Internet

adminJuly 29, 2018
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6min

Fake products are steadily invading the market nowadays; from fake CDs to fake designer bags and fake smartphones. I’m sure most of you won’t be surprised if some of the accounts following you on your social media accounts are fake, too; in fact, it has totally gone mainstream.

For sure there are also others who do not realize that they are being followed by a number of bots and fake accounts. This is not anybody’s fault. Bot accounts, by nature, tend to follow popular accounts.

Facebook fake accounts and bots

In order to keep social media clean and authentic, people should take initiative in keeping an eye on their followers on social media, blocking or reporting anyone with a suspicious or spam account.

To do all that, you will need to know how to spot fake accounts. Since most of them are pretty authentic-looking, it is kind of hard for most internet users, especially those who are not tech-savvy, to distinguish the difference. To help you on your quest for a cleaner and safe social media experience, I’ll share some useful tips. Here they are;

Fake Accounts have Lots of Followers but Low Engagement

The easiest way to determine whether an account is fake is to see if it has a lot of followers, accompanied by a low level of engagement. It isn’t normal for an account that has over 1,000 followers to only have 2 or 5 likes per post. An authentic account usually has followers that are active and engaging; they regularly like or comment on each post.

Fake Social Accounts

Fake Accounts have an Engagement Rate that is too Fast

Most con artists today are getting wiser, and so they try to make an authentic account by having more followers and likes. They are able to do so by means of purchasing likes, which automatically likes anything that the account posts. What makes it more obvious is that these likes are accompanied by zero comments.

In addition, genuine accounts have an engagement that gradually takes place and usually has a decent balance between likes and comments.

Fake Accounts have an Engagement Rate that is too Fast

Fake Accounts Usually have Very Few Posts

A real account has many followers because they’ve done something to deserve it; just like how in Instagram you post pictures so that you can influence people to follow you. Now, isn’t it fishy to see an Instagram account that has over 1,000 followers to have only five to ten posts? Most likely those are fake accounts that are populated with fake followers.

Fake Accounts Usually Contain Shady Contents

Sometimes, you can just tell that an account is fake because it obviously looks shady. For instance, the account may have a photo of a handsome guy or a gorgeous girl as its profile picture, but when you look at the content, it is populated with blurry selfies or photos of beautiful landscapes. In short, the content of the account is populated with amateur content. The photos are probably stolen from accounts of other users in an effort to make their account look authentic.

Now that you are equipped with these pointers, you have a higher chance to avoid falling victim to bots and fake accounts. Always remember: “Stay safe on the Internet.”


adminJuly 25, 2018
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7min

Not too long ago, during Google I/O this year, Google showed Google Duplex to the public. Now, it has been a long-standing objective of computer technology with regard to human-computer interaction to make it possible for people to have a smooth and natural conversation with computers.

You could note that in recent years, there has been a tremendous development in the computer’s ability to understand and generate natural speech; however, even with today’s advanced technology, it can get quite frustrating when you converse with the computerized voices in your gadgets that simply don’t understand natural language.

Most systems and software are evidently struggling to comprehend simple words and instructions; they also don’t engage in a smooth conversation flow and compels people to adjust to the system rather than the other way around. There are also times when software, like a virtual assistant, for instance, hears something completely different from what was actually said, but all that is going to change because of Google Duplex.

Google showed Google Duplex to the public

Google Duplex: What it is Exactly

Google Duplex is a fully automated system that is capable of making calls on the user’s behalf, doing so with a natural-sounding human voice and using fillers, such as “um” and “uh”, rather than the typical robotic voice that we are much accustomed to. In addition, Google Duplex is also able to comprehend complex sentences, slangs, rapid speech, and long dialogues.

Because of all these characteristics, Google Duplex is the appropriate solution to the past struggles with human-computer interaction. By letting users have a natural conversation with computers, users don’t have to keep repeating their commands and will be assured that the computer understood everything that they have said.

Gone are the days where you adjust to the system; gone are the days where you shout at your phone just to get your message or command through; gone are the days where you keep repeating your command because the system keeps hearing differently. Now, users can speak like usual, just as they would if they were speaking to another human being, without fear of not being understood.

Google Duplex

Google Duplex: What It Can Do for You

At present, Google Duplex can be used to complete three separate tasks: making reservations at restaurants, scheduling hair appointments, and getting businesses’ holiday operating hours.

Additionally, if the business establishment you are trying to book with accepts online reservations, Google Duplex will make use of that. If not, Google Duplex will call the business establishment on your behalf. All you have to do is instruct Google Assistant; for instance, saying “Call ABC restaurant and make a reservation for two people on Tuesday night at 6”, or something to that effect.

As soon as an appointment or a reservation is made, Google Duplex will immediately notify the user that arrangements have already been made.

It is, of course, a bit creepy to carry a conversation not knowing whether you’re talking to a computer or a genuine human being. Perhaps as an answer to that growing concern, Google later made an additional announcement that a call from Google Duplex would identify itself as such before starting a conversation.

Google AI

Google Duplex: Potential and Practical Use

I think we’ve all experienced calling the telephone or cable company, for instance, and listening to an automated system telling us to “press 1 to talk to a customer service agent or press 2 for accounting”. Integrating Google Duplex into their systems would certainly cause serious improvement.

Another potential use of Google Duplex would be in government offices; people would no longer wait an hour or two just to get hold of a representative since they could ask the AI system directly about their concerns.

There is, without a doubt, still room for improvement left for Google Duplex, but it is clear that it is taking the right step in ensuring a significant improvement in man’s day-to-day interaction with computers.


adminJuly 21, 2018
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6min

By now, you’ve probably seen thousands of memes all over the Internet, thanks to social media platforms like Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram among others. Well, have you ever wondered where they came from?

Before we go deeper into that, let me give you a simple definition of what a meme and internet meme is, for the benefit of those who don’t know.

Internet Meme

A meme, according to Wikipedia, is an idea or style that spread from one person to another within a culture. A meme’s main goal is to express a particular theme or meaning that it represents.

On the other hand, an Internet meme is a concept or catchphrase or a piece of media that spreads, usually as a type of impersonation or for entertainment purposes, by means of the Internet.

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Where do They Come From?

If truth be told, a meme can be quite complicated to define since it could take on any form. It could be an idea, a photo, a video, a person, a quote, a word or group of words, or even a fictional character. It could even be said that a meme is something that is broadcasted for fun, which eventually becomes viral.

Now, there are a number of online communities that create and spread memes with the purpose of making an idea viral; this practice is known as attention hacking or weaponizing. Because of the global fame that memes have, these communities became especially influential.

Through it all, there is only a little information about how memes spread and how they make use of their influence.

spread memes with the purpose of making an idea viral

How do They Affect the Society?

Memes might look quite harmless, just something that people do to kill time and to entertain themselves, but they actually have a big impact on our culture. Memes can, believe it or not, change the way people live by influencing popular culture. And certain memes at times target particular demographics, such as teenagers and young working individuals.

Due to its economical and viral nature, memes are also being used by most advertising and marketing professionals. Not to mention that memes have also provided a significant means for many people to gain fame and fortune.

Memes affect the Society?

Why do They Matter?

All of that being said, there is still one more question that we all need to ponder upon: “Why do memes matter? Why do we need to care about how memes impact our culture and society as a whole?”

Many people believe that they become a different person online, but that is far from being true. Whatever we do online actually do reflect who we are as a person when we are offline, and so it is something that should be taken more seriously.

I agree that memes have become a natural way for many people to express themselves, but all of us should also remember that everything we do is bound to have some consequences and that we have to be responsible for whatever we do or post online.

Since so many memes are being shared in virtually all social media platform, and mostly done by teens and young adults, it is extremely crucial for them to understand a meme’s true meaning and how it impacts society.

Looking at different posts online, you can see various versions of the same meme, and you can see how some people showcase their ingenuity. However, it is also important to remember and keep in mind that what might seem funny to one person could, in fact, be offensive to another.


adminJune 15, 2018
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6min

At present, with all the emerging social media websites and applications on the Internet, it is extremely crucial that we maintain a level of protection against possible online attacks since it can ultimately jeopardize our internet privacy and safety.

Internet Privacy, a Personal Right That Needs Safeguarding

Internet privacy, which can also be called online privacy, is the privacy and security level of personal data published on the Internet. It is a broad term that refers to a variety of factors, techniques, and technologies that is used to protect sensitive and private data, communications, and preferences.

Consequently, maintaining internet privacy simply means protecting your data from inadvertently being stolen or picked up by an unknown individual. Internet privacy is unlike privacy in real life. It is not as simple as closing the doors or bedroom curtains since real life situations do not apply to the online world, mostly because the notion of privacy is flawed in the digital space.

Whether they acknowledge it or not, most people don’t even know the importance of internet privacy. So, let’s discuss the importance of internet privacy and why we need to safeguard it.

Why is it so Important?

Let’s admit it, we all have something to hide, regardless of how small or big it might be. It could be on the subject of finances, health, family matters, or whatever. Hiding information, which is truly important, is actually not a bad habit, and people usually do it with a sense of self-preservation.

In any case, some matters do not require to be broadcast on social media for the benefit of the entire world. These are actually the kinds of information that a person should be protected at all cost.

Most marketing companies usually take advantage of people’s unpreparedness and try to look into the latter’s private information so that they could use it with efforts of marketing certain products. The same is also true for a lot of unscrupulous people that only have the intention of defrauding people who are not safeguarding their internet privacy.

When you do something on the Internet, you may not know it but every little thing leaves digital footprints that are difficult to erase from the Internet despite the removal of any information. These digital footprints are what those people are looking for.

How Can You Increase Your Privacy Online?

There are several things you can do to browse the Internet a bit more privately to avoid being trailed. You will learn about some of the steps that you can take, from basic settings changes to various extensions you can install that will do the safeguarding for you.

You might be familiar with your browser’s private browsing mode, which is also called incognito, but there are some key limitations there that you should know. Although it basically lets you start a fresh identity on the web and wipes it all as soon as you close the window, it doesn’t actually block the things that let online advertisers track you

A simple first step is to change your browser’s settings, make it so that you don’t accept cookies from third parties. Cookies are small chunks of data that websites store on your computer. They can be used for helpful things, like keeping you logged in, but they can also be used to track you. Of course, it isn’t going to end all tracking, but it would mean less tracking and fewer personalized ads from popping up.

Although all the above tips are helpful, they don’t really block everything. Fortunately, you can still make use of browser extensions that will help you take care of those.  Here is a comprehensive list of browser extensions that can help protect your privacy online:

  • AdBlock Plus
  • uBlock Origin
  • Disconnect
  • Ghostery
  • ScriptSafe
  • Privacy Badger

Lastly, you can take advantage of the options given to you. For instance, Facebook lets you turn off ad personalization by going to its ads setting.  Taking all these steps won’t necessarily solve every issue of internet privacy, but these critical and easy first steps will surely make you feel a bit more secure.



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