Forms of electronic communication (as Web sites for social networking and microblogging) through which users create online communities to share information, ideas, personal messages, and other content (as videos). Examples include Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, Google+

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How to achieve an acceptable level of online privacy

Privacy has become a valuable and elusive commodity. On the one hand, our private information is released online whether…
How to see how others see you
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Preserve and repair your online reputation and presence

Whether you use social media and the Internet or not, you and your reputation can be damaged online. As such, even if you’ve…
Facebook Privacy
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How to boost your Facebook Privacy - 7 tips

If you’re a Facebook user, your pictures, bio, posts, and other activity make up a treasure trove of data about you. Consumers…
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Beware of Snapcash and Venmo - a teen's perspective

Snapchat is a popular app that allows users to send and receive photos, messages and videos that disappear right after…
Privacy Settings
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Facebook's New Privacy Checkup - Thumbs Up!

When an alligator cartoon offering a Facebook Privacy Checkup popped up while I was using Facebook, I assumed it was fraudulent.…
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A teen's take on virtual popularity

I can’t help but analyze the sometimes-dysfunctional way that people in my age group act online and on social media.…
cybersafety and cybersecurity tips
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Why adults must understand technology and social media

“I’m not computer savvy!" "My kids know more than me!" "That’s why I don’t use social media!” I cringe when…
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Generation Like - The Value and the Cost

I was uncomfortable as I came to the end of a PBS documentary called, The Like Generation. As I reflected on the footage,…
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Taking Control of Privacy

There is no doubt there are aspects of privacy that are out of our control, but as discussed in the last post called Privacy…
Seniors as scam victims
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Seniors and Facebook Identity Theft: How to Avoid Being a Target

Seniors have long been targets of scams of one kind or another. And with the rapidly growing number of senior citizens…