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Russ Warner
Russ Warner is a consummate software entrepreneur who has led multiple companies including Converus, makers of EyeDetect. He is a frequent speaker and columnist on Internet safety issues and deception detection techniques. Readers can contact Russ via @RussWarner.

Entries by Russ Warner

You Can No Longer Hide Your Lyin' Eyes

(0) Comments | Posted February 25, 2015 | 12:08 PM

Lying is, in a pure physiological sense, an unnatural act." -Lewis Thomas

So why do we lie? Sometimes, it's done to embellish the story about the fish that got away. Sometimes it's intended to shelter someone who would be hurt by the truth (i.e., "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa...

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What Should I Do if an Employee Is a Liar?

(2) Comments | Posted September 22, 2014 | 6:51 PM

"The best predictor of future behavior is the past." Sound familiar? This psychological theory has been around for a long time. It's used as a basis for many personality, behavioral, and integrity tests.

Courts of law use this line of thinking to make judgments about accused criminal activity. Similarly, police...

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How Do You Deal With an Unethical, Productive Employee

(2) Comments | Posted August 30, 2014 | 4:51 PM

Business can be difficult, but business is business. Sometimes you have to do hard things because it's better for the organization. But deciding what is best for the organization can be a bit fuzzy at times.

Consider, for example, if you have a...

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Which Profanities Are Trending in Today's Movies? What Can Families do?

(1) Comments | Posted June 12, 2014 | 2:07 PM

Profanity has become more commonplace on-screen and online in recent years. However, new research shows the increasing rate of profanity use in today's Hollywood films. (See chart below.)

For example, in 1939, Gone with the Wind was the first film to use a profane word. Everybody remembers that line, Scarlet....

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Without WiFi, Life Would End (aka Teen Internet Addiction)

(0) Comments | Posted May 22, 2014 | 6:08 PM

The Internet is just like the world. It can be wonderful and amazing or frightening and terrible. Each person must choose the path to take.

On average, kids spend over 44.5 hours a week in front of a screen (i.e., smartphone, tablet, TV, computer, gaming console, etc).

A recent...

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Anyone Can Find Your Personal Info Online, Right Now

(0) Comments | Posted May 15, 2014 | 5:39 PM

Most people know that it is best to be safe and cautious when posting information on the Internet or social networks. But what most people don't know is just how much personal information can be found online.

Data Sales Inc.

For one thing, the data sales industry collects facts and...

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Facebook's 'Nearby Friends' May Be Trouble

(0) Comments | Posted May 7, 2014 | 2:05 PM

Facebook's new feature, Nearby Friends, will allow anyone to get closer to friends -- literally. In hopes of narrowing the gap between online and face-to-face interactions, Facebook's Nearby Friends will notify you via cell phone or other mobile device whenever you are near a Facebook friend.

Nearby Friends will need...

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What You Say Online Can and Will Be Used Against You

(0) Comments | Posted April 30, 2014 | 4:21 PM

It is no secret that Facebook, Google, Microsoft and others are targeting your personal data. They use complex methods to gather, store, and reuse information that is important to you.

They look at the things you post, the things you search for, the websites you visit, the things you...

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Fake Facebook Pages and Promos May Steal Your Identity

(2) Comments | Posted April 23, 2014 | 1:52 PM

Facebook estimates that between 5.5 percent and 11.2 percent (68 to 138 million) of its user accounts are fake. While most of these fake accounts pretend to be individuals, some are fake company pages.

Take Southwest Airlines, for example. If you search for "Southwest Airlines" on Facebook, it...

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Tips for Parents to Avoid 4 Online Traps for Kids

(0) Comments | Posted April 16, 2014 | 5:18 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 | 9:18 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 | 5:33 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 | 1:12 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 | 1:52 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 | 4:17 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 | 3:59 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 | 11:41 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 | 12:41 PM

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 | 11:39 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 | 1:25 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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