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Four tips to improve your YouTube experience

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In honour of Safer Internet Day, the popular video platform YouTube has shared some golden advice with internet users and viewers, instructing us on how to use resources more mindfully and protect our privacy.

Who can deny that the internet has become an inseparable part of our lives? Without going online, our personal and professional lives are incomplete. We rely on our smart devices and internet connections to help us learn new things or stay in touch with loved ones.

However, this raises concerns about safety. This is due to the fact that the younger generation, who was born into technology, appears to understand and use the internet better than their parents. This makes it difficult for families to communicate with one another and for parents to control the content their children see.

This is where YouTube comes into play. The website has shared four ways in which it empowers users to have a safer internet experience.

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Here is the most recent YouTube management advice, which ranges from controls and family-friendly resources to mindfulness exercises and data privacy safeguards.

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YouTube stated in a blog post that over the past several years, it has launched a number of tools to help users manage their time on YouTube, such as sleep reminders, time viewed counters, and controls to customise autoplay settings because everyone is striving to be more mindful of how we spend our time online.

According to YouTube, Safer Internet Day is a good reminder to check your settings and make sure they still work for you.

Review and manage your data daily
Regularly reviewing your YouTube data gives you more control over your viewing experience and helps to protect your privacy. YouTube makes it simple to view your data by using the “Your Data in YouTube” tab. There is an overview of your content and activity data, as well as settings and controls for managing your data and information on how it is used to improve your experience.

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You can use your watch and search histories to help YouTube and other Google services make more relevant recommendations to you. You can also view or delete your YouTube activity, including comments on videos and channels you’ve subscribed to.

Child and adolescent protection

Every family has a distinct relationship with media and technology.

“We offer options to help parents and carers decide what’s best for their kids and are investing in new ways to improve these experiences,” the blog post stated.

Signing in to YouTube Kids on compatible devices is a quick way to make YouTube work better for families.
YouTube Kids gives logged-in parents the ability to customise their children’s experiences. They can create a profile with personalised settings for each child, restrict or approve specific channels and videos, and even share YouTube content with their children directly through YouTube Kids.

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Second, families with tweens who own mobile devices or want their own accounts may benefit from supervised YouTube time. Over the last year, support for these supervised accounts has grown to allow tweens to log in on gaming consoles, smart TVs, the YouTube Music app, and other devices.

“This allows us to respect a parent’s content preference across all devices in the home where their tween watches videos or listens to music.”

Educate children about online safety

Because they will use technology for the rest of their lives, the safety and long-term success of today’s children are dependent on ongoing education.


When you open the YouTube Kids app, which was released today, you may notice the “Build a Safer Internet” playlist. The playlist will include songs that encourage families to use technology in an appropriate, healthy, and safe manner.

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These films are intended to help parents and their families navigate the digital world. They include kid-friendly online safety guidelines, songs, and resources to help parents and children discuss responsible screen use.

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Scammers can crack almost half of the passwords in less than a minute

Scammers can crack almost half of the passwords in less than a minute

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Scammers can crack almost half of the passwords in less than a minute

In June 2024, Kaspersky experts conducted a large-scale study on the resistance of 193M English passwords, compromised by infostealers and available on the darknet, to brute force and smart guessing attacks. According to the research results, 45% of all analyzed passwords which is almost 87M could be guessed by scammers within a minute. Only 23% (44M) of combinations turned out to be resistant enough and cracking them would take more than a year.

Kaspersky telemetry indicates more than 32 million attempts to attack users with password stealers in 2023. These numbers show the importance of digital hygiene and timely password policies. The results of the Kaspersky study demonstrate that the majority of the reviewed passwords were not strong enough and could be easily compromised by using smart guessing algorithms.
Besides, the majority of the examined passwords (57%) contain a word from the dictionary, which significantly reduces the passwords’ strength. Among the most popular vocabulary sequences, several groups can be distinguished. Popular names include “ahmed”, “nguyen”, “kumar”, “kevin”, “daniel”. While popular words in passwords are “forever”, “love”, “google”, “hacker” and “gamer”. Standard passwords are “password”, “qwerty12345”, “admin”, “12345” and “team”.

The analysis showed that only 19% of all passwords contain signs of a strong combination – a non-dictionary word, lowercase and uppercase letters, as well as numbers and symbols. At the same time, the study revealed that 39% of such passwords could also be guessed using smart algorithms in less than an hour.
”Unconsciously, human beings create ‘human’ passwords – containing the words from dictionary in their native languages, featuring names and numbers. Even seemingly strong combinations are rarely completely random, so they can be guessed by algorithms. Given that, the most dependable solution is to generate a completely random password using modern and reliable password managers. Such apps as Kaspersky Password Manager can securely store large volumes of data, providing comprehensive and robust protection for user information,” Commented Yuliya Novikova, Head of Digital Footprint Intelligence at Kaspersky.

In order to strengthen passwords, users should use a different password for each service. That way, even if one of your accounts is stolen, the rest won’t go with it. It’s better not to use passwords that can be easily guessed from your personal information, such as birthdays, names of family members, pets, or your own name. These are often the first guesses an attacker will try.It’s nearly impossible to memorize long and unique passwords for all the services you use, but with a special solution, such as Kaspersky password manager, you can memorize just one master password.
Enable two-factor authentication (2FA). Using a reliable security solution such as Kaspersky Premium will enhance your protection. It monitors the internet and Dark Web and warns if your passwords need to be changed.

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Additional information can be found in the research material on Securelist and Kaspersky Daily post. 

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Spotify launches new basic streaming plan in US

Spotify launches new basic streaming plan in US

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Spotify launches new basic streaming plan in US

Spotify introduced a new streaming plan for users in the United States on Friday, after raising prices for its premium plans earlier this month.

The new basic plan will start at $10.99 per month for eligible users. It will have the streaming benefits of a premium plan, but no monthly audiobook listening time.

Premium plans allow users to listen to offline ad-free music and 15 hours of audiobook listening time per month.

Spotify raised the prices for premium plans earlier in June, the latest step by the Swedish music-streaming service in its push to increase margins.

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The company raised the prices of its plan to $11.99 from $10.99 per month, the duo plan to $16.99 from $14.99, and its family plan to $19.99 from $16.99 in the United States, its largest market by revenue.

Spotify has been trying to boost its margins in recent months by lowering marketing spending and through layoffs, after relying on promotions and hefty investments to drive user growth.

The audio-streaming giant is looking to introduce a new expensive plan for its most ardent users later this year, Bloomberg News reported last week, with the plan likely to cost $5 more per month for access to better audio and fresh tools for creating playlists and managing song libraries.

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OpenAI acquires database analytics firm Rockset

OpenAI acquires database analytics firm Rockset

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OpenAI acquires database analytics firm Rockset

Microsoft-backed OpenAI has acquired search and database analytics firm Rockset for an undisclosed sum, the ChatGPT maker said on Friday.

A technology Rockset offers called vector search has benefited from increased adoption as more applications use artificial intelligence to power recommendation engines, voice assistants, and chatbots and detect anomalies.

WHY IT’S IMPORTANT

Rockset said it will become a part of OpenAI and power the retrieval infrastructure of the ChatGPT maker’s products.

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This means Rockset’s expertise in real-time data processing and vector search will enhance OpenAI’s ability to quickly access and analyze vast amounts of information, likely leading to faster and more accurate responses from AI models.

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OpenAI is looking to stay ahead of the curve by integrating new functionalities in ChatGPT and developing new AI models to fend off competition from the likes of Alphabet’s Google and Anthropic, among others.

Reuters reported last month that OpenAI has been developing a search engine product to potentially compete with Google and AI search startup Perplexity.

Rockset, which counts Greylock, Sequoia and Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s venture capital arm among its investors, said in August last year it had raised $105 million in total capital.

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