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How To Choose A Virtual Private Network (VPN)

In this cyber-crime environment we are currently in ,it’s more important than ever to keep your data safe and to keep a level of privacy while you surf the web. Using a VPN (Virtual Private Network) is a great tool you can use to stay safe online. It creates a tunnel for your Internet, which means criminals and other prying eyes can't see what you are doing when you're online. With so many VPN companies out there, it can be hard for you to choose which one is right for you.

Do I Need Personal Cyber Insurance For Cyberattacks?

Although the internet has made your life easier, there are definitely risks involved in surfing the web. There are many threats you face daily such as spam emails, hijacked websites, and compromised social media accounts which can cause identity theft and a loss of money. With all of the dangers on the internet, you're probably wondering if now is the time to invest in cyber insurance. Depending on your situation and risks, it could be a good idea to look into it. Check out t

How to Clear Your Cache and Cookies

I'm sure you've heard the term computer cache (pronounced cash) and cookies when it's associated with your laptop, desktop, tablet, or smartphone. These items act as a memory bank for your devices storing the information that's collected from all of the websites you've visited as well as applications you run on your tech devices. While cookies and cache files are harmless to your devices, they can be a security threat to your personal and private information. Want to keep sa

What Russian Cyber Attacks on The US Could Look Like

With Russia hammering Ukraine with cyber warfare, there's a good chance Russia could set its sights on the US. Private and state-sponsored cyberattacks from Russia targeting the US government and businesses have increased during the pandemic including the Soloarwinds attack and the Colonial Pipeline attack last year. On top of that, Ukraine is dependent on foreign technology With the conflict, here are some of the US cyber attacks that could occur. Share this story with your

How to Fix Common Computer and Technology Issues

Computers and related technology devices have become more reliable over the years, but you're bound to come across the occasional glitch or technology failure. Most of you probably panic thinking that you've lost all of your data or your device is hopelessly lost, but this isn't always the case. There are a number of issues that you can likely handle on your own that will not only solve the problem but might make you feel like you conquered the universe. To help with troubl

How To Avoid Scams This Tax Season

Tax season is in full swing which means scammers are on the lookout for you, your tax information, and your refund. When you file your taxes online, it allows you to quickly get your taxes completed and the fast track to a quick refund. The downside to when you file online, it puts a big bullseye on your back making it easier for crooks to track you with tax-related scams. Want to stay safe? Check out these quick and easy tips to help you avoid criminals and scams this tax se

What Should I Look For In a New TV?

Most of you probably think the holidays are the best time to purchase a new TV, but you're wrong. The Customer Electronics Show in January is the time when most manufacturers release new television. The process of selecting a new TV can be a big headache with all of the complex terms being used to describe all of the features that modern TVs have. I know you want to get the most out of your investment, which is why I am preparing this quick guide to help you. If you're in

How To Disinfect Your Smartphone And Other Devices To Stay Safe From Covid-19 and the Flu

We are still in the middle of a global pandemic almost two years later. Public health experts r recommend you stick to the basic steps to avoid this virus such as getting vaccinated, washing your hands, getting a flu shot, and disinfecting surfaces you touch on a regular basis. I talked about this at the beginning of the pandemic, but I want to remind all of you that one of the most overlooked items to clean is your technology, especially smartphones. Smartphones are among th

How Criminals Can Use QR Codes To Steal Your Money and Information

QR codes were popular in the early 2000s but soon people stopped using them. During the pandemic, many businesses have turned to Quick Response Codes, also known as QR codes to create an environment of touchless interactions. QR, which is essentially a sophisticated bar code can be accessed by any mobile device and allow you to get access to menus and payment options without having to touch anything but your smartphone or tablet. Now, the FBI is warning people that cybercri

How To Prevent Stalkers From Using Apple AirTags and Samsung SmartTags From Following You

January is National Stalking Month which makes this a good time to talk about how tech devices can be used to stalk you. Now If you're one of those people who has a habit of losing items, the Apple AirTag and Samsung SmartTags are great devices that will allow you to keep track of your easily misplaced items just by looking at your smartphone. In recent months, law enforcement across the country is reporting that abusive partners and stalkers are using these devices to keep t

How The '10 Years Challenge' Might Expose Your Personal Data

Remember the 10-Year Challenge from 2019? Well, this social media craze is back and making the rounds on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. If you're not familiar, this challenge asks people to post an older picture of themselves with a new picture to show how much they have (or haven't) changed. Like many of the challenges that appear on social media, they can be a lot of fun because they are a creative way that allows you to interact with your friends and followers. However,

Technologies and Devices That May Become Obsolete in 2022

New Year's Day always celebrates out with the old and in with the new and that's a refreshing thought as you begin to think of getting rid of old habits and starting up new habits. When it comes to your tech devices, it's another story as your tech devices. Tech never lasts forever as big tech companies are always looking for ways to push shiny devices in your face and as a result, it means your favorite tech gadgets will no longer be supported. Worried about what's going

How to Plan For the End of 3G Service

You may not be aware of this, but starting early 2022, 3G service will no longer be available. Cell providers are planning to shut down the old network to make room for 5G service which provides higher speeds and greater reliability. The shutdown affects more than your mobile phone. This will disable systems in older tablets, vehicles, home alarm systems, and medical alert devices. This means you will no longer have access to 911, phone calls, and text messaging as well as t

How to Protect Your New Holiday Tech Gifts

Internet-connected devices such as laptops, smartphones, tablets, and smart home devices are always among the season’s hottest gifts. It doesn't matter what holiday you celebrate in the season of light, you can never go wrong with gifts that allow you and your family to stay connected in our digital world. One of the challenges with technology is we get the impression they break a few months after purchase or you're having to purchase the same item the following year because

How Technology Can Make Your Christmas and New Years Merry and Bright

If you plan to celebrate the holidays, traveling, working, or at home entertaining through to the new year, having reliable technology is important to ensure make sure you can accomplish your goals. Technology that makes sure you can stream your favorite holiday tunes, make your flights to your holiday destination, and keep up with what's going on in the office plays a big part in this digital world we live in. If you need help with making sure your technology helps you stay

How To Help Senior Adults Stay Safe Online

If you are a senior adult or know one who wants to become more digitally connected, there is hope for you and I believe you can do it. The challenge is most technology is geared toward younger users which creates a digital divide between young and old tech users. We have many senior customers who are tech-savvy, but many of them struggle with technical terms and with keeping safe online. If you are a senior or someone helping an older adult become more tech-savvy, online saf

How To Have a High Tech Thanksgiving Holiday

It’s that time of year again: turkey, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie, the presence of friends and family, and a reason to give thanks for all of our good fortunes in the last year. If there’s one thing most of us want to NOT think about on Thanksgiving, it’s technology. Put the smartphones away, pack up the laptop, and disconnect for one day, right? Well, technology can actually help to bring us together on this most American of holidays, provided it’s put to g

How to Recognize and Avoid Phishing Emails

You may feel stupid if you fell for a phishing scheme, but the signs aren't always obvious. You're always told to look at the sender's address, company logo, and misspelled words. However, criminals have upped their game as far as tricking you to click that link and give up your information. The practice they use is social engineering, an act to make you react to the header or content of the email rather than the sender information. As I've always stated in my blog posts, 99%

How to Turn Off Autofill in Your Web Browser

Filling out paper forms or online forms has to be one of the worse things we have to do as a part of our existence. The same goes for password fields. Thank goodness for autofill technology, because now filling out forms (at least online) and typing in passwords is easy as typing a single key. Like magic, all of those forms and password fields you have to fill out online automatically put all of your information in the respected fields in seconds. Unfortunately, criminals ar

How To Have a High Tech Halloween

Hey Everyone! Halloween is right around the corner! If you're like me, there's nothing like enjoying caramel apples, watching scary movies, kids and adults in costume, and late-night spooky hey rides. nights u If you're looking to increase the fun and spooky factor for your home or office, consider adding some unique gadgets to liven things up. In this digital age, there are plenty of apps and gadgets to choose from, but I'm sure you struggle with which ones to get. Don't wo

 
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