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It's essential for parents to know the potential impact of screen time on their child.

This Is Your Kid On Tech: The Impact of Screen Time on Kids and Teens

Our kids are using screens all the time. No matter how we as parents feel about it, there’s only so much we can do. After all, when even school requires devices to successfully complete homework, becoming a screen-free household just isn’t an option. (Not that we would want to give up our phones and computers…

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Let's look at the research on how different types of technology affect brain development.

How Different Technologies Affect Children’s Brain Development

It seems like kids are always on devices these days. Studies agree – over half of kids under 4 engage with smartphones or tablets on a regular basis. Tweens spend, on average, 4-6 hours per day on screens, and teens can spend more. It’s easy to complain that they should be on them less because…

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Ethics of Facial Recognition Technology

Ethical Considerations in Facial Recognition Technology

Facial recognition software is no longer just the fodder of movies like the Mission:Impossible franchise and Minority Report. Today, it’s used in a wide variety of workspaces, academic institutions, and even as authentication to unlock smartphones. The technology has multiple benefits and can enhance your cybersecurity. However, as facial recognition capabilities evolve, ethical questions about…

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Customizing Blockchain for Cybersecurity

Blockchain’s Role in Cybersecurity: Benefits and Uses

As the digital landscape evolves, the quest for robust cybersecurity solutions has led us to blockchain, a technology that’s redefining the parameters of digital safety and trust.  Imagine a world where keeping records doesn’t depend on one big, central keeper. That’s blockchain for you – a distributed network that says goodbye to the single point…

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Unveiling the Dark Web

Unveiling the Dark Web: Understanding Its Mechanics and Dangers

Like an iceberg, the internet has hidden depths lurking below the surface that most people see. The part we interact with everyday through Google, social media, online shopping, and more is just the tip. But underneath lies the vast deep web and the mysterious dark web – secretive layers with both useful intrigue and sinister…

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Strategies for Detection of and Protection From Deepfakes

How to Spot and Protect Yourself Against Deepfakes

For decades, popular science fiction movies like 2001: A Space Odyssey and The Terminator have warned us of the dangers of unregulated AI. However, current AI technology has enormous benefits and can be helpful in every type of busines. AI models like ChatGPT can even help us to become more efficient in our daily lives.…

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Back-to-school season means back-to-school scams that target students as well as parents.

Back-to-School Scams to Watch For Right Now

Back-to-school season is in full swing. Students and parents are busy buying books, technology, school uniforms, and college dorm supplies. If you have a school- or college-aged child, you know how crazy this time of year can be. With everything you have going on, you’re probably not thinking about scams. But just like any occasion…

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Instagram's screenshot policies

Do Users Get Notified of Instagram Story Screenshots?

Instagram, a playground of fleeting moments and lasting impressions, is the perfect spot to catch up on the adventures of your favorite people and discover all sorts of eye-catching visuals. But social media often has us playing the detective – especially when it comes to the mysteries of screenshot notifications.  Let’s crack the code on…

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Blur Out Your House on Google Maps

You Can Blur Out Your House on Google Maps – Should You?

In a world where your digital footprint can be as significant as your real-world impact, the power of Google Maps is undeniable.  Introduced in 2007, Google Maps Street View offers a ground-level perspective of countless urban and rural areas globally. This service, brought to life through vehicles and photographers donning cameras on backpacks, sparked debates…

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How to setup your iPhone’s Emergency SOS Feature

Setting Up Your iPhone’s Emergency SOS Feature

Technology is always changing to meet our needs and solve problems. In 1968, the first-ever 911 call was placed, making it easier for anyone to quickly contact emergency services. In the years since, more technologies have emerged, including the possibility of texting 911 in many areas.  Today’s newer iPhones have an Emergency SOS feature that…

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How to Fix a Wet Smartphone

How to Fix a Wet Smartphone: Important Steps to Take

Although unheard of 25 years ago, we now collectively depend on our smartphones. Americans use smartphones to make and receive fewer than five calls per day, but we still spend a daily average of 4.5 hours on our phones.   We religiously use our smart devices to access texts, GPS directions, photos, restaurant reviews, social media,…

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Can you unsend an iMessage?

How to Unsend an iMessage: A Quick Guide

We’ve all experienced that Homer Simpson DOH! feeling after hitting send on a message we did not mean to send. Maybe you noticed a typo that makes your message confusing or even offensive. Perhaps auto-correct wildly changed the meaning of your text. via GIPHY For too long now, iPhone users have been out of luck…

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If you get caught in a scam, don't panic - follow these steps for what to do if you fell for a scam.

What to Do If You Fell for a Scam: A Comprehensive Guide

So you fell for a scam. It can happen to anybody. No matter how smart, capable, aware, or educated you are, everyone has things they’re vulnerable to and times then they’re more vulnerable. Many people want to sweep the experience under the rug and move on with their lives. But when you realize you’ve been…

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Verify if online sources are legit

8 Ways To Tell if an Online Source is Legit

In the digital age, the amount of information at our fingertips is staggering. Between newspaper and magazine articles, newsletters, social media posts, and articles shared on social media, it’s easy to have an overload of information by the time you eat breakfast. This can make it challenging to know what’s legit and what isn’t. Here…

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AI ethics rules should change and adapt as technology gets better and new ethical issues come up.

OpenAI and the Future of Ethical GPT Guidelines

Recently, you’ve probably heard OpenAI mentioned frequently on news channels and in high profile publications. The advent of the OpenAI technology, GPT 3.5 (and, more recently, GPT 4), debuted and rapidly changed the tech landscape. Many of the tech giants have since unveiled their own versions of ChatGPT and used GPT technology to debut a…

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Learn why backup is important and how to do it easily.

Why Backup is Important: It Protects You and Your Data

Our devices – phones, tablets, and computers – are important to us. But when you think about it, it’s not really the device we care about, it’s the data we store on it. Essential work documents, important photos, our (or our children’s) homework, the information for how to actually pay our less-frequent bills, contact information…

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How to choose a VPN for your Apple TV

Best VPNs for AppleTV You Can Purchase

Rumors are swirling that Apple might be releasing a long-awaited update to their AppleTV box unit in 2024.  Whether you are using an older generation model or plan to get a new one, you likely enjoy streaming the latest shows, movies, and sports on your AppleTV. You also probably know how frustrating it is when…

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Annoying viral requests sent to your facebook

7 most annoying viral requests people post on their Facebook pages

We’ve all experienced annoying viral requests that seem to crop out of nowhere on Facebook. The kid you sat next to in 8th grade Spanish sends you a friend request. He seems innocuous enough, but you haven’t spoken to him in decades.  Within days, you’re flooded by his posts asking his page visitors for money…

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Section 230 currently grants online platforms immunity from liability for user-generated content.

The Threat of Repealing Section 230 and What it Means for Online Forums

In the early rise of the online age, website and Internet developers were flying blind. The amazing world of possibilities the Internet opened needed regulations, but the tech gurus behind its evolution didn’t want to stifle creativity and free speech, and wanted to ensure the world wide web was free and open to all.    In…

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How to Validate the Authenticity of a Soldier's Claim

Key Questions to Validate the Authenticity of a Soldier’s Claim

Confirm military status by requesting to view a form of ID

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Apple's Lockdown Mode provides additional security ... but with significatn drawbacks.

Should You Use Apple’s Lockdown Mode? Here’s What you Need to Know Before You Decide

Maybe you’ve heard of Apple’s Lockdown Mode feature and thought its promise of extra-strong protection for your devices sounded pretty good. Or you may have seen the Lockdown Mode option in your Apple device’s setting and wondered what it did. Or maybe you just care about your security and are wondering if this feature will…

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Medical identity theft can have long-lasting, potentially hazardous consequences.

What You Need to Know about Medical Identity Theft (and What to Do if You’re a Victim)

If you’re like most people, you’re probably aware of the concept of identity theft. A criminal gets access to enough of your personal information to pretend to be you. They use that information to open new credit cards, get new loans, or even buy a new car or house in your name. Since it’s in…

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The best antivirus software for you depends on what you need. Here's how to choose.

Find the Best Antivirus Software for You

Computer virus. It’s a scary phrase, conjuring images of hackers in hoodies cracking encryptions, stealing data, and performing great feats of technology that do huge amounts of damage to individuals, businesses, and governments. Though most of our ideas of hackers come from Hollywood blockbusters, computer viruses are unfortunately not fiction. They are everywhere, and they…

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Confirming that you are dealing with a legitimate travel agency is essential to ensure the safety and reliability of your travel plans

Navigating Through the World of Travel: How to Confirm You’re Dealing with a Legitimate Travel Agency

In an era where digital platforms dominate the travel industry, fake travel agencies have found fertile ground to deploy various scams, tricking unsuspecting travelers with seemingly irresistible deals and offerings. So, how do you avoid falling into these snares? Learn how to verify a legitimate travel agent! We’ve done the heavy lifting to research guidelines here…

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Ensuring that you are speaking with a real officer is important for your safety and to avoid potential scams or impersonation.

Steps to Ensure You’re Speaking with a Real Police Officer

When you’re on the road, few things are more stressful than suddenly seeing flashing lights in your rear-view mirror and realizing that you are being pulled over. The first thing that usually pops into your head is, why? Were you speeding? Are you going to get a ticket for a moving violation of some sort? Probably…

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