STORM PRECAUTIONS FOR YOUR DEVICE

When a storm begins, unplug your wireless devices from wall outlets to avoid potential damage from power surges and static electricity. Wait until the storm is over to charge your devices. Also make sure you save any files you’re using before the battery  is depleted.

SPECIAL FORMS OF IDENTITY THEFT

As if identity theft in general wasn’t bad enough, watch out for these special forms of this crime: 1) Tax identity theft – Using your Social Security number to file a duplicate return to get a refund. 2) Child identity theft – Using your child’s personal information to open accounts in their name. 3) Medical identity theft – Using your …

DISPOSABLE EMAIL IS A HANDY TOOL

Disposable email — also called temporary, throwaway, or burner email — allows you to receive email at a temporary address that expires after a certain period of time elapses. You can use a disposable email account to sign up and verify your registration with a forum, website, or blog without exposing your primary email account to spam or having it publicly …

Gee Whiz! What Do All the G’s Mean?

Confused about the G’s used when talking about communications technology? Let’s clear things up. The G in 5G, as it relates to mobile technology, means “generation.” GB, with a capital B, means Gigabytes – a measurement of data storage capacity. Gbps, with a lowercase b, means Gigabits per second – a measurement of internet speed. Now if there’s a quiz, …

A NEW TYPE OF WIFI?

NEW WI-FI 6 HANDLES MORE DEVICES The new generation of Wi-Fi, called Wi-Fi 6, introduces technologies to help mitigate the issues that come with putting many Wi-Fi devices on a single network. It lets routers communicate with more devices at once and send data to multiple devices in the same broadcast.

FEATURED ARTICLE ON VIRTUAL AND AUGMENTED REALITY

It’s virtually guaranteed you’ll enjoy the feature article on virtual and augmented reality in the Summer ’21  Website Compass magazine. Flip through it now to discover fascinating applications for this technology — from social gatherings using avatars to virtual vacations for seniors unable to physically travel. This issue also shares Instagram tips, identity theft precautions, and more. Read it here.

HAVE A BLAST ON JULY 4TH

We hope your Independence Day weekend is full of fun, family, and fireworks! As a reminder, our office will be closed in observance of the holiday on Monday, July 5.

WATCH INSANE BASE RUNNING

People in the stadium couldn’t believe what they were seeing! Watch the incredible moves of Javier Báez of the Chicago Cubs. CLICK HERE to watch

WATCH OUT FOR PHISHING TEXT MESSAGES

Phishing text messages may look like they’re from your bank, credit card company, or an online payment website or app. They may supposedly alert you to suspicious activity on your account or promise free prizes or gift cards. Don’t click on any links or give any information, since these are signs of a scam. Legitimate companies won’t ask for information about your account …

DON’T INVITE BACTERIA TO YOUR COOKOUT

Eating outside is a wonderful summer tradition. Just don’t let bacteria join the party and make your guests ill. Perishable foods outside for hours can develop high levels of bacteria. Keep cold foods cold, at 41°F or below, by using coolers or setting serving bowls in larger bowls filled with ice. Keep hot foods hot, at 135°F, inside crock pots …