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  • Take precautions when using Gmail--or any other email service

    By Lincoln Spector | 04 July, 2014 02:00

    G. Jitchaku asked me if Gmail was "safe." That's a very broad question, so I'm offering a very broad answer.

  • You've fallen for a scam! Now what?

    By Lincoln Spector | 16 June, 2014 22:55

    Cybercriminals tricked Fred into giving away sensitive information. Now he wants to know how "to mitigate this situation?"

  • Get two-factor authentication on the desktop with Authy

    By Ian Paul | 22 May, 2014 04:10

    One of the best security precautions you can take to protect your online accounts is to enable two-factor authentication on any service that supports it. This requires you to enter a short, one-time code to access your online accounts after you've entered your password.

  • How to find out if someone has been snooping in your Gmail

    By Nick Mediati | 28 January, 2014 18:25

    Your Gmail account probably contains some sensitive information--emails from your friends and family members, information about accounts for other services, candid pictures, you name it. What if someone else has been poking around in there? Fortunately, Google gives you the tools necessary to find out.

  • Save your Internet bacon with two-factor authentication

    By Nick Mediati | 30 October, 2013 19:00

    Anyone who's paid attention to computer security over the past few years will probably tell you that your password isn't enough. Passwords are often awkward and hard to remember--leading people to use the same password for multiple sites--and if someone gets a hold of your login credentials, they can wreak havoc with your personal information. Not good.

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I’m dating myself, but I remember when holiday shopping involved pouring through ads in the Sunday paper, placing actual phone calls from tethered land lines to research product stock and availability, and actually driving places to pick things up. Now, holiday shoppers can do all of that from a smartphone or tablet in a few seconds, but there are some security pitfalls to be aware of.