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  • Malicious apps send by text or email

    Smartphones have been pretty safe from malicious apps as long as you stick to getting your apps from the official app stores and you don’t jailbreak your device. Jailbreaking or rooting your phone allows you to bypass the controls put in place by the device manufacturer and is generally done by tech savvy users. But […]
  • Should ‘cord-cutters’ opt for cable Internet or DSL?

    I am currently fed up with my Internet and cable provider. I am thinking of going with DSL for Internet and just using an antenna and Netflix/Hulu/Amazon/Roku for the rest. Any advice?
  • No fly zone for drones

    When you hear the term ‘no-fly’ zone, you typically think of political unrest and war zones, but today’s tip deals with your own personal no-fly zone. Personal unmanned aerial vehicles, also known as quadcopters or personal drones are starting to fill the skies and the industry is aware of the potential privacy issues. A new […]
  • Google will give you 2GB of storage

    Securing your accounts and information is more important than ever, but unless we get a gentle reminder, we generally forget to go back and review our security settings. Google understands this and want’s to help motivate you to review your security settings, so they’ve come up with a pretty decent incentive: free storage space. If […]
  • New Facebook policy allows social media immortality

    Social networks have become so integrated in so many of our lives that when someone passes away, one of the first places you’ll go is Facebook. It’s an easy way to connect with grieving family and friends and see so many memories of the departed posted by others. But if you’re the family of the […]
  • Phone apps are just as accurate as fitness bands

    Fitness monitors are all the rage these days, but at prices that can range from $100 to $300, they can get expensive. But paying for something that’s on your wrist all day is a lot more accurate than just loading an app on your smartphone, right? Wrong! A recent study published by the Journal of […]
  • Reddit AMA app is a popular tool in geek culture, but it can be a little hard to take for the uninitiated. It bills itself as the front page of the Internet and is a great example of democracy on the Internet. It’s like a huge message board where articles and postings get voted up and down […]
  • Do new FAA regulations mean I can use a drone in my real estate business?

    At the moment, you cannot use these devices for commercial purposes without the express permission of the FAA, which is nearly impossible to get.
  • Flipboard for the web

    Gathering information on the Internet is like drinking from a firehose, unless you use tools that help you filter out what you don’t want and organize what you do. One of my favorite apps for doing this is Flipboard, which specifically focuses on your social networks and general interests Flipboard takes the feeds from Facebook, […]
  • Phishing tests

    There’s a recurring theme that’s surfaced from just about every major hack you’ve heard about lately. Most of the breaches started with a targeted phishing scam sent to someone in the company. Cleverly crafted fake corporate e-mails, also known as spear-phishing, are also responsible for many victims of ransomware. The easiest way to trick someone […]
  • 10 million passwords released

    A security researcher recently released a list of 10 million stolen passwords that he gathered from around the Internet. His hope was to enlighten the world that your older passwords are probably floating around cyberspace and for sale. With each major breach, the list of stolen passwords grows by the millions. If you’ve been using […]
  • Are cars really vulnerable to hackers?

    On a recent airing of 60 Minutes, Leslie Stahl was seen frantically trying to control a car that had been hacked by security researchers. If you saw this sensational video and you’re thinking about selling your new gadget laden car, hold that thought. What you saw was a proof of concept hack that took years […]

    The Internet of Things was all the rage this year’s Consumer Electronics Show because inexpensive connected devices were everywhere. I was particularly interested in wireless sensor tags that allow you to monitor location, motion, temperature and even humidity on just about anything you care about. These inexpensive devices will allow you to monitor things like […]
  • Turn off sharing when connecting to public wifi

    You’ve heard me and others in the tech industry preaching about the dangers of public wifi for years, but there’s something that you may not have realized. Your laptop may be sharing information with anyone else connected on the coffee shop or hotel wifi you’re using without you realizing it. If your laptop is setup […]
  • No, your smart TV is not snooping on you!

    The plethora of salacious headlines that suggested that Samsung Smart TVs were constantly eavesdropping on all your private conversations are a complete misrepresentations of what actually happens.
  • Online backup

    In my years of helping others with their technology, one constant issue seems to exist; everyone knows that they should be backing up their data, but they just never seem to get around to it. If you’re one of the millions that have this critical task on their to-do list, but just can’t seem to […]
  • IFTTT revisited

    I love technology that fills the nooks and crannies of our daily lives and one of my long-time favorites is a web service called If This Then That or IFTTT for short. This free resource helps you put the Internet to work for you by creating conditional statements called recipes that integrate your online life […]
  • iBillionaire

    For those seeking an investment strategy, the Internet is filled with advice that ranges from throwing darts at the newspaper to exotic algorithms that track millions of market variables. If nothing you’ve researched is resonating with you, how about tracking what a bunch of billionaires are doing with their investments? An app called iBillionaire does […]

    For those of you that have discovered the benefits of yoga movements, something that I saw at CES this year may be of interest. It’s called the SmartMat and it’s a yoga mat that’s loaded with 21 thousand sensors and pairs with a special app. The combination becomes a virtual yoga instructor that helps you […]

    If you use reading glasses to work with your smartphone, keeping track of them can become a constant source of frustration. The solution for many is to buy a bunch of reading glasses and leave them all over the place. Wouldn’t it be great if you could keep your reading glasses with your smartphone at […]