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Cyber Security Awareness Month’s Michael Kaiser: ‘We’re all connected’ (podcast)

(This post first appeared on CNET News.com) October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month — a time when the tech industry, government, businesses, and consumers focus on staying safe online. I admit that there are lots of of days, weeks, and months on the calendar to recognize just about anything laudable, but October is as […]

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Can Google kill the tracking cookie?

I usually don’t write about rumors, but reports that Google may be working on a replacement for tracking cookies is worth speculating about because it can have enormous implications when it comes to our online privacy. There are reports that Google is working on something called AdID which would transmit anonymous user data to advertisers who agree […]

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Most online adults know they’re not anonymous but take steps to protect privacy

A recent survey from the Pew Research Center found at the more than a fifth (21%) of adults have had an email or social media account hijacked and more than a tenth (11%) have had information important information stolen, such as a social security number, credit card or bank account numbers. The report, Anonymity, Privacy, and […]

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Hands-on with Samsung smartwatch — is it coming to a kid near you?

Are your kids about to get a smartwatch?  Probably not if they have their heart set on the new Samsung Galaxy Gear watch that was unveiled this week.  It costs a whopping $299 and it only works with a single phone — the Samsung Galaxy Note 3.  But, as a category, it could catch on […]

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Guarding against hacker attacks

This post is adapted from one that appeared in the San Jose Mercury News The recent hacker attacks against The New York Times and Twitter are a reminder that the Internet has become a battleground for global conflict with businesses and consumers as collateral damage. It doesn’t matter whether the “Syrian Electronic Army,” which took credit for the […]

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Kids engaging in ‘distracted walking’

  You’ve heard about distracted driving but what about distracted walking?  Research from SafeKids Worldwide* found that one in five high school students and one in eight middle schoolers were crossing the street while talking or texting on a cell phone. The study also found that 39% of teens were wearing headphones while crossing the […]

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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

[soundcloud url="http://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/106681282" params="" width=" 100%" height="166" iframe="true" /] 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 […]

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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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