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Medicare Spam Increases 10-Fold

Posted on 11/6/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Bulletin Today | Money & SavingsDuring Medicare Open Enrollment,  which started Oct. 15 and runs through Dec. 7, there’s usually an uptick in online spam pitching supplemental plans. But this year, it’s gone epidemic — with a 10-fold increase compared to recent months in these always annoying and sometimes risky offers, reports messaging security firm Cloudmark. >> Sign up for the AARP Money newsletter The reason may go beyond just the calendar: It looks like spammers are exploiting confusion over the Affordable Care Act – and how it …

Online at 50-Plus: Good News and Bad

Posted on 10/23/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Bulletin Today | TechnologyYou think you’re tech-savvy but you’re still doing risky things online? You’re not alone. So concludes the first-ever survey by software security firm McAfee that offers insights into the online habits of computer users aged 50-75. Sign up for the AARP Money Matters newsletter Key findings after interviews (done online, of course) with 1,258 folks past the half-century mark: *Nearly nine in 10 consider themselves to be equally or more tech-savvy compared to others their age. “Despite this proclaimed comfort level …

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 …

Google Ads: Do You Want In or Out?

Posted on 10/18/2013 by | AARP Social Media Strategy/Trainer | Comments

Bulletin Today | TechnologyIf you use Facebook, you have seen how your friends’ photos and “Likes” can connect to ads on the popular social network. The “sponsored stories” concept is also moving to Google. The web search engine company recently announced it is changing its Terms of Service to include an option to participate in “shared endorsements.” Sign up for the AARP Money Matters newsletter According to Google, shared endorsements are an opportunity to share your thoughts and opinions with friends who are …

When Danger Lurks in ‘Lily Collins’

Posted on 09/23/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

TechnologyMove over, Emma Watson. The new Malware Maven is fellow actress Lily Collins. The star of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones and Mirror, Mirror (and daughter of ’80s music icon Phil Collins) tops McAfee’s 2013 list of “Most Dangerous Celebrities”  to search for on the Web. Roughly one in seven online searches of her name — along with words such as “free downloads,” “nude pictures” and “apps” — landed computer users on websites that the security vendor says “tested positive” …

Dating for Introverts: What Can I Do?

Posted on 08/30/2013 by | Sex & Relationships | Comments

RelationshipsQ: I’d like to slowly establish a romantic relationship. I have been in treatment for anxiety, depression and bipolar disorder for 21 years. I have joined interest groups and tried online dating sites, but haven’t found too many people who are reasonably intelligent (I’m in the top 5 percent), don’t want to travel, enjoy deep conversation, and can accept a partner who will never lose the “baggage,” which can be expected with chronic mental illness. I am introverted and like …