Tagged: social media privacy

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.

My Generation: Views on Security Differ By Age Group

Our CEO, Kent Lawson, was (infamously!) at last week’s RSA security conference in San Francisco. He said that one of the more interesting presentations had to do with the differences among generations in regards to their online security. This presentation contained survey information from ZoneAlarm, an online security company.

Do Self-Destructing Messaging Apps Really Protect Your Privacy?

Over the past two years, a privacy backlash has been developing around the world.  According to the latest The Truth About Privacy study from McCann, especially those in younger age groups have become more selective about sharing their personal information online. That’s why they’ve moved to private apps such as Snapchat to connect with friends. But how much do they protect your online privacy?

Ready for Data Privacy Day? Take The My Privacy IQ Quiz

If you haven’t marked your calendar yet, Data Privacy Day (DPD) is less than one week away. On January 28th, we’re encouraging everyone to make protecting privacy and data a greater priority. PRIVATE WiFi has teamed up with the National Cyber Security Alliance and countless other corporations, governments and organizations to empower the masses to own their online presence.

The EFF Has Your Back

The tide is changing online, and companies need to make a commitment to users that their information is just that, theirs. Helping with this promise is the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF).  They have released an annual report titled, “Who Has Your Back?” taking a closer look at the privacy policies of major Internet companies. Read on to learn which companies are protecting your privacy.

TED Talks, Part 1: The Dark Side of Data and Why Online Privacy Is Important

TED Talks are a very large collection of 15-minute presentations from various experts around the world on just about any topic you can think of — and many that you could not. TED is a non-profit which organizes and hosts a variety of speakers from all walks of life.Recently, TED hosted a series of talks called “The Dark Side of Data” in which different speakers explained how Big Data can be a force for good, and how it can be abused.

Alessandro Acquisti, who studies the economics of privacy and information security in social networks, gave a talk called “Why Privacy Matters.” You can watch his talk here.

You Are What You Type: Facebook Tracks What You Decide Not to Post

We all do it: start typing into the status update bar on Facebook and then use our (better) judgment to delete those thoughts and not share them with the world. Facebook calls it “self-censorship,” and according to a report by Slate’ s Jennifer Golbeck, the social network has been tracking and studying our unpublished thoughts.

Put simply: the posts that you have consciously decided to not share, are being analyzed by Facebook. Read on to discover how Facebook did this as well as what it means for your privacy now and in the future.

#Dislike: InstLike App Duped Users Into Revealing Passwords Before Hacking Instagram Accounts

Are you on Instagram? An app that promised more “likes” and followers for Instagram users is suspected of hacking at least 100,000 people, turned unsuspecting app users into willing participants of a giant social botnet. Keep reading for five things you can do to help keep your account safe.