Need some help with your finances and find that your old system is outdated or to complicated? Try Mint, the free online finance wizard that can take all your checking, savings, and credit card accounts and keep track of what your are spending, create a budget, and let you know if you are overdrawn or have upcoming bills. It also tells you if your APRs are too high and will help you to find a better card. If you are not sure that Mint is safe to use, check out their security features.
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We got rather spooked after reading PayPal and Unsafe in the same headline. Having used the service for several years, we always wonder if it is really secure. The company says that those who use Internet Explorer 3 and 4 are the ones at risk because they don’t have enough security features to prevent phishing. If you use one of these you will be warned on the site and expect to be possibly blocked if you try to get in anyway.
The newest version supports EV SSL certificates. The comments were made in a paper written by the site’s Security Officer Michael Barrett and Risk Management Director Dan Levy. Our best advice? Head on over to IE and update to 7.0 or switch to Firefox.
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Want to keep an eye on your home, office, dog, or grandma? The connectVu-cam links to your UMTS-3G cellie with no extra software needed. It features infrared LED for nights, an internal battery with 250 hours of standby and 4 hours of play, and an alarm input. It also has a mic, will work with up to 5 different cell phone numbers, and can receive SMS for camera settings. At a size of 200 x 80 x 80 mm, contact CCTV Mobile for more info and pricing.
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If you are worried about someone grabbing your flash drive and learning all your secrets, Doculock’s FP71-Flash is about as safe as it gets with its fingerprint ID. Once you initiate it, you can use it in different computers with no software driver or password needed. The drive will remember all user names and passwords for you. The 1GB FP71 is available for £32.88 (~$65.00.) There is also a 2.0GB not available at this time so contact Doculock to pre-order if that is the one you prefer.
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A Pennsylvania couple is suing Google for invasion of privacy and mental distress. Aaron and Christine Boring claim that the reason they bought their property in the first place was because it was isolated and now it has been devalued. It seems that Google may have taken a street view shot from their driveway that was marked “Private Road.”
Google spokesperson Larry Yu claims that if the pair wanted the images removed, all they had to do was ask. Attorney Dennis Moskal said that their privacy was already hampered when the vehicle that took the shots drove on their property. It will be interesting to see if this has ramifications down the road. While Google maps increase in imaging technique, Big Brother surely gets closer every day.
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Want a sophisticated doggy door that won’t let in any other neighborhood pets or pests? The Pet Door Way offers automatic operation activated by your fuzzy friends. Made of an ABS plastic polimer body and aluminum alloy frame, the door is motor-operated with auto-dead bolt and security alarm. It comes with 2 sensors, remote, installation hardware, and a year’s warranty in three different sizes for $395.00, $495.00, and $695.00. At that price, hope that someone doesn’t wise up to the gizmo, steal it off your dog or cat, and sneak him/herself through the door.
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In downtown Atlanta, Rufus Terrill didn’t like some of the folk who were hanging around his bar, O’Terrills, so he built himself a simplified robocop which he controls by remote. Consisting of an old meat smoker that he says still smells like chicken, a spotlight, an IR cam, a water cannon and a loudspeaker, the bot stands 4 feet tall and weighs 300 lbs. Apparently the silly looking device is working since Terrill says there is a lot less “action” going on near his tavern. Check out the video to see it put through its paces.
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ProxMat is a handy tool for those who just don’t trust their fellow workers/roommates. Made by ComputerProx, the device is pressure sensitive and sends the Windows Key + L shortcut when you leave your computer and locks it down. The gadget works with KIT (Keyboard Interface Technology) and connects through your USB port, so it needs no special driver. It is compatible with any other security devices you may already have. It also doubles as an energy saver and can put your PC into standby. Available in four different sizes, contact ComputerProx for specific pricing.
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Home automation is becoming a big theme at consumer electronics trade shows like CES. Many companies have been promising the ‘smart house’ for years – a house that automatically anticipates and responds to its inhabitants wants and needs. HawkingTech was showing off some preliminary tech which could help hearken the days of the smart house with a variety of available now products – check out the video for a demonstration of what is to come.
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