Strengthening tech security around the holidays

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – “Smart tech” devices are among the top gift items this year, according to the Consumer Technology Association.Ryland Madison, Director of Product Management at Cox Communications, visited Good Morning San Diego to bring awareness to the importance of protecting your technology.According to the CTA, technology spending during the 2018 holiday season will reach $96.1 billion in revenue in the United States.Some advice from Cox Communications:· Change passwords regularly, and be sure to change the default password for each device. These default passwords can often be found online with an easy search.· Use two-factor authentication or use a password generator that will provide you a random code to use. Don’t write down your passwords.· Keep software updated. Learn how to update it as soon as you bring it home. Don’t ignore the update notifications you may receive, and also do an online search periodically to find any updates you may be missing. The updates often provide security patches to deal with identified vulnerabilities.· Be aware of the “trade-offs” – because they track behaviors, data around home life can be a commodity. – so read the fine print (i.e. terms of service) and know what you are signing up for.· Consider setting up a separate wi-fi network for just your smart home / home automation devices.· Do your research, read reviews – does the company you are buying from update their software enough to protect from the latest threats? You want to make sure they have a strong reputation. Do they push the update to the device, or do you have to download it?· Stick to well-known brands – especially when it comes to smart speakers, and make sure they have a physical mute button. Off brands may not, and they are not easily bypassed. Sometimes it’s best to wait to adopt smart home tech when it is in its second or third generation. Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: December 6, 2018 KUSI Newsroom December 6, 2018 Strengthening tech security around the holidays KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

Buy four new Tile Mate trackers for 60 get a Google Home

first_img Amazon Gadgets Smart Home Video Games TV and Movies See It Best Buy Watch Google Home Mini’s new side touch function in action Mentioned Above Google Home Mini (Coral) Google Mini $29 $379 $29 Now playing: Watch this: CNET may get a commission from retail offers. $29 Tags See it See Itcenter_img CNET Just yesterday, while visiting my parents, I had a lightbulb moment: My mom needs a Tile. That’s because she often can’t remember where in the house she left her phone. But her keys are always parked on the key hook.I’ll come back to that after this important message: For a limited time, and while supplies last, Best Buy is offering a free Google Home Mini when you purchase a Tile Mate four-pack for $59.99. The Mini — available in your choice of four colors — is a $50 value. Update: I goofed! Best Buy’s page made it look like you could save $10 on the 4-pack and still get the Mini for free. Alas, the combination comes to $60, not $50. Still a great deal, but I do apologize for the error.See it at Best BuyI’ve long been a big fan of the Tile, and I especially like this newer version that has better range and a replaceable battery. In the aforementioned scenario, my mom just needs to double-press the Tile button and her phone will ring — even if it’s set to silent. Likewise, the phone can be used to locate the keychain.As for the Mini, everything you need to know can be found in CNET’s Google Home Mini review. It probably goes without saying that if yours is an Android-centric household, you’ll love the little smart speaker.And I love this deal. Get it while you can! 18 Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Google Home Mini The Cheapskate Review • The Google Home Mini is a worthy competitor to the Amazon Echo Dot News • Google pushes its Assistant in cars with Anker Roav Bolt Dell How To • Prime Day 2019 final hours: Best Target deals you can get right now See It Bonus deal: Game time! Thimbleweed Park is like X-Files meets Maniac Mansion, and in fact the game comes from the creators of the latter. It normally runs $9, but for a limited time, Epic Games is offering Thimbleweed Park for free.See it at Epic GamesAs with previous Epic giveaways, you’ll need an account and the company’s client software — both also free, of course.Bonus deal No. 2: It’s the 20-year anniversary of cult-classic movie Office Space, and I think it holds up pretty well. So, yeahhhh, I’m going to need you to go ahead and buy Office Space (HD) for $4.99, which is only a dollar more than the rental price. (It’s also available from Fandango for that price.)See it at AmazonFun fact: David Herman, who played Michael Bolton in the movie, also voices Mr. Frond on Bob’s Burgers. Looking for more trivia, history and more? Read Rolling Stone’s oral history of Office Space, then follow it up with The Ringer’s oral history of Office Space.Now if you’ll excuse me, I have a thousand more TPS reports to file.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on PCs, phones, gadgets and much more. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page. Find more great buys on the CNET Deals page and follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter! Comments 0:33 Share your voicelast_img read more