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Protecting Your Family From Online Attacks

How can you protect your family from online attacks?  Like most people, I find the Internet a very convenient way to communicate with friends and family in addition to using it at work. However, it comes with some risks, which parents must be aware of in order to protect themselves from online predators. To help […]

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5 Social Media Predictions for the Rest of 2014

We’re beyond the half-way mark of this year, folks! Do you know where your social media strategy is? The world continues to change at lightning speed. Here are a few social media predictions for the rest of the year. What do you think?   1. Community Managers will get better titles. Talk to any community […]

How Not to Tweet

Business and individuals have posted content on social media sites, only to regret it. In some cases, immediately.  Only recently, SMC member Melissa Pont posted a great article about social media brand failures that I’m sure the companies regretted.  At least, I hope they did. While this article will probably bring at least one chuckle […]

3 Ways to Protect Your Online Privacy

As personal privacy online has become a bigger issue to many people, here are three quick things that you can do to help protect your privacy when using social media sites:  Minimize Your Digital Footprint Avoid providing personal content, such as your birthday, address or phone #.  Some sites will allow you to include the month […]

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The War Over Your Child’s Social Profile

There’s been a lot of talk about revamping the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, originally passed in 1998, to reflect the realities of our social media age.   Many legislators, who voted for the law back when websites were a new thing, want to give COPPA more teeth. This includes updates to ensure social, apps, mobile […]

Tech News: Facebook Email Fiasco & ICANN Top Level Domains

I mentioned in my last post, privacy is looming large in the social media space again this year, and users are really making social network operators sit up and pay attention when changes to the site or its terms of use are not acceptable to them.  I’m sure these will not be the last such […]

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Following up on Technology Predictions for 2012

So we’re about halfway through 2012, and I thought it would be a good time to see how my predictions for hot topics in social media and the law are playing out.   1. Privacy Privacy has certainly continued to be a hot topic for social media sites, users and regulators.  Both Google and Facebook […]

Privacy in Public – what are you trying to hide?

I remember irritating the heck out of my kids when they asked for a password to one of the systems in the house that they did not really need access to by asking them “can you keep a secret?”  They’d eagerly reply that they could and await the disclosure of the coveted piece of information.  […]

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Finding Out the Difference Between Personal and Private

All of us that are active in some respect on social networks will sooner or later end up in a situation where we don’t know if we should publish an update or not, so did I, back in September. Let me first start with saying how grateful and fantastic the interaction with my followers and […]

Protest SOPA and PIPA bills

The internet has been buzzing for months around two bills that were written to prevent the unlawful use of copyrighted material on the internet. These bills are SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act), which is under legislative review by Congress and its sister bill PIPA (Protect IP Act) which passed in the Senate back in 2010.    PIPA: Protect […]