A New Tool to Protect Your Privacy

In today’s digitally connected world, I worry about the lack of control I have over the privacy of my personal information. And I’m not alone. A Pew survey found 91 percent of adults strongly agree that consumers have lost control of how companies collect and use their personal information. With so many consumers feeling helpless, we could use a privacy victory. As luck would have it, a victory did come recently. New Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rules give consumers using …

Can You Hear Me Now?

Internet-connected devices are rapidly becoming commonplace in our daily lives. Smartphones, tablets, televisions, thermostats, cars, video games and even children’s toys now connect to the Internet. Many connected devices contain embedded microphones and cameras that can collect, send and share audio and video data. This creates concerns about the types of information these devices might be collecting and sharing. What’s more, many of them are “always on” — listening and watching day and night, allowing devices to respond to voice …

Have Efforts to Create a Do-Not-Track List Derailed?

The brightly colored running shoes stare back at me from my computer screen. They’ve been following me from website to website — ever since I clicked on them while browsing an online store the week before. The shoes aren’t supposed to follow me like this. I’ve set my browser to send a message to each website I visit expressing my desire to opt out of such tracking. But here come the shoes again. And again. What happened to the online …

On Social Media, Do You Share With Your Kids or Snoop on Them?

Some parents have battled over technology use with their children since grammar school. First came the debate on what age to allow their own cellphones. Then we moved on to laptops in the bedroom, limiting computer time, blocking certain websites. Then texting during meals and conversations. Now we move on to social media, the alternate universe where young adults typically spend more than three hours daily on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, among other apps. >> Sign up for the AARP …

Reminder: AARP Networks Socially!

We know that everyone is using social networks these days – and that boomers are social networking more and more. A recent AARP study on the matter showed that more than a quarter of Americans age 50+ are on social networking sites. You are already on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube right? And you love to keep up with the great things that AARP is doing, and see what kinds of interesting tidbits AARP has to share, right? This is your …