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Comment by Stan on The Phish Are Still Biting (April 24, 2015 11:17 PM)
In my address book, I have a "group" list of email abuse reporting addresses. I forward such emails to all of them, hoping someone will nail the perpe...
Comment by Tom on 7 Reasons to Use Google Calendar (April 24, 2015 10:05 PM)
Why don't you let your readers know how much Google paid you to push this TRACKING MONSTER calendar on them. Funny how this article went out at the s...
Comment by Philip Dischert on The Phish Are Still Biting (April 24, 2015 08:36 PM)
Bob, thanks for a timely article. Just last week my wife received an phish email claiming to be a bank that she has an account with. It claimed that...
Comment by Evelyn Carsey and rest of Carsey Family on The Phish Are Still Biting (April 24, 2015 07:43 PM)
Hello Bob ,What do you think about pinger free text? and how does it work.thank you Evelyn EDITOR'S NOTE: See http://askbobrankin.com/send_free_t...
Comment by Tom English on The Phish Are Still Biting (April 24, 2015 07:42 PM)
Why are Financial Institutions held accountable for PROMOTING phishing attacks? Fidelity Investments emails account holders with numerous invitations ...
Comment by David Guillaume on The Phish Are Still Biting (April 24, 2015 07:12 PM)
Only yesterday did I also receive an email claiming to be from Paypal telling me that there was a problem with my account and to log on to the web s...
Comment by wilson on The Phish Are Still Biting (April 24, 2015 06:43 PM)
Why do these people never get caught and charged.If I were to set up a site doing things that was illegal, I would be traced and charged and my site s...
Comment by Don Gilcrease on The Phish Are Still Biting (April 24, 2015 06:22 PM)
The general public will always find ways to thwart the most well thought out and diligent attempts by software design and security professionals to pr...
Comment by Richard Dengrove on The Phish Are Still Biting (April 24, 2015 05:31 PM)
On AOL, phishing emails are as numerous as ever, and as transparent as ever. Someone must be biting....
Comment by Michael L. McQuown on The Phish Are Still Biting (April 24, 2015 04:59 PM)
Wednesday AM I got a phone call ostensibly from PayPal telling me I had to "reinstate my account" by calling another number and following their instru...

Social-Networking Articles

 

The End of Google Plus?

Is Google's once-vaunted alternative to Facebook slowly fading into oblivion? Google Plus seemed to achieve critical mass, with over 500 million users, but it never really gained much traction as social media hangout. So what is Google doing about it? Read on…

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Let's Have a Meetup!

If social isolation is your problem, virtual relationships are not going to solve it. Smiley-faces are no substitute for real, human smiles. A computer monitor may be your window to the world, but the eyes are the window to another’s soul. No social network provides the quality of interpersonal experience that in-the-flesh social gatherings do. Read on to learn about an online service that's bringing people together in the real world...

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Why You Should Never Login With Facebook

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Will Ello Be a Facebook Killer?

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What Is Google Plus Good For?

Google Plus (Google+) celebrated its third birthday on July 5, 2014. You may have heard of Google+; you may even recall creating your own Google+ account. But when was the last time you used Google+, or were invited to use it by an acquaintance? What (and who) exactly, is Google+ good for, and what are people doing with it?

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We REALLY Need to Talk!

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Are Social Networks Committing Suicide?

Lots of people are finding that the popular social networking sites (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn) are becoming more annoying, more expensive, and less useful. Here's how I see the problem, and my take on what the future of true social networking should look like.

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Back Up Your Social Media and Webmail

Stop and think about your social media and webmail accounts. How important to you are all the conversations you have had, all the photos you have saved, all the contacts, friends and followers you have made? If the answer is 'pretty important' or better, you need to back up that data just as much as the data on your local hard drive. Here's how...

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How to Fix Facebook Annoyances

There's no denying that Facebook is enormously popular, with over one billion members. But it's also enormously frustrating and annoying sometimes. Some things are hidden or hard to find. Others just won't go away. Navigating the ever-changing interface is daunting. What if you could fix all that with just a few clicks? Read on to learn how….

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FREE: Encryption Tools to Protect Your Data

With the U.S. government ignoring the 4th Amendment, data breaches in the news every week, and identity thieves everywhere, more and more people are wondering how to protect their data and personal information. The answer is encryption, and it's no longer rocket science. Here's what you need to know about using encryption...

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Disqus: Bad for Public Discourse?

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Facebook Phones Home

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Forgot Facebook Password

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Very PINteresting!

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Are You Linked In?

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Five Free Blogging Tools

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Will Google+ Kill Facebook?

Google+ is the search giant's emerging social network. I say emerging because it's only in a limited testing stage right now, with invitations issued to some key influencers. But Google+ could pose a viable challenge to Facebook. Here are some of the features of Google+ and how it compares to Facebook...

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Got Your Groupon?

A couple of my friends are trying to get me to join a site called Groupon, I can see that it has something to so with online coupons, but I'm wary because of multi-level marketing scams that have bitten me in the past. What exactly is Groupon, and if it's legit, can it save me money with no downside?

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Social Network Surveillance

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Making Money In Second Life

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What is Craigslist?

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Facebook Privacy

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World Of Warcraft

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Social Bookmarking

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What is Second Life?

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