Surviving WannaCry ransomware — for beginners

What you need to know to protect yourself when you don’t know much about computers.   You really don’t want this to be you — the guy or gal who just…

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What is a VPN?

You’ve probably seen the letters “VPN” in the news lately. Could stand for a lot of things—“Vodka Party Night” is one of them, according to Urban Dictionary. But the VPN…

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Be your own charger with new heat-harvesting fabric

Your body heat could power your smart devices and the Internet of Things.           “I got a smart phone with a dumb battery,” sing hip-hop artists DJ Pasquan and Lank from…

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Keep your criminal paws off my smart TV

Some smart TVs could be even more vulnerable to ransomware, research shows.   You just want to watch your show.  But you’re fumbling with the remote and spilling your popcorn…

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You can fight robocallers… with your own robot

How “hang on, there’s a bee on me” is defeating scam telemarketers at their own game.   “Roger” just woke up from a nap, so he’s a little out of…

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When robocallers pretend to be real

Watch out for “Can you hear me now?” robot telemarketers, the Federal Trade Commission warns.   You pick up the phone and hear a pause, then a young woman speaks. “Excuse me, I had a…

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