Category: Security

Alexa and Google Home Can Eavesdrop

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Amazon Alexa and Google Home devices can be accessed by hackers to eavesdrop on user conversations or trick users into handing over sensitive information.

Backups Don’t Have to Be Hard or Confusing

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I love articles by How To Geek because they often cover basic information that my clients should know.  The articles are written very clearly but sometimes I make them even simpler by providing a shorter version and definitions of technical terminology. I’ve talked about backups many times, so I think most of you will be…

Google Password Checkup is Such Great News!

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With the frequent news about security breaches, are you concerned that your passwords might be compromised? Have you registered with https://haveibeenpwned.com/? Are you feeling overwhelmed? I’ve got great news for you! Google Chrome Can Tell You if your passwords have been compromised! Google has created an extension (software program) for its Chrome web browser that…

How To Make Your Technology Less Frustrating and More Fun This Year

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“It’s that holiday time of year again, and that means it’s over the river and through the woods to…well, fix my family’s Wi-Fi and other tech problems.”  From: The Complete Guide to Giving Better Family Tech Support  by Jason Fitzpatrick Do you have someone in your family who takes care of your techie problems for you? I was…

How to Avoid Getting Scammed

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This post was updated on October 20, 2018 Have you been receiving phone calls or been seeing websites that claim your computer is infected with a virus? They are scams!  Clients call me quite often about these. Just this past week, I was working with a client when she received one and a couple of…

Holiday Shopping Safety Tips

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This week I received an email from a client about the “UPS Package Delivery Failure” email scam.  He wanted to know if it was a real threat or just a phony scare.  It’s a real threat, it’s been going around for years, and I want everyone to be aware of it. These scam emails say that…

More on the Equifax Debacle

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In response to my last post about the Equifax debacle, one of my students sent me a link to this interesting article by Adam Levin, co-founder of Credit.com I was curious how my student happened to find this, and I thought it was interesting that he is on the credit.com newsletter list because one of his…

Equifax Data Breach

I hate to trouble you with bad news, but you need to be aware of this. Equifax, one of the three major credit reporting bureaus, has revealed that an estimated 143 million U.S. customers may be affected by a data breach carried out by criminal hackers. It includes names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses, and…

What to Do With An Old Computer

When getting rid of an old computer, you need to protect the data on your hard drive if you have any sensitive information on it that you would not want criminals to see.

Get control of passwords the simple, easy way with Keychain

Apple’s keychain password manager is safe, secure and easy to use…

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