What is fake news? And how to spot it!

EchosecEducational, Media, Uncategorized

Fake News Not A ‘New’ Phenomenon On June 1st, 1897, The New York Herald published an article claiming that famous American writer Mark Twain was “grievously ill and possibly dying.” The following day, Twain was quoted by The New York Journal as saying, “The report of my death was an exaggeration.” In those days, such rumours would have been called … Read More

The Top 4 Ways Social Media Can Help in a Disaster

Kira KirkEducational

When disasters occur, we all want to help. Since Echosec’s expertise is in social media search and discovery, we thought we would share some actions our clients take in a disaster response scenario, when a global event occurs. We hope you never find yourself or a loved one caught up in a disaster. In an effort to hope for the … Read More

Sentiment Analysis and Your Reputable Brand

Paula HingleyEducational

Human emotion is complex. It’s one of the seemingly few things that computers haven’t quite figured out how to navigate yet. So when we see a social media platform offering sentiment analysis as a feature, what does that really mean? Here at Echosec, we help organizations find and filter billions of social media posts every day. When we zoom in on … Read More

What Is Reddit? And Why Should You Care?

Paula HingleyEducational

Reddit is one of the newest data feeds found on Echosec. The brainchild of a couple of college roommates, Reddit is the 7th most visited website in the US and 22nd in the world. A whopping 500 million people log in each month. Users of the site (known as “Redditors”) appreciate the democratic nature of the site. Instead of organizing … Read More

Panoramio is shutting down

EchosecEducational

November 4th 2016 will be the last day the photo sharing site is available   What is was Panoramio anyways? Panoramio was the photo sharing service originally used for Google Earth. It focused on the geolocation associated with images. Users would upload their photos to the site and tag them to the location they were taken. Their tag line was: … Read More

Hunting for a signal in the noise

EchosecEducational

Anika Torruella wrote an in-depth article for Jane’s International Defence Review. The article is called “Hunting for the signal in the noise” and discusses Social Media’s role in modern warfare. It will be available in the September edition of the magazine but if you are a subscriber to Jane’s you can already access the full article here: https://janes.ihs.com/Janes/Display/1780778 Here is an exert … Read More

Stop Trespassing and Avoid Mobs from PokemonGo

Jason Jubinville#breaking, Educational

Security, trespassing and Pokemon Go.   PokemonGo has without a doubt, captured the minds of the world. http://www.pokemongo.com/ The virtual reality application has skyrocketed to chart-topping levels in both the Apple AppStore and Google Play Store … and it’s only available in a handful of countries so far. But it’s not all fun and games. For those who haven’t quite … Read More

Tell a Good Story

Paula HingleyEducational

As I write this, I’m trying to remember the last time I wrote an actual letter on paper and sent it in the mail. It’s been awhile. Social media has drastically changed the way we interact. We respond to party invitations online, we react to our friend’s posts with “Likes” and Emojis, and generally communicate with friends and family in … Read More

What are you sharing over public WiFi?

EchosecEducational, Privacy

An interesting read from Maurits Martijn reveals just how easy it is for a skilled hacker to exploit you and ruin your life if they so choose. The author shares the experience of spending time with an “Ethical Hacker” in an Internet cafe in Amsterdam, to see how simply one can fool the masses by exploiting free, open WiFi. “We … Read More

5 Security Tools for your Smartphone

EchosecEducational

Since the dawn of the smartphone, it seems as if digital communication has become more common than face-to-face interactions. It is not uncommon for one person to have two computers, a tablet, and a smartphone. In this increasingly tech-reliant world, how secure is that constant stream of data travelling between all of these devices? While up-to-date tech is crucial to … Read More