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Kids Obsessed with YouTube? How to Help Them Stay Balanced, Safe This Summer

If you haven’t seen your kids in a few hours but can hear outbursts of laughter from a nearby room, chances are, they — along with millions of other kids — are watching YouTube. The popular digital video hub has more viewers than network television and soaks up more than 46,000 years of our collective viewing time annually. Chances are your kids will be part of the YouTube digital mosh pit this summer, but do you know the risks?

Types of screen time

The quality of online time for kids usually shifts during the summer months. For example, there’s active screen time and passive screen time. Knowing the difference between the two can help your family decide best how to balance device use — especially when it comes to consuming endless hours on YouTube.

Active screen time requires a person’s cognitive and/or physical engagement and develops social, language, or physical skills. Engaging in activities such as researching, creating original content, learning a new program, and playing educational games is considered active screen usage. Active screen time tends to go up during the school year and down in the summer.

Passive screen time is passively absorbing information via a screen, app, or game for entertainment reasons only. This includes scrolling through social networks, watching movies binge watching), and watching YouTube videos. Little to no thought or creativity is required when a person engages in repetitious, passive screen activities.

According to a Common Sense Media study, children ages 8 to 12, spend nearly six hours per day using media, and teenagers average closer to nine hours a day (numbers don’t include school work). It’s safe to say that during the summer, these numbers climb even higher — as do the risks.

Here are a few ways to balance screen time and boost safety on YouTube this summer.

YouTube: 5 Family Talking Points

  • Explore YouTube.The best way to understand the culture of YouTube is to spend time there. Ask your kids about their favorite channels and what they like about them. Get to know the people they follow — after all, these are the people influencing your child. Here’s a sampling of a few top YouTubers: MattyBRaps (music), JoJoSiwa (music, dance), Brooklyn and Bailey (vlogs, challenges, music), Baby Ariel (challenges, vlog), Johnny Orlando (music), PewDiePie (comedy), Jacy and Kacy (crafts, challenges), (Bethany Mota (shopping hauls), Grav3yardgirl (makeup), Smosh (comedy).
  • Respect age limits. YouTube is packed with humor, tutorials, pranks, vlogs, music, reviews, and endlessly engaging content. However, age limits exist for a good reason because the channel also has its share of dangerous content. The darker side of YouTube is always just a click away and includes sexual content, hate content, harassment and cyberbullying, violent and graphic content, and scams.
  • Turn on restricted mode. By turning on the restricted mode you can block videos with mature content from a user’s searches, related videos, playlists, and shows — this is a big deal since many “up next” videos (on the right side of the screen) are cued to play automatically and can lead kids to sketchy content. In addition to the restricted mode, consider an extra layer of protection with filtering software for all your family devices.
  • Opt for YouTube Kids. For kids under 13, YouTube Kids is a safe video platform, specially curated for young viewers. Kids may snub any platform designed “for kids,” however, if you are worried about younger kids running into inappropriate content, this is your best video option.
  • Discuss the ‘why’ behind the rules. As a parent, you know the possible ways YouTube — or other social platforms — can be harmful. Don’t assume your kids do. Kids are immersed in their peer groups online, which means danger and harm aren’t primary concerns. Even so, before you lecture kids about the dangers of YouTube, open up a dialogue around the topic by asking great questions. Here are just a few to get you started:

  • Do you understand why it’s important to filter YouTube content and respect age limits (inappropriate content, cyberbullying)?
  • Do you understand why unboxing and makeup videos are so popular (advertisers want you to purchase)?
  • Do you understand why we need to balance between screen time this summer? (mental, physical health)
  • Do you know why this piece of content might be fake or contain questionable information (conspiracy, hate, or political videos)?

As the public increasingly demands social networks do more to remove harmful or objectionable content, one thing is clear: Despite strides in this area by a majority of platforms, no online social hub is (or will likely ever be) 100% safe. The best way to keep kids safe online is by nurturing a strong parent-child connection and having consistent conversations designed to equip and educate kids about digital risks and responsibility.

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YouTube Attacks to Watch Out For in 2019

YouTube, the world’s top provider of streaming multimedia content, keeps reaching new heights in terms of its popularity. Nearly two billion monthly users and five billion videos watched every single day – these impressive statistics speak for themselves, and the numbers are steadily growing year over year. Everybody loves YouTube and so do cybercriminals, only […]… Read More

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Cryptocurrency Scammers Uses Youtube For Promotion

Are you a cryptocurrency enthusiast and loves watching Youtube videos about Bitcoins and other cryptocurrencies? If yes, then be very alert about Youtube channels you visit. Youtube, being the home of millions of content creators and online video consumers is teeming with scammers and phishers. Google has for quite some time is now actively taking down the videos hosting malicious links in the description portion of the video and even the entire Youtube channel. However, campaigns in Youtube promoting “Bitcoin generator” programs which claim as an easy way of creating bitcoins painlessly continue to rise one after another.

The Bitcoin generator tool is nothing but an espionage program that steals user information from the computer upon its execution. Videos promoting bitcoin generator website named freebitco.in continue to get re-uploaded on another Youtube channel once Google takes it down. Upon close inspection by researchers, the payload uses the infamous Qulab espionage trojan, which installs itself to Windows under the directory: %AppData%\amd64_microsoft-windows-netio-infrastructure under the file named msaudite.module.exe. The payload once installed in the system is able to gather information from .wallet files (cryptocurrency wallets), gather text information and save it to .txt files, browser persistent cookies, login credentials stored in the cache of Steam, FileZilla and Discord. Qulab trojan is also loaded with the capability to steal the information from the Windows clipboard, then immediately switch it with different data, which is useful when it comes to capturing cryptocurrency transfers.

Bitcoin generator, though using the name of Bitcoin supports the theft of other cryptocurrency aside from BTC. The following cryptocurrencies are also targeted by Bitcoin generator to monitor transactions with:

  • WMZ
  • WME
  • Qtum
  • Litecoin
  • Doge
  • Bytecoin
  • ZCash
  • WMX
  • VIA
  • QIWI
  • Graft
  • Dash
  • Bitcoin Gold
  • Yandex Money
  • WMU
  • Stratis
  • Neo
  • Ethereum
  • Lisk
  • Bitcoin Cash
  • Waves
  • WMR
  • Steam Trade Link
  • Monero
  • Electronium
  • Cardano

An extensive blog post on fumik0.com is posted which provides all the details on how Qulab performs its “magic” of stealing information beyond the scope of this article. According to fumik0.com, a more advanced version of Qulab has more capabilities beyond cryptocurrency wallet theft and other common keylogging techniques. Some of which are:

  • Browser stealing
  • Wallet Clipper
  • FTP creds
  • Discord / Telegram logs
  • Steam (Session / Trade links / 2FA Authenticator by abusing a third party software)
  • Telegram Bot through a proxy
  • Grabber

Qulab is a sophisticated trojan, as it was developed under a combination of modules programmed in Delphi, C, .NET and C++, which fumik0.com calls an exotic malware. Following the template set by AutoIT scripts (sold in the Dark Web), which automates trojan development through code-reuse or code-recycling. Fumik0.com opened a GitHub page where a working proof-of-concept explaining the fundamentals of AutoIT is explained. “These libraries have been written to allow easy integration into your own scripts and are a very valuable resource for any programmer,” explained fumik0.com.

The authors of Qulab provided a module within the malware code for itself to perform a “garbage collection” algorithm to bypass detection. With an entourage of features, Qulab uses a lot of memory, hence such portion of memory cannot be used by the operating system and other programs. With memory capacity reaching its full utilization, Windows will be forced to use the hard drive as virtual memory, which will be felt by end-users as the computer’s performance takes a hit.

Related Resources:

Malicious YouTube ads used to mine cryptocurrency

Scranos Rootkit Auto-Subscribes Users To Selected Youtube Channels

Youtube Video Content Creators and Channel Subscribers Cautioned Of Malicious Posers

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Smashing Security #130: Doctored videos, BCC blunders, and a diva

You won’t believe who had to report themselves to the data protection agency for a breach, or who has been sharing doctored videos of political rivals, or how much money you can make selling a laptop infected with malware… and how Carole gets her diva on.

All this and much more is discussed in the latest edition of the award-winning “Smashing Security” podcast by computer security veterans Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault, who aren’t joined by a guest this week.