Author Archives: David Vaughan

About David Vaughan

Director of Technology

Keeping Our Families Safe in a Cyberworld

As a parent with children in elementary and middle school, it isn’t uncommon for me to “enlighten” their lives by sharing those hardships I faced as a kid and then amusingly waiting for their reactions. Some of those reactions are certainly more priceless than others:

  • “Wait. You had to use an actual map like on paper in the car? But how would you know if one route was red? How did you not get lost all the time?”
  • “Wait. You used phone booths and had to memorize phone numbers? What??”
  • “So you’re telling me that not only were TV’s not flat and not HD, but that Netflix didn’t exist? Seriously?”

Kids now have nearly limitless access to information at their fingertips as compared with any generation before. Available technologies include Alexa, smartphones, laptops, tablets, smart TVs, and smartwatches, just to name a few. We live in a perpetually connected world that has the ability both to enrich our lives but also to do harm if misused and not properly managed. As parents, it is our responsibility to do what we can to protect our children and ourselves from those risks tied to the always-on, always-connected world we live in. The bad guys (hackers, identity thiefs, etc.) are out there and they aren’t going anywhere; they might be smart, but we can all do a few things to turn the tables and beat those bad guys at their game. Read more »

Online Shopping Safety Tips for the Holidays

With 92 percent of people now shopping online, we’ve become a nation of fairly savvy internet consumers. Even so, estimates suggest that nearly 40 percent of shoppers have fallen victim to online scams, and 20 percent have been victimized more than once! For hackers and scam artists, the holiday season is a time to get creative and clever, which means holiday shoppers should take extra care. Be aware of some of the most common tricks so that you can avoid them and have a hack-free holiday. Read more »