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Tennessee Consumer Affairs gives Tips to help Avoid Fraud Related to “Tap-and-Pay” Mobile Phone Transactions


Tennessee Division of Consumer AffairsNashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance’s (TDCI) Division of Consumer Affairs wants to educate consumers about ways to protect yourself against fraud related to mobile phone payments.

“The increased usage of technology is a double-edged sword,” TDCI Deputy Commissioner Bill Giannini said. “While technology allows greater consumer convenience, it also gives criminals greater opportunity to take advantage of hard-working Tennessee residents. We urge Tennesseans to take precautions to ensure they don’t become victims.”

“Tap-and-Pay” Mobile Phone payments can open consumers to criminals and fraudulent transactions.

“Tap-and-Pay” Mobile Phone payments can open consumers to criminals and fraudulent transactions.

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Tennessee Consumer Affairs gives Mobile Shopping Tips


Increase in Mobile Wallet Use Calls for Diligent Password Protection

Tennessee Department of Commerce and InsuranceNashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance’s (TDCI) Consumer Affairs Division is reminding shoppers to make sure they protect their personal information when shopping from mobile devices this holiday season.

“Online shopping is becoming increasingly convenient due to a rise in mobile app use and the introduction of mobile wallets,” says says TDCI Deputy Commissioner Bill Giannini. “Unfortunately, with that ease comes a concern for the security of personal financial information.”

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AT&T Encourages Customers to Prepare, Offers Communication Tips


AT&TNashville, TN – AT&T has activated our storm preparedness process as we closely monitor the path of the winter storm. Among our preparations, we’ve topped off fuel at generators positioned at cell sites, installed and tested high-capacity back-up batteries at cell sites, installed “Quick Connect Generator Plugs” at many of our cell sites and staged additional emergency response equipment in strategic locations.

The company has been working to position equipment and crews to respond to the storm and are closely linked with appropriate public officials in their storm response efforts. «Read the rest of this article»

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comScore Reports October 2011 U.S. Mobile Subscriber Market Share


1 in 10 Mobile Subscribers Now Using iPhone

comScoreReston, VA – comScore, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world, today released data from the comScore MobiLens service, reporting key trends in the U.S. mobile phone industry during the three month average period ending October 2011.

The study surveyed more than 30,000 U.S. mobile subscribers and found Samsung to be the top handset manufacturer overall with 25.5 percent market share. Google Android continued to gain ground in the smartphone market reaching 46.3 percent market share. «Read the rest of this article»

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Who’s Watching You? Data Privacy Day Survey Reveals Your Fears Online


Opera SoftwareSan Mateo, CA – Despite lingering concerns about the U.S. economic recovery, Americans worry more about having their online privacy violated (25%) than declaring bankruptcy (23%) or losing their job (22%). Coinciding with Data Privacy Day today, new survey research by Opera Software in the United States, Japan and Russia examines what people worry about online.

Internet fraud as a result of online privacy violations was among the top four concerns in all three countries, recorded between 22 and 29 percent of respondents. Distress over being hurt in a traffic accident topped the lists in Japan (35%) and United States (27%), while relationship problems kept 40% of Russian respondents awake at night. Relationship drama and pandemics like swine flu tied for second place in Japan’s worries (34%). «Read the rest of this article»

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IV: Are you ready for disaster? Gear, supplies and training


Editors Note: This is Chapter 4 in a reprint of this five-part series, published on Daily Kos and originally published online by AlphaGeek {9.9.05}. From the diaries — Plutonium Page. The series offers a practical way to assess risk and prepare a variety of disaster scenarios. The series will appear chapter by chapter at 3 p.m. through Friday.

In a great many ways, we live safer lives today than our parents and grandparents ever did. Western civilization’s emphasis on science and engineering has driven incredible progress in our understanding of the world. Because our understanding of the world is imperfect, and our social systems fractious and chaotic, we still make mistakes.

The result of this progress, unfortunately, is that much of Western civilization teeters precariously at the top of a technological pyramid. Remove the non-stop infusions of energy and goods, add a little natural or man-made disaster, and that balancing act rapidly devolves into chaos.

In this, the fourth installment of this series, we will discuss the material preparations required to support your emergency plans.

Yes, people, that means it’s time to talk about MREs, radios, and guns. (Actually, guns will be covered in part 5, but you get the idea.)

This is the fourth installment out of five in a multi-part series on personal disaster preparedness. Your humble correspondent is a Silicon Valley technical executive with both professional and personal experience in risk assessment and disaster-readiness planning. «Read the rest of this article»


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