Mountain Statesman | Bolyard will host a community forum on new, safer internet portals

TAYLOR COUNTY—These days it’s important to protect your sensitive information, especially when you’re online. In order to help residents better understand the risks, as well as a solution to the problem, a special discussion will take place.

Join David Bolyard and Brandon Downey as they host a community forum to help drive the future of the internet, a safer, easier-to-use network. The forum is scheduled to take place Thursday, April 28 beginning at 6:00 p.m. at the Taylor County Shrine Club, located at 880 Blueville Drive, Grafton.

“Communities allowed internet entities to control them, and now is the time to take that control back,” said Bolyard, creator of 2LookLocal.

He shared that he hopes to help users find exactly what they’re looking for without the threat of malicious individuals looking to defraud them or steal their information.

“I’m working with Trilogy, my developer, and what we’re really doing is trying to create a new portal opportunity for local communities, governments, nonprofits, and businesses to see than what is validated in this portal, which means that other companies cannot deposit sites there to try to drive traffic to online companies,” Bolyard explained.

He said local portals could be very beneficial as a source of revenue, advertising, fundraising and internet/computing.

“With this portal, we can keep our money local, which helps boost the economy right here at home,” he said.

And what makes the platform even better is that it helps protect users against common threats such as fraud, scraping, youth predators, misinformation, and invalid content. It will also help prevent people from being controlled by big internet companies based on what content makes them the most money.

“With an online local community portal, we can generate local revenue, prevent fraud, create jobs, protect our community and our youth, and help non-profit organizations use an additional revenue stream,” Bolyard revealed. . “2LookLocal.com is protected by two US patents that I have already obtained, and a third is pending.”

Each entity will be assigned its own portal, and information can be shared directly from there.

“We have a website that is going to be set up as a hybrid of a website and a Facebook-like platform. It’s going to have the look of Facebook and the feel of Facebook, but it’s going to be a website,” Bolyard explained. “The information will be added there and then from the portal, it will then be shared on sites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram that the business or organization can use, and then they won’t have to manage multiple pages.”

He said the websites would have enhanced security features that would help ward off bots or individuals attempting to scrape information from page users.

“Thursday we are just a pilot meeting to go over the plans and the project to see how beneficial it can be for those who use it”, we are currently focusing on businesses, non-profit organizations nonprofits and government departments. It’s really going to give them a complete internet security platform without having to have a big IT department.

So if you want to learn more about the possibilities of a local online community portal and how it could benefit your business or group, be sure to attend the forum.

For more information, please contact Bolyard by phone at 304-904-9433 or by email at [email protected]

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