Its the holiday season! And thus our annual installment of Holidays and Scams! Holiday SCAMS! Charity watchdog sites https://www.charitywatch.org/home https://www.charitynavigator.org/ http://www.give.org/ https://www.guidestar.org/ Charity scams Charity Scams – How to Tell If a Charity Is a Fraud (aarp.org) How To Recognize Veteran Charity Scams (aarp.org) https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/features/how-donate-wisely-and-avoid-charity-scams https://www.irs.gov/charities-non-profits/tax-exempt-organization-search http://www.nasconet.org/resources/state-government/
James Randi has passed away. Who is he? Well, you can read up on that. But what was he about? A healthy skepticism and curiosity about things! Sagan’s Detection Kit, and a fond farewell to Randi So, to honor his memory we talking about the Carl Sagan Balogney Detection Kit. For further amusement in critical thinking, check out Your Logical Fallacy Is and Your Cognitive Bias Is. We should also mention our contest! Our friends at Officemax have given us a Lenovo C32q monitor, and it can be yours for the price of an email! Listen in to the show to find out more!
Scammer season is year around. The tricks they use can vary on time of year, though. SCAMS targeting our Seniors! Pocket featured an article from Kiplinger, and Alert Internet Surfer Hiro thought it was worth sharing with us. We agree! https://getpocket.com/explore/item/6-scams-that-prey-on-the-elderly https://www.aarp.org/money/scams-fraud/ https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/features/scam-alerts/
2FA ought be a part of your digital life. Authenticate This! Yes, it is annoying. But, its not as annoying as someone accessing your account after stealing, hacking, or figuring out your login! Many sites and services offer 2FA via text message, but unfortunately that is the weakest form of it. https://www.cnet.com/how-to/do-you-use-sms-for-two-factor-authentication-heres-why-you-shouldnt/ https://www.protectimus.com/blog/sms-authentication/ So, tell me about some of them… Much like sports teams, the overall landscape does change from year to year, so what’s “best” this year might not be next year. This is a good thing, though. https://gizmodo.com/the-best-authenticator-apps-for-protecting-your-account-1840711013 https://www.pcworld.com/article/3225913/what-is-two-factor-authentication-and-which-2fa-apps-are-best.html
Just like watching the weather, you gotta keep your eyes on those darn scammers. The bad guys have a terrible dedication to stealing people’s money! So, we have to be vigilant, like it or not. Watch for COVID Scams! Threats? Stuff that’s too good to be true? Guess what, its the bad guys after YOU! https://www.fcc.gov/covid-scams https://www.ftc.gov/slideshow-items/report-scam http://ag.hawaii.gov/ https://news.yahoo.com/google-blocking-18m-coronavirus-scam-094845302.html
We’re catching up with the NEWS! After spending two weeks covering tips about staying at home, working from home, checking information and more? Yeah, we’re a little behind… Headline News April 2020 Quick update from the EFF regarding securing Zoom: https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2020/04/harden-your-zoom-settings-protect-your-privacy-and-avoid-trolls Dell’s BIOS protection: https://blog.dellemc.com/en-us/dell-technologies-bolsters-pc-security-todays-remote-workers/
Zoom.us provides an increasingly popular web-conferencing service that people are using in this time of working from home and social distancing. But, like any good thing, this overnight growth spurt has some growing pains! This previously professional service is now being used for social connection by seemingly everyone, meaning the jerks have come along too. Zoom! Security – Part 1 Join Jonathan, LD, and Sam as we talk about some of the problems Zoom is having!
Useful Links for Maui County residents regarding COVID: Maui COVID Updates Hawai’i State’s official COVID site – https://hawaiicovid19.com/ What’s been shut down? (3/14/20) – https://mauinow.com/2020/03/14/covid-19-list-of-whats-canceled-closed-or-postponed-on-maui/ Get email updates from the Maui County – https://www.mauicounty.gov/2370/COVID-19-Coronavirus-Information Get email updates from Hawai’i State – https://health.hawaii.gov/news/covid-19-updates/ Maui County Civic Alerts – https://www.mauicounty.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?CID=87&sort=date Mayor Victorino’s initial proclamation (3/18/20) – https://www.mauicounty.gov/DocumentCenter/View/121453/County-of-Maui—Public-Health-Emergency-Rules?bidId= Clarifications (3/19/20) – https://www.mauicounty.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=9927 HMSA helping members with COVID (3/10/20) – https://hmsa.com/media-center/2020/03/coronavirus-pressrelease/ Kaiser Permanente info site for COVID – https://healthy.kaiserpermanente.org/health-wellness/coronavirus-information From an Alert Internet Surfer! The State of Hawai‘i Department of Health has created a website dedicated to providingCOVID-19 information and resources to the community: https://hawaiicovid19.com/ Aloha United Way has created a hotline in partnership with DOH to answer COVID-19 questions: Dial 211 Information for Employers: The Hawai‘i Chamber of Commerce has produced a COVID-19 micro-site that is geared toward employers in Hawai‘i: https://covid19.cochawaii.org/frequently-asked-questions/ The Hawai‘i Department of Labor and Industrial Relations has workplace information for employers: http://labor.hawaii.gov/get-the-latest-covid-19-workplace-updates/ The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has helpful information on stress management during this crisis: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/managing-stress-anxiety.html And, if you want some tips on how to wash your hands well? Hey, Alton Brown has you covered!
Checking That News! Information has an expiration date! What is the date on the website? No? Red Flag. Do they cite where they got the information from? If not, Red Flag. If they do… Is the cited source the original source? If not, go back to #2. If it is…? How old is it? Are there available updates? Places/things notorious for out of date information: Social Media “Special interest” sites Internet forums Where to get up-to-date information? Straight from the horse’s mouth as applicable (your bank, government office, etc) Find good, reputable sources for applicable information. Don’t be afraid to ask experts in the field And a quick update on COVID-19 on Maui (valid 3/14/20): https://www.staradvertiser.com/2020/03/14/breaking-news/two-visitors-on-kauai-test-positive-for-coronavirus-county-officials-announce/ Plus Arstechnica’s updated FAQ on it: https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/03/dont-panic-the-comprehensive-ars-technica-guide-to-the-coronavirus/
Fake news. Fake News! Or is it? Whether we like it or not, its now a part of our cultural landscape, just like annoying reality TV shows and pop songs that get stuck in your head. “No one in this world, so far as I know — and I have searched the records for years, and employed agents to help me — has ever lost money by underestimating the intelligence of the great masses of the plain people. Nor has anyone ever lost public office thereby.” ~H.L. Mencken Newsguard, one of our favorite plugins, is getting a subscription. It might be worth checking out. And some fun links to help examine your thinking: https://yourlogicalfallacyis.com/ https://yourbias.is/ The podcast and the Wednesday replay is brought to you by Audible! Get a free audiobook and 30-day trial at http://www.audibletrial.com/MauiOnline !