Facebook (along with other social networking sites) has been around for a few years, and a lot has been written about the security issues involved. Googling “facebook security” yields about 20,500 hits. But what do users really need to know? Information about Facebook users can be broken down into several categories: Personal information: Facebook allows […]

If your smoke alarm started beeping for no reason, you’d probably head out to the hardware store and buy a new one. Indeed, as part of the City of Ottawa’s “Wake Up! Get a Working Smoke Alarm” program, residents are urged test their smoke detector and change the battery twice a year. But apparently it […]

Place the family computer in a central location where the whole family can use it and where parents can easily see the screen. Do not place computers in children’s bedrooms. If you don’t know much about the Internet, take the time to learn the basics. Don’t be embarrassed to ask your child to show you […]

For some children the Internet is a valuable tool to help with homework, for others its entertainment and, unfortunately, for some it’s also the babysitter. As a parent, what do you need to know? When it comes to email, instant messengers, and chatrooms, the technology varies, but the safety issues are much the same: Do […]

The net is buzzing about Republican Vice President candiate Sarah Palin’s email account being hacked, and if you somehow missed it, this Wired blog post is a good starting point. I won’t engage in spreading rumours about who might have done it. The bottom line is that he or she, at best, did something dumb. […]

Mention computer security to most people and the ensuing conversation inevitably involves viruses, spyware, spammers, and teenage hackers. Yes, it’s true that criminals are heavily involved in identity theft, foreign governments are stealing intellectual property, and pedophiles are trolling the Internet. But if we’re really looking for the number one threat to our money and […]