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October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month
And it’s not too late to put it to work

September 19, 2018

I am the first to admit that when it comes names of commemorative months, National Cyber Security Awareness Month isn’t the sexiest. Reducing it to the initialism NCSAM makes it easier to write, but not easier to pronounce—En-see-sam? Nik-sam? Ink-sam?—and it it doesn’t help in the sexiness department, either.  Perhaps that’s why, even though NCSAM has been [...]

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Not bad for a 20-year-old
Happy birthday, Google

September 12, 2018

Hard to believe: Google launched 20 years ago this month. By accident or design, its name is a misspelling of the number googol. If it was by accident, you have to wonder why founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin didn’t bother googling the correct spelling. Playing trademark roulette Not long after the Google’s appearance in 1998, google became [...]

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Tips from professional
fact checkers

September 7, 2018

IT’S NO LONGER NEWS that fake news is constantly in the news. Nor is it news that fake news purveyors have turned the term on its head, applying it to verified facts when they happen to prove inconvenient, or to attract larger audiences in order to increase advertising revenues.  If the fake news phenomenon was [...]

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The pros at cons

August 17, 2018

Popular movies like American Hustle, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Sting, and Catch Me If You Can show that audiences like a good con artist story. The films even manipulate—con?—us into rooting for the bad guy, our consciences somehow assuaged by marks who deserve or at least can afford the loss. The deserving-mark trope entertains, but in real life cons hurt [...]

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A lesson from the
man in the moon
How people buy

August 9, 2018

THIS MUCH won’t surprise you: Younger generations continue hopping aboard person-to-person payment (P2P) apps faster than older ones.  But maybe this will surprise you: Better than half of Boomers are onboard with P2P. Considering P2P’s relative newness and Boomers’ measured approach to sticking toes in new technological waters, I think it’s fair to call that [...]

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