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How To Limit Screen Time With Your Kids This Summer

Limiting screen time is always a battle, especially in summer. Your kids may have gotten used to increased screen time during the pandemic and will probably push back against you. The battle over smart devices like phones, tablets, gaming systems, and laptops can sometimes feel like too much. As a parent with two teenage sons, I know the stress of trying to wrangle kids off their devices to have them do chores or even settle down for bedtime. The struggle is real! If left unc

How To Protect Your Smartphone, Tablets, and Laptops From The Summer Heat

With the first day of Summer making its debut today, it’s time to break out the hats and sunscreen to prepare ourselves for scorching temperatures. And make sure you don't forget your favorite tech devices… they need protection from the heat too! The summer heat can cause damage to your mobile devices when left out in the sun. Don't worry! Your favorite tech expert is here to drop some knowledge and help you prevent your smart devices from melting down. Check out these quick

How to Fix Common Windows and Macintosh Laptop Problems That Are Driving You Crazy

If you're like most people, your laptop is probably one of the most important pieces of technology you own. Your laptop offers many options as you can use it for many functions such as work, recreation, and relaxation. Like most pieces of modern technology, your laptop should (Windows and Macintosh) should run smoothly without any problems. However, in this period of the digital age, we sometimes overwork our laptops which can cause problems as well as just getting a lemon

How To Improve Your Internet Safety and Privacy

June is National Internet Safety Month which is an annual initiative by federal and state governments specifically dedicated to educating people on internet safety and promoting safe online practices and behavior. When you use the internet, you need to focus on creating habits that will help you protect your online privacy and security. Good habits protect your online privacy and strengthen your security, while the bad ones put you at risk to have your information and devices

How to Encrypt The Data on Your Computers, Smartphones, and Tablets

If you're in the habit of carrying any device such as a computer, smartphone, or tablet in your everyday travels, you really need to consider enabling data encryption on those gadgets. Data encryption is widely used by large corporations to protect user information and is starting to become more common with individual users. Encryption works by scrambling your device's data in the event a criminal steals your tech. It is one of the best ways to make sure the information that

How to Know When a Virus Takes Over Your Computer, Tablet, or Smartphone

There are many cyber threats on the Internet such as phishing schemes, credential stuffing, crypto-jacking, and cloud hacking, but nothing is as dangerous as having your computer, or smartphone infected with a virus. Devices unfortunately do many things that can make you think you have a virus on your devices such as failure to start, a slow device, or unknown error messages that appear out of nowhere. Most viruses make themselves known once they are infecting your gadgets,

Should I Buy or Rent My Internet Modem and Router?

If you have Internet at your home or office, you know you need to have a modem and router to allow your devices to connect to the web. There are two options with your modem and router. First, you can just lease the equipment from your cable provider. Your other option is to purchase your own equipment to use. Of course, there is a one-time purchase, but once you buy it it's yours forever. There are many schools of thought when it comes to leasing your Internet equipment

How To Celebrate 'Older Americans Month' by Empowering Our Seniors to Understand and Use Technology

The month of May has many holidays including Memorial Day, but did you know it's also 'Older Americans Month'. This holiday honors our senior adults by recognizing the challenges they faced while helping shape our country as well as helping empower them to help them live independently and to bring awareness to the challenges they face such as elder abuse. One of the biggest challenges seniors face is technology. The benefits of technology are endless, but constant changes th

How Can I Create Passwords That Will Keep My Accounts Safe From Hackers?

You know May 5th is Cinco De Mayo (also known as Cinco De Drinko), but this year it's also World Password Day. Your passwords allow you access to your online accounts and they exist to keep the bad guys out of your private information stored in your email, social media, and financial accounts. Weak and stolen passwords are how criminals get your data which is why you need to make sure they are uncrackable. If you want to keep your Internet accounts safe from data breaches,

How Can Criminals Use The Dark Web to Steal My Information?

Since the pandemic started in 2020, there have been a record-breaking number of data hacks. while there have been a few instances of insider cyber theft and good old fashion data breaches, many of the cyber thefts that have occurred can be traced to the dark web. The dark web is the underbelly of the internet where a lot of criminal activity like human trafficking, drug dealing, and the exchange of your personal data takes place. How does your information wind up on the Dar

What Home Inventory Apps Can I Use To Protect My Belongings?

Whether you live in a small apartment or a large home, you need to keep track of the items in your home. Your dwelling could be burgled or struck by any natural disaster. If this happens, the last thing you'll want to do is to figure out which items are missing or destroyed as well as remember where you bought them. When it comes to your assets, you need to know what you have in the event you have to make an insurance claim to recover your belongings. One of the best ways to

How To Keep Your Website Secure from Hackers

Website design used to be a members-only club where if you wanted a website, you would have to hire someone with a graphic design background as well as an HTML programming background. To create a personal solo or small business website. Now, with the rise of web-based, user-friendly web design tools like WordPress, Wix, Joomla, Duda, Shopify, and Squarespace, all you need is access to the web and a working knowledge of computers and you can design an eye-popping website. H

How to Find Hidden Cameras Any Place You Stay

I travel quite a bit to speak on technology/cyber security and I'm always worried that somebody is watching me with a hidden camera. Call it paranoid or thinking I'm James Bond when I travel. When you think of hidden cameras, you probably think of the latest spy movies, but because of technology hidden cameras are becoming more common and can be set up by anyone. These devices can possibly be set up anywhere you stay from your home, rented apartments, hotel rooms, even your

How To Secure Your Online Gaming Accounts and Prevent Them from Getting Hacked

A few weeks ago, I was about to go live on-air with a TV interview and I got an alert that someone from out of state was trying to log into my Sony Playstation account. Fortunately, I had protections in place to make sure my account was secure. If you think that gaming only involves your kids playing Fortnite, Roblox, you're wrong. It also those games you play on your smartphones such as casino games, Wordle, or Words with Friends. Everything you do online is under constant

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

 
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