Tag: Personal Information

What is the Cloud?

Posted on July 18th, by Cathy Olsen in Internet Safety, Technology Explained. No Comments

What is the cloud?

Are you too embarrassed at this point to ask, “What is the Cloud?”  Just like a Neighbor that moved in a year ago, it’s a little awkward to ask their name now.  Don’t worry it is never too late to learn!

The cloud is a computing service that is not tied to a physical device or server, but a network of server farms that can allocate resources appropriately.  Typically computing was restricted to a physical hard drive and a physical computer.  Now with cloud computing you can assign resources from a network of virtual machines to perform the same function.


Cloud Computing: The Las Vegas Metaphor

If you are visiting Las Vegas for a weekend, would you rather buy a second home or book a room in a large casino?

Well, the cost of a second home is a lot higher.  … Read More »

Personal Information

Posted on June 24th, by Cathy Olsen in Identity Theft. No Comments


It is easy to “worry” about the personal information for you and your family.  It seems like every kiosk, online account, and business wants to know all of your “business.”  Sometimes you may feel like you shouldn't. Sometimes you don't have a choice.  Don't worry.  Just follow a few basic suggestions to protect your personal information.

Personal Information Safety Tip #1 – Don’t give away freely!

We have all seen this at some fair or convention:

“Enter to win free iPad!”

We walked by one last night at a concert.  My husband wanted to enter.  Name … “ok.”  Phone.. “Give them my google voice number.  I can block it if they want to bug us.”  Annual household income “Forget it!  It's not worth it!”

Be wary of sweepstakes and giveaways.  Do not give away too much information because typically companies set up these sweepstakes and … Read More »

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