All the hoo-hah that has erupted over the trolls invading the Southland Trader Co Facebook page is a good example of why we all should be careful about our online privacy.
If you upload photos to a social network site such as Facebook, you need to be aware of who will see those photos. And even more importantly, who can steal those photos.
I'm not singling out Facebook for criticism: all content you upload to the web is vulnerable. It's quite simply that Facebook is one of the biggest players so is therefore one of the biggest targets.
If we, as adults, choose to post photos of ourselves on social networking sites, then that is our choice. However, if we load photos of others we should show a little consideration: don't load images of your friends without letting them know you plan to because it's their privacy you are compromising. And if you want to load photos of your children, perhaps it's a good time to check your privacy options and limit access to those photos to a more select group of your closest friends and family rather than all 1000 of your internet friends, and their friends, and friends of friends, and . . . well, you get the picture.
I think it's safe to say we are all a lot more clued-up when it comes to online security than we were a few years ago, but what about when it comes to our favourite little mini gadgets?
Kiwis are keen on smartphones, tablets and the like, but according to the security gurus at Symantec, we aren't so quick to keep them safe.
This year's annual Norton Report on the world of online nasties was released yesterday and shows that there is "a general lack of security awareness when it comes to using mobile devices".
The number of us who became cybercrime victims increased to one million, but while the global cost is up, the cost in New Zealand is down from $462 million last year to $152m this year.
Symantec New Zealand country manager Michelle Amery says this is because the crims have changed their methods, most likely as Kiwis become more aware of the scams.
Technology is supposed to make life easier but sometimes it feels like it's just making it more complicated.
We're all so connected now that it's hard to shut off: our cellphones mean we get calls anywhere and any time, and social media means our every movement can become public knowledge.
I'm still no big fan of cellphones but can appreciate the usefulness of the wee beasties. However, one of the things I have appreciated most about our little whitebaiting hut on the Mataura River was the dodgy cellphone reception (and associated peace and tranquillity) so I'm a bit unimpressed that it appears to have improved considerably this season.
And while our swanky new phones can do everything from take calls to clean the oven (I wish), I don't really think we buy them for their usefulness.
No, we all tend to be most excited by their slightly more frivolous features: a built-in spirit level so I can check my picnic table is appropriately straight (don't want my wine sliding off now, do I?), song identifier apps, and let's not forget the ringtones. Oh, how we love our ringtones.
The dust has finally settled and everyone's stopped being all huffy and indignant over Miley Cyrus dancing provocatively at the Grammys (you know, the same way pretty much every other young female singer does), and for her latest video (Wrecking Ball).
There are about a million parodies of both the twerking and hammer-licking incidents but my favourite features a photogenic hedgehog with questionable fashion sense:
It's safe to say that while I enjoy music, I have no actual musical ability myself beyond whistling in an irritating manner.
(Note: That's one of my true talents, being able to do all number of things in an irritating manner).
I also know that my selection of first-world problems (my decaffienated latte's too cold, oh how inconvenient that I have to walk all the way around the corner to go shopping because there wasn't an empty park right outside the store I wanted to go to, there's nothing worth watching on the gazillion channels I can view on my ginormous telly ... you get the picture) are nothing in comparison to the real problems people are dealing with in other parts of the world.
Ladies and gentlemen, the Landfill Harmonic Orchestra ...
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