Brain-freeze while shopping? (4/9/22 Part 1)

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Sam went shopping. He knew what he wanted. He knew what he needed. Aaaand when he got to our friends at Officemax he saw a deal he wasn’t expecting. Which is exactly when his brain froze up. What to do? Which was the better value? Sam’s Brain Breeze Also, he got a GREAT scam thrown his way. The type that got him to pause and think and wonder. What did he do? We talk about that so you can learn from his brain freeze!

Astroturfing and you (4/2/22 Part 1)

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Astroturf is fake grass. Folks might argue whether it feels the real thing or not, looks the same, things like that. But when you get down to it, its fake grass. Who does it and why? Astroturfing Well, we’ll take a look at two major companies doing it and why they do it! https://www.cnbc.com/2022/03/30/how-google-and-amazon-bankrolled-a-grassroots-activist-group-of-small-business-owners-to-lobby-against-big-tech-oversight.html https://www.axios.com/app-store-crackdown-senate-apple-google-3b1a7028-0037-42e1-a116-f9e653ded82c.html https://www.natlawreview.com/article/senate-zeros-big-tech-latest-antitrust-reform-bill https://www.themarginalian.org/2014/01/03/baloney-detection-kit-carl-sagan/

What can you do about Disinformation? (3/5/22 Part 2)

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Unfortunately, the world is an interesting place right now. Over the years we’ve seen governments and bad actors spreading misinformation, trying to raise a fuss, and make online life a bit more misleading than it should be. Well, turn that up to 11! Disinformation in 2022 So, what can you do? https://www.brookings.edu/techstream/how-disinformation-evolved-in-2020/ https://www.cbsnews.com/news/fix-internet-roger-mcnamee-christopher-wylie-maria-ressa/ https://www.state.gov/disarming-disinformation/ https://static.wixstatic.com/media/2cf5f9_077de61b35f1453295903e378e80948e~mv2.jpg/v1/fill/w_600,h_800,al_c,q_85,usm_0.66_1.00_0.01/How_to_Spot_Fake_News.webp https://www.themarginalian.org/2014/01/03/baloney-detection-kit-carl-sagan/ https://yourlogicalfallacyis.com/

Malware and your Digital Defenses (2/26/22 Part 2)

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We’ve been talking about malware and badware. What can you do about it? Digital Defenses 101 – Malware, Part 2 Well, its time to talk about defenses! Anti-virus, anti-malware, and more! https://www.pcmag.com/picks/the-best-malware-removal-and-protection-software https://www.techradar.com/best/best-malware-removal https://support.apple.com/guide/security/protecting-against-malware-sec469d47bd8/web https://www.malwarebytes.com/pricing

Hawai’i Students are AWESOME! (2/19/22 Part 2)

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Did you know that local Maui students are doing awesome stuff? Sure you did! But how awesome? Space Saturday with Dr. Armstrong – Part 2 Well, time for Dr. Armstrong to brag on them a little. Interested in HI STAR? Check out the website at https://outreach.ifa.hawaii.edu/histar-2/ More fun reading: https://www.eso.org/public/news/eso2120/ https://www.suryaa.com/113029-astronomers-uncover-largest-group-of-rogue-planets-yet.html

Digital Defenses 101: Firewalls (2/12/22 Part 1)

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What is a firewall? Is it hardware? Software? What does it do? Is it in your computer or somewhere else? Digital Defenses 101 – Firewalls We talk about it! https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/office/what-is-a-firewall-6870c88d-69b6-4db4-9cb1-0e4afa7a8603 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Firewall_(computing) https://its.ny.gov/sites/default/files/documents/beginners-guide-to-firewalls-2012.pdf https://lifehacker.com/how-to-turn-your-computers-firewall-on-and-off-for-begi-5805326 https://www.pcmag.com/how-to/do-you-need-a-personal-firewall https://www.howtogeek.com/205299/how-to-ensure-your-home-router-has-the-latest-security-updates/

Digital Defenses 101: Backups (2/12/22 Part 2)

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Nobody likes eating their vegetables. Nobody likes doing laundry. Nobody likes emptying out the cat’s litterbox. Nobody likes backing up. Digital Defenses 101 – Backing Up It’s a dull, ordinary, boring task that nobody really likes doing, everyone should do, and often doesn’t get done. ¬†https://www.pcmag.com/news/the-beginners-guide-to-pc-backup https://www.pcmag.com/picks/the-best-cloud-backup-services-for-business https://www.acronis.com/en-us/articles/backup-rule/ https://www.crashplan.com/en-us/business/resources/3-2-1-backup-method/