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​How to tell if your Facebook has been hacked (and what to do)

Here's a simple way to see if there is someone messing with your Facebook account.<p>There are several different ways hackers use a breached Facebook account. Automatic logins through Facebook allow hackers access to many different site accounts once they've taken over your Facebook. Spammers also …

Facebook

This new phishing attack could make you give away your Apple ID password | Trusted Reviews

<b>Most iOS users are so used to popups asking for their Apple ID password by now that they just fill it in without a second thought.</b><p>But one mobile app …

iOS

Simple Start to Family History

You want to do family history. You really do. But perhaps you aren’t sure how to start or don’t know if you have time to figure it all out.<p>What if …

Genealogy

If you have a Yahoo account, do this now

Identity Theft

Small and Simple Ways to Celebrate Family History Month: How Do I Love Thee?

This entry is part 1 of 4 in the seriesSmall and Simple Ways to Celebrate Family History Month<p>October has been officially designated Family History …

Genealogy

Using PERSI for Genealogy Success

So you’ve hit a brick wall in your genealogy research? Perhaps you feel like you’ve searched every record and uncovered every document, and there’s …

Genealogy

The Best Shield For Protecting Your Identity? Try Adopting 4 New Habits

The dark web. Hackers. Your identity for sale. Fraudulent credit card accounts. Unfortunately, last week’s news of the mammoth data breach of the consumer credit reporting giant Equifax and the reported millions of individuals’ social security numbers and personal data at risk is just the latest …

Identity Theft

Why Ancestry and FamilySearch Aren’t Sources

Ancestry and FamilySearch — along with sites like FindMyPast and MyHeritage — have millions of records that we can use in our genealogy research. …

Genealogy

FamilySearch Digital Records Access Replacing Microfilm

The following announcement was written by the folks at FamilySearch:<p>Salt Lake City, Utah (30 August 2017), Thursday, September 7, 2017, marks the …

Here’s how cyber criminals can target you in the real world

Hackers can get into your office using something as simple as a felt-tip pen.<p>Hacking isn't always digital; it can be physical, too. Your company could be attacked via a USB stick dropped in the lobby, a fake inspector, or even a felt-tip pen.<p>NCC Group's penetration testing team used what it calls …

Occupations: A Piece of Family History

You may have never thought of your career as a piece of family history, but it is! Have you ever wondered if your ancestors were carpenters, traders, …

Genealogy

Restore old print photos with free software

Get your pictures perfect.<p>When you want to revisit an old digital photo, you can simply scroll through your past social media posts or open your favorite storage app. But what about those physical prints from your film camera days—are they still filling up old albums and boxes in the basement? If …

Adobe

Five essential Dropbox tools you might be missing

Get more out of the app.<p>Since its launch in 2007, Dropbox has become a leading product for fast and efficient file syncing between computers and the cloud. You can use it to keep files up-to-date across multiple computers, collaborate on work with other people, and back up your most important …

Software

Police Are Warning Against This Scary New Phone Scam

Earlier this month security experts warned of a highly effective phishing email that fooled many Gmail customers into divulging their login …

5 Online Resources to Help You Find Your Immigrant Ancestors

For many people, tracing immigrant ancestors across the ocean to their old world origins feels a little like finding a needle in a haystack. Often, …

Mac malware continuing to escalate, warn security researchers

Malware targeting the Mac operating system has seen a significant growth in the first half of this hear, according to security firm Malwarebytes

Malware

4 hidden Mac tweaks to speed up your computer

Take macOS to the next level.<p>It happens to the best of machines—after a few years of use, it just doesn't run as smoothly or quickly as it used to. Luckily, a few tweaks under the hood can rev up the performance of your MacBook, iMac, or Mac Mini. (Not an Apple aficionado? Check out the <i>Popular</i> …

iOS

“I Have My Family Tree Back to Adam and Eve”

<b>Warning. Contains spoilers.</b> Have you ever heard these words uttered “I Have My Family Tree Back to Adam and Eve”? When asked if it is possible for …

FamilySearch – End of Sending Microfilm

In this digital age, the sending of microfilm to the Family History Centers of the Church of the Latter-Day Saints for individuals to view ends on …

Genealogy

42 Gmail Tips That Will Help You Conquer Email

It's time you became a Gmail power user. These tips will get you there.<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of …

New FamilySearch Design: Log In to Try It Out

Regular users of FamilySearch may notice something different when they log in: we’ve changed things up a bit.A new logged-in design makes your time …

Genealogy

5 Simple Habits to Keep Your Photos Organized

If your digital photos are scattered across multiple devices and you keep getting a notice that your phone storage capacity is full, don’t despair. …

Google Photos

How to Search the FamilySearch Site

FamilySearch is bursting at the seams with great records—some of which almost certainly have new information about your family. Their digitized …

Genealogy

Two secret Windows 10 buttons you need to know

They are hiding in plain sight right on your desktop.<p>In an effort to be all things to all people, Windows 10 throws a lot at you. It needs to work, for example, for both touchscreens and regular screens. Thankfully, there are two secret buttons on the desktop that can help you navigate Microsoft's …

Microsoft

Finding Your Immigrant Ancestors with FamilySearch

The history of many countries—including the United States and Canada—is filled with stories of immigrants, which, for many of us, means that our …

Genealogy

New French Census Records Aid Family History Research

If you have French heritage, you may be interested in six new census collections that were recently added to FamilySearch.• France, Hérault, Census, …

Genealogy

10 Cool Apps to Help You Do Your Family History

Today, there are literally hundreds of family history apps to help you do your family history research and detail the life of an ancestor. With so …

Genealogy

The Melting Pot of America: Tracing Your Immigrant Ancestors

<i>by Katy Barnes</i>Immigration, always a hot topic in the United States, has been a common part of the historical and political discourse since the …

Genealogy

Why you need a password manager

By now, you know you should be using unique passwords. Make it easy and painless with a password manager.

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