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Researchers at Black Hat show how to hack an iPhone with rogue charger

Have you ever been tempted to use a public charging station for your phone? Chances are it’s OK, but three Georgia Tech security researchers at the Black Hat conference in Las Vegas showed how easy it is for a rogue “charger” to transfer malware to an iPhone or other iOS device. The “Mactans charger” is […]

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Twitter improves abuse reporting

In a Blog post entitled “We hear you,” Twitter’s Senior Director of Trust & Safety, Del Harvey, announced on Monday that the company has introduced the ability to file reports from an individual tweet on its iPhone app and the mobile version of the site with plans to add the feature to its desktop and Android versions. “While […]

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Are you being stalked via cell phone?

At the National Network to End Domestic Violence Technology Summit 2013 in San Jose,Erica Olsen, senior technology safety specialist for the organization talked about what to look for if you’re concerned that someone has planted software on your mobile device to track, spy or stalk you. Of course, some of these can be associated with other issues […]

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Agreement calls for mobile app privacy disclosures

A new voluntary code has been tentatively established to assure greater transparency in the types of information apps collect and how the information is used, but it’s not entirely clear whether the code will be implemented and, if so, who will abide by it. Yet, according to Future of Privacy Forum Director Jules Polonetsky, it […]

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Korean students aren’t the only ones “addicted” to smartphones

[soundcloud url="http://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/102197274" params="" width=" 100%" height="166" iframe="true" /] The Wall Street Journal, reports that roughly 1 in 5 Korean students are addicted to their smartphones. But the problem isn’t limited to Korea. Last year Time magazine reported the results of a survey that found that “1 in 4 people check (their phone) every 30 minutes, 1 in 5 every […]

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President Obama: “Kids have more sense than we did”

If you didn’t hear the President’s remarks about the emotions stirred up as  a result of the Trayvon Martin case and the George Zimmerman verdict, click on the video below.  He interrupted the usual White House press briefing on Friday to speak for just under 18 minutes about the reaction to the verdict, especially as […]

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10 rules for safe family cell phone use

1. Have a conversation about when it’s OK and not OK to use the phone for talking, texting, apps and other functions. This should include both time and place. Talk about rules for cell phone use during dinner, at social events and in public places like movie theaters and restaurants. 2. Consider having a centralized […]

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Brick and mortar stores tracking your cell phone

Listen to Larry Magid’s CBS News/CNET Tech Talk about this subject [soundcloud url="http://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/101217650" params="" width=" 100%" height="166" iframe="true" /] By now you’re probably familiar with tracking cookies – tiny little files stored on your device that inform web sites about your identity. They don’t necessarily disclose exactly who you are, but they do give advertisers […]

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Safe searching with Google and YouTube

Google engineer Matthias Heiler blogged about A few easy tools the whole family will love, to remind parents about how to lock in “safe” (i.e. filtered) searches on Google and YouTube. He points out that parents can go to Google’s search settings page to filter out sexually explicit content from search results and then lock in that setting  for […]

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Maker movement in schools taps into rich tradition of educational reform

  At ConnectSafely we see a connection between safety and engagement. Kids who are vested in their educational projects — especially collaborative ones — are more likely to respect themselves and others and less likely to act out. And there is a lot to be said about encouraging kids to be creators, not just consumers. […]

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