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Given the recent security breaches and malware attacks it’s time to examine how you and your family use the Internet, social media platforms, Apps, and other online activity.

Below are some questions you may want to consider:

• How secure are your passwords?
• How often do you change them?
• Do you have two-factor authentication for your email and other online accounts?
• How much personal information do you share on social media?
• Are you posting too many photos of your children?
• Is your computer and smart phone secure?
• Do you know what information your children share online?
• Are they protected?
• Do you have a VPN to prevent the loss of personal information?

These are some of the questions you may want to examine and decide what if any changes to make to ensure your children are safe and your personal information is concealed from hackers and criminals.

Start a discussion with your family, ask your children if they are aware of the dangers in giving away personal information and the untold harm it could cause.

Be cyber-smart, protect your identity and more importantly your children.

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Apple is sharing your face with apps. That’s a new privacy worry

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Poop that mimics your facial expressions was just the beginning. It’s going to hit the fan when the face-mapping tech that powers the iPhone X’s cutesy “Animoji” starts being used for creepier purposes. And Apple just started sharing your face with lots of apps.

Beyond a photo, the iPhone X’s front sensors scan 30,000 points to make a 3D model of your face. That’s how the iPhone X unlocks and makes animations that might have once required a Hollywood studio. Read more…

Here’s How the End of Net Neutrality Will Change the Internet

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Internet service providers like Comcast and Verizon may soon be free to block content, slow video-streaming services from rivals, and offer “fast lanes” to preferred partners. For a glimpse of how the internet experience may change, look at what broadband providers are doing under the existing “net neutrality” rules. Read more…

New Research: 3 in 10 Parents Say Their Child Has an Internet-Connected Toy

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WASHINGTON, Nov. 16, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — A new study of parents of connected children released today by the Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) found that parents whose kids have their own connected device or social media account are notably more optimistic about the benefits of that technology than are those whose children do not have them.

The report, “Connected Families: How Parents Think and Feel About Wearables, Toys and the Internet of Things,” explores the understanding and comfort level of parents whose children use connected toys and devices in the home. Other topics included top benefits and concerns for parents, the confidence for monitoring and controlling the use of these technologies, and what ages children are using or owning them. Read more…

Snapchat Has a Child-Porn Problem

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Last year a 13-year-old Illinois boy learned an old, painful lesson about online relationships. After swapping messages with someone who claimed to be a 19-year-old woman in search of nude photos, he eventually sent an indecent video of himself. When he had second thoughts and tried to break off contact, “she” threatened to post the video publicly. He told his parents instead, and they called the police. The culprit turned out to be a 24-year-old man in California who had used similar “sextortion” tactics to exploit five other boys.

While pedophiles have been taking advantage of kids online for about as long as there’s been an internet, law enforcement officials say tactics employed by the 24-year-old Californian are becoming more common in at least one way: He found the 13-year-old on Snapchat, which he told police had become his preferred venue for obtaining child porn. Read more…

Social Media Isn’t Ruining Our Kids. We Are

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Good news, pearl-clutchers! Someone re-examined all of our moral panic around whether or not social media is What’s Wrong With Kids These Days and all signs point to: nope.

It’s no secret that parents, pediatricians, and people who have Lots of Opinions aren’t fond of the Snaptweets and Instabook posts all of our kids are making, and suspect that these platforms — not to mention the KikTube — are the reasons kids are entitled, anxious, over-sensitive garbage.

A new study published in Psychiatry Quarterly examined that idea in more detail, and it suggests that it may soon be time to move Social Media into the abandoned scapegoats pile so it can join its video games and rock-and-roll brethren. Read more…

Avalanche Of Sex Assault Claims A Chance To Teach Kids

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Brett Ratner is the latest Hollywood player to be accused of sexual harassment, a new twist in the scandal that’s been dominating the media in recent weeks. The firestorm began with allegations against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein and quickly grew; more than 60 women have come forward to accuse him of sexual assault and rape.

“This has been one of the biggest things that’s happened to bring sexual harassment and sexual misconduct to the forefront,” says Dr. Kristine Schlichting, owner of Hopewell Health Solutions in Glastonbury.

The controversy is an opportunity to talk to our kids and hopefully change the landscape for women – and men – in the future. Read more…

Uber’s app can record everything on your iPhone’s screen without you knowing

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The Uber app has the ability to monitor and record what people are doing on their iPhones, according to security researchers.

In worrying news, the company can reportedly monitor a user’s screen even when the app is running in the background, allowing access to whatever you are looking at including private photos and passwords.
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New tools to protect kids against cyberbullying

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October is National Bullying Prevention Awareness month.

These days, most bullying takes place on computers and phones. Parenting experts say cyberbullying is at an unprecedented level but there are also more tools than ever before to protect your children.

“If it’s not affecting your child directly, they know somebody who it is affecting,” said Titania Jordan, Chief Parenting Officer with Bark, an app that promotes itself as a digital safety solution for parents.

Between Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Kik, Snapchat, text and email, kids and teens have countless ways to communicate now. Any parent would have to spend hours mining their phones to keep up, and that can often lead to a dispute about privacy. Read more…

How Smartphones Hijack Our Minds

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So you bought that new iPhone. If you are like the typical owner, you’ll be pulling your phone out and using it some 80 times a day, according to data Apple collects. That means you’ll be consulting the glossy little rectangle nearly 30,000 times over the coming year. Your new phone, like your old one, will become your constant companion and trusty factotum—your teacher, secretary, confessor, guru. The two fo you will be inseparable. Read more…