Wired Wednesday

Wired Wednesday: Robo-Call Blockers Worth Trying

A new FCC ruling limiting robo calls will help quiet your phone, but this helps ensure you won't be bothered

If you’re among the millions of Americans at the end of your rope with automated and unsolicited calls coming into your cell phone or landline each day, help may be on the way. The Federal Communications Commission last week voted to allow cell phone carriers to start automatically blocking many robo-calls by default. But with the problem only expected to…

Concern Grows Over Facial Recognition Technology

The growing use of facial recognition technology, often without our knowledge it is being used, is of increasing concern to legislators on Capitol Hill. The concern very specifically centers around how law enforcement may be using the technology. The House Committee on Oversight and Reform held a hearing last week examining the need for oversight on how it is used…

Do This on Social Media to Enhance Your Resume

Advice this week in our Wired Wednesday segment from app creator Carla White

App creator and social media consultant, Carla White, says that there are a lot of mistakes people make when it comes to their social media profiles, especially when they may be in the market for a new job. There are people constantly watching what you post and write, White reassures us. But there are a few simple changes can clean…

3 Things to Do Now to Spring Clean Your Computer

The three steps to take to ensure it's virus-free, and clear of old files taking up space

Spring often brings with it the urge to deep clean every corner of our home. But if you’re passing over your computer – the one item you most likely use every day and that you ask to do a lot for you – it’s time you sat down and cleared out the cobwebs, if not harmful malware. Chris Prendergast, Chief…

3 Takeaways for Parents from “Momo Challenge”

Some call it a concerning “Challenge” targeting our children. Others say the only ones falling for it are overprotective adults and there’s really nothing to it. Regardless, the Momo Challenge continues to appear on countless social media feeds worldwide, and it has a lot of our little ones very scared. If there are any sincere takeaways from the viral hoax,…

Wired Wednesday: Why Your Kids Might Explore a Career in Coding

Some startling statistics this Computer Science Education Week

One doesn’t have to look too far anymore to realize the career opportunities if you are tech savvy at all, are seemingly endless. Add to that any knowledge of coding, and it’s a win-win for local businesses needing the expertise and willing to pay for it. This Computer Science Education Week, the goal is to ensure every student in every…

Wired Wednesday: Protecting Yourself From Credit Card Theft

"There's really nothing you can do to stop it from happening," said one of our tech experts. So do this...

Will Bushee, Vice-President of the data mining company, Brite Planet, co-founder of Code Boot Camp of South Dakota, author of ‘Wired for Coding’, and one of our regular tech experts on KDLT News Today, says theft of your credit card numbers happen far more often than anyone realizes. And one of the first signs yours is in someone else’s hands?…

What We Have All Gained From Google Plus

The platform may not be remembered for much once its gone, but these are two big takeaways

Some insight, this Wednesday, from Click Rain’s Chris Prendergast on what we all have gained from Google Plus – possibly without you even knowing it. Categories: KDLT News Today, KDLT News Today – Top Stories, KDLT News Today Interviews, Local News, News, Wired Wednesday Tags: Chris Prendergast, Click Rain, Google, Google Plus

Wired Wednesday: How to Handle a Fake Facebook Account In Your Name

You’ve been notified time and again your Facebook profile has been stolen and used to create another fake account. Often, it hasn’t and it’s just someone forwarding onto you a note they’ve been forwarded warning of the increasing scam. But when it does happen to you – what can you do? Will Bushee, vice-president of the data mining company Brite…

Wired Wednesday: What Google, Microsoft Upgrades Mean to You

"You're going to see a lot more Artificial Intellingence and Machine Learning coming into everything."

Google and Microsoft this week were among just two technology giants unveiling upgrades to their operating systems. What that means for you – broader use of machines that are able to anticipate our every move, need and desire in an effort to make our lives easier. One of our tech experts, Will Bushee, explains outlined in this week’s edition of…

Staying Ahead of Changing Social Media Algorithms

Are you seeing what you’d like on your social media feeds? Or are you concerned certain users are being blocked? Chris Prendergast, Chief Strategy Officer and partner with Click Rain details how you can investigate and in turn, better establish your platforms to ensure there aren’t any issues. Categories: KDLT News Today, KDLT News Today – Top Stories, KDLT News…

Wired Wednesday: Fun Technology to Get School Year Off to Best Start

Just when you thought you were done with all back-to-school shopping, tech expert Will Bushee, author of Wired for Coding, offered a few finds that might help all of you get out the door each morning with your sanity. Categories: KDLT News Today, KDLT News Today Interviews, Local News, News, Out and About, Wired Wednesday Tags: Back to School, family,…

Wired Wednesday: Password Protection Tips

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. –  Securing yourself online through a strong password is something we’ve been talking about for the last couple weeks. Last week we covered important password basics in order to ensure your safety, but for this weeks edition of ‘Wired Wednesday,’ Chief Strategist Officer at Click Rain Chris Prendergast stopped by with two of the best things you…

Keeping Yourself Safe Online

Online safety is something that affects nearly everyone. In this edition of Wired Wednesday, Will Bushee stopped by to talk with Simon Floss about the importance of staying safe by keeping your passwords safe, and a frightening encounter one of his friends experienced with online hackers. For more information on last pass, click here. For more information on haveibeenpwned, click…

Wired Wednesday: Why Google Chrome Is Warning of Unsafe Sites

Does the "s" on the end of the "http" really mean your information is more secure?

Consumer experts will tell you, if you’re online, and sharing any personal information at all, make sure the site you are on is secure. But how often do you really pay attention? Apparently not often enough, which is why Google Chrome is making it easier for you starting this week. The latest version of the browser will warn you and…

Wired Wednesday: Online Reviews

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – In this edition of ‘Wired Wednesday,’ we visit the importance of an online review. Recently, Red Hen restaurants around the globe are fielding emotions ranging from praise to anger and the reviews that come along with it, after one lone independent Red Hen in Lexington Virginia refused to serve the White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee…

Wired Wednesday: Gaming Addiction Among Teens

World Health Organization Declares 'Gaming Addiction' A Mental Health Issue

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Earlier this year the World Health Organization declared gaming addiction a mental health condition. Will Bushee stopped by for another edition of Wired Wednesday talking gaming and online addictions among teens, well as a brand new summer cyber camp coming up ‘Cyber Patriot.’ For more information on the free camp, click here.   Categories: Health, KDLT…

3 Smart Technologies to Help Your Lawn and Garden

From a better watering system to being able to finally identify the plants around your place, Chris Prendergast, Chief Strategy Officer with Click Rain and colleague, Kristina Johnson, join us for this week’s Wired Wednesday. The two outline the benefits of garden technologies and why even die-hard traditional gardeners might consider giving them a try. Categories: KDLT News Today, KDLT News…

Why Kids Are Logging Off of Facebook

And where they're now fairly constantly logged into

This may not surprise all that many parents or tech users in general, but 45 percent of teens now say they are online “almost constantly.” Where they are logged into though, is changing.  A new survey reveals that Facebook use has decreased in popularity among America’s teenagers! Find out where they’re spending time and what advice one of our tech…