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Attention Verizon email users: Act now to keep your Verizon.net email address

If you have not already, you will receive notification email(s) from Verizon (shown below) explaining that AOL is going to begin managing email for Verizon customers. As the email explains, you can keep your existing Verizon address, but to…
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Why you need to upgrade your router in 2017

While 2017 in the Chinese calendar is the year of the rooster, many will think of 2017 as the year of the router. Home Wi-Fi has taken a big leap forward with a new generation of "mesh" networking routers. Mesh networking allows users to easily…
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Have I Been Pwned?

Dropbox recently reset user passwords on over 68 million user accounts that were compromised during a 2012 security breech.  The company had previously disclosed the breech, but was not aware of its severity until 68.8 million Dropbox user…
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Why Windows Users Should Uninstall Apple Quick Time

US-Cert (United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team) released a security alert about two new vulnerabilities discovered in QuickTime for Windows.  Both of these vulnerabilities are classified as critical as they could allow attackers to…
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Change your passwords

When was the last time you changed your passwords?  Despite increasingly alarming odds of being hacked, most people do not take even the most basic precautions to insure that their information remains private – creating and maintaining strong…
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Internet Threats Increasing Daily

According to an article by CNN, 868,500 new pieces of malware – computer viruses and other malicious software – were released everyday last year.  This is up drastically from the paltry 86,000 new daily releases in 2013.  In total, an…
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Don't Fall for this Phone Scam

Callers claiming to be Microsoft computer security engineers are coercing home computer users to provide information which allows remote access to individual files and personal data.  This approach, sadly, works.  According to a survey reported…
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Online Privacy - It's No Joke

My favorite New Yorker cartoon featured two dogs, one dog sitting at a computer talking to the another dog sitting on the ground.  The caption “On the Internet, nobody knows you’re a dog.”  While this used to be true, it’s not true…
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Why is my internet/movie streaming so slow?

It almost seems inevitable…just when you finally settled into watching your favorite show on Netflix…the video becomes choppy, you see the dreaded loading pinwheel and the video stalls.  Urgh!  So much for down time! “Streaming”…