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Online Safety

Contrary to Popular Belief, Parents Are Not Clueless About Kids Use of Tech

Larry Magid | Posted 11.17.2015 | Technology
Larry Magid

Despite numerous articles about how parents are clueless and less tech savvy than their children, the study found that the majority of today's parents do feel they have a handle on how their kids are using technology.

Cyber Hygiene - Keeping Your Devices Clean

Christopher Burgess | Posted 10.01.2015 | Technology
Christopher Burgess

How often do you receive a CD or a USB from friends or family with something of interest? If you simply drop the CD into the drive or stick the USB stick into the slot and run, you are entrusting the security of the device to the security protocols used by that friend or family member.

Creating a National Online Safety Plan

Stephen Balkam | Posted 09.16.2015 | Technology
Stephen Balkam

Keeping kids safe online while also giving them freedom to explore is tough. Giving parents timely information and the skills they need while helping them be good digital role models to their kids is not easy.

16 Ways You May Be Exposing Yourself To Fraud

Adam Levin | Posted 09.11.2015 | Crime
Adam Levin

We all need to take responsibility for the attackable surface, or vulnerability, of our personal information and our areas of exposure.

How Baby Boomers Can Keep Their Money and Identities Safe Online

Bonnie Moore | Posted 09.10.2015 | Fifty
Bonnie Moore

Not everyone's intentions on the Internet are good. Hackers and online scammers target those of us over 50 because they expect us to be less computer savvy and more trusting. They want our money and our identities. With the following know-how, we're going to prevent those abusing the Internet from getting them!

6 Tips To Help Teens Navigate Online Friendships Safely

Diana Graber | Posted 08.11.2015 | Parents
Diana Graber

In this new and different world of friendship-making, parents need to readjust their parenting skills in order to help young people learn how to make new relationships that are safe and positive.

What Do You Know About Cloud Safety? | Posted 07.22.2015 | Technology

It seems like everyone is using the cloud these days. Whether they're storing their personal files and photos to share them with friends and family, or they're taking advantage of the amount of space readily available for businesses critical data, there is one common concern across the board: how safe is the cloud?

Shame on Facebook: How Zuckerberg's Confusing "Real Names" Policy Hurts More Than It Helps

Lil Miss Hot Mess | Posted 07.16.2015 | Gay Voices
Lil Miss Hot Mess

Facebook's policy disproportionately affects certain categories of users, and whether intentional or not, that's discriminatory as well as dangerous for many. So, Zuck, let's cut through the confusion and make things perfectly clear: it's time for Facebook to be accountable to its community and delete this policy once and for all.

Even If You Uninstall Google Photos, It Will Keep Uploading Your Pics

The Huffington Post | Damon Beres | Posted 07.13.2015 | Technology

 Google Photos is so good at storing your pictures online, you might not even realize it's doing it. David Arnott of Upstart Business Journal di...

Online Security: The Fundamental American Right of the 21st Century

Emmanuel Schalit | Posted 06.30.2015 | Technology
Emmanuel Schalit

Here in America, there is an unquestioned belief in the fundamental right to safety. It is built into the legal framework, and thus culture of America, that every citizen has the inalienable right to be protected from physical violence.

Cyber Citizenship Heads to Texas Public Middle Schools

Lauren Galley | Posted 06.17.2015 | Education
Lauren Galley

I remember sending my first text and opening my first MySpace account. I was 13 years old. Even though the smart phone was not in existence, my world of communication was forever changed.

LastPass: So Your Password Manager Got Hacked, Now What?

Diana Graber | Posted 07.06.2015 | Technology
Diana Graber

Today the only password manager we keep can safely rely on lies between our ears, in an unhackable vault that's free to use. We might as well learn how to put it to work.

Summertime Social Media and Periscope Safety Tips for Parents

Katie Lance | Posted 06.16.2015 | Parents
Katie Lance

Make sure to have conversations with your caregivers this summer. Let them know your rules about social media, photos and videos of your kids. If your kids are old enough to babysit this summer, make sure you have these conversations with them too so they understand the ramifications of the responsibility they have when they are watching someone else's children.

Encryption: An Important Protection For Content And Communications

The Next Ten Challenge | Posted 06.15.2015 | Media
The Next Ten Challenge

This advice was tweeted by Eva Galperin of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a San Francisco-based organization committed to the defense of privacy and Internet freedom. She meant everybody should use this tool to protect all of their online communications.

How To Protect Your Privacy When Dating Online

Laurie Davis | Posted 06.28.2015 | Women
Laurie Davis

"Can't I date online more privately?" my client Michelle* asked. She's an executive working in a male-dominated industry and is wary of bumping into people from her boardroom. It happened once on The League, an exclusive, invite-only dating app. Awkward.

Why Don't Parents Care About Online Safety?

Diana Graber | Posted 06.15.2015 | Parents
Diana Graber

How is it that a society so protective of children offline has left them largely unsupervised online? On this virtual playground, where kids are being unleashed at increasingly younger ages, their activities are pretty much unsupervised.

Online Violence: Just Because It's Virtual Doesn't Make It Any Less Real

Clare Winterton | Posted 06.13.2015 | Technology
Clare Winterton

As the Internet becomes an increasingly important part of human existence and a critical space for marginalized populations to make their voices heard, a woman's inability to feel safe online is an impediment to her freedom, as well as to her basic human rights.

Teenagers and the Internet

Suren Ramasubbu | Posted 06.07.2015 | Parents
Suren Ramasubbu

The increased presence of youth online has raised serious concerns about the safety of Internet and social media use.

The 3 Teachable Moments Every Digital Parent Should Seize

Stephen Balkam | Posted 05.19.2015 | Parents
Stephen Balkam

It goes without saying that your teen will pay much more attention to what you do than what you say. If you are constantly on the phone, text at stop lights, bring your phone to bed and are not present for your own kids, then they will follow your lead.

Your Tween's Private Photo Could Go Viral. Here's How.

Galit Breen | Posted 05.18.2015 | Parents
Galit Breen

Our kids aren't all that different then we were at this age. But their access to social media makes their quickly made decisions capable of being a little bigger, a little louder, have a little more impact, a bigger punch, if you will.

How Many of These Security Mistakes Are you Making?

Jeff Fox | Posted 04.20.2015 | Technology
Jeff Fox

A lot of what passes for common sense about this subject is just plain wrong -- and often risky. Here's a list of some mistaken beliefs that can get you ripped off or hacked, or your computer infected with something nasty.

Every Day Should Be 'Safer Internet Day'

Diana Graber | Posted 04.13.2015 | Parents
Diana Graber

So I like Annie Fox's suggestion that we "vaccinate kids before they play on the Internet." Let's actually give them the 21st Century skills we keep talking about.

Sweetheart Scams: How an Online Romeo Could Ruin More Than Just Valentine's Day

Rachel Pross | Posted 04.12.2015 | Money
Rachel Pross

Almost all of us have heard the stories of identity theft and the importance of keeping personal information safe, particularly in an age of highly publicized data breaches at major retailers. That's why the subject of "sweetheart scams" catches so many off guard. Here are some tips to keep yourself and your loved ones safe..

Parenting in the Digital Era

Suren Ramasubbu | Posted 04.08.2015 | Parents
Suren Ramasubbu

As James Baldwin said, "Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them." If parental digital illiteracy can cause one type of problems to children, parental overindulgence in technology can raise a completely different set of equally serious issues.

The Simple Email Trick that Identity Thieves Hate

Adam Levin | Posted 03.31.2015 | Technology
Adam Levin

It may sound ridiculous at first, but a strategic deployment of the most common and visible form of personally identifiable information--the humble email address--might be enough to send a would-be identity thief packing to an easier mark.