Our social networks have become part of all walks of our life. LinkedIn was once your 'go-to' site for connecting with colleagues, but now the paths of our digital personas cross over, making Instagram and Facebook as important as WhatsApp, Snapchat and Twitter.
2013 was a year in which big data became a 'hot topic' for discussion and debate, reaching far beyond the usual industry journals and making the mainstream news for a number of good and bad reasons. With that in mind there has been a great deal of speculation about what trends we should expect to see in big data in 2014.
'You've got a virus,' my little sister said finally, sneering at me in a way that made it perfectly clear that she considered the whole matter beneath her. 'What internet security provider are you using?' I laughed, because internet security software is like ironing, or packing the night before a flight- done only by the neurotic or the elderly.
On one side is the 'Internet Safety Industrial Complex' faction that includes representatives of companies that sell internet safety technologies, i.e. Internet filtering, monitoring and age verification technologies.
Keeping your business running on a budget isn't always the easiest task. However, you can keep your business computer safe from viruses by using free virus protection software. There are a lot of options out there, so how do you know what is the best? Take a look at some of the top free virus protection software options for your business.
Any small business that thinks their modest size means they are not a target for cyber criminals only needs to look at the bigger picture. Taken together SMBs represent a substantial proportion of the market.
Children are often more technically savvy than their parents but less worldly-wise and so typically less wary about sharing information or responding to suspicious messages. This is why it's so important for parents to involve themselves in their children's online activities from a very young age.
In the pre-internet era, data security was essentially endless files filled with thousands of documents. It is hard to believe that there was a pre-internet way of doing business securely at all, or that any business that operated during those times is still going today. It must have been a head spinner to adapt to new technologies.
Let's start by assuming that if state agencies really want to carry out surveillance of your systems they will. All you can do is make it less worth their while trying.
We need a much larger, open public debate to determine the balance between security and liberty in a digital age. But too many sensible opponents are disposed to calling surveillance measures 'Orwellian'... regular refrain to our most celebrated dystopian nightmare is not helpful.
Recent work by GfK suggests that teenagers do typically consider privacy to be important and will often go to great lengths to manage it effectively. Here are five key learnings...
Online abuse is a complex issue with no easy answer, but we can all take steps to rid the world of trolls. First, stop using the word, and get real. Be compassionate, caring, and kind towards each other. Let's all live by the The Golden Rule of Twitter - tweet others as you would like to be tweeted yourself.
When Edward Snowden revealed the existence of a widespread spying programme by the NSA, the public's response to the news of the privacy incursion was intriguingly divided. Some called the whistleblower a treasonous spy; others dubbed him a privacy crusader.
I think the way we invade the private lives of others including our children have reached a point where we all need to step back for a moment and re-assess how we live as humans. On the one hand a comment about our children can be innocent enough as part of our daily social lives and conversations.
The revelations have shaken trust between the two traditional partners at a time when collaboration is more important than ever. Not only is a historic free-trade agreement at stake, but the two regions also need to work closely together on issues such as terrorism, the environment and promoting human rights and free trade.
The internet and the growth of online media platforms have changed the game. Private pasts cannot be obliterated and university scandals erased. Those involved in the latest union controversy may find when they come to search for those stressful careers their future employers are not so keen to offer them jobs.