Category: Recent Trends

Internet Safety and Home Computer Security Checklist

Posted on August 15th, by Cathy Olsen in Home Computer, Recent Trends, Security. No Comments


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Internet Safety and Home Computer Security Checklist

Internet Safety in 12 Steps!

The focus of this list are what you need to do as a parent to be aware of what information you and your family are entering on the Internet.  What are your privacy settings.  What you need to be aware of to stay safe on the Internet!

Home Computer Security in 10 Steps!

We have so many devices.  But it is overwhelming to think of how could possibly figure out how to use or even limit access on a device.  The 10 step walks you through the most important settings and habits to have to get your devices secure and keep them secure.

Internet Explorer Explodes Again!

Posted on June 25th, by Cathy Olsen in Recent Trends, Technology Explained. 1 Comment

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[heading style="1"]STOP USING INTERNET EXPLORER![/heading]

There is a vulnerability in the XML core of IE that has been exploited.  There currently is not an update available from Microsoft.

[quote style="1"]ENGLISH: Your machine could be OWNED if you traverse a website that has this exploit enabled![/quote]

Since the last time I wrote on Internet Explorer it was the most common web browser used.  Because of the rise of MAC computers and users liking the features and possibly security of other browsers the popularity of Internet Explorer as a browser has decreased tremendously. (In 2009, Internet Explorer usage was at 70% and now in 2012 Internet Explorer usage is at 25%)

Back in my security lab days, my fellow lab rats would refer to Internet Explorer as “Internet Exploder”!  ha!  One of the first questions I ask when people are having problems with pop up's … Read More »

Facebook Privacy Hoax

Posted on June 11th, by Cathy Olsen in Recent Trends. No Comments

Has anyone seen this on someone’s Facebook status?

*PRIVACY NOTICE: Warning–any person and/or institution and/or Agent and/or Agency of any governmental structure including but not limited to the United States Federal Government also using or monitoring/using this website or any of its associated websites, you do NOT have my permission to utilize any of my profile information nor any of the content contained herein including, but not limited to… my photos, and/ or the comments made about my photo`s or any other “picture” art posted on my profile. You are hereby notified that you are strictly prohibited from disclosing, copying, distributing, disseminating, or taking any other action against me with regard to this profile and the contents herein. The foregoing prohibitions also apply to your employee(s), agent(s), student(s) or any personnel under your direction or control. The contents of this profile … Read More »

Amazon Prime Video

Posted on June 1st, by Cathy Olsen in Recent Trends, Video. No Comments


I love all things Technology, so enjoy my Latest and Greatest Technology tip!

Do you have an Amazon Prime account AND Netflix?
If yes, then you may be paying twice for similar services!!

What is Amazon Prime?

Amazon Prime is a membership service where you can get 2 day shipping on the majority of merchandise on Amazon. I have been an Amazon Prime member for over a year now. I inadvertently became a member because I wanted to “TRY” the service to get some gadget or item with two day shipping instead of 5 to 7 business days. I thought I would cancel before the 30 days. Well, I forgot, and I amSTILL aFAN of Amazon prime. They recently added the Amazon Prime Video and Amazon Prime Kindle services. These services offer content that is free to view for Amazon … Read More »

Is your Solitaire game accessing your phone’s Address book?

Posted on May 23rd, by Cathy Olsen in Recent Trends. 1 Comment

Are your applications being naughty?


The Tech Crunch blog posted yesterday regarding 'naughty' applications.

Remember when we were all FREAKING out about location tracking by random applications on our phone?  We now know how to check for which applications are capturing our location and how to turn it off.

Most applications are NOT malicious (or 'naughty').  However, there are hundreds of thousands of applications available.  We are relying on the coding standards of thousands of developers.  The applications in the Apple store are tested by Apple, However, the level of testing may not get to this detail.

Now, there is a new app out there Bitdefender Clueful which tracks any interactions the application has with the rest of  phone (iOS, address book, etc).  The clueful app scans the memory of the phone to see what actions the phone is performing.  It can also track … Read More »

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