Its holiday season! Its a time for giving, peace on Earth, and goodwill to your fellow human beings. And sadly, its a time the bad guys try to take advantage of your good nature. Charities and Scams! But we’re here to help! Charity watchdog sites https://www.charitywatch.org/home https://www.charitynavigator.org/ http://www.give.org/ https://www.guidestar.org/ Charity scams https://www.aarp.org/money/scams-fraud/info-2017/charity-check-scams.html 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/
Look! Bat Boy is cheating on Marilyn Monroe with an Alien Elvis Clone! It used to be that bad news was confined to the pages of the supermarket tabloids. Aliens! Secret Conspiracies with Lizard People! The Pope is a 1,000 year old Vampire! Fake News! – Part 1 Likewise, some “news” were more sensationalist in nature. Remember Y2K? How many times have “its the end of the world!” come up as a headline? There might’ve been a kernel of truth or just an opinion at the core, but it got spun up to be more headline grabbing. Now? Not only is it easy to find bad and sensationalist stories online, its exploded. Additionally, you can find anything you want. Got an opinion? Someone out there will cater to it. Chances are, there’ll be dozens of sites out there. Is it fake? Is it bunk? Why would we make this up? Oh, right, there’s money to be made. Join Jonathan, LD, Sam, and special guest Tracey as we talk about bad and fake news!
So, Eastern European trolls are keeping busy. How busy? Very. And they’re possibly expanding! Trolls are a-Trollin’ So, elections 2018 and movie season… what fun for the trolls!
Many Subjects – Part 1 Given all the stuff that happens, sometimes we just need to catch up. And one way for us to do that? News show!
Did you get an email recently? An email with an actual PASSWORD of yours as the subject line? And threats? And demands of payment? If so, don’t panic. Too much. Its a scam. Passwords 101 – Part 1
Passwords 101 – Part 2 More on passwords! This is a show for your favorite non-computer savvy person!
With all the hubbub about Net Neutrality, privacy going the way of the dodo bird, and just general safety, we figured it’d be time to go over VPNs again! But, more to the point? Shopping for one! Privacy and VPNs Jonathan found PC Magazine’s list of the top 10 VPNs you can get right now, plus goes over what ThatPrivacySite.net has to day!
Oh fer cryin’ out loud… 2018 Season of Scams – Part 1 While there’s no specific season for scams in general, there are seasons for specific ones. Holidays and “help us!” scams are one. Now? Tax scams. Stupid scams. For further reading: https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/irs-repeats-warning-about-phone-scams https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/tax-scams-consumer-alerts https://www.mauielectric.com/billing-and-payment/understanding-your-bill/fraud-protection-tips http://bigislandnow.com/2018/02/26/electric-companies-warn-of-phone-scams/ http://www.mauinews.com/news/local-news/2018/02/scams-getting-more-sophisticated/ http://www.thegardenisland.com/2018/03/02/hawaii-news/kpd-warns-of-spike-in-scams-2/ Be sure to check with your bank and credit card company for more information about how to deal with scams if you or someone in your family falls for one!
Okay, scams are happening, scams suck. 2018 Season of Scams – Part 2 So, we take calls, talk a bit more on scams, then we bring up two bright spots in the scam world! One is about those annoying new-fangled credit chip card thingies, and the other is about someone scamming the scammers!
Charities Online and Charity Scams! Its the time of year when we wish peace on earth and goodwill to man. Aaaand its also when scammers try preying on our better inclinations. This hour we talked about charity scams, and how you can protect yourself. In fact, we’ve got more links than you can shake a stick at! FTC’s Charity Scam page – https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/features/feature-0011-charity-scams FTC’s Charity Scam tips- https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0074-giving-charity Charity Watch – https://www.charitywatch.org/home Charity Navigator – https://www.charitynavigator.org/ Guide Star – http://www.guidestar.org/ Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance – http://www.bbb.org/charity