Articles By Bill Snyder

What to do if you’re a phishing victim

Figures don't lie, the old aphorism goes, but liars can figure. And after nearly 20 years covering technology, I've realized that you could update that saying to: Benchmarks don't lie, but liars can

Published on: October 18th, 2011 Bill Snyder

Why it’s still too early to adopt mobile payments

If you're anywhere close to my age, you might remember the late Orson Wells making a pitch for Paul Masson saying, "We will sell no wine before its time." That boast may have

Published on: June 28th, 2011 Bill Snyder

5 ways to secure your mobile transactions

Wave your smartphone; buy a latte. Sounds great, doesn't it? But before running off to participate in Silicon Valley's next new thing, you might want to think about a scary downside to mobile

Published on: June 2nd, 2011 Bill Snyder

Trouble free home office WiFi net security

Locking down your home office WiFi network with a password is like making sure you eat your broccoli. It's probably good for you, but you probably think it's not much of a priority

Published on: May 3rd, 2011 Bill Snyder

iPhone location tracking facts – what you need to know

Given how much confusing and often contradictory information has been filling the media over the last week, it wouldn't surprise me if some iPhone users were calling in priests to exorcise the demons

Published on: April 26th, 2011 Bill Snyder

Top 5 new browser features debuted in 2010

The browser wars have changed. During the last couple of years, the four or five leading browsers have all greatly improved--to the point that the choice often comes down to taste or political

Published on: November 30th, 2010 Bill Snyder

RockMelt browser a mash-up of Google’s Chrome and Facebook

Does the world need yet another browser? It depends. If you're like me, and spend a lot of time on the Web, but not too much time with social networking sites, you don't.

Published on: November 16th, 2010 Bill Snyder

Adobe tries to shake hackers with Acrobat Reader 10

Here's a distinction no software company craves: For two quarters running, Adobe's popular Acrobat and Reader software have been the favorite target of hackers around the globe. According to Symantec's quarterly threat assessment,

Published on: November 2nd, 2010 Bill Snyder

Google stole your Wi-Fi data? That’s your fault

I hate to blame the victim, but people who inadvertently gave up personal data to Google's Street View cameras were really asking for trouble.That's because a simple precaution, clicking the encryption option in

Published on: October 26th, 2010 Bill Snyder

How to get the most out of your broadband connection

The FCC is now criticizing broadband providers for a situation well-known to most of us: Sometimes, speed stinks. But what can you do about it? Here are some tools, tips and tricks to

Published on: August 31st, 2010 Bill Snyder

Three ways to max out your laptop battery

I never give the battery in my laptop much thought. I charge it when I need to and forget about it.That changed a couple of weeks ago when I couldn't get to the

Published on: August 30th, 2010 Bill Snyder

The scoop on how to Google smarter

I like to think that my vocabulary and usage skills are above average; I am, after all, a professional writer. But a little known search function in Google showed me that I've been

Published on: July 8th, 2010 Bill Snyder

The Internet is addling our brains, says Nicholas Carr

How familiar is this? You're reading an online newspaper article on the Gulf oil spill, but before you get half through, you've clicked on links that lead you to fascinating pieces about marine

Published on: June 30th, 2010 Bill Snyder

How Google is rewiring your neural circuitry for distraction

How familiar is this? You're reading an online newspaper article on the Gulf oil spill, but before you get half through, you've clicked on links that lead you to fascinating pieces about marine

Published on: June 28th, 2010 Bill Snyder

Social Sentry keeps an eye on employee social media posts

I thought Scott McNealy was over the top when he gave privacy a metaphorical middle finger in 1999, saying, "Get over it. You have zero privacy anyway." Now I'm thinking the former CEO

Published on: March 30th, 2010 Bill Snyder