What is a VPN?

A VPN stands for a Virtual Private Network. You’ve probably heard about it a lot in the news recently, as concerns over security and privacy mount. It’s essentially a way of building your own, secure mini-network, a separate entity from the wider internet itself. VPNs allow people to share and receive data on a secure, … Continued

How do I change my Facebook advertizing preferences?

Facebook is the world’s most popular social network, but it’s also a massive data hub. Naturally, this information can be useful to advertisers. If you use the site, you’ll notice adverts popping up on your newsfeed. Did you know there are reasons you see adverts showing up in your newsfeed? Facebook decides the sponsored content … Continued

Can I tell who’s been viewing my social media profile?

You might be interested in who’s been viewing your Facebook, Instagram or Twitter profile. Unfortunately, the only way of knowing is if someone interacts with your page – reacting to something you’ve shared or adding you as a friend. There are many fraudulent Facebook apps or plug-ins claiming to allow you to see who’s been … Continued

Top tips for using online message boards safely and securely

Using an internet messageboard can be a great way to engage with people who share your interests, allowing you to become a member of a vibrant online community. However, it’s important to keep online security in mind when signing up to an internet forum. In November 2015 messageboard software provider, vBulletin, announced that it had … Continued

How to manage your old posts on social media

Social media brings many benefits, allowing us to share stories and photos and connect with relatives and friends. However, unless you enable your privacy settings, your information will be publicly viewable. Whether you’re applying for jobs, academic positions, or even making a new friend who you were previously unsure about, one Facebook status or tweet … Continued