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We live in an age where CCTV is on most corners, and we allow others to watch our lives via social media. But how much are we being watched at work too? Some employers are going to extraordinary lengths to surveil their employees. From CCTV and keystroke monitoring to wearable devices to track behaviour and location, surveillance is on the rise. This may include: CCTV Email monitoring Webcam Company mobile phones Company laptops Fitness trackers to track your location Voice recording Scanning...

It would appear that ‘buying followers’ on social networks is actually a thing! Who knew?! Given the importance of likes and followers on social media profiles these days, it would be fair to say many celebs will have a degree of fake followers. The celeb in question may not even be aware as their PR company/ management could set up this without their knowledge. Countless companies are selling fake profiles, and for that reason, the business involving selling fake followers is enormous...

It is a rare person indeed that has no form of social media under the age of 40. One of the biggest questions surrounding it is “How does it affect our mental health?” The majority of us will have experienced both positive and negative impacts on social networks; hopefully, more of the former. Have you been guilty of taking numerous selfies to get the ‘perfect’ pose ready to post to social media? How many times have you not posted a picture due to worrying about what others may think about...

As technology grows at a rapid rate, many of us feel we are getting ‘left behind’. This particularly applies to our knowledge of online security. First of all, there were passwords, then PIN numbers and now biometrics, of which facial recognition is just one factor. So, what is ‘biometrics’? Biometrics is simply a technical term for measurements and calculations of the human body. It is data that proves you are who you are. Under the umbrella of biometrics not only falls facial recognition but...

After a year of deliberation, Twitter announced on February 4th, 2020 that it intends to crack down on deepfake videos. This will be implemented before the U.S. presidential campaign later this year, 2020. Deepfake videos are forms of media that have been significantly and deceptively altered from the original videos, by using artificial intelligence. The altered media can make it appear that something else is being said or even that someone else is saying it. In May 2019, Nancy Pelosi...

Over time, people have enjoyed predicting the future. The consequences of this are both eerily precise and utterly ridiculous! So, let's see some of the best in both categories. To begin, we will look at the wildly inaccurate quotes: In 1876, William Orton, the President of Western Union, had stated: “This telephone contains too many shortcomings to seriously consider it as a means of communication.” 13 years later, in 1889, Thomas Edison had decided that “fooling around with alternating...

“He thought of the telescreen with its never-sleeping ear. They could spy upon you night and day..” George Orwell, 1984. The sentiments of George Orwell have never been more accurate than of late. Social media is part of the very fabric of our existence. With so many social media platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, TikTok, Google+, LinkedIn, and Snapchat, the majority of us document our lives daily. Yet how many of us are fully mindful of what we post and the audience that views...

The Government has recently announced it is cracking down on weak default passwords, such as 1,2,3,4. Most IoT devices (Internet of Things) devices come with a default password to help make the setting up of such gadgets quick and simple. This could be 1,2,3,4 or 0,0,0,0,- weak passwords. These devices generally have an option to change the password, but how many of us do? In a world where we have so much to remember, we forget to change it, or we choose just to leave it as it is- nice and...

According to a recent 2019 study by Ofcom, the number of children owning phones, aged 9-10-years old, has doubled. Ofcom has now dubbed this the 'age of independence'. Ofcom's annual report, named Children and Parents: Media Use and And Attitudes Report 2019, is a comprehensive study conducted with 3200 parents and children around the UK. The study assessed how children use media and the type of devices used. Not only has the amount of 9-10-year-olds owning mobile phones doubled, but the study...