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Combating Misinformation Online

Combating Misinformation Online

As we journey further into 2024, important events loom on the horizon - tax season, elections, and more. With each topical event comes misinformation campaigns. Misinformation is the deliberate act of providing misleading or inaccurate information. Social media platforms are fraught with misinformation, but these errors are not limited to...

Cell Phone Savvy Seniors

Finding the right cell phone can be difficult, even for those that grew up with them. You have to take into consideration not only the make and model of the phone, but it’s miscellaneous features, extras, and perks awarded to you by a plan provider. The possibilities are endless, and...

Libby – the Free Library App

Libby – the Free Library App

There are not many things in our world that are truly free any longer. We often encounter fine print disclaimers, alluring promises with subliminal stipulations and catches that will frustrate any consumer, however, what if I told you that among the many free services and programs that your Citrus County...

Take Back Dinner Time. Article Written by: Colette Griffith Instruction & Research Librarian, Central Ridge Branch

Take Back Dinner Time

For those on the go, or those that just want more time to themselves, the thought of planning and cooking dinner can quickly become overwhelming. The concern of keeping dinner interesting and healthy can quickly make eating out seem like the best option for you or your family. It’d definitely...

Understanding Antivirus Software

Understanding Antivirus Software

When buying a computer, it’s easy to get caught up in thinking about memory space, screen size, accessories, and other needed software. One important piece of the puzzle that’s often forgotten about is your antivirus software. While most new computers will come with some protection and a free trial of...

How “Smart” is Your TV?

What You Need to Know + Some Helpful Hints Looking for something to watch? With Smart TV’s and streaming services, options are no longer limited to cable or the local video store. Let’s start by talking about what makes a TV “smart.” Smart TV’s are able to connect to your home...

iPhone Vs Android

iPhone Vs Android

Since 2008, there have been two main types of smartphones to choose from: The Apple iPhone that uses the iOS operating system, and smartphones manufactured by other major companies that use the Android operating system. The debate over which is better, iPhone or Android, can get rather heated.

Browser Basics

Browser Basics

If you’ve ever done a search on the internet, you’ve used something called a browser. Depending on how many types of devices you own, you may be familiar with several different browsers. Some of the most popular include Google Chrome, Safari, Firefox, and Microsoft Edge. These browsers can do a...

Grey clouds behind a yellow sign with a hurricane symbol and the words "hurricane season"

Prepare Digitally for a Natural Disaster

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), a hurricane is a type of storm called a tropical cyclone, which forms over tropical or subtropical waters. Tropical cyclones that have a maximum sustained surface wind of less than 39 miles per hour are called tropical depressions. Once those sustained...

Smartphone with unknown caller on screen, understanding robocalls

Robocalls

Spam or robocalls as they are often known are automated telephone calls that deliver a recorded message are on the rise. The FCC states that they receive over 200,000 complaints a year specific to unwanted phone calls and that approximately 2.4 billion robocalls are made each month. These calls are...

A smartphone showing apps that can make a smart home

What Makes a Smart Home So Smart?

From Smartphones to Smart Televisions to now Smart Homes all of our devices seem to be getting “smarter.”  But at the same time most of us are left behind scratching our heads about what all that actually means. When someone says that they have a “smart home” they are basically saying...