962 with the release of Dr. No. Based on the Ian Fleming novels of the same name, the James Bond films instantly ingrained themselves in the pop culture zeitgeist. Multiple generations have oohed and aahed as they’ve watched the British spy use cool technology to nab…

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Is Your Boss Allowed to Track Your Internet Usage?

With so many people working from home now, one big question employees have started asking is: Can my boss spy on my Internet usage? Simply put, it depends. Each company is different and has its own security and privacy needs. Some businesses deal with a great deal of customer data and others don’t. It depends…

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The Problem with YouTube’s Algorithm

As a content sharing platform, YouTube has rules that its users must follow. Videos posted on the platform have to follow YouTube’s Community Guidelines, which cover everything from spam and external links to misinformation and hate speech. YouTube is a massive platform, though, with 2 billion monthly active users and more than 500 hours of…

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