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Keeping Your Kids Safe Online

Keeping kids safe has always been a difficult task, but with the advances in technology moving so quickly it has become even more difficult. Not only is the age-old issue of children wanting their independence and privacy present, but sometimes it seems like kids are speaking another language when they talk about the latest innovation in social networking. Parents do not need to have a degree in Computer Science to keep their children away from most danger on the internet. Keeping kids safe while online is a huge priority for most people and there are many ways parents can take advantage of pre-existing settings and tested methods to keep their young ones away from danger.

FTC Claims Online Advertiser Deceived Consumers Who Wanted to Opt Out From Targeted Ads

The Federal Trade Commission calls it deception, while the accused online advertising company calls it merely a technical bug. What happened to make the FTC so angry with online advertising company Chitika, Inc.? The FTC accused Chitika of using deceptive consumer opt-out mechanisms that violated federal law. If you’ve ever seen display ads that correlate to your interests, recent searches, or online purchases, welcome to the world of behavioral advertising.


Ask the Expert: What Exactly Is a VPN?

You’ve heard VPN used several times, but do you REALLY know how it works? In this latest “Ask the Expert” series, Private WiFi’s CEO Kent Lawson explains what a virtual private network really does to ensure your computer safety, particularly at your most vulnerable moments — using the Internet in WiFi hotspots such as a coffee shop, hotel room, or airport lounge.


The Dangers of Geotagging and What You Can Do to Protect Yourself

So you take pictures with your smartphone and post them online. What’s the worst thing that could happen? What personal information could possibly be exposed? Where’s the threat? Unfortunately, even as careful as some people may be about sharing personal information online, they may be unwittingly exposing information through a process called “geotagging.” Geotagging is the embedding of geospatial information into media files.

Something New to Worry About — Your Camera and Online Privacy!

You may want to turn off the GPS in your camera, according to CEO Kent Lawson. His new post explores the security risks in sharing photos via email, Facebook, Flickr, or any other photo-sharing site, since the date, the time, and even the location, are easily accessible and could fall into the wrong hands.

Extended Wifi Partnership Adds 500,000 Hotspots for Skype Users

Skype users will soon be able to connect to 500,000 WiFi hotspots with a new pay-as-you-go plan around the world, which includes 500 airports, 30,000 hotels, and numerous cafés, trains, planes, offices buildings, and convention centers. This ZDNet article says that in order to use the compatible hotspots, users will need an up-to-date version of Skype for Mac or Windows and credit on the account.

Study Finds Wireless Networks Are Wide Open to Hackers

If you think home wireless networks are safe from hackers, a new British study might change your mind. It found that half of home WiFi networks can be hacked in less than five seconds. Is U.S. wireless security any better?

In Plain English: Traveler Favorite Kayak.com Takes Privacy Protections, Online Security Seriously

Although popular online travel tool Kayak.com doesn’t reveal your name to advertisers, it totally sells your browsing habits, what you like, what someone in your demographic profile would like, and other behavioral habits that advertisers spend good money to understand. Read on to understand the corporate privacy policy and what you should — and should not — share.

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Data Privacy Day 2011: A Focus on Online Privacy and Security

Friday, January 28 is the fourth-annual World Data Privacy Day — a day dedicated to fostering discussion about privacy protection in our digital age. After all, as the organizers will point out, privacy and security have become a central part of our new digital reality. In just the past month, the newly crowned Miss America answered a question about national security and WikiLeaks, the Golden Globe for Best Picture went to The Social Network, and Mark Zuckerberg and Julian Assange became Time’s Person of the Year and runner-up, respectively.