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  1. Contaminated bottled water being sold across Massachusetts

    Bottled 'Spring' Water Contaminated with PFAS Being Sold Across Massachusetts

    On 2 July, the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services issued a bulletin regarding contaminated...
  2. Massive data theft from individuals and companies - let your IT management know

    An IT researcher recently discovered that common Web browser extensions harvest vast amounts of personal and company data and sell it. This included passwords, credit card numbers, airline...
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    Pine Brook -- an amazing new video!

    Pine Brook is a truly unique natural resource in Wayland -- the #1 stream for native Eastern Brook Trout in the entire Boston Metrowest area according to MA Fisheries & Wildlife. The best in all...
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    Autism linked to gut bacteria

    An amazing new study was just published linking gut bacteria to autism. Researchers found that people on the autism spectrum had significantly different bacteria in their digestive systems compared...
  5. MA Fisheries & Wildlife: Pine Brook is a unique and valuable natural resource

    We recently received an important letter from MA Fisheries & Wildlife that highlights the unique value and importance of Pine Brook. A copy is attached below.

    This underscores the importance of...
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    Search engines that respect your privacy

    You probably use Google regularly to search the Web -- and Google records your every move and selection. Here are two alternatives recommended by the team at Nord, which makes a good VPN solution...
  7. Great News! YMCA Joins Defense of ZBA Ruling on the Monster 40B!

    Some great news!

    The West Suburban YMCA hired a well known and highly respected attorney -- who arrived at the first Housing Appeals Committee (HAC) attorney's conference with their 'intervenor'...
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    Monster 40B: Zieff Appeals to HAC

    I just received Mr. Zieff's initial pleading for his appeal to the Housing Appeals Committee (HAC). A copy is attached below. This is the pleading only; the actual document contains 310 pages of...
  9. An update: I checked with the Wayland Building...

    An update: I checked with the Wayland Building Department and the ZBA's decision on the Monster 40B was filed on 15 January. Mr. Zieff was also notified on the 15th, so that marks the start of the...
  10. Monster 40B: Wayland ZBA rejects Zieff's huge plan

    The Wayland Zoning Board of Appeals rejected Zieff's plan for a huge apartment building on Route 20!

    Attached is a copy of the Wayland ZBA's final decision on Mr. Zieff's 'Cascade' 40B proposal. ...
  11. Tired of aggressive 40B developers? Two important meetings coming up!

    Are you tired of aggressive 40B developers, trying to jam big buildings into our neighborhoods? There are two important meetings next week:

    (1) Wayland Special Town Meeting on Tuesday, 13...
  12. Do you live on a street in Wayland with lots of traffic?

    We are looking for just three more homes on high-traffic streets in Wayland for our new signs -- to remind the ZBA to protect the Wayland Board of Health and Conservation Commission, and vote down...
  13. Last ZBA hearing on the Monster 40B: Tuesday, 16 October at 7pm

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    The final ZBA hearing on Mr. Zieff's huge 40B apartment complex is scheduled for Tuesday, 16 October at 7pm in the Wayland Town Building. We are down to the Goal Line against Zieff's Monster....
  14. Do your smoke alarms squeal when the humidity goes up? Fire safety risk!

    Our smoke alarms went crazy today (again) because of the high humidity. This also occurs with steam from a shower. Do yours? This is a sign that you need to replace your alarms -- they are unsafe...
  15. Trout Unlimited to Wayland ZBA: Require a flood zone study!

    Greater Boston Trout Unlimited just sent a letter to the Wayland ZBA asking them to require a flood zone study for the Monster / Cascade 40B apartment complex -- and fixes for the hydrogeo study that...
  16. Protect Wayland letter to ZBA: Require a flood zone study!

    ProtectWayland sent a letter to the Wayland ZBA today, emphasizing the need for a flood zone study for the Monster / Cascade 40B apartment complex proposal. This site is covered by a FEMA 'high...
  17. Good news! Over $1,000 in contributions have...

    Good news! Over $1,000 in contributions have been raised already! Please donate today to help us defeat The Monster, and pay for ProtectWayland's experts and attorney.
  18. $5,000 Challenge Grant to defeat the Monster 40B !!

    A couple of members of ProtectWayland just made a very generous offer: a $5,000 Challenge Grant !!

    We hope you are inspired to join them, to quickly raise the money we need to pay for our experts...
  19. New scam: "Your Windows license expired."

    A new computer scam is making the rounds in Massachusetts: "Your Windows license expired! Your computer will be disabled soon. Contact us immediately!"

    If you receive a call like this, forget...
  20. Developer flip-flops: claims flood zone study is not required for Monster 40B

    For months the developer behind the Monster / Cascade 40B project kept promising the Wayland Zoning Board of Appeals that he would deliver a flood zone study. First he blamed the delays on FEMA. ...
  21. OARS letter to Wayland ZBA: Vote NO on Monster 40B

    OARS just submitted a new letter to our Wayland Zoning Board of Appeals emphasizing the threats created by Mr. Zieff's huge 40B apartment complex -- and asking the ZBA to vote NO.

    OARS works to...
  22. Trout Unlimited asks developer to answer Wayland ZBA's questions

    Greater Boston Trout Unlimited just submitted a new letter to the Wayland ZBA asking Steven Zieff, the developer behind the Monster / Cascade 40B project, to submit the flood zone study and hydrogeo...
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    YMCA slams Monster 40B

    Jack Fucci, President of the West Suburban YMCA, just delivered a powerful letter to the Wayland Zoning Board of Appeals and Town departments, emphasizing threats to YMCA Camp Chickami and the...
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    Get your Stop the Monster lawn sign now!

    Mr. Zieff is still pushing his plan for a huge 40B apartment complex on Route 20, at the former site of Mahoney's Garden Center. This would be the tallest and most massive building in Wayland --...
  25. Wayland Board of Health: Unanimous vote against the Monster 40B!

    Some good news: The Wayland Board of Health voted unanimously against approval of the Monster 40B apartment complex. We thank these volunteers and Julia Junghanns, Wayland Director of Public Health...
  26. Facebook data theft / loss -- much worse than you probably know

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    If you have been using Facebook, there is more bad news: Facebook now says that data about 87 million people was captured by Cambridge Analytica and other companies -- without their knowledge...
  27. Lots of trees and branches down? Organize a neighborhood clean-up!

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    The series of Nor'Easter storms downed trees and cut power across Wayland

    After the snow clears, many homes will have large fallen trees, big branches and many smaller branches to deal...
  28. Here is a copy of the statement on pathogens in...

    Here is a copy of the statement on pathogens in septic effluent and the disease risk to children at Camp Chickami, from ProtectWayland's Title 5 and water quality expert, Scott Horsley:

    Pathogens...
  29. Monster 40B: New evidence on viruses -- kids at Camp Chickami at risk

    Please attend the big ZBA hearing on the Cascade / Monster 40B! Tuesday the 27th at 7pm in the large hearing room in the Wayland Town building.

    ProtectWayland experts will present important new...
  30. 40B Monster apartment complex: Next hearing is Tuesday, 27 February

    The next hearing for the 40B Monster / Cascade apartment complex will be Tuesday, 27 February at 7pm in the 'large hearing room' in the Wayland Town Building.

    Please attend! This promises to be...
  31. 40B Monster hearing - Thursday the 25th, Wayland High School auditorium

    Steven Zieff's team is going to finally present their Cascade / Monster Version 2 plan on Thursday, 7pm in the Wayland High School auditorium. The last hearing in December was a flop because Zieff...
  32. The 40B Monster Version 2: Tallest and Most Massive Building in Wayland

    When Steven Zieff's team previewed their new plan for the Cascade 40B apartment complex at the ZBA hearing in December, we were hoping that he listened to the Wayland community and reduced the size...
  33. Do you have a Lenovo laptop? Need to remove adware / spyware they installed!

    If you own a Lenovo computer sold after 2014, you should remove adware / spyware that Lenovo installed

    The company is based in China and their computers were previously banned for use by US...
  34. Zieff will present new Monster plan at Wayland ZBA hearing - Wednesday, 20 December

    The ZBA agenda for tonight's hearing indicates that Zieff's team will present his "new plan" -- so this is a hearing everyone should definitely attend: 7pm in the Wayland High School auditorium.
    ...
  35. Pine Brook: #1 stream for native Brook Trout in the entire Boston Metrowest area!

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    Did you know that Pine Brook in Wayland is the #1 stream for native Brook Trout in the entire Boston Metrowest area? Here are links to four amazing videos that Scott Sweeney shot underwater,...
  36. Wayland Town Planner's presentation highlights Monster building design problems

    Wayland's Town Planner, Sarki Sarkisian, gave an excellent presentation at the ZBA hearing on Wednesday night, highlighting problems with the design of the Monster 40B apartment complex. Click on...
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    Dear Kim: No -- the volume of cross traffic from...

    Dear Kim: No -- the volume of cross traffic from Rich Valley and the Monster apartment complex would not justify a light under MassDOT rules. Similar to the Plain Road / Old Connecticut Path...
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    Tell us about your commute on Route 20!

    Do you commute on Route 20 -- or drive it frequently?

    Do you commute on Route 20 -- or drive it frequently? Please send us an email describing your typical morning as you pass the former site of...
  39. Beware! Fraudulent calls from Visa / Mastercard "Cardmember Services"

    Wayland and metrowest Boson residents are receiving a new round of calls from scammers posing as Visa and/or Mastercard "Cardmember Services" offering "zero percent interest on your card based on...
  40. Monster traffic study - major errors and omissions

    Zieff's team presented their 'traffic study' at the September and October ZBA hearings. Guess how fast you drive during the peak of the morning commute into Boston on Route 20? Stop-and-go? 5 mph?...
  41. Wayland Conservation Commission opposes Monster / Cascade apartment complex

    Wayland's Conservation Commission just delivered a strong letter to the Wayland Zoning Board of Appeals opposing Zieff's plan to build a large apartment complex at the former site of Mahoney's Garden...
  42. OARS delivers powerful letter opposing the Monster apartment complex

    OARS, the organization that protects the Sudbury, Assabet and Concord rivers, delivered a powerful letter to the Wayland ZBA opposing the Monster / Cascade 40B apartment complex.

    Click here to...
  43. ZBA hearing for Monster apartments: Thursday, 26 October, 7pm, Wayland Middle School

    Please join us at the next Wayland Zoning Board of Appeals hearing on the Monster apartment complex proposed along Route 20 at the former site of Mahoney's Garden Center: Thursday, October 26 at 7:00...
  44. YMCA letter highlights risks to children at Camp Chickami

    The president of the West Suburban YMCA recently sent a letter to the Wayland Zoning Board of Appeals, highlighting risks the Cascade / Monster apartment complex would create for hundreds of children...
  45. ZBA hearing for Monster apartment complex: Tuesday, 26 September, 7pm - be there!

    Please make sure you attend the ZBA hearing on Tuesday, 26 September at 7pm, in the auditorium at Wayland High School. This will be the first real hearing for the Monster apartment complex; the last...
  46. First, as Krebs noted, do not trust the "Are you...

    First, as Krebs noted, do not trust the "Are you a victim?" site that Equifax put up. The results, good or bad, are not valid based on the testing Krebs described. Your only option: assume that...
  47. Equifax breach: What you need to know and do

    So you've heard of the massive Equifax data breach?
    Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses on 143 million Americans? Have you tried their "are you a victim?" website?

    The real story...
  48. Do you live in Wayland? Step up! Install a sign...

    Do you live in Wayland? Step up! Install a sign in front of your house.

    We need to plant all of these signs on Wayland lawns ASAP, to build support and Stop the Monster!

    Please send an email...
  49. New lawn signs available to Stop the Monster!

    Would you like to spread the word and help Wayland stop this Walmart size apartment complex? ProtectWayland.org just ordered a new batch of lawn signs. If you would like one, please send an email...
  50. Monster apartment complex: runoff will be piped directly into Pine Brook !!

    If the Monster apartment complex wasn't big and bad enough for Wayland, here is some more bad news. The developer plans to pipe all of the runoff from the driveways, parking areas etc. directly into...
  51. Wow! Huge crowd shuts down Wayland ZBA hearing on the Monster 40B apartment complex!

    Amazing!!

    The developer didn't think many people would show, with families on vacation just before the holiday. Our crowd was so big that we filled the 'large' hearing room to capacity -- with...
  52. First ZBA hearing on the Monster apartment complex - Tuesday, 22 August at 7:30pm

    Please join us Tuesday, 22 August for the first Wayland Zoning Board of Appeals hearing on the Monster apartment complex. 7:30 sharp in the large hearing room in the Town Building!

    We will have...
  53. Important Wayland Conservation Commission hearing on Thursday: big apartment house

    Have you heard about the big concrete apartment house that a developer is planning to build at the site of Mahoney's Garden Center on Route 20 in Wayland?

    Four stories tall with 89 bedrooms, and...
  54. Wayland Conservation Commission approves peer...

    Wayland Conservation Commission approves peer review of developer's ANRAD study

    Some good news: the Wayland Conservation Commission voted to approve a peer review of the ANRAD filed by Steven...
  55. Important update: Developer calls and says he...

    Important update: Developer calls and says he wants to meet Wayland residents -- then cancels because he is "not prepared" !!!

    The developer behind the huge apartment house proposal (Steven...
  56. Developer Files Environmental Report for Big Project at Mahoney Garden Center Site

    Steven Zieff filed the AMRAD environmental report required for the large 40B development he proposed at the site of Mahoney's Garden Center on Route 20

    Copies are attached for your review. The...
  57. Bad news: Wayland School computers missing major Apple security patches - again!

    WPS Computers Missing Major Apple Security Patches -- How to Check Your Mac

    We are very disappointed to be posting another warning about the same problem. Computers used by Wayland students,...
  58. If you need more info to be convinced that a VPN is a good idea - read this

    If all of the stories about companies that mine and sell your online data are not enough, attached is a great overview of internet privacy problems -- with real world examples.

    I hope this is...
  59. Great News! Wayland is installing a new patch management system for WPS computers!

    Wayland Public Schools Takes Major Step to Improve Computer Security

    Finally, some good news about computer security to protect student and family data at Wayland Public Schools! The latest Town...
  60. Time to buy a VPN app - particularly if you use a computer or phone for business

    Protect Your Privacy With a VPN App

    The Senate voted last week to roll back the protection that the FCC added in 2016 -- banning ISPs from harvesting and selling all of your Web browsing data.
    ...
  61. Dear Kim: I agree -- it will be very important...

    Dear Kim: I agree -- it will be very important to appear in person at the upcoming Zoning Board of Appeals and Conservation Commission meetings. Our previous letters asked Wayland neighbors to...
  62. Do you need to improve the insulation for your home?

    Need to improve the insulation for your home? Some tips:

    Are you planning to improve the insulation in your home -- maybe one room or the entire house? Here are some tips:

    (1) The basics:...
  63. Have You Heard About the Huge Development at the Mahoney Garden Center Site?

    Have you heard about the ‘Mahoney Monster’?

    A developer is planning to build a large apartment house on the Mahoney’s Garden Center site at 115 Boston Post Road. How big, you ask? 89 bedrooms...
  64. How to check your Mac laptop for missing security...

    How to check your Mac laptop for missing security updates: families, students and teachers

    I should have included this info with my previous post. It is easy to check your Mac laptop for missing...
  65. Do you have a son / daughter at Wayland High School with a Mac laptop?

    Wayland Public School Laptops and Computers -- Major Security Problems

    Did you hear that hackers repeatedly breached the Wayland Treasurer's Office in January of 2015, and almost stole over $1...
  66. Employment scams target college students - let your friends know

    The Department of Homeland Security just issued a warning about employment scams targeting college students

    Please read the details in the link below, and let your friends know:

    From:...
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    Update: Wayland's aquifer continued to decline...

    Update: Wayland's aquifer continued to decline from 2011 through 2016

    I just downloaded and processed the last few months of USGS data from the Cochituate monitoring well. These data show that...
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    Wayland's aquifer dropped to record low on 29...

    Wayland's aquifer dropped to record low on 29 September:

    The US Geological Survey monitoring well at Cochituate State Park in Wayland dropped to a record low on Thursday, 29 September: 17.89 feet...
  69. Most home security systems are easy to hack!

    Do you have a home security system? It is probably very vulnerable.

    If you have a home security system, you may feel fairly secure with motion sensors, cameras, alarms and 24x7 monitoring.
    ...
  70. Remove Flash Player from your computer too! I...

    Remove Flash Player from your computer too!

    I should have mentioned that it would be a very smart move to remove Flash Player from your own computer, Windows and Mac. Flash creates the same high...
  71. Flash Player: A Major Security Risk at Wayland Public Schools:

    To Wayland families, students and teachers:

    Wayland Public Schools uses the Adobe Flash Player, which is installed on every Mac and Windows computer. This is a major security risk, which we...
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    Wayland's Declining Water Supply

    The Wayland area is experiencing a serious drought
    “Watering Ban” signs around Town are a constant reminder and “Massachusetts drought” is often part of our local news.

    I grew up in Southern...
  73. Fake Dropbox emails spreading in Wayland -- WATCH OUT!

    Another fake email scam is making the rounds in Wayland, which will appear to be an email from someone you know with a bogus link to a Dropbox file. An example is shown below.

    If you ever receive...
  74. Dear Carl: I agree with all of your points. ...

    Dear Carl:

    I agree with all of your points. This is a very significant reduction in music programs that Wayland has become known for and proud of.

    This reduction is also puzzling. I do not...
  75. Why should you worry about Flash Player? Is the...

    Why should you worry about Flash Player? Is the "missing update" problem really that bad?

    Yes. Flash Player is well known as the most insecure Web app on the planet. You can pick up a virus /...
  76. Some parents in Wayland asked, "I thought the...

    Some parents in Wayland asked, "I thought the Town hired IT consultants who fixed this problem. Why is it still an issue?"

    Yes, the Town hired three IT consultants after the cyber attacks on the...
  77. WHS computers missing critical security patches again -- and how to check yours

    An important message to students at Wayland High School and their parents:

    We recently discovered that critical security patches have not been installed on the Macs used by Wayland High School...
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    Dear Carl: If you are not convinced by the...

    Dear Carl:

    If you are not convinced by the clear terms in Google's privacy policy and terms of use, which we reviewed in detail, then this analysis by the attorneys and tech experts at the...
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    Dear Carl: Thanks for your questions.Here is some...

    Dear Carl: Thanks for your questions.Here is some additional info:

    Examples of Google's use of your data: You can easily see how Google uses your data by watching the advertisements that appear in...
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    Google and the cost of "free"

    Do you use Google Search, Gmail, Google Docs or Google Drive?

    Google is watching, always watching!

    Google’s products are easy to use and helpful, e.g. Google Search, Maps, Docs, Drive and...
  81. Important update on Wayland Schools computer security & privacy

    Some good news for the Wayland community!

    We met this week with Ellen Grieco (Chair of the School Committee), Jeanne Downs (member of the School Committee), Dr. Paul Stein (WPS Superintendent) and...
  82. Six important updates: (1) The Wayland School...

    Six important updates:

    (1) The Wayland School Committee agreed to give us 30 minutes to present security / privacy concerns at an upcoming meeting.

    (2) Dr. Paul Stein also agreed to meet with...
  83. Wayland Public Schools -- Major computer security and privacy problems

    Dear Wayland residents:

    I wish I did not have to add another post about computer security problems in Wayland. Unfortunately, we took a closer look at Wayland Public Schools and found major...
  84. Cybercrime insurance for Wayland and taxpayers?

    Does Wayland Have Cybercrime Insurance - To Protect Taxpayers?

    Nan Balmer reported to the Wayland Board of Selectmen on 20 February 2015, following multiple attacks and breaches in the Wayland...
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    Dear Kim, Jeff and WEN readers: FYI, detailed...

    Dear Kim, Jeff and WEN readers: FYI, detailed visitor tracking, e.g. StatCounter, is typical for commercial websites and most news organizations -- to understand visitor behavior, target ads and...
  86. Special Town Meeting: Urgent IT Upgrades STILL Unfunded

    Hello again:

    A week ago I thought I would be writing a different, more hopeful story about the progress coming at Special Town Meeting. The Wayland Board of Selectmen voted on 26 October to add...
  87. McGladrey report delivered: Wayland needs to spend $500K on high priority upgrades

    The final McGladrey report is finally in, delivered to the Board of Selectmen on Monday the 26th of October. A copy is attached. Here are a few highlights:




    10 High Priority upgrades:...
  88. Update: No action -- so another letter to the...

    Update: No action -- so another letter to the Wayland Board of Selectmen

    Everyone is still waiting for the "final" (second) McGladrey report on Wayland IT problems and solutions, which is now due...
  89. Wayland Computer Security: Delays Lead to More Risk

    Remember when hackers broke into the Wayland Finance Office last January, and almost stole $4 million of our taxpayer money? The Board of Selectmen hired three IT consulting firms to assess the...
  90. How to protect your iPhone / iPad -- after 4,000+ apps were hacked

    Hello again:

    As you may have heard, over 4,000 IOS apps for iPhone and iPad were hacked on the Apple App Store -- far beyond the short list that Apple posted last week. A complete list of...
  91. An update - no action from Attorney General...

    An update - no action from Attorney General Healey or Governor Baker: I received a letter last week from Attorney General Healey's office, saying that they had not received enough complaints to...
  92. An update re the Global Travel scam: I sent...

    An update re the Global Travel scam: I sent emails and letters to Attorney General Healey's office, Governor Baker's office and the offices of Katherine Clark, US House rep for Wayland (5th...
  93. Two scams targeting Wayland: "You won a prize!" and "Your computer is infected!"

    Two more scams are targeting Wayland and surrounding communities, based on the relative incomes in our area:

    (1) Your computer is infected!
    Someone calls from "Windows technical support" to...
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    PV inverter options -- a potential alternative

    Dear Carl: Thanks for the update on your solar energy project. I'm surprised that a neighbor with a Solar City install had repeated problems -- if they installed microinverters on each panel, like...
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    SolarCity: A good option with five caveats

    Dear Carl:

    I have spent quite a bit of time on residential energy upgrades. SolarCity and similar 'solar lease' programs are a good option, with five caveats:

    (1) Focus on efficiency first: ...
  96. Vector / Cutco

    Dear Carl:

    Thanks for your message. Did you read the KnifeUp.com website, however -- and Google the many stories posted by high school / college students and their families? Here are a few:
    ...
  97. Scam targeting Wayland high school seniors and college freshmen

    Scam Targets Wayland Seniors -- Watch Out!

    Our son just received a strange "job offer" letter from a company called "Vector", promising "an important opportunity for students in your area." An...
  98. Poll: Update: Some progress with security upgrades for Wayland Public Schools

    Dr. Paul Stein and Leisha Simon (WPS IT Director) wisely decided to upgrade all of the Wayland Public Schools Mac computers to the latest version of Mac OS X. Like Windows computers, it is vital to...
  99. Data Breach Cost: How Much Would Wayland Have to Pay?

    How much would Wayland taxpayers have to pay, if a data breach occurs?

    The cost of identity theft will be significant for you and your family, but what would Wayland taxpayers have to pay if a...
  100. NSA recommendations for Wayland security

    OK, I am sure you are wondering, "National Security Agency?!!! Their recommendations must be designed for the Department of Defense or nuclear facilities!"

    The NSA also provides security...
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