After seven years in a military prison, Manning was free on May 17. And over the last few days, her social media posts have been reminding us of the good old internet, before logging on meant bracing yourself for news of the next disaster.
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About 1.8 billion people worldwide have an active Facebook account; about a third of employers search online for information about job candidates; and about half of adults who are searching for a relationship have used online dating.
But with all of this collective experience, we suck at choosing our own profile pictures. Despite what logic would suggest, science says we are far more likely to choose an unflattering shot of ourselves than a total stranger.
Until recently, FBI chief James Comey seemed like a pretty savvy internet user. The guy knows that you're supposed to cover your webcam with tape to hide from the NSA and WhatsApp is a fantastic way to communicate securely — even if he hates you for using it. But when the numbnuts set out to make a series of secret social profiles online, he elected to use the name of a 20th century theologian known almost exclusively to theology students and political figures trying to sound smart.
That recent tech innovation known as the internet has made keeping in touch with family and friends easier than ever — but it might also have brought you some unwelcome attention from people you'd rather not keep up correspondence with. If you want to minimise the chances of getting contacted out of the blue, here's what to do.
Digital security and its discontents — from Hillary Clinton's emails to ransomware to Tor hacks — is in many ways one of the chief concerns of the contemporary FBI. So it makes sense that the bureau's director, James Comey, would dip his toe into the digital torrent with a Twitter account. It also makes sense, given Comey's high profile, that he would want that Twitter account to be a secret from the world, lest his follows and favs be scrubbed for clues about what the feds are up to. What is somewhat surprising, however, is that it only took me about four hours of sleuthing to find Comey's account, which is not protected.
Video: Looking back at older versions of software makes you wonder how we even managed to use them years ago. Dusty iterations of programs like Word, Excel and even Photoshop were crude as hell by today's standards. But what if Snapchat — Mark Zuckerberg's favourite ephemeral app — had existed on desktop computers in the '90s? It probably would have been simpler to use, actually.
Your existence is scattered across the internet. You likely have accounts at forums you haven't been to in a decade, and social media services so bereft of users they resemble graveyards. And each and every one of those accounts is a potential avenue into your private life for a hacker. So you need to secure them.
While Facebook has its lower age limit set at 13 years old, recent research from NordVPN shows a majority of kids from 10 to 12 own social media accounts, and 96 percent of teens from 13 to 18 participate in social networks.
Since it is now a normal part of children's lives, education about online safety crucial. Here's some of the more basic lessons to pass on.
Cypress Hill loves badarse animals, big puffs of steam and snowscapes. I know this for a fact because for the last few months, I've been following the group's Instagram as well as National Geographic's. It was only a couple of days after following the Cypress Hill account that I noticed the group was basically liking and commenting on everything National Geographic posted.
Drunken ramblings, bad sports predictions, political opinions you're now ashamed of... there are plenty of reasons why you might want to clean up some (or all) of the social media trial you've left behind you in one go, aside from just cancelling your account and starting again. Here are the tools you need to do it on Facebook and Twitter.
You wouldn't say it to their faces, but a lot of the time, your friends are pretty boring. Which is why you need to subscribe to updates from some of the much cooler, more famous celebrities on Snapchat. The way to do it isn't obvious, but we'll take you through it step by step.
For a lot of us, the only reason you even snap a photo in the first place is so you can share it with family and friends. The problem is, most of the time you don't want to blast all of your friends on Facebook or Twitter with pictures from your kid's birthday party. This can make sharing personal photos a little more difficult. Here are a handful of apps that help mitigate that problem by making it easier to share more selectively.