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How to Check if Your Gmail Password was Leaked

Thumbnail image for How to Check if Your Gmail Password was Leaked by Barbara J. Feldman September 15, 2014

This week saw the announcement that yet another database has been hacked. This one held a whopping five million Gmail addresses and passwords. Most of the announcements also linked to a third-party site where you could check to see if your Gmail address was one of those hacked. I am always suspicious of these sites, […]

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Are Unsubscribe Links in Emails Safe?

Thumbnail image for Are Unsubscribe Links in Emails Safe? by Barbara J. Feldman September 8, 2014

Are email unsubscribe links safe? The answer is: it depends. If the email is clearly unsolicited spam from a business or person you have never heard of, then the safest way to get rid of it is NOT to use the unsubscribe link (nor to click reply) but rather to click the spam button in […]

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5 Ways to Increase Privacy on Your Cell Phone

Thumbnail image for 5 Ways to Increase Privacy on Your Cell Phone by Barbara J. Feldman July 7, 2014

With privacy concerns all over the news, several mobile handset makers are releasing new models with extra privacy features built-in. But there’s no need to throw your current handset out, as there is plenty you can do with your current Android or iPhone to make it harder for anyone to spy on your activities. 1) […]

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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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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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Digital Citizenship Resources from Google

Thumbnail image for Digital Citizenship Resources from Google by Barbara J. Feldman April 28, 2014

Did you know that Google has a school assembly program about digital safety that they are taking on the road? It’s called the Good to Know School Roadshow, but in addition to the assembly program for schools, they have a lot of online safety resources as well. Here’s rundown of what they offer. The Google […]

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