Creative commons picture - by Enricod - http://www.flickr.com/photos/enricod/6989554817/ October marks the ninth annual National Cybersecurity Awareness Month sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security, so I assumed there would be a few interesting posts about raising awareness about cyber security. However - Today I read in the Telegraph, that parents are worried that children can get porn on their mobile phones.... While of course I do want our children to be able to use the internet and be safe - I feel this is slightly exaggerated or maybe parents just aren't informed and unaware. When they say mobile phone of course, they actually mean Smartphone - a smartphone is a mobile phone that is built on a mobile operating systems allowing internet connectivity. I don't really want to debate about why on earth these parents would they buy a child a smartphone when maybe the kids isn't responsible or savvy enough not to click things that lead to adult sites, but porn is all over the internet, we know this. If they just had a normal feature phone that just took calls - [...]
SOPA - Stop Online Piracy Act - A proposed Bill to stop or restrict access to sites that host pirated content. Sopa is basically looking for a way to finally completely shutdown all torrent sites such at Pirate Bay. Good you say...... So then why are so many social media or websites and search engines supporting or joining the black out protest against SOPA and PIPA which is the Protect IP Act the companion bill. Sopa Blackout Sites such at Google, Reddit, Wikipedia, Minecraft, Twitpic, Flickr, Tumblr, Umgur, Boing boing, and many other sites are opposing the acts saying that American companies being asked to censor the internet. Its Big Brother.They say, the internet will be fully censored, people won't share anything and if they do, search engines, websites, ad networks and providers are to withhold their services. Pirates would include anyone that is infringing copyrights. Thus will be the end of the internet as we know it. So the sites are protesting this now to raise awareness while SOPA is on hold. List of websites supporting the SOPA blackout The RedTape Contronicles say this SOPA's [...]
If you have changed your phone or swapped sim cards to another handset you might be frustrated to find that you cannot connect to your social media networks or send MMS (picture messages). That is because you need to be setting up MMS again. You may have even received a text message from T-Mobile asking your to set up these services and to reply to 34967 however it sometimes it doesn't work - the message comes back that it cannot be sent to this address. Strange! I'm not sure why this happens but it appears to be happening to a lot of people - it is the correct number so it doesn't appear to be a scam, but this error is happening and people are confused at how to set up their cell phone. T-mobile just say that they are having issues. Don't Worry... Setting Up MMS All you have to do is go to the link http://support.t-mobile.co.uk/help-and-support/index?page=home&cat=SOFTWAREDOWNLOADS and you can send yourself the correct settings anytime for free. Just follow the onscreen instructions, it takes seconds. Hope this helps
At last we have Angry Birds for Chrome web browser: you can download it immediately (beta) at the Chrome web store Now we can play Angry Birds on every device we have phone, laptop, tablet and PC. With new exciting Chrome Exclusive levels and a big screen there is no stopping us from helping the angry birds dish out revenge on the evil green pigs who have stolen the poor birds eggs! There are 70 levels available with SD or HD options and you can even play it offline. Summary - You might see me soon, off to defeat those little green pigs!
I recently explained how to change your settings on Facebook to HTTPS since they added the option due to a hacking indecent, and now finally Twitter has actually added this option for users to always use HTTPS. When a user connects to a website via HTTPS, the website encrypts the session with a digital certificate. A user can tell if they are connected to a secure website if the website URL begins with https:// instead of http:// HTTPS helps to protect your password from being stolen, especially if you are using a public WiFi network When using Twitter.com we could always use HTTPS but had to manually type it in, there is now a box for you to tick in settings to make sure that you always use the more secure HTTPS. Twitter also uses HTTPS as a default on its log-in page so that users' credentials are encrypted. Its official iPhone and iPad applications also have HTTPS as their default setting. If you are using a 3rd Party app you need to check if your have settings on there so [...]
Tuesday the 8th of February 2011 is Safer Internet Day. Safer Internet Day is organised by Insafe to promote safer and more responsible use of mobile and online technology for children and young people around the world. Insafe are Co-funded by The European Union. This is the 8th year that Safer Internet Day will be celebrated, last year saw 500 events in 65 countries worldwide.Each year Insafe chooses a different theme for people to base the activities on. This year is its Virtual lives, and the slogan is - Its more than a game, its your life. Virtual lives: Online gaming and social networking, the two most popular online activities for our youth. The aim is to get the message across to children and young people that although they are hidden behind an avatar or a gamertag, actions in virtual lives can and will affect real lives. We all need to be aware of the consequences of our online actions, whether good or bad. Children especially need to know how to be safe and responsible online and they can learn [...]