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Blogger Warning: LLT Consulting Banner Ad Scam

In General, Safety, Security by Michael Sheehan87 Comments

I receive a lot of advertising and guest blogger solicitations on my site. To set the record straight, I don’t currently allow guest blogging and the advertisers I choose must be reputable, well-known, and/or part of a network. This morning I received an email via my contact form from a “Josephine Bergson” from “the LLT Consulting company” who said they wanted to place banner ads on my website, stating they could “pay up to $950.00/month.” Wow, I thought, that’s a pretty high rate. But when you get these types of “offers,” as a blogger, you need to be very careful about …

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Parents Guide to Social Media Apps Used by Kids

In Application, Family, General, HTD Tech Tip, Opinion, Parenting, Safety, Security, Social Media, Social Networking by Michael Sheehan6 Comments

I was recently asked by a reader of my site (Denise) if I could put together a chart that lists out some of the main social media sites used by tweens and teens and if I could provide some commentary on how they are dangerous (or not) for kids – essentially, a Parents Guide to Social Media apps used by kids. As my kids are either in the social media age or quickly entering, I definitely do have some opinions. But, I don’t want to be alarmist. There are a lot of factors that determine whether or not a particular …

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Less “Stranger Danger” – Kik Messenger Updates App Over Privacy Concerns

In Android, Apple, Application, Family, General, iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod, Opinion, Parenting, Safety, Security, Social Media, Social Networking, Software, Tech News by Michael Sheehan1 Comment

Back in mid-2012, I wrote an article about the “dangerous” combination of Kik Messenger and Instagram. The article turned out to be quite popular (and controversial) in a few ways. Parents didn’t know about Kik nor how the “Kik me at” functionality was working with Instagram. Over 2 years later, Kik Messenger has taken a new approach to privacy and how strangers can or cannot interact with users. I received an early briefing on the new version of Kik Messenger and while I haven’t actually had hands-on experience with the app, what has been outlined seems to be potentially a …

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“OnStar? I’d Like to Get a Tour of Detroit!” #ConnectedByOnStar Event

In Auto, Consumer Electronics, Event, General, Opinion, Safety, Security by Michael SheehanLeave a Comment

Now I get it. Now I understand why so many people choose GM vehicles like Buick. It’s because these vehicles come equipped with OnStar. OnStar is like having your own personal, 24×7 co-pilot and concierge on-call.  For the past couple of days, I have been not only immersed within all things OnStar and Buick, but also was able to experience the revitalization efforts underway within The Motor City – Detroit. From visits to secret underground labs to jazz clubs to racing down the streets of Detroit racking up scavenger hunt points, OnStar gave a group of us an experience never …

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Will You Pledge to Not Text and Drive? Do It Now! #ItCanWait

In Cellular, Consumer Electronics, Family, General, Mobile, Opinion, Safety, Video by Michael SheehanLeave a Comment

For the past couple of months, I have been writing and talking about the national campaign where you pledge to not text and drive. It’s called It Can Wait (the hashtag is #ItCanWait). There is a website that you can go to  to take this pledge of not texting and driving – just head over to www.ItCanWait.com and you can pledge right there. Today, September 19, 2013, is “Drive 4 Pledges Day” which means that I’m asking you to take just a few minutes out of your day to pledge that you will do your best to not text and …

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Still Texting and Driving? This #ItCanWait Documentary Will Change Your Mind

In Auto, Cellular, Consumer Electronics, Family, Gadgets, General, Hardware, Mobile, Opinion, Safety, Video by Michael SheehanLeave a Comment

We all know that we shouldn’t text and drive, but yet even I feel sometimes compelled to glance at my phone. I don’t respond to texts unless I’m fully stopped, but even that is against the law in many places. That second that you remove your eyes from the road, you become distracted, and the vehicle you are driving is transformed into a deadly weapon. Often, however, people think and believe “oh this can’t happen to me” and choose to continue to drive and text. If you are still of that mentality, please take 30 minutes to watch this documentary …

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Texting and Driving Simulator – A Scary Game to Try! #ItCanWait

In Application, Auto, Cellular, General, Mobile, Opinion, Safety by Michael SheehanLeave a Comment

We all know or have been told that texting and driving is dangerous. But yet, for some reason, many of us still do it. For those of you learning to drive or who are not yet of driving age, now is the time to learn why you shouldn’t text and drive. And if you are a passenger, be sure to let the driver concentrate on their driving – if they start to respond to a text, tell them “It Can Wait!” Just how distracting is texting and driving? Well, I don’t want you to go out on the road and …

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Parents Be Warned! Ask.fm is a Dangerous & Deadly Social Site for Teens & Tweens

In Family, General, How To, HTD Tech Tip, Opinion, Parenting, Safety, Security, Social Media, Social Networking by Michael Sheehan30 Comments

Back in 2012, I wrote about some potential dangers surrounding the Instagram and Kik Messenger combination. By now, hopefully many parents know what to look for and how to combat this social danger. Recently, I started to investigate a new social danger for kids, specifically Ask.fm which actually has a few documented teen suicides attributed to the service. Interestingly, it was my teenager and my wife that introduced me to Ask.fm. My teen wanted to join and my wife said absolutely not! Before I go into this social danger, I do want to point out that I am an avid …

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It Can Wait – Texting Ends Lives – #ItCanWait Campaign (Sponsored)

In Cellular, Consumer Electronics, Family, Ford, Gadgets, General, Mobile, Opinion, Parenting, Safety, Social Media, Sponsored, Video by Michael SheehanLeave a Comment

Technology is a great tool when used properly. But as it becomes ever prevalent in our day-to-day lives, it can move from being simply useful to life-ending. With all of our connected gadgets, we are in constant communication via social networking, phone calls and texting. And now this is moving into our vehicles. As we enter into the 100 most dangerous teen driving days of the year, the days between Memorial Day and Labor Day, we need to pay careful attention about when we use technology and how we use it. If used at the wrong time, it turns into …

5 Reasons Why Social Media Might Actually Be Good for your Child

In Family, General, Opinion, Parenting, Safety, Security, Social Media, Social Networking, Technology by Michael Sheehan3 Comments

WARNING: The repeated use of Social Media can be dangerous to your child’s well-being. Should we have a Surgeon General’s warning label slapped onto each and every social media site out there? What about some sort of age rating system like we have for movies, music and video games? No, of course not. The Internet is all about freedom of speech and expression and is a wealth of knowledge. But we all continue to get the message that social media is dangerous for children. Even I have written a couple of articles to that effect. But as I reflect on …

How To Disable Java in Chrome, Firefox, Safari & Internet Explorer on Mac OS or Windows to Prevent 0-Day Exploit

In Apple, Application, Fix It, General, Google, How To, HTD Tech Tip, Microsoft, Safety, Security, Software, Tech News by Michael Sheehan2 Comments

If you have been reading any of the Technical publications online, you will probably know that there is currently an exploit in Java that affects most internet browsers like Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Internet Explorer on systems that have Java installed. This is being called a zero-day or 0-day exploit which essentially means that there is a security vulnerability in an application that is so new (“day zero”) that the developers have not had time or the opportunity to patch or correct the security issue. If you think about a disease outbreak, this is day zero of the outbreak and …

A New Year Means New Security & a Google Nexus 7-Inch Multi-Tablet Twitter Party Giveaway with Trend Micro – #SecureNewYear

In Family, General, Giveaway, HTD Tech Tip, Safety, Security, Trend Micro, Twitter by Michael SheehanLeave a Comment

I am hoping that this New Year is already off to a great start for all of you, apart from my plumbing issues and a flu-ridden child, our family has been enjoying 2013 thus far. And as most of the celebrations should have died down by now, here’s one more that you might want to attend. For the past year, I and several other families across the country have been participating in a program with Trend Micro, a leading global internet content management and threat security firm, called the Digital Joneses. During this year, we completed various security challenges and …

Reacting To and Remembering the Tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary – Cast of Dads Podcast #55

In Audio, Cast of Dads, Family, General, Opinion, Parenting, PodCast, Safety, Security by Michael SheehanLeave a Comment

A week ago today, innocent children, students and educators were horrifically gunned down at Sandy Hook Elementary School. I don’t believe that anyone will fully understand the “why” but all of us have been struggling to comprehend it as well as be able to talk about this event with other adults as well as our children. The Sunday after this tragedy struck, the Cast of Dads got together to discuss this horrible event. Originally, this was to be our “holiday” episode, unfortunately, we only were able to talk about the joy of the holidays at the end of the show. …

How Safe is Online Shopping? Tips to Get Ready for Cyber Monday and Beyond

In General, HTD Tech Tip, Opinion, Safety, Security, Trend Micro by Michael SheehanLeave a Comment

Personally, I hate shopping. I do though, like the act of giving gifts. There is something always great about spreading joy to friends and family during the holiday seasons. My wife is a bargain hunter and loves the “sport” of the deal hunt. She went missing on Black Friday only to reappear a few hours later with lots of great deals. But she was honest with me, she felt that the deals were not that great for our family. We don’t need toys…the kids are just too old (I wouldn’t mind a video game or two though). I, on the …