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We at the business desk are pleased to bring you our weekly feature of a
plethora of tips that cover a wide range of topics.
All of our tips are designed to help you save time, cut down on your
research, and help you get ahead.
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Helpful tips for November 2014
In this issue:
Articles of the day
From the pages of Donna’s travel diary
Courtesy of the research team at http://www.sterlingcreations.ca
Okay, here is some important info about coyotes!
They usually out roaming between dusk and dawn
and you should not try to go near them
let alone feed them
or encourage them by leaving garbage around outside of your house.
They are dangerous for your pet dogs!
Crabs and lobsters?
their claws are usually tied together when being sold so as to stop them
from fighting with each other.
Some news for you about Lentils:
They are probably one of the most nutritious legumes.
Filled with fiber and protein.
1 in every 3 persons will probably contract shingles during their lifetime.
A good idea to do it before meals.
It contains zinc, magnesium, and calcium.
An Internet tip:
If you stay connected to the Internet then you run the risk of receiving
unwanted emails which are often scam emails.
They contain lots of iron, protein and vitamin A.
And how do we know that this is going to be a harsh winter?
According to an old saying, it is because the squirrels are bustling about
gathering their food. You can literally hundreds of them doing so every
A good tip if you are the one who spends a lot of time sitting at your desk:
Move your legs back and forth while sitting.
It helps the circulation in your body.
Articles of the day
Chosen by the Business Desk team
A Gaston Bedard contribution
Browser cookies: How they could be undermining your privacy
New research shows cookies picked up by your web browser can tell snoopers a
lot about you
By Dan Misener, CBC News, April 08, 2014
The link between cookies and tracking isn’t new. But what is new is the
extent to which an eavesdropper can use those cookies to build a very
accurate picture of your browsing history. (Francisco Seco/Associated Press)
Digital surveillance: How you’re being tracked every day
End of Windows XP tech support: How it will affect you
Data Privacy Day highlights need for action: Dan Misener
45% of Canadians willing to sell their digital data
iBeacon: How much privacy would you give up for a coupon?
Fingerprint scanning a balance of security and convenience: Dan Misener
In-store WiFi is great for comparison shopping, but it comes with risks
Through the eyes of an online advertising network, I’m not Dan Misener.
Rather, I’m 002113fd47dacc02c64de16f75.
That’s just one of the unique IDs assigned to me by an online ad company.
It’s stored in a cookie on my computer, and according to new research from
Princeton University it’s part of what makes it surprisingly easy to piece
together a fairly complete picture of my web browsing history.
In a new paper called “Cookies that give you away,” researchers describe how
“reliably link 90 per cent of a user’s web page visits to the same
What’s more, those pseudonymous IDs can often be linked to real-world
identities. “Many sites display real-world attributes such as real name,
username, or email on unencrypted pages to logged in users, which means that
the eavesdropper gets to see these identifiers,” the report says.
To be clear, the link between cookies and tracking isn’t new. But what is
new is the extent to which an eavesdropper can use those cookies to build a
very accurate picture of your browsing history.”It’s pretty astounding,”
says Dillon Reisman, an undergraduate researcher who co-wrote the paper.
The technique, called “cookie linking,” works in part because of the
ubiquity of third-party trackers. They’re everywhere, and they’re largely
invisible to most web users.
To get a sense of this, I used the tracking visualization software Lightbeam
to snoop on some of my own web surfing.
I started by visiting cbcnews.ca. Lightbeam reported connections not only to
CBC’s servers, but also to 28 third-party sites: advertising networks,
tracking services, social media sites, and so on. Then I visited Buzzfeed,
which connected to 17 third-party sites.
Now here’s the important bit: cbcnews.ca and Buzzfeed use some of the same
third-party trackers: doubleclick.net, scorecardresearch.com, and adnxs.com.
In other words, there’s overlap.
And according to Reisman, that overlap is the key to cookie linking.
“One site alone isn’t really a problem,” he says. “It’s the fact that there
are these possible hubs of sites that embed a lot of cookies that allows
this cookie linking to happen.”
But who exactly might be eavesdropping?
Spy agencies for one.
“An inspiration for this [research] obviously was the recent news that the
NSA has used third-party cookies before,” Reisman says. “It could be done by
a lot of people. Say, someone sitting in a coffee shop, listening in on
Since cookies are often sent without encryption, he says, an eavesdropper
could listen in to traffic on an unsecured wireless network.
Cookie linking could also be done by internet service providers, or
individuals with access to ISPs.
“So the threat can be from a large eavesdropper with a massive view of the
network, or it could even be someone a couple of tables over.”
Connection to real-world identities
In theory, cookie-based tracking IDs like mine
(“002113fd47dacc02c64de16f75”) are pseudonymous.
But according to the researchers, cookie linking can allow eavesdroppers to
connect pseudonymous IDs to real-world identities.
‘Over half of popular sites with account creation leak some form of
– Princeton University researchers
Reisman gives an example: “Say, if I log into a website and it says, ‘Hi,
Dillon,’ that might be transmitted across the wire in a way that an
can read it.”
The researchers found that “over half of popular sites with account creation
leak some form of real-world identity.”
Due to the nature of cookie linking, those leaks can spread, according to
the report. “If one website leaks your identity, then your identity has now
leaked for all of these websites you can connect with third-party tracking
If you don’t like the idea of this kind of tracking, there are a few
countermeasures individuals can take.
The first is to use anti-tracking tools. These block or limit trackers and
cookies as you browser around the web.
Ghostery and Disconnect are popular free options.
The researchers also suggest that the anonymity tool Tor can thwart cookie
Reisman believes the onus also falls on website operators. “Actions should
taken on the parts of the sites you visit to use HTTPS to encrypt your
traffic, and also take better care when they transmit personal information,
or cease the
transmission of personal information if it’s not necessary.
“These are all action that, unfortunately, a user can’t take upon
themselves,” Reisman adds. “But [they] should be encouraging the services
they use to take.”
how to Install Windows Virtual PC on Your Windows 7 Computer
Microsoft is hoping to take away everyone’s reasons for not upgrading to
Windows 7 by making sure
that you’ll be able to run just about any program or operating system you
want with your Windows 7 computer using Windows Virtual PC.
You can use Windows Virtual PC with Windows 7 to create virtual machines
that allow you to run older legacy software that is not compatible with
You can also use Windows Virtual PC to enable you to run another Microsoft
tool called Windows XP Mode,
which allows you to install Windows XP-compatible software and run it
seamlessly in Windows 7.
Windows Virtual PC has many improvements over the original Virtual PC 2007,
including the ability to access USB devices,
to run multiple virtual machines concurrently, to access your virtual
machines through Windows Explorer,
and to launch and run Windows XP Mode programs directly from Windows 7.
Windows Virtual PC has specific system requirements.
Your PC must have a 1GHz processor and a CPU that supports virtualization.
You’ll also want at least 15 GB of hard drive space for each virtual machine
you set up.
You can use Windows Virtual PC with any version of Windows 7 other than the
Not sure whether your machine supports virtualization?
Download Microsoft’s virtualization testing tool.
Just double click the downloaded file and it will examine your PC and tell
you whether your PC can handle Windows Virtual PC
and whether the technology is enabled in your BIOS.
Open Internet Explorer and go to the Windows Virtual PC download page. Click
Microsoft needs to run Windows Genuine Advantage to ensure that you have a
legitimate copy of Windows 7.
If you plan to run Windows XP Mode, you can go directly the Virtual PC Web
site to download both files at the same time.
However, Windows XP Mode is only compatible with Windows 7 Professional and
Click the Download Files Below link and click Download for the file that
matches your system’s architecture.
The Windows6.1-KB958559-x64.msu file is for the 32-bit system
and Windows6.1-KB958559-x86.msu is for the 64-bit system.
Before you install the Windows Virtual PC program, your PC’s virtualization
technology needs to be enabled in your system BIOS.
Each manufacturer uses a different process for this, so check your owner’s
manual or go to the Configure BIOS page of the Windows Virtual PC
web site for manufacturer-specific directions.
Locate and double-click the downloaded file on your PC.
You might need to click Continue if prompted by User Account Control.
When the installer finishes loading, click Yes to begin the installation.
Microsoft shows you the licensing terms for Windows Virtual PC.
Click I Accept. Then click Restart Now.
When Windows 7 restarts, you can access Windows Virtual PC by typing
“virtual” at the Start menu’s search box.
From the pages of Donna’s travel diary
A close-up of Barbados
By Donna J. Jodhan
When it comes to really knowing how to accommodate persons with special
needs, I would like to shine the spotlight this week on a tiny island in the
Caribbean namely Barbados. No doubt many of our readers are familiar with
this tiny sunshine island, but there is a lot more for me to tell.
So many countries still have a long way to go when it comes to providing
adequate tourist services to persons with special needs but for Barbados,
this is no problem. Barbadians really know how to do it and they can
certainly show the rest of the world a thing or two. They know the true
meaning of the term “visually impaired.” At the airport, they show their
savvy by ensuring that a visually impaired traveler is suitably
accommodated. They provide special needs services that lends assistance to
those travelers who need help with their luggage, filling out of their
immigration papers, and they provide assistance right through to the
aircraft. You don’t even have to ask, as soon as you arrive at the airport,
agents are there to meet and greet and offer assistance.
Special needs services at the hotels are top class. As soon as you enter
the dining room, waiters and waitresses are practically falling over each
other to help. They offer to assist you to your table, they offer to help
you at the buffet tables, and they are at your elbow asking if you need
anything else. I have special praise for the Sandy Bay Beach Club. Their
staff and service are first class. This hotel is located on the South East
coast of Barbados and looks out onto a beautiful beach. I have visited
Barbados twice during the last two years and on each occasion I have
received the same type of treatment. Excellent all the way!
There is much that other tourist resorts and islands can learn from the
Barbadians, especially when it comes to attitude. Yes, attitude and I say
this because so often it is the attitude barrier that we as blind and
visually impaired persons run into. Take for instance right here in North
America. So many times I have encountered attitude problems with staff at
hotels and airports. For example, at terminal 3 of the Pearson airport in
Toronto: I humbly submit that staff there needs to be given a lesson in
courtesy and savvy. They often seem to believe that it is a bother to help
us and I hear this frequently from fellow special needs travelers. The
staff at terminal 1 is a bit better but there is room for improvement.
What hotels and airports and tourist industries around the world as a whole
need to keep in mind is this: The bread and butter consumers of tomorrow
are going to be seniors and special needs consumers. There is no stopping
this and the sooner that they can understand this the better it would be for
all stakeholders. They should stop viewing this as a duty to accommodate
and start looking at it as an opportunity to take advantage of. It does not
matter whether or not it is one of the busiest airports in America, a
crowded hotel in Canada, A scenic resort in Europe, or a sunshine island in
the Caribbean or in Asia; the concept is the same and if anyone is truly
serious about taking advantage of our present economic crisis, then here is
an opportunity to use tourist savvy to attract wood-be customers. There is
nothing worse than an attitude problem to deal with. Much for us to learn
from Barbados! If they can get it right then why can’t we?
I’m Donna J. Jodhan enjoying my travels.
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