BBB Warning: Microsoft Ends Support of XP
Microsoft Corporation is no longer providing support for Windows XP, and Better Business Bureau is warning consumers and businesses that they need to take immediate steps to secure their computers and data. Starting April 8, 2014, the company will not provide technical support or security updates for the 12-year-old XP operating system, or for its Office 2003 software suite (which includes Word, Excel, Outlook, etc.). This means users will become more vulnerable to computer viruses and malware.
Apr 10, 2014 - 12:10:18 AM
Cyber Security Awareness Month - Protect your identity online
"Phishing" -- the act of targeting victims via email in the hopes of spreading viruses and gathering personal information -- can happen to anyone. Cybercriminals have become quite savvy in their attempts to lure people into clicking on links or opening phony email attachments. Online phishing attacks can not only spread computer viruses, but they can pose a significant risk for identity theft. Better Business Bureau has joined with the National Cyber Security Alliance's STOP. THINK. CONNECT. campaign to recommend the following tips to avoid falling for an email phishing scam:
Oct 6, 2013 - 12:12:58 AM
Kid Proof Your Mobile Apps
Marlborough, MA -- Kids are becoming technology whizzes at seemingly younger ages every year. But what captivates your kids isn't the lightening-quick 4G or organizational capabilities of a smartphone, but rather the hundreds of thousands of apps at their fingertips. Apps targeted to children, namely games, are a great source of entertainment, but they may be doing more than what's advertised.
Jul 31, 2013 - 10:46:47 AM
Airconditioners and Heatwaves - Take Care
Research the company's background and licensing. Visit bbb.org for the BBB Business Review of any AC service company you plan to hire. Learn more about its reputation and history of complaints. Always confirm that the company is licensed and insured.
Jul 24, 2013 - 9:40:58 PM
6 Ways to Avoid Data Charges While Traveling
Generally when you are traveling abroad, your mobile network provider will be out of signal. So in order to use data, such as texts, mobile apps and internet (without Wi-Fi), your phone will roam for a different network's signal. Subsequently, your mobile network provider can bill incredibly high amounts for data roaming. In order to avoid these charges, turn off data roaming.
Jul 9, 2013 - 9:53:02 PM
Thunder Bolts and Lightning
With the warmer summer temperatures providing the right conditions for increased thunderstorm and lightning activity, experts at the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) offer advice to help reduce the risk of damage from power surges as part of Lightning Safety Awareness Week (June 23-29).
Jun 25, 2013 - 8:47:00 AM
Is Travel Insurance Right for You?
Before you purchase coverage, check your homeowner's or medical insurance policies to avoid any overlap. For instance, expensive items such as your camcorder, laptop computer or jewelry may be covered by your homeowner's insurance should they be stolen while you are traveling. If the airline loses your checked luggage, they are required to reimburse you for your bags (up to a certain dollar amount). Or, if you become sick or injured while traveling, your personal medical insurance may pick up the cost of your medical bills.
Jun 8, 2013 - 11:53:39 PM
Science, film and rugged AV combine to empower tornado-affected regions
Giant Screen Films and D3D Cinema are on a mission to educate. This is not your typical scholarly pursuit, however, as their goal involves traveling to remote regions and helping to empower and inspire young people in communities affected by a tornado's destructive power. Luckily, this group brings extraordinary tools to the task at hand, including a nationally-recognized storm-chasing specialist, some of the world's leading tornado researchers, steel-clad custom weather vehicles and a 10,000 lumen, remarkably rugged DPI projector.
Mar 18, 2013 - 10:58:13 PM
Protecting your computer & smartphone from hackers
From phishing emails to unsecure websites to smishing texts, technology can be a minefield for hackers and scammers. In celebration of National Consumer Protection Week, your Better Business Bureau urges consumers to be aware that both smartphones and computers are vulnerable to the same hackers, spammers and malware.
Mar 6, 2013 - 10:15:12 PM
Microsoft: Israel is the high-tech country
According to the $56BN Swiss bank, UBS -- which is currently expanding its Israel wealth management operations - Israel is among the top five promising economies with the highest growth potential.
Nov 11, 2012 - 12:10:19 AM
FDM Group North America hosts Women in Technology
FDM's Chief Operating Officer, Sheila Flavell opened the evening with some shocking statistics surrounding the lack of a strong female presence within the IT sector. She said, "Only 25% of Computing jobs in the US are occupied by women, indicating a huge pool of untapped talent. IT requires specialist skills and we will continue to see increased outsourcing and fewer jobs for Americans if we do not address the growing nationwide skills shortage."
Oct 12, 2012 - 5:51:48 AM
The RNC, the DNC, and Women Voters
Political writer Anita Finlay -- author of the controversial new book "Dirty Words on Clean Skin" (currently #1 on Amazon's "Women in Politics" Bestseller list) -- has answers. As a supporter of Hillary Clinton's 2008 run, she saw firsthand how the media can actively manipulate coverage, making it nearly impossible for voters to see facts and the truth. This election season, Anita has already observed bias in the discussion of women's issues and media coverage of the conventions, especially in how the networks have been selective in their airing of speeches.
Sep 7, 2012 - 8:32:43 PM
Enforced Building Codes Critical
"Rating the States: An Assessment of Residential Building Code and Enforcement Systems for Life Safety and Property Protection in Hurricane-Prone Regions," details how states can improve their building code systems in order to better protect their citizens, as well as how citizens can understand the need for stronger building codes.
Jun 8, 2012 - 1:31:09 AM
The Importance of Disaster Preparation
"As so many people experienced first-hand this week, earthquakes can strike anywhere, at any time, and without warning," said Julie Rochman, president & CEO, IBHS. "Effective disaster safety measures can protect lives and property, but only if action is taken before, rather than after, a catastrophe like a major earthquake hits."
Sep 2, 2011 - 9:10:51 AM
Smart Phones Know When Rivers Rise...with USGS WaterAlert
You can receive a text or email from the USGS when waters are rising in rivers and streams near you. The service is called "WaterAlert". It allows you to receive notifications about water levels at any of over 7,000 USGS real-time streamgages around the country. There is no cost to users for this notification service.
Sep 2, 2011 - 8:50:52 AM
Fighting the Trojans
There hasn't been a lot of activity here on the Magic City Morning Star for the past few days. There are a couple of reasons for this actually, one of which will be the subject of this article, but I'll touch upon the other in an editor's note.
Dec 24, 2008 - 12:11:42 PM
Bogus IP Claims Quash Debate Over Future of NYC Landmark
NEW YORK, NY -- Parody Website shut down by baseless lawsuit against community organizer.
Nov 18, 2008 - 12:02:56 PM
Innocent Customers Potentially Dragged Into Legal Battle Over Satellite TV
SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) asked a federal court Friday to reject efforts by Echostar to get the names and addresses of every customer that purchased a free-to-air satellite receiver. Echostar claims that the receiver can be modified to pirate DISH satellite TV programming. EFF argues that Echostar's demand, which seeks all purchasers regardless of whether they actually pirated DISH TV, would violate user privacy and leave innocent purchasers vulnerable to bogus legal threats.
Aug 19, 2008 - 11:08:48 AM
FBI Withdraws Unconstitutional National Security Letter After Challenge
SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- Gag order lifted on Internet Archive, allowing founder to speak out for first time.
May 7, 2008 - 5:24:55 PM
EFF and Sheppard Mullin Defend Wikipedia in Defamation Case
SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- Federal law protects popular user-created encyclopedia from liability.
May 7, 2008 - 10:23:08 AM
Best of the Web Welcomes new Editor Additions From DMOZ: Introducing "The Nerd Herd"
UNIONDALE, NY -- Best of the Web bolsters its human resources with some of the most experienced and respected editors in the industry: DMOZ top brass. The Internet's oldest directory.
Apr 8, 2008 - 2:54:19 PM
EFF, ACLU Move to Intervene in Wikileaks Case
SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- Domain name shutdown harms First Amendment right to access information.
Feb 27, 2008 - 9:55:43 AM
108 Maine Lawyers Urge Senators to Stop Telecom Immunity
PORTLAND -- Lawyers say keep the Maine Public Utilities Commission privacy complaint alive.
Jan 24, 2008 - 12:54:28 PM
EFF Protects Free Speech Rights for New Jersey Blogger
MANALAPAN, NJ -- Judge quashes bogus subpoena for critic's identity.
Dec 23, 2007 - 4:22:33 PM
Friday Court Fight Over Blogger's Free Speech Rights
FREEHOLD, NJ -- Electronic Frontier Foundation defends anonymous critic in New Jersey lawsuit.
Dec 19, 2007 - 7:48:34 PM
Little Mermaid, Spongebob, and Care Bears with a Side of Porn
A Warning to Parents: Children exposed to pornographic images while searching for MySpace decorations.
Nov 7, 2007 - 7:07:47 PM
Dangerous Ruling Forces Search Engine to Log Users
SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- Public interest groups urge court to block radical expansion of discovery rules.
Jun 25, 2007 - 11:11:48 AM
Court Protects Email from Secret Government Searches
SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- Landmark ruling gives email same Constitutional protections as phone calls.
Jun 19, 2007 - 6:58:19 PM
The Katahdin Commons Announces New Resource for the Katahdin Region
KATAHDIN REGION -- The Katahdin Commons, an online discussion forum for and by the people of the Katahdin region of Maine, is announcing the opening of its side product, the Katahdin Regional Wiki, which its founders hope will become a comprehensive resource for the entire Katahdin area, and beyond.
May 23, 2007 - 4:38:31 PM
Spoon-Bending "Paranormalist" Twists Copyright Law
SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- Uri Geller makes "bogus" copyright claims to silence YouTube critic.
May 11, 2007 - 6:04:40 PM
EFF Calls For Aggressive Congressional Hearings on National Security Letter Misuse
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Report says FBI stepped over the legal line in searches for personal information.
Mar 9, 2007 - 1:16:07 PM
MCLU Disappointed Phone Privacy Case Heading To California
PORTLAND -- Civil rights organization vows to continue fight for Mainers’ privacy rights.
Feb 16, 2007 - 8:50:57 PM
EFF Fights to Unmuzzle Citizen Journalists
NEW YORK, NY -- Free speech rights at stake in legal battle over controversial drug Zyprexa.
Feb 8, 2007 - 12:11:32 PM
Identity Fraud Is Dropping According to New Research
SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- With 500,000 fewer victims, total fraud amount down by 12 percent, or $6.4 Billion overall. New account opening fraud down, most account fraud occuring in-person and not online.
Feb 1, 2007 - 7:13:10 PM
EFF Defends Right to Link from Internet Wiki
SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- Legal battle over controversial prescription drug Zyprexa.
Jan 11, 2007 - 12:04:08 PM
Lawsuit Demands Answers About Government's Secret 'Risk Assessment' Scores
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Millions of U.S. travelers affected by giant data-mining program.
Dec 19, 2006 - 5:34:37 PM
EFF Accepts Barney's Surrender
SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- Purple dinosaur backs off and pays up; right to free speech preserved.
Nov 29, 2006 - 9:50:00 AM
EFF Releases Bloggers' Guide for Investigating Government Agencies
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Freedom of Information Act can help researchers uncover important records.
Oct 30, 2006 - 9:19:00 AM
MCLU to Court: Keep Maine Lawsuit in Maine
PORTLAND -- Maine Civil Liberty Union opposes transfer of telecommunications lawsuit to California.
Oct 27, 2006 - 8:10:00 PM
Patent Law Ruling Threatens Free and Open Source Software
SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- EFF asks Supreme Court to protect Open Source innovation.
Aug 23, 2006 - 9:55:00 AM