Filed under Mobile Device Safety

IT’S TIME FOR A SECURITY CHECK UP

You have probably heard about the most recent technology security problem. The personal data of 6 million Verizon customers were leaked online. Verizon said that the problem was the result of a misconfigured security setting on a cloud server. The error made available online the names, phone numbers and PIN codes of customers. Unless you … Continue reading

HOLD ON BEFORE YOU DOWNLOAD THAT APP

Clicking OK and downloading apps (without much thought) has become second nature to most kids (and some adults). Is anything really free, including that “free” app your child just has to have?  Here are a few questions you should ask before your kids download an app. WHY THIS APP Is the app appropriate for the … Continue reading

APPS & YOUR TEENAGER

I recently spoke to a group of parents, teachers and administrators at my daughter’s school. The general topic was online safety and what parents can do to keep their kids safe(r) online.  The specific topics were: Digital Natives Inappropriate Communications Oversharing Hiding Apps Cyberbullying Predators Sexting Popular Apps How to protect your child today and … Continue reading

HOW TO PROTECT YOUR SMARTPHONE

Consumer Reports estimates that 4 million smartphones were lost or stolen last year and never recovered. Recently a co-worker had her smartphone stolen at work. Hopefully you will never have your phone stolen or lose it. Here are a few tips to help you protect your smartphone from prying eyes, viruses, theft, and bad apps. … Continue reading

ARE YOUR KIDS HIDING APPS FROM YOU?

I have written a few blog posts in the past about what parents can do to keep their kids safe online. In general my advice has been: COMMUNICATE, TALK & LISTEN TO YOUR CHILD. BE NOSY. GET UP TO SPEED AND STAY UP TO SPEED WITH TECHNOLOGY, AT LEAST HAVE A CLUE. KNOW THE LINGO. … Continue reading

Cloud Hack

By now I am sure you have heard the news story about the 90+ celebrities (Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence is mentioned the most) that had nude or semi-nude pictures of themselves show up on the Internet. Supposedly a hacker was able to access their Apple iCloud accounts and steal the photos. Apple says that … Continue reading

What Happens on Yik Yak Stays On Yik Yak

  “Parents need to … beware of what their children are doing that means checking their Facebook, checking their phone, checking their texts. It’s too late to find out when your child has made an anonymous threat that could subject them to a lengthy sentence,” Juvenile Judge Edmond Naman Yik Yak is the latest in a … Continue reading

PLAY SAFE – ANDROID SMARTPHONE BUDDY

Do you have young kids? Do you have a smartphone? Do your kids always want to use your smartphone? If you experience is anything like mine, once you get your phone back, it’s in shambles. My wallpaper has been altered, time settings have been changed, contacts have been edited or deleted or even a few … Continue reading