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The typical American spends 3 hours and 43 minutes a day looking at their digital devices. We process 5x more information now than they did 50 years ago.
More than three-quarters of adults admit they would be lost without their screens. So, let's invest a little time in making our screens simpler and less stressful to use.
Sources for the headline: Forbes, SNS Digital, Comparitech
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> As travel comes roaring back, CNBC says Tuscany, Italy and the Bahamas are the two-fastest growing locations that people are researching online. But travelers should avoid using free Wi-Fi networks anywhere they travel. ZDNet says whenever connecting with an unfamiliar network, their smartphone, tablet, or computer should run VPN software. Another option is to connect a laptop or tablet to their smartphone’s cellular network.
> Travelers should also make a backup copy of what’s on their personal phone and computer prior to leaving on a trip where they bring along their personal electronics.
> iPhone users, keep an eye out for this down the road: AppleInsider says Apple is testing a “feature” that allows developers to raise prices on subscription-based apps simply by notifying you — without first getting your permission to charge you more.
No, but scammers are sending
unsettling emails claiming we did.
"Can Chromebooks be hacked if someone tells me to download software that allows them to control my machine?"
> Google, which makes Chromebooks, says no. They claim there's only one known case where a Chromebook was hacked, and that happened years ago. You can still be a victim of cybercrime while using a Chromebook, most often by falling for a fake phishing email and unwittingly sending scammers personal information like passwords.
"I watched your video about fake QR codes. How should I approach this? Seems convenient but also a bit blind."
> Scammers can steal your money using QR codes. In several states, they've been putting fake parking tickets on windshields. The tickets are printed with a QR code that links to crooks' websites. The websites look genuine and deposit the payment in scammers' bank accounts. Generally, QR codes are a convenient way to get around typing a long web address, but be suspicious if you're asked to pay for something using a QR code.
"My Facebook account was hacked. I changed my password but I am not sure if I'm safe now. I am tempted to just close it down."
> The most common reason a Facebook account gets hacked: the password used to log into it is either easy to guess or was also used on another account that got hacked. Change your Facebook password to a lengthy phrase that includes a number and symbol. Then turn on two-factor authentication, which means you'll receive a text message on your phone anytime Facebook gets a request to change your password. Do a web search for "How can I enable 2FA on Facebook?" to learn more.
Aware Force Cybersecurity News • May 2022 a • Edition #145
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