Tagged: social media privacy

Tips to Protect Your Digital Identity

Within the last decade, our senses of self and identity have made a major shift.  Whether we’ve noticed it or not, the items that used to define our identities have gone from hard copy items, such as birth certificates and Social Security cards, to online banking passwords, Facebook logins, and mobile wallets stored in our smartphones.  While we still need to safeguard and protect those hard copy documents, we also have to focus on our digital identities.

Facebook’s Nearby Friends: Building ‘IRL’ Connections While Undermining Your Privacy

Nearly two years ago we reported that Facebook was planning to launch a new feature that would help users locate their friends “In Real Life.” And now “Nearby Friend” is a reality, allowing mobile users to see which of their contacts is in their current vicinity. This tool is optional, and you can also set it for specific groups of friends.

Before turning it on, let’s take a deeper look into the privacy repercussions of using the feature.

Survey: Teens Are Caring More About Online Privacy

Two new reports indicate that teenagers are savvier than their older peers in understanding how they can protect their privacy online and actually taking steps to do that. Plus, find out which site has overtaken Facebook as the most used website for their age group.

‘Uneducated Employees’ and Their 7 Deadly Sins

From the “too ridiculous to be true” files — especially given the increasing number of data breaches at companies large and small — is the news that the most common corporate password is “Password1” because it just barely meets the minimum complexity requirements for length, capitalization, and numerical figures.

This data is from a report that shares the 7 biggest pitfalls and perils of corporate online security. Turns out that the costs of lost reputation, brand value, and tarnished image are just as serious as the financial ramifications of cleaning up a corporate data breach.

Digital Shadow: Stalking You to Track, Quantify, and Reveal Your Facebook Life

Have you heard about the Digital Shadow tool, a promotion for the game Watch Dogs? The folks behind Digital Shadow allege that “you are not an individual, you are a data cluster” which is certainly scary enough to make you think a little bit more about your online privacy settings and what you’re sharing on the “love to hate it” social network.

“Access your digital shadow and see what we see” is the tag line for Digital Shadow. Read more now.

Privacy and Your Facebook Photos, Round 4,524: FTC Charges Operators of Jerk.com With Deceiving Consumers

Napster co-founder John Fanning is one of the operators of a website called Jerk.com, now in hot water with the Federal Trade Commission for allegedly stealing personal information from Facebook. The sophomoric salesmen at Jerk.com have claimed that all the personal information they obtained from Facebook was publicly available. Which side do you believe?

National PTA, LifeLock Partnering to Increase Online Safety

Parents, kids; we’re all online. And lately? More than ever. A survey from both LifeLock and the National PTA found that 72% of children 8 and under had access to mobile media in 2013, compared to 38% in 2011. Most concerning to parents is the dangerously high risk of young kids being exposed to damaging content or cybercriminals.

‘STOP. THINK. CONNECT.’ Campaign Encourages Families to Take Online Security Precautions Together

The benefits of being online far outweigh the risks, yet we also know that scams, hacks, and breaches lurk around every corner. How can we possibly sidestep all those digital pitfalls?

One approach is to become really aware of the potential consequences before we – and our children – connect. That’s no easy feat in a home that perhaps has two laptops, a few iPhones, an iPad, maybe even a PlayStation or Xbox Live, too.

We recently chatted with Michael Kaiser, the executive director of the National Cyber Security Alliance about ways families can implement a few security precautions so that everyone can connect with more confidence on the Internet.