Beware of Internet offers!

So we were chatting with a friend the other day who did a short stint as a telemarketer. So we asked them how they got the information to people to call especially since almost everyone we know is on the National do-not-call list. She told us that whenever we fill in ones of those oh so enticing offers where we could get an iPhone or iPad free or even a 46″ TV free our information is collected into a database and sold to telemarketing companies.

So caveat emptor – which means for those of you who don’t speak Latin – Let the buyer beware.  If the offer seems to good to be true then it probably is!

Safety on the Internet

Internet safety is a huge issue nowadays specially in the light of predators and al kinds of crazies online. For you parents out there and even some adults who aren’t sure what information you should and should post online – this site is for you. This comprehensive site uses videos and interactive games to  stress the importance of internet safety. It also has a real life section where teens have shared their own stories about online victimization.

Some of topics covered are gaming, social networking, chat rooms, predators, cyberbullying and what information should and shouldn’t be posted on the internet.

Be sure to check out their site at NSTeens – Safety on the Internet. Here is an example of one of the videos.

Cyber Reputations and your professional future

Cyber reputations matter! More and more companies are checking your online persona before they even call you in for an interview. Check out this news clip from NBC News on some of the ways to safeguard and maintain your professional reputation

Identity Theft: How is it done?

Saw this great article at Ladner Business Asssociation’s website:

HOW THIEVES GET YOUR IDENTITY:

  • Dumpster Diving—Going through your trash.
  • Skimming—Storing your credit card number in a special storage device when processing your card.
  • Phishing—Pretending to be a financial institution and sending scam alerts to get your personal information.
  • Changing Your Address—Completing a change of address form to get your mail and personal statements.
  • Stealing—Taking your purse, wallet, mail, pre-approved credit cards, new checks, personnel files from work, or tax information.

For tips on how to prevent identity theft check out their article @ LBA’s Identity Theft Weekly Tips

Social Media can change your life!

In recent times, we have noticed that social media has taken hold of our very lives. It is now crucial that twitter, facebook and blogs are included in any potentially successful marketing plan.

In fact it is possibly the best way to take it to the people and allow them to be heard. It is also possibly cost effective and helps companies and governments make changes that are “people-approved.”

If you are still unconvinced about the power of Social Media then check out this article where Iceland is using social media to make changes to its constitution.

Read it at USA Today

So many tablet choices which one to pick?

We want to get a tablet but we have been deliberating over which ones we would like and so we have been scouring the market comparing product, price, compatability, user friendliness, and features.

Just saw a great article online that helped us make our decision.

Tablet mania: Five hot tablets for work and play

By Marc Saltzman, For Postmedia News June 9, 2011

Since Apple’s groundbreaking product was released in April  last year, a proliferation of tablet brands have hit the market with limited  success, and manufacturers have also been hurt by eroding demand for traditional  PCs.

Not all tablets are created equal.

Many of these devices offer similar features – namely, a seven- to 10-inch  touch screen, one or two cameras, and the ability to download inexpensive apps  wirelessly from an online store. But they don’t all offer the same performance,  intuitive interface, software selection and battery life.

More than 100 tablets are expected to debut in 2011 alone, so you might be  wondering which one is for you. The following is a quick look at five of the  most popular picks, and our choice for best all-around tablet.

BlackBerry PlayBook (from $499)

Get work done, and then have some fun. The all-black seven-inch BlackBerry  PlayBook from Canada’s own Research in Motion is a fast and powerful tablet with  beefy security to protect your company data, a stunning screen to create a  spreadsheet or play a game, and dual HD cameras: one for taking pictures and  shooting video, and the other for video conference calls. While not everyone  likes this feature, an optional “BlackBerry Bridge” connection wirelessly  tethers to a nearby BlackBerry (via Bluetooth) so you can read your email and  BlackBerry Messenger discussions on the tablet; RIM says this doesn’t expose  potentially confidential messages if the PlayBook is lost or stolen. This tablet  is available with 16 gigabytes, 32 GB or 64 GB of memory.

Motorola Xoom ($599.99)

With a boatload of horsepower thanks to a dual-core processor and a gigabyte  of system memory (RAM), the 10.1-inch Motorola Xoom (pronounced “zoom”) runs all  your apps speedily and smoothly. Powered by the Android 3.0 (“Honeycomb”)  platform, you can use your fingertip to swipe through integrated Google tools  such as 3-D maps, download e-books or play a handful of games when you’ve got  some downtime. Like the BlackBerry PlayBook, the Xoom has dual cameras and a web  browser that supports Flash sites. Memory isn’t expandable, but you’ve got 32 GB  of integrated storage for all your media and other files. Optional accessories  include a multimedia dock to connect to a HDTV or monitor, Bluetooth keyboard or  wireless mouse.

iPad 2 (from $519)

The company that started the consumer tablet craze has done it again with the  iPad 2, a refined version of last year’s iPad. Apple didn’t mess with what made  the original an undeniable hit – a stunning 9.7-inch screen, incredible  intuitive user-interface and most importantly, a direct link to the amazing App  Store and its more than 400,000 downloads. But it added dual cameras (one for  FaceTime video chats), twice the performance, a slimmer and lighter design,  gyroscope sensor, and more. Also, only the iPad and iPad 2 – available in 16 GB,  32 GB and 64 GB capacities (Wi-Fi or Wi-Fi + 3G) – smoothly syncs with your PC  or Mac’s iTunes library. Available in 10 colours, SmartCovers magnetically  attach to the iPad 2’s edge to protect the screen, wake up the tablet and serve  as two different stands. This is without a doubt the best available tablet.

Samsung Galaxy Tab ($399.95)

While the Galaxy Tab 2 might be out by the time you read this, Samsung is  still enjoying success from last year’s seven-inch touch screen tablet. This  Android 2.2 (“Froyo”)-powered device has a number of compelling features such as  a portable size and mere 13-ounce weight (to fit in a purse or suit pocket),  expandable memory (via microSD cards), two cameras and full access to the  Android Market and its more than 250,000 software downloads. Camera quality and  battery life aren’t quite up to par, but this might serve as a less expensive  alternative to newer Android tablets like the Motorola Xoom and LG Optimus  Pad.

LG Optimus Pad (from $449.99 on three-year Rogers plan)

For the entertainment enthusiast, LG’s 8.9-inch Optimus Pad is the world’s  first touch screen tablet that can snap pictures or shoot video in 3-D, which  can then be played back on a compatible 3-D TV via HDMI cable. Running on  Android 3.0 (“Honeycomb”), this Rogers exclusive delivers Wi-Fi and 3G, with  download speeds up to 14.4 Mbps, and the ability to create a personal hot spot  for other nearby devices. Other features include a dual-core 1GHz processor,  multiple cameras (including support for video calling) and a web browser with  both Flash 10.2 and HTML 5 support. Like the Motorola Xoom, capacity is capped  at 32 GB.

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Lost data? Get your computer BACKED UP!

If you fancy yourself a fan of ‘Sex and the City’ (this means you too guys, we know you’ve watched it) then you may remember an unfortunate episode where Carrie gets ‘sad Mac-ed’. In simpler terms, her entire life’s work became trapped inside of a crashed computer–and she wasn’t even aware that backing up her files was an option. If you’re somebody who holds a wealth of important information on your computer let this informative episode be a lesson to you. We suggest you get your computer digitally backed up to ensure you don’t suffer the same unfortunate fate.

Make sure you back up everything important with an online data backup solution. We suggest RapidBackup or similar online backup services that are simple, secure, easy to use and loaded with features such as unlimited storage and global accessibility. The comprehensive system you choose should back up your files as soon as they’re saved so there’s no need to remember to back them up yourself.

Avoid a computer crash catastrophe and make sure your important documents don’t disappear ever!

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In true Canadian fashion welcome, bienvenue, namaste, sat sri akal, huān yíng, and bienvenido to our new blog!

Technology is expanding so rapidly these days that we realize that as the ‘experts’ it is our duty to keep you informed and upto date with all that is happening today. Twenty years ago no one had heard of email, facebook, myspace, youtube, linked in, tweeting, internet shopping or virtual identity theft! Today our livelihood and our very lives depend on these ever changing trends.

So here is our promise:- To keep you apprised of changes in technology, product updates, new products and applications that can make you life easier, as well as tips and techniques to protect and safeguard your personal information.

That’s it for now folks. Thanks for dropping by. Ciao, sayanora, and auf wiedersehen