August 4th, 2022

It isn’t your kid’s job to influence anyone but you. So think twice before making your kid the star of your social media feeds. This recent CNET piece points out the perils of turning your kid into an influencer. It sacrifices their privacy and it puts them at risk. “Sharents,” parents who regularly share information and images about their kids, need to be aware of those risks. As one expert cited in the piece put it, “When…... Continue reading >

July 8th, 2022

An interesting piece from Wired about the increasing importance of end-to-end encryption. The article uses recent Supreme Court rulings as a jumping-off point, but goes on to highlight the widespread benefits of incorporating the technology into daily life. The piece cites studies that refer to end-to-end encryption as a “human rights issue in the digital age.” ... Continue reading >

June 8th, 2022

You already know that your iPhone isn’t really off when its screen is dark. It wouldn’t be able to buzz when someone calls you if it were. But did you know that “powering down” doesn’t really do the trick, either? Bluetooth and other features continue operating in low-power mode. Researchers now warn that can leave you open to hackers. ... Continue reading >

May 16th, 2022

It’s not as if we lost our privacy all at once. We’ve given away little bits of it here and there, exchanging personal information for the conveniences and genuine solutions our increasingly tech-ified world provides. But your privacy matters. Your personal data is yours. It’s worth protecting. Here are 10 baby steps you can take to protect your privacy. Turn off Location Services. Not too deep in your phone’s privacy settings you’ll find “Location…... Continue reading >

May 4th, 2022

Seeing is no longer believing. Welcome to the world of deepfakes. Video-editing software has advanced to the point that it’s no longer just the movie studios who can make the impossible seem real (think Luke Skywalker’s recent Mandalorian cameos). Made with equipment available to the general public, deepfakes can appear to the casual observer to be an actual recording of a real person and event. In truth, it’s a manipulated—or, in…... Continue reading >

April 28th, 2022

Citing security concerns, Google is encouraging everyone who uses the company’s Chrome browser to upgrade to the latest version of the software. The new version addresses some 30 security fixes. That’s important. If you’re a Chrome user, upgrade now. For more information, read here and here. ... Continue reading >

April 26th, 2022

You know those dozens of old apps on your phone that you never use? They’re doing more than just sitting there. They’re collecting data about you and gumming up the works in the process. Unused apps are a privacy leak and a security risk. It’s time to do a little spring cleaning and delete them. Here’s how. iOS 1. Go to Settings/General/iPhone Storage. 2. Scroll down to…... Continue reading >

March 17th, 2022

Let’s shed some light on the Dark Web. What is it? Where is it? Do I need to worry about it? The Dark Web is a shadowy version of the Internet we all know and use, home to a range of good guys and bad guys, according to the National Institute of Justice. The Internet’s secret side. People use sites on the Dark Web for a range of reasons, but its built-in anonymity…... Continue reading >

March 2nd, 2022

We’re going to lose it with the EARN IT Act. Let us explain. The Senate is currently considering the Eliminating Abuse and Rampant Neglect of Interactive Technologies Act (EARN IT), a bill presented as essential to the protection of children from online sexual predators and abuse. Needless to say, we can all agree that children deserve that kind of protection. The thing is, existing federal, state and local laws already provide that protection. Still, what’s…... Continue reading >

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 >