Articles by Larry Magid


May 7, 2016

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Time to spring clean your smartphone

April 29, 2016

By Larry Magid Spring officially began in March but it’s never too late to do some spring cleaning. I’m not talking about your garage or that home office of

Encryption is a form of child protection

March 31, 2016

By Larry Magid One of the main arguments for those worried about encryption is that it can shield terrorists and those who exploit children, because of the concern that criminals can use encryption to "go dark." And, while that can be true, it's also true that encryption helps protect children from those very predators and other criminals, along with bullies and others who might harm kids. Encrypting is not just for privacy and security but also for personal safety.

System provides home security and automation

March 24, 2016

Vivint control panel Over the past three decades I’ve experimented with do-it-yourself home automation systems to control lights and appliances. But now, instead of a
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