Mom Said… Archive

This week marked another one of those Wikileaks data dumps, and this one’s got consumers in a panic. In a nutshell, Wikileaks says that thanks to some CIA and MI5 hi-jinks, your TV can spy on you. And so can your phone, your computer…pretty much any device with a microphone or videocam. But is it […]

Vizio Internet TVs Tracking Owner Habits

Posted February 14, 2017 By Mom

Last week many consumers learned for the first time that their internet-enabled Vizio TVs from model year 2014 going forward have been spying on their viewing and web surfing habits.     From Time Magazine: TV maker Vizio is paying $2.2 million to settle charges that it tracked owners’ viewing habits, then turned around and […]

I’ve been warning my readers away from Google Play for years, and at the end of January ZDNet reported on yet another reason to follow that advice: ransomware disguised as an Android battery monitor app was recently found on (and removed from) the Google Play app store.     From ZDNet: Dubbed ‘Charger’ by cybersecurity […]

How To Disable Autoplay Videos In The Browser

Posted January 31, 2017 By Mom

I don’t know whose bright idea it was to start this autoplay thing, but it’s BEYOND annoying. Don’t worry, as per usual Digital Media Mom’s got your back and I’m here to tell you how to disable autoplay videos in the browser.     Note that these fixes only stop autoplay for video content served […]

A sophisticated Gmail phishing scam that first popped up last year seems to gaining steam, even among tech-savvy consumers, because it’s unusually well-designed.     This new scheme employs the usual trick of getting the email recipient to click on a bogus link, but the email appears to be from a known contact and the […]