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Everyday we all read and hear stories about people who have done serious damage to themselves, to their future, or to others online. It’s almost impossible to keep track of these daily horror stories.

This avalanche of negative press we see, are the result of people doing what people have always done, except now it’s being done in front of the entire digital world.

Here at the Institute for Internet Safety, we are working tirelessly to help you safeguard and enhance your online identity.

The Institute for Internet Safety: Catching Mistakes Before Mistakes Catch You!

Online Privacy Daily News Feed

Popular lip-syncing app Musical.ly will pay $5.7 million to settle a lawsuit alleging it is collecting personal information from kids in violation of the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (...
The political economy of digital capitalism is largely premised on a new exchange: individuals enjoy cheap or free services and goods in exchange for their personal information. Put simply ...
Most companies have said they would accept new federal legislation in the wake of bombshell revelations about Facebook and other online platforms' handling of users' personal data US lawmakers ...
When you sign up for something online -- say, an email subscription, a new account, or a cloud service like DropBox -- do you actually read the company’s privacy policy before you check the “I agree...
Are seniors more vulnerable to hacks than tech-savvy millennials? Not necessarily. People ages 65 and older are more likely to read privacy policies before accepting them, a survey from Axios...
Note: This is part one of a two-part series on why online privacy matters and the lengths people have to go to in order to retain their privacy in 2019. This piece is about the why of online privacy...
3 things you can do to start safeguarding your privacy online  USA TODAYBARCELONA—I always start my online relationships with a lie. It goes something like this: I have read and understand...
Amazon's online data use has been 'less dangerous' than Facebook's, says tech investor Roger McNamee  CNBCAmazon needs to articulate its policy around health data — but on the whole so far...
The phone number that secures your Facebook account isn’t as safe as you think  MarketWatchDespite the privacy gap, consumers should still use two-factor authentication whenever possible.
Local educators warn parents about social media challenge  Monroe Evening NewsAt least three Monroe County public school districts have issued statments statements to warn families about...

Featured News Stories

At Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Me., admissions officers are still talking about the high school senior who attended a campus information session last year for prospective students. Throughout...
It's junior year and Ellie Likos is ready to start the college process. The first step: changing her name on Facebook. Since the explosion of social media just a few years ago, colleges across...
Facebook Will No Longer Protect Teens From Their Own Bad Judgment - Forbes
On Wednesday, Facebook announced a present for its teen users: the gift of greater publicity. Moving forward, Facebook’s many under-18 users will be able to kick their privacy to the curb just as...
Opinion Should parents be criminally liable for kids' cyberbullying - CNN.com
Two girls in Florida, 14 and 12, have been arrested and charged with aggravated stalking -- cyberbullying. They allegedly tormented a 12-year-old girl named Rebecca so relentlessly that last month...
The selfie syndrome Why teens use social media for validation and how parents can counteract it - TODAY.com
Young celebrities do it. So why are we surprised when a typical teen Instagram post goes something like this: Teen (girl or boy) posts a cool/pretty/pouty selfie. What follows is a watch to see how...
They share, like, everything. How they feel about a song, their maths homework, life (it sucks). Where they'll be next; who they're with now. Photos, of themselves and others, doing stuff they quite...