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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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What Does a Safe Online Experience Mean for Your Child?

What Does a Safe Online Experience Mean for Your Child?

| January 27, 2014 | Comments (0)

Originally published on  When we think of the word safe in the context of our children, other words that come to mind usually include secure and protected. When you apply the definition of those words to our children’s online activities, they’re pretty much meaningless — even if they still hold true as standards that you […]

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10 Tips for Safe Online Shopping This Holiday Season

10 Tips for Safe Online Shopping This Holiday Season

| December 19, 2013 | Comments (0)

‘Tis the season for Internet scams! Below are 10 things to keep in mind as you hunt for those online deals this holiday season. Ignore suspicious offers via email: Three out of four spam attachments are malicious in nature. The keyword here is ignore, because opening one of these emails can be just as bad as […]

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How to Give Your Child or Teen a Happy, Healthy and Safe Gaming Experience This Christmas

How to Give Your Child or Teen a Happy, Healthy and Safe Gaming Experience This Christmas

| December 12, 2013 | Comments (0)

If your child has been eyeing your tablet and thinks of it as their go-to gaming device, you should forget about the Xbox One and PS4, or games like Grand Theft Auto 5, Battlefield 4 and Call of Duty: Ghosts and consider these alternatives: For Toddlers and Younger Kids Make sure the tablet that you […]

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How to Set Up Xbox One Parental Controls

How to Set Up Xbox One Parental Controls

| November 27, 2013 | Comments (1)

The Xbox One has some serious potential in terms of being an all-in-one entertainment center for your family. It can access the Internet, initiate Skype calls, connect to social networks, and even sync with your cable box so that you can browse live TV on the fly. And like the PlayStation 4 (parental controls guide […]

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How to Set Up PlayStation 4 Parental Controls

How to Set Up PlayStation 4 Parental Controls

| November 22, 2013 | Comments (0)

If you plan on picking up the new PlayStation 4 for the family this holiday season, your family is in for a treat, but you may want to consider setting some restrictions before you gift wrap it, especially if you have children or even young teens in the house. Games like Killzone, Call of Duty: […]

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How to Teach Your Children to Make Smart Online Choices

How to Teach Your Children to Make Smart Online Choices

| September 19, 2013 | Comments (0)

No matter what the device your child uses—whether it’s a tablet, an iPod Touch, a smartphone or a laptop—it’s critical to their development that you teach them the how to make healthy choices online. We welcome you to download a copy of The Yoursphere Challenge for Making Smart Online Choices to use as a guide […]

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Your Smartphone is Your Vehicle, but are You a Responsible Driver?

Your Smartphone is Your Vehicle, but are You a Responsible Driver?

| September 10, 2013 | Comments (0)

This article was written by mspy.com. The power of the internet and proliferation of mobile devices have been changing the way we do things.  Young people have always been the frontrunners of the new, creating digital trends and embracing technologies to communicate, learn, create and now….to commute as well.  Cyber hitch-hiking is gaining momentum among […]

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Ask.fm – What It Is and What Parents Need to Know

Ask.fm – What It Is and What Parents Need to Know

| August 15, 2013 | Comments (1)

“Ask.fm is a toxic site. Toxic means: poisonous, virulent, noxious, deadly, dangerous, harmful, injurious, pernicious. And that’s exactly what Ask.fm is to people your age, and even adults. And shame on the people that started that site.” Those are the exact words I said to my 12 and 14 year old boys when we were […]

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What is Omegle? Everything Parents Need to Know

What is Omegle? Everything Parents Need to Know

| August 8, 2013 | Comments (1)

The idea behind Omegle is very simple: chat with strangers online. This is a familiar concept for anyone who’s heard of Chatroulette. And like Chatroulette, people use Omegle for one of three reasons: to meet new people with similar interests, to get a kick from some of the absurd and random things you’ll see people […]

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How to Set Netflix Parental Controls

| July 25, 2013 | Comments (16)

Parents, if your family’s like mine, then they enjoy Netflix at home and on-the-go. While there are a number of quality shows, and a section devoted specifically to kids, know that your child or younger teen can still access adult content, some of which is rated TV-MA. The great thing about Netflix is they make it […]

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The ‘Cloud’ and You

The ‘Cloud’ and You

| July 23, 2013 | Comments (0)

What is the cloud? Are you too embarrassed at this point to ask, “What is the Cloud?”  Just like a Neighbor that moved in a year ago, it’s a little awkward to ask their name now.  Don’t worry it is never too late to learn! The cloud is a computing service that is not tied […]

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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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Five Apps that Help Prevent Texting While Driving

Five Apps that Help Prevent Texting While Driving

| May 29, 2013 | Comments (7)

In the wake of Savannah Nash’s tragic death, it’s important that more parents become more aware of the solutions that are available to help prevent texting while driving. It’s no secret, most people on the road are too distracted by their phones, but for young teens who essentially live their lives through their smartphone, the […]

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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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What To Do About Facebook Friend Hacks

What To Do About Facebook Friend Hacks

| May 9, 2013 | Comments (0)

Guest article by Janita Docherty. Friends connecting on Facebook is something that needs to be respected and trusted. Recently, a number of people, including myself, have received friend requests on Facebook from people they know. Why is this unusual? Because these requests are from people who are already connected in some form or another, be […]

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How to Delete Your Child’s Instagram Account

How to Delete Your Child’s Instagram Account

| April 2, 2013 | Comments (0)

There are many reasons you might want to delete your child’s Instagram account. For starters, Instagram’s Terms of Service requires that a member be at least 13 years of age to join, so if your child (12 and under) has an account, they’ve obviously lied about their age. But beyond that, your child could be […]

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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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Making Password Security Simple

Making Password Security Simple

| March 20, 2013 | Comments (0)

This is a guest editorial by McAfee. There’s been a lot of high profile account hacks in the news lately, from celebrities such as Mila Kunis and Scarlett Johansson, to reporters at Wired and The New York Times. While it’s easy to think it won’t happen to you, the truth is normal people get their […]

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Review - Learn How to Block Porn with MetaSurf

Review – Learn How to Block Porn with MetaSurf

| February 28, 2013 | Comments (6)

MetaSurf (Google Chrome and Firefox; Free) is a browser extension created by MetaCert which blocks pornographic websites and, most notably, porn found on social media websites. MetaSurf is a cloud-based system, which means there aren’t any software updates for you to download or compatibility issues; it’s a true plug-and-play solution. I used MetaSurf on both […]

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