Tech Tips

Protect Yourself from Unwanted Surveillance

Thumbnail image for Protect Yourself from Unwanted Surveillance by Barbara J. Feldman June 16, 2014

If the NSA truly wants to compile a dossier about you, these simple tips probably won’t be enough, but they certainly are a good start to avoid unwanted snooping, whether from a government agency or a rouge bad guy. 1) Install HTTPS Everywhere. HTTPS Everywhere is both a movement and a browser plugin. Installing the […]

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Google Pushes to Make Email More Private

Thumbnail image for Google Pushes to Make Email More Private by Barbara J. Feldman June 9, 2014

If you are a Google Gmail user, your email is accessed and transmitted over a secure connection. But not all email providers offer end-to-end email security (which equals privacy), and Google is calling them out with new Safer Email campaign. In this report, Gmail revealed that 71% of email they send to other providers is […]

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7 Facebook Profiles that Teach US History

Thumbnail image for 7 Facebook Profiles that Teach US History by Barbara J. Feldman June 2, 2014

1) It all started a few years ago when the White House began filling out its Facebook Timeline with photos of past Presidents. Now its timeline goes all the way back to April 30, 1789, when George Washington was inaugurated. 2) Next to catch on was the State Department, whose historian has added important diplomatic […]

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Facebook Quietly Introduces Ask Button

Thumbnail image for Facebook Quietly Introduces Ask Button by Barbara J. Feldman May 26, 2014

In a quiet move towards becoming a powerhouse in the online dating field, this week Facebook added a “Ask” button next to undeclared Relationship Statuses in select profiles. This new “Ask” button joins previous buttons for statuses such as High School, Current City, and Hometown. Upon clicking the “Ask” button, you’ll see a dialog box […]

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4 Free Online Coding Classes

Thumbnail image for 4 Free Online Coding Classes by Barbara J. Feldman May 13, 2014

I’ve written before about sites that introduce school kids to programming, but these four sites offer college-level programming for free. All of these resources are Massive Open Online Courses (called MOOCs) that serve thousands of students at a time, and certainly shaking up our old definitions of higher education! 1) MIT Open Courseware These classes […]

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How to Stop Siri from Revealing Your Contacts

Thumbnail image for How to Stop Siri from Revealing Your Contacts by Barbara J. Feldman May 12, 2014

Oops! With just a few taps, Siri allows access to all your contacts even if your phone is locked with a passcode! The following video shows how someone could gain access to ALL your contacts even if they don’t know your four-digit passcode. To stop this from happening to you, you should disable Siri from […]

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