Tag: United States

9
Apr

Employers Demand Facebook Login Info From Applicants, Employees

As if applying for a job wasn’t nerve wracking enough, now employers are asking applicants – and sometimes employees – to hand over their Facebook usernames and passwords. Really? This alarming trend, which has caught the attention of two US senators, has made its way to Canada. Some people are so desperate to land jobs or keep…

2
Apr

Canada’s Penny Sings Its Swan Song

Soon penny pinchers in Canada will have to start pinching nickels. Canada’s government has decided to follow the lead of countries like Switzerland, Brazil and Australia among others, and discontinue making pennies. Later in 2012, the Royal Canadian Mint will stop distributing pennies to financial institutions for good. Most people disregard pennies, waving them off…

2
Apr

Visa and Mastercard Credit Card Data Breach

By now, most people have heard about the data breaches of MasterCard and Visa cardholders’ account information. It’s been reported that one and a half million Visa and MasterCard customers’ accounts could be at risk. But according to Global Payments, the company that processes credit card transactions for Visa and MasterCard, in a press release…

22
Mar

Is hiring a Managed Services Provider right for your business?

Once upon a time, to keep your small business running smoothly, you only needed one dedicated IT guy to make sure everyone’s desktop functioned properly, update software regularly and manage security for all of those machines. Today, even in small businesses, IT professionals could find themselves managing not only desktops but also laptops, smartphones and…

10
Mar

Reminder: Daylight Savings Time This Weekend

Well, it’s that time of year again. On Mar. 11, 2012, it will be time for most of us to turn our clocks ahead one hour. A practice that got started in the United States during World War I, Daylight Saving Time is not only observed in the United States but also other countries around…

8
Mar

Happy International Women’s Day

In the United States, International Women’s Day is akin to Mother’s Day. It’s a day when men show their appreciation for the women in their lives by buying flowers or taking them out to dinner or whatever makes sense for their relationships. But in other countries, it remains what it originally started out as, a…

7
Mar

Travel Gadgets That Make Traveling Fun

Some people travel for business, some for pleasure, and some for both business and pleasure. Regardless of whether someone is traveling to land a new prospect or enjoy some much needed rest and relaxation, it’s nice to have gadgets that will make the trip more enjoyable. Of course, these gadgets can be just as enjoyable…

6
Mar

Will Google’s recent SEO changes make searching easier?

Sometimes Google searches can be a study in frustration. It seems like everybody who has something to sell has either bought his way to the top of page one or has leveraged SEO to leapfrog over everyone else and become one of the top 10 results and shove more relevant results onto later pages. Fortunately,…

15
Feb

Canadians’ Right to Privacy Comes Under Attack

Canada has definitely been hanging around the US too long. The nation’s Conservative government has a new bill insidiously called the Protecting Children from Internet Predators Act that would allow authorities to monitor the telephone and Internet habits of all Canadian citizens. The US Patriot Act justifies using things like roving wiretaps, to which President…

23
Dec

Happy Holidays

The phrase Happy Holidays means different things to people around the world. To many across Canada, it means Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. This meaningful phrase is said to friends, neighbours, colleagues, strangers, businesspeople and family and is often used starting around the Thanksgiving holiday in the United States all the way through Hanukkah (Dec. 20-28), …

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