Bad News and Fake News (11/10/18 Part 1)

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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!

Keeping yourself safe with VPNs! (4/14/18 Part 2)

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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!

IRS scam season! Blah! (3/3/18 Part 1)

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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!

Q&A Presents – Maui Online! Saturday, December 9th – Part 1

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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  

Q&A Presents – Maui Online! Saturday, November 11th – Part 1

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Shopping and Shipping – Part 1 Its shopping season for the holidays! Wait, what? No, really, it is. Why? Special guest Tracey will tell you why! Our favorite deal hunter gets into the tools she uses, the tricks she has, and the warning signs she looks for when shopping online. All in time for the holidays! And as promised? Tracey’s tool for checking out eBay sellers: http://toolhaus.org/