Defending Digital: Internet Safety, Security & Digital Parenting

Defending Digital: Internet Safety, Security & Digital Parenting
Internet safety, security, and digital parenting tips. You’ll learn about protecting kids online (cybersafety), and general digital security and privacy (for adults as well as kids).

Why Are You Getting So Much Spam? And How to Stop it
Jun 17 • 10 min
Wonder why you’re getting so much spam? Learn how to prevent spam, and how to report it. Full post:
Best GPS Watches for Kids: Know Where Your Child Is?
Jun 10 • 18 min
Details on the best GPS tracking watches for kids, plus explanations of GPS tracking watch features. Also, GPS tracking watches to avoid. Full post: Buy TickTalk 3 on Amazon:…
Need Social Media Safety Tutorials? Smart Social Review
Jun 3 • 9 min
Review of Smart Social’s membership site, with detailed Internet safety tutorials for parents of tweens and teens. Full post: Sign up for Smart Social:…
How to Increase Android Security & Privacy
May 27 • 15 min
Step-by-step guide to Android security and privacy settings. Android Security & Privacy Guide:
How to Increase Windows 10 Security & Privacy
May 20 • 20 min
Step-by-step guide to Microsoft Windows 10 security and privacy settings. Windows Security & Privacy Guide:
Best Browser VPN: Is Your Web Traffic Protected?
May 13 • 8 min
Learn how to protect your web browsing traffic from eavesdropping, with a browser proxy extension (aka browser VPN). Full post: Sign up for Private Internet Access (PIA):…
Best Portable Antivirus Scanners for Windows
May 6 • 7 min
Need to remove malware from your Windows PC? Check out this list of the best portable antivirus (anti-malware) tools to scan and disinfect your PC. Full post:
How Often Should You Change Your Password?
Apr 29 • 11 min
How often should you change your password? Learn the situations when you should change your password, and when you don’t need to. Full post: Sign up for LastPass:…
“Raising Humans in a Digital World” (Book Review)
Apr 22 • 14 min
Help your kids use tech safely and responsibly, with tips from “Raising Humans in a Digital World.” Covers digital reputation, screen time, privacy, sending nudes, & cyberbullying. Full post:…
Best Ransomware Protection: Have You Taken These Steps?
Apr 15 • 13 min
Learn the best ransomware protection methods, including backup options and anti-ransomware. Learn to prevent and remove ransomware. Full post: Sign up for IDrive backup:…
Looking for Internet Safety Tutorials? Simple Cyber Life Review
Apr 8 • 10 min
Review of Simple Cyber Life, a membership site with high-quality, practical Internet safety tutorials for parents to protect their families online. Full post: Sign up for Simple Cyber Life:…
Internet Safety Tips for Parents, from an Internet Crimes Agent
Apr 1 • 13 min
Internet safety tips for parents, from a former Internet crimes agent. Learn about Internet predators, oversharing, nudes, cyberbullying, parental controls. Full post:
“Cybersecurity for Dummies” (Book Review)
Mar 25 • 10 min
Get Internet security tips for your computer, devices, and network, from the book “Cybersecurity for Dummies.” Full post: Buy “Cybersecurity for Dummies” on Amazon:…
“The Internet: Are Children in Charge?” (Book Review)
Mar 18 • 15 min
Learn how to protect your kids from Internet predators with advice from the book “The Internet: Are Children in Charge?” Full post: Buy “The Internet: Are Children in Charge?” on Amazon:…
Internet Safety Advice for Parents, from a Police Officer
Mar 11 • 12 min
Internet safety advice for parents, from a police officer. Learn about social media, Internet predators, nudes, cyberbullying, apps, parental controls. Full post:
Home Network Security & Privacy (Dr. Curtis Levinson Interview)
Mar 4 • 47 min
Learn how to secure your home network, router, and smart devices, and protect your privacy, in this interview with Dr. Curtis Levinson. Full post:
How Private is Your Cloud Storage? Review
Feb 26 • 13 min
Looking for a private cloud storage alternative to Dropbox, Google Drive, etc.? Check out this review of, secure, private online storage. Full post: Sign up for (affiliate…
Protect Kids from Internet Predators (Interview with Charlene Doak-Gebauer)
Feb 19 • 63 min
Learn how parents can protect children from Internet predators and other digital dangers, in this interview with Charlene Doak-Gebauer. Full post: Buy “The Internet: Are Children…
Do You Monitor Your Kids Online? SpyAgent Review
Feb 12 • 14 min
Review of SpyAgent, monitoring and parental control software for Windows. Full post: Buy SpyAgent (affiliate link):
Best Anti-Tracking Software
Feb 5 • 17 min
The best anti-tracking software to stop web trackers, and limit the data trackers collect. Learn how to configure your browser to stop tracking. Full post:
Do You Control What Your Kids Do Online? Mobicip Review
Jan 29 • 13 min
Review of Mobicip, parental control & Internet filtering software for Android, iPhone, iPad, Amazon Fire, Windows, Mac, Chromebook. Full post: Buy Mobicip (affiliate link):…
The Best Internet Safety Podcasts for Parents
Jan 22 • 5 min
These are the best Internet safety podcasts for parents. They share digital parenting information and advice on cyberbullying, digital reputation, screen time, parental controls, social media, etc. Full post:…
Do You Monitor What Your Kids Do Online? KidLogger Review
Jan 15 • 14 min
Review of KidLogger, parental monitoring software for Windows, Mac, and Android. Full post: Buy KidLogger (affiliate link):
Does a VPN Protect from Malware?
Jan 8 • 6 min
Does a VPN block viruses or other malware? Learn which threats a VPN protects against, and which it doesn’t. Full post:
Are Your Kids Protected Online? Kaspersky Safe Kids Review
Jan 1 • 20 min
Review of Kaspersky Safe Kids, parental control and Internet filtering software for Windows, Mac, Android, iPhone, iPad. Full post: Buy Kaspersky Safe Kids (affiliate link):…
Amazon Fire Kids Edition & FreeTime Parental Controls
Dec 25, 2019 • 12 min
Walkthrough of Amazon Fire Kids Edition tablet parental controls, including Amazon FreeTime. Full post: Buy Amazon Fire Kids Edition tablet on Amazon:
How to Avoid Identity Theft: Interview with Luke Wilson, 4iQ
Dec 11, 2019 • 35 min
Learn how to avoid identity theft and stay safe online in this interview with Luke Wilson of 4iQ. Full post:
“Cyberbullying and the Wild, Wild Web” (Book Review)
Dec 4, 2019 • 15 min
Learn how to protect your kids from cyberbullying, with advice from the book “Cyberbullying and the Wild, Wild Web: What You Need to Know.” Full post: Buy “Cyberbullying and the Wild, Wild…
How Norton Family Premier Can Keep Your Kids Safe Online
Nov 20, 2019 • 18 min
Review of Norton Family Premier, parental control and Internet filtering software for Windows, Android, and iOS. Full post: Buy Norton Family Premier (affiliate link):…
What’s the Best Mac Antivirus, Based on Malware Tests?
Nov 6, 2019 • 15 min
Do you need antivirus (anti-malware) for your Mac? If so, how do you choose the best Mac antivirus? Let’s look at independent lab test results. Full post:
Internet Security Interview: Carey Parker of “Firewalls Don’t Stop Dragons”
Oct 23, 2019 • 55 min
An interview about Internet security with Carey Parker, author of “Firewalls Don’t Stop Dragons: A Step-By-Step Guide to Computer Security for Non-Techies.” Full post: Buy “Firewalls…
How Strong Is Your Password? Learn Password Security
Oct 9, 2019 • 18 min
How do you make a strong password? Learn how to create secure passwords, with and without a password manager. Teach your kids these password tips, too. Full post: Sign up…
“Firewalls Don’t Stop Dragons: A Step-By-Step Guide to Computer Security for Non-Techies” (Book Review)
Sep 25, 2019 • 16 min
Get advice on security and privacy topics related to computers, phones, networks, Internet usage, communication, and parental controls from the book “Firewalls Don’t Stop Dragons.” Full post:…
How To Avoid Online Card-Skimming (Interview with Yonathan Klijnsma, RiskIQ)
Sep 11, 2019 • 57 min
Hear how consumers can avoid online payment card-skimming (Magecart), in this interview with Yonathan Klijnsma of RiskIQ. Full post:
“The Basics of Cyber Safety: Computer and Mobile Device Safety Made Easy” (Book Review)
Aug 28, 2019 • 10 min
Get Internet, computer, and mobile device safety tips from the book “The Basics of Cyber Safety.” Full post: Buy “The Basics of Cyber Safety” on Amazon: (affiliate…
Back Up All Your Family PCs with IDrive
Aug 14, 2019 • 10 min
Discover the benefits of online backup, and how to safely back up all your family’s PCs and devices with IDrive. Full post: Sign up for IDrive:…
“Protecting Your Children Online” (Book Review)
Jul 31, 2019 • 14 min
Advice for keeping your kids safe from Internet crimes and threats, from the book “Protecting Your Children Online.” Full post: Buy “Protecting Your Children Online” on Amazon:…
How to Choose Parental Control and Internet Filtering Software
Jul 17, 2019 • 13 min
Looking for parental controls and Internet filtering software? Here are 16 questions to ask to find the features you need. Full post:
“The Smart Girl’s Guide to Privacy” (Book Review)
Jul 3, 2019 • 11 min
Online privacy advice aimed at females, but also relevant to males, from the book “The Smart Girl’s Guide to Privacy: Practical Tips for Staying Safe Online.” Full post: Buy “The…
Digital Privacy and Identity Management (Interview with Katherine Noall of Sphere Identity)
Jun 19, 2019 • 25 min
Hear how consumers can protect their digital privacy and identity documents, and pressure companies to protect consumer privacy, in this interview with Katherine Noall of Sphere Identity. Full post:…
Avoiding Online Property Scams (Interview with Fireball Approves)
Jun 5, 2019 • 26 min
Learn how to identify and avoid online property scams, and how to help kids and the elderly do the same, in this interview with Fireball Approves. Full post:
When Do You Need a VPN (Virtual Private Network)?
May 22, 2019 • 11 min
Learn what a VPN (Virtual Private Network) is, when you should use one to protect your security and privacy, and how to choose one. Full post:
“The Power of Privacy” (Documentary Summary)
May 15, 2019 • 5 min
Learn about modern threats to privacy from “The Power of Privacy,” a documentary by The Guardian. Full post:
Email and Text Messages Aren’t Secure; Use Secure Messaging Instead
May 8, 2019 • 14 min
Did you know email and text messages are insecure? Learn why, and how to use secure messaging instead. Full post:
“Security in the Digital World” (Book Review)
May 1, 2019 • 12 min
Digital security advice for consumers and home offices, from the book “Security in the Digital World.” Full post: Buy “Security in the Digital World” on Amazon:…
Use BCC (Blind Carbon Copy) to Protect Privacy in Email
Apr 24, 2019 • 5 min
Learn why and how to use BCC (Blind Carbon Copy) to protect privacy in email. Full post:
Lessons from 6 TED Talks on Privacy & Cybersecurity
Apr 17, 2019 • 8 min
Learn from the lessons of 6 TED Talks about digital privacy and personal cybersecurity. Full post:
Lessons from BSides Greenville 2019 Security Conference
Apr 3, 2019 • 10 min
Lessons for average users from BSides Greenville 2019, an information security conference. Full post:
15 Security & Privacy Tips for Social Media Safety
Mar 20, 2019 • 13 min
Be safer on social media by following these 15 security and privacy tips. Full post:
How Secure are Digital Wallets and Mobile Payments (Apple Pay, Google Pay, Samsung Pay, PayPal, etc.)?
Mar 6, 2019 • 10 min
How safe are Apple Pay, Google Pay, PayPal, and other digital wallets and mobile payments? Learn how their security compares to credit cards and other traditional payment methods. Full post:…
“Cyber Attack Survival Manual” (Book Review)
Feb 20, 2019 • 11 min
Personal cybersecurity and privacy advice from the book “Cyber Attack Survival Manual.” Full post: Buy “Cyber Attack Survival Manual” on Amazon: (affiliate…
6 Password Problems LastPass Solves
Feb 6, 2019 • 10 min
Discover 6 password problems, and how the LastPass password manager solves them. LastPass securely creates and stores passwords. Full post: Sign up for LastPass:…
“Cyber Smart” Interview with Bart McDonough
Jan 23, 2019 • 36 min
Interview with Bart McDonough, author of “Cyber Smart: Five Habits to Protect Your Family, Money, and Identity from Cyber Criminals.” Full post: Buy “Cyber Smart” on Amazon:…
“Cyber Smart: Five Habits to Protect Your Family, Money, and Identity” (Book Review)
Jan 9, 2019 • 22 min
Step-by-step personal cybersecurity guidance from the book “Cyber Smart: Five Habits to Protect Your Family, Money, and Identity from Cyber Criminals” by Bart R. McDonough. Full post: Buy “Cyber…
“Future Crimes” by Marc Goodman (Book Review)
Dec 26, 2018 • 22 min
Learn to increase your digital security and privacy with advice from the book “Future Crimes” by Marc Goodman. Full post: Buy “Future Crimes” on Amazon:…
Don’t Post About Travel Before or While You’re Away
Dec 12, 2018 • 6 min
Posting about your travels on social media invites burglary, scams, and identity theft. Learn how to protect yourself. Full post:
Set a Private Encryption Key for Online Backups
Nov 28, 2018 • 7 min
Keep your online backups secure with a private encryption key. Full post: Sign up for IDrive: (affiliate link)
What to Do If Your Email Is Hacked
Nov 14, 2018 • 7 min
Learn what do do if your email account is hacked, and how to reduce the risk of an email hack. Full post:
“The Art of Invisibility” by Kevin D. Mitnick (Book Review)
Oct 31, 2018 • 24 min
Protect your privacy online with a privacy mindset and tips from the book “The Art of Invisibility” by Kevin D. Mitnick. Full post: Buy “The Art of Invisibility” on…
Use OpenDNS for Free Home Internet Security & Filtering
Oct 17, 2018 • 11 min
Learn how to use OpenDNS for free home Internet security and web content filtering. Full post:
“Swiped: How to Protect Yourself in a World Full of Scammers, Phishers, and Identity Thieves” (Book Review)
Oct 3, 2018 • 14 min
Tips on minimizing your risk of identity theft from the book “Swiped: How to Protect Yourself in a World Full of Scammers, Phishers, and Identity Thieves” by Adam Levin. Full post:…
“Online Danger” by Eric Cole (Book Review)
Sep 19, 2018 • 11 min
A summary of practical personal cybersecurity advice from the book “Online Danger” by Dr. Eric Cole. Full post: Buy “Online Danger” on Amazon: (affiliate link)
How and Why to Use Two-Factor Authentication
Sep 5, 2018 • 7 min
Learn how, and why, to use two-factor authentication to increase the security of your accounts. Full post:
Which Passwords to Change After Credit Card Fraud
Aug 23, 2018 • 6 min
Which passwords should you change after credit card fraud? Get the answers. Full post:
Don’t Share Your Birth Date Online
Aug 23, 2018 • 4 min
Sharing your birth date online is risky. Learn why, and how to protect yourself. Full post:
How to Answer Security Questions Securely
Aug 22, 2018 • 7 min
How should you answer security questions? Learn how to create secure answers. Full post: