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Tips to avoid fake antivirus

Fake antivirus (FakeAV) affects all types of computers. FakeAV scams began rising about a year ago and they continue to be an increased risk on the web for both PCs and Macs.

Secure your home wireless network

When a close friend of mine had her Facebook page compromised, the first thing I asked was, “Are you using a secure wireless connection at home?” When she answered no, I knew it was time to make a house call.

eCycling: Cell Phones

Unlike most Americans, I recently purchased a cell phone for the first time in 10 years. It’s slick, with a keyboard for easy texting, but it’s also been outdone by the 4G already, and although I don’t intend to replace it any time soon, I know there will come a time when it’ll have to go, either because my plan provides me with a free upgrade or because I’m looking forward to new features.

According to, although cell phones are built to last five years or longer, most people replace their phone every 14-18 months. “This means there are over 700 million used cell phones in the US today, with more pumping into the recycling stream every year.”

Most cell phone providers, and many retail stores, offer cell phone recycling services. When you donate your phone, it will be shipped to a facility for evaluation, and one of three things will happen:

Disaster in Japan, Relief Scams

Fraudsters prey on tragedy—and Japan’s 8.9 magnitude earthquake and resulting tsunami are unfortunately no exception.

Mike Lennon, of Security Week, warns “after Hurricane Katrina, the FBI felt it necessary to issue a warning when over 4,500 web sites appeared, all attempting to collect donations to help hurricane victims. The tragic earthquake that struck Haiti in January [also] proved to be an incredible opportunity for scams. Millions of dollars were raised in relief efforts for one of the most deadly natural disasters of all time. Unfortunately, millions of dollars also ended up in the pockets of scammers.”


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