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Protecting Your Privacy

One way to minimize your risk of exposure to cybercrime is eliminating accounts at sites you no longer use. Have you signed up with a website that you never use or a newspaper site you don’t read anymore? The personal information that you provided is probably still on those computers and vulnerable to the next hacker.

Do You Need to Update Your Passwords?

Passwords should be easy to remember and hard for anyone to guess.  We all know that is easier said than done, and it can be exasperating to think of something unique and memorable. According to an article in PC World, the top five most commonly used (and guessable) passwords of 2013 were: 123456, password, 12345678, qwerty, and abc123. Here are a few tips to keep in mind the next time you set a password.

Robotic Poetry

The digital age is changing our perception of art, and poetry is no exception. As researchers investigate artificial intelligence, some are asking whether computers can actually create poetry. Here are a few interesting studies.

Microsoft Ends Life Support

Microsoft Corporation will cease support of Windows XP and Office 2003 products on April 8, 2014. For the average home user, this means that we will no longer be able to get software updates, security updates and technical support for any of these products.

Computational Fashion

Technology is merging with every aspect of our lives in ways we couldn’t have imagined just a decade ago. Special emphasis on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education is sweeping the country in an effort to prepare students for jobs of the future. However, the jobs of the future are not only building roads and bridges. Even artists and fashion designers will need knowledge in these areas.

Putting Out Fires with Google Glass

If you regularly watch the library’s website, you know that we now have Google glass and many patrons are making appointments to see them and try them out. For those who haven’t seen them, the Glass we have is worn like a pair of eyeglasses and has a tiny camera/screen that the wearer can view in the upper right side of their vision. They can be controlled by touching the arm of the glass or with verbal commands.

Fact and Fiction

Recently the daily news has been covering the controversy over government surveillance, but private companies collect information about us, too.  A new device has been in the news recently, the Hitachi Business Microscope. It looks like an employee badge but contains "infrared sensors, an accelerometer, a microphone sensor and a wireless communication device." It is capable of recording your conversations, your location, who you are speaking with and your activity level when you wear it. (Are you staring blindly out the window or actively participating in a group meeting?) 

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