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The life and times of the WWW

Thursday, April 20th, 2017 by

Imagine you’re trying to learn about cats using a computer. You do a keyword search, only… nothing comes up. Perhaps you’re not using the right keywords? Are you sure the information is even on this computer? Finally, someone gives you a floppy disk, but it turns out your computer can’t read it, so you go to a different computer. Now you have a new problem: you have no idea how to use the software. You give up on all this computer stuff and ask someone to teach you about cats over a cup of coffee.

Welcome to sharing information in 1989. Thankfully it’s not that hard these days, thanks to Tim Berners-Lee and the invention of the World Wide Web, an application that is crucial to viewing content shared over the internet.

Let’s take a look at just how much the WWW changed the internet that we use today. (more…)

A backup today keeps the tears away!

Tuesday, March 21st, 2017 by

Every year just before April Fools’ Day, World Backup Day takes place on March 31st. Unlike April Fools, World Backup Day is no laughing matter—it’s an important reminder for people worldwide to back up their personal data!

We all have important data on our computers, phones, and tablets. There’s photos of our family and friends, contact information, important documents, and much more. No matter how careful you are, it’s very easy to lose that data. Accidents and hardware failures happen, phones get lost, viruses and malware destroy (or ransom) your files, and disasters can occur. (more…)

Data Protection Day

Wednesday, January 25th, 2017 by

The privacy of your data is important, so it’s a good thing that the 28th of January is dedicated to raising awareness about online privacy. Data Protection Day commemorates the signing of Convention 108, the first international treaty dealing with privacy and data protection, way back in 1981.

Why is privacy so important? You may think you have nothing to hide, but your information is valuable, and can even be dangerous in the wrong hands. Some information is just embarrassing, like those cringe-worthy teen photos your mum put on Facebook. Other information is much more serious, such as your bank details or credit information. Because of this, it’s a good idea to know who has your information, how it’s used, and what steps you can take to keep it safe. (more…)

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