Tech Tuesday Feb. 5

By: Kitty Capelle
By: Kitty Capelle

Learn more about Safer Internet Day, Facebook fatigue,

Safer Internet Day 2013

Safer Internet Day is a national holiday aimed at making the Internet safe for children and young adults. This year's theme is "Connect with Respect" and it focuses on Internet rights and responsibilities. 

Google has helped to promote the holiday with its Good to Know page. This page offers a lot of helpful advice and resources to ensure you're staying as secure as possible online. They have five tips for Internet users to stay safe:

  1. Choose strong, unique passwords: a good password contains a combination of numbers, characters and case sensitive letters not easily guessed
  2. Enable 2-Step varification for your Google account
  3. Install software, browser and OS updates right away
  4. Be wary of suspicious offers, emails or websites, even if you receive it from a friend
  5. Regularly scan your computer with a trusted, up-to-date anti-virus program

Disney also has helped to promote this holiday, using its stars in promotional videos talking about the importance of the day's goals. 

Facebook Fatigue

A study, published by the Pew Research Center, shows that majority of adults using Facebook have taken a break from the social network for several weeks or more. Twenty percent of adults say they once used the site, but don't anymore.

The top three reasons people take a break from the site are:

  1. Being too busy
  2. Not having interest
  3. Seeing it as a waste of time

Even with those statistics, majority of Facebook users surveyed expect to spend the same amount of time in 2013 on Facebook that they spent on it last year.

Ouya Gaming Console 

This new console is expected to be on retail shelves in June of this year. The Android-based console was started as a Kickstarter project in July of 2012. Basically, the Rubik's cube sized console doesn't use game discs and all games are free to try.

You can preorder the console through many online retailers, such as Amazon, Best Buy, Target and Game Stop.

50 Great American Love Stories

Amazon is getting into the festivities of Valentine's Day with a new feature on their website. It's basically an interactive map, which will let users find love stories featuring all 50 states. Just click on the heart that corresponds to your state to get information about the story.

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