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Russ Warner
Russ Warner is a consumate entrepreneur who has led multiple companies including ContentWatch, makers of Net Nanny. He is a frequent author, speaker, and columnist on business and sales strategy as well as on privacy and Internet safety issues. Readers can contact Russ via @RussWarner.

Entries by Russ Warner

Tips for Parents to Avoid 4 Online Traps for Kids

(0) Comments | Posted April 16, 2014 | 4:18 PM

Hand over your iPad or smartphone to a child these days and watch them -- immediately launching apps, playing games, sending messages, posting pictures, and watching videos.

It seems kids these days as young as two are very comfortable using technology. They just seem to "get it." They know...

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Facebook and Others Predict Life Events Based on What You Post

(3) Comments | Posted March 5, 2014 | 8:18 AM

More than 1 billion users give Facebook their personal info every day, including basics such as name, city, school, employment, relationship status, interests, events attended, etc.

But in spite of the option to set your privacy settings to "high," Facebook continues to gather more and more data about you. In...

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Why You Should Care about Social Network Over-Sharing

(1) Comments | Posted February 1, 2014 | 4:33 PM

Everybody has a "friend" on social media that clogs up the newsfeed with excessive posts and pics that are more nuisance than news. This "friend" may share too many items, too often. Let's face it, in some cases, that "friend" could be you.

Security and privacy experts recommend reviewing your...

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Could a Facebook Post Ruin your Credit Score?

(4) Comments | Posted January 17, 2014 | 12:12 PM

It appears people are becoming more aware of the ramifications of "bad" social network posts. A recent study showed that 71 percent of users will self-censor their social network comments.

In spite of that, apps like Snapchat and Whisper exist to allow some to continue to act...

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Would You Rather Have Your Car Stolen or Your Identity?

(0) Comments | Posted December 5, 2013 | 12:52 PM

Regardless of your preference on that question, be advised that 12.6 million Americans were victims of identity theft last year; during the same time, fewer than 1 million stolen cars were reported to the FBI.

Due to the rise of mobile technology, identity theft through smartphones has...

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Protect Your Online Identity This Holiday Season

(0) Comments | Posted November 22, 2013 | 3:17 PM

Online presence and shopping are increasingly popular. And as if we needed more reason to shop online, there's a day set aside for online deals: Cyber Monday. This holiday season, Internet users and shoppers need to be aware of identity thieves.

It seems as though everyone has a smartphone, tablet,...

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Which Websites Should a Parent Block, Based on a Child's Age?

(0) Comments | Posted November 14, 2013 | 2:59 PM

Anyone old enough to hold a phone or tablet can access and browse the Internet. Within seconds, millions of pages are available. With that access, there are questionable users and explicit material within easy reach -- whether accessed intentionally or accidentally.

Reality is that kids, tweens, and teens use technology...

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How to Keep Your Child Safe on the iPod Touch, iPhone and iPad

(2) Comments | Posted November 12, 2013 | 10:41 AM

Apple has sold well over 600 Million iOS devices so far. That figure includes the iPod Touch, iPhone and iPad combined.

These devices are used by kids for socializing, videos, games, music, reading, studying and much more. Although each of these things is positive, there is one potential...

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Meet the Cyberbully

(3) Comments | Posted October 28, 2013 | 11:41 AM

Meet the cyberbully. More often than not, the cyberbully is female.

The cyberbully is getting a lot of press these days. Her methods seem to be very effective.

The cyberbully won't usually harass others in person. The cyberbully is empowered by the anonymity the online world provides....

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Do Smartphones Inhibit a Boy's Ability to Communicate With Girls?

(7) Comments | Posted September 12, 2013 | 10:39 AM

In an excerpt from Catherine Steiner-Adair's book, while sitting in her English class, a 15-year-old girl received a text message from a boy a few desks away who she didn't really know. The message said, "So, are you good at hooking up?"

"Um... idk. I don't think about that,"...

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Beware of Legal Threats Social Networks Pose

(4) Comments | Posted August 30, 2013 | 12:25 PM

It should be understood by now that posting anything on a social network assumes you are freely giving that information to the public. Given that fact, let's discuss the legal implications of openly sharing on the Web.

Professionals, kids, and parents use social networks to connect with friends, family, colleagues,...

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Why You Need to Manage Mobile Apps

(0) Comments | Posted August 22, 2013 | 2:53 PM

If you've heard that Android apps were infested with malware, get this: about 1 million malicious Android apps will be introduced into the market this year, according to Infonetics Research's mobile security report.

It's reported that Android malware threats exceed those of PCs. Gone are the days when...

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Online Sexual Predators Beware: There's a New 'Bot' in Town

(1) Comments | Posted August 9, 2013 | 12:50 PM

Who are your real friends online? It's difficult to tell.

Many "friends" lie about traits from likes and interests to gender, age, and identity. Many sad stories involving fake Facebook accounts include sexual predators posing as someone else. However, a new chatbot is attempting to help "out" online sexual...

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Should Toddlers Play Apps Designed for Tweens?

(0) Comments | Posted June 26, 2013 | 2:23 PM

Busy lives and tech gadgets make it easy to hand off a tablet to an anxious toddler for a little distraction. A study by Qualcomm showed that 53 percent of parents use technology to calm fussy kids. Now, playtime is just a click away.

A 2011 study by...

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Are Public Shaming and Cyberbullying the Same?

(0) Comments | Posted June 17, 2013 | 4:10 PM

Public shaming is in the news (again). Readers' comments on articles side with public shaming being a good thing.

In March, a woman publicly shamed two men on Twitter. Adria Richards, the "shamer," listened to two men talking at a technical conference and became upset at their sexist and degrading...

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Can Facebook Ads Affect Your Child?

(0) Comments | Posted May 24, 2013 | 3:44 PM


Most ads on Facebook are seen but not clicked, yet they can impact users, especially kids who shouldn't really see some of the ads.

So here's a problem: Facebook imposes a minimum age of 13 years old before you can create an account. As a result, if...

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The Secret Life of Snapchat Pictures

(3) Comments | Posted May 23, 2013 | 6:10 PM

It's no secret that teens use the mobile app Snapchat to send sexually explicit pictures to each other. The premise of the app is that you can send a text that self-destructs on the recipient's phone within a few seconds.

The notion that these photos are deleted forever seems...

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Organizations should institute a No-Porn Policy

(7) Comments | Posted May 2, 2013 | 5:47 PM

A man standing in his office peers across the street into another building and sees something eye-catching. He tells coworkers, who encourage him to take a photo. The photo shows a man sitting at his desk viewing porn on his computer. The photo is uploaded to Instagram and goes viral....

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Consequences in a Digital Society

(2) Comments | Posted April 22, 2013 | 5:23 PM

The explosion at the Boston Marathon was tragic and deplorable. On a positive note, the FBI identified (and apprehended) suspicious persons at the event based on info gleaned from spectator photographs and from news organizations, as well as local merchants' surveillance cameras.

Most private companies (59%) and public organizations...

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The Jodi Arias, Anthony Weiner and Snapchat Guide to Creating Lasting Digital Memories

(6) Comments | Posted April 19, 2013 | 10:24 AM

Phone sex conversations emerged between Travis Alexander and Jodi Arias, the woman charged with his murder. Jodi recorded and kept these conversations with a goal in mind, which we will likely not know.

In our 24/7 digital world, simple activities such as a phone conversation, a digital photograph and a...

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