Category Archives: Helpful Tips

How to be Smart about Smartphone Security

By Lafawn Skipper & Caroline Malone

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From texts to your mom to important business documents, our whole lives are now on our phones and securing your personal information is more important than ever. Smartphone theft of both the physical phones and the data contained on them is a rapidly spreading crime you need to be very aware of and know how to prevent.

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The Real Story of Online Holiday Shopping

By Alicia Lux

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With the holidays coming up soon such as Hanukah, Christmas, and Kwanza, gift giving is going to be on the front of our brains and adding to the looming pressure of upcoming exams. I personally have many birthdays and anniversaries in my immediate family quickly sweeping in. With full schedules and shortened days, it leaves us with less time to leave the house to peruse the shelves of local department stores. It becomes easier to find the perfect gift with the touch of our fingers elegantly dancing across the touch screened devices while waiting for the next class or shift to start. What is the easiest and fastest way to whittle down the gift list? Online shopping of course! Amazon, Ebay, and Zulily are flooded with shoppers as the clock winds down ticking towards the craziness of gift giving bliss. I do not want to go broke on gift giving, so I want to get the most for my money.

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Glide into a new wave of Video Texting

By Nikesha Harris

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Unable to FaceTime, Hangout, or Snap Chat?  No problem. Whether you’re an iPhone or Android user there is a new form of video texting that complements any user with a switch view camera. This new software app called Glide.

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Cybersecurity Begins with the User

By Joshua Harkins & Tyler Blythe

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Sensitive data is often compromised by cyberattacks on computers.  These attacks are often a result of malware — malicious software that attempts to gain access to a computer system with the purpose of tracking or gathering sensitive information or disrupting computer operations.  Computer viruses (payloads) and spyware are two primary types of malware. The protection of sensitive data is the responsibility of a computer user, and as such, good cybersecurity begins with the user.

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All You Need To Do Is Speak

By Bethany LeSuer & Danielle Long

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Have you ever had a great idea pop into your head but you were not able to write it down? These thoughts do not always come back to you later, but now you can dictate into your smart phone by using a voice memo app.

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Free Stuff, Free Gas, Free Convenience?

By Spencer Curry & Kegan Ham

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How much do you pay for gas? It’s outrageous, right? Wouldn’t you love a solution that saves you money? Well, as cost-conscious student, we have found one at MAPCO. We are sure you’ve heard about them, but you might not realize the benefits they offer. We hope that this post will enlighten you on the subject.

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Digital Footprint

By Bobby Smith & Kevin Keenan

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Let’s just take a minute and think about the countless times we use the internet each day. The reason may differ:  paying bill, social media, shopping, or reading the news.   As we do those things, we leave information about ourselves in the cyber world, this is known as a digital footprint. If you are not aware of your digital foot, you should be.

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Fashion Meets Fitness

By Magen Bain & Sarah Murphy

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Have you ever thought about how much you really walk during the day versus how much you just sit around? Right now, a wearable device called the Fitbit is a great way to monitor your activity level! The Fitbit allows you to track how far you have walked and how many calories you burn. Not only does it track your activity during the day, but your calorie intake, weight, and sleep patterns as well. It also syncs automatically and wirelessly to your Apple, Android, or Windows phone. You can even keep up with your progress online or on your phone using your Fitbit app!

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The Truth About Facebook Messenger

By Jessica Reynolds & Georgiana Lamar

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Do you have the Facebook app? Most people do. Have you noticed that you can’t get messages through your app anymore? Well, there is a reason for that. Facebook is now requiring that everyone download the Facebook Messenger app which is causing quite an uproar. Huffington Post wrote an article about the app, its terms of service, and how it requests a lot of personal information. The article mentioned that the app could; send text messages, call people, record audio through the microphone, take pictures and videos, and read data about your contacts – all without your knowledge.

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Blogging as a Class Project

By Lisa Rich

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How many times have your heard the word “blog”? Have you ever stopped to think about what it means? For those of you who don’t know, blog is short for web log. Blogs began as Internet spaces for online users to store lists of important websites that they wanted to revisit later, kind of like marking a page in a book that you want to reread. Over time, blogs evolved into online journals or diaries where people shared information, sometimes entirely too much information, about themselves or topics of special interest.

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