Will my credit card information ever be secure?

Christmas is just around the corner and cyber thieves are ready for the holiday shopping season. Most of us will be using credit and/or debit cards with the magnetic stripes to pay for our online and in store purchases. The credit card magnetic stripe was created over forty years ago and revolutionized the way we […]


I’m backing up. Right? What, exactly?

There have been several different events in recent weeks that have brought up recurring concerns with backing up data and just how backups may work. There are two reactions when considering data in a backup and they can be equally damaging: “I didn’t know that was being backed up” and “I thought that was being […]


Are you Predictable when it comes to Password Security?

Isn’t it fairly common knowledge that we should use strong passwords that are not easily “guessed” and change them regularly to protect our sensitive and confidential data? That good password security is the first and most effective strategy for protecting our private data and accounts? Well, apparently not. We hear, way too often, about systems […]


5 August 2014
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An Internet Fast Lane? Can I speed?

Over the past decade, there has been a dramatic shift in internet usage around the world. In the United States, everything from smartphones to cars can connect to the internet and, instead of reading email or stock prices, people are streaming Netflix, playing high-end video games, and using video chat like never before. Advancements in […]


Can you really unplug? I mean REALLY unplug?!

Smart phones, tablets, laptops, PDAs, netbooks… these are examples of just a few mobile devices that we use daily to make our lives easier. Ok, well maybe you used a PDA and/or netbook back in the day. But since the adoption of smart phones and tablets, does anyone still use PDAs or netbooks? I’d be […]


1 July 2014
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Facebook Test Subject

In case you were wondering (and you use Facebook), there is a chance that you were guinea pig for Facebook in 2012. The data team for Facebook recently published a study in the journal for the National Academy of Sciences (check it out here). The study was designed to test the ability to transfer emotions […]


E-Waste… Huh?

What?  You’ve never heard the term “e-waste”?  How about “e-scrap”?  Well, don’t feel bad.  It’s not that surprising, really.  The general public knows very little about e-waste, much less how to properly dispose of it. We all use electronics everyday.  I would bet you would be hard pressed to find someone who does not use […]


4 June 2014
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Technology overload! Take a deep breath.

With the prevalence of technology, sometimes it is hard to separate yourself from the stresses of daily life. Personally, I have my job at a fingertip at all times. I can send an email, call a client, check on project status, or look at client computer performance and, sometimes, it is pure overload. The most […]


Is your Trash Someone Else’s Treasure? Shred it!

How much personal information do you think you simply throw in your regular garbage each day? Unopened credit card offers? Utility bills? Have you ever considered shredding those items?  Typically there are two main reasons why shredding paper and plastic documents is important – to prevent identity theft and fraud and to safely dispose of […]


Pay Attention to Who Wants Your Information

The days of a sneaky thief stealing your purse to get your personal information are long gone. Rummaging through trash to find unshredded bank statements is just too boring. Identity thieves are so brazen that they will just come out and ask you for any information they need: bank account numbers, social security numbers, credit […]