Disclaimer: we are not tax professionals. Period. If you have any questions, ask a tax professional, not us! Its tax season! And you know what that means to you! Some of you need a tax professional. But some of you can do it yourself! Tax Resources 2020 For those going the DIY route, you’ll be happy to know Forbes has an article on the 6 best tax software programs! We’ll be talking about that today! Nerd Wallet also has a great article as well! Need to buy some software? Amazon might sell what you’re looking for!
Got a smart phone? Did you know its pretty much a computer? You probably take security seriously on your computer, so you should take it seriously there too! Mobile Security! So, tips and links to help you out! Use a PIN, Pattern, or Fingerprint reader. PINS and Patterns (android) are nice because you can change them, let other people know them if you need them to get into your phone, and you can change them. Fingerprints and biometrics are convenient, but aren’t foolproof. Also, whether or not they’re protected by the 4th and 5th Amendments is unclear right now. https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2019/01/feds-forcing-mass-fingerprint-unlocks-is-an-abuse-of-power-judge-rules/ https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2017/01/court-rules-against-man-who-was-forced-to-fingerprint-unlock-his-phone/ Encrypt your phone. Its an easy way to protect your data, photos, contacts, and more. It doesn’t incur much performance hit these days. If you want to sell your phone, just resetting it doesn’t make your data unrecoverable. Encrypt THEN reset. https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/7-reasons-encrypt-smartphone-data/ https://gizmodo.com/why-you-should-be-encrypting-your-devices-and-how-to-ea-1798698901 Don’t jailbreak/root your phone. This is often done to add customizations or run pirated apps. You can break the security of an iPhone doing this, leaving you with little or no protection. Pirated apps from outside the official stores run significant risk of having malware. If you use wifi a lot or travel a lot, get a VPN service. https://www.pcmag.com/news/what-is-a-vpn-and-why-you-need-one
So, webmail. Webmail – A comparison Its easy to get, easy to use, but is there more to consider about it? Do you have to move a lot? Are you getting ready to change ISP? Do you have special features you need? Yeah, there’s lots to think of! https://itsfoss.com/secure-private-email-services/ https://thatoneprivacysite.net/email-comparison/ http://blogs.mdaemon.com/index.php/2017/02/09/email-safety-tips-for-end-users/
More goodness with Dr. JD Armstrong, our tame local astronomer! Astronomy 2020 with Dr. Armstrong! – Part 2 Have a look at these links, too! DKIST, aka the Daniel K. Inoye Solar Telescope is in the news! Betelgeuse got a little dimmer. Is it moody? You know, there’s an actual Astronomical Glossary?
Jonathan and LD continue talking about computer security basics for everyday people like you and me! How Not To Get Hacked – Part 2 Simple things, things to look for, and more!
No, really, don’t panic! But do have a plan. Still with Windows 7? What to do? Windows 7’s end of life is no secret, but it still snuck up on us. There’s always something more important going on. So, what’s going on? What to do? Just remember to don’t panic! You can also come to Q&A at 270 Lalo St #104 in Kahului or call in at (808) 871-5925 or (808) 243-7600. Monday through Friday, 8:30am – 5:00pm.
Last week we graded ourselves on our 2019 predictions. We nearly broke 60% right as a group, but not quite. Predictions 2020 – Part 1 How will we do this year?
We’re placing our bets for the year. Will we go bust? Will we bluff? Can we win? Predictions 2020 – Part 2 Can we stop torturing metaphors?
We made predictions back in the beginning of January. Guess what? Its time to grade those predictions! 2019 Prediction Scorecard – Part 1 Care to listen to them? Here’s the last ones! https://www.q-a.net/mauionline/2019/01/08/predictions-for-2019-revisit-in-december-1-5-19-part-1/ https://www.q-a.net/mauionline/2019/01/08/more-wild-guessing-predictions-2019-1-6-19-part-2/
Its time for our Viewer Mail show! Yes, we have faces for radio :p Last Viewer Mail of 2019! We go over YOUR emails, answering YOUR questions, comments, and more!