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Super-sophisticated spy-gear is no longer strictly the domain of those with license to kill. Some pretty cool stuff is now available to mere mortals, and at fairly reasonable prices. If you’re acting as your own “Q” these days, here are some items you might want to check out:



Here are the contenders (by Mobile OS):


  • — Apple iPhone Smartphones ($199 & Up)
  • — Apple iPad Tablets ($399 & up)


  • — Android Smartphones (Example: Samsung Galaxy, $199 & Up)
  • — Android Tablets (Example: Acer Iconia, , $200 & up)


  • — Blackberry Smartphones (Example: Blackberry Bold, $200 + service)
  • — Blackberry Tablets (Example: Blackberry Playbook, $250)


  • — Windows Mobile Smartphones (Example: Nokia Lumia, $19 & up)
  • — Windows Mobile Tablets (Microsoft Surface — shipping late Oct. at $300-$800)
  • — Windows Ultrabooks (Examples: Dell XPS; HP Folio; Acer S3/S5: $650-$1400)

Stop. Think. Connect. — That’s the message computer safety expert Steve Kovsky has for National Internet Safety Month as he teaches us how to practice “safe surfing”

Key Stats:

  • Someone is a victim of a cybercrime 14 times every second.
  • Last year, over 430 million people were victims of cybercrime.
  • Chance are that you or someone you love has already been a victim — and may not even know it.

So remember to STOP. THINK. CONNECT.

  1. STOP: Before using the Internet, take time to understand the risks and learn how to spot potential problems.
  2. THINK: Watch for warning signs and consider how your actions online could impact your safety, your kids’ safety or that of your family.
  3. CONNECT: Log on with confidence, knowing you’ve taken the right steps to stay safe online.

What Else Can You Do?

  1. Learn More: Go to
  2. Attend the upcoming 2012 Securing Our eCity Cybersecurity Symposium & Awards
  • October 11 & 12, 2012
  • San Diego Gas & Electric Energy Innovation Center in Kearney Mesa
  • Speakers will include:
    • Ken Mortensen, Chief Privacy Officer, CVS Pathmark
    • Lydell Wall, CEO & Founder, Recovery Logic (former detective)
    • Dr. Larry Ponemon, Founder, Ponemon Institute
    • Howard Schmidt, former Cyber Coordinator for the White House

Some Additional Tips to Avoid Scams


  • Check the End of the Web Address. (What comes before the domain doesn’t matter, and the suffix — .com, .org, .mil, .gov, etc. – should be correct and appropriate.)
  • Check the Beginning of the Web Address. (Secure sites — like banks, shopping, etc. —  should start with “https://” or “shttp://” – If it’s just “Http://” it’s not secure!)
  • When in doubt, throw it out. (Links in email, tweets, posts, and online ads are often the way cybercriminals compromise your computer. If it looks suspicious, even if you know the source, delete it and above all — don’t click!)
  • Get savvy about Wi-Fi hotspots.  (Pros don’t use public Wi-Fi. If you do, be careful what you connect to, limit the type of business you conduct, and adjust the security settings on your device to limit access.)
  • Watch out for “free” apps – they may come at a cost. (Example: Angry Birds)

For centuries, people having been searching for a way to make themselves disappear at will. I have perfected the technique, and I demonstrated it today on live television!

How to make yourself disappear on live TV

Here’s my secret (warning: this is dangerous — don’t try this at home, and especially not while wearing a kilt!):

Step 1: Find a gorgeous “fitness model” wearing tight spandex. I recommend using spokes-hottie Lacie Weddle (see video).

Step 2: Just in case that’s not distracting enough for the audience, further upstage yourself with a handsome anchorman wearing a kilt.

Step 3: Just stand next to them. If you look like me, no one will ever even notice you’re there!

See for yourself!

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1.  “Amateur Hour Is Over”

  • Lone hackers and “script-kiddies” are yesterday’s news. They’ve been replaced by professional international criminal networks.

  • In fact, your private data is one of the hottest commodities in organized crime today, grossing more annually than the global drug trade, according to Dept. of Homeland Security estimates.

2. Think You’re “Under The Radar?” Think Again…

  • If you think you’re not wealthy or famous enough to attract the attention of cyber criminals, you’re dead wrong. You don’t have to be rich — your very identity has tremendous value in the illicit data trade.
  • Even newborn babies routinely have their identities stolen and used to establish credit, citizenship, and support other illegal enterprises! (They typically won’t find out until they’re old enough to apply for credit or a job.)

3. Criminals could be after more than just your money or your ID.

  •  The danger from cyberspace could be very real. Cyber stalking is a very real threat, and most people have no idea how exposed they are in today’s “everything-online” environment.
  • Even the federal government is concerned about the impact of individuals’ cyber privacy– as a matter of national security!


1. Encrypt everything.

  •  Whenever you see encryption as an option – take it! From storing your iPhone data on Apple’s iCloud, to backing up your hard drive, encryption is free and well worth the extra click.

2. Pick “Safe” Sites.

  • Stick to brands you know, or choose less-risky alternatives like instead of Craig’s List. (But still, watch out for “Phish-ies”…)

3. Participate in Local Cyber Awareness Groups and Activities

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    • Full-functioning desktop with touch capabilities
    • Features graphics and software (such as Beats Audio) for the ultimate entertainment experience whether watching class presentations or YouTube videos


Tips to protect your precious electronics from the elements:


  • — Keep them away from the water (duh!)
  • — Get a waterproof case
  • — Get waterproof electronics
  • — Get a zip-lock baggie (hey, it’s better than nothing!)

Here’s how to rescue waterlogged electronics:

Once it’s wet…

  • — Don’t turn it on!
  • — Remove battery, SIM card, etc.
  • — Let it air dry completely
  • — Reinstall battery, cross your fingers, and turn it on

For REALLY wet electronics…

  • — Try “The Rice Trick”
  • — The “Rubbing Alcohol Treatment”
  • — Try a few hours in the oven at LOW heat (NOT the microwave!)