SAFER COMPUTING

We’re pretty sure we were the target of an attempted identity theft recently. Joy was asked to “verify” information on the phone regarding a recent credit card application. Bob was very suspicious, so Joy said, skip it, she didn’t want the card anyway. Even after she said that, she was asked to verify her birth date and other personal information in order to cancel. Whoop, whoop, whoop: Enemy attack! Battle stations! She hung up.

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WI WHAT?

Just as everyone is feeling comfortable with WiFi, WiGig is coming in 2013. If you go to YouTube and type “Panasonic WiGig” in the search box, you can see Panasonic’s demonstration.

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GETTING INTERNET ACCESS ABROAD

Our nephew is going to Spain for a year, and he may find it tough to connect. A reader wrote us with a similar problem. Well, two problems equal one search. There’s a new app from Skype that lets you use an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch to get on the Internet for less than you would pay at most public hotspots,

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FREE ONLINE APPS AT STARBUCKS

Starbucks says that starting April 23 they will provide free Wi-Fi access to Economist magazine, Marvel Comics, and ESPN’s Rumor Central. Can other coffee and fast food joints be far behind?

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STARBUCKS OFFERS FREE ACCESS TO THE ECONOMIST, COMICS, SPORTS

Starting April 23, Starbucks will give you free access to the Economist magazine, Marvel Comics, and ESPN’s Rumor Central as part of their free Wi-Fi service.

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CHEAP CALLS ABROAD

Use Skype on Wi-Fi to avoid cellphone fees when traveling abroad.

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THE KOBO EREADER

The Kobo eReader is great if you want a smaller device to fit easily in your pocket or small purse but it doesn’t have all the features of the Amazon Kindle.

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MAKE YOUR OWN WIFI HOTSPOT

Carrying your WiFi hotspot with you.

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YOUR OWN WI-FI HOTSPOT

A new personal WiFi hotspot, no contract needed.

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RIDING SOMEONE ELSE’S WIRELESS BEAM

Our Internet service went off every few minutes for several days. A repair man came and isolated the problem as our modem. We replaced it and were fine. But before that fix, we were tempted to piggyback off our neighbor’s wireless. The big question and one that is hotly debated: is using someone else’s wireless service safe and legal? On the safety front, the big risk is that any data you share might be stolen. If you’ve designated a folder on your hard drive as a shared folder, that folder could be viewed. Recording your keystrokes as you surf the web is also possible, but unlikely.

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