How Secure is Your Password?

Password

First Adobe and now Gmail? If you're not familiar with the latest privacy scandal that's got the world on edge, just last week it was discovered that over 5 million Gmail usernames and passwords have apparently been leaked and shared on a Russian Internet forum. Slightly unnerved? Freaking out? You wouldn't be the only one. Password protection has become a hot topic in recent months, what with the leak of naked celebrity selfies and ...

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3 Productivity Hacks to Save You Time

Productivity hacks

After taking a brief hiatus to travel the world (as you do), I am now attempting to reign in my time and get back into a more productive work schedule. And thanks to a steady diet of leisurely days and free time, I also have to break a few rather naughty habits accumulated over the past couple of months. So to get back into shape, I've implemented these awesome time management hacks to cut down on wasted time while also increasing daily ...

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How to Respond to Negative Comments

Posted on July 21, 2014

We often don't get a lot of advice about one of the scariest (at least for me) aspects of blogging: the comments. Anyone who's had a blog can relate to that squeeze of trepidation when you discover one of your readers has left a nugget of wisdom for all to see. Don't get me wrong, I love comments. They help me figure out what works and what doesn't. Comments give me an idea of which topics could use follow-up posts or whether a particular ...

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Have We Been Fed a Facebook Farce?

Brands, companies, charities and the like have all been told how important Facebook is for growing their audience and engaging followers online. It took some longer than others, but it seems that most public entities have bowed to popular pressure and now feature phrases like "Find us on Facebook!" or "Like our page!" on flyers, newsletters and promotional material. We get it, Facebook is inescapable. All that good press about the social ...

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Travel Blogging: Keeping it Real

As I write this, I am sitting in a little house in a small mountain village in Cyprus. It's made of concrete, has curtains from the Seventies but it's cozy and there's something magical about being so far away from everything. There is no concierge, gourmet buffet or olympic swimming pool framed with palms. There will be no hot dog leg shots to induce envy among my various social media followers. Because I didn't come here to recreate ...

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What Obama Can Teach Us About Finding Our Audience

American president Barack Obama caused quite a stir yesterday by starring on the unconventional online parody show "Between Two Ferns" hosted by comedian Zach Galifianakis. It appears Obama's reason for appearing on the show was to target an often ignored demographic of young Americans - what the New York Times refers to as "the connected-but-distracted generation." The move was to encourage fans of the popular comedy show - which has ...

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Social Media in Perspective

With social media the hot button topic it is today, it's funny to think how new the concept of virtual communities actually is. In a search to understand the origins of the interactive online world, I stumbled across this fantastic infographic from the ever-relevant archives of Copyblogger. I thought it would be a fun way to trace the early beginnings of social media pioneers like Usenet and Classmates to see just how far we've come with ...

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Is the 40 Hour Work Week on Its Way Out?

Posted on February 3, 2014

To say that I am currently going through a transition period would be a grand understatement. Instead of boring you with all the Hows and Whys, I'd much prefer to focus on the What Ifs? Any change in scenery opens up a host of new possibilities that were otherwise out of sight. My deck has recently been reshuffled and I am stepping out with a totally new hand. It's really got me thinking about the alternatives to the traditional career as ...

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Why You Can’t Afford to be Late for the Cyber Revolution

Posted on January 9, 2014

My husband is convinced that in the next five years – ten years tops – we are all going to be living online. Work, shopping, leisure activities, everything will be conducted remotely through some sort of online interface. While it’s easy to negate his little sci-fi fantasy, the reality is that real life is rapidly merging with cyberspace. The cons of this particular arrangement certainly receive a fair bit of media attention, however ...

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The Danger of Online Consumption

Shopping online is a relatively new concept for me. I moved to Canada just over a year ago and found the sheer availability of online retail opportunities astounding. Now it may not look like much from the vantage point of those south of the border, but compared to New Zealand, it was incredible what you could buy without so much as setting foot in a store. Throw in free shipping, a wider range of styles and one click payment options, and ...

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