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Archive for October, 2015

What Access are You Giving Your Apps

How often do you actually take the time to read through the terms of service or privacy policy when you are downloading an app. Most likely not. App developers use complicated legal terms, and you probably start to get a headache after trying to read the first two pages.  The problem is that we are giving away too much of our information without even realizing it. Business Insider did an experiment where they had people read aloud the permissions that they have given to some apps. It is truly scarey to see what permissions people are granting to apps. Click here to check out the video from Business Insider.

GameStation wanted to see if people actually read the Terms of Service, so they put a hidden clause in which stated that:

“By placing an order via this Web site on the first day of the fourth month of the year 2010 Anno Domini, you agree to grant Us a non transferable option to claim, for now and forever more, your immortal soul. Should We wish to exercise this option, you agree to surrender your immortal soul, and any claim you may have on it, within 5 (five) working days of receiving written notification from gamesation.co.uk or one of its duly authorized minions.”

Only 12% of gamers noticed the trick. Reading through those privacy policies may be tedious, but it is definitely worth it in the end.

iRules

Ever wonder how to set up rules on internet and computer use? Many parents are dealing with this very issue. Janell Burley Hofmann created a contract for her children when they first got a phone, and she shared it online. She shared it to help give parents a starting point for their own iRules. Click here link to view her contract.  Parenting online can be scarey, but there are many resources to aid parents with this task.

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