Equifax probably owes you money — here’s how to get it

If you’ve been hanging around with Your Nerdy Best Friend for a while, you know how completely freaked out I was about the Equifax data breach almost two years ago. Equifax revealed the breach in the fall of 2017, but several months earlier, the company knew of vulnerabilities and hacker activity and more. More than 147 million U.S. residents were …

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Four Things to Know About FaceApp and Your Privacy

If you’ve been on social media this week, you’ve probably seen a full cycle of a viral app. In a matter of days, the world went from “OMG, FaceApp is COOL!” to “OMG, FaceApp is SCARY!” FaceApp is simple: Upload a headshot (yours or someone else’s), and add a filter to look younger or older, happier or prettier. You can …

VPNs: Everything you wanted to know but didn’t care enough to ask

I have a confession to make. Although I fuss at you guys to avoid public WiFi, I’m guilty of resorting to it every once in a while when my hotspot is spotty or if I’m just being lazy. It’s just so easy to connect to the free network and start surfing, right? But I feel guilty about it every time, …

What I don’t want for Christmas

This is a bah-humbug post! Here are some high-tech gadgets I wouldn’t buy this holiday season (and why). But this is what I DO want for Christmas … my favorite things. And this is where you can enter a giveaway to WIN one of my favorite things! Note: I may make a commission if you click on the Amazon links. …

Another reason to be mad at Facebook

People who place ads on Facebook know that they can upload a database of names to put their ads directly in front of their contacts. I was going to try it to advertise my book to my followers, but because I have mostly business emails in my newsletter database, I figured that I wouldn’t be able to hook up the …

What you need to know about the Facebook hack

Another day, another security breach. But this time it’s with the ubiquitous Facebook, and the breach may end up involving other apps that let you login with Facebook. Here’s a summary of what you need to know. (And here’s another reason to be mad at Facebook this week.) What Happened? Back in December, Facebook noticed a spike in unusual Facebook …

Gadget Review: Should you get these high-tech toys?

Hi, friends. I’ve been saving up some gadgets for review. Here’s a tour of my little nerdy abode with reviews of my favorite (and not-so-favorite) gadgets. Products Reviewed Amazon Fire TV Cube Echo Show Roomba 980 Bose SoundLink Mini Bluetooth Speaker Logitech HD Pro Webcam Blue Snowball iCE Condenser Microphone Oculus Go Microsoft Surface Pro AirPods Apple Watch Google Home …

A Travel Tale of Woe… with a Happy Nerdy Ending

So Monday I’m packing nerdy socks for the next event, and I hear CLANK! A phone notification…. My phone clanks all the time, but this one was different. FLIGHT CANCELED! Wha? What was happening?? I was leaving in less than 24 hours, headed for Owensboro, KY, a fairly small town in a state not known for its air travel options. …