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Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Turkey Day Tips

 By Catherine Powell

I don’t know about you, but I love Thanksgiving Day.  The parades, the football games, the big dinner with family and friends.  It’s one tradition that makes me eager to pull out all the stops to make the day a success.  With the exception of cleaning up when the day is done, I find Thanksgiving to be one of the most memorable days of the year. To make sure that nothing disturbs the peace and tranquility of this annual American tradition, I thought I’d give you a few pointers that should be just as handy as an electric carving knife.

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

How Comprehensive is Comprehensive Coverage?

 By Catherine Powell

If you own or lease a car, you’re no doubt familiar with auto insurance.  What you might not be familiar with is how the various components of your auto policy works.  Collision coverage obviously takes care of damage done in a single or multi-car collision.  Personal Injury Protection, otherwise known as PIP, is there to help pay your medical bills after a crash has occurred. The liability portion of your policy takes care of property damage, as well as the medical expenses and lost wages of the other party if you’re deemed to be at fault.  So, what does that leave for the comprehensive potion of your policy to cover? .

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

How to Erase Sensitive Data from a Laptop, Tablet or Smartphone

 By Catherine Powell

Many consumers are thrilled when it comes time to purchase a new computer or smartphone.  With Christmas only a month and a half away, people will be purchasing new laptops, tablets and smartphones.  New devices are faster and have more features than older models.  The problem is, how do you donate or sell the older device when it potentially contains everything from personal contacts and photos to bank account numbers and your social security number?  While you can delete all of the above mentioned files, that doesn’t necessarily mean that the files have been permanently eliminated from memory.  In fact, there are inexpensive software programs on the market that can recover deleted files from any device.  Other than burying your unwanted devices in the backyard, what can consumers do to steam clean all of them?

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Can Your Car Get Hacked?

 By Catherine Powell

Most Americans are well aware of cyber-security issues when it comes to their computers and smartphones.  That’s because hackers have been upping the ante to the tune of $1.5 Trillion in 2019.  Face it, hardly a month goes by without the news featuring a public corporation that hasn’t been breached by hackers.  Everything from data breaches to ransomware attacks are common to small businesses and individuals these days.  As hackers become more adept at gaining unauthorized access to all of our web-enabled devices, the question is when will cyber-criminals manage to hack their way into our vehicles?  The sad fact of the matter is, it’s already occurred. 

How to Keep Facebook from Turning Into Facecrook

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