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The good and bad of location sharing

June 22, 2018

Two recent news stories about cell phone location services recently caught my eye. One was a positive development and the other quite negative, until it was at least partially fixed.

How to protect your router and home network from the VPNFilter malware

May 28, 2018

The FBI recommends "any owner of small office and home office routers power cycle (reboot) the devices." It's in response to a malware threat called VPNFiler that can render routers inoperable and potentially steal information, according to the bureau. There is also the risk of your home or business network infecting other networks.

Europe’s new privacy law shakes up entire tech industry and impacts European teens

May 27, 2018

Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) kicked in on Friday, May 25th, and its impact will be felt not just in Europe but around the world — especially in Silicon Valley, where many tech companies are based. That’s because the GDPR’s rules affect any company that touches data from European citizens, which is pretty much every tech company. It could also have a negative impact on some European teenagers.

Google reining in too much of a good thing

May 10, 2018

The common expression “too much of a good thing” can apply to almost everything that we enjoy, including the internet and mobile devices. My grandparents understood that, but apparently, many of my contemporaries don’t when it comes to tech. I’m guilty as well.

Twitter urges users to change password

May 3, 2018

In a statement, Twitter urged users to change their passwords after disclosing “Due to a bug, passwords were written to an internal log before completing the hashing

Facebook simplifies privacy settings

March 28, 2018

Last week I wrote about Facebook’s rather complicated privacy settings and, as I said at the time, “I wish it weren’t necessary for me to write this column.” I actually had two reasons for saying that.

Stop thinking about screen time

March 28, 2018

Few things stoke anxiety and confusion among parents like the topic of screen time. But experts are increasingly urging parents – and the people who work with kids
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