Reflection

   Introduction:

       The fall semester has come and pass like a wind. I didn’t notice how fast time flew this semester. I started the semester being very optimistic but pessimism came along the way when the fear of not making an A grade begins to become real. It is never too late to give up for an A. This is why it is very necessary that I make some adjustment on how I spend my time. If one knows how to manage his or her time, he or she will know how to manage his or her school work. Everything should be done according to priority. School is very important and work is important too. The one you dedicate yourself to the most becomes your priority. I think school should be made the first priority especially for a student who wants outstanding results. It is the results we have now that will determine or make the difference in the future. Everything doing is worth doing well. A student means someone who studies not someone who works or play or party. Therefore, it is necessary that if you are a student, just be a student.

            Internet and Society Course

      The course, Internet and society is one of the best courses that I have taken so far. I was really lagging behind with respect to knowing how to interact and get my desires and ideas to others. This course has not only helped to improve my computer skill but open my eyes wide to the many opportunities offered by the internet. The skills I have learnt in this class will profit me for a lifetime. 

          Make a change each semester

   Timing is an important act to bring into consciousness a duty to fulfill. I have been able to do my assignments on time this semester. It was a responsibility I have not met some previous semester out of being busy with work or out of negligence. It is necessary that one should make a change each semester to improve on a lot of things especially those ones that may have a negative effect.

     The fall semester have been a great semester and I look forward to the finals in December with an optimistic eye.

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intsocclass

Introduction: They are many communication tools out there that an individual or a business can use to advertise their products to the world. According to information at http://expandedramblings.com/index.php/resource-how-many-people-use-the-top-social-media/, they are many social media websites than one could imagine. People and business use these sites to bring information about new products to consumers.

Electronic mail and social media websites

The top electronic mail service providers are Gmail, Hotmail and Yahoo! Mail and they are called the original social networks. These are the media most used by individuals and business to pass out their information. Among social media websites, we have Facebook topping the chart with YouTube and QQ, the Chinese social network coming second and third respectively.

Some of the social media websites developed faster than one could  imagine. For example, Facebook now has many users far more than the three original social networks; Gmail, Yahoo Mail and Hotmail. However, the original social networks have their value which can not be…

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Internet communication tools

Introduction: They are many communication tools out there that an individual or a business can use to advertise their products to the world. According to information at http://expandedramblings.com/index.php/resource-how-many-people-use-the-top-social-media/, they are many social media websites than one could imagine. People and business use these sites to bring information about new products to consumers.

Electronic mail and social media websites

The top electronic mail service providers are Gmail, Hotmail and Yahoo! Mail and they are called the original social networks. These are the media most used by individuals and business to pass out their information. Among social media websites, we have Facebook topping the chart with YouTube and QQ, the Chinese social network coming second and third respectively.

Some of the social media websites developed faster than one could  imagine. For example, Facebook now has many users far more than the three original social networks; Gmail, Yahoo Mail and Hotmail. However, the original social networks have their value which can not be compromised for a Facebook account. Although I have a Facebook account, I still cannot do without my yahoo mail and Gmail. I get all my mails through yahoo mail and I use the Gmail on my android phone.

Looking for customers if you have a business

To Launch into the deep to find customers, one must have in mind the target group. It is therefore necessary to use the appropriate social media to reach the target group. For example, if you wish to reach the old folks, you have to use what they are used to. That is through the email system. Before the new social media came, the old people were used to their emails. The old like their old ways. They don’t worship the new. As for the youths, Facebook and twitter is their place. The more people one can reach, in any case, the more probability that one has to succeed. Therefore, launch into the deep and make yourself and your business known.

http://www.techi.com/2011/07/how-social-media-fits-in-with-business-communications/

http://expandedramblings.com/index.php/resource-how-many-people-use-the-top-social-media/ 

Internet and the new age

  Introduction:  In the olden days, life was very challenging, many people died because of lack of knowledge or access to knowledge. I can literally say that the world was blind. Then, the internet came and gave a bright sight to the world. Many cultures were very primitive in the past but as the internet came with an opportunity to learn good things from other cultures, many human cultures have advance dramatically. One publicized deed is known all over the world. People have become more famous and talents have been exposed thanks to the internet. Emails brought a new way of communicating instantly and more information have been exchanged in a speedy manner.

The Online Business

 Many businesses have gone online because the world is now online. According to Oliver Burkeman of the Guardian, a UK based newspaper, about 1.7 billion people are online. This makes it easy to sell a good because a business is being brought to billions of people. Like me, most people do shopping online because they can choose from a variety of goods with low prices. The internet market has become more competitive and many goods have become cheaper because the person who sells with the lower price sells more than the person who sell at a higher price. Big businesses like Ebay and Amazon bring sellers from all over the world while people sit in the comfort of their homes and buy goods.

   Online relationship

 Some people have found their wife or husband online. The lonely can go online and find friends to communicate and laugh. Boys have found a place to play games and music and entertain themselves while girls mostly spend time on social media websites with their new friends. Life have become so busy and entertaining. Internet has helped to increase lifespan and there is nothing we can be more grateful for than the internet.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2009/oct/23/internet-40-history-arpanet

http://www.lockergnome.com/news/2011/10/17/how-has-the-internet-changed-the-world/

Internet Use at the Workplace

Introduction:

   Life in the workplace has been made easy thanks to the internet. Work have become more interesting and less tiring because workers tend to relax their mind by browsing on the internet. The internet use in the workplace can therefore be for pleasure and for work. Can it be used for both at the same time? I think workers should be allowed to use the internet during break periods not doing it while working. But it has been known that when workers become distracted from their work by putting more attention to the pleasure they get from browsing, it lowers productivity. In the other hand, if they do it during periods of breaks, it increases productivity by 9% (Specht, Internet usage at work makes you productive, 2009).

Morality in the workplace

  Should workers be permitted to browse whatever they like? No! This is because the internet at workplace can be abused. Workers should not be allowed to visit inappropriate sites like adult websites. It does not only affect the workplace environment negatively; most of these adult websites have malwares and spywares that can corrupt files and intrude on privacy. It is therefore necessary for the employer to monitor the online activities of employees and inform them about the reasons for putting in a monitoring software.

   Finally, inappropriate use of internet at workplace can prompt acts like gossiping, bullying of coworkers, and criticisms. This is because there are times that some employees seem not to be happy, and they can use the social online media to criticize their bosses, make threats, and gossip about other coworkers. Guidelines should be made on how to surf the internet at workplace and things that can be done or cannot be done. However, Internet use in the workplace has brought much life to the workplace.

http://www.gfi.com/internet-monitoring-software/internet-usage-policy

http://specht.com.au/michael/2009/04/03/internet-usage-at-work-makes-you-productive/

Hacking

 Introduction:

  Hacking is an art that brings technology to a new level. I prefer to view it as something positive. Hacking has a new meaning in the twenty-first century. The good hackers are few to count and the malicious ones are now defining the profession. However, the good hackers still come together for the good of mankind while the bad ones are merging too to see a way to make illegal gains from the profession. The USA Patriot act gave a hard blow on hackers by increasing the sentence for the crime from five years to 10 years. It also gave the right to intelligence officers and cyber crime fighters to investigate Hackers without obtaining any court order. This has made some significance because Hackers have been made more vulnerable to exposure. They can’t hide for too long. Evidence shows that all the most noted cyber criminals have been caught and brought to book.

   The good Hackers

Following the article on www.guardian.co.uk about Good hackers, it shows that the good hackers are bringing their hacking skills together to see how they can improve on internet data. The event is a feast which they call Hackathon. They come together to this feast occasionally to learn from each other and see how they can unite their ideas and bring up something that is new and beneficial to the internet community.

Conclusion:

    When creativity is driven by the edge to improve on human life and services, it brings glory. The good Hackers are celebrating their skills in daylight and in media spotlight while the bad hackers are in the hiding. 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2012/sep/30/hackathon-digital-art-technology-online

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/10/121002091753.htm

 

 

Phishing

      Phishing emails and website are very common now in the age of technology. Scamming have reach a whole high level and many people have little knowledge on how to distinguish a phishing website from a legitimate website. This is the main reason behind the success of many cyber-criminals these days. I will be given you some slight details to distinguish a phishing website from a legitimate website. To begin with, i will advise you to take the online Phishing test to determine your knowledge about phishing emails and websites.

Some information to note about phishing emails and websites.

  Check on spelling and bad grammar. Most cyber-criminals are good at making grammatical errors and spelling errors. If you see an email or a website with spelling errors, know that it may be a phishing email or website.

check on the links to make sure it corresponds to the company’s website address. Just place your mouse on the link to see the encrypted code, if it does not match those of the company, know that it is a phishing email. Most companies too don’t send links through emails. This should be an added alert.

See if there is any threat in the words you read. For example,  if they write that if you do not carry out this action, you are going to lose everything, know immediately it a phishing email or website.

Phishing phone calls

   Phishing phone calls are many these days. I have received many in the past months because i have been a victim of phishing emails and websites many times in the past. I had little knowledge about phishing emails and websites and i had responded to these emails and fill forms on phishing websites putting in my cell number. Each time i tell them that i’m not interested but they never give up. They will wait for some months and still call back. How patient they are! Anyway, this is what they do for a living.

http://www.microsoft.com/security/online-privacy/phishing-symptoms.aspx

http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/consumer/alerts/alt127.shtm