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MALWARE WARNING: EMAILDOMAIN plus “_contract.doc” has a Malicious Word Macro – Analysis & Details

In General, How To, HTD Tech Tip, Microsoft, Safety, Security, Software, Technology by Michael Sheehan1 Comment

Warning about a malicious Word macro that comes as an email attachment with “_contract.doc” as part of the file name. Also contains analysis about threat.

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How to Set Up OpenVPN with NETGEAR R8500 WiFi Router for Smartphone VPN Connections

In Application, Consumer Electronics, Fix It, Gadgets, General, Hardware, How To, HTD Tech Tip, iOS, iPad, iPhone, Security, Software, Technology by Michael Sheehan4 Comments

How to set up OpenVPN with the NETGEAR WiFi router on a smartphone for secure connectivity on your own private network. Discusses iOS configuration.

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NETGEAR’s Arlo Q Rounds Out Video Security with Wired-power HD Camera Offering [Review]

In Consumer Electronics, Gadgets, General, Hardware, Review, Safety, Security, Sponsored, Technology by Michael Sheehan1 Comment

Review of the NETGEAR Arlo Q – a high-definition WiFi security camera with 2-way audio, night vision and free cloud storage. And it’s powered by a wall plug!

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Ding Dong: Ring Doorbell Brings Wireless Video & Voice to your Door

In Consumer Electronics, Gadgets, General, Hardware, Opinion, Review, Safety, Security, Technology by Michael Sheehan0 Comments

Review of the Ring doorbell which gives you a motion detection video camera with 2-way voice dialog and a doorbell that rings anywhere you are connected.

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Don’t Restrict Your Child’s Smartphone, Instead Discover via Monitoring with AT&T Smart Limits

In Cellular, Family, General, How To, HTD Tech Tip, Mobile, Opinion, Parenting, Safety, Security, Social Media, Social Networking, Software, Sponsored, Technology by Michael Sheehan1 Comment

Instead of restricting children’s smartphone usage, use AT&T Smart Limits to monitor and make discoveries for later discussion. Here’s how.

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NETGEAR Arlo Security Camera – Look Ma, No Wires and It’s Super Easy to Install

In Consumer Electronics, Gadgets, General, Hardware, Opinion, Review, Safety, Security, Technology by Michael Sheehan7 Comments

Review of the NETGEAR Arlo video security system, an easy-to-setup, no-wires, HD camera security system for your home or business.

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Blogger Warning: LLT Consulting Banner Ad Scam

In General, Safety, Security by Michael Sheehan92 Comments

I receive a lot of advertising and guest blogger solicitations on my site. To set the record straight, I don’t currently allow guest blogging and the advertisers I choose must be reputable, well-known, and/or part of a network. This morning I received an email via my contact form from a “Josephine Bergson” from “the LLT Consulting company” who said they wanted to place banner ads on my website, stating they could “pay up to $950.00/month.” Wow, I thought, that’s a pretty high rate. But when you get these types of “offers,” as a blogger, you need to be very careful about …

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Parents Guide to Social Media Apps Used by Kids

In Application, Family, General, HTD Tech Tip, Opinion, Parenting, Safety, Security, Social Media, Social Networking by Michael Sheehan10 Comments

I was recently asked by a reader of my site (Denise) if I could put together a chart that lists out some of the main social media sites used by tweens and teens and if I could provide some commentary on how they are dangerous (or not) for kids – essentially, a Parents Guide to Social Media apps used by kids. As my kids are either in the social media age or quickly entering, I definitely do have some opinions. But, I don’t want to be alarmist. There are a lot of factors that determine whether or not a particular …

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Less “Stranger Danger” – Kik Messenger Updates App Over Privacy Concerns

In Android, Apple, Application, Family, General, iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod, Opinion, Parenting, Safety, Security, Social Media, Social Networking, Software, Tech News by Michael Sheehan2 Comments

Back in mid-2012, I wrote an article about the “dangerous” combination of Kik Messenger and Instagram. The article turned out to be quite popular (and controversial) in a few ways. Parents didn’t know about Kik nor how the “Kik me at” functionality was working with Instagram. Over 2 years later, Kik Messenger has taken a new approach to privacy and how strangers can or cannot interact with users. I received an early briefing on the new version of Kik Messenger and while I haven’t actually had hands-on experience with the app, what has been outlined seems to be potentially a …