RANSOMWARE & TECHNOLOGY MOBSTERS

  I am sure you have heard of businesses paying money to organized crime thugs to ensure that their businesses don’t get burned down or that no one meets with any untimely physical misfortune. Will you or someone you know end up paying “rent” ($20-$100 a month) to digital mobsters in the near future? You … Continue reading

WHY SO MANY SECURITY BREACHES?

    Disclaimer: I am currently not in the IT Security field, so take my opinion with a grain of salt. I have worked in IT since 1990. I am very good at securing individual endpoint devices. I started using computers, the Internet, and email back in 1988. I have never been hacked, never had … Continue reading

HOLD ON BEFORE YOU DOWNLOAD THAT APP

Clicking OK and downloading apps (without much thought) has become second nature to most kids (and some adults). Is anything really free, including that “free” app your child just has to have?  Here are a few questions you should ask before your kids download an app. WHY THIS APP Is the app appropriate for the … Continue reading

PROTECT YOUR NEW COMPUTER

Did Santa bring you a new laptop or desktop computer? If so, here are a few tips on how to protect your valuable new computer. SAY CHEESE Crooks steal. It is their job.  Take pictures of each side of your laptop or desktop that clearly shows the make, name, model number and serial number. If … Continue reading

ONLINE HOLIDAY SHOPPING

It seems like every year there are more and more people shopping online during the holidays. There are some people that just hate shopping in general and especially when there are large crowds. For others, online shopping is all about saving money even when you factor in shipping. Here are some tips that will hopefully … Continue reading

Did You Know Chrome Could Do That?

For many people the browser is one of the most used software applications on their computer. Below is a list of browsers I use. Internet Explorer Epic Privacy Browser Opera Firefox Google Chrome – MY FAVORITE With Chrome being my favorite browser, I thought I would pass along some tips, tricks and keyboard shortcuts that … Continue reading

APPS & YOUR TEENAGER

I recently spoke to a group of parents, teachers and administrators at my daughter’s school. The general topic was online safety and what parents can do to keep their kids safe(r) online.  The specific topics were: Digital Natives Inappropriate Communications Oversharing Hiding Apps Cyberbullying Predators Sexting Popular Apps How to protect your child today and … Continue reading

HOW TO PROTECT YOUR SMARTPHONE

Consumer Reports estimates that 4 million smartphones were lost or stolen last year and never recovered. Recently a co-worker had her smartphone stolen at work. Hopefully you will never have your phone stolen or lose it. Here are a few tips to help you protect your smartphone from prying eyes, viruses, theft, and bad apps. … Continue reading

YouNow – GO LIVE AND SHARE YOUR WORLD

There is an app that is gaining in popularity. The app is called YouNow. Some people refer to YouNow as being a live YouTube.   HOW DOES IT WORK You can broadcast your life with YouNow. With YouNow and your smartphone, tablet or computer, you can live-stream to the world whatever you are doing and … Continue reading