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Nor'easter to Bring a Heavy to Major Snowfall Monday Night into Tuesday Night

A major Nor'easter is expected to develop south of New England Monday night, potentially getting stuck near Cape Cod into Tuesday before moving away Tuesday night.  This storm will bring heavy snow and gusty wind at times causing blowing and drifting snow, potential whiteout conditions at times leading to dangerous travel late Monday night through Tuesday.  Snow accumulations of 10" to 20" will be possible, especially in the Hudson valley and across western New England with amounts up to 10" in the Mohawk valley and western Catskills.   


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Bottom Line: Bluetooth Scams

ALBANY -- It's a scam that's becoming more widespread, and could leave you singing the "blues!"


You probably know how popular "Bluethooth" technology is with cell phone users today.  But now, a Bottom Line Alert that it's also becoming increasingly popular with scammers.


The Better Business Bureau says that the bad guys will try to use special software to intercept your signal, and hack into your phone.


That gives them access to all your contacts, photos, texts, basically everything that's on your phone.


The BBB also warns that some scammers will even set up a "pay-per-minute" phone number to hack into devices, then use the hacked device to rack up charges - and leave you footing the bill.


Here are tips straight from the BBB to protect your Bluetooth from being hacked:


•             Always use a minimum of eight characters in your PIN. The longer your code, the more difficult it is to crack.

•             Switch Bluetooth into "not discoverable" mode when you aren't using it. If you make a call from your car, be sure to switch it off when you get out. Crowded public places are top spots for hackers.

•             Don't accept pairing requests from unknown parties. If you happen to pair your phone with a hacker's computer, then all your data will be at risk.

•             When pairing devices for the first time, do so at home or in the office on your private and protected Wi-Fi.

•             Make sure you download and install regular security updates. Device manufactures will release updates to address threats and correct weaknesses. 

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