Tuesday November 19, 2013
In this blog post, Cian discusses the topic of Cybersafety from a student's point of view, provides advice on how to avoid cyberbullying plus he gives his opinion on the main problem with staying safe online.
Cybersafety is one of the biggest problems facing anyone using the internet these days. There are so many ways in which you can be ‘attacked’ online. On the internet, it is all too easy for someone to adopt a whole new persona. The person you have been making friends with online may not be who you think they are.
My main concern is that online profiles can be so convincing, people will stop suspecting users and start giving away personal information. The only way to be sure someone is who they say they are is to know them in real life before getting to know their online profile. I think people are not suspicious enough online and will easily talk to people they don’t really know. People need to be educated about how to stay safe online which will reduce the number of cases of cyber-bullying and cyber-attacks. Examples of good digital citizenship need to be shown so that young people in particular learn the dangers they can face while surfing online.
Who are you really talking to online?
One of the most dangerous websites online is not one you would suspect. It has over 1.15 billion users, and most people you know log on at least once a week. This website is Facebook. In less than five minutes, you can create a profile and start adding friends. There is no security settings to stop someone creating a fake profile and adding you. Some people can have over 1,000 friends on Facebook but surely it’s impossible to know every single person in this list? If you have a Facebook account, take a minute to think: how many of your ‘friends’ do you actually know? You will be surprised by how few you know personally.
When I’m online, especially when I’m using Facebook, I am very careful about the people I communicate with. On more than one occasion I have been added by people I don’t know, and this has led me to editing the security settings on my profile. Due to these changes, I can only be contacted by people who I have accepted as friends and only these people can view my profile, including photos and status updates. I would highly recommend that everyone changes their Facebook security settings to increase their cybersafety and stop cyber-attacks.
Another huge problem is cyber-bullying. It is all too easy for a bully to hide behind a computer monitor and start giving someone abuse. A bully can create a fake online profile and start harassing someone, without the person even knowing who it is or why. This has been aided by the website ‘Ask.fm’ which gives people the ability to anonymously ask ‘questions’. The result of asking a question on Ask.fm can be nasty as anonymous authors answer questions with bad intentions. On more than one occasion I have seen examples of where cyber-bullying on Ask.fm got out of hand, but fortunately, I have never experienced it myself.
Overall I think one of the main problems with cybersafety and the general use of the internet is anonymity. You can never be 100% sure of who you are contacting, and this is a scary thought.
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Wednesday November 13, 2013
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Participating in extra-curricular activities is a great way to learn a new skill which you can add to your CV. This is not only a great opportunity for you to develop your skill-set but will also encourage you to spread your wings, meet new people and also to help you achieve exam success.
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Friday October 18, 2013
Windows 8.1 Update
We recently revealed the launch date for Windows 8.1, the latest operating system from Microsoft with a variety of new features and improvements, as 18th October 2013. Well that day and has come and today Microsoft announced that Windows 8.1 is globally available.
Microsoft are constantly reinventing the wheel with new versions of their widely popular operating system and productivity tools such as Microsoft Office but also by adding new additions such as Xbox, SkyDrive, Skype, Bing and more. The announcement of Windows 8.1 is a reminder that Microsoft always aim to innovate saying “Windows 8.1 demonstrates our commitment to continuously improving the product to create a richer customer experience”.
If you already own Windows 8 or a Windows 8 device, you can download the free software update to Windows 8.1 online through the Windows Store*. If you haven’t already purchased Windows 8, the full version of Windows 8.1 will be available soon – like us on Facebook to keep up with our latest updates. Alternative, students can buy Windows 8 now for only £159.95 now and download the free software update manually.
Discover What's New
What we really want to know is what’s new with Windows 8.1:
• NEW! Start Screen: One thing that Windows 8 users were sure of was that they wanted the Start screen back. Microsoft has granted your wish by creating a beautiful new Start screen which you can customise with your favourite Windows 8 apps, people and sites. Another great thing is that you can choose if you want to start your Windows experience at the Start screen or at the desktop
• NEW! Apps View: The improved Apps view allows you to see all the apps you want, the way you want. Apart from the new Start screen, this is one of the best new additions as, if like me, you’ve added a lot of apps such as Adobe, Microsoft Office and games from the Windows Store, it can become a bit messy
• NEW! Side-by-Side Apps: Multi-tasking is now even easier as you can open 4 apps side-by-side with flexible window sizing for each app on the screen. Personally, one thing I found quite difficult on Windows 8 is navigating between more than one app and will be adding this new feature to my “must-try” list
• NEW! Bing Smart Search: This new addition is described as “the easiest way to find what you are looking for and to get things done”. Bing Smart Search will look for what you need to find in your documents, in the cloud, your apps or online. Very handy!
• NEW! Internet Explorer 11: Windows 8.1 comes with Internet Explorer 11 which is optimised for touch. It’s faster than ever before with synchronised browsing history, favourites and settings across your Windows 8.1 devices
• NEW! Windows Store Redesign: The new Windows Store has a “New & Rising” section which makes it easier to get the hottest and newest apps. The tile will also be ‘live’ now meaning it will provide you with personalised recommendations. It also serves as a time saver by updating Windows apps automatically by default so you will always have the newest versions of your apps
Above is a summary of the biggest additions with Windows 8.1. You may also notice changes to your Mail, Bing, News, Weather, Travel and Sports apps. Xbox Music has also been updated with Windows 8.1 as you can now watch TV and movies with Xbox Video.
Remember, if you're an owner and fan of Windows 8, you can get Windows 8.1 for free through the Windows Store*. Windows 8.1 will be coming to the Software4Students online student software store soon. Follow us on Facebook to keep up with our latest news, new products, competitions and more….
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Friday September 27, 2013
You know by now that Software4Students is all about helping you save money so we definitely had to pass on details of a free software upgrade offer!
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If you buy Parallels Desktop 8* between August 15th 2013 and October 31st, you are eligible to a free upgrade to Parallels Desktop 9 when it is released. You just need to register your details and activation key (you will find this in your Software4Students account) with Parallels here and you can claim your free version of Parallels Desktop 9.
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Parallels desktop software is the #1 Choice of Mac Users as it allows you to run the Windows apps you need on the Mac you love.
Run Windows programmes and even Windows desktop settings from your Mac effortlessly with Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac. If you do not want to go through the hassle of rebooting your machine every time you run the Windows operating system and Mac programs side by side, Parallels is the solution. It is the fastest, most seamless, and intuitive way to do it. Students can use it to run their day-to-day Windows productivity applications with ease.
If you love the look and feel of Mac OS, make Windows invisible while still using its applications. And if you are a beginner in Mac, keep the familiar Windows background and Start menu on your Mac. Either way, run Windows and Mac applications side-by-side with no compromises in performance.
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