Protect Against Posthumous ID Theft
Sep12

Protect Against Posthumous ID Theft

The National Crime Victimization Survey found that 16.6 million people were victims of identity theft in 2012. However, identity theft doesn’t just happen to the living; unfortunately, nearly 2.5 million of those victims were deceased. Why? The deceased are highly targeted by criminals, as the death of a loved one is a life-altering event and the surviving family members probably aren’t immediately concerned with the risk...

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Facebook Messenger App: Friend or Foe?
Sep03

Facebook Messenger App: Friend or Foe?

I’ve been hearing a lot about the “new” Facebook messenger app that people are forced to download if they want to keep chatting it up with friends on Facebook. First off, the app isn’t really new at all. It’s been out since 2011, but Facebook is trying to make people have to download it so they can diversify their content to stay relevant and avoid ending up like Myspace. But that’s all besides the point. The real issue is what the...

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Staying Safe With Online and Offline Computer Backups
Apr03

Staying Safe With Online and Offline Computer Backups

I was just taking a look at my backup setup on the home computer yesterday. I do a lot of video work and video files are HUGE and getting bigger as 4k and RAW formats start to become mainstream. Ever wondered what 4k even means? Well here’s a nice comparison chart below thanks to Wikipedia: RAW just means that it’s not a compressed file. That means it’s even bigger. Just to give you an idea, a 64 minute 4k RAW file...

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Identity Thieves Love the Holidays – Don’t Fall Victim to Them
Mar12

Identity Thieves Love the Holidays – Don’t Fall Victim to Them

Cyber Monday sales in 2013 hit an all-time high, with consumers spending 20.6 percent more than in 2012, according to IBM. Unfortunately, cyber thieves are cashing in on this holiday shopping as well by preying on distracted shoppers. Norton’s Cybercrime index reached a near-record level of 121 the week after Thanksgiving, with spam comprising 56 percent of all email sent. Norton reports that almost 90 percent of identity theft...

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Internet Privacy is a Myth. Duh.
Mar05

Internet Privacy is a Myth. Duh.

I get tired of figuring out how to keep my information out of the hands of corporations, hackers and miscellaneous data gatherers. I carry a smartphone. Every time I install something or actually use an app I’m asked to decide if I’m willing to provide personal information, my location, my list of contacts, or some other piece of information I’d rather not share. Here’s my favorite example from my Android phone...

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Protecting Your Mac in 2014
Feb26

Protecting Your Mac in 2014

One reason consumers buy Mac computers is they’ve been less vulnerable to viruses and other types of malicious programs in the past. That doesn’t mean they’re completely safe, however, or that they’ll be less vulnerable in the future. When Mac was launched 30 years ago, there was no reason for concern about viruses on the Mac. Now, you also had a 400kb floppy drive, no world wide web, and a 9 inch greyscale screen so...

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