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The Internet of Things

Amy Praskac - Tuesday, December 19, 2017
The Internet of Things (IoT) is the network of physical devices—such as vehicles and home appliances, to name but two examples—embedded with sensors and network connectivity which enab ..

Wearable devices and the health of your privacy

Amy Praskac - Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Fitness apps and devices can track how far and where you walk, run or cycle. Some devices can record your heart rate, blood pressure, body temperature, glucose levels, or sleep patterns. Then ther ..

Someone could be listening in

Amy Praskac - Tuesday, December 05, 2017
A voice command device (VCD) is a device controlled by the human voice. Consumers can operate appliances from across the room or while their hands are occupied doing other tasks if they do not hav ..

What your car knows about you

Amy Praskac - Tuesday, November 28, 2017
Navigation systems track where you go and how often you go there. Nearly all cars made since the mid-1990’s have on-board diagnostic ports for auto service providers to use to diagnose probl ..

Testing your student

Amy Praskac - Tuesday, August 29, 2017
Students take tests, all kinds of tests. The big stakes tests are the college entrance tests: the SAT and the ACT. Furthermore, the SAT and the ACT are required in 24 states and the District of Co ..

Your child's credit report

Amy Praskac - Tuesday, August 22, 2017
Children under age 18 typically do not have credit reports. A minor child may have a file if: He or she is an authorized user of your credit card or someone else’s credit card. A cons ..

Protecting your child's SSN

Amy Praskac - Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Organizations and institutions will ask for your child’s Social Security Number (SSN) as heedlessly as they ask for yours. Do not give in. There are only a handful of valid reasons to provid ..

Student immunizations and HIPAA

Amy Praskac - Tuesday, August 08, 2017
(c) Can Stock Photo / luckyraccoon ( The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) provides for the privacy of your medical records and t ..

Reports of my death

Amy Praskac - Tuesday, May 23, 2017
“The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated,” Mark Twain famously retorted. He could afford to laugh off the erroneous report. You won’t be laughing if the Social Security A ..

Sharing information during a medical crisis

Amy Praskac - Tuesday, January 17, 2017
When you are part of the medical crisis—family member or other caretaker—it’s an additional burden to be the spokesperson. Who wants to make multiple phone calls or manage emails ..

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