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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.

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

(0) Comments | Posted June 12, 2014 | 1:07 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 | 5:08 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 | 4:39 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 | 1:05 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 | 3:21 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 | 12:52 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 | 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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