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Category: Privacy

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How to Prevent Your iPhone From Being Hacked And What To Do If It Has

| February 13, 2014 | Comments (1)

Your iPhone Can be Hacked According to this USA Today article, if you’ve used someone else’s charger it’s quite possible that your iPhone could have been hacked. That means another individual or organization may have gained access to your texts, emails, search history, passwords or even your data plan. According to Georgia Tech research scientists, […]

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Helping Kids Understand Their ‘Digital Footprint’

Helping Kids Understand Their ‘Digital Footprint’

| July 16, 2013 | Comments (0)

This is a guest editorial by McAfee. It’s easy to talk in general about an important topic and apply a catchy phrase to it without our kids really ever understanding it. When it comes to explaining the weight of  their digital footprint kids can quickly glaze over and check out if we fail to speak in terms […]

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Keep Your Computer Safe From Wi-Fi Criminals

Keep Your Computer Safe From Wi-Fi Criminals

| July 9, 2013 | Comments (0)

When you’re traveling with your family this summer, the last thing you want to have to do is look over your shoulder constantly to fend against fraud or identity theft. While the portability of a tablet or laptop is very convenient, before you connect with that public Wi-Fi network, be aware that it could be teeming […]

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A Little Privacy, Please! Your Rights and Social Media Policies

A Little Privacy, Please! Your Rights and Social Media Policies

| June 20, 2013 | Comments (0)

This is a guest article written by Richard Console (original article).  Your privacy is important to us. How many times have you heard this spiel? “Your privacy is important to us. Read our privacy policy.” If your privacy was really important, would the websites that you visit every day, the ones that you use to share stories […]

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4 Security Precautions to Take Before Using Public Wi-Fi

4 Security Precautions to Take Before Using Public Wi-Fi

| May 16, 2013 | Comments (0)

This is a guest article by Jessica Salt. Using public Wi-Fi automatically introduces security threats that rarely exist on private networks. If you have to use a public network, then follow these safety precautions to keep your information secure. Only Use Encrypted Websites Anyone with some basic hacking experience can steal information from other computers […]

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RAT Hackers Targeting Women, Children for Fun and Extortion

RAT Hackers Targeting Women, Children for Fun and Extortion

| March 26, 2013 | Comments (0)

If you’ve used services like WebEx or Skype then you’re probably familiar with desktop sharing technology. In a nutshell, desktop sharing allows someone to remotely control someone else’s computer, meaning they can access files and launch applications as if they were on their own computer. In applications like this, desktop sharing technology is totally legal, […]

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Facebook Graph Search - What It Means to Your Privacy

Facebook Graph Search – What It Means to Your Privacy

| March 11, 2013 | Comments (0)

In January, Facebook unveiled Graph Search, a new search tool that leverages information from your friends’ interests, likes, check-ins and photos, ultimately allowing you to discover new places and things. You can also use Graph Search to review all the photos you’ve been tagged in since joining Facebook. This can be helpful in having more control over […]

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How to Avoid Falling Victim to a “Catfish” Hoax

How to Avoid Falling Victim to a “Catfish” Hoax

| January 19, 2013 | Comments (0)

The term “catfish” comes from the 2010 documentary film in which a young New Yorker named Nev Schulman has an online relationship with a woman on Facebook. Turns out the woman fabricated her entire life on the social network, and when Nev finally made plans to meet her in real life, he realized that everything she told […]

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Facebook’s New Privacy Settings

Facebook’s New Privacy Settings

| January 9, 2013 | Comments (0)

In response to recent criticism, Facebook has added new privacy settings and made them easier to access. The new settings give users more security options for who can view content that’s on their profile. In a nutshell, the new privacy settings address tagging, blocking events, blocking apps, and setting visibility restrictions to the public and […]

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TMI: When Oversharing Online Becomes a Problem

TMI: When Oversharing Online Becomes a Problem

| November 14, 2012 | Comments (0)

From what they are eating to where they are going, young people everywhere are sharing everything they do online. Facebook, Instagram and Twitter make it possible for people to instantly connect – and sometimes, unknowingly to them, become easy targets for identification theft, bullying or home burglary. Does it seem like a stretch? It’s not. […]

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Back to School Online Safety Guide

Back to School Online Safety Guide

| August 14, 2012 | Comments (0)

As school starts back up for most students across the country and parents face the inevitable back-to-school frenzy that follows, most parents tend to overlook one very important preparation aspect: the digital safety aspect. The back-to-school season is responsible for billions of dollars spent on digital devices; laptops, tablets and smartphones are changing the way […]

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Pendaflex Tag Tamer Review

Pendaflex Tag Tamer Review

| July 30, 2012 | Comments (0)

Pendaflex Tag Tamer is a free Facebook application that allows users to find and untag themselves in photos that they’ve been tagged in. Facebook members can use Pendaflex Tag Tamer to filter through tagged photos by month, year or the name of the person who they were tagged with. If you or your older teen […]

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Facebook Exchange Means Even Less Privacy for You

Facebook Exchange Means Even Less Privacy for You

| July 11, 2012 | Comments (0)

Now that Facebook has gone public, it’s beholden to shareholders and has to keep finding ways in which to maximize their profit. Considering that advertising made up 85% of their revenue last year, it’s no surprise that Facebook would turn their attention towards enhancing this approach. This is where Facebook Exchange comes in. Facebook Exchange […]

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Five Questions Every Parent Needs to Know the Answers to When Asking: Is Facebook Okay for My Child?

Five Questions Every Parent Needs to Know the Answers to When Asking: Is Facebook Okay for My Child?

| June 7, 2012 | Comments (0)

Facebook’s decision to investigate technology that would make them compliant with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), and subsequently allow children under the age of 13 to join the network, has me deeply concerned as a parent.  The argument that this move would make Facebook safer for children is misleading and designed to placate […]

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Tumblr – Why Kids Love It and What Parents Need To Know

Tumblr – Why Kids Love It and What Parents Need To Know

| June 5, 2012 | Comments (31)

Maybe you’ve heard your teen talking about something called Tumblr. Or perhaps you’ve seen it on the Internet somewhere and always wondered what it is. Aside of its increasing popularity among the younger crowd, there’s really only one reason why you might want to consider blocking Tumblr on your home computer, or at the very […]

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Family iBoard Review - A Social Networking Tool Created Just for Families

Family iBoard Review – A Social Networking Tool Created Just for Families

| May 29, 2012 | Comments (1)

The Family iBoard, which is available for Windows, Mac OSX, and all iOS devices, gives your family their own secure Private Family Network. Think of it as a digitally secure safe where your family members can share private information and content with each other without worrying about their privacy being violated. It’s also a great way to keep […]

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How to Delete That Unwanted Google+ Profile of Your Child

How to Delete That Unwanted Google+ Profile of Your Child

| March 30, 2012 | Comments (2)

The other day my son asked if he could have a YouTube account of his own. He enjoys listening to music and watching the sports videos on the site. He’s 13 now so I said yes. While the intention was for me to help him create his account, he jumped right in and suddenly he […]

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Internet Cookies – What They Are and How to Block Them

Internet Cookies – What They Are and How to Block Them

| March 14, 2012 | Comments (0)

If you’re like most parents, the first time you heard of Internet cookies you probably wondered to yourself, ‘what the heck are cookies?’ Well, simply put, cookies are small, often encrypted (protected) text-only files that reside on your web browser or computer’s memory. In a nutshell, cookies are used to make your web-browsing experience a […]

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How to Easily Block Ads on Your Child’s Computer

How to Easily Block Ads on Your Child’s Computer

| March 9, 2012 | Comments (0)

The idea of ad companies and marketing firms having an “online profile” of your child based on their web browsing habits is of definite concern. Unfortunately, this isn’t just an idea; it’s a reality. In fact, it’s how companies like Google and Yahoo! make money. One of the key methods used to collect this data […]

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Three Good Reasons Why Your Child Shouldn’t Be on Facebook

Three Good Reasons Why Your Child Shouldn’t Be on Facebook

| February 22, 2012 | Comments (5)

As a mother of two college students and two tween boys, I absolutely understand the urge to give children what they want. Right now, in this world of digital media and instant gratification, that ‘want’ is to be on a social network with their friends. Most children, as you know, use Facebook as that social […]

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Instagram – Is It Okay for Kids? What Parents Need to Know

Instagram – Is It Okay for Kids? What Parents Need to Know

| February 8, 2012 | Comments (344)

In many ways, and without reinventing the wheel, Instagram is changing the way people share photos with each other. The mobile app, which is only available on the iPhone, is steadily growing in popularity among the kid and teen crowds, causing parents to take notice and ask, what exactly is Instagram, and is there anything […]

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