When I told my husband I was going to write a post about Google Chrome privacy settings, his response was, “Step One. Install Firefox.” Yes, I could tell you that the best way to make Chrome private is not to use it. After all, Google’s product is you. (For more on just how much Google … Read more 6 Chrome Privacy Settings You Need to Know About
After the whole “Momo Challenge” hoax blew over, I asked my readers what kinds of resources they wanted for keeping kids safe online. A few chimed in with requests for how to talk to your kids about internet safety. Related: How YouTube Can Be Safe for Kids How do you talk to kids about what … Read more 6 of the Best Resources for Talking to Your Kids about Internet Safety
I recently signed up for a 5-day email “course” about email security. I expected to read some basic tips for keeping my email secure and thought I might get some more safety tips to share with you. (I’ve already written about securing your email and using strong passwords). Instead, the majority of the content dealt … Read more Do You Really Need Encrypted Email to be Secure?
You’ve probably seen the posts going around social media about the horrible content that’s cropping up in seemingly innocent videos for kids on YouTube. A child will be watching a cartoon when suddenly the content turns darker–it may be the cartoon characters themselves engaging in violent or sexual behavior, or it may be a scary … Read more Is YouTube a Safe Place for Kids?
I thought my brand-new credit card account had been compromised! Wow, you guys, the feeling when you think someone else has gotten into your financial stuff is terrifying–I felt so violated and helpless. Fortunately, in this case, it turned out to be a mistake on the bank’s part, but I now have a much better … Read more Online Banking Software is Broken
How can you tell a legitimate email from a phishing email? Several years ago when my husband and I were figuring out how we could afford to get married and go to graduate school at the same time, I received an email from someone claiming to be a professor at a university in Oklahoma. The … Read more Gone Phishin’: The Anatomy of a Phishing Email
Once we start talking about creating secure passwords, we need a way to keep track of all those passwords without losing our minds. LastPass is the option I’ve used for several years. If you don’t have an account yet, go here and either sign for a free enterprise trial (for you entrepreneurs with teams to … Read more How to Use LastPass to Protect Your Online Treasures
Is two-factor authentication just another buzzword? You’ve probably heard the buzz about two-factor authentication and wondered what it was or if it was even relevant to you. Does it really matter? Should you enable it? Is it anything more than just an annoyance? So here’s the deal. Our entire lives are online, right? Not just … Read more Two-Factor Authentication: Why Your Password Isn’t Enough
Sometimes it feels like the Internet owns us. Practically everything we do we can do online–our shopping, our interaction with friends, our research… We have accounts everywhere and could feasibly live almost our entire lives without ever leaving the house. (Not that it would be healthy to do so. But it would be possible.) With … Read more 6 Things You Need to Do Right Now to Protect Yourself from Identity Theft
Creating secure passwords is annoying, right? Like, how am I supposed to create a secure password with the right number of letters, numbers, symbols, and length… And then actually remember it, and the other one-hundred-thousand-million passwords I have, and every other little aspect of life that I’m supposed to remember as a mom? I mean, … Read more How to Create a Secure Password