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January 17th, 2022

It’s your phone and it’s your information. Increasingly, hanging onto your privacy is your call. The most recent updates to iPhone and Android operating systems allow you greater control over what data the apps on your phone can collect. Here’s how to dial up your privacy settings. A little background Just about all apps gather information about you. Some gather a lot, some just a bit. Even seemingly innocuous apps can…... Continue reading >

January 11th, 2022

The Council of the European Union, the European Commission, and the European Parliament adopted the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) to protect people’s personal data and privacy when visiting a website. Through the GDPR, websites are now required to disclose to users when cookies are employed to track their digital footprint and allow users to opt out. Most users find it cumbersome to complete the process and disregard the option. There is also regulation that…... Continue reading >

December 22nd, 2021

The holiday shopping season is upon us, and people are increasingly turning to the Internet to find the gifts that they want for themselves, their family and their friends. With every search for the perfect present and with every purchase, people are divulging information about themselves, their family and friends to the Internet. This is a problem for several reasons. Devices are interconnected. Our phones, tablets, laptops—they’re all linked to the profiles the Internet (or the tech firms…... Continue reading >

November 11th, 2021

Never forget a face, sure, but what about hundreds of millions of faces? Meta, the newly rechristened parent company of Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp, recently announced plans to deactivate it facial recognition software. That’s good news for anyone with an interest in preserving their privacy, but Meta was hardly the only tech giant turning our faces into data points to be stored, bought and sold. The Great Digital Experiment continues to unfold. ... Continue reading >

October 28th, 2021

What’s the right age to begin publishing your own permanent record? Whatever it is, it ought to be older than 13. Social media is, at its base, a record. Photos and captions, relationships and emotions, all recorded in an easy-to-search scroll. And, like everything online, it’s permanent. So why do we let 13-year-olds have social media accounts? We shouldn’t. It’s time to raise the age restriction on social media to 18. ... Continue reading >

October 7th, 2021

The “delete” key doesn’t exactly live up to its name. In fact, in the digital world, delete doesn’t mean delete at all. It’s just another twist in the great digital experiment. You can trash your emails, but the person who received your messages still has them and can store them as long as he or she wants. Even if you convince your correspondents to delete their copies, your email host can archive data…... Continue reading >

September 2nd, 2021

You may not know about data brokers, but it’s their job to know about you. Creepy, right? Let’s even the playing field a bit. You have to be constantly vigilant to protect yourself and your family when going online. A case in point is the issue of data brokers. Parents need to be aware of data brokers because they are companies that exist to gather a huge amount of information on people. ... Continue reading >

May 14th, 2021

You’re going to be traveling again soon. Here’s a reminder: Watch your wifi. And while you’re at it, start using a VPN. Summer is approaching and pandemic restrictions are lifting. You and your family will be on the move again, which means you’ll be connecting to the internet through unfamiliar networks. Be careful and watch your WiFi. Using public and semi-public WiFi networks can leave you vulnerable to “man in…... Continue reading >

July 16th, 2021

The FBI has a warning for parents: Online gaming isn’t all fun and games. Too often, the anonymous people on the other side of the screen are adults, preying on kids. Parents need to know that while kids and teens are having fun playing with each other or against a machine, adults are also there. And some of them are lurking with bad intent. The Internet Crime Complaint…... Continue reading >

July 15th, 2021

Every generation benefits from the advances and suffers from the mistakes made by its predecessors. Many of the problems we face today were created decades, if not centuries, ago. Climate change, social disparity, racism—messes we didn’t make but messes we live with and try to clean up nonetheless. Our generation is no different, though the mess we’re leaving for our kids is entirely without precedent. The Digital Age, which dawned with the Internet and blossomed with the advent…... Continue reading >