The U.S. Senate Threat to Privacy – Part 1 What’s the one thing you need to get on the internet? An internet connection! So, what happens when your internet service provider they should have the right to monitor your every move online in order to sell that data to advertisers and other companies? Nothing good, that’s what. Join Jonathan, LD, and Sam as they discuss how your ISP wants to make add unnecessary risk to your life for profit while assuming no responsibility for your data’s safety or even give you a choice in the matter! Ready for hour two? Click here! And if you’re ready to contact your representatives? The EFF will help you do so! https://act.eff.org/action/don-t-let-congress-undermine-our-online-privacy
The U.S. Senate Threat to Privacy – Part 2 You already pay a lot for your internet here in the United States, and you don’t get a terribly good value for it. How could the get worse? By your internet service provider spying on you, collecting that data, and selling it to whoever they like. And, its worth mentioning, this puts your data at increased risk of being stolen. Isn’t that great? What can you do about it? Well, we talk some about that this hour. We even talk about a browser that’s been around since the 90’s you might not have heard of and a useful feature for this problem (you can get it at http://www.opera.com )! Did you miss hour one? Click here!
Travel 101 – Part 1 At some point most people who live in Hawaii get it — the itch to go somewhere, even if it’s just to another island. We get it too sometimes, and while we don’t travel as much as we might want, we still like to do it and have fun while we’re going. This week, we explored how tech can help plan your trip, whether on a budget or in style — help with getting there, where to stay, moving around, and finding things to do while you’re there. Join Jonathan, L.D, Sam, and special guest Tracy as we explore travel, techie style. Additionally, the KAOI station manager was kind enough to remind us that hey! There are some great travel shows on 1110AM! Plus, our Quest Retreats: Adventure Retreats for Nerds! And if you missed our interview with her last July? Parts ONE and TWO are here! Rudy Maxa’s World! Frommer’s Travel Guides! Ready for hour two? Click here!
Another Scam — They just keep coming. Why? Why? Why can’t these people do something good with their lives? Yes, its time for scam season as people begin getting ready for tax day in April. We go over the IRS scams and scams in generals as we lament this unfortunate topic. For more information? Go to the IRS to see some of the latest tax scams at https://www.irs.gov/uac/tax-scams-consumer-alerts ! Ready for a cheerier hour two? Click here for listen!
Charities – Real and Not Its that time of year again: when we think more about others, and find ourselves wanting to extend help to our fellow members of humanity as we go about the sun one more time. Sadly, whenever there’s a chance to do good, there are scammers ready and waiting to try and take advantage of people’s good will and generosity. We even had some links in the show that we thought you’d find useful. For your convenience: http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/2012/12/make-sure-your-donation-counts/index.htm http://www.seattletimes.com/life/lifestyle/watchdogging-the-charity-watchdogs https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/features/feature-0011-charity-scams https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/scam-alerts Did you miss hour one? Click here!
Missed the websites mentioned on the show? Have no fear! www.HawaiiCon.com – Hawaii’s first Science and Science Fiction convention! www.questretreats.com – Pat’s fantastic retreat company! https://twitter.com/patriciatallman – Patricia Tallman on Twitter! https://www.facebook.com/PatriciaTallmanPage/ – Patricia’s page on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/questretreats – Quest Retreats on Facebook with FANTASTIC photos from their adventures!
Computers 101: E-cycling – Part 1 Marty McMahon from Maui County’s Electronic Recycling Program joined Jonathan, LD, and Sam to go over the history of our island’s excellent eCycling program, plus its future! Got questions? He went over quite a bit about recycling your old electronics! Ready to listen to Part 2? Click here!
Need more to read about gravitational waves? Did this Saturday’s show merely whet your appetite? Fear not! We have links for you! http://www.preposterousuniverse.com/blog/2016/02/11/gravitational-waves-at-last/ http://www.newyorker.com/tech/elements/gravitational-waves-exist-heres-how-scientists-finally-found-them?currentPage=all http://www.astronomy.com/news/2016/02/pan-starrs-chases-source-of-ligo-gravity-wave-event
First off, if you need help with making a password? Jonathan’s Patent Pending Password Algorithm™ is here to help! Take a phrase that you say a lot like “May The Force Be With You” or “The Quick Brown Fox Jumped Over The Lazy Dog.” Take the first letter off of each word, and only capitalize the first letter. So, Mtfbwy or Tqbfjotld. Add your favorite number at the end, then an exclamation point or something else. Mtfbwy1! or Tqbfjotld9!. Split it in half, and put in the initials for whatever you’re contacting in between. So, for Bank of Hawaii? You could use MtfBOHbwy1 or TqbfBOHjotld9. Using this formula, you’ll have the same password for every site you go to, but have a unique password for every site! Next, if you shop on Amazon, they have enabled a new security feature! Two-Factor Authentication means the bad guys need more than just your password to do bad stuff with your account! In addition to your password, Amazon will make use of your cell phone by either texting you a security code or letting you use an authenticator app. Want to set it up? PC World has an easy article on how to do it. http://www.pcworld.com/article/3006262/security/how-to-protect-your-amazon-account-with-two-factor-authentication.html
Need to know a little self-defense against scammers posing as charities? Arm yourself with some knowledge kung-fu to keep the scammers at bay! For a great primer about charity scams, the FTC has a great page for everyone to read! http://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0074-giving-charity Find out if the charity or fundraiser must be registered in your state by contacting the National Association of State Charity Officials. http://www.nasconet.org/ Check if the charity is trustworthy by contacting the Better Business Bureau’s (BBB) Wise Giving Alliance, Charity Navigator, Charity Watch, or GuideStar. http://www.bbb.org/charity http://www.charitynavigator.org/ http://charitywatch.org/ http://www.guidestar.org/ How to report a scam: https://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov/