Password Changes Needed after Russian Crime Ring Theft

The New York Times reported that a Russian crime ring has stolen 4.5 billion Internet credentials. These include 1.2 billion username and password combinations and more than 500 million email addresses.  To make this all more complex, people tend to use the same password on multiple sites,  magnifying the threat.

It is critical that people protect their information by changing their passwords on sites that have key information such as email accounts, bank and credit card accounts and other sensitive sites.  Unfortunately many do not change passwords frequently enough, even after a breach such as this and the recent HeartBleed bug.data security

Mike Snider of USA Today recently wrote Massive security breach: Time to change your password practices.He recommends the following tips for setting new passwords:

  1. Mix it up – Create passwords that are 10 characters or longer and include uppercase letters, lowercase letters, symbols and numbers, says Adam Tyler, chief innovation officer for identity protection firmCSID.
  2. Be more creative – Use a unique password for each account, and vary the e-mail addresses you use for accounts.
  3. Split social media and money – Do not use the same password for credit cards and bank accounts that you use for social media or websites.

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Gimme a boost: 3 ways to make calls when your cellular signal is terrible

TechHive’s, Eric Geier reviews zBoost ZB545.GUy with low signal

In our increasingly connected age, it’s frustrating to find yourself in a place where the cellular connectivity is weak to nonexistent. And that frustration only magnifies when you have to struggle with poor voice quality and dropped calls in your very own home.

Geier outlines 3 solutions to boost cellular signal, one of which is to use a repeater.  Below is an excerpt from the review.

If your home or office offers some trace of a cell signal, you can amplify or boost it with a repeater. Though the exact solutions vary, all typically consist of either putting a repeater near a window or an antenna on the roof where the cell tower signals are the best. The repeater then amplifies your signal, acting as a middleman between the cell towers and nearby phones.

ZB 545 Kit ImagezBoost offers a variety of indoor and outdoor signal boosters. I tested the $350ZB545, which supports up to 3G with the 800 and 1,900 MHz frequencies from all major carriers (except Nextel). It consists of an outdoor omni-directional antenna that you can mount where the cell signal is the best (attic or roof), coaxial cable, and an amplifier unit you place inside. That can complicate installation, but the omni-directional outdoor antenna makes it easy to place since you don’t have to figure out which direction to point the antenna.

The Most Powerful Cellular Signal Booster Yet: zBoost’s ZB575-A

TrulyGadgets.com just reviewed zBoost TRIO SOHO!

“It’s getting easier and easier to rely on your smartphone for so many of your everyday tasks. They are getting large enough to be similar to tablets, offering processors and graphics capable of competing head-to-head with last generation video game consoles or fairly recent laptops, and the battery life and screens are decent enough. You could almost cut another cord- your internet- and save some money if you have a large or unlimited data plan. Simply use your mobile and share it as a hotspot, especially if you are reliant on satellite or in an area with poor or expensive ISPs. But there’s a catch- you’ll need cellular signal.”New zBoost TRIO ZB575- Image
“And that’s where a booster comes in, like the new zBoost ZB575-A Trio SOHO, which we first heard about at CES earlier this year and is now making it’s way to consumers. We’ve seen several previous zBoost models, large and small, and always found them easy to use and consistent, though they do rely on antennas that can require a bit of work to set up, adjust, and optimize. This one is their newest tri-band model, capable of not only boosting your calls, but internet as well though it is constrained to specific carriers. Ours was built for use with AT&T and helped with 4G LTE, CEL (800 MHz) and PCS (1900 MHz). Verizon versions are available too, and they look and function pretty much identically (and similar to older models as well).”

Please see the entire review at TrulyGadgets.com  http://www.trulygadgets.com/6411/gadgets/powerful-cellular-signal-booster-yet-zboosts-zb575-a/

Woman’s Day Sweepstakes: zBoost Mobile1

ZBoost Cell Phone Signal Booster Giveaway

Womensday logoEnter for a chance to win a ZBoost Mobile1 In-Vehicle Cell Phone Signal Booster! Ten lucky winners will each receive a ZBoost Mobile1 In-Vehicle Cell Phone Signal Booster (model #: ZB245).

If you experience signal problems, slow data or dropped calls while driving, the zBoost Mobile1 cellular signal booster increases in-vehicle signal for cell phones and smartphones and it is easy to use.

The sweepstakes will run July 23 through September 23, 2014.   Check it out…YOU could be one of the lucky winners!!!

To Enter go to http://www.womansday.com/sweepstakes/30214

zBoost Tops Travel and Tech List for Road Trips

Staying Connected is Top Priority on Vacation

With calling and texting remaining the primary reasons smartphones are used on vacation, zBoost (www.zboost.com), a leading provider of consumer cell phone signal booster kits, provides the zBoost Mobile1 to boost more miles of cell phone coverage. The zBoost Mobile1 is an in-vehicle cell phone signal booster, that creates a single user cell zone for more miles of uninterrupted voice and text.* “Along with the bathing suits and camping gear, technology is now an integral part of vacation packing and with the majority of summer travel done by car, a reliable cell signal is crucial for staying connected,” said Karen Reynolds, President of zBoost. “The zBoost Mobile1 cell phone signal booster keeps consumers connected to family and friends while driving to their summer destination, by significantly reducing their dropped or missed voice calls and increasing their ability to send and receive text messages.” The Travel and Tech Trends infographic showcases consumers’ reliance on their smartphones – even while on vacation. Key highlights include:

  • Almost half of U.S. travelers cite #FOMO – Fear of Missing Out as their reason to stay connected**
  • 85 percent of U.S. travelers report using a smartphone while on vacation**
  • 82 percent of U.S. workers stay connected with the office while on vacation***

The zBoost Mobile1 comes kit complete with a power supply, antenna and cabling, and a bi-directional amplifier unit housed in a sturdy, lightweight cradle.  The zBoost Mobile1 retails for $89 MSRP. Benefits of the zBoost Mobile1 include:

  • “Hands-free” operation to boost signal for voice and text for all phones
  • Boosts in-vehicle signal for a single user
  • Reduces dropped calls and dead zones
  • Extends cell phone battery life

* Please don’t text while driving. **Trip advisor TripBarometer 11/13 ***PGI Workcation Survey 8/13

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Staying Connected is Top Priority on Vacation

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Home Automation Becoming More Affordable

Home automation includes centralized control of lighting, HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning), appliances, security locks, and other systems, to provide improved convenience, comfort, energy efficiency and security. The popularity of home automation has been increasing greatly in recent years.  It had been largely unaffordable and confusing to the average consumer for many years, but times are changing. 

Stewart Wolpin of Techlicious, writes in Home Automation Becomes Cheap and Easy, how home automation has become much more affordable especially with Staples and Home Depot announcing their respective home automation platforms – Staples Connect and Wink.

“Staples Connect and Home Depot Wink are multi-brand, multi-device and multi-protocol home automation systems that use one app, making them simple to set up and use–without the help of a professional installer. Both the Staples Connect and Home Depot Wink apps are free, and neither requires a subscription or service fee. Both apps are available for Apple’s iOS and Android; Staples Connect also is available for Windows 8 PCs and Windows Phone 8 mobile devices and, soon, through Samsung smart TVs.”

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