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More Than Half of Teens are App Privacy Savvy

As teens gain access to mobile devices, they have embraced app downloading. But many teen apps users have taken steps to uninstall or avoid apps over concern about their privacy. Location information is considered especially sensitive to teen girls, as a majority of them have disabled location tracking features on cell phones and in apps because they are worried about others’ access to that information.

July 2013 U.S. Online Video Rankings

comScore, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world, today released data from the comScore Video Metrix service showing that 187 million Americans watched more than 48 billion online content videos in July, while the number of video ad views totaled 19.6 billion.

NMI Announces Winners in 2013 New Media Awards – Recognizing Achievements in New Media Communications

Today, the New Media Institute announced the winners of its 2013 New Media Awards. Websites, mobile applications, videos and social media pages were recognized for achievements in new media communications. Winners of the 2013 New Media Awards can be found here:  

Teens Tend to Figure Out Privacy Concerns Themselves

Many teens ages 12-17 report that they usually figure out how to manage content sharing and privacy settings on their own. Focus group interviews with teens suggest that for their day-to-day privacy management, teens are guided through their choices in the app or platform when they sign up, or find answers through their own searching and use of their preferred platform.

July 2013 U.S. Search Engine Rankings

comScore, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world, today released its monthly comScore qSearch analysis of the U.S. search marketplace. Google Sites led the explicit core search market in July with 67.0 percent of search queries conducted.

SPAM: Delivering Malware and Advertising Dangerous Counterfeit Goods

Cyber criminals have long used spam (unsolicited e-mails, usually containing links to websites selling counterfeit goods) as a method to make money and infect computers with malicious software (malware.) Spammers can send billions of these e-mails daily and some of them contain malware designed to steal usernames and passwords for online banking websites and harvest personal information such as names, addresses, or social security numbers.

June 2013 U.S. Smartphone Subscriber Market Share

comScore, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world, today released data from the comScore MobiLens service, reporting key trends in the U.S. smartphone industry during the three month average period ending June 2013. Apple ranked as the top smartphone manufacturer with 40 percent OEM market share, while Google Android led as the #1 smartphone platform with 52 percent platform market share.

Ransomware Purporting to be from the FBI is Targeting OS X Mac Users

In May 2012, the Internet Crime Complaint Center posted an alert about the Citadel malware platform used to deliver ransomware known as Reveton. The ransomware directs victims to a drive-by download website, at which time it is installed on their computers. Ransomware is used to intimidate victims into paying a fine to “unlock” their computers. Paying the fine does nothing to solve the problem with the computer; do not follow the ransomware instructions. The ransomware has been called “FBI Ransomware” because it uses the FBI’s name.

Is Digital Posting Forever? Yes and No

The internet expands and evolves constantly. Whether we like it or not, it’s not going away and its capacity for data expands without stop. Every infinitesimal piece of data we put into the internet, finds a place to live. So, there are always, always a few basic things you have to keep in mind when you post a profile (whether for social or business reasons), post photos, tweet your thoughts, send an email, put up a website, or sign an online petition.

Winners of the 2012 New Media Awards Announced

Today, the New Media Institute announced the winners of its 2012 New Media Awards. Entries ranged from local to global, with submissions coming in from around the world. Entries were judged based on innovation, design, user-friendliness, how dynamic they are, and most importantly -- how well they serve their audience's needs. 

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