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Famous game developer Trip Hawkins launches social emotional learning game for kids (Podcast)

  This post first appeared on CNET News.com When Trip Hawkins left Apple to start Electronic Arts in 1982, he wanted to make the type of games that he and other young adult males liked to play. Thirty-one years and four children later, Hawkins interests have changed. He still wants to build games, but he’s […]

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Instragram adds private messaging – ConnectSafely updates Parents’ Guide to Instagram

At a press event in New York on Thursday,  Instagram (owned by Facebook) announced a major new feature called Instagram Direct that enables users to send private messages to  another user, or up to 15 other users. Prior to this, all Instagram messages sent by users would be seen by everyone following them. Until now Instagram […]

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National Center adds another layer to children’s safety online

For several years, I’ve been on the board of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC). The organization, which is based in Alexandria, Va., is best known for helping to reunite missing children with their custodial parents or guardians, but it also strives to protect children from sexual exploitation in both the physical […]

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Recent hack discovery underscores need for better security and stronger passwords

A recent report from Trustwave  found that about two million accounts from popular services including Facebook, Google, Yahoo Twitter, LinkedIn  have been comprised.  The security researchers found that a keylogger tool associated with the Pony botnet enabled thieves to harvest the user names and passwords. The trove, according to Trustwave, consisted of 1,580,000 website login credentials, 320,000 email account credentials, 41,000 FTP account […]

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How to unfollow someone yet still be Facebook friends

Why Unfollow It’s nice to have friends but if you have too many Facebook friends you can becoming inundated with what they post.  It’s a classic “signal to noise ratio” problem. If too many people are posting too much content, than you wind up missing the content that you really care about. One solution is to unfriend […]

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Check out the fine print before giving gift cards

Sometimes it’s hard to know what to get someone as a holiday gift, and that’s one reason gift cards are so popular. A survey commissioned by the National Retail Federation found that 81 percent of holiday shoppers plan to buy at least one gift card. On average, shoppers will spend $163 for such cards for […]

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Tech gifts popular for young children this year

A survey commissioned by PBS Kids found that 54% of parents say they plan to purchase or give a tech gift to their children this holiday season. Nearly six in 10 (59%) of parents younger than 34 plan to buy a tech gift for their kids. Tablets (28%) and video game consoles (18%) top the […]

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Tell us ‘one good thing’ about using tech to make the Internet or the world better

This article first appeared in the San Jose Mercury News About 11 years ago, the European Commission established Safer Internet Day, an annual event that focuses on making the Internet a better and safer place. It takes place on the second day of the second week of February, which means it falls on Feb. 11 […]

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Twitter improves encryption against NSA and other snoops

Twitter has added Perfect Forward Secrecy to its arsenal of tools to keep private user data  from falling into the wrong hands.  The new protocol is being added to the HTTPS encryption that is already in place on Twitter and many other sites (including most legitimate sites that collect financial data). The Forward Secret protocol, […]

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Tips for safe online holiday shopping

This post is adapted from one that first appeared in the San Jose Mercury News It’s hard to believe Black Friday and Cyber Monday are only days away. If this year is typical, throngs of people will be crowding stores starting on Friday, and those not pounding the pavement at brick-and-mortar stores will be pounding […]

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