Internet Search Engines and Our Privacy

Privacy is important to all of us. It's understandable that we don't want our personal information available to anyone and everyone. With more and more of our lives being spent online we can't help but wonder how private our lives really are. Should we be worried about our privacy as we search the web? Let's take a look at what search engines really know about us. Each of us has an IP address that can be identified on every site we visit. The IP address doesn't give away personal information about us. You could look at it as your internet address, or your domain. An "unresolved" IP looks like a domain and includes information like, location, and internet provider. Let's say however, that you work for a company who names computers after their users; for example, [...]

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How to Find out Who Owns a Phone Number

Have you ever received a call from an unknown number and wondered who it was? Maybe you missed the call or wanted to know who it was before you called back. We all have those unknown calls that we just don't want to answer, but sometimes we're just curious about who was on the other line. Most of us have used a site such as Yellowpages or whitepages to search company or residential phone numbers by name, but what about the various reverse phone lookup sites? Do they work? Are they accurate, and what are the costs? How Can I Find Who Owns a Number? The popular search term that often comes up in Google instant search when you start typing reverse phone, is known as "reverse phone lookup". This enables users searching the internet to find a website that can get a phone trace [...]

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WIPO: Promoting and Protecting your Intellectual Property

The World Intellectual Property Organization, or better known as WIPO, is an agency of the United Nations. The agency was created in 1967 and its headquarters are in Geneva, Switzerland. Its function is to promote and protect the use of intellectual property (IP), as well as stimulate creativity for countries in the areas of cultural, social and economic development. The agency has 186 member states and administers 25 international treaties. Intellectual property, or best known as IP, is the inventions, written works, artistic works, names, logos, and designs used in commerce. There are two divisions of IP. The first is industrial property, which is summed up as patents, trademarks, industrial designs, and geographic indications of source. The second is copyright, which covers [...]

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How Does Google Work

It seems that everyone I know uses Google to search the internet for things they are looking for. While its said that Google gets 65% - 70% of the share of searches in the U.S., however, for many publishers, Google's share of incoming search traffic is much higher. That's certainly the case with major news sites like Reuters, Mashable, Dallas Morning News, and others. There have been many updates to the Google search algorithm in order for them to accomplish their spoken mission which is to return relevant websites related to the search term entered into the query.   Google has updated their algorithm dozens if not hundreds of times to make what they think are the best results available. They have introduced updates called Panda, Penguin, and now Hummingbird to name a few. [...]

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Family History: Do You Know Where You Came From?

Researching Your Family History Thanks to modern technology and the plethora of family research sites and databases, the average person is able to explore where they came from and delve into their family history. Many people are finding their way back to their first ancestors that stepped foot in the United States and others are even going beyond that, back to the country from which their ancestors came. In the past, this research was done by book or long hours of searching public records at county and city buildings. Today, the same records are being accessed, but can be done without ever leaving your home. Database searches can be done on birth records, death records, a ship's passenger list, census records that have been made public, marriage records, immigration records, and [...]

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