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How Exploits Breached The Security of the Nintendo 3DS.

Diamond Garcia-Alvarez, Editor in Chief 2021-2022 April 27, 2022
Whenever Nintendo releases a new console, hackers aren’t usually too far behind. An example of this can be the Wii. The 3DS is no exception.
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What is 5G C-Band, Is it a BIG Deal?

Diamond Garcia-Alvarez, Editor in Chief 2021-2022 March 2, 2022
Just recently here in the United States, cell phone carriers were able to switch on what is called C-Band 5G. Believe it or not, this is important.  You may have heard of it in news outlets covering C-Band, but not acknowledging what it is.
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Data Breaches Happen More Often Than You Think!

Diamond Garcia-Alvarez, Editor in Chief 2021-2022 February 16, 2022
On a global basis, 30,000 websites are hacked daily. 64% of companies worldwide have experienced at least one form of a cyber attack.
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How to Save Your Inbox From Phishing & Malware.

Diamond Garcia-Alvarez, Editor in Chief 2021-2022 January 19, 2022
On average, over 8 billion scam e-mails are sent in the U.S. daily. This also includes empty e-mail scams.
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Protecting Yourself Online.

Diamond Garcia-Alvarez, Editor in Chief 2021-2022 January 6, 2022
Since 2020, we have all become accustomed to spending time online more than usual. This means our cybersecurity is becoming more important. Ensuring that your passwords are as secure as possible provides more security. With so much of our lives online from banking, e-mails, and healthcare, It is important to make sure your digital identity is secure.
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What Is the Value to Bitcoin? Why Care?

Diamond Garcia-Alvarez, Editor in Chief 2021-2022 November 23, 2021

It is no secret that Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are controversial. Some people believe that it’s a revolution in money, while others say that it’s a scam and should not have any value. However,...

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New Phone Scam Bypasses Two-Factor Authentication Security Codes.

Diamond Garcia-Alvarez, Editor in Chief 2021-2022 November 17, 2021

Unsurprisingly, there’s a new phone scam surfacing on the internet. This scam particularly focuses on Two-Factor Authentication. This security feature verifies your identity and ownership of an account...

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Windows 11: Microsoft’s Organized & Accessible OS—Until it Isn’t.

Diamond Garcia-Alvarez, Editor in Chief 2021-2022 November 5, 2021

A lot of people are asking the question “What is the point of Windows 11?” I personally have the same question and curiosity. Those who currently have or had the opportunity to navigate the OS, including...

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The iPhone 13

Ashlyn Johnson, Reporter November 5, 2021

You have probably heard of the iPhone 13. If not then you're in luck because I am going to tell you all about it. The colors to choose from are: Pink, Blue, Black, White, Red, Gold, and Silver. It has...

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The History of Windows XP’s Development. 20 Years Ago!

Diamond Garcia-Alvarez, Editor in Chief 2021-2022 November 5, 2021

As a writer for my school newspaper, The WestSide Story, most of my articles consist of politics. However, when I received a message on my TikTok asking about my passion for IT, I was certainly open to...

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What is The COVID-19 Vaccine?

Asher Schroader October 6, 2021
The COVID-19 pandemic is easily one of the largest and most disruptive events to occur in recent history. Billions have been affected by the changes to global society, but it seems that life is beginning to return to normal
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The 2011 PlayStation Network Hack – What Actually Happened?

Diamond Garcia-Alvarez, Editor in Chief 2021-2022 October 1, 2021
On April 4th, 2011, the Hacktivist group Anonymous brought down Sony’s PlayStation Network (PSN) with a Targeted Distributed-Denial-of-Service attack.
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