The sun is shining and it appears that the Polar Vortex has said goodbye for good. Could Spring is on the horizon? Making Identity Protection a Spring cleaning priority shouldn’t just be a thought by Spring, you should start working on rejuvenating your social and online life now. We’ve compiled some of the easiest steps that you can begin working on starting with six Spring cleaning tips from the experts at Experian’s ProtectMyID to protect your social life online today.
Streamline your social networking. In this age of social media, it’s not uncommon for people to have hundreds of online “friends” on any given social site. Keep in mind that on many social media sites, accepting a connection request gives that individual access to all the information in your profile. Keep profile information minimal and general, and never accept a friend request from someone you don’t actually know.
Shed, shred, shred. Spring Cleaning creates a good opportunity to get rid of things you no longer need, including old documents. But don’t just throw them away; shred sensitive personal documents you don’t need to keep.
As Seasons Change, So Should Passwords. Passwords are an important part of your identity in the digital age. How well you protect them directly affects your ability to protect your identity. We recommend changing passwords with the change of every season. Strong passwords have at least eight characters, including numerals, upper and lowercase letters, and special characters. They should never be obvious – like part of your name or your mother’s maiden name – and you should have a different password for every account.
Clean out your wallet. What you don´t carry in your wallet or purse is just as important as what you do carry. For preemptive protection, only carry what you need on a daily basis. If you have multiple credit cards, only carry the one you use most often. Don´t write PINs or passwords on the back of your credit or debit cards or on pieces of paper you keep in your wallet. Don’t carry your social security card in your wallet – keep it filed in a secure place at home along with other sensitive documents like passports and birth certificates. Further, if any of your identification cards from a school, library or gym use your SSN as your member number, ask the organization for a randomly selected number and a new card. Be sure to shred the old one.
Protect your phone. Your phone allows access to important information and accounts. Be sure to activate a few safety features on your phone. For starters, set your phone to lock automatically after just a few minutes of inactivity. You’ll also want to establish a password or PIN that’s needed to unlock the device. Then enable remote finding and wiping software that will help you track your phone if it’s missing and, in the worst case scenario, wipe all of the data from it if it looks like it’s gone for good.
Get serious about security software. Most computers purchased today come with some security software on them, but often people allow product trial periods to expire – leaving their computers unprotected. Make sure you have up-to-date virus protection, anti-malware and anti-spyware software on your computer. Check to make sure your computer’s software is current and set it to update and run automatically every day.
The smartphone is the hub of our digital lifestyle. We can perform all kinds of things on them from updating our social media accounts, paying bills, listen to music, watch video, and instantly buy products in seconds. Need more? Here are 3 things for pics, selfies, and etiquette that will make you an awesome (and courteous) social media champion for the new year!
How to Take Better Instagram Food Photos
This goes beyond eating pretty looking food. Whatever you are about to enjoy you can make it look great with the perfect angle of your smartphone. The best way to get the best look is to position your smartphone at a 90 degree angle or right above your food (try not to drop the phone in your food!) and turn the flash off.
Here are some other great tips from @sonyayu, a popular food photographer on Instagram:
How to take a shot like @sonyayu:
· Order colorful food and wait for the entire meal to be served before shooting.
· Stand up on your (stable) chair to capture the grub from above.
· Get the light right! Always sit by the window, avoid overhead spotlights, and never, ever use a flash – it’s food porn murder.
· Not all foods are equally photogenic, but that’s not the only factor in a tantalizing food photo. The dining surface, drinks and silverware can add allure and a distinct atmosphere to even the plainest, ugliest foods.
Make Sure Your Selfie Is Magazine Ready
Don’t be shy. You can do this too. Kim Kardashian has mastered the selfie and so can you. Here are some great prepping ideas to make that selfie pop from frashionpost.com:
Pump up the volume – your hair that is.
“Oftentimes, because images are flat, what works in real life requires a little tweaking for the camera. “Your hair needs more volume both up top and around the sides, as photos tend to shrink it.” Highlighting the texture in your mane.
Do as the models do.
“Hold your phone high above your head and away from you at a 45 degree angle so that you look slim and trim in your selfie.”
Let there be light.
Want your selfie to seriously shine? Then step outside! “Early morning or late afternoon is the ideal time for lighting,” reveals seasoned Instagrammer and Social Media Account Manager at /excelamktg, Dara Minchew. Also, don’t reverse the camera on your phone so that you can see yourself, she warns. “It lowers the quality of your photo.” (ß—- I did that)
Get your angles right.
First things first, experiment in front of the mirror to determine which angles are most pleasing for your face, advises photog to the stars Matthew Rolston. “The majority of people look best when their face is tilted at a slight angle to the camera, as opposed to straight on,” he adds. “If your nose curves to the left, favor the left side of your face, otherwise, the curve of your nose may be greatly exaggerated. If emotional engagement is what you’re seeking, the best eye line is directly to the lens.”
Social Media Etiquette – My Two Cents
This topic is about cell phones during meal time. Hey, if you want to talk and text during your own personally time enjoying a meal by yourself, great. However, when you are lunching or having dinner with someone, be in the moment with them. Listen. Learn. Show some manners and put the phone down (not on the table) for the next 45 minutes and enjoy their company. Whoever and whatever is texting, calling, or notifying you can surely wait. And FYI – Don’t walk and text at the same time. (…or you’ll wind up wet like the fountain lady….)
If you put any of these social media practices into your daily regime, you’ll become a social media champion in no time! What are your social media resolutions for the new year? Share them below…
Instagram is bringing the power of direct connections allowing users to share pictures and videos directly to friends and not all followers with a new feature called Instagram Direct.
Announced earlier today during a press event, Instagram proclaimed over today’s festivities by sending physical Instagram images printed on canvas to members of the press. The company clarified that only those who you follow can send direct pictures and videos. If you don’t follow them, you will receive a pending request to view the content.
“Communication is really core,” an Instagram spokesperson said. “It’s not about photography necessarily. We aren’t built into cameras. We are built into phones, and phones are communication devices.” The update is available for iOS download and Android starting today. The Windows Phone version is in beta.
Now that Instagram has given users a little privacy to “protect the thirst” – it’s going to be a whole new playing field and #ManCrushMondays and #WomanCrushWednesdays will never be the same again? (LOL) At the moment, you can only send direct photos or videos but with the continued evolution of the app, I’m sure messaging (or creative captioning) will get thrown into the mix somehow. It’s a brave new world when it comes to social media and I can’t wait to see what they come up with next.
First there were photos, then videos, then ads and now direct messaging – what do you think about the latest Instagram upgrade? Do you plan on sending Instagram Direct messages anytime soon?
Facebook can predict when you’re going to break up. Apparently the fate of your relationship is not written in the stars but in your social circle.
Cornell University researcher Jon Kleinberg and Facebook senior engineer Lars Backstrom proved as much when they presented their co-written research paper at a social computing conference in February.
The researchers took the datasets of 1.3 million Facebook users listed as being in a relationship, and found that the more well connected their mutual friends were, the more likely they were to break up. This theory is described as dispersion. Couples with high dispersion have mutual friends who are not well connected. Couples with low dispersion have mutual friends who are well connected.
How Facebook Can Predict Your Next Breakup
The Facebook theory suggests if you and your partner share the same social circle on Facebook (low dispersion), you’re less likely to have your own lives and therefore the relationship is more likely to implode.
A healthy relationship, according to Facebook, is one where both partners have connections to a lot of different groups of people, even if those friendships aren’t particularly strong.
“Instead of embededness, we propose that the link between and an individual u and v his or her partner should display a ‘dispersed’ structure: the mutual neighbours of u and v are not well connected to one another and hence u and v act jointly as the only intermediaries between these different parts of the network,” the researchers wrote in the study.
Of course, this algorithm might not take into account the fact that some couples don’t take their social circles on Facebook particularly seriously and therefore might look like they don’t have as wide group of friends when they actually do. Probably because they are out living their lives.
Next, Facebook will be able to predict when you’ll get fired from your job or the name and sex of your unborn child… Who says social media isn’t grand?
via Fox News
There’s a lot of changes going on with your fave social media apps. Since you’re often using these apps, these updates might slip by. Be on the lookout for the new features these changes will bring.
Microsoft Windows Phone Customizes Tweet Notification
Want to follow your favorite tweeter without accessing the Twitter app? Yes you do. Twitter just updated their app for the Windows Phone users to view tweets from their favorite accounts directly on their home screen. How is this different from other smartphone and Twitter integration? It can get really annoying then you get screen notifications from all Twitter accounts you follow. For this new update, you select your favorite Twitter accounts to follow and you receive notifications on your smartphone screen every time they tweet.
What’s New With Foursquare? – What’s Nearby
With its newly designed interface, Foursquare just added a ‘nearby’ button to its app. The button will tell you which one of your friends is near you. They are also testing with iPhone users the ‘real-time’ recommendations feature, which tells you something about your current location, like the best food to order at the restaurant you are at based on customer ratings.
Facebook Updates its Privacy Settings – Again
That Facebook privacy setting, ‘Who can look up your timeline by name’ is over. It’s no longer a feature for your privacy, preventing your ‘unwants’ from finding you. What does this mean? This alters the visibility of your profile. Previously, you were able to opt-in to this privacy setting but no more. A Facebook’s spokesperson said, “Whether you’ve been using the setting or not, the best way to control what people can find about you on Facebook is to choose who can see the individual things you share.”
It’s a story making headlines and creating quite the social media buzz. When Ivan Lewis cheated on his wife Sonya Gore, there was no way he could’ve imagined that THIS would happen. One wife has found a very creative way to put her husband on blast for stepping out on her, and an even more unique method of deciding his fate.
Sonya Gore asked her husband, Ivan Lewis, to post a photo of himself on Facebook holding a sign that reads: “I cheated on my wife. (And she was ugly!)” – Ivan also revealed in the caption that his wife says she’ll take him back if he gets 10,000 likes on Facebook, so he’s hoping for a little help from friends and family. Currently he’s a little over 7,000 likes since he originally posted the picture on September 22 and support is growing fast.
Would you publicly shame your mate for breaking your heart? Guys, would you admit your wrongs on social media in hopes of reconcilliation?
Is this a case of when social media goes wrong or when social media possibly does good? Share your thoughts below…
Yesterday, Twitter launched Twitter Alerts, a new feature that gives users important and accurate information from credible organizations during emergencies, natural disasters, or moments when other communications services aren’t accessible. Currently only organizations in the US, Japan, and Korea can send Alerts, but Twitter says it we will expand the service to include more public institutions and NGOs around the world.
Here’s how it works. First, you have to sign up to receive Twitter Alerts from a given account (so that you only receive relevant information). Once you do, you will receive a notification directly to your phone whenever that account marks a tweet as an alert.
To sign up, you can go directly to an account’s setup page, which you’ll find at twitter.com/[username]/alerts. On Twitter for Web, you can see if an organization is part of the program when you visit its profile.
Notifications are delivered via SMS, and also appear differently on your home timeline from regular Tweets (they are indicated with an orange bell). If you use Twitter for iPhone or Twitter for Android, you’ll also receive a push notification; you need to be using at least Twitter version 5.10 for iOS or Twitter 4.1.6 for Android. Many already use the social network during emergencies, so building on that use case can only help the service grow in the future.
Rebecca Minkoff Snapchat
With designers in search of new ways to make collections generate fashion week buzz, many of them resort to social media as the “go to” for the masses. For its Spring/Summer 2012 show, Burberry decided to debut its collection via Twitter, sending the brand’s name to Twitter’s list of global trending topics at the time. Just last week, it was announced that Carolina Herrera has launched her first social media contest to boost awareness of her bridal line. It’s no longer show attendees that get the first glance at fashion week looks — this season, for Rebecca Minkoff fans at least, that honor falls to the users of Snapchat. Now with the power of social media, Rebecca Minkoff has solicited the power of the Snapchat app to debut her Spring 2014 collection moments before they appear on the runway.
Snapchat is a two-year old iPhone and Android app that allows users to send messages, photos and videos that automatically self-destruct seconds after they’re viewed. Sharing sneek peeks of the Spring 2014 collection allows fans to experience the star fashions of the shows even before most editors and show-goers can. The Rebecca Minkoff team believes that fashion week involves the consumer just as much as it does the designers, editors and buyers. Uri Minkoff, the CEO of Rebecca Minkoff says, “We believe in a different approach. We believe the consumer is part of [fashion week], and that their inclusion is going to grow. The consumer has a voice and say in [our] brand, they should get special perks even if they can’t attend the show.”
Are you keeping up with the New York Fashion Week excitement from the comfort of your computer screen? Check out all the runway shows in it’s entirety here.
Will you be following the Rebecca Minkoff releases on Snapchat? We’ll be sure to post some of the exclusive sneek peeks via Instagram for your New York Fashion Week enjoyment.
Not so fast Google, Yahoo is Now #1. For the first time since 2011, Yahoo has actually regained it’s position as lead vs Google. The Huffington Post reports that comScore, an independent web analytics company, released a report indicating that Yahoo’s slew of websites — everything from Flickr to Yahoo Finance — actually got more web traffic than Google. In aggregate, 197 million people visited Yahoo’s sites in the month of July. Gmail, Google’s search engine and rest of Google’s sites received 192 million unique visitors during that same period.
I’m just as surprised, now thinking that maybe I should’ve kept that yahoo email address after all. However, many people aren’t that surprised. Noting improved websites, market positioning and more as reasons for it’s recent jump to first place.
Recently, when people have any paid attention to Yahoo at all, they’ve really just been talking about its headline-grabbing CEO, Marissa Mayer. (Sexed up and smart: Women debate Marissa Mayer’s Vogue photo) But her year-long tenure has gained her more than just fawning personal profiles: Yahoo is actually getting a ton of Internet traffic. Looking back at comScore data from the past year, you can see that Google was barely edging out Yahoo for the best part of 2013. Though it’s perceived as a backwater, Yahoo has been getting a ton of traffic for a long time. Marketing Land,the blog that first pointed out the data, reports that Yahoo previously beat Google in May 2011 and March 2008 — both before Mayer came on as chief executive.
Could this be an ever-growing trend for Yahoo or will Google regain its position next month? Who’s your choice are you still a die-hard Yahoo fan or does Google give you what you need on the world wide web?
We’ve all been there, posting the obligatory “selfie” or prized snapshot of split pea soup coupled with the hashtag #FoodPorn. Everybody does it, right? But does it make you an amazing Instagram users or just a copycat of everybody else? Consider this a public service announcement: Avoid these cliche’ Instagram photos and your followers will thank you.
10. Bathroom selfies… Because yes, everyone needs to see how hot you look and the filthy toilet bowl at the same time!
9. Airplane wings… Ok, we get it… you’re on an airplane! So are 193,439 other people any given minute.
8. Text Message threads… Is anything left sacred? There are two types of people in the world, people that post text messages on social media and people I trust.
7. Sunsets. I happen to enjoy beautiful sunsets… in person. Instagram sunsets typically pale in comparison to the real thing 100% of the time.
6. Skyscrappers from below. You have finally solved the mystery of perspective. Yes, skyscrappers are in fact HUGE! Now can you stop filling my timeline with random buildings? Please.
5. Inspirational Quotes. Everyone needs a little encouragement from time to time. But, I’m sure Instagram was meant for pictorials, not a mashup of your favorite fonts.
4. Nail Art. #NailedIt #NailArt #NailPorn – I won’t even lie, I’ve been a culprit of over-posting the nail art pics. But let’s all just ease up on the cliche shots shall we?
3. Food Porn. Hey while you’re busy taking photos, your food is getting cold!
2. Clouds. We get it. They’re everywhere.
1. Feet on the beach. A picture is worth a thousand words, and that sixth baby toe is definitely not suitable for a “selfie”…
These are just a few funny observations that I’m sure you’ve been guilty of over-posting too! Do you know any great Instagram users who post amazing photos? Shout them out (or yourself) below!
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