Smart Cookies

In the world of technology, internet website cookies are omnipresent on almost every site you visit. The pop ups that you see and click before reading a site are often cookie permissions that you are allowing.

What is a website cookie?

It is in fact a bit of text file that you could read in notes. These cookies can remember you snd things you do and although not dangerous by nature are a nuisance and can be a bit of a privacy matter.

They are very useful for online shopping since cookies can help remember your purchases as you browse. Some sites will function less well without cookies and there are different types of cookies too. Session cookies are temporary while persistent cookies hang around.

How to keep your privacy around these smart cookies? Well, you can choose the block cookies option in your browser or you can opt out of them in the pop ups manually.

Putting yourself back in control of technology, now, who’s a smart cookie!

Here is a great short video about website cookies: https://youtu.be/rdVPflECed8

Now that you know about website cookies you can feel more aware next time you are browsing the internet and see a cookie request pop up on the page.

The Key to Cyber security predictions for 2021


Looking into the future year for cybersecurity trends in 2021 is not an easy task since the subject is immense and covers so many sectors and factors. However there are three constants in cybersecurity and they include people, technology and change.

Lets start with people, well it looks like people will continue to acquire more smart technology in 2021 with the internet of things growing, this means that the cyber crimes will increase on these devices until tighter security measures are implemented on all these new devices.

Technology will continue to change over time as we adopt new technologies in our everyday lives- the Iot or internet of things products and smart devices will increase over time.

So as we look to the future, change is a sure thing, and knowing that anything can and will happen. Since people are after ultimately in control the technology they purchase and interact with, being really informed and cyber aware is going to be truly the key to a secure and safe technology driven 2021.

The Cyber security book for absolute beginners

Cyber security for absolute beginners is where my fourth book starts. As a woman who enjoys reading and writing books i wanted one that was definitely not boring to start introducing some common cyber security words and vocabulary to an absolute beginner in the field of cyber security.

Why Cyber security? Well, we live in an increasingly digital age where everything from our phones to our house is connected to the internet. Therefore we all should take it upon ourselves to become more informed about how to safely navigate and protect our assets.

Our new book is being released on Amazon and will be available in late September.

Cybersecurity and the New Year

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Happy New Year! It’s time to shed light on VPNs or Virtual Private Networks for my readers. Because, not everyone knows what they are, what VPNs do exactly or if they are even necessary as a security tool.

According to Nord VPN a trusted provider of VPNs:

“Typically, when you try to access a website on the internet, you start by connecting to your internet service provider (ISP). They redirect you to any websites (or other online resources) that you wish to visit. All your internet traffic passes through your ISP’s servers, which means they can see and log everything you do online. They may even hand your browsing history over to advertisers, government agencies, and other third parties.

Here’s where a VPN comes into play. It redirects your internet traffic through a specially configured remote server. This way, the VPN hides your IP address and encrypts all the data you send or receive. The encrypted data looks like gibberish to anyone who intercepts it — it is impossible to read.”

So what does a VPN look like? Well imagine a tunnel and all the data you send and receive is being sent through it. Now think of this tunnel having security which is what happens when its encrypted when you use a VPN your data is actually more secure and less available for hackers to access.

Should I use public WIFI? Sure, go ahead! Do make sure your VPN is turned on as this can protect you. If you are doing any online banking while out and about turn on the VPN this way your data and your IP address is effectively hidden from prying eyes.

If I travel alot do I need a VPN? Probably, as it can help you in accessing content abroad and it can protect your data from attackers.

If i want to shop online should I use a VPN? Your VPN can protect your data from hackers so its always a good idea when entering credit card information to have a VPN turned on.

So now you understand what it is, lets dig a little deeper, a VPN lends you a global IP address and hides your true IP address from every website or email you connect with. Your real IP address is a behind-the-scenes number your Internet provider assigns your computer that allows you to go anywhere on the Internet. It’s something similar to the house number on your home.

We just love this easy and short clear video that explains what a VPN is by the BBC https://www.bbc.com/news/av/technology-35328636/technology-explained-what-is-a-vpn-service

So now you know all about what a VPN is, its time to start your New Year off right and help your family and friends to become more cybersecurity savvy this year.

Who built the first Snowman?

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As the snowflakes were gently falling from a pearly grey sky on a Sunday afternoon here in Ontario, I wondered when did the First Snowman actually appear and have people always built them?

Well, it turns out that snowmen are a popular Christmas and winter sculpture made of two or three balls of snow. The actual first snowman photo was taken in the 1800’s which seems like a very long time ago. Well known famous artists got in on the snowman popularity and created snowmen sculptures and according to Readers Digest, ” 19-year-old artist Michelangelo, in 1494 was commissioned by the ruler of Florence, Italy, to sculpt a snowman in his mansion’s courtyard. 

Famous snowmen include: the Bonhomme Carnaval, a well known snowman mascot at the Carnaval de Quebec, Frosty the snowman animation, and the lovely animated book The Snowman by Raymond Briggs.

Here are my top five tips for building your own snowman:

Find a fresh snowfall, try rolling a snowball first to see if its the right kind of snow for making a giant snowball. If it rolls well make your first snowball base for the snowman.

Make a second or third ball and stack it onto the first one add handfuls of snow to pack the balls flatter on top of one another.

Choose your very own decorations for the eyes, nose and mouth of the snowman and add a hat or scarf and a pair or branches or mittens for the hands.

Have fun creating your very own snowman sculpture. You could even make him a snowdog for company.