Google Teaches Kids About Online Safety; Email Scams on the Rise

Posted June 6th, 2017 at 12:35 pm (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings:

A Google icon is shown on a mobile phone in Philadelphia, April 26, 2017. (AP)

A Google icon is shown on a mobile phone in Philadelphia, April 26, 2017. (AP)

Google Is Using Games to Teach Kids About Online Safety

Learning how to watch your step online to avoid malware and other pitfalls is an acquired skill. And Google has just launched a new program called “Be Internet Awesome” to teach young people how to make smart decisions online. The program includes a game, along with a curriculum for schools and a video series for parents to watch with their children.

Amazon, Kickstarter, Reddit, Mozilla Are Staging Net Neutrality Online Protest

Several big internet names have declared July 12 a “day of action'” to protest the rollback of net neutrality rules by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The FCC’s decision cancels rules introduced by the Obama administration to regulate internet providers and the way they use consumer data. Amazon, Kickstarter and Mozilla are some of the participants who will change their websites on July 12 to raise awareness about the FCC’s decision.

Email Impersonation Attacks Rise 400 Percent

A new report from cloud email management firm Mimecast found a 400 percent increase in email impersonation attacks during the last quarter. What happens is that hackers or criminals impersonate business employees, executives or partners to trick a victim into sending wire transfers or data that can be sold or monetized. The company said billions of dollars have been lost to these scams in recent years.

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Aida Akl
Aida Akl is a journalist working on VOA's English Webdesk. She has written on a wide range of topics, although her more recent contributions have focused on technology. She has covered both domestic and international events since the mid-1980s as a VOA reporter and international broadcaster.

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