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.

Photo courtesy of Google G-Suite
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st1705: Great Resources for Learning About Tech [Podcast]

The Best of SmartTech

Believe it or not, the SmartTech studio is still in construction and so this week we are presenting a “Best of” SmartTech!

Photo Courtesy of Pond5

It may seem a bit strange to my podcast to talk about other podcasts. But as a teacher, this is how I got better at teaching about Tech. Why reinvent the wheel so to speak? So I want to recommend places on the web where I have learned a lot of things about Technology.

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Below are links to the websites I talk about during today’s episode.

Google
YouTube
TWiT Network
Know How Show on the TWiT Network
MacMost
5by5 Network
Cnet Network
The AppleByte on the Cnet Network
ScreenCastsONLINE
Lynda.com

st1703: Building a Studio in your Home [Podcast]

In this episode I walk you through the thought process on converting a bedroom and a bathroom in a 75 year old house to an office/studio/guest-room.

Roxul Insulation

UpDesk Standing Desks

It’s getting there…

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st1702: What the Heck is Technology Anyway?

and the demise of Vine

As the new year begins, we explore the demise of Vine and talk about what technology is exactly and what to look forward to in the future.

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Technology: The application of knowledge and the use of resources to meet human needs and solve problems.