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Weight Loss

The Lure of the Before and After

Published on January 10th, 2012 by TINA

The ubiquitous before and after shot is a staple of the industry, where even minor weight loss is exaggerated in the way that the photographs are presented.  The before shots typically feature someone in ugly, dull ... Read More


Beauty

Hair-raising Hair Product Ads

Published on January 10th, 2012 by TINA

Want to know the secret behind the lustrous, voluminous, “salon beautiful” hair that is featured in some television and print ads for hair products today?  Extensions!  Yup, fake hair.  Well, maybe not entirely fake since some ... Read More


Beauty

It All Starts with a Good Foundation

Published on January 10th, 2012 by TINA

Socrates said that “beauty is a short-lived tyranny,” but cosmetic companies will have you believing otherwise.  The vast majority of ads for foundation feature celebrities and models, regardless of age, who have been airbrushed to perfection…and ... Read More


The Internet

Don’t Friend the Ramnit Worm

Published on January 9th, 2012 by TINA

Hackers are now seeking new targets, moving from e-mail to social networking sites. In January 2012, experts at online security firm, Seculert, uncovered a powerful hybrid worm/virus that was burrowing through Facebook’s social media platform and ... Read More


Phone Services

Is Your Cellphone Spying on You?

Published on January 3rd, 2012 by TINA

The mobile phone world was rocked in November 2011 when a systems administrator from Connecticut posted a 17-minute video on YouTube showcasing how a hidden program installed on millions of smartphones is apparently logging your keystrokes. ... Read More


The Internet

Facebook’s Tracking Cookies

Published on January 3rd, 2012 by TINA

Facebook’s list of privacy abuses in 2011 seemed to grow by the minute.  Tech savvy users of the 800 million-strong network reported that s installed by the social media giant continued to track their online activities ... Read More


The Internet

Pharmaceuticals Top the Spam List

Published on December 29th, 2011 by TINA

Spam levels have dropped to a 3-year record low, reports security firm, Symantec, in their November 2011 Intelligence Report.  But before you start jumping up and down with excitement, keep in mind that over 70% of ... Read More


Health

How Safe is Your Birth Control?

Published on December 12th, 2011 by TINA

In 2002, the birth control patch, Ortho Evra, hit the market and flew off the shelves as millions of women went to their doctors for this new, exciting birth control product.  But what they didn’t know ... Read More


Weight Loss

Smelling Your Path to Weight Loss?

Published on December 8th, 2011 by TINA

We all know that pixie dust sprinkled on and around your body can make you fly, so why not a magic tastant crystal that you sniff to lose weight without diet or exercise? (A tastant is ... Read More


Food & Alcohol

Foreign Beer May Actually Be Brewed Locally

Published on December 8th, 2011 by TINA

Their ads entice you with visions of far-off lands, beautiful people speaking with accents, and the unique taste of imported beer.  But the reality is that it’s expensive to ship beer overseas so many companies market ... Read More


The Internet

Are You Infected?

Published on November 22nd, 2011 by TINA

Cyber bandits hijacked more than 4 million computers in an Internet ad fraud scheme before the FBI took them down in November 2011. The massive Estonian-run botnet that had infected computers in more than 100 countries ... Read More


The Internet

Rise of the Supercookie

Published on November 22nd, 2011 by TINA

You don’t just have to worry about cookies anymore. Now you have to worry about super cookies. Online advertiser, ScanScout, reached a settlement with the FTC on November 8, 2011 regarding its deceptive use of flash ... Read More


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