Author: Larry Magid

Most teens can step away from social media

May 7, 2017

58 percent of teens say they take breaks from social media while another 23 percent say they want to take a break. And these aren’t necessarily short breaks. Half the teens said they stayed away from social media for a week or longer,

New parental controls are great, but don’t let mom and dad off the hook

April 13, 2017

I love that busy parents can access tools to help them carry out their responsibility to control when and how long their kids can use devices, and make sure they’re using them appropriately. But I hate that, over the years, some companies that market these tools use fear tactics to sell them to parents. I’m also a bit concerned about over-reliance on technology as a substitute for in-person parenting.

Congress takes away consumer privacy protections — What you can do

March 31, 2017

It means those providers, including mobile phone carriers, can record what you’re doing on their networks and use or sell that information for commercial purposes. That includes the sites you’re visiting, the apps you’re using and even your network connected devices.

Fighting back against online harassment and cyberbullying

February 11, 2016

By Larry Magid A whopping 65 percent of Internet users between the ages of 18 and 29 were the target of abuse. Among young adult women, 26 percent of those who were harassed online were stalked while 25 percent were the target of online sexual harassment.

Data Privacy Day: Passwords are broken but here are partial fixes

January 28, 2016

By Larry Magid Security experts recommend that you use long passwords (at least eight characters more is better — some say 14 or more) and that they not be dictionary words, real names, birthdates or anything else that can easily be guessed by humans or software. Later I'll tell you some tricks to create a relatively strong password, but even if you use these, your passwords are not 100 percent secure.

Looking back at 2015 in tech

December 28, 2015

by Larry Magid As 2015 is about to enter the history books, it’s time to take a look at some of the year’s most interesting products. The Apple Watch was
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