6 of the Best Resources for Talking to Your Kids about Internet Safety

How to Talk to Your Kids about Internet Safety

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

Do You Really Need Encrypted Email to be Secure?

Email was never created to be secure, but do you really need to encrypt your emails to protect yourself online?

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?

Is YouTube a Safe Place for Kids?

YouTube can be a weird and scary place for kids, but it's still possible to make it safer when you follow certain precautions. Here's some fact-checking on the most recent news about YouTube content on kids videos.

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?

Online Banking Software is Broken

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 to Use LastPass to Protect Your Online Treasures

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

Two-Factor Authentication: Why Your Password Isn’t Enough

If you want to protect your accounts online, it's not enough to just set up a secure password. Here's how to add two-factor authentication to your accounts.

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

6 Things You Need to Do Right Now to Protect Yourself from Identity Theft

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

How to Create a Secure Password

Creating secure passwords doesn't have to be hard. Here's how to create strong passwords and remember them, too.

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