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Why Child Identity Theft is Dangerous

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Identity theft in the form of new account fraud can happen to anyone with a Social Security number, which includes virtually any American with a pulse…as well as some who no longer do. Identity theft can even happen to your newborn baby shortly after a Social Security number has been issued to him or her Read more…

Win for Families: Frat Loses Charter Over Facebook Posts

A quiet headline last week was a win for family safety online when a Florida fraternity lost its national charter for alleged slanderous and drug-related Facebook posts. Not only did the National arm of Pi Kappa Alpha, or Pike, disband the fraternity’s chapter but Florida International University, also ordered the fraternity to cease all meetings Read more…

1-2-3: How to take a screen shot on your computer or mobile phone

There are some simple moves online that can save you an enormous amount of time. And when it comes to reporting abuses online nothing comes in handier than a screen shot, which is simply a photo file image of what’s in front of you on your computer screen or mobile phone. Think of it as Read more…

Why Should You be Careful When Using Hotspots or Free Wi-Fi?

These days, it’s not uncommon for us to connect to Wi-Fi wherever we go. In fact, we’ve come to expect there will be a Wi-Fi connection—at hotels, coffee shops, airports, and now even on some flights—pretty much everywhere. While the ability to connect just about anywhere is convenient, it also has opened the door for Read more…

Downloading the ‘Big 3 for Privacy’ to Your College-Bound Student

If your son or daughter is headed off to college this month, don’t shrink back on your commitment to family safety online. Being a college freshman at 17 or 18 doesn’t mean their wisdom download is at 100% complete (far from it). The words “privacy” and “dorm” don’t often show up in same sentence but Read more…

Teaching Kids to Be Bold About Their Privacy

Recently one of my daughter’s friends shared a silly (and unflattering) video of her on Snap Chat as she imitated a crazy dance they were both watching on a popular TV talent show. When my daughter told the friend “you better not post that!” the request was ignored. The 10-second video was sent to several Read more…

How to Turn Off GPS on Your Child’s Phone

Mobile phone technology is amazing isn’t it? It’s so amazing it can track your child’s location (hey, they are called ‘smart phones’ for a reason). In fact, your family is likely uploading dozens of photos a week and inadvertently broadcasting your exact whereabouts. Both safety and privacy is put at risk each time your child Read more…

Back to School: Do You Know ‘Who’ Is In Your Child’s Backpack?

It’s that time of year again. You head out to the store to buy a truckload of number two pencils and color-coded binders along with a flood of other dazed parents who can’t believe school is back in session. So you pretty much know what is in your child’s backpack but do you know who Read more…

What is a Zero-Day Threat?

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The term “zero-day threat” may sound like the title of a hit film, but it’s definitely not that kind of thriller. A zero-day threat or attack is an unknown vulnerability in your computer or mobile device’s software or hardware. The term is derived from the age of the exploit, which takes place before or on Read more…

Hey Twitter, Thanks for the Safeguards!

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It’s not often you can get a response from the folks at Twitter. Of course, you are welcome to ask, complain, or raise concerns. The online social network grew so quickly and so powerfully over the past six years, its likely many concerns from users got lost in the Twittersphere . . . forever. Freedom Read more…