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How to Borrow a Kindle Book from Your Public Library

Thumbnail image for How to Borrow a Kindle Book from Your Public Library by Barbara J. Feldman April 24, 2014

I love libraries, but over the years, as I transitioned to nearly 99% Kindle reading, I used the library less and less, switching instead to 99% Amazon. And while it’s true that I still get a nice fix of free books from Amazon (see Is Amazon Prime Worth It?, More Free Books for Kindle Readers, […]

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Is Facebook Nearby Friends Safe?

Thumbnail image for Is Facebook Nearby Friends Safe? by Barbara J. Feldman April 21, 2014

Over the next couple of weeks your iOS and Android Facebook apps will probably be getting a new social feature called Facebook Nearby Friends. The purpose of this new feature is to share your whereabouts with Facebook friends. But in contrast to previous apps that have tried to tackle the same problem, instead of broadcasting […]

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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your privacy settings in awhile (meaning you are probably several steps behind current best-practices and therefore as out-of-date as a dinosaur!), your next post may be greeted by the this friendly looking […]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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