February is Data Privacy month. Are you protecting your data online? Are your kids aware of the data they share every day when using apps and social media? Take this short quiz and see how you’re doing. Have your kids take the quiz too! Then learn about your rights as a parent regarding what companies can do with your children’s data.
A few days ago I shared how your iPhone keeps tabs on where you are. Well, Facebook does too. “Nearby Friends” on Facebook mobile lets friends know that you’re nearby. If you have the Facebook app on your phone (iPhone or Android) you have this feature available. Nearby Friends is an opt-in feature; meaning, it is OFF unless you turn the feature ON. Let’s take a closer look at Nearby Friends, including what it might mean for teens.
Did you know that your iPhone keeps a history of all the locations you’ve visited? This is a feature called “Frequent Locations”. The iPhone keeps track of the dates you were at a specific location and even how long you were there. This feature is often overlooked because it takes several clicks to find it. Here are instructions for turning off Frequent Locations.
Like a lot of you, I do some shopping at Target and today I signed up for free credit monitoring. Target is offering this to their customers following last year’s data breach when hackers gained accessed to credit and debit card information. While most of us don’t have home computing systems as large and complex as Target’s, we likely store personal and private information on our home PC’s. What can the average home user do to keep our systems safe? Here are some tips in a guest post from Randy Bunnell, an information security consultant.
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.
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.
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.
A relative of mine asked me, “What can I do if I don’t want to see someone’s updates on Facebook, but I’d rather not unfriend or block them?” Here’s how to make it seem like you have unfriended a person. First, you will prevent their updates from showing up on your news feed (the page you see when you first log into Facebook). Then, you can prevent them from seeing your updates.
I recently received a question from a reader about Facebook privacy: “How can I be hidden in the sharing list when I share something from a public page? (By sharing list I mean the list of who has shared a post, that everyone can see.)” Only people who would have reason to see your posts in the first place would see that you have shared something from a public page. Your best bet – look for the globe! For details, read on.
I recently caught up with an old friend I hadn’t seen for several years (actually, a former beau from waaaay back when). He asked about work and I mentioned that I had started publishing this website. He replied “I know. I…well….I Googled you”. My mind started to race. What else could he have learned about me from a Google search? How well am I controlling my digital footprint and how do I make sure my daughter learns how to control hers?