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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Child Identity Theft – Keep an Eye on Your Kids
Jun11

Child Identity Theft – Keep an Eye on Your Kids

Kids love summer because school’s out, the weather’s hot, and there’s lots of time for skateboarding, swimming and hanging out with their buds. But for parents, it’s hard to keep track of where kids are, who they’re with, and if they’re safe. Kids have fun. Parents grow a few more gray hairs. In fact, The National Safe Kids Campaign estimates that 40% of all injury-related emergency room visits and...

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Summer Vacation’s Here! Protect Your Stuff While You’re Gone
Jun03

Summer Vacation’s Here! Protect Your Stuff While You’re Gone

Summer isn’t just a time for playing baseball and vacationing in exotic destinations. It’s also a time when burglars get busy to target homes – hoping to score valuable loot. The FBI reported that more than 2.1 million burglaries occurred nationwide in 2011. Burglaries accounted for 24.1 percent of all property crimes. Victims suffered an estimated $4.8 billion in property losses — roughly an average of $2,185...

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