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Look Both Ways by Linda Criddle

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Assessing the Risks

If you aren’t familiar with all the features offered by IM programs today, you should check them out and understand how to use them so you can make informed choices about what is and isn’t appropriate for you and your family. Features such as remote assistance (which gives you the ability to allow somebody in another location to access your computer to help you solve a technical problem, but which can also be used maliciously by someone to whom you have given access to view sensitive files and saved passwords) and video conversations that feed live images between people enable some troubling scenarios for those who don’t use them wisely.

Think About It

According to Georgetown University research results released in April 2004, ...

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