Why You Should Stop Sharing Your Cell Number

These days your cell number is almost like your email address. Vendors ask for it all the time so they can connect it to your account for logins, messages and ID. Since many of us don’t have a landline anymore, it makes sense for us to share this on business cards and accounts. Velma and I have one thing to …

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 …

Protect your family members from online fraud

My dad has a Ph.D. in zoology. He worked as a computer programmer for decades. He can identify a bird species from a flicker of a tail feather while we’re driving 70mph down a highway. He’s brilliant. And yet… he almost fell for an online scam. One day we were chatting, and he said, “Well, I have to go. I …

Tools to Fight the Robocallers

Although it seems like we’re losing the battle against robocallers, you don’t have to sit idly by while they take over your phone lines. Use these tools to block, identify and control unwanted calls. They can help you by… Comparing incoming calls with a database of known spammers and suspicious callers. Using technology to determine if the incoming call is …

Why You Shouldn’t Use Public Wi-Fi

Let’s start with the opening sentences from a column in USA Today: “I don’t really need to worry about online privacy,” I used to think. “I’ve got nothing to hide. And who would want to know what I’m up to, anyway?” So begins the tale of a technology journalist who wrote an article on a plane then was approached by …

Your Passwords Are Not Safe

“The Mother of All Breaches” “Biggest EVER collection of breached data” “An astonishing 773 million records exposed” “Ooh, this is a big one.” Do any of these headlines get your attention? The site HaveIBeenPwnd discovered a cache of emails and passwords called “Collection #1.” The data included records from previous hacks as well as millions of data points that had …