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Google has recently developed a new method of protection, called “two step verification” Instead of a second set of security questions, like your bank may use, this allows you to set up a free app on a smart phone.  When you log in to your account, the service automatically sends a passcode to your phone so you can access your sensitive data.  Google’s Kovacs says this is another way to prevent those “phishing scams” to which elderly users may be more susceptible.

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Google recently announced a new cloud computing device, the Chromebook.  These notebook style computers, which start coming in mid June from Acer and Samsung, use Google’s Chrome Operating System, with very limited local storage.  They will be cheaper than either the iPad or Android tablets.  Acer’s Chromebook with Wi-Fi only will cost $379.  A 3G version will be out later in the summer for $449.  Samsung’s 3G device costs $499 with 100 MB of data each month through Verizon. Not everyone is jumping for joy.  One reviewer, citing the limitations of having no hard drive likened the Chromebook to a television that only receives some stations.  And because it is entirely cloud based, without a connection, you could be trying to work with zero visibility in a fog.

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