Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Confirmed: 1.16 million credit card numbers stolen in Staples breach.

Staples said that malware infected the checkout stations at 115 of its 1,400 U.S. stores. It began removing the software in mid-September. Investigations in the meantime revealed that shoppers who made purchases at these stores across the country going back as far as July may have had their credit card numbers, expiration dates, verification codes and their names stolen in the hack.

In a statement, Staples said that 1.16 million credit and debit cards may have been affected.
Michael Regal, editor at large for Bloomberg News said on "CBS This Morning: Saturday" that consumers should not be held responsible for any fraudulent charges following the breach, but urged anyone who's shopped at the store in recent months to check their credit card statements carefully for any unusual activity.

Staples is offering free credit monitoring, identity theft insurance and a free credit report to any customers who used a credit or debit card at the affected stores during the breach. It posted the specific locations and dates online.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Here's the top 10 reasons why you may have a poor wifi signal, and how to fix them.

1). Don't put your router on the floor. Get your router off the ground at least 5-7 feet if possible. It’s kind of like a light bulb; when you turn it on you want it to shine as far as possible, not straight into the ground.

2). A lot of folks default to an upstairs office, but that’s usually located in a remote corner of the house. Even worse: the basement; that area makes it hard for the wireless signal to reach all areas of your home. Put your router in the center of the home, preferably on the first floor.

3). Don’t put your router in the corners of the house near windows. You might as well throw half your signal out the window if you do that.

4). Avoid locations next to or behind your TV because media components can seriously affect your wireless performance. Also, stay away from enclosed consoles with heat producing appliances like a DVD player or game console.  Those will also cut down your wireless signal.

5). Speaking of devices, steer clear of basic home appliances like cordless phones and microwaves that also can affect performance.

6). Don’t hide your router. Set it up out in the open, not tucked in a cabinet.

7). Got a fish tank? Wireless signals don’t pass well through water so keep it away from Nemo and Dory....They won’t be using it anyway.

8). We call this the Captain Obvious approach...Figure out where in your house you use wireless most often and put the router within a clean line of site to that room. A central location, off the ground and out in the open, is the ideal location. Most signals bounce off walls.

9). Limit applications that hog your speed. If your kids are always playing games online or doing video chats, this can make your wireless experience slower for everyone else.

10). Regularly reboot your router. There are a lot of software updates made to your equipment that require a restart just like any other consumer device. You can automatically reboot it by using an old outlet timer.

Bonus tip: Regardless if you rent or own your wireless router, make sure you have the latest equipment and are running the latest system software. Older wireless routers running older software may not be able to handle the speeds that you receive with your Internet service.