Smartphones and Privacy – The Frightening New Stalking Software Coming to a Government Near You

by Jim Malmberg


February 20, 2013 – What does your smart phone say about you? Can it tell people where you have been? Can it tell them what you’ve done? The answer to both questions is “yes.” But the real question that you may find more interesting is, “Can it tell someone where you will be in the future and pinpoint a time that you will show up there?” The answer to that question also appears to be “yes”, and with frightening accuracy. … Continue Reading

US Teens are Up to No Good Online Compared to European Teens – McAfee Study Reveals

by Robert Siciliano

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Teens are spending more and more time online these days and while the Internet offers a variety of benefits it can also serve as a dangerous space –and not just in America. According to McAfee’s Exploring the Digital Divide study that examines teen online behavior, teens oversees and in the US are continually finding ways to hide their online activity from their parents and are vulnerable to committing such acts as cheating and cyber bullying. … Continue Reading

10 Ways to Protect Kids Online

by Robert Siciliano

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Children engage in online shopping, social media, mobile web, and computers just like adults do. Many parents feel a bit overwhelmed by technology and often throw their hands in the air and give up. Unfortunately, that’s not an option. … Continue Reading

Social Media Security in the Workplace

by Robert Siciliano

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Why someone would set up a fake social media profile? The answer correlates with news of cyber-attacks on businesses and other organizations being targeted with advanced persistent threats which has risen sharply over the past two years.

The Register reports “Social engineering via platforms such as Facebook can be one of the early stages of an advanced persistent threat (APT), … Continue Reading

New Facebook Privacy Plugin

by Debra N. Diener J.D. CIPP G

Social Media Apps

This update’s for Facebook users. You may already know that Facebook just launched (as of September 20th) a new privacy plugin called Shared Activity. If you have, that’s great. If you haven’t, then I want to make sure you know about it.

First, what will Shared Activity do? It gives Facebook users another way to control the activities they want to share when they’re using apps that interact with Facebook on the web. … Continue Reading

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