A New Year Means New Security & a Google Nexus 7-Inch Multi-Tablet Twitter Party Giveaway with Trend Micro – #SecureNewYear

In Family, General, Giveaway, HTD Tech Tip, Safety, Security, Trend Micro, Twitter by Michael SheehanLeave a Comment

I am hoping that this New Year is already off to a great start for all of you, apart from my plumbing issues and a flu-ridden child, our family has been enjoying 2013 thus far. And as most of the celebrations should have died down by now, here’s one more that you might want to attend. For the past year, I and several other families across the country have been participating in a program with Trend Micro, a leading global internet content management and threat security firm, called the Digital Joneses. During this year, we completed various security challenges and …

13 Security Resolutions for 2013 – Follow Them or Get Hacked!

In Application, Family, General, How To, Opinion, Parenting, Security, Social Media, Software, Trend Micro by Michael Sheehan4 Comments

With just a few hours left in 2012, it’s time to think about ways to make 2013 an even better year. I’m sure that all of you are planning on going to the gym about 20 times a day, or eliminating all fat from your diet, or working to become Time Magazine’s Person of the Year for 2013. I wish you all the best of luck with those grandiose goals of perfection and world dominance. My New Year’s Resolutions are a little less aggressive, but, as you might guess, they do involve technology and writing. So to kick off the …

How Safe is Online Shopping? Tips to Get Ready for Cyber Monday and Beyond

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Personally, I hate shopping. I do though, like the act of giving gifts. There is something always great about spreading joy to friends and family during the holiday seasons. My wife is a bargain hunter and loves the “sport” of the deal hunt. She went missing on Black Friday only to reappear a few hours later with lots of great deals. But she was honest with me, she felt that the deals were not that great for our family. We don’t need toys…the kids are just too old (I wouldn’t mind a video game or two though). I, on the …

Zombies, Bots and Trojans are Trick or Treating in your Computer!

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Did you know that it is basically Halloween each and every day in your computer? That digital doorbell is ringing every time you visit a website, get an email or download an application. How is your computer greeting those Zombies, Bots and Trojans? Are you giving them treats and sending them on their way? Or are they preparing to trick your computer and wreak havoc on all of your personal data? If you follow any of my recommendations on protecting your computers, your online identity and your privacy, the Halloween in your computer probably is a pretty boring affair. Those …

10 Tips on How to Avoid Losing your Digital Identity

In Application, Consumer Electronics, Family, Gadgets, General, How To, HTD Tech Tip, Mobile, Opinion, Safety, Security, Social Media, Social Networking, Tech News, Trend Micro by Michael Sheehan1 Comment

Our society is made up of all types of information. And the amount of “stuff” that is known about us is growing as speeds never before seen. Think back 50 or 100 years. What identified a person? Their names, their ancestry, their address and their bank. Eventually phone numbers and a few other bits of personally identifiable information made it into the fold. Now look at what could possibly identify you – it’s almost unfathomable how much data is collected on is each and every second and not only that, how this data is connected to us. We have bank …

Phishing for Your Olympic Spirit – Buyer Beware!

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With the Olympics right around the corner, the last thing that you want to think about is security. Well, let me rephrase that, there is plenty of security at the Olympics itself and I’m one of many who sincerely hopes that the 2012 Olympics in London goes smoothly and safely. Go Team USA! But, if you are traveling or thinking about doing anything eCommerce-related, specifically regarding the Olympics, you need to be sure to follow this handyman’s adage, specifically “measure twice and cut once” but in this case, it’s “verify twice and order once.” If you have already booked your …

5 Tips on How To Make your Child Safer When Gaming Online

In Consumer Electronics, Family, General, How To, Opinion, Safety, Security, Trend Micro by Michael Sheehan4 Comments

Just the other day, I was talking to someone about how playtime has changed since when we were children. The line that my parents used to say all of the time was “go out and play” and off we would go, getting into trouble outside, coming back with scrapes, bloody knees and bruises, covered in dirt and physically exhausted. However, now it seems that kids don’t want the physical outdoor experience, they want a virtual one. With the abundance of gaming system, portable gaming devices and powerful smartphones, is it difficult NOT to be attracted to these bright and flashy …

10 Tips & Some Security & Privacy Tools for Setting Up Your Child’s First Smartphone

In Application, Cellular, Consumer Electronics, Family, Gadgets, General, HTD Tech Tip, Mobile, Opinion, Parenting, Safety, Security, Software, Trend Micro by Michael Sheehan1 Comment

As part of The Digital Joneses study that I’m working on with other bloggers and with Trend Micro, one of our challenges is “Staying Connected on the Go.” The study itself is one of online protection, privacy and security, using a variety of tools and software as well as tips and best practices provided by Trend Micro. This is the 4th challenge that we are undertaking and you can see some of my other articles from the challenges here. This current challenge outlined some tasks that we needed to do during a 24-hour period but the over-arching theme was to essentially …

Get Those Cleaning Supplies Out & Roll Up Your Sleeves – How to Clean Your Digital Home!

In Apple, Application, Fix It, General, Hardware, How To, HTD Tech Tip, Microsoft, Mobile, Opinion, Safety, Security, Software, Tech News, Trend Micro by Michael Sheehan2 Comments

It’s Springtime! Leaves are appearing on the trees, the sun is starting to gain dominance over the rain, and my eyes are teary, not only from the pollen in the air, but also from the fact that I need to start doing my spring cleaning around the house! It’s time to put away the winter clothes, coats and blankets, throw open the windows and air out the house. Guess what? You probably need to do this with your digital home as well. Wait, what? My “digital” home, you ask? What the heck is that? Well, while we typically live in …

Have You Had “The Talk” with you Kids? The Online Security Talk, That Is!

In Family, General, Opinion, Parenting, Safety, Security, Social Media, Social Networking, Software, Trend Micro by Michael Sheehan1 Comment

Go to you kids right now and ask them if they know what cyberbullying is. Go on, do it! I’m going to guess that they might be able to tell you at least something. If they did, that is encouraging. Now ask them if they know what sexting is. Heck that word shows up in my spell check as being unknown or misspelled. I will bet you that your older kids know what it is but that your younger ones do not. Have You Had “The Talk” with you Kids? The Online Security Talk, That Is! was last modified: April …

How Internet Security Savvy Are You?

In Application, Consumer Electronics, Family, General, HTD Tech Tip, Opinion, Parenting, Safety, Security, Social Media, Social Networking, Software, Trend Micro by Michael Sheehan1 Comment

If you have read any of my articles in the past, I find it extremely important to use technology as a tool to better your life. Some of those “tools” are for entertainment, and others are for security and safety of yourself and your family. Entertainment is obviously fun, as it should be, but security and safety is not as much so. It can be daunting and scary, and frequently, people don’t have a clue as to how to even begin to approach combating it. Luckily there are tools out there to, yes, help you better your life. I was …