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What's the best way to back up my digital information?

In writing or speaking, redundancy is typically not recommended unless you're really trying to drive a point home. When it comes to your digital life, however, redundancy is not only recommended, it's critical.

Redundancy is the term used to refer to data backups. If you have digital assets that you don't want to risk losing forever--including photos, videos, original recordings, financial documents, and other materials--you'll want to be sure to back them up regularly. And it's not just materials on your personal computer, but your mobile devices as well. Depending on how much you use your devices, you may want to back them up as frequently as every few days.

A good rule to follow is the 3-2-1 rule. This rule helps reduce the risk that any one event--such as a fire, theft, or hack--will destroy or compromise both your primary data and all your backups.

I'm thinking about storing financial documents in the cloud. What should I know?

Cloud storage--using Internet-based service providers to store digital assets such as books, music, videos, photos, and even important documents including financial statements and contracts--has become increasingly popular in recent years. But is it right for you?

Opinions vary on whether to store your most sensitive information in the cloud. While some experts say you should physically store items you're not willing to lose or expose publicly, others contend that high-security cloud options are available.

If you're thinking about cloud storage for your financial documents, consider the following:

·         Evaluate the provider's reputation. Is the service well known, well tested, and well reviewed by information security experts?

Distracted Driving Awareness Month nears its end, but the issue is an every problem for all

Distracted Driving Awareness Month nears its end, but the issue is an every problem for all

By Marissa Shorenstein, New York President of AT&T and Anthony Spada, President-CEO, AAA Western and Central New York

When you’re driving and your phone makes that familiar “ding” sound, what do you do? Sadly, that’s a life or death question. Every day, nine Americans die from distracted driving such as texting and checking their phones. In New York State alone, there’s an 840 percent increase in tickets issued for texting while driving since 2011. How come? Because some drivers don’t believe It Can Wait.

It Can Wait is the name of AT&T’s campaign to educate motorists on the dangers of texting while driving. As New Yorkers mark another Distracted Driving Awareness Month, it’s a shame this dangerous behavior continues. Despite the number of crashes, life-altering injuries and preventable fatalities, drivers continue to put themselves and others at risk.

Are There Gaps in Your Insurance Coverage?

Buying insurance is about sharing or shifting risk. For example, health insurance will cover some of the cost of medical care. Homeowners insurance will assume some of the risk of loss in the event your home is damaged or destroyed. But oftentimes we think we're covered for specific losses when, in fact, we're not. Here are some common coverage gaps to consider when reviewing your own insurance coverage.

Life insurance

In general, you want to have enough life insurance coverage (when coupled with savings and income) to allow your family to continue living the lifestyle to which they're accustomed. But changing circumstances may leave a gap in your life insurance coverage.

A Networked World, How to Backtrace a Skype Call - Know who is connected

A Networked World, How to Backtrace a Skype Call - Know who is connected

NATIONAL:  There was once a person online. And noone ever knew ... that person was actually a dog. Video chatting, should not allow you a false sence of security online. This article will inform you on a way to stay safer online.

> The intent of this article is to offer general knowledge for the novice and if you are having technical issues,

> You should contact a certified technical support professional.


Technology has brought the work closer together and as far apart at the same time. There are technologies that allow us to communicate through video conferencing and voice. The important thing to remember as technology becomes more ... well technical the basic rules should still apply. 

Idenity Theft Prevention Tips

Idenity Theft Prevention Tips

NATIONAL:  We see headlines everyday about identity theft and see advertising offering millions of dollars of insurance to cover identity restoration, but what can we do to insure less risk to our own personal safety?

Identity theft is America''s fastest growing crime, victimizing almost 11 million people a year, according to numbers from CIGNA. It is a serious crime that happens when individuals who do not have athority to represent an individual act as a consumer of a product or service causing an individual to possibly become an consumer with a debt obligation to a creditor for a product or service.

The Future of Digital Media: The Federal Royalty Board

The Future of Digital Media: The Federal Royalty Board

A Continuing Series:

NATIONAL:  The Federal Royalty Board. So what is it? Why do we care? 

On January 11, 2006 Librarian of Congress Dr. James W. Billington appointed three copyright royalty judges who oversee the copyright law's statuary licenses, which permits qualified parties to use multiple copyrighted works without obtaining separate licenses from each copyright owners.

The Judges will serve six year terms, which are staggared. Each may be reappointed to subsequent six hear terms. The Judges were appointed in accordance with the Copyright Royalty and Distribution Reform Act of 2004 The Act became effective in 2005.

Amoung other duties the Judges are responsible for determining and adjusting the rates and terms of the statuary license and determining the distribution of royalties statuary license royalty pools that the Library of Congress administers.


So Who are the Judges?