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the relative in trouble scam

February 6th, 2017 by Jeanne Boyarsky

The most recent AARP newsletter has an article about the “grandparent scam.” A retired person asked me about it and we had a good discussion about potential future variants of it. First of all, this isn’t new. In fact, AARP wrote about it four years ago. Some thoughts beyond what is in the article: Never give […]

What is a DDOS? Explaining it to your grandmother

October 24th, 2016 by Jeanne Boyarsky

After Friday’s internet attack, I had to explain what a DDOS (Distributed Denial of Service) attack was to my mother. She’s not so good with computers which is why her computer is a Chromebook. Here’s what I came up with: Imagine I ring your doorbell and then run around the corner. You answer the door, […]

FIRST robotics 2017 background check and social security number

October 9th, 2016 by Jeanne Boyarsky

This year, when you register to volunteer with FIRST Robotics in VIMS, you get prompted to register in Verified Volunteers so they can do a background check. In particular to determine you don’t have a criminal history and aren’t a sex offender.  For the most part, this is straightforward. You give some minimal information about […]