Technology Matters-Santa, Shopping and Security

Technology Matters

If you haven’t heard, Operation Santa lets you make a child’s Christmas a joyous one.

The Post Office website has all the info.

Low-income children send letters to Santa asking for toys, a warm coat, shoes.

You adopt a child’s letter, then send them a gift. Its tax deductible. Your gift needs to be mailed by the 20th.

Business analytics firm “Leanplum” says 95 percent of us will do a majority of our Christmas shopping online.

16 percent will shop only online. 80 percent will shop on their phones.

With all this online shopping…..make certain your logins and passwords are secure.

Keep your operating systems, programs and apps updated.

Make sure you have good anti-virus software and that your wireless network is secure.

You’ll be spending money online this month, so be proactive about protection.

Another issue, Android phones may have a bug hackers can use to spy on you.

The bug lets hackers take control of your phone’s camera.

Samsung and Google phones most at risk.

Both companies have released security patches. Always keep your software updated.

While you’re shopping in your jammies…..listen to some free music.

Amazon has an ad-supported free version of its music streaming service, Amazon Music.

Available on Echo speakers and Alexa, and now on iOS, Android and Amazon Fire products.

You won’t be listening to that music on Microsoft’s new Surface Earbuds.

Unveiled in October and expected to be available before Christmas.\

These rivals to Apple’s Airpods will be sensitive to touch, translate speech and will have smart digital assistant Cortana. If you have these on your Christmas list, scratch if off. Spring of 2020 debut.

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