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Yahoo accounts compromised

Thursday PM update: Various media reports (including WTOP) now have the total at 500 million accounts.  There’s been some speculation that it was “state sponsored” and we’re hearing that the hack occurred in 2014.  User names, passwords, dates of birth, possibly phone numbers, plus answers to security questions, were exposed. So, if you had a Yahoo account in 2014 and haven’t since changed your password, you should do so now.  And keep it unique – not the same one you might use for other services. Then, change your security questions/answers as well!


We don’t know all the details yet. But we do know enough to strongly suggest changing your password(s) on any Yahoo accounts. We’ll update this post as the details become available; however, given the potential impact, we wanted to get the pre-alert out there…

Here’s a small sampling of today’s technology headlines surrounding this massive breach. Updates to come…

You can also click here to generate your own Google results page with up-to-the minute information

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The power of “vs”

The power of “vs”

Let Google do the preliminary research for you!

Ever wondered what the other options were?  If you’re considering a purchase and aren’t sure what else is out there that may be a better choice, just search for whatever vs…   and watch Google do the rest:

Wonder what other search engines are out there?

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How about alternatives to photoshop?

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incognitoIt’s sometimes a two-edged sword, this privacy thing. We benefit from a HUGE amount of FREE online services from a wide variety of sources, but at the expense of being exposed to marketing and advertising.  Targeted marketing and advertising.  “And how do they target?” you might ask.  By tracking your online travels via cookies and other methods.

Sometimes you want to forgo some of the ‘conveniences’ made incog_iconpossible by tracking — or perhaps you’re just borrowing a friend’s PC or tablet and don’t want him seeing what you did or where you went: hop over to “incognito” mode – all the major browers offer it under various names.

Here’s Google’s quick reference on their version
(click the pick for a quick trip to the full post):

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Excellent about online security.  You did know that today is “Safer Internet Day,” didn’t you?!

This is an excellent article from NPR’s website netneutralityabout the issues surrounding “Net Neutrality” that you owe it to yourself  to read.  Unless, of course, you don’t care about continued growth and innovation made possible by the openness of the internet, without heavy handed government regulation.

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