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Social Media Savvy for Seniors
September 17, 2018

​Older adults are flocking to social media. A Pew Research survey found that as of 2018, nearly 66% of Americans over 65 are Internet users, and seniors are one of the fastest-growing groups using social networking sites. Sites like Facebook are…

​Older adults are flocking to social media. A Pew Research survey found that as of 2018, nearly 66% of Americans over 65 are Internet users, and seniors are one of the fastest-growing groups using social networking sites. Sites like Facebook are…

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Elderly woman writing a check unaware of the risks of identity theft.
September 07, 2018

​As mid-term elections loom, you’re probably being deluged with political fundraising requests by mail, phone, or online. Grass-roots fundraising is great, but political donation scams abound, and even if the organization itself is legit,…

​As mid-term elections loom, you’re probably being deluged with political fundraising requests by mail, phone, or online. Grass-roots fundraising is great, but political donation scams abound, and even if the organization itself is legit,…

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The privacy and identity protection risks of online dating
August 20, 2018

​If you believe online dating advertisements, your perfect romantic match is out there, just waiting for you to connect. What dating sites don’t advertise is all the other risks that might be waiting for you, too. Online dating has the potential…

​If you believe online dating advertisements, your perfect romantic match is out there, just waiting for you to connect. What dating sites don’t advertise is all the other risks that might be waiting for you, too. Online dating has the potential…

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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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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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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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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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Scam Alert: The High Cost of
May 14, 2018

​Your partner is late getting home for dinner. The kids are whining. The pets are underfoot. Wouldn’t you like to get away from it all? That phone call offering a free or discounted cruise sounds so enticing that, against your better judgement,…

​Your partner is late getting home for dinner. The kids are whining. The pets are underfoot. Wouldn’t you like to get away from it all? That phone call offering a free or discounted cruise sounds so enticing that, against your better judgement,…

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