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Separating Hype From The Real Risks

If you only received your internet safety information from the popular media, you would assume that any teen who uses social networking (MySpace, Facebook, etc) is bombarded by messages from online predators. Moments after that new MySpace page goes live, ...
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29-May-2008 | 11:37AM
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Cyberbullying Conference- Reflecting Back

Apologies for the delay. I've been on the road a bit. I spent two days in the New York City area attending WiredSafety's Cyberbullying event. And then visiting with internet safety colleagues in Washington DC. All the running around made my effo ...
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06-Jun-2008 | 2:21PM
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Updating The Online Safety Tips

Every time I give a speech or get interviewed, I'm asked for my top online safety tips. And like so many in my industry, I will advise some standards such as getting the computer out of the bedroom or never talk to strangers when you are online. What ...
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12-Jun-2008 | 3:32PM
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FoxNews Story Hypes Online Predation

As I mentioned in a post from a few days ago, our popular media gets enormous mileage out of the online predator danger. Today's FoxNews story offers a great deal of good advice, mixed in with hype and fear mongering. Some of the good elements in the ...
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13-Jun-2008 | 11:01AM
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High School Hackers- Crime and Punishment

Mad computer and hacking skills plus pressure to ace High School AP classes without actually studying plus ability to break and enter may result in 38 years jail time for two California High School students. The formula for crime and punishment. Two senio ...
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23-Jun-2008 | 10:51AM
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Is There a Digital Divide?

We've heard about a "digital divide" for so long now, we all tend to believe it exists. But does it? New research  would indicate that low income kids have nearly the same access to the Internet as their wealthier peers and are benefiting f ...
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23-Jun-2008 | 11:44AM
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KY Attorney General is a Victim of ID Theft

Attorney General Jack Conway had his ID stolen and thousands of false charges piled up on his credit cards. Fortunately he caught it early, worked with his bank to clear the charges, but now has a mission to find the bad guys with his new Cyber Crime unit ...
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25-Jun-2008 | 11:20AM
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Privacy Paradox

Recent research indicates there is a privacy paradox which encourages us to be more forthcoming when we are less aware of privacy concerns. What that means is, when you visit a corporate website such as Symantec's, where privacy policy links are on e ...
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marianmerritt Employee
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03-Jul-2008 | 2:45PM
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Online Safety Interview

I was interviewed by Ilyse Glink at last year's Consumer Electronics Show. Here's a fun little YouTube video with my interview and basic online safety tips! Message Edited by marianmerritt on 07-03-2008 03:39 PM ...
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03-Jul-2008 | 3:36PM
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More YouTube- Marian Reminds You Not To Fall For Charity Phishing Attacks

Another CES interview, this one is about online risks like social engineering and phishing attacks used to steal your money. Message Edited by marianmerritt on 07-03-2008 04:16 PM ...
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03-Jul-2008 | 4:14PM
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Today’s Easy Peasy Security Makeover- Your Browser

If you, like so many of us, are skating along the web with an out-of-date browser, you are at risk for numerous browser vulnerability-enabled security threats. It’s like a “what not to wear” for your computer. And I have an easy security makeover to take ...
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07-Jul-2008 | 10:59AM
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Kids Get The Message at School Safety Presentations- Here's Some Proof

There are many wonderful organizations that can come to your neighborhood school to teach the children about online safety. Occasionally I also get to make these safety presentations to kids and parent groups. There's a lot of material to cover and n ...
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09-Jul-2008 | 8:30PM
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Stopping Child Porn- NY Attorney General Gets Help From Major ISPs; Finding Porn on Your Home Computer

There are two kinds of child pornography: the kind created by criminals and the kind our children create themselves. To stop the distribution of both kinds of child porn, Andrew Cuomo, the New York Attorney General, has reached an agreement with several m ...
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10-Jul-2008 | 12:53PM
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"American Teen"- The Movie- Go See It

A revealing look at today's high schools, told from the perspective of 5 actual high school seniors in the small town of Warsaw, Indiana is coming to your local theater. It was the breakout hit of the Sundance Film Festival.  Last night, I went to a ...
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15-Jul-2008 | 11:57AM
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USA Today story on Cyberbullying

Hard to believe we're still educating people across America about Cyberbullying but thank goodness the big consumery publications, like USA Today, are staying involved. It's hitting a nerve as measured by the number of comments readers are addin ...
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15-Jul-2008 | 12:16PM
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Win a Vespa Scooter- Save Money on Gas!

OK, this couldn't be any easier. We're giving away a Vespa Scooter and all you have to do is submit your little video showing a fun look at Norton software's speed and other improvements. I'm sure I'm doing a lousy job of explaini ...
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15-Jul-2008 | 12:36PM
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Heading to BlogHer Conference this weekend

I've never before attended a work-related conference that features morning yoga and childcare but BlogHer in San Francisco offers both those treats and more. I still consider myself to be a newbie blogger and can't wait to get some serious girl- ...
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16-Jul-2008 | 4:09PM
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New Zealand Teen Hacker Gets Off Without Serious Punishment

Teen hacker and criminal syndicate ringleader, "AKill," walks away from his trial with a small fine and no record. Supposed cybercrime experts deem his skills " among the most advanced " and the judge lets him walk. This is a truly biz ...
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17-Jul-2008 | 12:40PM
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Lack of Legal Precedents Hampering Truly Effective Cybercrime Fighting

After I posted yesterday about people getting away with serious cyber criminal activity, I was still angry. Today I read an article that gave me a little needed perspective on the topic. It takes a while for our case law and precedents to emerge and give ...
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18-Jul-2008 | 6:36PM
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Norton 2009 Software in BETA!

I was part of the stellar consumer product development group for nearly 7 years so I still get excited when I see new products coming down the production line. And I'm particularly excited for the team's accomplishments with the latest versions ...
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21-Jul-2008 | 3:55PM
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Play the Norton Cybersmackdown and You Could Win a $10K Scholarship

I hate to keep promoting various Norton announcements but how could I neglect to mention this fun game with a potentially huge payoff? We played the Norton CyberSmackdown for the first time last year at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. It drew ...
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23-Jul-2008 | 7:29PM
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Privacy a Top Concern for Adults and Children Alike

While there's still a significant disconnect between what parents believe they are doing and what children perceive to be the case, both groups can agree that online privacy is a major concern, according to a new study. The study shows that online pr ...
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23-Jul-2008 | 7:36PM
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One In Three Australian Children Surfs Web Unsupervised, Less Than Half Using Filters

A new study reveals that parents in Australia are still in need of some primary education about internet safety. Aussie parents fail to provide direct supervision or to use filters (despite the Australian government providing such filters for free). I am ...
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24-Jul-2008 | 11:42PM
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NetSafe Conference in Gorgeous Queenstown, New Zealand

Queenstown, a gorgeous ski resort town on New Zealand's South Island played host recently to an international conference on cybercitizenship, put together by NetSafe. NetSafe is New Zealand's government sponsored internet safety organization. Ov ...
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30-Jul-2008 | 10:28PM
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Update on Lori Drew Trial

So-called "cyber liberties" groups are not happy with the Lori Drew cyberbullying case. It's not that they are in favor of bullying or don't agree that the alleged behavior was astonishing and venal. It's that, as I've previo ...
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05-Aug-2008 | 2:12PM
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Justice Department Files Against ID Theft Syndicate

After stealing 40 million credit and debit card numbers, trading them internationally, and stealing untold millions of dollars from their victims, did they really think they wouldn't get caught? 11 international identity thieves were indicted yesterd ...
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05-Aug-2008 | 4:40PM
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Back to Work

I've just come back from a wonderful week's vacation. My family held our first family reunion and while we had loads of catching up to do, we also found ourselves discussing technology a great deal. What were our top items? Taking into considera ...
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17-Aug-2008 | 5:37PM
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Back to School Means Increase in Cyberbullying

As our kids gather their new backpacks and spiral notebooks, we parents need to prepare our children for renewed vigilance against cyberbullying. Upwards of 40% of our children experienced this scourge last year. It's also easy to forget that for man ...
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18-Aug-2008 | 7:08PM
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Marian Responds to New York Times' Ethicist on Privacy and Posting Family Photos Onlines

Last Sunday, the New York Times' column called "The Ethicist" posted a question from David in Los Angeles about a family member requesting him not to post videos or photos of her children online. Here's Marian's response to The Et ...
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marianmerritt Employee
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22-Aug-2008 | 7:58AM
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Is Your Child's MySpace Photo "Slutty"?

Sometimes you just need to know when to zip your lip. Too much honesty got an internet safety presenter in hot water when he characterized some of the MySpace photos of actual attendees as "slutty". People left the room in tears and now this law ...
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marianmerritt Employee
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25-Aug-2008 | 12:52PM
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