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review 2014-06-22 05:29
#scandal by Sarah Ockler
#scandal - Sarah Ockler

"Lucy’s learned some important lessons from tabloid darling Jayla Heart’s all-too-public blunders: Avoid the spotlight, don’t feed the Internet trolls, and keep your secrets secret. The policy has served Lucy well all through high school, so when her best friend Ellie gets sick before prom and begs her to step in as Cole’s date, she accepts with a smile, silencing about ten different reservations. Like the one where she’d rather stay home shredding online zombies. And the one where she hates playing dress-up. And especially the one where she’s been secretly in love with Cole since the dawn of time.

When Cole surprises her at the after party with a kiss under the stars, it’s everything Lucy has ever dreamed of… and the biggest BFF deal-breaker ever. Despite Cole’s lingering sweetness, Lucy knows they’ll have to ’fess up to Ellie. But before they get the chance, Lucy’s own Facebook profile mysteriously explodes with compromising pics of her and Cole, along with tons of other students’ party indiscretions. Tagged. Liked. And furiously viral.

By Monday morning, Lucy’s been branded a slut, a backstabber, and a narc, mired in a tabloid-worthy scandal just weeks before graduation. 

Lucy’s been battling undead masses online long enough to know there’s only one way to survive a disaster of this magnitude: Stand up and fight. Game plan? Uncover and expose the Facebook hacker, win back her best friend’s trust, and graduate with a clean slate.

There’s just one snag—Cole. Turns out Lucy’s not the only one who’s been harboring unrequited love..."


While I was reading this book, I couldn't stop but think on how relatable this novel can be to all the madness that happens with some people online. And at the same time it made me extremely frightened of posting, like, anything!

It's a fun read at the same time that it made me think on how the online life can pretty much mess with someone. The main character, Lucy, is quite an introvert like myself, so it was easier to relate to her than for a couple of the other characters we see through this novel.

Totally recommend for those who want a thoughtful contemporary to read this summer, for me it was a legit 4.5/5 stars, for sure!

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review 2014-01-25 00:00
Oh Myyy! (There Goes The Internet): Life, the Internet and Everything
Oh Myyy! (There Goes The Internet): Life, the Internet and Everything - George Takei A short rumination by the irrepressible Takei on how social media works and how he came to be one of it's most popular denizens. Nothing earthshattering here, but it's an enjoyable read.
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url 2014-01-11 02:35
Hack-proof your life: A guide to Internet privacy in 2014

It's no secret that 2013 wasn't a great year for Internet privacy.


Users had their information stolen en masse from private databases, including a security breach in November that reportedly resulted in 42 million unencrypted passwords being stolen from Australian-based Cupid Media, which was followed by a massive hack of Target credit and debit card information.


So, what's a concerned netizen to do in 2014? Turns out there are plenty of ways to keep your data safe without breaking your Internet addiction.


Take two steps towards better security


Even if you aren't worried about NSA agents reading your email, you should still be concerned about hackers taking a peek at your sensitive bank information or your "50 Shades of Grey" fan fiction.


That is why it's a good idea to take advantage of two-step verification, something thatGoogle, Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and other companies have been pushing more often lately as big password leaks have hit the news.


Basically, not only will the service ask you for your password, but it will provide you with a code via a text message or an authentication app that will verify your identity.

“People should take the extra step because it’s incredibly effective in making it hard for someone to break into your account,” Yan Zhu, technologist for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, an advocate for Internet privacy, told NBC News. “They not only need access to something you know — which is your password — but they need access to something you own, which is your phone or another secondary device.”


Check your URL


Every website you visit should have "https" before the URL in the browser, instead of just "http," to ensure Web traffic is encrypted for a more secure connection — especially in spaces with public Wi-Fi like airports and cafes. What do you do if that extra "s" is missing? You might want to install HTTPS Everywhere, a browser plug-in for Chrome, Firefox and Opera that rewrites requests to websites to keep you protected.


Change your terrible password


The top three passwords in a November security breach that reportedly affected 38 million Adobe customer accounts:


  • 123456
  • 123456789
  • Password

Not exactly impenetrable. And password cracking software — much of it freely available — isonly getting more advanced. So how can you protect yourself?


“Use long passwords, at least eight characters, but the longer the better,” Maxim Weinstein, security advisor at Sophos, wrote to NBC News. “Avoid words (including names) and predictable patterns like adding a number to the end of a word. One trick is to choose a phrase or song lyric and use the first letter of each word (e.g., “Oh, say can you see, by the dawn’s early light” equals "oscysbtdel"), perhaps making some substitutions to make it more complex.” READ MORE HERE.



Did you know…?



Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden leaked thousands of classified documents that revealed the depths of the agency's electronic surveillance program.

Source: www.nbcnews.com/technology/how-protect-your-internet-privacy-2014-2D11762947
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