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To support our vision of making the world safe for exchanging digital information,Trend Microaspires to make a difference by using our 20 years of expertise in developing world-class security software for homes and businessesto make the world at large a better place. One of the ways we do this is through a commitment to make the Internet a safer place for young people around the world.
‘Tis the Season to Share, but with a Cell Phone, Share Wisely
by Lynette Owens
It’s so easy to share photos using mobile social networking apps like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Tumblr. The fact that we can capture something we’ve seen and need to share immediately with our friends and family is an amazing ability. One tap and you have a picture. One more and you have a massive audience for it.
During Hurricane Sandy, Instagram logged around 1.3 million photos tagged with the word #sandy. These were images taken by the public and shared with the world, so the rest of us could see what was happening, up close and in near real-time. It will go down as another shining example of social media’s usefulness and power to do good.
But the same tools can be misused, to the detriment of the person using it. We’ve seen a current trend among youth around the world taking and photos of private information in and sharing them in public places. Before giving your kids a smart phone this holiday, be aware and ready to give your kids the right guidance.