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4 myths about online safety that parents should know

Isolated for months now, tweens and teens are actively searching for online friends, often describing them as IBFs (Internet best friends), via TikTok, Instagram, Snapchat and online games. The #IBF hashtag has more than 670 million views on TikTok, and variations of that hashtag on Instagram contain hundreds of thousands of posts.

Those who aren’t totally comfortable putting themselves out there on games, TikTok or Snapchat can turn to Reach – Internet Best Friends, a new app that received more than $5 million in funding. Reach connects anyone between the ages of 13 and 55 looking for an Internet best friend.

Others have met on somewhat new sites designed to connect people based on interest. Discord, for instance, is a site created five years ago for people to chat primarily about gaming, though its 100 million monthly active users also chat about everything from art to hiking.

Lily Wells, 15,

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  • November 24, 2020

Mail fraud facts, myths and how to vote by mail or absentee

Vote stickers for the elction

Voting by mail is safe and secure.

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This story is part of Elections 2020, CNET’s coverage of the run-up to voting in November.

Mail-in voting this fall won’t lead to “massive electoral fraud and a rigged 2020 Election,” as President Donald Trump has falsely and repeatedly claimed. And the president’s projection that the US will “never have a Republican elected in this country again” if states make it easier to vote is political posturing.

Trump is the main driver behind a “disinformation campaign” about US voting and voters in the 2020 election, an Oct. 1 study from Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center found, after analyzing more than 55,000 online media stories, 5 million tweets and 75,000 posts to public Facebook pages that spurred millions of interactions. “This highly effective disinformation campaign, with potentially profound effects for both participation in and the legitimacy of the 2020 election, was

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  • October 12, 2020

8 harmful face-mask myths about COVID-19 you don’t want to fall for or spread


Even if you aren’t sick, you should still be wearing a face mask.

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For the most up-to-date news and information about the coronavirus pandemic, visit the WHO website.

Across the country, wearing a face mask is mandated in places where social distancing isn’t possible, like retail stores, hair salons, schools and gas stations. This is to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, per guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  

Though we still have much to learn about the coronavirus, misinformation about face coverings is circulating. For example, some people who are opposed to mask-wearing are donning mesh masks that “cover” their nose and mouth but still allow the kinds of droplets known to transmit the virus to pass through. And others believe they don’t need to wear a mask if they’re not experiencing symptoms — that’s a myth that isn’t supported by

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  • September 29, 2020

Are Facebook and Alexa really listening? 6 common tech myths debunked

We once believed that Macs would never get a virus, closing apps would save battery life, and private mode was really private.

For the record, switching to incognito in your browser probably doesn’t do what you think. Tap or click for six practical reasons to use it, from keeping your search autofill clean to shopping without spoiling the surprise.

And I’m sorry to break it to you, but like a Windows PC, your Mac is certainly at risk. Tap or click for five free downloads that will keep your Mac or PC secure. This recommendation is one you can’t afford to ignore.

Call me your digital life myth-buster with six misconceptions you can stop believing.

1. You can’t be tracked if GPS is off

Even if you turn off location tracking on your phone, you can still be tracked. Smartphones continuously check in with cell phone towers. Using this data,

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11 of the biggest myths about coronavirus, according to the World Health Organisation

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Ever since the coronavirus pandemic began making headlines across the world, there has been confusing and sometimes conflicting advice. Should we wear masks, should we not; does wearing gloves help; can the virus be spread from pets to humans – the list goes on.

Despite the plethora of information about the Covid-19 outbreak, the main guidance has largely remained the same for several months, albeit with slight updates: maintain social distancing guidelines, wash your hands thoroughly and regularly, and isolate at home if you start exhibiting symptoms including a high fever; a new, continuous cough or a loss or changed sense of smell and taste.

Amid the guidelines issued by governments and health organisations, myths concerning the virus have also been spreading, making it difficult for some members of the public to discern truth from fiction.

On the website for the World Health Organisation (WHO), it lists some

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6 Work-From-Home Myths You Should Stop Believing Now

Despite years of research that shows workers are, in fact, competent and capable grown-ups who can get work done at home, a lot of people still seem very worried about the idea.

The prospect of working from home — whether because your company is shuttered for the pandemic or your dream job happens to be in another state — conjures images of distracted loners and freeloaders wasting company time.

I’ve been working from home in some form for a decade, and I can attest this is not what it’s about.

Working from home is a wonderful gift technology has given us, one that lets us find the jobs we want, no matter where we live; live the lives we want, no matter what we do for work; and make money on our own terms.

In support of my ongoing quest to turn more workers and employers on to the joys … Read More