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Is Amazon Prime Worth It?

Thumbnail image for Is Amazon Prime Worth It? by Barbara J. Feldman April 14, 2014

Did you know that Amazon Prime members can borrow both of my Jokes By Kids Kindle books for free? While that may not be quite enough of an incentive to pay the annual $99 fee, I’ve long been an Amazon Prime member, and still consider it a great value. And, Amazon is now offering a […]

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What is HTTPS Everywhere?

Thumbnail image for What is HTTPS Everywhere? by Barbara J. Feldman April 14, 2014

HTTPS Everywhere is a browser plugin for Firefox, Chrome, and Opera that keeps your website connection to certain well-known sites as a secure HTTPS. It is part of the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s (EFF) initiative to Encrypt the Web. What does the plugin do? Many sites on the web offer some encryption over HTTPS, but (as […]

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What’s Up with the Blue Facebook Dinosaur?

Thumbnail image for What’s  Up with the Blue Facebook Dinosaur? by Barbara J. Feldman April 7, 2014

Facebook is testing a proactive approach to user privacy this week with the introduction of a cartoon blue dinosaur. If you haven’t modified your privacy settings in awhile (meaning you are probably several steps behind current best-practices and therefore as out-of-date as a dinosaur!), your next post may be greeted by the this friendly looking […]

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What is a Zero-Day Exploit?

Thumbnail image for What is a Zero-Day Exploit? by Barbara J. Feldman March 31, 2014

A zero-day exploit (also called a zero-day attack, hack, malware, virus, trojan horse or worm) is one in which the first known occurrence of the attack happens the very same day the software vulnerability is discovered. This means that the author/publisher of the compromised software has not had any time (zero days) to fix the […]

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A YouTube for Kids?

Thumbnail image for A YouTube for Kids? by Barbara J. Feldman March 24, 2014

Reports are popping up across the web that Google is developing a kid-safe version of YouTube for children ten and under. YouTube already has a Safety Mode (just look at the bottom of any page) but complaints abound that often the video ads are racy and/or that inappropriate content still gets through. It is not […]

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Which Word Best Describes …

by Barbara J. Feldman March 18, 2014

This Tech Tip post is not a tip I am offering you, but rather a favor I am asking from you. For years I have called the section of Surfnetkids.com that contains my weekly website reviews “Topics.” But I’ve never been happy with this, because I didn’t feel it was descriptive enough. I am making […]

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