Keeping you safer online
Teens spend an average of nine hours a day online.
So, many parents ask...
Here are some of today's most popular apps used by kids 18 and younger. 
Facebook, accused of handling users’ personal information improperly, is evolving to emphasize groups where people with like-minded interests share photos, videos, and stories.
Still massively popular around the world, Facebook is rapidly losing young users.
WhatsApp, owned by Facebook, is a global platform for sending secure messages, images, documents and making phone and video calls.
WhatsApp adds over 800,000 new users every day, most of whom use it regularly. It is extremely popular in India and Israel.
Instagram, also a Facebook property, lets its users share photos and videos that are described with “hashtags” (#).
These descriptive hashtags allow users to easily search for content about a specific topic. 9 out of 10 Instagram users are under the age of 35.
Twitter users post content on breaking news, celebrities and opinion — particularly regarding politics.
Posts, known as “tweets,” are limited to 280 characters. By default, tweets are public, though users can send private messages to groups of followers or to individuals.
Snapchat, which is built for smartphones, allows users to post pictures, stylized videos, and messages (“snaps”) that are only available for a short time, though there are ways to preserve snaps.
Snapchat is most popular among millennials, who use it to communicate in real-time.
Yolo is a fast-growing app powered by Snapchat, popular with teens, that lets users post questions anonymously.
The questions are entered and appear on Yolo but are answered on Snapchat. To prevent bullying, Yolo says it will publicly identify participants who harass people.
Tik Tok: Beijing-based Tik Tok is the fastest growing app in the world with a half-billion regular users and is currently the most popular app globally among teens.
Tik Tok is used to create and share brief videos, often lip-synched music video clips, some risqué.
Kik lets kids 13 and over text for free, though some parental groups have expressed concern about whether Kik is safe for young people.
The app makes money through sponsored chats that promote brands and through optional downloadable apps designed to sell products.
Discord is a fast-growing voice and text platform that originally focused on online gamers and has grown to include many online communities.
Users set up their own channels, but Discord has encountered issues with users posting controversial, bullying and pornographic content. 
Here's more about kids and social media.

Click on the images below to download and print these documents about social media and parenting.

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ATTENTION NEW HIRES AND INTERNS! IBM says 75% of sensitive information about employers posted to social media sites comes from two types of employees: new hires and interns.


Those between 18 and 24, the generation most comfortable using social media, are more apt to share photos of their ID badges and post “Day in the Life” videos without realizing how risky it is to their employers.

ROBOCALL REDUCTION: By the end of this year, major cell phone providers will introduce a new system designed to cut back on the number of automated robocalls you receive. Until then, be suspicious of calls that appear to come from Apple, Microsoft, or even your own cell number!


That's because fraudsters are able to choose any phone number to display on your screen. Keep your phone number to yourself. Avoid posting it anywhere online, especially social media sites including Facebook and LinkedIn.

Here is a devious fake email.

It arrives at your work email address, with your name on it, and warns you to update your healthcare information right now or you'll lose coverage. But these instructions are from a hacker. And down below, there's even a tipoff that this is a phishing email! 

Click on the red slider bar and drag it from left to right to see clues that this is a fake email.

The IT team in Richland County is committed to keeping you and your family safe online, at work and at home.


We're sending you Aware Force as a resource to keep you informed and alert about cybersecurity threats that are growing in number and complexity.

In the upcoming edition of Cybersecurity News
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