Family Safety

WhatsApp Security Hacks: Are Your ‘Private’ Messages Really Ever Private?

WhatsApp one of the largest instant messengers and considered by many a social network of its own. So, in continuing our app safety discussion, we’re diving into some of the top security hacks and questions many WhatsApp app users and parents may have. But first, what’s a security hack? In ...

Family Safety

Is the TikTok App Safe for Kids?

Everyone’s talking about the TikTok app. In addition to talking, tweens and teens are swiping, laughing, and sharing TikTok videos. Meanwhile, parents are concerned with one thing: Is TikTok safe? What is TikTok? Based out of China, TikTok is a video-based social networking app that replaced the Musical.ly app, which ...

Family Safety

TikTok Challenge, Hoop App, and Other Headlines You May Have Missed

Digital news that affects families seems to be dominating the headlines these days. To keep parents in the know, here are some of the stories you may want to give extra family discussion time to this week. Skull Breaker Challenge Proving Unfunny  Apps — video apps especially — can help ...

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Take Action This Data Privacy Day

We all know that data breaches have been on the rise, and hackers are finding clever, new ways to access our devices and information. But sometimes it takes a little push to get us to take action when it comes to protecting our most sensitive information. That’s why this Data ...

Family Safety

Less is More: 5 Ways to Jumpstart a ‘Digital Minimalist’ Mindset  

Editor’s Note: This is part II of a series on Digital Minimalism in 2020. Is this the year you rethink and rebuild your relationship with technology? If so, embracing digital minimalism may be the most powerful way to achieve that goal. We learned last week in our first post on ...

Family Safety

Lessons Learned: A Decade of Digital Parenting

Give yourself a high-five, parents. Pour yourself a cup of coffee or your favorite celebratory drink and sip it slow — real slow. Savor the wins. Let go of the misses. Appreciate the lessons learned. You’ve come a long way in the last decade of raising digital kids, and not ...

Consumer

Here’s How the California Consumer Privacy Act Will Affect You

On May 25, 2018, the European Union implemented a new privacy legislature called the General Data Protection Regulation or GDPR. This regulation updated European law to give EU citizens more control over their data as a result of the hyper-connected world we live in today. Then last June, California responded ...

Family Safety

Parents: You May Want to Pay Closer Attention to the TikTok App

You aren’t imagining things. Everyone is talking about the popular video-sharing app TikTok. That’s because it has simultaneously become both a source of entertainment for kids as well as a source of concern for some adults. The social network, owned by Chinese parent company ByteDance, recently reached 750 million downloads, ...

Consumer Threat Notices

Chapter Preview: Ages 11 to 17 – From Tweens to Teens

For anyone who asks what happens during the tween through teen years, the best answer is probably, “What doesn’t happen?!” Just so you know, I’ve been there, done that, and got the T-shirt. And I survived. My kids were the first generation to grow up on social media. Like most ...

Consumer Threat Notices

Hack-ception: Benign Hacker Rescues 26M Stolen Credit Card Records

There’s something ironic about cybercriminals getting “hacked back.” BriansClub, one of the largest underground stores for buying stolen credit card data, has itself been hacked. According to researcher Brian Krebs, the data stolen from BriansClub encompasses more than 26 million credit and debit card records taken from hacked online and ...

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