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Links and Show Notes:


Programs from 7/23/2021

Venmo drops the global social feed that could make your payments visible to strangers


Programs from 7/15/2021

Apple’s App Store has many scams – The Washington Post

Microsoft Patch Tuesday, July 2021 Edition – Krebs on Security

Past Programs

Teens, Screens and Mental Health — a Family Online Safety Institute webinar

Fitbits Detect Lasting Changes After Covid-19 (NY Times)

Assessment of Prolonged Physiological and Behavioral Changes Associated With COVID-19 Infection (JAMA Network)

Best VPN in 2021: The top VPN services reviewed and compared (from ZDNet)

Facebook, Google, TikTok, Twitter promise a safer space for women online

Letter from Worldwide Web Foundation to major social media companies

Barack Obama’ deep fake video by Jordan Peele (YouTube)

Cyber Criminals Are Increasingly Targeting iPhones and Macs. Here’s How to Thwart Them (Consumer Reports)

ConnectSafely’s Parent, Educator & Youth Guide to LGBTQ Cyberbullying

ConnectSafely’s Parents Guide to TikTok

ConnectSafely’s Quick Guide to TikTok (a short read)



iPhone interference with heart implants

American Heart Association says Apple MagSafe could interfere with cardiac devices

Magnetic Interference on Cardiac Implantable Electronic Devices From Apple iPhone MagSafe Technology (Journal of the American Heart Assocation

Apple support advice on implants and magnets inside iPhone 12

Twitter subscription service

Twitter unveils subscription offering called “Twitter Blue” (Axios)

Hiding Facebook & Instagram Likes

How to hide Facebook and Instagram Likes (from CNET)

Parents Guide to Instagram

Sharing location on Google Maps

How to share your location on Google Maps (from Google)

ConnectSafely Quick-Guide to Security Passwords

Recycle your phone, not your number (Krebs on Security)

Risk of ransomware to national infrastructure

Tips to prevent ransomware

Apple’s new anti-tracking feature is a boon to privacy

Mindfulness and Meditation

The 21 Best Meditation Podcasts to Listen to Right Now (from Verywellmind)

20 Best Mindfulness Meditation Podcasts of 2020 (from PositivePsychology)

Google search results for mindfulness apps

My Air Fryer is a Security Risk: Protecting your home devices

Tips for Preventing Ransomware Attacks

Fact-Checking Tools

Spot misinformation online with these tips

Google Fact Check Explorer

ConnectSafely’s Parents and Educators Guide to Media Literacy and Fake News

News Literacy Project

Amazon Kids

ConnectSafely’s Parents Guide to Amazon Alexa

Video interview with Catherine Teitelbaum Principal Family Trust, Amazon Kids



Google’s Family portal:

Families.Google website

ConnectSafely post about Families.Google and other resources

Comcast Internet Essentials

Internet Essentials website

Comcast press release

Comcast Internet Essentials research and progress report

Common Sense Media study and Boston Children’s Hospital Digital Wellness Lab

Roblox Quick Guide for Parents

ReThink App

News Literacy Project home page

Protect Against Identity Theft (includes links to FTC resources)

Snapchat reporting

Bills that could prevent social media from preventing cyberbullying and other harms to children and adults

A Comcast survey found that 95% of people underestimate their online risks.

Video interview with Comcast Execu. VP Nopoor Davis

Interview with Comcast Executive VP Nupoor Davis
Comcast Cyber Health Report 

Video interview with Instagram head of safety Vaishnavi J

Online dating safety during pandemic (Post plus video interview with Meet Group co-founder Catherine Connelly)

Good and not-so-good news about digital civility

Safer Internet Day school and family resources

Safer Internet Day Lesson plans and home activities

CyberTipLine to report child abuse images or online child exploitation

Facebook privacy and security settings

Parents’ Guide to Tech for Tots

COVID-19 vaccines offered by email or text? How to identify a phishing scam (from CNET)

Federal Agencies Warn of Emerging Fraud Schemes Related to COVID-19 Vaccines

News Literacy Project

Parents’ and Educator’s Guide to Media Literacy and Fake News

Game console parental controls and privacy

Controlling privacy and kids’ content on smart speakers & displays

Parents’ Guide to Amazon Alexa.

Malicious Chrome & Edge Extensions (from ZDNet)

Three million users installed 28 malicious Chrome or Edge extensions

Holiday Giving

Generosity is Great, But Be Cautious When Giving to Charity

Smart Speakers

Parent’s Guide to Amazon Alexa

Site Notifications

Be Very Sparing in Allowing Site Notifications

How to stop those annoying website notification prompts

Safe Holiday Shopping

Quick Guide to Online Shopping ConnectSafely

Safe Online Holiday Shopping Tips (ConnectSafely)

Other segments

Facebook’s Messenger & Instagram’s Vanishing Messages

Getting Ready for Virtual School (Zoom & other video conferencing services)

Newsguard report: Misinformation about development of a COVID-19 vaccine spreads widely on Facebook

Facebook’s COVID-19 Information Center

Social media conspiracy theories could hurt kids

FIDO Alliance Consumer Information

Tips for Strong, Secure Passwords & other Authentication Tools

Microsoft goal research on digital civility

Parents and Educators Guide to Media Literacy and Fake News (also for general audience)

How your personal data is exploited to win elections and influence policy