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The world’s BEST and WORST places to use the Internet


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People in the US don’t always know how good they have it compared to people in other countries.

Sure, you’ll complain about bad WiFi networks or crappy cell service, but at least you’re not trying to use the Internet while in a different country. Continue reading THE WORLD’S BEST AND WORST PLACES TO USE THE INTERNET

This is why you should always change the default password


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How many of you have installed some piece of Internet-enabled equipment in your home?

And how many of you have left the default password the same on the device, thinking “who bothers with that kind of thing?”

D-Link Wireless Day/Night Network Surveillance Camera
D-Link Wireless Day/Night Network Surveillance Camera
Continue reading THIS IS WHY YOU SHOULD ALWAYS CHANGE THE DEFAULT PASSWORD

If you drive one of these cars, you’re about to get hacked


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As cars get more and more sophisticated these days, so do criminals who are out to get you or your vehicle.

Where old-school James Bond villains would merely attach tracking devices to your rear axle as you drive away, today’s criminal minds can be more nefarious – and perhaps even untraceable.

Toyota Prius
Toyota Prius
Continue reading IF YOU DRIVE ONE OF THESE CARS, YOU’RE ABOUT TO GET HACKED

Selling your Android phone? You might want to read this first


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So you’ve decided to buy yourself a new ANDROID PHONE.

Nothing wrong with that.

But what are you going to do with your old device before you sell it?

Android Mini Collectible Figure
Android Mini Collectible Figure
Continue reading SELLING YOUR ANDROID PHONE? YOU MIGHT WANT TO READ THIS FIRST

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Those stick figure car decals may get you killed


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We’ve all seen at those silly Stick Figure decals that are on the back of some cars.

Perhaps you’ve seen this one:

Skull Family Car Stick Figures Decal
Skull Family Car Stick Figures Decal
Continue reading THOSE STICK FIGURE CAR DECALS MAY GET YOU KILLED

The main reason you shouldn’t worry about Heartbleed


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If you’ve been following the news lately, you’ve heard of Heartbleed and its effect on numerous websites that previously were thought to be secured via your HTTPS connection.

That little “lock” symbol may not have been as locked as you were lead to believe.

But what if we told you that Heartbleed was nothing to sneeze at, and why you shouldn’t be worried at all about Heartbleed in the first place?

Norton Antivirus
Norton Antivirus

Continue reading THE MAIN REASON YOU SHOULDN’T WORRY ABOUT HEARTBLEED

These are the least secure online retail websites


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Web Watch has told you about how to make your online passwords harder for hackers to easily guess.

But apparently, people are still not paying attention.  Yet again, we’ve hearing news reports of leaked hacked passwords list, and “password” and “123456” are still at the top of the list of passwords being used.

How bad is this?  Maybe it all depends on which websites you’re using it on.

Passwords & Internet Addresses Journal For Dummies
Passwords & Internet Addresses Journal For Dummies

Continue reading THESE ARE THE LEAST SECURE ONLINE RETAIL WEBSITES

How anonymous is your unlisted phone number?


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Quick show of hands: how many of you have an unlisted phone number?

Especially in today’s world of cellphones, the notion of a “phone book” that is printed on paper and delivered to your house is almost laughable.  People purposefully have their phone numbers listed in a phone book as part of being neighborly and accessible, but with the Do Not Call list and robocalls and other phone annoyances, more and more people are choosing to go off the grid (for personal or professional reasons).

With a cell phone, your number is pretty much already unlisted.  Nobody should be using your cell number unless you provided it to them.

And so what’s the big deal if someone had your number anyway?

How to Find Unlisted Phone Numbers (What you won't find in the phone book)
How to Find Unlisted Phone Numbers (What you won’t find in the phone book)

Continue reading HOW ANONYMOUS IS YOUR UNLISTED PHONE NUMBER?

The one piece of information you should never share on social media


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It’s time for Web Watch to get a little serious for a moment.  We just want to help you be a better social media user.

You can share photos of food, rant away about customers sitting next to you at a restaurant, or poke fun at the latest celebrity’s post-rehab hijinks.

But there is one item that you should avoid posting in social media at all costs.

Continue reading THE ONE PIECE OF INFORMATION YOU SHOULD NEVER SHARE ON SOCIAL MEDIA

Are you secure? You’d be surprised how little time it can take to hack your password


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Web Watch has covered password hacks like the recent ones at LinkedIn, eHarmony, Last.fm, and others.

We’ll start with the standard recommendation: if you’ve been using one of those sites Web Watch just mentioned, please go and change your password immediately.  It’s okay… we’ll wait.

And you’re back…

As a reminder, some of the password suggestions we’ve made in the past can be found here:

and there are others.

So since we’ve already talked about the things that you should do to change your password and how to make a nice strong password, the next question to ask is whether the password you’ve selected is actually strong and unique enough to avoid being hacked.

Continue reading ARE YOU SECURE? YOU’D BE SURPRISED HOW LITTLE TIME IT CAN TAKE TO HACK YOUR PASSWORD

More proof that you suck at choosing passwords


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Password Reminder Notebook
Password Reminder Notebook

It seems to be one of those regular “create a public panic” news event.  “OMG!  Look at how silly people are with their passwords!”

Except this time, the people being silly about their passwords are kids.  And with kids, it really is a good time to teach kids THE IMPORTANCE OF SELECTING A GOOD PASSWORD, because it ends up that kids really don’t know what they’re doing when it comes to protecting their personal online spaces.

The survey found that: Continue reading MORE PROOF THAT YOU SUCK AT CHOOSING PASSWORDS