Saturday, December 29, 2012

Sharing Holiday Recipes

What dishes do you most enjoy during the holidays? Which ones remind you of family times?

Three of our favorites are Four Cheese Pâté, Shrimp Dip and Apple Spice Cake. How about sharing one of your favorite dish recipes? If you don't have the recipe, we may be able to help.


As a team, we've recovered nearly all of the recipes you've requested. Please send news, recipes or requests to our coordinator (bigfamilywebsites dot info at gm--- DOT com), stating any publication preferences. In advance, we thank you.


What recipe would you like to share/have? Comment below!

Recipes: Apple Spice Cake

Before our New Year's resolutions kick in, we're republishing our favorite apple spice cake recipe, known as "disappearing" due to the speed at which a certain group of 4 sisters (allegedly) ravenously devoured the cake in one sitting. For more information, Sign-in from your registered email account and then view this page in our private Family Cookbook by clicking here.

This is really one of the best cakes ever made -- and very Irish in character, too!


Recipes: Shimp Dip

For our New Year's gatherings, we're republishing two of our favorite appetizers (view Four Cheese Pâté). You may prepare this Shrimp Dip up to two days in advance. Our contributor likes serving this dip with crudités and Ruffles.

Recipes: Four Cheese Pâté

For our New Year's gatherings, we're republishing two of our favorite appetizers (view Shrimp Dip). You can refrigerate this Four Cheese Pâté up to one week. Our contributor likes to serve this pâté with red and green apple slices and water crackers.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Holiday Safety Tips

Our team receives many questions about Internet safety and privacy and we post  occasional suggestions. I encourage my family to consider the tips released today by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and republished below. You'll find many helpful links within the numbered paragraphs.

For more recommended reading, I'm also linking you to Marcia Brixey's "More Holiday Shopping Tips" via Forbes (December 5, 2012).



"The FTC's Gift to You: A Dozen Dynamic Holiday Shopping Tips

Just in time for the holiday shopping season, the Federal Trade Commission has 12 practical tips to help you watch your wallet, shop wisely, and protect your personal information.
  1. Make a shopping list and check it twice.  Make sure your budget includes incidentals like cards, wrapping paper, parking, or eating out.
  2. Consider customer reviews carefully.  The law says reviewers should disclose their connection to a company, but not all of them do.  Before you buy anything based on a review, search online for information from sources you trust.  Compare reviews from a variety of websites.
  3. If you use mobile apps to shop for deals, be aware of how the apps are paid for, what information they may gather from your device, or who gets that information.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Recipes: Chicken Casserole

"I would serve this Chicken Casserole with green beans or green bean casserole, and yellow corn or carrots. Remember, "House Rule: We serve two vegetables and you must eat one of them."

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Recipes: Spinach Salad Ambrosia

"I like serving this salad as a first course with my daughter's Chicken Scallopine."

Recipes: Never-Fail Pie Crust

"I have used this recipe for years. It produces enough dough for 2 double-crust or up to 5 single-crust pies, and you can keep this dough in the refrigerator for 2 weeks."

Recipes: Vanilla Fudge

"My son has been after me for years to send this recipe which I used to make at Christmas. I made a number of batches to get it just right; then my son and grandson came over to taste. It's really good. There's really no reason to limit this fudge just to Christmas. I think it will be nice to serve this throughout the year."

To view personalized variations, please sign in at bigfamilycookbook.com; from the top menu bar, select Dessert then Vanilla Fudge.

Recipes: Dump Cake

"This recipe is very easy to make. Create your own variations by substituting other pie fillings."

N's Dump Cake
Makes about 12 servings
Ingredients:
2 sticks of butter or margarine
1 large can crushed pineapple, undrained
1 large can cherry pie filling

Recipes: The Best Brownies in The World

M's The Best Brownies in the World
Makes 12 to 18 pieces
Ingredients:
7/8 cup vegetable oil
2/3 cup Hershey's® Baking Cocoa
2 cups sugar

Friday, November 30, 2012

Family Census - November 30, 2012


Today, we have 199 persons (2 more males) in our census. Congratulations to mom, dad, big brother, grandparents and great grandma. Best wishes to the new Mr & Mrs.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Day of the Girl 2012 Nears

The first International Day of the Girl will be celebrated throughout the world on October 11, 2012. According to the United Nations General Assembly, which adopted a resolution in December 2011 establishing International Day of the Girl, this day is about “helping galvanize worldwide enthusiasm for goals to better girls’ lives, providing an opportunity for them to show leadership and reach their full potential.” View a list of endorsements here.

International Day of the Girl

Do you know some of the major crises facing girls?
  1. By 2015, females will make up 64% of the world’s (adult) population who cannot read. (View PDF here.)
  2. Only 30% of girls in the world are enrolled in secondary school. (View PDF here.)
  3. One in 7 girls in developing countries marries before age 15.
To learn more about these and other crises, visit Day of the Girl website.

What can one person do? First, be aware and acknowledge existing individual and institutional barriers exist for the girl child in one's own country. Second, be knowledgeable with regard to international and national laws that deprogram gender bias and stereotypes. Last, with voice and action, promote greater gender equality.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Google Docs: Protected ranges


If you use Google Docs to share information within our family, you'll want to learn about the new feature, Named and protected ranges. Have a great week!

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Update Adobe Acrobat Reader Aug 16, 2012



Please download the free Adobe Acrobat Reader® X (10.1.4) software update here. You will use this software to open PDF files on our web sites. Read about PDF files and why we use them here.

Our safety tip is Adobe Reader® software is not available in any other manner via download, including via E-mail. Go straight to the source!

Please note, depending upon your settings, you may have to temporarily disable your antivirus software; follow the instructions from your software provider. Thank you for reading. Have a good day!

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Blogger for Beginners Free eBook Guide


To all of our readers who have wished for "one place to go to learn about Blogger" and "a document I can hold in my hands," I highly recommend Blogger for Beginners Free eBook Guide by professional blogger and web designer Amanda Kennedy. Just released last week, the 10 chapters are a quick read with color screen shots and detailed instructions. Download free PDF from Ms. Kennedy here.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Big Family web sites exceed 25M


Public traffic on our web sites now exceeds 25,000 pageviews from 70 countries in 6 continents during the past 11 months. Family-only sign-in to view restricted content. For more details, sign-in at the bottom of www.bigfamilynews.com; from the horizontal menu, select Restricted then Pageviews by Country.

Our active domain names are:
We need volunteers for our ongoing activities and special projects.  If you are able to participate, please Contact Us. For family-only access to restricted content on our web sites (Privacy Practices), please Sign-up (FAQ).

We ask that you provide us with any feedback to help improve our family communications and web sites. If you find any issues or have ideas for improvements, please provide your feedback via comments, Email or online form.

Remember, anyone can comment below any of our blog posts. Please let us hear from you! 

Links Last Updated February 8, 2013
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Friday, June 8, 2012

URL Update Jun 8, 2012


Sometimes, we register domain name variations to thwart another group from using something similar that could compete with our name or confuse our readers.

Effective immediately, please use our sister blog's main Internet address at www.lovenymusic.com because we have cancelled our related domain name registrations (e.g., www.lovenewyorkmusic.com and more).

Update your bookmarks, as appropriate, and have a great weekend!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Please Reply By 30 June 2012

Let us hear from you
Have you or someone in your family moved? Do you have new relatives because of births, adoptions, or marriages? Kindly take a moment to nurture our connections by initiating address book changescalendar additions and census entries.

Photo source unknown

By June 30, 2012, please verify Address Book and Calendar content about you and your immediate family is up-to-date. To view restricted content, Sign-in (FAQ) using your personal Email account that's been authenticated with a Google account (create here).

We'll make revisions
From feedback many relatives like using an online form to update our websites. We make general progress reports that anyone can read via Blogger (FAQ) and Twitter (FAQ). Find us at http://forum.bigfamilynews.com and on Twitter @BigFamilyNews. We'll enter all revisions soon after June 30, 2012, and notify you upon completion.

Google Upgrades Impact Big Family News - Jun 6, 2012

'Back on Broadway' (Image credit)

While we took a break last month, Google announced product changes, new features and service upgrades that affect our family web sites. In this post, we highlight changes in five areas we believe you'll be most interested to learn about:    
  • Cloud Computing (includes Google Docs)
  • Gmail
  • Google+
  • Mobile
  • Webmasters 

 Cloud Computing


Thursday, April 12, 2012

Update Adobe Acrobat Reader Apr 12, 2012



Please download today's free Adobe Acrobat Reader® X (10.1.3) software update here. You will use this software to open PDF files on our web sites. Read about PDF files and why we use them here.

Our safety tip is Adobe Reader® software is not available in any other manner via download, including via E-mail. Go straight to the source!

Please note, depending upon your settings, you may have to temporarily disable your antivirus software. Follow the instructions from your software provider. Thank you for reading. Have a good day!

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Google introduces Account Activity



Your Google Account now has an optional feature that enables you to view a password-protected report of your signed-in Google activities. Read the full Google announcement here.

To sign-up for Google Account Activity, click here.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Consumer technology conversations



The Federal Trade Commission today announced a new blog and Twitter account for its Chief Technologist, Ed Felten. As Ed says in his initial post on Tech@FTC, the goal with these new accounts is to talk about technology in a way that is sophisticated enough to be interesting to hard-core techies, but straightforward enough to be accessible to the broad public that knows something about technology but doesn’t qualify as expert.

You can find the blog online at www.ftc.gov/tech.

You can follow Ed on Twitter at www.twitter.com/techFTC.

For more information on the latest FTC news, including links to subscribe to FTC blogs, press releases and more, check out the FTC social page on FTC.gov.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Recipes: St Patrick's Day Condiments

Céad míle fáilte romhat! ( A hundred thousand welcomes to you!) Here's some recipes to enjoy today with your corned beef and cabbage. We're re-publishing the first two recipes added to our Family Cookbook in March, 2009; it's a tradition of one family group's Saint Patrick's Day menu (sign-in and click here).

Although we do not have her recipe, late great great grandmother served an especially light (and sometimes glazed) angel food cake on a pressed glass pedestal for dessert on St Patrick's Day. She liked placing a small chalk composition leprechaun statue from her grandmother (born USA 1850s) in the center of the cake (on overturned glass for height). 

Image via Wikipedia

Recipes: Potato Chip Cookies

"This easy recipe is tasty and fun". 


Potato Chip Cookies
Ingredients:
1 cup shortening
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Raise your IQ (Irish Quotient) - Please Read and Pass Along

Professor Conrad Bladey (CV) Lectures in Irish Studies, Art, History, Pub Lore, and Storytelling. He is an Expert in Irish Traditional Storie, and an Experienced storyteller/performer, for all ages. 


Dia duit! With assistance of Professor Conrad Bladey, we've identified some original resources about Irish customs and history-- and you can get them for free! For instance, you might like to read Eugene O'Curry, On The Manners And Customs Of The Ancient Irish (Williams and Norgate, 1873) for free via Google Play (Volume 2 is here), or you can buy in Paperback via amazon.com. Professor Bladey says, "there's an excellent chapter on the foodways of the Ancient Irish."

         or


Our writers and English majors might enjoy Douglas Hyde, A Literary History of Ireland from Earliest Times to The Present Day (Unwin, 1903).

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Recipes: Irish Soda Bread and Spread

We're re-publishing this recipe added to our Family Cookbook in March, 2009; it's a tradition of one family group's Saint Patrick's Day menu (sign-in and  click here). The recipe's contributor says her family likes to add an authentic Irish spread (below, and yes, on top of the butter!).  

Serve this Irish Soda Bread with your meal, or as dessert with coffee, tea or Irish Coffee. For family access to our recipe collection, please send your full contact info and a favorite recipe to bigfamilynews-dot-info at gmail dot com.

Photo source unknown

Recipes: Irish Coffee

We're re-publishing this recipe added to our Family Cookbook in March, 2009it's a tradition of one family group's Saint Patrick's Day menu

Photo source unknown

Bartender/Chef Sheridan's Original Irish Coffee
1 serving
Ingredients:
1 shot of Irish whiskey
3 white sugar cubes
Strong black coffee
Heavy cream

Directions:
  1. Heat up a stemmed whiskey goblet.
  2. Pour in 1 shot of Irish whiskey.
  3. Drop in 3 white sugar cubes.
  4. Fill with the coffee to within 1-inch of the top of the goblet; stir gently.
  5. Pouring it over the back of a spoon, gently add heavy cream to fill the goblet, floating it on top of the coffee (this takes a bit of practice).
  6. Do not stir. The full flavor as intended is achieved by sipping this drink through the cream. 

What's your favorite Irish toast? Post a comment!

Friday, February 24, 2012

Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights unveiled


The White House yesterday unveiled its blueprint proposal for a Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights because, as President Obama explained, "it is incumbent on us to do what we have done throughout history: apply our timeless privacy values to the new technologies and circumstances of our times.” With Internet companies and advocacy groups, the US Department of Commerce will develop a voluntary code of conduct.

During the official announcement, the Digital Advertising Alliance (DAA) (even Google) committed to support Do Not Track technology to not serve consumers "targeted ads using the data accumulated by tracking cookies." (Read ComputerWorld article here.) DAA also committed "not to release consumers’ browsing data to companies who might use it for purposes other than advertising, such as employers making hiring decisions or insurers determining coverage." The plan calls for FTC enforcement, and additional tools for State Attorneys General to protect consumers online.

This is positive news, however, 'Do Not Track' Won't Protect You from Yourself (Read Informationweek article).


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Can Do Not Track starve the Web's Cookie Monster? - ArsTechnica.com
'Do Not Track' Has It Backwards - PCWorld 
White House, Consumers in Mind, Offers Online Privacy Guidelines - The NY Times
Web Companies Agree to Support 'Do Not Track' System - The Wall Street Journal
Google Commits to Support 'Do Not Track' - ComputerWorld 
US Dept of Commerce Internet Policy Task Force

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Address Book Edit - Feb 21, 2012

We added one household to our Family Address Book.

To view details, please sign-in at the bottom of bigfamilynews.com. Our Address Book FAQ are here, and our current address and phone list is here.

We also alert you to address book changes via Twitter @BigFamilyNews. Sign-up for our private address book here.

How can we all nurture family connections? Please share your thoughts in comments.

Family Census - Feb 21, 2012


Today, we have 194 persons (3 more girls) in our census.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Safari users, re-check privacy settings!

Photo via ArsTechnica

Safari, the most widely used browser on mobile devices, is designed to block certain tracking cookies by default.

Last week, however, Stanford grad student Jonathan Mayer posted a report that four advertising companies circumvented Apple's cookie blocking feature; The Wall Street Journal independently confirmed. The four companies are Google, Vibrant Media, WPP's Media Innovation Group and Gannett's PointRoll. (View CBS News video: Google Under Fire for Secretly Tracking Users.)

Of the four companies, only Google claims it did not know its specialized cookies also opened the browser to other tracking cookies which would have been otherwise rejected; Google says it has "started removing these advertising cookies from Safari browsers." Google began using specialized temporary cookies in Safari browsers last year so that people signed into Google Accounts get personalized services (e.g. +1) they had requested. You can read the full Google statement on ArsTechnica (here) and rebuttals from the Stanford researcher on The San Francisco Chronicle.

Safari users will find a few suggestions in How to Get Out of Tracking on Safari.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Google Privacy Policy Reminder -- Updated Feb 29, 2012


In just 2 weeks, Google's new service terms take effect.

We urge you to read the new Google Privacy Policy and new Google Terms of Service; both are effective March 1, 2012. Then, we strongly suggest you log-in to your Google Account (defined) and go to your Dashboard which summarizes the data associated with each product you use when signed in to your account. "Make some choices about how your information will be used--because it will be used--instead of accepting default settings." (Read Infoweek article here.)

Google says, "Our new Privacy Policy applies to all information stored with Google on March 1, 2012 and to information we collect after that date." Although consumer and privacy groups have asked Congress to suspend the March 1 changes and hold public hearings, and the National Association of Attorneys General have expressed "strong concerns," Google's changes are scheduled to take effect March 1, 2012.

Review and change your account and browser settings, as you deem appropriate. Some areas to consider are linked to user tips on our Electronic Privacy Tips chart; please add other topics and suggestions in comments. Here's a few things you can quickly do:
As always, think before you post or send an Email. We're all responsible for our actions and staying current on the state of safe Internet practices. 


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Last Updated February 29, 2012 

Friday, February 10, 2012

Google bar's new look


Google announced changes to the Google bar and you'll find more info at the Google Help Center. According to the announcement, Google will roll-out these changes over the next few weeks.

FTC sued over Google privacy changes


The Electronic Privacy Information Center ("EPIC") filed suit (PDF) against the Federal Trade Commission ("FTC") over Google's upcoming privacy policy changes set to take effect March 1, 2012 (our post). The case is Electronic Privacy Information Center v. Federal Trade Commission, 12-00206-ABJ, U.S. District Court, District of Columbia (Washington).

What do you think about family privacy practices?


If you haven't done so, please read and comment today about our January 4, 2012, post for further revision.

Download PDF file here.


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Calling all family artists!
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Saturday, February 4, 2012

Calling all family artists!



Are we related? Are you a performing artist in search of an audience? Getting ready for your school talent show?

We're looking for volunteer(s) to add current family performing arts events and to coordinate that public calendar at lovenymusic.com. From feedback to Big Family News, we know there's great interest to keep current on your performing arts activities.

To add an event or to volunteer, please send DM @BigFamilyNews, use our Contact Form or comment below. Many thanks! 


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Support family talent on Kickstarter



The Hive Theatre Company (Chris is a co-founder) is launching its first Kickstarter project to raise at least $20,000 before March 3, 2012, to fund a new run of  its unique adaptation of  A Midsummer Night's Dream in April through May of this year.

The award-winning Theatre for the New City in association with the cell want to take the show to the next level. Yes, you read The Hive's great reviews on our sister blog last summer, so you know it's going to be incredible.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Got fresh & fun food ideas?


We seek new volunteers with fresh ideas and approaches for adding family recipes and holiday activities to our public blogs. You've asked for these improvements in feedback. To see how another family has fun sharing food traditions, please visit Simply Recipes.

Until new volunteer(s) come forward, please:
Watch forum.bigfamilynews.com and @BigFamilyNews for info about the new volunteer(s).

What's cookin' in your family kitchen?

Links Updated December 31, 2012

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Find/Follow Big Family on the Twitter Machine

From feedback to increase our presence in the Twitterverse, yes, we'll try to tweet more often. Find/follow us @BigFamilyNews. Also, family can receive:
Activate these options.

Also, you can now find our tweets using #bigfamilynews or #lovenymusic. Feel free to use these Hashtags to associate some of your public tweets. Please suggest other Hashtags and Twitter ideas using our Contact Form.

Will you make family-only updates via Twitter? Why or why not? Let us know in comments! 

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Electronic privacy series starts -- Updated Feb 26, 2012


Traditionally circumspect, our family values personal privacy. Since starting our Email newsletter in 2008, we've always encouraged everyone to "Be Safe" and to take time to understand and stay up-to-date about the Internet. To that end, we've replied to many questions and we link to outside web sites for additional reading.

After Google's announcement about new privacy and account terms and from feedback this week, we invite you to discuss electronic privacy issues here. Right now, we're looking for a couple of folks to write about the new Google Privacy Policies and Terms of Service vis-à-vis tips for our family accounts, Android users, and those wanting a separate professional and personal online presence. We'd like this content in the next two weeks because the changes will be effective March 1, 2012.

Coverage of electronic privacy topics here will be determined by the volunteers writing guest posts. Please help out; here's our Contact Form.

In the mean time, you can get specific ideas for taking control of your Internet profile on our new Electronic Privacy Tips (chart).


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Last Updated February 26, 2012

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Google Changes Privacy Policy and Terms of Service -- Updated Feb 13, 2012


Google announced last week (read Jan 24 blog) that it's getting rid of over 60 different privacy policies across its product lines and replacing them with one that’s shorter and "easier to read." This new integrated policy covers multiple products and features, and "is intended to create one simple and intuitive experience across Google." Here's how Google explains it:
The main change is for users with Google Accounts. Our new Privacy Policy makes clear that, if you’re signed in, we may combine information you’ve provided from one service with information from other services. In short, we’ll treat you as a single user across all our products, which will mean a simpler, more intuitive Google experience.
We urge you to read the new Google Privacy Policy and new Google Terms of Service; both are effective March 1, 2012. Then, we strongly suggest you log-in to your Google Account (defined) and go to the Dashboard to see a list of every Google product you have an account with, as well as the information each one has stored about you. Actually, Google suggests you check your Dashboard once a year (read article), so now's a good time to get in the habit of  doing just that. To see how it works, watch this Google Dashboard video.
For owners of Android devices, which include about half of the smartphone market, Google’s privacy policy shift will enable the company to track what many users do on the phone and combine that data with what the company knows about them from Google’s Web sites. (Read The Washington Post.) 
Google is planning to “replace past names associated with your Google Account so that you are represented consistently across all our services.” If you have deliberately kept different names on your various accounts, you'll definitely want to reconsider your objectives under Google's new Privacy Policy. It is unclear whether or how Google will accommodate users  who want to separate their personal and professional digital lives; give Google feedback here.

Here's a few tools (more on our new Electronic Privacy chart):

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Facebook Timeline no longer just an option


Yesterday, most Facebook (FB) users were told that in seven days their profile page will automatically become the new Timeline (Mark Zuckerberg calls it "the story of your life"). This means anybody with access to your profile will be able to easily cruise through all your past FB activity with greater ease.

FB introduced Timeline (beta) last September. Timeline is linked to FB's Open Graph -- a network of social apps that help FB users learn what their friends are doing beyond the "Like" feature. FB divided the types of apps to  be built on its platform into four buckets: Communication, Games, Media and Lifestyle. FB has partnered with dozens of companies, including: TripAdvisor, Urbanspoon, Pinterest, Foursquare, Autotrader, Spotify, The Huffington Post, Digg, Buzz Feed, Hulu, and Netflix, among others. As we wrote previously, Timeline became available for all FB users December 15.

Shortly, Timeline is mandatory for all FB users, whether you want it or not. If you have something you'd like to erase, you'll have only a little time to do it.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

SOPA protest redefining discussion


Yesterday's protest pressured more than a dozen Senators to either withdraw their support or announce their opposition to SOPA and PIPA. There's a list of the opponents here, and links to analyses below this post.

The Senate voting is scheduled to begin on January 24th. If you oppose SOPA and PIPA, you can urge Congress to rethink the legislation by signing the online petition here (Google) or here (SOPAstrike.com). Not in the US? You can petition the State Department here.

Thank you for Dynamic Views feedback

The Dynamic Views test site is being archived and is no longer updated as of January 31, 2012. We may, however, recycle the URL mobile.bigfamilynews.com.  Big family announcements are available on forum.bigfamilynews.com and @BigFamilyNews.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Tech Tips that are Good to Know -- Updated Feb 6, 2012


Technology can be confusing. To explain clearly why digital literacy matters, Google is today in the U.S. kicking off Good to Know, its biggest-ever consumer education campaign focused on making the web a safer, more comfortable place. The new site complements other Google resources like privacy videos, the Google Security Center, the Family Safety Center and Teach Parents Tech to help us develop strong privacy and security habits.

We've added Good to Know to our Google links at the bottom of this page. Learn something new about how to protect yourself online—tips that are always good to know!


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Monday, January 16, 2012

SOPA Strike Jan 18, 2012

The Obama administration announced on Saturday its opposition to major elements of two Congressional bills intended to curtail copyright violations on the Internet. The White House response to two grassroots petitions related to H.R. 3261 Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Online Protection and Digital ENforcement of Digital Act (OPEN) acknowledges online piracy problems, posits any proposed legislation “must not tamper with the technical architecture of the Internet,” and challenges all parties "to adopt voluntary measures and best practices to reduce online piracy."

Both liberal and conservative bloggers are making SOPA an issue in US 2012 elections, and the GoDaddy.com boycott last month forced the registrar to drop its support of SOPA.

Advocacy groups and websites are reacting in different ways. Some websites are shutting down on Wednesday January 18, 2012, (TwitPic.com and English-language Wikimedia are confirmed participants) to protest SOPA and S.968 PROTECT IP Act (PIPA). For a list, please visit SOPA Strike and for additional news, follow them via Twitter @fightfortheftr.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Search, plus Your World -- Updated Jan 31, 2012

Tuesday, Google announced 3 new features of its search engine; the bundle of new features called Search plus Your World (SPYW) is rolling-out this week. To take advantage of all the personal results features, you must be signed-in to your Google Account (create here). With a single Google search, you can now see regular search results, along with