Your App Lady – The Podcast Episode 48: Apps For Travel Part One, Phishing Scams and Facebook Problems

76FE73DB-CA93-4C23-AEEF-DE9C2AD4F494Welcome to Episode Number 48!

Today on the podcast, I talk about some of my favorite apps for travel.

But first, here is a little tech news for you.

The news today is from:

Facebook’s bad year just got worse!

At the end of July, Facebook missed revenue estimates, offered a weak sales forecast for future quarters and reported a decline of users in Europe. The news sent Facebook’s stock downward, falling nearly 25 percent in after-hours trading. By the next day, shares opened down 18 percent, wiping more than $100 billion off its market value. By the close of trading, Bloomberg declared that Facebook had suffered the largest stock market loss in value during a single day ever for any US company.

Apps For Travel: I traveled to Washington, DC this summer and decided to do a two part feature on travel apps and how I used them for my trip. We were in DC for my son Henry to attend an educators’ seminar at the Holocaust Museum and I was along in case of emergency. I spent most of the week wandering around alone and occasionally stopping in museums and coffee shops to get some work done!

Here are the apps I used:

AirBnB: The AirBnB app is available for Android and iPhone/iPad. While in DC, we stayed in an AirBnB. It saved us over $900 compared to a hotel and we had two rooms and a kitchen rather than just one hotel room. The app is easy to use to find a pace and to message your host during your stay.

Uber and Uber Eats: The Uber Apps are available for Android and iPhone. We used Uber to travel around town and UberEats to deliver dinner to our AirBnB a few times.

Smithsonian Museum Apps: The Smithsonian has apps available for many of their museums for Android and iPhone/iPad. These apps are great for directions within museums and to get more information about the exhibits.

The tip today is from: A recent scam message tries to extort money by claiming to have a secretly recorded video based on a hack of the recipient’s computer and knowledge of the person’s password

Since mid-July, people have been receiving messages that have stepped up the scam by showing passwords in the subject headers as attention-grabbing “proof” that someone has access to your computer and has your personal information. This may be a real password obtained during database breaches from major sites and services like Yahoo, eBay, Sony PlayStation and dozens of other companies. Information and data are floating around the internet, often for sale on the black market. That data is now being melded into traditional phishing scams. The article states you can report phishing schemes to the FBI – Internet Crime Complaint Center


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