Friday, November 29, 2019
But new owners of internet-connected smart TVs might not be as good at spotting hackers as they are at spotting deals. The FBI’s Portland, Oregon, field office shared some tips this week for anyone who needs to secure a smart TV.
Their tips, which are also good for existing smart TV owners, are in this article by James Leggate at Foc5NY.com. Check it out and protect yourself.
Posted by Bob at 5:44 AM
Sunday, November 3, 2019
In spring we spring forward, and in fall we fall back ... but why?
You might have heard that Benjamin Franklin invented daylight saving time, but that’s not the case. In 1784, he wrote a tongue-in-cheek letter to The Journal of Paris sharing a story of being woken up by the sun at 6 a.m., when he didn’t expect it before noon. “I considered that, if I had not been awakened so early in the morning, I should have slept six hours longer by the light of the sun, and in exchange have lived six hours the following night by candle-light,” he wrote. Candles cost money, but sunlight is free, so he laid out a plan to have Parisians get up with the sun in the spring and summer.
Read the rest of Marissa Laliberte's story at www.rd.com/culture/why-we-have-daylight-saving-time/.
Posted by Bob at 6:30 AM
Friday, August 30, 2019
You may feel like your password is safe because it uses letters, numbers, and an ampersand, but don’t be so sure. Here are secrets to why your secure account is more hackable than you think.
- Your password is "Password"
- You didn't check it's strength first
- You use the same password for everything
- Your security question is obvious
- You use a. common phrase
- You didn't use the space bar
- You didn't use a mnemonic device
- It's not long enough
- You didn't use two-factor authentication
Posted by Bob at 10:25 AM
Friday, August 2, 2019
Hold up—don’t toss those empty containers in the recycling bin just yet! While it’s great to recycle as much as possible, there are some items that don’t belong in that bin.
- Some TakeOut Containers
- Plastic Bottle Caps
- Some Paper Products
- Plastic Grocery Bags
- Wire Hangers
- Some Types of Glass
- Shredded Paper
- Some Drink Cartons
- Colored Paper
But you may want to take this with a grain of salt. Our local grocery stores accept plastic grocery bags (#4) to be recycled. I'd also guess that different recycling centers have different rules, based on their specific processes.
Posted by Bob at 7:05 PM