st1707: Internet Users Beware! This may not be the website you think it is

Hackers are at it again and this hack is pretty smart.  They trick your browser into thinking the internet address they are looking for is in a foreign language while displaying the address in familiar looking English characters.  How do they do this?  Find out in this episode of SmartTech.

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For more information check out the article at arstechnica.com

Firefox users can protect themselves by:
1. Enter “about:config” in the address bar and agreeing to the displayed warning.

2. Enter “punycode” in the search box to bring up a line that reads network.IDN_show_punycode.

3. Double-click the word “false” to change it to “true.”

From then on, Firefox will display the “dumb ascii” characters and not the deceptive, encoded ones.

From the website arstechnica.com

st1706: You CAN take it with you! (syncing your life across your devices) [Podcast]

The more devices we use, the more the need to sync our files to more than one device.  As the price drops, and the speed and reliability of cloud storage increases, cloud storage becomes a great answer.  Today we talk about the big 4 storage sync solutions and which ones work best for which situations.

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st1701: 2016 – A SmartTech Year in Review [Podcast]

It is amazing how, when a year comes to an end, we tend to forget all of the things that have happened.  2016 has been a crazy year in a lot of ways, but it has been a diverse technology related year.  So in this episode I review some of the technological events of note through the eyes of the SmartTech podcast.  Be sure to share your favorite technology related events or gadgets in our comment section or on our Facebook page.

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st1622: Technology and the Election of Donald Trump [Podcast]

How Technology helped Hillary Clinton lose the Election

The world just experienced an American election like it never had before. Despite all the scientific polling, the consistent pounding of the main stream media and social media, and damning tweets from the candidate himself, Donald Trump achieved a sweeping victory of the electoral college and took the White House from the Heir Apparent Hillary Clinton.

“How do I turn this thing on?” (Reuters/Carlos Barria)

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Technology played a critical role in the outcome. In this episode we look at 8 tech related areas that may have helped put Trump over the top: alternate media sources, social media, easy distribution of food for the conspiracy theorists, instant access everywhere, constant bombardment, access to details and the ability to ignore them, fear of retaliation, photos of everything-everywhere.

What do you think?  Join the conversation in the comments below.

Courtesy of Politico

Courtesy of Politico

st1621: Free is Bad for Business [Podcast]

Stu McLaren Explains "You Get What You Pay For"

In this episode we review Stu McLaren’s argument that if you give too much away for free, especially technology on the internet, you ultimately diminish  the value of the technology  and cause it to languish.

get what you pay for, freemium, free software
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Stu McLaren’s original article

Michael Hyatt – Virtual Mentor