Highlights of the latest news,
laws, products and potential risks,
research, predatory methods and more
Here you'll find highlights of the latest articles on Internet safety worth reading——laws, products (and potential risks), research, predatory methods, and so on—along with my take on what's important in these stories.
If you see something in the news you think I should know about, send it to AskLinda@look-both-ways.com . (Don’t forget to send a link to the source article.)
Australia is in the process of implementing new restrictions to help protect children from exposure to Web sites containing pornography and violence, a path also taken by several European countries including the UK. Civil libertarians are protesting that
In a landmark negotiation with MySpace, the Attorney General from North Carolina has secured agreement to significantly increase consumer’s safety on MySpace. The agreement covers increasing the verification of user’s ages to protect minors, allowing
Ask.com , the fourth-largest search engine service launched a service today called AskEraser. A first for the search industry, this eraser lets you decide if you want information about your search discarded once the search is complete. All other search
Two major mobile companies have banded together to combat mobile spam, and enable carriers to provide content filtering tools to individuals and parents to allow them to determine the type of content they feel is appropriate for themselves and their families.
May 3, 2007 Summary The Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee convened a forum titled “Just the Facts about Online Youth Victimization” to help debunk common myths about internet risks to youth in this country. On the panel were four outstanding
June 4 2007 Summary McAfee has updated their Search Engine Safety Research (see my previous blog from Dec 2006) and though the safety of consumers using search engines has improved by about 1 percent, searching still represents considerable risk to consumers.
5 March 2007 Summary The threat of online attacks targeting home users is growing. Research released by Symantec in September 2006 showed that computers in the home were now the target of 86 percent of all attacks by criminals. Cybercriminals are getting
For Online Shoppers, Security Seals No Guarantee That Hackers Aren't Watching 28 Sept 2006 Summary Financial fraud experts indicate that data thieves are increasingly focusing their attention on small online businesses. Smaller companies have fewer customers
15 Sept 2006 Summary Cyberscams are increasingly being committed by organized-crime syndicates out to profit from sophisticated ruses rather than hackers keen to make an online name for themselves," says Christopher Painter, deputy chief of the computer