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

YouNow – GO LIVE AND SHARE YOUR WORLD

There is an app that is gaining in popularity. The app is called YouNow. Some people refer to YouNow as being a live YouTube.   HOW DOES IT WORK You can broadcast your life with YouNow. With YouNow and your smartphone, tablet or computer, you can live-stream to the world whatever you are doing and … 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

BEWARE – CRYPTOWALL RANSOMWARE

Hang on to this post for the next 12-24 months to see if I am right or wrong. In the very near future, I believe ransomware attacks will increase and will likely be the number 1 type of attack, especially when it comes to the home computer user. The nastiest ransomware virus right now is … Continue reading

Safe Online Shopping

It is that time of year when many people will be buying all sorts of things. Many of us (including me) may choose not to fight the crowds at the stores and shop from the comfort of our own home using our computer and the Internet. This time of year brings out even more scam … Continue reading

Cyber Security Month

October is National Cyber Security Awareness month (NCSAM). This is year number 11 for NCSAM. Technology has really changed in the last 11 years. We are more connected now than ever. In the past 11 years, the bad guys have gotten much better at compromising computers and stealing personal data. There are some people that … Continue reading