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5 Facebook Privacy Tips to Keep Your Profile Secure

Posted by cchalkley on March 20, 2017



Facebook has over 1 billion active users! Wow, that’s lot of people!  Facebook has become a common place for most people to get their news or see what their friends are up to. Since so many people have Facebook and use it to gather information, you might be wondering how to make sure what you are sharing is not available for the world to see. Here are 5 tips to help make your Facebook profile more private and secure.

1. Public information:

Some information on Facebook will always be public such as your name, profile picture and your cover photo. But there are some privacy settings that can you can set that can keep any other information from your profile private, like your posts and pictures.  You are able to select whether your information will be public for everyone in the world to see or whether only your Facebook friends can see what you post. 


Settings → Privacy → Who can see my stuff → Who can see your future posts → Edit: choose Public, Friends, Friends except, Specific friends or Only me. 

Privacy Setting

Other settings you can select here are who can contact you and who can search for you. If you don’t want to be searched publicly, change your settings to ‘Friends’.

2. Check what personal info you are sharing publicly

If you are a little unsure about what settings you have and want to check what other people can see on your profile, there’s a way to do that! 

View As setting

Profile → … beside View Activity Log → View As

With this view you are able to see all the posts that would show on you profile to someone who wasn’t your friend.. While you are here, check your Timeline, About, Friends and Photos tabs to see what information you are sharing publicly. Know that you can’t change anything while you are in this view. If you notice anything here that you would like to change, click back to your profile or settings to change what you need.  If you notice any posts that show up publicly, you can go to your profile and find the post that you would like to change. Beside the date and time of your post you can change it to only be viewed by your friends or yourself.

Public Information Setting

 3. Review your Facebook connected apps

You will want to check what apps you have given access to and what permissions you’re allowing for them.  If you have ever let a third party app or game use your Facebook login to access the app, then this is a setting that you definitely want to make sure you check. This will show what apps Facebook has access to and what information from your profile is shared. 

Connected App Setting

Settings → Apps → Logged in with Facebook → Edit settings or remove access.

Connected App Editing

When you click edit, you can get a more detailed look at the apps settings. First check who the app is visible to. Select ‘Only Me’ if you don’t want anyone to see that you have this app.  You can also check here whether the app has access to your friends list, likes, photos or other information. Uncheck any information that you don’t want shared, note some may be mandatory for the app and you will be unable to check this shared information. You can also remove any apps here that you don’t want Facebook to have access to anymore but just clicking the X button to remove the app.

4. Password Security

Your password should be at least 12-15 characters long, using a combination of upper and lower case letters, numbers and symbols.  Don’t include your or your kid’s names, birthdays or any other personal details. You also want to make sure that you have different passwords for all your other personal online accounts so if one of your passwords is compromised, your other accounts would remain secure.  Also don’t email yourself any of your passwords. If you are stuck on creating a password you can use a password generator like random.org/passwords to help. Here’s a list of the most common passwords for 2016, so don’t use any of these.

5. Things not to share through Social Media

Here are just some tips of things that you shouldn’t share on your profile or posts. You don’t want to take the chance that any private information is getting into the wrong hands.

  • Don’t share your full address or phone number.
  • Don’t share financial information through your Facebook page, whether it be a post to your friends or through a private message.
  • Don’t post while you are on vacation, as tempting as it is to share to people that you are going away, this practice can entice someone to break into your home while you are away.
  • Complain about work or share project related information. Check if your work has a social media policy. Even if you post on your personal account about your work, you may be in violation of your work’s social media policy and worse case may get fired for something you said.

Quick Help Center:

For a quick run through about some of the stuff we talked about today, go to your Facebook page and check the Quick Help Center at the top right of your page. 

Privacy Checkup Help Center

Privacy Checkup is will run a quick review of some of the privacy settings we’ve discussed here.. This guide will check who can see your posts, what apps have access your information and who can see your profile information. 

Privacy Checkup

Hopefully these tips will help you set up a more secure and private Facebook page. If you want some additional help with learning, check if your local library has any programs that can help teach you any social media skills. The more you know, the safer and more secure you’ll be! 



Christine Chalkley, Marketing Coordinator

I love things that make me laugh including sitcoms, sketch comedy and anything my kid does. When it comes to parenting I take Amy Poehler’s advice: “Always remember where you put your kid. Don’t let your kid drive until their feet can reach the pedals. Use the right size diapers... for yourself. And, when in doubt, make funny faces.”

Best of YouTube Videos February

Posted by cchalkley on March 6, 2017


Welcome Execureaders to another edition of “Best of YouTube!” This month we have some music videos, some crazy award show moments and 7 brand new planets!  So sit back and check out these popular videos.

Katy Perry - Chained To The Rhythm (Official) ft. Skip Marley

Katy Perry’s new song for “Chained to the Rhythm” is the first single from her upcoming 5th studio album. The video is set in a futuristic amusement park that includes a crazy roller coaster that literally flies through the air. I give it up to Katy Perry for still looking good while filming on a roller coaster. Can I also mention that I love her rose coloured hair? This is a hair trend that I really dig lately. This song is super catchy and now I have this song stuck in my head and it’s probably in yours now too. 

The Weeknd – Reminder

“Reminder” appears on Toronto native The Weeknd’s latest album Starboy.  Watch out for Drake’s cameo in this video. Torontonians unite! The Weeknd is very popular right now, seems like he has a billion singles out. I know that’s an exaggeration, but seriously he’s got a lot of singles out there right now.

Lady Gaga's FULL Pepsi Zero Sugar Super Bowl LI Halftime Show | NFL

Lady Gaga performed at this year’s 51st NFL Super Bowl half time show.  We wrote a blog earlier about the cool 300 Intel drones that opened this performance. Lady Gaga sang some of her biggest hits: Poker Face, Born This Way, Telephone, Just Dance and Bad Romance. Lady Gaga is known for her crazy outfits, but I have to say she looks fabulous in her custom Versace outfits. And I give it up to her for dancing and rocking out a 13 minute performance in heals!  Good job Gaga, you killed this performance!

Wheel of Musical Impressions with Alessia Cara

We can’t have a ”Best of  YouTube” without Jimmy Fallon! This month Canadian Alessia Cara plays “Wheel of Musical Impressions”, an ongoing gag where  the guest and Jimmy perform musical impressions of other artists. Alessia pulls off some awesome impressions of Ariana Grande, Nikki Minaj and Lorde.  I think it takes a lot of talent to pull off not only doing an impression of a celebrity, but to do it while singing-- bravo! Way to go Alessia, you got talent. 


These two kids took part in a food challenge where they ate gummy food and the real counterpart. I’m shocked over this kid’s reaction to eating hamburgers, hot dog and a pickle. Really? There’s that much disdain for eating a hamburger? These kids are also tricked into eating frog legs and alligator jerky.  I think most of those gummy versions of the food actually looked pretty gross. I guess kids are notorious for being picky eaters, so candy will always win!

Tough-Talking Teen Danielle To Dr. Phil: 'You Were Nothin’ Before I Came On This Show'

Wowza, some people just blow me away. Danielle was a guest on Dr. Phil back in September 2016. She was only 13 years old and became known for her catch phrase “cash me on the outside.” She came back on the show last month for a follow up and with a ton of arrogance stated that Dr. Phil was nothing until she came on the show. She’s just another kid who is trying to get famous for saying stupid things. 

Adele Wins Album Of The Year | Acceptance Speech | 59th GRAMMYs

Adele won 5 awards at this year’s Grammy Awards including Album of the year, Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Pop Vocal Album and Best Pop Solo Performance. Impressive sweep! In Adele’s tearful award speech for Album of the Year, she admitted she wasn’t deserving of the award and that Beyonce should have won for Lemonade. Check out the blog we wrote with all the Grammy highlights here.

Richard Vs Barack

Retirement looks good on you, Barack! While on vacation in the British Virgin Islands, Barack Obama and Richard Branson decided to have a friendly challenge: could Barack learn to kitesurf before Richard could learn how to foilboard? The challenge was set and they practiced for days. On the final day they had a battle of who could stay up the longest. Just look how blue that water is and how breathtaking the scenery is in this video. I think winter must be getting to me--I’m longing for warm days and the beach! 

NASA & TRAPPIST-1: A Treasure Trove of Planets Found

NASA made a huge announcement recently that they found 7 new planets outside of our solar system that are earth sized and may have potential for water. This video shows the reactions of scientists who worked on this project.  Compared to all the other videos on this month’s best of YouTube, this video might make you a feel a wee-bit smarter. So go ahead and watch this video and also read these 4 cool things, so you can impress your friends with some cool space info. 

Oscars Mistake: Moonlight Wins Best Picture after La La Land Mistakenly Announced | ABC News

That horrifying moment where the Oscars made a HUGE mistake and the wrong movie was named the winner for Best Picture. Awkward! If you are living under a rock and missed this whole story, check out our blog post to read what all went down at this year’s Oscars. PriceWaterCooper has admitted that they are to blame for this mistake of providing the wrong envelope to be read. No matter how many times I watch this, it is still so painful to watch.  

Honourable mention:

Animal Adventure Park Giraffe Cam

April the Giraffe is pregnant and about to give birth. Animal Adventure Park set up a live stream of April to capture the birth of her baby calf. April is 15 years old and this is her 4th calf. Did you know that giraffes are pregnant for 15 months? Talk about exhausting. April’s due date was mid-February and calves are born hooves first. Ouch? Giraffes instinctually hide their labour so we probably won’t notice when April is in labour until the hooves come out. The suspense is killing me! After the calf is born, there will be contest to name the baby. My vote is Gillie for a girl and Jimmy for a boy.

You are now up to speed with all the videos that were popular on YouTube this past month. I bet you still have Katy Perry’s song stuck in your head (I know I still do).  I’m going to be optimistic-- by the time you read “Best of YouTube” for March, it will be in spring weather and we’ll all have the warmth we all have been waiting for!  Until then, keep tubin’!



Christine Chalkley, Marketing Coordinator

I love things that make me laugh including sitcoms, sketch comedy and anything my kid does. When it comes to parenting I take Amy Poehler’s advice: “Always remember where you put your kid. Don’t let your kid drive until their feet can reach the pedals. Use the right size diapers... for yourself. And, when in doubt, make funny faces.”

The 2017 Oscar Highlights (and That Shocking Twist Ending)!

Posted by cirvine on February 27, 2017


We get it—ain’t nobody got time to stay up and watch ALL of the Oscars on a Sunday night. It’s pretty long, and some of the speeches can be so dull they make you fall asleep. They certainly made Chrissy Teigen sleepy:

But it is Hollywood’s biggest and blingiest night, so we would be remiss if we didn’t go over some of the highlights this year.

First, we have to talk about that twist ending. What in the world happened? Just to get you up to speed in case you missed it, Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway announced (after some hesitation) that “La La Land” had won for the coveted Best Picture award. Turns out, they were holding the card for Best Supporting Actress (in which Emma Stone won for La La Land). Oops. Big Oops.

In a cringeworthly series of events, and only after the La La Land producers were three speeches deep, the crowded stage of people were told by some frantic stagehands wearing headsets that there had been a mix-up, and revealed the Best Picture envelope. Sorry, La La Land, you’re living in… La La Land… Moonlight is stolel your... spotlight. Check out the full video below and try not to melt with awkwardness.

Luckily, the Internet blessed us with some cathartic humour out of the situation. A couple of my favourite tweets about the mix-up come from the king of twist-endings, M. Night Shayamalan, and the king of misread winner cards, Steve Harvey:

Ahh, thank you Internet! You can always be counted on to sprinkle some humour on an awkward situation. Now let’s move on because, believe or not, a few other things happened at the Oscars. For instance, Jimmy Kimmel did a great job as host. One of his best stunts of the night was bringing into the event a real, unsuspecting tour group, straight off their tour bus:

How lucky are these people!? Especially #GaryfromChicago who has instantly become 2017’s Ken Bone.

I think my favourite announcers of the night were hands-down Seth Rogen and Michael J. Fox, who popped out of a Delorean on stage while wearing self-lacing future boots from Back to the Future. They added a cherry on top by singing the Schuyler Sisters song from Hamilton, making everyone’s night, including Lin Manuel Miranda’s.

As far as the best fashion of the night, we saw a lot of gold glimmering in the camera flashes:


I think my personal favourite dress this year was Hailee Steinfeld’s super-elegant floral number from Ralph & Russo. It looks like she popped right out of a fairy tale.

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We also saw some Canadian glory last night, as Ontario’s Alan Barillaro won for Best Animated Short for Piper, and was even shown some kudos from the Prime Minister himself:

Congratulations, Alan and all the other winners of the night! You can find a full list of the winners here.



Candice Irvine, Blogger, Marketing Specialist, Graphic Designer

I'm addicted to games of all kinds: boardgames, video games, card games, mind games... nah, just kidding about that last one. Or am I?

4 Coolest Things About NASA’s New Discovery

Posted by cirvine on February 22, 2017


It is seriously one of the coolest times to be alive. Today, NASA’s Spitzer Telescope revealed a monumental, ground-breaking discovery: the existence of seven Earth-sized planets orbiting around a single star.

Orbiting around an “ultra-cool dwarf star” that is smaller than Jupiter, these exoplanets exist in what’s commonly called the “Goldilocks zone”. That is, they exist in a fairly unique bit of space that’s not too cold, not too hot, but just right to be potentially habitable and most likely to have liquid water (aka Earth-like). Three out of the seven planets have the highest potential for liquid water, and the other four might too, depending on their atmospheric conditions.

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So this system of exoplanets (and by that I just mean any planets that don’t exist in our solar system), is called TRAPPIST-1, named after The Transiting Planets and Planetesimals Small Telescope in Chile. In May 2016, TRAPPIST announced they had discovered three planets in the system. Then, NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope confirmed the existence of two of them and actually found five additional ones which were published today.

As if this entire discovery wasn’t cool enough, there are some pretty neat things to mention about these particular exoplanets.

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They are all REALLY close together. If a person was on one planet, they could potentially see geological features or clouds of neighbouring worlds, which would sometimes be larger than our moon. Can you imagine looking up and seeing the clouds of Venus and then nearby, the rings of Saturn? How cool!

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Half day, half night worlds. These planets are all tidally locked to their star, which means that the same side of the planet is always facing the star. Therefore, each side is either in perpetual day or perpetual night. The ramifications of that kind of boldly contrasting environment are mind-blowing.  I wonder what kinds of creatures would live in the dark half, and which live in the light? Star Wars fans would have a field day there.

It’s Pretty Close To Us. If you were travelling at light speed (670 million miles per hour), it’s a mere 39 years from Earth. That sounds pretty far, but it’s actually relatively close to us in space-terms.  Hop, skip and a jump really!

The Art. I just love how when these events happen, NASA provides really cool art and tools that  really get across the impact and emotional response of these findings. I've included a lot of them in this post, but the retro-looking one below (of which there are many more you can print out and hang on your wall), is probably my favourite!

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If you want to take your space exploration to the next level but don’t see yourself becoming an astronaut any time soon, check out this free desktop app from NASA. Using the “Eyes on Exoplanets” program, you can zoom to the outer reaches of our universe and explore new worlds, including TRAPPIST-1. 

Until the next mind-blowing space discovery, happy exploring and keep looking up at those stars!





Candice Irvine, Blogger, Marketing Specialist, Graphic Designer

I'm addicted to games of all kinds: boardgames, video games, card games, mind games... nah, just kidding about that last one. Or am I?

Live Streaming of Kittens is the Cutest Reality TV Show

Posted by cchalkley on February 16, 2017


Reality television shows can be quite the guilty pleasure for a lot of people. Now here is the cutest reality show that you can stick your little peepers on today. Keeping Up with the Kattarshians follows 4 kittens living in a small dollhouse. This kitty cam created in Reykjavik, Iceland not only has the best title ever, but the doll house set up almost makes it look like the Big Brother set.

This kitty cam is produced by a local news site called Nútíminn along with The Icelandic Cat Protection Society. The goal of this project is to create awareness about stray cats and to get them adopted. These kittens are 9 weeks old and named Guðni, Stubbur, Briet and Ronja. 3 cameras are set up to watch these kitten play, jump and even sleep in their cat-sized bunk beds.

If you don’t have the time to binge watch these 3 live stream channels, you can catch the highlights on the Keeping Up with the Kattarshians Facebook page.

Now if you’re crazy for animal cams and want to watch different kinds of animals, you can check out Animal Planet’s Live  or the Explore.org website. These websites feature many different live streams, such as pandas, sharks, penguins, an African watering hole, chicks and bunnies! You can even watch a family of cockroaches! EW!


Here’s a live stream of Magellanic penguins that live at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, California.

So now that I have you hooked on watching Keeping Up with the Kattarshians, good luck on being productive I think this is a totally purrfect and pawesome way to be spending your time. Your kids will probably love it too… I know what I’ll be showing my daughter tonight! 




Christine Chalkley, Marketing Coordinator

I love things that make me laugh including sitcoms, sketch comedy and anything my kid does. When it comes to parenting I take Amy Poehler’s advice: “Always remember where you put your kid. Don’t let your kid drive until their feet can reach the pedals. Use the right size diapers... for yourself. And, when in doubt, make funny faces.”