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11 Ways to Protect Your Privacy Online

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1. Lock down your social media.

Most people signup for a Facebook account and just start using it. When someone invites them to play a game or join a group, they just click the button to give those apps authorization to access and use their account information, their list of friends, etc. This data is later used by companies to create network graphs of all of the relationships a person has with others.

Our suggestions:

  • Use privacy controls in your Facebook settings.
  • Pay close attention to which “apps” you give permission to use your information.
  • Read through the many settings and options. It is worth taking 10 minutes to read each one on Facebook.
  • Pinterest, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIN and others all have privacy and security settings. Take advantage of them.

2. Use a secure browser.

Unfortunately, Microsoft has consistently shown that it is a favorite target of hackers. Use an alternative browser to Internet Explorer. Safari, Firefox, and Google Chrome are all better choices. Whichever browser you are using, also look into its security menu, extensions and privacy (in Safari) and set the security choices you are comfortable with. Read More

The 5 Best Email Apps for Power Users

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1. Mailbox

Supported platforms:    Gmail, iCloud

Mailbox is premised on the idea of “inbox zero”— that each email should be dealt with as soon as it is received. The app relies heavily on gestures to make the sorting process quick and easy— swipe across each message to delete, archive, or save for later. Auto-swipe, a recently introduced feature, streamlines that process even further by learning from your habits to predict what you want to do with individual messages.


2. Acompli

Supported Platforms: Microsoft Exchange, Office 365, Google Apps, Gmail, iCloud, Outlook.com, Hotmail, MSN, Live.

Acompli launched earlier this year with the goal of simplifying email. The app emphasizes being able to quickly find the information you want and includes a built-in calendar so you can view and schedule appointments from within the app. It also has separate sections for viewing files and people so you can see all your recent attachments and all the people with whom you have recently connected in one place.

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White House Calls for Big Data Reforms to Protect Privacy

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The White House released a report on Thursday that analyzes big data, laying down a series of policy recommendations to protect the privacy of Americans while utilizing large amounts of data made available by technology.The main recommendations of the report, the result of a 90-day review led by White House counselor John Podesta, are to push for cybersecurity legislation, update a much-maligned email privacy law and extend privacy protections traditionally granted to Americans to the rest of the world



“A significant finding of this report is that big data analytics have the potential to eclipse longstanding civil rights protections in how personal information is used,” warns Podesta in the introduction of the report. Read More

13 PHP Frameworks to Help Build Agile Applications

in Technology, Uncategorized, Web Design 

Building software applications can be a complex, time consuming process, however utilizing a framework can help you develop projects faster (by reusing generic components and modules), and work better (building on one unified structural foundation).Using a framework also facilitates scalability and long-term maintenance by complying with development standards, keeping your code organized and allowing your application to evolve and grow over time.


1. Laravel

Laravel is a PHP web application framework with expressive, elegant syntax, aiming to take the pain out of web development by easing common tasks, such as authentication, routing, sessions and caching. It provides, accessible, powerful tools needed to build, large robust applications, with an inversion control container, expressive migration system, and tightly integrated unit testing support. Laravel can be used for huge

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10 Major Technology Trends in Education

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1. Personal Access to Mobile Devices

According to the 2013 results, students overwhelmingly have access to personal mobile devices. “If there was any doubt in our mind that we were beyond the tipping point in terms of kids carrying a computer in their pocket, backpack or purse,” she said, “we’re there.”

Specifically, said Evans, 89 percent of high schools students have access to Internet-connected smart phones, while 50 percent of students in grades 3 through 5 have access to the same type of devices. High school student access to tablets tops out at 50 percent and laptops come in at 60 percent. In addition to personal access, the survey found about a third of students have access to a device (typically laptops or tablets) in their school.

2. Internet Connectivity

For Evans, this was an interesting set of  statistics showing the ways students generally connect to the Internet when at home. According to the study, 64 percent of students surveyed identify 3G- or 4G-enabled devices as their primary means of connecting to the Internet, with another 23 percent saying they connect through an Internet-enabled TV or Wii console. When asked why traditional broadband access wasn’t their primary means of connectivity, students said there was less contention for access with other members of the family through these non-traditional devices. Read More

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