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What Are America’s Biggest Tech Fears?

In a recent Halloween-themed telephone survey, Americans discussed their greatest technological fears–and it turns out that our neighbors worry about mundane (and surprisingly common) things. According to a survey from IT firm Modis, 50% of Americans are most afraid of their banking information being leaked without consent, while 22% worry about their email account being hacked.

By comparison, other concerns were more niche. Seven percent of Americans worried most about their social media account passwords being leaked without their consent, 5% worried about their private text messages being exposed to the world, and 3% were most concerned about their browser history being exposed.

Interestingly, 13% of 18- to 34-year-olds were most concerned about having their photos or videos publicized without their consent, a number that stays steady at 11% for 35- to 44-year-olds, but drops to 0 for 55- to 64-year-olds.

via Fast Company.

5 Halloween Tech Tricks and Treats

First, way back in September, there’s the hand wringing and endless debates over what their Halloween costumes will be. Once that dilemma has been resolved, we turn to the decorating, signing up to volunteer at their school Harvest Festival and figuring out where and with whom to Trick or Treat. It’s almost enough to take the fun out of Halloween. And then, of course, there’s the candy — to buy and give out, and the enormous bag of loot that comes home every year.

In New York City, where one apartment building can mean 50 doors knocked on and answered with big bowls of candy, the haul is considerable. So, I’ve been trying something new –- integrating tech in cheap and sugar-free ways that can make Halloween fun and maybe entice my daughters to trade in candy for coveted screen time instead.

via Mashable.