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  • Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

    The Internet of Things is getting to be a real buzzword. But what the heck does it really mean? Listen up.

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  • Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

    Having a secure password is really important in today’s online world. Here are some ways you can get one mentioned on today’s program:

    Secret Poetic Password
    52.24.230.241/bc/password_generation.php

    Diceware Home Page
    world.std.com/~reinhold/diceware.html

    Diceware Dictionary
    world.std.com/~reinhold/diceware.wordlist.asc

    And if you are on Facebook, given that anyone can now search your public posts, you may want to check your privacy settings. Here’s how:

    How to Check Your Facebook Settings
    nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2015/10/23/check-your-facebook-settings-to-make-sure-your-posts-arent-searchable/

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  • Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

    Ever wonder what makes Americans afraid? Researchers at Chapman University wondered, too, and so they conducted a survey to find out. You can access the survey here: www.chapman.edu/wilkinson/research-centers/babbie-center/survey-american-fears.aspx. Five of the top ten fears involve our digital world.

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  • Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

    We’ve mentioned in passing a study that appears in the October 2015 edition of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS Vol 112, No 4 available at www.pnas.org). The title says it all: Computer-based Personality Judgments are More Accurate Than Those Made by Humans.” “Today, let’s look in more detail at that study and what it might mean for us as we traverse the web and immerse ourselves more and more into our digital world.

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  • Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

    Sometimes the digital world has profound effects on the physical world, and sometimes it is the other way around. A European court case could change the digital landscape for 4500 American companies. Here’s why.

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  • Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

    Guess what? Now we can all sing Happy Birthday in public without worrying about getting sued for copyright infringement, machines can learn on their own to lick humans at Pong and other classic video games, a robot can beat all humans at Rock Paper Scissors, and, as the Wall Street Journal put it “Facebook ‘Likes” Mean a Computer Knows You Better Than Your Mother.” Listen up.

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  • Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

    Know anyone, including yourself, that has had hackers infect a computer and make what’s on it unavailable to the owner unless the owner pays a ransom? If not, you’re lucky – so far – because this kind of ransomware hack is becoming increasingly common, and it could cost a user hundreds or even thousands of dollars to get access back to the owner’s own computer. Here’s the story.

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  • Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

    Let’s take a look today at a few recent stories that may not have made the front page of your newspaper or the top story on TV or been faved on your favorite web news site but which are still worth knowing about.

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