Tech Tips

How secure are your mobile devices?

The good news: Your mobile devices are actually pretty secure, especially compared to computers. The bad news: Your mobile devices are at risk of malware and other security threats—and those risks are on the rise. According to Verizon’s Mobile Threat Index 2018, 64% of organizations reporting have seen an increase in mobile threats over the…

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New horizons in data breaches?

Experian released its sixth annual Data Breach Industry Forecast, which includes its top five data breach predictions for 2019. The report addresses new cyber threats to biometrics and gaming, along with susceptible breach targets that include cloud and wireless networks. Here’s a summary from Experian’s Matt Tatham: The scale of data breaches in 2018 has been…

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Senior Planet goes to CES

Each January, OATS attends CES, the gadget-laden annual trade show of the Consumer Technology Association. We’re searching for innovation, not specifically in the aging space, but in the technology stratosphere at large – to find technologies that incite wonder while adding tangible benefit to our lives as we age.   (OATS Executive Director Tom Kamber…

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Tech Gifts under $50

What’s a Christmas stocking without something that beeps or buzzes inside? It’s that time of year when the playful and the practical team up in the form of glorious gadgets. Here is Senior Planet’s list of the Best Tech Gifts to  snag for $50 or less — all of which you can buy from the…

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Find WiFi – and Senior Planet – on city streets

Between now and October 24, if you are visiting NYC or outside your neighborhood and need a quick recharge or WiFi – without buying a coffee – just look for one of a series of kiosks scattered around the five boroughs called LinkNYC (info here)…and you might see a message from Senior Planet. LinkNYC kiosks…

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Advance planning for your online life

Today’s seniors are more digitally connected than ever, with some estimating that as many as 34 % of Americans (65 and above) use social networking sites. From ordering food online to digitally transferring money, these apps have our personal and financial data stored online. It’s vital to take measures to secure personal data to ensure…

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What’s up with WhatsApp

One of the most popular apps on smartphones is WhatsApp, the Facebook-owned instant messaging app, which is becoming a more comprehensive, multi-purpose platform.  Here is a quick update on what’s up with WhatsApp: Users can group voice and video up to four people Most recently it announced that it now allows group voice and video…

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Virtual Reality: August’s Tech of the Month

VR, or Virtual Reality, once a staple of military or medical training, or flight simulation, is entering the mainstream. VR is an interactive, computer-generated experience within a simulated environment, communicated via a VR headset. It is most commonly used in entertainment applications such as gaming and 3D cinema, but research in using VR to ease dementia symptoms…

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Some spots still open for free tech classes

NOTE: Classes at Senior Planet Exploration Center on West 25th street in Manhattan are currently full! We do offer classes at many other locations, however. Check the map linked below! Although summer courses have already begun, there are still some spots open at Senior Planet Centers’ summer sessions for free five or ten week classes.…

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