Author Archives: Larry Magid

Guarding against hacker attacks

The recent hacker attacks against The New York Times and Twitter are a reminder that the Internet has become a battleground for global conflict with businesses and consumers as collateral damage. It doesn’t matter whether the “Syrian Electronic Army,” which took credit … Continue reading

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Kids engaging in ‘distracted walking’

You’ve heard about distracted driving but what about distracted walking?  Research from SafeKids Worldwide* found that one in five high school students and one in eight middle schoolers were crossing the street while talking or texting on a cell phone. … Continue reading

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‘The Kids Are (mostly) All Right’ when it comes to privacy and bullying

The question of “what’s the matter with kids today?” has  probably been with us for millenniums, but it was certainly the top of mind in 1963 when the lyrics for the song “Kids” from the movie “Bye Bye Birdie” asked … Continue reading

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How LinkedIn Plans to Protect Privacy Of Teens On Its Service

LinkedIn, the professional network with about 238 million members will soon welcome teens, 14 and up.  Until now, the service was only open to people 18 and older. The company is launching what it’s calling University Pages. About 200 universities have already … Continue reading

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A much-needed national debate about privacy is now underway

This post is adapted from one that appeared in the San Jose Mercury News It’s been quite a couple of weeks for the national debate on privacy.  At a press conference earlier this month, President Barack Obama implied that he’ll … Continue reading

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Survey Finds Teens Know And Care About Online Privacy

Contrary to popular mythology, a survey from the Pew Research Center and Harvard’s Berkman Center found that “American teenagers ages 12 to 17 care about their privacy.” The study, Where Teens Seek Online Privacy Advice, involved a representative sample of 802 … Continue reading

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Ways to help reduce the chances of being spied on by the NSA or anyone else

We live in a world where people rightfully worry about whether their electronic communications are being tracked by the government, by companies or by criminals.  Recent revelations by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden have certainly demonstrated that the government has the … Continue reading

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Two factor authentication is a trade-off between security and convenience

This post is adapted from one that appeared in the San Jose Mercury News There is often a trade-off between security and convenience. For example, many houses have two locks — a regular door lock and a bolt lock. If you use both of … Continue reading

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Here’s a tech risk: TVs falling on children

When we think of the “dangers” of TV and children, we’re reminded of studies about kids watching too much TV or TV shows that encourage violence, overeating, or bad habits. And while there is some controversy about those issues, there … Continue reading

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Researchers at Black Hat show how to hack an iPhone with rogue charger

Have you ever been tempted to use a public charging station for your phone? Chances are it’s OK, but three Georgia Tech security researchers at the Black Hat conference in Las Vegas showed how easy it is for a rogue … Continue reading

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