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I grew up in an age that “bullying” was a part of what made you tough.  You took it, you brushed it off, you moved on.cyberbullying

That does not necessarily apply in this day and age.  Is it the anonymity of the electronics age we live in?  You can say something without having to look the person you are “talking to” in the eye?  Or, is it the degradation of our society in which what was unacceptable years ago is now the norm?  Or..  Is it both?

No matter why, it is real.  It is happening and we (parents) need to be aware.  Not only do parents need to be aware, but teens need to let their parents know when it is happening.  Yeah, yeah, that’s not cool.  Well, neither is what this ‘Cyber-Bullying’ leads to.  Here are some statistics for you to consider:

Despite the potential damage of cyber bullying, it is alarmingly common among adolescents and teens. According to Cyber bullying statistics from the i-SAFE foundation:

    • Over half of adolescents and teens have been bullied online, and about the same number have engaged in cyber bullying.
    • More than 1 in 3 young people have experienced cyberthreats online.
    • Over 25 percent of adolescents and teens have been bullied repeatedly through their cell phones or the Internet.
    • Well over half of young people do not tell their parents when cyber bullying occurs.

Parents, this needs to be addressed with your teen, and pre-teen.  Take a few moments and discuss with them what is and what is not acceptable.

Be safe and be blessed!

instagramHere is a very serious update that EVERYONE needs to be aware of.  Anyone using Instagram needs to understand how serious this is, of course, if you take your photos seriously.  There are lots of “fine print” in the terms of use by most websites that users do not take the time to read.  Rights to use YOUR material that YOU post is a huge issue that many people do not understand.

“For content that is covered by intellectual property rights, like photos and videos (IP content), you specifically give us the following permission, subject to your privacy and application settings: you grant us a non-exclusive, transferable, sub-licensable, royalty-free, worldwide license to use any IP content that you post on or in connection with Facebook (IP License).” – by Elizabeth Potts Weinstein

When you post content on Facebook, for instance, you are giving Facebook a license to use your content.  

I want to make a special note here… When this TOU for Instagram goes into effect, the only way you can “opt out” is to delete your account. There is not “Security Setting” or “Opt Out” for this condition.

 If this works for Instagram, be prepared…  This will become a big money maker for websites and will spread.

Read the full story on Instagram by Fox News here.

 

Be safe and be blessed!

I found a very good article on credit card fraud, thought I would share some stats that I hope will drive home how important it is to protect ourselves on the Internet.

‘The ease of sharing information can lead some people to reveal too much. The danger of over-revelation leads beyond mere social faux pas. More than half of adults who use online social networks post information that puts them at risk of cybercrime, including fraudulent credit card use, says a recent survey by Consumer Reports.

According to the 2012 Javelin Strategy and Research’s independent analysis of identity fraud report, in 2011, more than 11.6 million adults were victims of fraud, up 11% from the previous year. The report also found that users of social media sites such as LinkedIn, Google +, Facebook and Twitter have the highest instances of identity theft. And though the study notes that there is no proof of direct causation, it also states that more people are sharing too much sensitive information via these sites that can be used to confirm identity.’

Do not post your birthday, Social Security Number or address online.  This is all information that can be used to steal your identity and put you and your family at risk.

Be safe and be blessed.

Recently there has been a rash of people posting on Facebook about changes in the privacy policy.  These changes are mostly around ownership of posted material such as pictures and videos.  You can read the complete policy here.

Bottom line, there is nothing you have to do.  Posting this does nothing.  This is one of those “The world is coming to an end” hoaxes that is far too common on the internet.  To read a sample of the message, click here.

Here is a good article from FoxNews on this issue, click here.

It is a hoax.  You should read the new policy and understand it.  For many people do not understand the privacy policy in the first place.  To read the policy, click here.

Be careful and wise with what you post.  Be safe and be blessed!

For your personal, or family, protection… Post with caution on Facebook that can be used against you.  Posts such as “my spouse is going to be out of town this week, I will miss them”, “my parents are going away this weekend”, or “we are going on vacation and our house is going to be empty” are just some examples of what can put you in harms way.

Post with caution and realize that if you have 400 friends, they potentially have 400 friends, which means that over 100,000 people could read what you just posted.  Who are all of those people?  Listen to that little voice inside of you when you post and be wise about what you share.

Check out our website for more information on how to protect yourself and your family!  Be safe and be blessed!

Recently The CMD Group released their first Android application.  A few people say they cannot download the app from The CMD Group’s website and here is why.

Google, Apple and Microsoft all have their own App (application) Stores…  Google has Play, Apple has their App Store and Microsoft has the Windows App Store.  Wow, they put a lot of thought into those names didn’t they?  While many applications are free, some do have a charge.  The purpose of these stores are to ensure that you are downloading a “safe” application to your phone.  They all three check apps that are published to ensure they are not malicious and crash your phone.

They also gain control by you downloading the app from their stores.  They can (and do) monitor usage and downloads to rank developers.  The CMD Group does and will make apps available from the stores, but you do not HAVE to use a store to download.  We will be making our Android and Windows application available on our website TheCMDGroup.org/android-app-development/ so users do not HAVE to download from the stores.  And, yes…  The Apple application is not available from our website.  Why you ask?  Because Apple will not allow applications to be served except from their store.  Yes, they seem to be a little controlling huh?  They also charge 10x more to be a developer too.  But, that is another discussion.

Again, some people have issues in downloading apps to their Android phone getting an error saying “For Security, your device is set to block installation of applications not obtained from Android Market“.  This is a simple setting (go to settings, and choose Unknown Sources and “Allow installation of non-Market apps”) to just keep you from downloading malicious applications.  Our apps downloaded from our site are the same versions as what is available from the stores.  If you don’t want to download from our site, then get our apps from the stores.  Either way, we appreciate you using our apps.

And, please…  Provide feedback, rate our applications and provide support!  We can use it to help better develop apps for the future.

Be safe and be blessed!