Don't Quit the Social Networks You Hate. Bend Them to Your Will

We get it: No one likes Facebook. Twitter is full of trolls. Social networks can be a pain, but they're also great ways to stay in touch with friends and talk to new people. Even so, every few weeks we hear from someone who wants to just "quit" Facebook altogether. Here's why that's a silly idea, and what you can do… » 2/04/15 1:09pm 2/04/15 1:09pm

How To Protect Your Information From The Internet

Do you know how much of your personal information is floating around? It's more than you think and very easy to find. Phone numbers, home addresses, email accounts. As my recent story about gamers who got swatted showed, anybody can become a target. You don't have to be someone with a million followers. Social… » 1/26/15 2:56pm 1/26/15 2:56pm

Why I Will Never Tell My Daughter to Give You a Hug

I feel grumpy. It's probably too late for me to be up. There's a house full of people, some kind of party. I go to my parents' room to lie on the bed, and my Grandpa Pat comes after me. He wants a hug and a kiss. I don't feel like it. I like him, but I'm always a little shy: he's got that big barrel chest and smells… » 10/23/14 4:00pm 10/23/14 4:00pm

How to Use a Fake Name on Facebook Without Getting Flagged

Facebook has always had a policy of requiring users to supply their real name on the site. Enforcement has been lax, but there's still a risk of getting caught. Here's how to fly under the radar if you need to. » 9/22/14 5:43pm 9/22/14 5:43pm

How to Keep Photos of Your Naked Body Off the Internet

If you've been conscious at any point during the past 48 hours, you've probably heard about the slew of raunchy celeb selfies making their way around the internet. It didn't have to be that way; despite all appearances, you can keep your naked body off the internet. Here's how. » 9/02/14 2:19pm 9/02/14 2:19pm

The NSA Is Looking At Your Naked Pictures and Laughing

Your worst fears are coming true. It turns out, the government is not only intercepting your naked pictures, but they're laughing their asses off at them. » 7/17/14 10:32pm 7/17/14 10:32pm

Consumer Data Brokers Selling Lists of Rape Victims

On Wednesday, privacy advocates told lawmakers in Washington, D.C. data companies are selling lists that include names of rape victims, drug and alcohol addicts, seniors suffering from dementia and more. » 4/02/14 10:30pm 4/02/14 10:30pm

Real Life Nightmare: Woman Discovers 11 Hidden Cameras in Home

Well, this reads just like something out of Saw or Sliver or any other horror movie that involves innocent people being watched without their knowledge. Except it's real and it is horrifying. » 3/15/14 4:50pm 3/15/14 4:50pm

British Spies Shocked People Use Webcams to Send Pics of Their Junk

Officials in the British spy program responsible for collecting and batching images from Yahoo users' webcams were shocked — SHOCKED! — to discover that people often use webcams to transmit pictures of their naughties to other denizens of cyber space. This only goes to further prove that governments are about as… » 2/27/14 3:45pm 2/27/14 3:45pm

Removing My Children From the Internet

About a week ago I began deleting all photos and videos of my children from the Internet. This is proving to be no easy task. Like many parents, I’ve excitedly shared virtually every step, misstep and milestone that myself and my children have muddled our way through. » 10/15/13 5:30pm 10/15/13 5:30pm

How to Lock Down Facebook Privacy Now That Old Posts Are Searchable

As of yesterday, Facebook Graph Search has officially opened its big, omniscient arms to every last check-in, status update, note, and comment you've ever posted throughout your entire Facebook career. Which, yes, sounds pretty terrifying, but don't worry—we're here to help you cover your tracks. » 10/01/13 3:49pm 10/01/13 3:49pm

Dumb Indiana Proposal Would Punish Pregnant Drug Addicts

Indiana's Republican Attorney General proposed a law that would require pregnant welfare recipients' benefits to be contingent on passing a series of drug tests; if they can't pass, they can't buy food. Great idea guys — what economically disenfranchised pregnant drug addicts need is some good old fashioned… » 9/26/13 12:50pm 9/26/13 12:50pm

Fitness Apps Are Telling Everyone About How Bad You Suck at Sports

It sounds like a great idea with no downside— a virtual coach that a person inspired to be fit (sigh, fine: "FITSPIRED PERSON") can download onto their phone for very little cost that helps them keep track of workouts and progress over time. Everyone's healthy! Everyone's happy! Everyone's organized! Except, as one… » 9/03/13 6:40pm 9/03/13 6:40pm

All Hell Breaks Loose After Nurse Writes About Her First Circumcision:…

We're all guilty of sometimes overutilizing social media. We use it to complain about friends, family, coworkers, jobs, and the many questionable characters on public transportation. We solicit advice, whine about Anne Hathaway, and share our dreams and desires. Facebook feeds can sometimes read like a damn Taylor… » 2/28/13 1:45pm 2/28/13 1:45pm

Netflix Can Share Your Viewing History So Now Everyone Will Know About…

It's easy to have the best intentions with Netflix. You fill your instant queue up with gritty documentaries and high brow Oscar winners like the King's Speech. Maybe you even add a few of those French Cerebral Thrillers with a Strong Female Lead and/or Dog that they keep recommending, but, in the end, all you really… » 12/28/12 11:10am 12/28/12 11:10am

Future Undergrads: Colleges are Cyber-Stalking You and There's Nothing…

Around 25% of admissions officers at the country's top 500 colleges cyber-stalk applicants using websites like Facebook and Google, and more than one-third of them say they've found information that they've used against prospective students — up from 12% last year. » 10/04/12 3:15pm 10/04/12 3:15pm