Archive for the ‘Security’ Category

Online & smartphone security: Fraudulent Email

Saturday, December 26th, 2015
Cell phone vs Smartphone

Cell phone vs Smartphone

By Catherine Haug, December 23, 2015 (Image, right, from

Fraudulent email, a type of cyber attack, can be received on your desktop or laptop computer as well as mobile devices.

There are many different types of fraudulent emails.The best way to protect yourself from these is to “Regard All Unsolicited Email with Suspicion,” and “Treat Email Attachments with Caution.” (6) (more…)

Online & smartphone security

Monday, December 21st, 2015
Cell phone vs Smartphone

Cell phone vs Smartphone

By Catherine Haug, December 21, 2015 (Image, right, from

I’ve been collecting information on protecting yourself online and on your smartphone, which I share here. The more we get involved in the cyber world, the more vulnerable we are to cyber attacks.

Includes: 1. Security for smartphones and cell/mobile phones; 2. Tips for protecting all your mobile devices; 3. Tips for secure Online and Mobile Banking from your Smartphone (and other mobile devices); 4. Tips for making safe online purchases on your mobile device; 5. Bogus malware warnings on your computer screen; See also: Online & Smartphone Security: Fraudulent emails

Estate Planning for your digital/online accounts

Friday, May 22nd, 2015

By Catherine Haug, May 22, 2015

The information in this post is paraphrased from an article in the AARP Magazine, February-March 2014 issue: Online, Forever After, by Carrie Arnold.

Have you ever wondered what would happen with all the things you have online:  financial data, social media posts, photos, music, books, etc. purchased from iTunes and other online sources, passwords, etc.? I found this AARP article quite enlightening about topics I’d not thought of before.

The most important thing is to start planning now, before the unexpected happens. (more…)

Protect a deceased’s identity from thieves

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

by Catherine Haug, March 14, 2013

There are many scams afoot to steal your identity, or that of your aging or deceased parents, according to the March 2013 AARP Bulletin: Scam Alert: Protecting the Dead From Identity Theft, by Sid Kirchheimer. But you don’t have to be a victim. Here are 6 steps to protect your loved one’s identity (from the Bulletin). NOTE: numbers in square brackets [n] refer to Cat’s Notes below the list. (more…)

Event Notice: Security and medical response systems, by Vic Kautzman, Feb 21, 2013

Friday, February 1st, 2013

by Catherine Haug, Feb 1, 2013, from Bigfork Emergency Response Team (BERT)

  • What: BERT hosts a presentation by Vic Kautzman, Security Consultant with Federal Protection of Montana. Vic will discuss the changing environment around us and how it relates to the benefits of a security system.  He will explain the types of devices, approximate system costs, monitoring, and expected response times.  He will also discuss the medical personal response systems available.
  • When: Feb 21, 2013, 7 PM – 8 PM
  • Where: Bigfork Middle School Cafeteria
  • Who: Free and Open to the public – all are welcome
  • For more information: Contact Beverly, (406) 420-2210

BERT Mission: Raising awareness and planning for emergencies in the Bigfork, Montana area.


Preparing for widespread drought

Saturday, August 11th, 2012

Dryland Farming-Palouse

by Catherine Haug, August 11, 2012

(Photo, right, from Wikipedia)

We’ve all heard about the disastrous drought in the high plains and midwest portions of our country – from Nebraska to Texas; Colorado to Kentucky. Just the other day, the Daily Interlake carried an article about the drying and heating up of rivers in Nebraska and Iowa, a problem that is cooking fish to death as the streams exceed 90° F.

While we haven’t yet felt the drought here in NW Montana (and the rest of the Pacific NW), that doesn’t mean that we won’t feel it in future years. Yes, it’s hard to look at the high water in our reservoirs and lakes, and think that a drought could happen. But our part of the state did experience drought during the dust bowl years.

As the drought conditions spread to more states, including ours, how will we cope? How will we feed and water our livestock? How will we nurture our gardens? Will our water supplies hold up? Where will our food come from? (more…)