Entries by Hayley Kaplan

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5 Steps to Opt Out of AdvancedBackgroundChecks

You may be surprised by the large amount of detailed information you can find about yourself (and others) on a broker directory site called AdvancedBackgroundChecks. In an instant you can view present and past contact information including telephone numbers, email addresses, home and work addresses, age, family member names, aliases, and more. And, access to […]

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Opt Out of Whitepages & Premium Whitepages

This tutorial will guide you through removal of your information from Whitepages and from Whitepages Premium. This is important because opting out of (free) Whitepages does not simultaneously remove you from Whitepages Premium, a service that provides vast amounts of personal data for a minimal fee. Please know that Whitepages constantly makes changes to its […]

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Avoid scammers when making donations

Disasters have a way of bringing out both the best and the worst in people and Hurricane Harvey is no exception. While decent people are rescuing people and animals, driving to Texas with their boats, sending all sorts of needed supplies and making donations, scammers are out in full force taking as much advantage of […]

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How to Protect yourself from WannaCry Ransomware

WannaCry or WannaCrypt ransomware has infected over 10,000 organizations and 200,000 individuals in over 150 countries since it was first identified on Friday, May 12th, 2017. A temporary fix was accidentally discovered along the way, but a variant of the initial virus started to spread shortly thereafter. While some have escaped unscathed, others have not been […]

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How to use online health related information wisely

Online medical or health-related information is beneficial when correctly interpreted and carefully used with common sense, but on the flip side, misinformation, misinterpretation or misuse can lead to serious physical and/or emotional harm. The growing problem associated with excessive online patient research has even led to a new medical condition called Cyberchondria, the unfounded escalation of concerns about […]

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How to identify fake news online

A shortcoming of the Internet is the abundance of misinformation that coexists alongside helpful and accurate information. What makes matters worse is that in a matter of seconds, misinformation can spread exponentially through social media. Other issues include the reporting of faulty or inaccurate data and the emotional and physical harm that sometimes results from the application of inaccurate […]