Danie Weishaar

ITS 230

Module 2

Checkpoint

T/F:

1.      T

2.      F; The W3C oversees research and sets standards and guidelines for many areas of the Internet. Each organization on the Internet is responsible only for maintaining its own network.

3.      T

4.      F; A byte is the basic storage unit on a computer or mobile device and represents a single character.

5.      T

6.      T

7.      T

8.      F; A search engine is software that finds websites, webpages, images, videos, maps, and other information related to a specific topic.

9.      T

10.  T

11.  F; Streaming is the process of transferring data in a continuous and even flow, which allows users to access and use a file while it is transmitting.

12.  F; One way to protect yourself from identity theft online is to clear or disable all your cookies in your browser.

Matching:

1.      C

2.      A

3.      F

4.      E

5.      H

6.      B

7.      D

8.      G

9.      J

10.  I

 

 

Problem Solving

2. Unsolicited Friend Requests: If you find that people you do not know are trying to friend you on Facebook, the first thing you should do is to look at their profile.  A lot of times they are fake accounts and don’t have a lot of content on their page.  As a general rule, you should not friend people you don’t know.  Also, if you are getting a lot of these type of requests, you may need to change your security settings in your profile to ensure that people you don’t want friending you, aren’t.

3. Unexpected Search Engine: One thing that could be wrong is that you are user a browser that is linked to a search engine other than Google.  If you were to just type ‘Google’ up in the web address, the associated search engine with that browser will just simply search the term ‘Google’.  In order to go straight to Google, you may need to type in www.google.com.

5. Social Media Password: If you clear your saved information on your browser and have since forgotten your password the first thing you should do is to reset your password.  After hitting the ‘forgot password’ link at the bottom of the sign-in page, you will be prompted to provide the email address that is linked to that social media platform.  You then go to your email where you can then go through the resetting process and update your password.

6. Suspicious Website Visits: The director of the company’s IT department may know your web browsing habits because he could have been instructed to determine how much time employees are spending on unrelated websites and who is doing it the most.  Most IT departments have access to the company’s computers and they know how to access certain information.  This is how the director may know you’ve been spending time on unrelated websites.  To address this issue, I would respond saying that I had visited those websites while I was on break in which I thought the company allowed.  I would then ask if there was any particular websites that I shouldn’t be visiting and just clear up the situation.

8. Email Message Formatting: One thing that might be causing the lack of formatting and pictures in an email is that the email server doesn’t show pictures and formatting unless you click “Show all pictures and links”.  By clicking this button, the email will then be displayed the way it was originally written.

Internet Research

1. Making Use of the Web: Online Social Networks and Media Sharing (I chose to look at Facebook and LinkedIn)

            1. What personal information is required to join?

                        a.) LinkedIn: First name, last name, email, password

                        b.) Facebook: First name, last name, mobile number or email, password, birthday, select a gender

            2. Does either website ask for personal information that you are uncomfortable sharing?

                        a.) I don’t think either site asks for information that I feel uncomfortable sharing, it is fairly basic information needed to create any type of account.

            3. How does the content of these two websites differ?

                        a.) Facebook is more of a relaxed social media where you can share anything that you want.  LinkedIn differs in that it is more for professionals, so a lot of the content is focused on business, jobs, and the economy.

            4. Which features are beneficial for casual users, and which are targeted toward business or professional users?

                        a.) Facebook has more features that are for the more casual users.  You don’t have to worry as much about what you are contributing to the network because you can contribute whatever you want.  LinkedIn is targeted toward business and professional users, so they have a lot of different features such as a jobs tab in which people can search open positions on their site.

            5. Are these websites supported by advertisements?

                        a.) Facebook is definitely supported by advertisements.  There are ads that line the sides of your social feed.  LinkedIn doesn’t seem to have advertisements; however they occasionally show promoted sites or posts which will show up in line with the rest of your feed.

            6. Locate the instructions for posting media.  Are these instructions straightforward?

                        a.) I felt like the instructions for both Facebook and LinkedIn were straightforward.

            7. Is there a limit on the number and/or size of media files a user can post?

                        a.) On LinkedIn, I believe you can add as many media files as you want, just as long as the file does not exceed 300 MB or 120 mega pixels for pictures.  Similarly, Facebook allows you to upload as many media files as you want, but the file size cannot exceed 100 MB.