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  • I was chatting with some friends recently and the conversation turned to how creepy it is when you are surfing the web, and suddenly every website seems to know what you’ve been looking at and searching for.  I’m sure almost everyone has encountered this situation.  It seems like Big Brother is watching us all the time.  What’s a privacy-seeking person to do - other than unplug completely? Try private web browsing. This is a feature available in all current popular web browsers, such as Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari, and on many mobile devices.

    Are your kids hiding their web activity? Learn about the pros and cons of Private Browsing

    I was chatting with some friends recently and the conversation turned to how creepy it is when you are surfing the web, and suddenly every website seems to know what you’ve been looking at and searching for. I’m sure almost everyone has encountered this situation. It seems like Big Brother is watching us all the time. What’s a privacy-seeking person to do - other than unplug completely? Try private web browsing. This is a feature available in all current popular web browsers, such as Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari, and on many mobile devices.

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  • It takes two to Tango, but with the Tango app you can tango with up to 50 people at once.  Tango is a messaging app, similar to popular apps like Kik and WhatsApp.  Tango seems to have about a billion features, and describes itself as the "all-in-one" social networking app. With over 160 million registered users, it’s quite possible your teen may have heard of or is using Tango.

    What is Tango? Is Tango okay for Kids?

    It takes two to Tango, but with the Tango app you can tango with up to 50 people at once. Tango is a messaging app, similar to popular apps like Kik and WhatsApp. Tango seems to have about a billion features, and describes itself as the "all-in-one" social networking app. With over 160 million registered users, it’s quite possible your teen may have heard of or is using Tango.

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  • Recently I received a question from two different readers about restriction and lock screen passcodes on Apple devices.  It is recommended to use a different passcode for restrictions than the one used on the lock screen.  So here are step-by-step instructions for how to change the restrictions setting to make it different than the lock screen passcode.  This example assumes that you've already set restrictions, but you now want to change the Restrictions passcode.

    Use different Passcodes for Restrictions and Lock Screen on Kids’ Devices

    Recently I received a question from two different readers about restriction and lock screen passcodes on Apple devices. It is recommended to use a different passcode for restrictions than the one used on the lock screen. So here are step-by-step instructions for how to change the restrictions setting to make it different than the lock screen passcode. This example assumes that you've already set restrictions, but you now want to change the Restrictions passcode.

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  • Facebook privacy settings can be so confusing.  Facebook seems to change their settings frequently and the myriad of options can be overwhelming.  Recently a friend realized that he had been sharing his Facebook posts not just with his friends, but with everyone on Facebook.  When your posts are public, there is an increased chance that you will show up in Facebook search, and that your information is exposed to people you don’t know.  So here is a suggested 5-minute Facebook review to make sure that you are only sharing with your friends.

    5 Minute Facebook Privacy Checkup

    Facebook privacy settings can be so confusing. Facebook seems to change their settings frequently and the myriad of options can be overwhelming. Recently a friend realized that he had been sharing his Facebook posts not just with his friends, but with everyone on Facebook. When your posts are public, there is an increased chance that you will show up in Facebook search, and that your information is exposed to people you don’t know. So here is a suggested 5-minute Facebook review to make sure that you are only sharing with your friends.

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  • This isn't an article warning of the dangers of using Ask.fm; you can find that online already.  I wanted to offer some advice to parents whose teens already use this service. If you read some of the articles on the web and say "no way!" that is totally understandable! These are simply suggestions for settings to use if you should decide it's okay for your teen to continue with ask.fm. As a parent you know your kids best and set the rules you are comfortable with.

    Ask.fm settings for Safety and Privacy (to the extent that is possible)

    This isn't an article warning of the dangers of using Ask.fm; you can find that online already. I wanted to offer some advice to parents whose teens already use this service. If you read some of the articles on the web and say "no way!" that is totally understandable! These are simply suggestions for settings to use if you should decide it's okay for your teen to continue with ask.fm. As a parent you know your kids best and set the rules you are comfortable with.

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  • The end of the year is a great time to reflect back, and then look forward to the coming year.  Some people make New Year’s resolutions, or goals and plans for the New Year.  I’m getting in on the action with a look back at Be Web Smart’s top articles in 2013.  I also have a few goals for the web site (no, it’s not going to lose that last 5 pounds!) so I have a few questions to help make Be Web Smart a better resource for YOU in 2014.

    2013 Year in Review and a few Questions for YOU for 2014

    The end of the year is a great time to reflect back, and then look forward to the coming year. Some people make New Year’s resolutions, or goals and plans for the New Year. I’m getting in on the action with a look back at Be Web Smart’s top articles in 2013. I also have a few goals for the web site (no, it’s not going to lose that last 5 pounds!) so I have a few questions to help make Be Web Smart a better resource for YOU in 2014.

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