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Do your part, be cyber smart

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. The theme “Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart” aims to empower individuals and organizations to own their role in protecting their part of cyberspace. By increasing awareness and enhancing understanding of basic cybersecurity practices, we can all work together to combat cyber threats. The human element is oftentimes the biggest cybersecurity risk. […]

VPN explained

The virtual private network (VPN) has been around since 1996. At first, it was primarily used by businesses to allow remote employees to securely access local corporate network resources across the internet. Today, this is still one of the primary uses for a VPN. VPNs have continued to gain popularity among individual internet users due to […]

All roads lead to e-transportation

Ten years ago, electric vehicles were a rare sight, but today, you see them on roadways all across the country. Advancements in battery technology have led to smaller, even more efficient batteries, which has opened the door to new forms of electric transportation, or e-transportation. Let’s take a look at some of today’s novel modes of […]

Feel like you’re being watched?

I value privacy and do not appreciate when companies use my information for advertising. It’s unsettling to see advertisements for items that coincide with my browsing history. What most do not realize is we give tech giants like Facebook and Google permission to track what we do online, and in some cases, they track us without […]

Sanitizing electronics

During the national health crisis, you probably have been sanitizing everything in sight and the same goes for my family. Even prior to the COVID-19 outbreak, I was frequently asked, “What is the proper way to clean electronic equipment?” This is a pretty broad question, but let’s look at some common devices and how you might […]

A checkup for your health care privacy

There are laws that protect the privacy of your health information held by those who provide you health care services. But as it becomes easier to get and share your own health information online, you need to take steps to protect it. This applies whether you are downloading a copy of your health information, emailing your […]

The anatomy of a hack

An experiment, conducted in 1963 by Yale University psychologist Stanley Milgram, aimed to measure the willingness of participants to obey an authority figure who instructed them to perform acts conflicting with their conscience. The results were unexpected. Milgram’s colleagues, peers and students predicted less than 1 percent of the participants would willingly do so. They were […]

After we’re gone, our online presence lives on

At some point, we all need to plan for the future after we are gone. You have likely thought about drafting or finalizing your will or prepaying funeral arrangements, but what about your online presence? Undoubtedly you have things stored online you want to pass on to your loved ones. If you think all those photos […]

Ring Spotlight security

Smart security options for your home

Many consumers are beginning to realize the convenience and comfort that smart home technologies provide. Smart home devices are different than traditional devices because they are connected to the internet and have the potential to communicate with other electronics. A smarter home can save time and reduce stress, especially with a smart home assistant that can […]

Gift ideas for techies

Having trouble coming up with gift ideas for the techies in your family this year? Here are my top picks. Apple AirPods Apple just released the new AirPod Pro. These will surely be a hit for anyone that enjoys listening to music or podcasts. The new AirPod Pro are smaller and have an in-ear design that […]