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Heartbleed: Protect Your Data

If you typically ignore computer bug warnings and alerts this is one you should take seriously. It is called the Heartbleed bug and it is a hole in the secure connection between your computer and internet servers that you often query for information. Prior to the bug detection experts estimated that it affected more than […]

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Despite Flaw With iPhone’s iOS7, Use It

After feeling the pressure from law enforcement officials from many municipalities, Apple became the first major cell phone manufacturer to incorporate an anti-theft function (activation lock) in its operating system (OS). You may remember that I commented on the cell phone manufacturers and wireless providers resistance to help reduce cell phone theft (Opinion: Why Won’t […]

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Opinion: Why Won’t Wireless Companies Help Stop Cell Phone Thefts

Again, the Europeans are ahead of US companies in protecting consumers. Years ago, after observing the increase in online banking fraud and identity theft, many European banks implemented various methods to reduce online banking fraud. For example, European online bank INGDirect (now owned by Capital One) implemented a web-based soft key pad anti-key logging method […]

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Texting After A Disaster

Soon after the 5.9 magnitude earthquake on the east coast (epicenter at Mineral, Virginia) a few weeks ago, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) asked cell phone users in the earthquake region to use text messaging and email, instead of making voice calls, when contacting love ones to let them know they were OK. As […]

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