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09Mar2021

‘Hello’ to a Better Camera Angle

The next big update for Windows 10, coming to your computer next month or in May, will feature the ability to switch between two webcams. For many that will be toggling a built-in laptop camera and a second camera mounted on a separate monitor. It will help you make better eye contact during meetings. But
  • 9 Mar, 2021
  • Norman Rosenthal
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  • biometrics, built-in camera, Microsoft Surface, microsoft teams, plug & play, videoconferencing, webcam, Windows 10, windows hello, zoom,
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09Mar2021

Satellite Internet Connectivity May Help Those on the Move

Starlink, the satellite-based internet service provider from Elon Musk is generating a lot of buzz. If you hate your current ISP, it’s a promising alternative. If you live in a rural area, it’s an even more promising alternative. And if the pandemic pushed you into a more mobile lifestyle, Starlink could up the ante. Satellite
  • 9 Mar, 2021
  • Norman Rosenthal
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  • Amazon, elon musk, hughesnet, jeff bezos, project kulper, satellite-based internet, starlink, viasat,
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09Mar2021

Why Ford’s Manufacturing Problem is Yours, Too

Ford Motor Company has made a big fuss about the semiconductor shortage. They simply can’t get enough semiconductors to make enough vehicles to meet the demand. Well, they’re not the only ones who can’t meet demand. Here’s how you’re being toppled as the dominoes fall. This is related to the chip shortages we’ve been experiencing
  • 9 Mar, 2021
  • Norman Rosenthal
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  • new car, new computer, semiconductor shortage, technology forecast,
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09Feb2021

COVID Vax Posts Help ID Thieves

You lock your doors. Security cameras ring your house. And then you post pictures of your vaccination cards on Facebook after you get your injection. We regard our vaccinations as an achievement and an encouragement for others to get their shots. Identity thieves are not gonna miss their shot at mining your data. Let’s be
  • 9 Feb, 2021
  • Norman Rosenthal
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  • COVID-19, data security, phishing, privacy, social,
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09Feb2021

Unlocking Phones of Masked Users

Apple’s upcoming upgrade to iOS 14.5 will make it possible to use an Apple Watch to use facial recognition to unlock your iPhone while wearing your mask. iPhone users without the watch and Android users will still have to jump through hoops to unlock their phones while masked. A year into the pandemic, we have
  • 9 Feb, 2021
  • Norman Rosenthal
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  • Apple Watch, data security, face id, face mask, facial recognition, iPad, iPhone, Touch ID,
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09Feb2021

Data Cap Management Poses Challenges

We called it a long time ago, and now it’s a reality. Internet service providers (ISPs) are capping data, and it couldn’t happen at a worse time. As we continue to work and learn at home, use cloud-based services for application programs and data storage retrieval – and stream more entertainment, we’re set up to
  • 9 Feb, 2021
  • Norman Rosenthal
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  • data-plan usage, ISP, misplaced priorities, remote leanring, work from home,
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12Jan2021

Facebook and Apple Fight is About Monetizing You

If you’ve downloaded and installed Apple’s iOS 14.3 update for iPhones and iPads, you’ve put yourself in the sights of Facebook and Apple. Called “App Tracking Transparency” feature, it labels apps in the App Store, telling users what data those apps collect and whether it’s used to track them for advertising. Facebook, which makes its
  • 12 Jan, 2021
  • Norman Rosenthal
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  • app tracking, Apple, big data, facebook, iPad, iPhone, online safety, online security, permission,
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12Jan2021

Understanding MFA and Other Security Measures

We recently added a new home-user client through the Nextdoor website, and during our initial conversations, we covered a lot of security issues. The new client, an elderly gentleman, had a really good handle on his online security. There’s a lot for us to unpack as individuals and as those who have elderly parents –
  • 12 Jan, 2021
  • Norman Rosenthal
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  • 2FA, icloud, keychain, MFA, online security, password manager, strong passwords,
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12Jan2021

The Ill Winds of Solar Winds

Look for a continuing fallout from the breach of Solar Winds, the giant technology management company that was responsible for the high-level federal government systems that were hacked last year. The hack is top of mind because some of our most sensitive systems were hacked, but businesses were affected, too. It’s time to look at
  • 12 Jan, 2021
  • Norman Rosenthal
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  • big data, data security, hacked, hacker, hacking, online safety,
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08Dec2020

Shopping and Shipping 2020 Style

If you ask us to pick one word to define the 2020 holiday shopping season, we’d say “paradoxical.” With the pressure on to buy early and ship early, there’s no doubt you need to move fast. But at the same time, you should take a step back and carefully consider everything you do. First, why
  • 8 Dec, 2020
  • Norman Rosenthal
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  • Amazon, christmas, fedex, holiday shopping, online shopping, ups, usps,
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