May 16, 2020

Your Smart TV is Watching You

This post is by Bernie Carr, Back in 2014, I wrote Even your TV can spy on you warning readers that certain brands of smart TVs are collecting data about you and recording your conversations. Well, the loss of privacy has only gotten worse. Now the FBI is warning that smart TVs are not only spying on you 24 hours a day, they are also a gateway for hackers to get into your home. How do smart TVs spy […]

Tips to Help You Disappear from the Internet

Do you sometimes worry there is too much information “out there” about you? I realize it is very difficult to actually disappear from the internet but you can try to reduce the amount of information.  I often advise people to keep a low profile in their social media and not reveal too much as someone may take advantage.  The infographic below provides some helpful tips.       Image by Free-Photos from Pixabay

Huge Cybersecurity Breach at Equifax – See if You are At Risk

This post is by Bernie Carr, Just a quick post today before I go to work.  Did not hear about this in mainstream TV news, but you should know Equifax has been hacked.  Because they are one of the three main credit reporting companies, this may impact all of us. Find out More See Equifax reveals hack that likely exposed data of 143 million customers. Then check if you are at risk at Cybersecurity Incident & Important Consumer Information.  If […]

Can Hackers Use Your Appliances as Weapons?

This post is by Bernie Carr, Yesterday, a huge attack caused many popular sites such as Twitter, Reddit, Etsy, Spotify to go offline for a period of time.   The companies that were affected used a company called Dyn, which helps users to find sites online.  Dyn was a victim of distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks.   DDos attacks work by inundating a site with huge amounts of data, rendering their servers to be overwhelmed. What does this have […]

HTTP vs HTTPS and Why You Should Care

This post is by Bernie Carr, Yesterday, I got a couple of emails from readers that my site was not loading and people were getting an error message the site was not secure and another site name was popping up.  I immediately opened a priority ticket with my hosting provider to investigate the problem.  They looked into and they responded that the error would pop up if the reader tries to access the site using instead of […]

Even your TV can Spy on You

This post is by Bernie Carr, It’s bad enough that our smart phone can track us, but I found out something even more creepy than that:  your TV can actually spy on you.  The TV is so common and unnoticed, it is present in most homes, with some households having them in nearly every room. First, a quick story…  I was loading an exercise DVD into the DVD player and I turned on the TV.  As soon as I […]

How Much Does that “Free” App Really Cost You?

This post is by Bernie Carr, Not too long ago I posted about how to avoid being tracked by your smart phone.  But couple of small incidents this past week made me revisit this issue. My cell phone tracked me! I mentioned I felt I needed to supplement my food storage by picking up at least one item a week for emergencies.  While I was at Costco, my phone started beeping at me.  Thinking I got a text, I […]

How to Avoid Being Tracked via Your Smartphone

This post is by Bernie Carr, I was mulling over the news that Nordstrom has reportedly stopped tracking its customers via smartphone.  Most people were unaware that the retailer had used a program in 17 of their stores to track customers’ movements while shopping via their smartphones, between September 2012 and May 2013.   I have nothing against Nordstrom – they have great customer service – but the practice of tracking customers’ movements while shopping is an invasion of privacy.  […]

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