Category: Tips and Tricks

Beware of this fake Netflix phishing email scam! It looks incredibly real.

Phishing cons are getting increasingly sophisticated, as even my tech-savvy boyfriend and I did a double take at this Netflix phishing email — before realizing it was complete crap. The goal, as with most phishing emails: To get you to provide your personal info, password, and ideally your credit card numbers to “reinstate” your account. Here’s how to figure out if your Netflix email is real or not. Now, many phishing emails are as hilariously identifiable as frauds, like this one we received this week directly from “Marc Zucenberg,” via an email domain @server194.web-hosting.com. Because “Marc Zucenberg” doesn’t use Facebook email — and...

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Free money! How to see if you have unclaimed funds, for real.

When a relative sent me a link to the office of the NY State Comptroller to see if I had unclaimed funds somewhere, I was shocked to see…I do! It’s totally legit, and as easy as filling out a quick form verifying your identity and social security number, then waiting about 2 weeks for a check to process. Yay free money! Don’t use the shady services you see advertised on TV for unclaimed funds — turns out every state has a Comptroller office dedicated to this very service, even if their own sites look a little…dated. Don’t worry, they’re...

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The one awesome iPhone feature you might not be using. But should!

Back when iOS 10 hit and the iPhone 7 launched, we mentioned the Favorites widget which you will find on your iPhone when you swipe right from your home page or locked screen. Found it yet? Okay, good. Turns out, it’s one of our most favorite iPhone features, because you can customize it with everything you need to get to quickly on your iPhone. If you haven’t been using it yet, or didn’t realize you could actually customize it, here’s how. Related: 3 smart iPhone tricks for when you’re too busy to answer a call How to customize your iPhone Favorites...

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How to support women using tech, on International Women’s Day, and every day.

Today, March 8, is International Women’s Day, and for some, A Day Without Women. However you choose to support women today, whether you know one or are one, there are actually lots of ways you can do so with technology. From using your social media accounts to amplify the diverse voices of women on the Internet, to shopping online to support small women-run businesses (like purchasing prints from artist Rachel Ignotofsky, work above), we’ve put together 11 ways you can celebrate International Women’s Day that will create an impact long after March 8 is over. And we bet you’ve probably got...

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3 simple questions to ask before you purchase a WIFI-connected smart toy for your kids

With the recent CloudPets hack, and others like it (remember Hello Barbie?), it’s becoming clearer that smart toys, particularly the stuffed animal kind, could pose a privacy risk that parents should know about. Don’t get us wrong, we love smart toys and have featured many here on Cool Mom Tech, like the new Toymail Talkies for example, and we think that they can be a cool addition to your kid’s toy box. And given their popularity, we’re pretty sure you’ll be seeing more and more of them hit the shelves in the coming months. But, before you fork over the...

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How to use the new Instagram albums feature and not make your followers nuts.

You might have noticed the new Instagram albums feature that allows you to post up to 10 photos at once for people to flip through. If you’re wondering how it works, and why you’d even try it, we’ve got a quick tutorial, plus some great examples of how some of our favorite Instagrammers are using it. We have heard some tech rumors that Instagram made it available to the rest of us (it’s been available for sponsors for over a year now) so that we’d become comfortable with it and start swiping ads more. But whatever the reason, we’ll just say that...

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Give credit where credit is due: How to repost a photo on Instagram

We get lots of questions from readers about how to repost a photo on Instagram. While we know that you can simply take a screenshot of the image you wish to share, then upload to your own feed with a photo credit + tag or camera emoji + tag (adding #regram), we prefer to use regram apps to ensure that we’re giving the proper credit to the original source. You’ll find no shortage of regram apps, most of which we’ve tried ourselves, and well, let’s just say that they’re not all created equal. Here, 3 apps to help you...

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8 smart ways parents can manage screen time and not lose their minds

We’ve found that managing screen time is one of the most common across-the-board challenges parents in this digital age face. And hey, with six kids between us, we understand how difficult it can be, especially when just going gadget-free is not a feasible option. Over the years, we’ve tried all sorts of different approaches to screen time management with our own kids, from screen time manager apps to creating simple reward systems, even turning it into family time, all eight of which we’re sharing with you. Whatever you choose, we hope these ideas help you help your kids make better...

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Your smart phone is gross, and other reasons to spring clean your tech. Even if spring isn’t here yet.

We’re hardly germaphobes but if you knew the bacteria growing on your phones, tablets, and earbuds, well, let’s just say you might take a few minutes to clean them off every week (and not just once a year), especially if your kids are touching them. But hey, no judgment here. This is clearly a better late than never sort of situation, and we’ve got super simple tips to help you spring clean your tech. Whether you just want to know how to safely disinfect your gadgets or you want to organize your cords and cables in just 15 minutes a...

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4 tips for creating a social media policy for your babysitter, nanny, or childcare provider

Whether your kids are with a full-time nanny or you just use a babysitter (or grandparent) for an occasional date night, creating a social media policy is an important consideration. It could be a formal written contract, or just a short discussion, but either way, it’s definitely something to decide on before you leave your child in the care of someone else these days. Are you okay with them taking photos and videos of your kids and sharing them on Instagram? What about checking in at a certain location while they’re with your children? Should you friend your nanny on...

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Ultimate Birthday Party Gift Guide

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