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The Risks of
July 30, 2018

​From personal digital assistants to smart appliances, the “Internet of Things” has become a daily part of adult life, and now we’re sharing it with our children. Kid gadgets start with “tot tech” such as baby monitors with built-in…

​From personal digital assistants to smart appliances, the “Internet of Things” has become a daily part of adult life, and now we’re sharing it with our children. Kid gadgets start with “tot tech” such as baby monitors with built-in…

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The Risks of DIY Identity Recovery
July 17, 2018

​Bad things happen. It’s a fact of life, and when problems arise, we have to decide whether to handle them ourselves or get help. For example, if your house were on fire, you’d definitely dial 911, but you probably wouldn’t hire a lawyer to…

​Bad things happen. It’s a fact of life, and when problems arise, we have to decide whether to handle them ourselves or get help. For example, if your house were on fire, you’d definitely dial 911, but you probably wouldn’t hire a lawyer to…

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Data Security When You Work from Home
July 09, 2018

​Whether you’re self-employed or just occasionally take work home, you’re part of the nearly 43% of the US workforce that works remotely. If so, have you taken any steps to ensure the security of your “mobile office”? ​If you run your…

​Whether you’re self-employed or just occasionally take work home, you’re part of the nearly 43% of the US workforce that works remotely. If so, have you taken any steps to ensure the security of your “mobile office”? ​If you run your…

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What’s in Your Credit Score
June 27, 2018

​Since most Americans carry some level of debt, most also have credit scores. Banks and credit card issuers use them to decide whether to extend us credit, but potential landlords, employers, and others are also increasingly checking them as a…

​Since most Americans carry some level of debt, most also have credit scores. Banks and credit card issuers use them to decide whether to extend us credit, but potential landlords, employers, and others are also increasingly checking them as a…

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Protecting Kids from Cyberbullying
June 25, 2018

​Remember the old saying, “Sticks and stones can break my bones, but words can never hurt me”? Unfortunately, it’s not true. Words can hurt and put kids at risk of anxiety, depression, other stress-related disorders, and even suicide. Add in…

​Remember the old saying, “Sticks and stones can break my bones, but words can never hurt me”? Unfortunately, it’s not true. Words can hurt and put kids at risk of anxiety, depression, other stress-related disorders, and even suicide. Add in…

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In the News
Spotting Caller ID Spoofing
June 11, 2018

​Have you looked at your caller ID and thought you recognized the number, but when you answered, there was only a scammer on the other end? You’re not alone. You’re one of many victims of caller ID spoofing, the practice of making a telecomm…

​Have you looked at your caller ID and thought you recognized the number, but when you answered, there was only a scammer on the other end? You’re not alone. You’re one of many victims of caller ID spoofing, the practice of making a telecomm…

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Pros and Cons of DIY Credit Monitoring
June 04, 2018

​You’ve probably seen or heard more advertising about credit monitoring protection lately. And why do they bother with those infomercials full of scare tactics? After all, you can order free annual credit reports from each of the three major…

​You’ve probably seen or heard more advertising about credit monitoring protection lately. And why do they bother with those infomercials full of scare tactics? After all, you can order free annual credit reports from each of the three major…

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Digital Assistants and Privacy: Is there an Echo in here?
May 28, 2018

​Do you remember when business people carried around personal digital assistants like Palm Pilots and Blackberries? Fast forward to today, when almost 72% of the U.S .population has smartphones, and our lives are full of voice-activated and…

​Do you remember when business people carried around personal digital assistants like Palm Pilots and Blackberries? Fast forward to today, when almost 72% of the U.S .population has smartphones, and our lives are full of voice-activated and…

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For Password Security, Longer Is Better
May 23, 2018

Remember when experts were advising us to create complex passwords that contained a mix of capital and lowercase letters, numbers, and special figures like dollar signs and question marks? Well, a recent series of studies from Carnegie Mellon…

Remember when experts were advising us to create complex passwords that contained a mix of capital and lowercase letters, numbers, and special figures like dollar signs and question marks? Well, a recent series of studies from Carnegie Mellon…

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Keeping Kids Safe on Social Media
May 21, 2018

​From the time they can talk and walk, we teach our kids not to talk to strangers. But on social media, kids can’t always tell who’s a stranger. GuardChild reports that 55 percent of teens have given out personal information online, including…

​From the time they can talk and walk, we teach our kids not to talk to strangers. But on social media, kids can’t always tell who’s a stranger. GuardChild reports that 55 percent of teens have given out personal information online, including…

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