When I was a kid, I figured out that Mom & Dad hid the holiday presents in their closet, so every December when I was home alone I’d do some sneaking around and figure out what was going to be under the tree. These days, kids or snooping spouses need to do even less to find out what gifts they’ll be getting because quick check through the shared computer’s browser history or your email and BAM—the secret is out of the bag.
Although we’re increasingly doing our shopping and purchasing online, there are some easy precautions you can take to make sure your holiday surprises stay a surprise. Here’s my top tips:
1. Set up a throwaway email address
You’re probably signed into your email on not just your computer at home, but at the office, on your smartphone and probably even a tablet. How vigilant can you be about making sure the kids or your spouse aren’t snooping on one of these devices when your back is turned?
To truly keep online gift purchases a secret you’re going to want to create a throwaway online email account that you only use to make and track your online purchases this holiday season. And every time you’re done you sign out of the address, and poof, it’s gone without a trace.
This week on Mario’s Top 3, Emmy-award winning TODAY show contributor Mario Armstrong discusses the changing privacy settings on Facebook and how they affect teenagers, the new Microsoft Surface 2 tablets, and the new way to send cash from Square.
Fall is here! The leaves are turning and the air is crisp. Don’t you want to just get outside and do something fun? Well I have some great apps and sites to give you ideas of what to do, that I think you will absolutely LOVE! Read more on the TODAY show blog!
Mario Armstrong is joined on HLN Evening Express by life coach and radio host Jennifer Keitt and they get into a lively discussion about whether or not we’re addicted to our smartphones, how it’s affecting our kids, and whether or not we need to do something about it.
Watch me discuss the so-called “Parking Attendant Problem” on YouTube here:
Missed part one of this series where I discussed how you can identify your passions before sitting down to start your business? Watch it on AT&T’s Networking Exchange blog here.
Today I’m going to talk about the so-called “Parking Attendant Problem” which is a way to help you figure out how to pursue your dreams and goals while you still have a job. While some people have what it takes to just jump out there and risk it all on a crazy business or idea, that’s not for everyone. I’m personally a little more conservative with how I approach risk, and I like to be on the safe side of things and calculate that risk.
Later today, probably in just a few hours, Apple will begin rolling out the iOS 7 update for the iPhone and iPad. Arguably the most major software update to ever grace an Apple handheld device, iOS 7 brings a whole new look and feel to Apple’s line of smartphones and tablets, as well as tons of new functionality.
While most Apple upgrades are a smooth, simple process, there’s no guarantee that you won’t lose data when you decided to upgrade. Since we’re doing more than ever from our smartphones and tablets (and some even consider those devices more important than proper hygiene), the fallout from losing data on your device could be devastating.
So here’s how to back everything up before you upgrade to iOS 7. Read More
One question we’re getting a lot is, “How do I choose between the new iPhone 5S/5C and the Galaxy phones?” Well, it’s a bit more complicated than that. There are two current Galaxy phones, the 5” Galaxy S4 which is the most direct competitor to Apple’s offerings. But there’s also the 5.7” Galaxy Note 3, which was just announced and is the latest gen “Phablet” which includes a stylus.
There’s also two top-of-the-line Apple devices now. The slightly-cheaper iPhone 5C is colorful and comes in an array of bright plastic designs. The high-end 5S includes all the latest whizzes and bangs and even comes in the excludive, blinged-out gold (or “champagne” or whatever you want to call it). Read More
In this special edition of my Top 3 on the TODAY show called “Mario’s Top 4 Baby” I show off the top tech gadgets and gizmos for new and expecting parents on the TODAY show! Check out the video, and the read below to learn more about the tech I mention.