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Disasters: Getting Help, Giving Help

April 17th, 2013

Disasters, whether man-made or natural, can attract criminals who use such opportunities to make money and steal personal information.


Vacation Deal Gone Wrong – The Dangers of Craigslist

December 13th, 2012

Searching for the perfect all-girls weekend rental, my dear friend came across this ad on Craigslist: Fantastic 5 bedroom . . . house with water views just 300 feet from Scarborough Beach, one of the most beautiful beaches in Southern New England.  Enjoy the waves of the Atlantic and large boardwalk and pavilion area, walk


Cast a Wary Eye when Scanning Craigslist and Classifieds

May 15th, 2012

More than 50 million Americans are using Craigslist for everything from bartering for services to finding a roommate. Unlike your local newspaper or magazine, Craigslist ads are generally free, which explains how the site receives 50 million new classified ads a month.  Despite being a dot org, however, Craigslist is not a nonprofit and is


E-mail Alert: Does Ghana Have $8 million to Give You?

May 8th, 2012

Sorry, the Vice President of Ghana doesn’t really want to give you $8 million out of the blue. The tip-offs? Poor grammar, request for nonsensical “RED SEALED stamp fee” of $550, and random inclusion of photoshopped passport (which they claim the recipient has requested). Do not reply. Do not send money. From: “vice president john


Unsolicited Checks & Credit Offers

November 1st, 2011

So you come home at 6:00 PM, and begin leafing through your mail.  In an oddly-official-looking envelope from a company you’ve never heard of, you find a check for $250 made payable you!  Your next piece of mail is a offer informing you that you’ve been “pre-screened” for credit approval.  Wow!  And you didn’t even


Wi-Fi Hot Spots

October 24th, 2011

A Wi-Fi hotspot allows you to access the internet through a shared wireless network. However, using an unsecured wireless network can leave your computer and the information you are transmitting vulnerable to hackers and identity thieves.


Criminal Hackers

October 24th, 2011

Malicious hackers, aka “crackers” or “black hats,” break into computer networks, spread viruses and other types of malware, steal confidential information, and commit other kinds of cybercrime.


“Low Cost” Internet Access Can Really Add Up

October 24th, 2011

There are many considerations when it comes to choosing an Internet service provider – type (cable, dial-up, DSL, or satellite), speed, price, hardware needed, reliability, and level of support. When looking for home Internet service, the most important thing to do is to read the fine print.  All those splashy ads or telemarketing calls for


How to Keep Your Mailbox from Overflowing

October 14th, 2011

With landfills overfilling and the rise of both the internet and the green movement, it’s amazing how much unsolicited mail still arrives in mailboxes on a daily basis. 


Stopping Telemarketing Calls

October 14th, 2011

Don’t let yourself become a target of deceptive telemarketing calls. When you get that annoying call right in the middle of dinner, your first instinct is to hang up, right?



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