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5 Ways to Increase Privacy on Your Cell Phone

Thumbnail image for 5 Ways to Increase Privacy on Your Cell Phone by Barbara J. Feldman July 7, 2014

With privacy concerns all over the news, several mobile handset makers are releasing new models with extra privacy features built-in. But there’s no need to throw your current handset out, as there is plenty you can do with your current Android or iPhone to make it harder for anyone to spy on your activities. 1) […]

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Protect Yourself from Unwanted Surveillance

Thumbnail image for Protect Yourself from Unwanted Surveillance by Barbara J. Feldman June 16, 2014

If the NSA truly wants to compile a dossier about you, these simple tips probably won’t be enough, but they certainly are a good start to avoid unwanted snooping, whether from a government agency or a rouge bad guy. 1) Install HTTPS Everywhere. HTTPS Everywhere is both a movement and a browser plugin. Installing the […]

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How to Stop Siri from Revealing Your Contacts

Thumbnail image for How to Stop Siri from Revealing Your Contacts by Barbara J. Feldman May 12, 2014

Oops! With just a few taps, Siri allows access to all your contacts even if your phone is locked with a passcode! The following video shows how someone could gain access to ALL your contacts even if they don’t know your four-digit passcode. To stop this from happening to you, you should disable Siri from […]

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Digital Citizenship Resources from Google

Thumbnail image for Digital Citizenship Resources from Google by Barbara J. Feldman April 28, 2014

Did you know that Google has a school assembly program about digital safety that they are taking on the road? It’s called the Good to Know School Roadshow, but in addition to the assembly program for schools, they have a lot of online safety resources as well. Here’s rundown of what they offer. The Google […]

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Is Facebook Nearby Friends Safe?

Thumbnail image for Is Facebook Nearby Friends Safe? by Barbara J. Feldman April 21, 2014

Over the next couple of weeks your iOS and Android Facebook apps will probably be getting a new social feature called Facebook Nearby Friends. The purpose of this new feature is to share your whereabouts with Facebook friends. But in contrast to previous apps that have tried to tackle the same problem, instead of broadcasting […]

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What is HTTPS Everywhere?

Thumbnail image for What is HTTPS Everywhere? by Barbara J. Feldman April 14, 2014

HTTPS Everywhere is a browser plugin for Firefox, Chrome, and Opera that keeps your website connection to certain well-known sites as a secure HTTPS. It is part of the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s (EFF) initiative to Encrypt the Web. What does the plugin do? Many sites on the web offer some encryption over HTTPS, but (as […]

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