Terrorist Propaganda and the Sophisticated Use of Social Media

by Laura-Lee Walker“The advance of an army used to be marked by war drums. Now it’s marked by volleys of tweets”.-J.M. BergerTerrorists are increasingly using social media networks, such as Facebook, YouTube and Twitter, to further their message and goals because of its accessibility, global reach and affordability.CIA director, John Brennon, spoke about how...

Most Heinous Crimes Committed Over Easter

by Laura-Lee WalkerEaster is fast approaching. For many this tradition conjurers up images of Easter egg hunts, the resurrection of Christ, and eating chocolate bunnies. Whether you’re in Sweden where children trade paintings for sweets, or Bermuda where home-made kites flood the sky, it’s cause for celebration; however, not for all.For some, their lives...

Should Prisoners Be Allowed to Use the Internet?

Written by Laura-Lee Walker“Looking for someone who is loyal, preferably educated, financially and emotionally stable for a long term committed relationship”- Luka Magnotta. Canadian Inmates ConnectMagnotta was convicted of first-degree murder for killing Lin Jun, a Chinese international student, in Montréal in May 2012. He filmed himself dismembering the body and sending limbs to...

The Unintended Consequences of Using Social Media

Written by Laura-Lee Walker (Photo Credit: Courtesy of HTSABO)“The problem is much larger than any one individual’s ability to control their personal information, because there are so many new ways every week or every month in which we can be tracked or things can be inferred about us.” –Alessandro Acquisti, privacy economistThe reasons we...

The Science of Lie Detection

Written by Laura-Lee WalkerDeception training is like having a super power. You can become a human lie detector, but there isn’t a magic pill or quick way to do this. You need extensive training and equal amounts of practice.The techniques for identifying detection are based in science, and are the same whether you are...

Profile of a Serial Cheater Capable of Murder

Infidelity is one of the common reasons for why people divorce in Canada with 60 percent citing that infidelity would be their top reason for divorce. Who’s doing it? Why are they cheating? And, are serial cheaters more likely to commit murder? Here are the nitty-gritty facts of extramarital affairs.The recipe for infidelity involves...

Protect Your Home by Thinking Like a Burglar

The frequency of home burglaries is alarming and not expected to improve. Three out of four homes in the United States will be broken into within the next 20 years.Learning how a burglar thinks can help deter burglars from targeting your home and stealing your property. Burglar profileThe typical burglar is a male under 25...

How to Spot a Fraud

“53 per cent of resumes and job applications contain falsifications.”–The Society of Human Resource ManagersPeople will often lie when telling the truth won’t get them what they want, such as a job or promotion. That means that your new hire could be a potential liability.Incidences of people misrepresenting themselves are commonplace, and the consequences...

Pseudo Professionals Put You at Risk

Horror stories about unlicensed professionals putting their clients in jeopardy, and employers getting sued for negligence, are commonplace in the news.The list of those committing fraud is extensive from lawyers and dentists to professors and doctors.A man in Washington was recently apprehended for pretending to be a doctor. He treated his patients for issues related to...

The Psychology of Fraud

“It only takes one. One person, who appeared funny and smart and fully capable of doing the job they were hired for – until one morning employees discovered that person had defrauded the company for years.”–Dr. Joan Pastor, clinical psychologist The employee, in the above scenario, stole almost all of the company’s electronic equipment, vanished...