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McAfee: Our shortened URLs are safer (podcast)

by Larry MagidSeptember 21, 2010  Anyone who has used Twitter has seen those shortened URLs from TinyURL.com, Bitly, and other such services. The advantage of those shortened URLs is that they take up less space, which can be very important on Twitter, where messages are limited to no more than 140 characters, but the disadvantage […]

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Privacy Panic Focused on Wrong Issues

Privacy concerns, which are increasingly part of the online safety discussion, need to be based on real, not imagined dangers.  by Larry MagidAugust 17, 2010  Lately I’ve gotten a sense that lots of Internet users are suffering from “privacy panic,” not unlike the “predator panic” that plagued the Internet a few years ago when lots of […]

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Using Facebook Places Privacy Controls

By Larry MagidThis article originally appeared on CNET News.com Facebook’s privacy settings enable users to customize who sees where you are.(Credit: Facebook) In designing its new Places geolocation service, Facebook seems to have learned from its past privacy blunders. The new service has multiple layers of privacy control, but as with other aspects of Facebook privacy, users need […]

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Let’s not create a cyberbullying panic

by Larry Magid Recent stories in the press about teenage cyberbullying and real-world bullying are sickening. It’s hard to know how much cyberbullying contributed to her decision to kill herself, but the case of the Phoebe Prince brings tears to my eyes. The South Hadley, Mass., 15-year-old was reportedly the brunt of repeated cruelty at the hands […]

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Report to Congress: Media literacy, not fear, can protect youth online

by Larry Magid  Youth Safety on a Living Internet (PDF), the final report by the Online Safety Technology Working Group (OSTWG), found that the best way to assure youth safety on the Internet “points to the growing importance of online citizenship and media-literacy education, in addition to what has come to be seen as online safety […]

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So-called Facebook ‘panic button’ is not about panic

By Larry Magid After months of negotiations, Facebook has reached an agreement with the U.K’s Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre that will result in a new safety application aimed at British 13-18 year olds. CEOP, the UK government’s police agency responsible for protecting children against sexual exploitation, had been pressuring Facebook to install what […]

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Many worry more about computer viruses than human ones

by Larry Magid   I’m as concerned as anyone about PC security and I do run anti-malware software. But I’m astonished by the results of a survey conducted by Kelton Research and commissioned by BitDefender that shows that “close to half (49 percent) of Americans with a personal computer would be more likely to safeguard […]

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Study has good news about kids online behavior

by Larry Magid(this article first appeared on News.com) The headline of the press pitch I received a few days ago read “McAfee to release shocking findings of teen’s online behavior,” but the actual data from the study, “Secret Life of Teens,” are far from shocking. McAfee’s study (PDF) is actually a reassuring portrait of how most young people are […]

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Tabnabbing: Like phishing within browser

by Larry Magid Mozilla’s Aza Raskin is warning about a new type of phishing attack called tabnabbing. Unlike traditional phishing attacks which trick people into clicking on links that take them to bogus sites that look legitimate, tabnabbing doesn’t require a user to click on a link. But it too can trick people into disclosing their […]

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Facebook Privacy Settings: What’s Changed

By Larry Magid In response to recent widespread criticism over changes made to its privacy policy in April, Facebook announced today that it has modified its user controls to make it easier to configure privacy settings and to retroactively control access to content that has already been posted. The company also said that it has […]

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