Sunday, October 30, 2016

Designed to fail?
Mark Jackson reports:
A security flaw in the third-party service that Virgin Media uses to process new job applications could have exposed the personal CV details of between 30,000 and 50,000 people to the Internet.
A student called Alikhan Uzakov discovered the problem while filling out an application form for the operator (like this one).
At this point he was offered the option to upload his CV, but the URL that this generated also revealed the name of a directory (folder) where his CV was being stored.
Alikhan Uzakov said:
“When I opened the directory I was able to see all past and present applications.
Read more on ISPreview.

This seems to be a rather hot trend.
Toyota invests in U.S. car-sharing service
Toyota Motor Corp on Friday said it has invested in U.S. car-sharing company Getaround, a move that comes as global automakers seek to shore up their presence in new technology sectors amid growing competition from transport startups.
   Automakers have been scrambling to partner with tech firms to head off competition from self-driving cars and car sharing services that threaten to eventually trim demand for car ownership.

Over the years I have learned most of these, but it never hurts to pass these infographics on to my students.
8 Awesome Microsoft Word Hacks (Infographic)
Even though it's so widely used, many people don’t realize Word's full potential.  Sure, you probably know how to change the font size, create columns or add bullet points -- but you can do so much more with the word-processing application.

For my students with vines.
Let your Vines live on forever with this Giphy conversion tool
In a brief post on Medium, Giphy explained that, because of the company’s love of all things looping, it’s making a tool that lets you download and keep your Vines forever, or just keep them alive on Giphy itself.

Having no artistic skills, I rarely include images in my blog, but this looks easy enough even for me.
Canva Can Help You Increase Your School's Social Media Reach
One of the things that I always talk about in my workshop on Blog & Social Media for Teachers and School Leaders is using high resolution graphics to draw attention to your blog posts and social media posts.  Canva is a free tool that can help you create high quality, high resolution graphics to make your posts stand-out in a crowded stream of social media posts.  In the video embedded below I demonstrate how to use Canva to create graphics for social media posts.

Dilbert explains why Computer Security is an important field of study.

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