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Internet safety

The internet is a useful tool and a place that is full of entertainment. However, it is also full of risks. With knowledge, it is easy to avoid traps and risks from people who mean you harm.

  1. Do not give out personal information: It is generally a bad idea to give out personal information such as email, phone numbers, work contact info, and addresses. There are even some websites where, depending on what you blog, providing your name, picture, and workplace can be risky.


  1. When organizing meet-ups, meet in a public place: In this digital age, it is common to meet-up with people online in the “real-world.” However, this can be risky. Often people lie about who they are on the internet.


  1. Be careful about scams: On the internet, there are many people who want to take your money and your personal information. There are several ways to protect yourself from this. If an offer online sounds too good to be true it probably is. Unsolicited emails that ask you to wire money are scams. Fake versions of popular websites are scams, check to make sure there are no typos in the url bar.


  1. False information is abundant: There are a lot of hoaxes and misleading information that are spread throughout the internet. Most of these are just silly things were the worst thing that can happen to you is that you end up looking silly for believing. However, there are some awful people who spread false information for the specific purpose of seriously injuring someone. Here is some information to avoid getting hurt. Mixing ammonia and bleach produces chlorine gas, mixing bleach and isopropyl alcohol will produce an explosion. It’s probably a bad idea to trust most recipes or life hacks that originate from 4chan, as they have been known to post false tips and instructions that damage electronics and hurt people.



Work Based Tech Learning at EnCircle Technologies

Here at EnCircle we do everything we can to help our students. We offer courses and resources that can’t be found anywhere else in the midwest. We even host the biggest Super Smash Brothers tournament in the midwest each year. However, there is one aspect of what we do that doesn’t get as much attention. Our work based learning program is an incredible program that offers students the opportunity to learn new skills while gaining real world professional experience. As project manager I have unique insight into the inner workings of this program, and I’d like to share some of that insight with you.

When I first started working at EnCircle I didn’t know as much as I do now about web development. I have been fortunate to have gained many of my skills here at EnCircle through assisting with the classes and on the job experience. As our work based learning program has grown, I have had the pleasure of witnessing our students learn the same skills that have empowered and enabled me. The experience they gain in this program, doesn’t only prepare them for the technical challenges they will face in the job market. It also helps them build their confidence and communication skills.

In my opinion and experience with our students, the technical stuff is the easy part. The challenging part is helping them gain the confidence they need to market themselves fairly and to compete for jobs. Non-inclusive social standards have made it difficult for many of our students to appreciate their own strengths.

Our work based learning program is a fully operational web development company. We do work for small businesses and organizations around Columbia and elsewhere. Our student employees work together as a team on these professional projects. Working as a part of a team of their peers, gives our students the opportunity to see their strengths shine. When we complete a website for a client, the students get to experience the feeling of contributing tangible value to a company and getting paid for it. This experience is vital to one’s ability to view him or herself as a high-value professional.

At EnCircle, our goal is to provide our students with everything they need to become successful tech professionals. Our work based learning program is one of the most practical and vital of all of the resources we offer. If you have a website project or maintenance need, please let us know so that we can continue providing these opportunities to our students. In return, you will get a high-quality website to grow on too.


Peter Wryostek

EnCircle Technologies Project Manager, Instructor, Web Developer