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How to Reclaim Your Digital Privacy From Online Tracking

<i>In our new series</i> Getting It<i>, we’ll give you all you need to know to get started with and excel at a wide range of technology, both on and offline.</i> …

Privacy

Serving with Lincoln: Finding Your Ancestor’s Indian War Military Service in Pension Files

On the morning of February 11, 1861, the president-elect and future commander-in-chief, Abraham Lincoln, left Springfield for his journey to …

Genealogy

Finding African American Ancestors in the 1850 Mortality Schedules

Nelly Harby was seventy-five when she died in November of 1849 in Charleston, South Carolina. Her death was recorded by Assistant Marshall Morris …

Genealogy

8 Holiday Traditions from Around the World

<i>by Maddy Stutz</i>Does your family give Christmas presents on December 25 or 5? Is June 24 just another day, or a holiday dedicated to dressing like a …

Christmas

Set up voice dictation on your computer to save your aching fingers

Speak easy.<p>Typing can cause a serious health problem: Repetitive Strain Injury, or RSI, affects hundreds of thousands of people each year. Whether you're worried about damage or just want to give your fingers a break, voice dictation can help. Thanks to steady improvements in voice recognition …

Using Military Records to Bring Your Ancestors to Life

Although military service is part of most of our family trees, military records are often overlooked in learning about our families. Perhaps part of …

Genealogy

The top 5 malware threats targeting Macs

Malware aimed at Macs reached an all-time high in 2017. These are largest threats to watch out for, according to new data from Avast.<p>While Macs offer …

Five Great Records about Your Military Ancestor

<i>by Katy Barnes</i><p>Are you looking for a way to honor your American military ancestors this Veteran’s Day? How about using historical records to learn …

Genealogy

5 sweet camper vans you can buy right now

RVs that make motorhomes cool again<p>Whether you’re looking to run away to the beach or would rather stake out a secluded campsite high in the hills, there are plenty of trailers and even tiny homes to help you go off-grid.<p>But one particular type of RV has shed its stodgy reputation amid a new surge …

Off-grid

Looking Back on 500 Years: The Protestant Reformation and Why It Matters to Genealogy Research

The Protestant Reformation began 500 years ago, in 1517, when Martin Luther posted his now-famous 95 theses on a church door in Wittenberg, Germany. …

Martin Luther

If your websites use WordPress, put down that coffee and upgrade to 4.8.3. Thank us later

<b>Updated</b> SQL-injection security hole needs patching ASAPWordPress has a security patch out for a programming blunder that you should apply ASAP.

Information Security

7 ways to make Alexa smarter

Alexa has only gotten better with each update, but there are some things you can do to make it even smarter.<p>Thanks to Amazon's dedication to its assistant platform, Alexa, its line of smart speakers have gotten much smarter over the last three years. You can now buy just about anything from Amazon, …

The first genetically engineered humans might not have their DNA tweaked at all

The new technique offers a less permanent way to edit the genome.<p>Hacking the human body is all the rage these days. A few years back, scientists made waves by developing a technique (dubbed CRISPR) that literally cuts DNA at specific locations to edit out the genes that lead to disease. The …

Genetics

Why We Need Family History Now More Than Ever

<i>by Rachel Coleman</i>Knowing, recording, and preserving your family history directly impacts you, your family, and even future generations of people you …

Genealogy

How to control your app permissions

It's 10 PM. Do you know what your apps are doing?<p>Your smartphone wouldn't be all that useful without all the apps you've downloaded. Even when you're not actively poking around within a program, it can run in the background—updating your location, checking your email, or playing music—to make life …

Gmail: Boost your productivity with these tips and tricks

Master your inbox with these Gmail tips and tricks.<p>We covered the basics of Gmail for Android in our beginner's guide, and now it's time to take a …

Lifehacks

​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 log-ins through Facebook allow hackers access to many different site accounts once they've taken over your Facebook. Spammers also …

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 …

If you have a Yahoo account, do this now

SAN FRANCISCO — Do you still Yahoo?<p>The company, which along with AOL is now part of a Verizon subsidiary called Oath, disclosed Tuesday that a 2013 hack had potentially stolen the information of all of its 3 billion users at the time — or triple the number of vulnerable users it had earlier …

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

UPDATE: FamilySearch Digital Records Access Replacing Microfilm

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

Genealogy

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 …

Cybersecurity

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 …

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