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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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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg talks with Larry about privacy

by Larry Magid Facebook CEO Mark Zuckberberg has had a tough few weeks. At a Facebook developer’s conference on April 21, he announced some changes to Facebook’s privacy policy, including the “Instant Personalization” program that “connects” Facebook members’ information on some third-party sites, including Yelp and Pandora. He also announced that, going forward, application developers would be […]

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SafetyWeb helps parents know their kids’ online presence

Know what your kids are saying publicly online and what’s being said about them  

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Togetherville brings social networking to children

by Larry Magid Thanks to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, social-networking sites like Facebook and MySpace are off-limits to kids under 13. That’s not to say that preteens aren’t using these sites–many are–but they have to lie about their age to sign up. Aside from being “against the rules,” there are some real problems with […]

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Former Myspace security chief starts company

After four years as chief security officer at MySpace, Hemanshu Nigam is leaving his full-time job to start a new firm that advises companies on how to handle safety, security, and privacy. Nigam, who will continue to advise MySpace and its parent company News Corp., hopes to bring his expertise to start-ups, existing Internet companies, […]

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Kingdom of Bahrain tackles Internet safety

by Larry Magid Larry takes a camel ride after first day of conference I’m in the Kingdom of Bahrain in the Persian Gulf this week, attending an online safety conference sponsored by the Bahrainian Telecommunications Regulatory Authority and the Washington-based Family Online Safety Institute. The conference, which is taking place at the posh Ritz Carlton in […]

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Curriculum teaches digital literacy and citizenship

by Larry Magid Common Sense Media launches digital literacy and citizenship curriculum

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