In this issue

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review Oct. 29, 2010 / 21 Mar-Cheshvan, 5771

When the ‘social network’ becomes anti-social

By Mark Kellner

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | A lot of news in recent days has centered around you, more specifically your personal demographic information - age, gender, interests, shopping preferences, etc. -- and how easily it is passed between online services and companies that want to use that information, sometimes attached to identifying data about you. Among the places where such information can be "scraped," as the term goes, are the online communities MySpace and Facebook.

The Wall Street Journal (www.wsj.com) has done the yeoman's share of investigating and reporting on this, and they are to be commended for their enterprise. As many people responded when contacted by a reporter, it's a surprise to find that your information is floating around.

The situation is complex and multi-layered: people who use online services, who browse the Web for everything from scrapbooking tips to recipes for sautéed turbot and beyond, are natural targets for marketing. The old business adage, "About half of my advertising works; trouble is, I don't know which half," is obsolete now. A marketer can find the most super-qualified prospects for their wares easily. That's good news for business owners seeking to gain an advantage in this choppy economy.

However, it's important to consumers that they know what's going on. The allegation against Facebook and MySpace is that in some applications associated with these services share "user IDs," and sometimes those of one's online friends, with outside marketers. Those IDs can be searched and the name and other key information about a user can be found, the Journal's report asserted.

Many of the applications are popular online games, including FarmVille, Texas HoldEm Poker and FrontierVille, each with millions or tens of millions of users.

What to do? Well part of that depends on your likes and dislikes. I've never really been one for online gaming, but there are people who are FarmVille aficionados, or huge fans of MafiaWars and similar games. My personal thought would be to avoid these for now. If you must engage with these applications, be careful.

There's a page online at Facebook, www.facebook.com/security, that offers all sorts of tips on staying safe, as well as a quiz that'll help you learn about the security features Facebook offers. MySpace, which, ironically, is owned by News Corp., the Journal's parent, has its own security pages at http://mysp.ac/9JK80p.

Of course, MySpace and Facebook aren't the only places where you need to be secure online: the whole Internet is potentially a security minefield. By now, many of us know the basics, to be wary of too-good-to-be-true e-mails -- I promise, no one has died in a Siberian plane crash, left a multimillion-dollar fortune with no heirs, and you were randomly selected to collect the moolah -- and to avoid giving out your personal info online without being very sure of who's asking for it. There are tons of Web sites and tutorials online where you can learn the basics of Internet safety.

There's also software that can help, such as Norton Internet Security ($69.99 retail) and Norton 360, ($79.99 retail), both for Windows PC users. NIS will protect you online from a raft of bad things, while the 360 product adds antivirus and other defenses as well as 2 Gigabytes of secure online storage. That's not enough to back up your hard drive, but it can store a lot of basic files. Information on these products can be found at http://us.norton.com/index.jsp.

But wait, there's more. You can (and, in my view, should) tighten privacy controls on Web browsers to block data harvesting "cookies" from being placed in your Internet browser by the Websites you visit. (The Norton programs can block all cookies, if you desire.) And you can just skip those sites and online games which ask for personal information.

And, a service such as LifeLock.com can lock down and monitor your credit files, and flag any suspicious activity, giving you a heads-up on identity theft. It would strike me as cheap insurance to guard your reputation.

The bottom line, as mentioned in this space many times before: You are the person most responsible for your online security. Get educated, and guard your data (and your family's) online and offline.

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JWR contributor Mark Kellner has reported on technology for industry newspapers and magazines since 1983, and has been the computer columnist for The Washington Times since 1991.Comment by clicking here.


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