Tools for Tracking Loved Ones

Here’s the first excerpt from the new book, The Bigger Book of Apps! Stay tuned for the pre-order extravaganza starting in a week or so. 🙂 My wonderful husband is a crazy Ironman triathlete-turned avid camper, and he’s frequently on all-day bike rides or multi-hour hikes. When I haven’t heard from him in a while, my worry gene kicks in. …

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 …

How I almost got hacked and how I avoided it

If you don’t want to read this post, here’s the spoiler: OMG stop reusing your passwords!! Ok, now I can start. This morning I was logging into Skype because I had a podcast interview, and Microsoft asked me to verify my identity. This is not unusual because I hadn’t used this computer or Skype in a while. But when I …

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 …

Can You Guess the Top 100 Passwords?

I always sigh when I see SpashData’s yearly Top Worst Passwords, but I sleep better knowing none of YOU use any of these! But I can bet you know some of them. 🙂 Take this quiz to test your knowledge of the top 100 (from 2017’s list). Tip: 10 minutes is a looong time. When you have guessed all you …

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 …

Temporary Email Addresses to Manage Spam

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: A page you visit teases you with an offer for a wonderful tip sheet, white paper or other resource, all for free if you just enter your email address. But your email address is one of the most valuable facts about you, and every time you give it out, you risk exposures …