Note from the editor: Eric Peterson, aka Netminder, is a new Guest contributor to the Cocoon blog. He is the Experts Exchange Senior Site Administrator and creator of the highly popular tech EE-Community Newsletter (that boasts over half a million subscribers). For 25 years, he was the general manager of the Calaveras Publishing Co., Inc., meaning he generally managed to get the newspapers out every week; he has also had careers in the hospitality management, industrial water and wastewater treatment and event planning, and has had a forty-plus year vocation as a basketball referee and coach as he has […]
By Jeff Bermant|November 27th, 2013
Happy Thanksgiving to all our awesome users who have supported the concept of “Cocoon” – Thank You!
In America we will be celebrating this Thanksgiving holiday with friends & family. We wish everyone, everywhere
Tons of Joy…….
Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow. ~Melody Beattie
If you […]
By Bev Robb|November 25th, 2013
Cyber Monday in the United States is the first Monday after Black Friday and is another major busy American shopping day. Cyber Monday follows hot on the heels of Black Friday and is also a time when cybercriminals, identity thieves, malware writers, and online scam artists push their unsavory code an wares on unsuspecting online shoppers.
Cyber Monday was the biggest shopping day of the year in 2012, with an increase of 30 percent over Cyber Monday of the previous year.
Prime Time For Cyber Gangs
The 2013 Norton Report states that cybercrime continues to be a growing global concern. Both the […]
By cocoon|November 25th, 2013
Cyber Monday shopping is big business, with online sales in 2012 reaching $186.15 billion. Shopping from home adds convenience and beats braving the mobs of Black Friday.
In 2012, the top searched retailers during Cyber Monday were Amazon, Walmart, Target, Sears and Best Buy. People shopped 47.1 percent from work and 47.2 percent from home. The top purchased items were digital media content or subscriptions. Mobile devices are gaining ground in shopping on Cyber Monday as 18 percent of people who shopped reported doing so from their smartphone or tablet. This accounted for 13 percent of total sales.
Overall, Amazon is the number […]
By cocoon|November 17th, 2013
Most people just think that giving up their security and privacy is the cost of using the Internet; they don’t know that there are ways they can protect their data while online.
The Balancing Act® recently presented a Virtual World Computing featured segment on Lifetime Television® on November 13 at 7 a.m. (ET/PT); and will air again in the same time slot on November 20.
CEO and Founder, Jeff Bermant of Virtual World Computing, makers of Cocoon, a cloud based privacy and security browser discussed the advantages and benefits of taking security “to the cloud,” offering protection to website surfers and shoppers alike.
Internet users […]
By cocoon|November 12th, 2013
Virtual World Computing will appear on The Balancing Act® airing on Lifetime Television® on Wednesday morning, November 13 at 7 a.m. (ET/PT) with Host Julie Moran. The popular morning show will feature Cocoons free security plugin, bringing a whole new level of security, privacy, and browser protection to web surfers and shoppers alike.
Internet users are beginning to understand that third-party ad networks, data aggregators, and the government are tracking web activity without users’ consent. By creating an entirely private and secure browsing or online shopping experience; CEO & Founder Jeff Bermant believes strongly that users can surf and shop online without […]
By Traveling Greek|November 7th, 2013
Wondering what to take on the road when it comes to electronics? You’re not the only one. Long gone are the days where a basic camera and some binoculars were the height of travel gadgetry. Walking into a hotel now requires a quick scan for the nearest plug (or plugs), the first thing I do is make sure everything is charged and ready to go. So what does a long term traveler have in her carry-on? I am giving you a glimpse into the things I am obsessed with having. That is not to say that I don’t have more […]
By cocoon|October 31st, 2013
Is online privacy dead? Revelations of government surveillance is at an all time high; with the latest chill-up-your-spine: a program dubbed Muscular (joint program of the NSA & GCHQ). Yesterday The Washington Post reported that the NSA secretly broke into the main communication links that connect Yahoo and Google data centers around the world. The documents were initially leaked from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.
According to a top-secret accounting dated Jan. 9, 2013, the NSA’s acquisitions directorate sends millions of records every day from internal Yahoo and Google networks to data warehouses at the agency’s headquarters at Fort Meade, Md. […]
By cocoon|October 24th, 2013
Facebook and other social media sites can affect your ability to get hired. One bad post or questionable photo and the future of your dream job could be derailed.
Like it or not, Facebook and other sites like it are becoming the digital proxies for our real world selves. Our profiles on Facebook, Pinterest, Google+, Twitter, et. al. reflect our likes, dislikes, personalities, and best photo angles, and are likely more useful to employers in seeing what we might be like to work with than a short interview. If you don’t want employers (and love interests) to come snooping on your […]
By Bev Robb|October 17th, 2013
NSA surveillance has been a hot topic since the Snowden leaks in early June, when we found out that the NSA was collecting phone records of millions of Verizon customers. For many of us, the revelation was not shocking; we already suspected rogue-communication foreplay when room 641A was exposed back in 2006. No government program or president should hold the power to operate outside the law. Suggested checks and balances, along with government oversight is simply a fairy tale gone bad. FromSeptember 11, 2001, and until 2004 the President’s surveillance Programs (PSP) operated outside the law.
As post-Snowden revelations continue […]