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‘The Kids Are (mostly) All Right’ when it comes to privacy and bullying

This post is adapted from one that appeared in the San Jose Mercury News The question of “what’s the matter with kids today?” has  probably been with us for millenniums, but it was certainly the top of mind in 1963 when the lyrics for the song “Kids” from the movie “Bye Bye Birdie” asked that question […]

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Survey: Many teens taking steps to protect mobile privacy

Listen to Larry Magid’s 1-minute CBS News Tech Talk segment, including clips from study lead author, Amanda Lenhart A new report from the Pew Research Center and Harvard’s Berkman Center provides more evidence that teens are concerned about privacy when using mobile devices. This follows last week’s report that American teens care about online privacy. The report, Teens […]

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How LinkedIn plans to protect privacy of teens on its service

LinkedIn, the professional network with about 238 million members will soon welcome teens, 14 and up.  Until now, the service was only open to people 18 and older. The company is launching what it’s calling University Pages. About 200 universities have already signed-up, according to a LinkedIn blog post, including New York University, University of California San Diego, Fundação […]

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Product that lets parents/employers remotely install spy software is bad idea

You don’t have to work for the NSA to spy on people.  All you need is $79 to buy a piece of software called SniperSpy that you can remotely install on other people’s computers. “No physical access is needed to the computer for installation.” The software, according to a company press release, “is completely hidden […]

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A much-needed national debate about privacy is now underway

This post is adapted from one that appeared in the San Jose Mercury News It’s been quite a couple of weeks for the national debate on privacy.  At a press conference earlier this month, President Barack Obama implied that he’ll back the development of technologies to help people protect themselves from the very government he […]

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Survey finds teens know and care about online privacy

  Survey finds that teens are pretty self-reliant when it comes to only privacy controls but — when they seek help — they often go to peers and parents   Contrary to popular mythology, a survey from the Pew Research Center and Harvard’s Berkman Center found that “American teenagers ages 12 to 17 care about […]

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Ways to reduce the chances of being spied on by the NSA or anyone else

We live in a world where people rightfully worry about whether their electronic communications are being tracked by the government, by companies or by criminals.  Recent revelations by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden have certainly demonstrated that the government has the capability of knowing who you’re calling and how long you’re speaking.  Other leaks indicate the […]

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Two factor authentication is a trade-off between security and convenience

  There is often a trade-off between security and convenience. For example, many houses have two locks — a regular door lock and a bolt lock. If you use both of them you have a bit of extra security but it will take you slightly longer to enter your house. The same is true with […]

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Here’s a tech risk: TVs falling on children

When we think of the “dangers” of TV and children, we’re reminded of studies about kids watching too much TV or TV shows that encourage violence, overeating, or bad habits. And while there is some controversy about those issues, there is little doubt that TV becomes a real danger to kids if a set falls […]

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Twitter updates rules to emphasize no tolerance for abusive behavior

Saying “We want people to feel safe on Twitter,” Del Harvey, the company’s Senior Director, Trust and Safety and its UK General Manager Tony Wang wrote in a blog post that the company has updated its rules “to clarify that we do not tolerate abusive behavior,” adding that they “want people to feel safe on Twitter, and we want […]

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