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Know Where They Go: YouTube Basics for Parents

If you can hear your kids hysterically laughing in another room, chances are they—and their friends—are watching videos on YouTube. The numbers are staggering: Over 4 billion YouTube videos are viewed a day, which is about “500 years of YouTube video” each day, according to YouTube.   What’s the big ...

Family Safety

To Skype or Not to Skype: What Parents Need to Know About Video Chat

Captain Kirk isn’t the only one who gets to video chat these days. If your kids have a smart phone or laptop, they are likely having a lot of fun online. Video chatting can come in the form of FaceTime (iphones) or Skype, the online video chat app for any ...

Family Safety

How to Decode the Slang Your Teen Uses Online

No, you haven’t entered the Twilight Zone. The teen slang and texting acronyms really are changing that fast. Slang is part of growing up and naturally emerges as a distinguishing mark of teens. But in today’s digital hangouts—where pictures, posts, and videos go viral with a click, slang is amplified. ...

Family Safety

Picture to Pedophile: The Danger of Instagram and Kik Messenger

Sometimes it might feel overwhelming to keep up with the latest social trend for your kids, but it’s important to be up to date and in the know. Although we’ll be using a specific example today, this could happen using most any social network. In this particular example Instagram, a ...

Family Safety

Mobile Flirting App “Skout” Was Used In 3 Rape Cases

3 minors and 3 men are the center of attention regarding 3 rape cases, the catch? A mobile flirting app called “Skout” was the proxy by which these rapes occurred, but how could it have been prevented? Skout is a mobile phone app used for flirting with people nearby. Like ...

Family Safety

Should Stickam Be Blocked From Your Child?

Webcams have always been an area of concern for parents with online kids. Webcams can affect the safety and privacy of your children, but a website called Stickam poses an even greater risk. There are plenty of webcam sharing websites such as TinyChat and Chatroulette, but Sitckam is a little ...

Consumer Threat Notices

Six Easy Steps to Help Keep Hackers at Bay

Cybercriminals are adopting complex and powerful techniques to “hack,” or take control of online accounts belonging to other people or organizations. Often, they do this by identifying the passwords belonging to an account user. This used to be a complicated task, but, as The Atlantic notes, discovering passwords today can ...

Family Safety

Do You Know What Your Kids Are Hiding?

Many of you as parents may think, not much when asked this question. But in reality, it’s probably a lot more than you think. So it should come as no surprise to anyone that in McAfee’s 2013 study Digital Deception: Exploring the Online Disconnect between Parents and Kids that examines ...

Consumer Threat Notices

Phishing Scam Targets Walmart.com Online Customers

Late last week, Walmart alerted the public to an email-based scam that used the company’s name (misspelled as “Wallmart”) to illegally gather information about users. The email sported the title “Thanks for your Walmart.com order,” and after confused users clicked on links within the emails, their Walmart accounts were charged. ...

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Weak Passwords Can Cost You Everything

If your computer or mobile was hacked or your passwords were cracked and your data was lost or if all the websites you have an account with were hacked and all that information was the hands of a criminal, how devastated will you be? In McAfee’s study on the value ...

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