Why It’s Important to Teach your Kids How to Cook and Use Social Media

In Family, General, Opinion, Parenting, Safety, Security, Social Media, Social Networking by Michael SheehanLeave a Comment

A recent post of mine which focused on an informal and potentially dangerous marriage between Instagram and Kik Messenger seems to have gotten quite a bit of attention lately. I’m always excited when I can share my ideas, opinions, insights and personal recommendations when it comes to educating kids about the evolution of social media of many legs. And what excited me even more was the response that came in from readers of all ages, kids and parents alike, each offering different takes on the idea of working with and teaching children about social media. The point of the Instagram/Kik …

10 Tips on How to Avoid Losing your Digital Identity

In Application, Consumer Electronics, Family, Gadgets, General, How To, HTD Tech Tip, Mobile, Opinion, Safety, Security, Social Media, Social Networking, Tech News, Trend Micro by Michael Sheehan1 Comment

Our society is made up of all types of information. And the amount of “stuff” that is known about us is growing as speeds never before seen. Think back 50 or 100 years. What identified a person? Their names, their ancestry, their address and their bank. Eventually phone numbers and a few other bits of personally identifiable information made it into the fold. Now look at what could possibly identify you – it’s almost unfathomable how much data is collected on is each and every second and not only that, how this data is connected to us. We have bank …

Parents Beware: Instagram & Kik Messenger Are A Dangerous Combination & What Social Dangers to Check For

In Family, General, HTD Tech Tip, Opinion, Parenting, Safety, Security, Social Media, Social Networking by Michael Sheehan283 Comments

Over the past few years, I have written about security and safety for the family, especially when it comes to protecting your kids from online predators and social bullies. My wife and I really try to practice what we preach. But as social networks and sharing services evolve, sometimes it is hard to keep up with the latest and greatest cool thing, or social threat. For example, when our oldest daughter got on Facebook, we knew that it was too early to let her just go at it on her own. So we allowed her to use it with some …

5 Reasons Why You Should Repurpose Old Content from your Blog

In Application, General, How To, Opinion, Social Media, Social Networking, Twitter by Michael Sheehan2 Comments

I have often been asked: why the heck do you have those automated tweets of old content coming from your blog? What is the reasoning? They are outdated and might not be topical, could be viewed as out of context and, in my case, might be talking about technology, products or services that are over a year old. Think about it, you pour you heart into every article you write and you want to have the world consume and hopefully enjoy your content. So, you write it and post it and then move on to the next piece of juicy content. …

Have You Had “The Talk” with you Kids? The Online Security Talk, That Is!

In Family, General, Opinion, Parenting, Safety, Security, Social Media, Social Networking, Software, Trend Micro by Michael Sheehan1 Comment

Go to you kids right now and ask them if they know what cyberbullying is. Go on, do it! I’m going to guess that they might be able to tell you at least something. If they did, that is encouraging. Now ask them if they know what sexting is. Heck that word shows up in my spell check as being unknown or misspelled. I will bet you that your older kids know what it is but that your younger ones do not. Have You Had “The Talk” with you Kids? The Online Security Talk, That Is! was last modified: April …

Consumer Clouds – A Comfortable and Easy On-ramp to More Complex Business Clouds

In Cloud, Consumer Electronics, Family, Gadgets, General, Opinion, Parenting, Security, Social Networking by Michael SheehanLeave a Comment

I have multiple personalities. No, I’m not schizophrenic but I do have alter egos. During the day, I live and breathe cloud computing with my job as Technology Evangelist at GoGrid, a cloud infrastructure provider. And then the rest of my hours when I’m awake, I’m a dad, husband and technologist, trying to figure out how it all fits together without busting at the seams. This site, HighTechDad.com, represents many years of trying to figure out how technology integrates into the family, what works, what doesn’t, what to look out for and how to make sense of it all. It …

How Internet Security Savvy Are You?

In Application, Consumer Electronics, Family, General, HTD Tech Tip, Opinion, Parenting, Safety, Security, Social Media, Social Networking, Software, Trend Micro by Michael Sheehan1 Comment

If you have read any of my articles in the past, I find it extremely important to use technology as a tool to better your life. Some of those “tools” are for entertainment, and others are for security and safety of yourself and your family. Entertainment is obviously fun, as it should be, but security and safety is not as much so. It can be daunting and scary, and frequently, people don’t have a clue as to how to even begin to approach combating it. Luckily there are tools out there to, yes, help you better your life. I was …

Guest on Intel’s Digital Nibbles Podcast – Talking about Consumer Clouds

In Audio, Cloud, Consumer Electronics, Family, Gadgets, General, Intel, Opinion, Parenting, PodCast, Safety, Security, Social Media, Social Networking by Michael SheehanLeave a Comment

Recently, I was invited to be a guest on a podcast (sponsored by Intel) called Digital Nibbles and the topic was Consumer Clouds. Digital Nibbles is a podcast that discusses data centers, cloud computing and other topics around big data, DevOps, mobile and IT in the enterprise. As an interesting twist to the traditional corporate subject matter, we turned to consumer clouds, what they are, what they aren’t and how many of us are using them. We also dove into the dangers of many cloud-based services from the standpoint of a parent. Digital Nibbles is co-hosted by Allyson Klein and …