Protecting Yourself and Your Kids Online

This week:


You Deserve Privacy Online. Here’s How You Could Actually Get It:

In 2019, it’s time to stand up for the right to privacy—yours, mine, all of ours. Consumers shouldn’t have to tolerate another year of companies irresponsibly amassing huge user profiles, data breaches that seem out of control and the vanishing ability to control our own digital lives.

This problem is solvable—it isn’t too big, too challenging or too late. Innovation, breakthrough ideas and great features can go hand in hand with user privacy—and they must. Realizing technology’s potential depends on it.

We all deserve control over our digital lives. That’s why we must rein in the data brokers Read the full story

Here Are Some Tips on How to Better Protect Your Personal Email Accounts:

  • Use complex passwords of at least 10 characters long (combination of upper and lowercase, symbols and numbers).
  • Change your email password regularly, and use phrases instead of words (e.g. Change “SmellyCat” to “_Sm3llyC@T_”).
  • Use dual-factor authentication (e.g. Gmail’s 2-step-verification), where access to your email requires your user credentials and a soft-token like a one-time code texted to your mobile device. If your email service does not have dual-factor capability, change email providers !
  • Do not use the same password for multiple websites. (We are all guilty of this)
  • Do not enter password hints when prompted.


I Mentored Mark Zuckerberg. I Loved Facebook. But I Can’t Stay Silent About What’s Happening:
I am really sad about Facebook. I got involved with the company more than a decade ago and have taken great pride and joy in the company’s success … until the past few months. Now I am disappointed. I am embarrassed. I am ashamed. With more than 1.7 billion members, Facebook is among the most influential businesses in the world. Whether they like it or not–whether Facebook is a technology company or a media company–the company has a huge impact on politics and social welfare. Every decision that Read the full story


What you can do if your child has allowed Facebook to mine their phone for $20/month:
Here are some issues you need to discuss with your child…

  1. Personal information is money

Let your child know that their personal information is worth a lot more than $20/month. They need to value it and protect it.  Talk to them about being selective with the information they provide to apps and websites.

  1. They can be spied on

Inform your child that they are potentially being spied by Facebook. Even though Facebook claims that they are not spying on teens but how do we really know what Facebook is doing.  Since Facebook is collecting all the information they have about your child, for all we know they are monitoring everything about their digital lives.

  1. They can be accused of a crime

Everyone has the right to privacy, especially children. Facebook collect — and store — untold amounts of data. It’s unclear what it is doing with the data they pick up. And if it’s subpoenaed, they might have to hand it over.

Say your kid jokes about terrorism or something else illegal; if there’s an investigation into those activities, Facebook might have to give up the transcripts.

  1. Talk to your child about online safety 

When such an incident happens, talk to your child about the event and the implications of it. Let them know that big tech companies can never protect them online. This goes not just for Facebook but all social media platform.

All the personal information your child have shared can be sucked out of them instantly. Once their data is exposed it is irreversible and Facebook cannot protect them from this.

Finally, don’t forget to install parental monitoring software on your children’s phone. This can help you oversee what sort of apps your child has downloaded. You can tighten their security or prevent them from installing apps that you’ve decided are just too risky or untrustworthy.


Apple rolls out fix for FaceTime eavesdropping bug- Everything you need to know about the iPhone XR

San Francisco (CNN Business) Apple has fixed the FaceTime bug that let people eavesdrop on unanswered group video calls.

The software updates — iOS 12.1.4 and macOS Mojave 10.14.3 — were rolled out to iPhones, iPads and Mac computers on Thursday, nine days after videos of the bug in action went viral on social media.

A person could exploit the glitch to hear live audio on another other person’s phone, even though the recipient had not accepted the FaceTime call. In some cases, the bug could also show live video of the other person if they pressed a volume button to dismiss the call.

Apple said it will compensate 14-year-old Grant Thompson and his family for flagging the bug more than a week before it attracted national attention. The company, which didn’t reveal how much the reward would be, said it will also contribute money toward his education.

While investigating the bug, Apple discovered another security issue involving Live Photos on FaceTime. The company did not specify what the bug was or how it worked, but the new updates fixes that issue. Apple disabled the use of LivePhotos in FaceTime on devices that have not yet been updated.

To install the software updates on iOS devices, go to Settings -> General -> Software Updates and tap “Download and Install.” On a Mac, open the App Store and go to the Updates section.

If you disabled FaceTime, you’ll have to turn it back on in Settings to resume using the feature.

The bug was first reported by 9to5Mac on January 29 after people began sharing videos of it in action on social media. Apple disabled the Group FaceTime feature later that day for all users while it worked on a software fix for the issue. The bug worked on iPhones and iPads running iOS 12.1, and Apple PCs running macOS Mojave, which recently added the Group FaceTime feature.

“Today’s software update fixes the security bug in Group FaceTime. We again apologize to our customers and we thank them for their patience,” an Apple spokesperson said in a statement. “In addition to addressing the bug that was reported, our team conducted a thorough security audit of the FaceTime service and made additional updates to both the FaceTime app and server to improve security”

Thompson, a high school freshman in Arizona, discovered the flaw on January 19 while trying to start a FaceTime group chat with his friends. His mother Michele Thompson tried to warn Apple about the issue by calling, emailing, tweeting at, and even faxing the company, but Apple did not publicly address the problem until was shared online by other iPhone users.


If you are local…
Making Work Meaningful with Purpose Calling & Passion:




Join us for an Evening of Learning & Inspiration on February 12th

According to Gallup, only one-third of the American workforce are actually engaged, while 16% are actively disengaged, leaving 51% that are just showing up and doing the bare minimum!

But why? Jeff will explore what is behind this atrocity, what to do about it and what it will mean to you, your employees and your customers.

You will discover:
– How business lost its meaning
– How a leader’s personal purpose and calling are the cornerstone for positive change
– Proof: An experiential exercise to prove the process can make work meaningful

Click here to watch a video On Purpose.


5:30pm – 6:00pm – Networking, Registration, and Happy Hour
6:15pm – Welcome
6:15pm – 7:45pm – Main Event

Jeff Blanton

Biography of Jeff Blanton

Jeff’s purpose in life is “Mobilizing Possibilities.” His book, “Jailbreak Leadership”, provides a proven process for leaders to discover both their Purpose and Calling. When aligned to their natural passion, leaders gain the confidence to fully utilize their unique gifts and apply their own powerful principles to make work meaningful for themselves as well as the businesses and individuals they lead.

Frustrated, both by his own lack of satisfaction and the fact that over 80% of today’s workforce is not fully engaged, Jeff aggressively sought after a solution for making work meaningful. His 35 years of successfully leading large strategic change initiatives, for well-funded start-ups to Fortune 100 companies, became the backdrop for understanding how the Purpose and Calling of the leader is the key for changing how we all see work.
Jeff is the President of the Blanton Group, an organization dedicated to helping leaders transform Purpose into possibility. He is involved with multiple non-profit boards and has been engaged in all forms of business ministry.

Jeff’s radio show can be heard on AM 1210, FM 106.5 North County on Sunday afternoons. You can also follow Jeff and his guests on his highly engaging podcast, Jailbreak Leaders.

When: February 12, 2019
5:30 PM – 7:45 PM

Address and Parking:

Corporate Alliance
9540 Towne Centre Dr, Unit 150, San Diego, CA 92121

Free parking in front of building.


CCSD Member – $15

Chamber of Purpose/Purpose SD Member – $20
(promo code required)

Corporate Alliance Member – $15
(promo code required)

Friends of CCSD – $20
(promo code required)

Non-Member – $30

New Member: Become a member today and
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