Caution: Check Amazon Twice

Last night, I searched for a specific item on Amazon. There were several sellers for the item, and the listing with the lowest price was at the top. I was about to purchase the one with the lowest price when I noticed that it was not being shipped from the manufacturer or from a highly rated seller; both the "ships from" and the "sold by" transaction information were all in Chinese characters. For this particular item, that didn't make sense. Continue Reading →

Election Bots Out in Force

Social media platforms Facebook, Twitter, and TikTok are all over the news today. Facebook is continuing to implode and is about to lay off a lot of staff. I've been writing about Twitter every day. TikTok, because it is owned by a Chinese company, is under intense scrutiny after admitting that its workers can see the data they collect. Continue Reading →
October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month. Want to know what you can do to protect yourself? Shelly Palmer speaks with Dan Bowens and Tashanea Whitlow on Fox 5's Good Day New York about tips and tricks to stay safe online. Continue Reading →
Removing personal identifiable information (PII) from Google searches is easier than ever, thanks to Google’s “Results about you.” Shelly Palmer speaks with Dan Bowens and Tashanea Whitlow on Fox 5's Good Day New York about what to know, how to use the feature, and further steps you need to take. Continue Reading →
Uber recently discovered its computer network had been breached. Shelly Palmer speaks with Dan Bowens and Tashanea Whitlow on Fox 5's Good Day New York about how it happened, why you should care, and how you can protect yourself from similar situations. Continue Reading →

The Truth Trap

For reasons that are theorized – but not fully confirmed – human beings default-to-trust. In other words, it is more evolutionarily stable to trust someone in our inner circle than it is to begin from a place of distrust. We don't always default-to-trust when we meet a stranger, especially if we're in a new or uncomfortable environment, but when we are not under a perceived threat, almost all of us default-to-trust because the benefits of doing so outweigh the consequences of acting like a cynical, pessimistic jerk. Continue Reading →
Need to lock down your iPhone? Shelly Palmer speaks with Dan Bowens and Tashanea Whitlow on Fox 5's Good Day New York about Apple's new security feature -- and whether you'll need to use it -- along with the rest of the new features coming in iOS 16. Continue Reading →
OpenSea, the world's largest NFT marketplace, informed people on its email list that an employee of Customer.io (OpenSea's bulk email vendor) gave the OpenSea email list to an outside party. OpenSea sent a note advising everyone on the list to beware of phishing schemes that are likely to ensue. Even if you didn't get a note, beware of phishing schemes. Continue Reading →