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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A Parent’s Guide to Safe Holiday Shopping on Cyber Monday
Nov17

A Parent’s Guide to Safe Holiday Shopping on Cyber Monday

Money is tight for most families during the holiday season. But moms and dads can snatch some fantastic deals on toys, clothes and electronics during Thanksgiving weekend. Cyber Monday, the Monday after Thanksgiving, is gradually gaining ground on Black Friday. ComScore reported that online spending in the U.S. on 2012 Cyber Monday reached $1.465 billion, up 17 percent from a year ago. While online shopping means avoiding the crowds,...

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Digital Pickpockets: The New Threat to Your Identity
Oct22

Digital Pickpockets: The New Threat to Your Identity

No matter how aware you are about safeguarding personal belongings and confidential information, you don’t have complete control. Now you need to worry about digital pickpockets swiping your credit card information during your subway commute or when pumping gas at a rest stop. Los Angeles County law enforcement recently found two credit card skimmers at gas station pumps in Temple City, CA, KABC-TV reports. Skimming is the...

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