Are You The Searcher Or The Searched?

Are you searching or being searched? Many websites such as Google, Yahoo and Facebook are performing an action on you called data mining every time you use them. This tracks what you look at, what you search, what results you click on and more. The point of this isn’t for a study sadly. it’s to aim advertisements and products at you. I’m sure you have noticed at one point or another that the advertisements on the side of a website are awfully specific for you or oddly similar to something you searched recently. That’s data mining. I am sure you feel its invasive and in many ways it is. Take the story here (http://www.forbes.com/sites/kashmirhill/2012/02/16/how-target-figured-out-a-teen-girl-was-pregnant-before-her-father-did/) about how target figured out that a teenage girl was pregnant before her father did and the drama it caused! I’m sure you are wondering “how can I stop this from happening?” an easy fix is to disable cookies for websites. That makes it harder for some sites to track you. You may also wish to install a web browser advertising blocker program. One example is Ad Block Plus. There are also some internet browsers that are supposed to help reduce some of these risks, such as Aviator. There are no guarantees though. In the end you need to be aware that if you want to be on the internet, which has many benefits, you are also accepting the fact that others are interested in what you do on the internet any way you try.

Websites On The Go: Mobile Phones and Websites

Im sure you all know of what a smart phone is by now, but did you know in many ways the smart phone industry is stealing some of the thunder from the Macs and PCs? Instead of going their desktop or laptop to look up a website, now people are doing it from their cell phones and tablets. In the old day a website just needed to look good in Internet Explorer and Safari, but now it needs to look good not only on computer browsers but on the screens and displays of all tablets and smart phones. To better understand this id suggest looking at a couple websites on your smart phone, if its hard to work with,read, or follow its not mobile friendly, an example of a mobile friendly site is http://www.alwaysaspergers.com which was custom built to be mobile friendly, screen reader accessible and more, if you would like more information or would like to have a professional web developer look at your website, call 248-425-0009

 

 

It may be time to replace your Windows

Drum Roll Please!!!!

 

On July 29, 2015 Microsoft will be releasing their latest version of Windows, Windows 10.

 

Starting today, you might be seeing a new icon in your task tray (right side of the start bar) that looks like the windows logo (4 rectangular squares).  This is the icon showing that you are eligible for the FREE windows upgrade.  You can click on it and choose to have windows 10 installed as soon as Microsoft releases it.

 

But, at this time you don’t need to rush to do that.  The software will be available for free for 1 year from the July 29th date.  Even though the operating system seems to be functioning well during tests, there are always issue that will appear once the mass market starts to use any new operating system.

 

My suggestion is to wait at least a month before doing the upgrade to give time for the biggest issues to be corrected.

 

In the meantime, if you would like to get to know more about the upgrade, you can right click on the icon and there is an option that will take you to a location that will show you more information about the upgrade and the new operating system.

 

The upgrade is something that you will want to schedule a good time to accomplish where you won’t be inconvenienced by not being able to use the computer while the update is being performed.  It could take an hour or more to complete.  As always, if you would like help with it, you can always contact us and we will be glad to help you with the updating of all of your computers.

 

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