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Online Fraud: Are You Next?

Posted on 03/5/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Bulletin Today | Money & SavingsThe difference between computer users who get scammed and those who don’t often comes down to a simple checklist: In just-released research, AARP identifies 15 particular behaviors, life situations and knowledge attributes that significantly increase vulnerability to online fraud. The kicker: Nearly 1 in 5 American adults — roughly 34 million people — engage in at least seven of them. These eye-opening findings are pooled from detailed surveys of more than 11,000 adults across the U.S., comparing the online actions, behaviors and life experiences …

Happy 25th Birthday to the Web

Posted on 03/3/2014 by | News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin Today | TechnologyThe plan for what became the “World Wide Web” was laid out in a memo by Tim Berners-Lee on March 12, 1989, to his boss at CERN, a European research laboratory. He wanted to solve a very basic organizational problem: As scientists came and went at the lab, their institutional knowledge was in danger of disappearing. His solution: use “hypertext” to easily toggle back and forth between files housed on computers in different locations. If you click on the blue, …

1-Click Tricks in Valentine’s Day Scams

Posted on 02/7/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Bulletin Today | Money & SavingsIt’s not just hearts that are stolen come Valentine’s Day. Also at risk: Your money, identity and sensitive computer files and online accounts – thanks to the many opportunities to infect computers with malware this love-filled season. True, most attention – and the biggest financial losses – occurs with “long-con” romance scams. That’s when crooks (often part of overseas organized crime rings) scroll dating websites and chat rooms, inventing fake identities tailored to their victims’ interests. After weeks or months …

Community Digs Deep for Superfast Broadband

Posted on 01/22/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Public Policy Institute | TechnologyFrustration with sluggish, expensive or unavailable broadband has prompted a growing number of communities to find other options. Some 89 cities and towns in the U.S. have launched their own fiber-to-the-home networks, which many experts say is the fastest and most reliable way to access the Internet. The result: Places such as Chattanooga, Tenn., Bristol, Va., and Lafayette, La., now offer Internet speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second,  or about 100 times faster than today’s average broadband speeds. …

Cyber Scam Predictions for 2014

Posted on 12/27/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Bulletin Today | Money & SavingsAs the year closes, leading online security vendors are looking into their crystal balls – or rather, reviewing recent trends of trickery – to predict the top cyber scams of 2014. Some notables worth a mention: TVs watching you. Many traditionally “dumb” devices are getting “smarter” – televisions, gaming systems and even baby monitors are being connected to the Internet and often contain cameras or microphones. So, many cybercops predict them to be a magnet for attack, such as remote spying. …

Is That How YOU Met?

Posted on 10/21/2013 by | News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin Today | TechnologyI met my wife the old-fashioned way, at a dance where she was another guy’s date. Our best friends met in a bar and discovered they had the same birthday. They’ve shared more than two dozen since. But that was all before the Internet. Today, 1 in 4 people between ages 50 and 64 personally knows somebody who met and fell in love online, according to a new survey from the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project. For …