Enjoy our roundup of stories that piqued our interest this week.

This week we tackle the following:

  • CT Schools use new technology to combat vaping - Jonathan Law High School is using a new strategy to reduce vaping
  • Verizon asks the FCC to let it lock new smartphones for 60 days - To prevent identity theft and fraud
  • Less than one in 10 Americans take necessary steps to prevent identity theft - Most Americans think they will be victims of cyber crime
  • Warning to Spring Breakers: "You do the crime, you will do the time." - Spring break 2019 is expected to bring an influx of 200,000 people


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Principal Fran Thompson says, like in other schools, it has been a problem. Fran Thompson, principal at Jonathan Law High School said, "Jonathan Law is very typical of the high schools across Connecticut, and really across the country. We have students that are vaping and are becoming addicted to it. Though it's a small number in terms of that, it is a growing epidemic."

At Jonathan Law, bathrooms were hot spots for vaping.

CT Schools use new technology to combat vaping

Photo: Chris Welch / The Verge


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Verizon is asking the Federal Communications Commission to let it keep new smartphones locked to its network for 60 days, as part of an initiative to prevent identity theft and fraud. After the 60-day period, the phones would unlock automatically, the telecom says in a note published to its website and authored by Ronan Dunne, Verizon’s executive vice president. Verizon says it should have the authority to do this under the so-called “C-block rules” put in place following the FCC’s 2008 wireless spectrum auction.

Verizon asks the FCC to let it lock new smartphones for 60 days

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Think of all the ways you could be a victim of a crime. Do you classify any of these methods as inevitable? In almost every scenario, it is not even close to inevitability, with one major exception: Identity theft.

Plantation, Fla.-based SaaS access control company ERP Maestro surveyed 2,000 Americans ages between 18 and 82 in December 2018. It wanted to find out about their experiences and perception of cybercrime and identity theft.

The Collection 1 dump of 773 million email addresses and 22 million passwords, was part of a much larger set of databases containing over 3.5 billion user records and placed online. The largest public data breach by volume shows that you can not be too careful with your online records. 

Less than one in 10 Americans take necessary steps to prevent identity theft


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The first wave of spring breakers will arrive before you know it...

"Treat my home like your home," said Mike Adkinson, Walton County Sheriff. "If you do that, you are going to have a wonderful vacation here in Walton County."

To college students looking to go wild in South Walton, Sheriff Adkinson warns, "...it will end poorly." 

Right now, the beaches are empty but, that will change in less than two weeks. Spring breakers will take over the town but, that won't stop Walton County Sheriffs Office from enforcing their strict zero tolerance policy. 


Warning to Spring Breakers: "You do the crime, you will do the time."