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    It's evening, the lights are low, and you're feeling frisky. You look across the table to your husband and notice he's looking especially hot tonight. He didn't have time to shave this morning, and he's wearing that shirt you bought him for Father's Day, the one that actually fits him. Is he feeling the same way you are? Your eyes meet and you're just about to suggest something naughty when -- OH YEAH, THE KIDS! 

    No matter what your kids' ages, they definitely do not want to hear about what you have in mind. That's why countless couples have come up with their own secret code words for talking about sex in front of the kids.

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    We think we know the people in our lives pretty well, but when it comes to Facebook, how well can you really say you know 200 of your closest "friends?" A free app called Friend Verifier makes it easier to get to know your friends...and find out whether they're actually registered sex offenders.

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    The following websites were affected by Heartbleed and say they have been patched: Google services, including Gmail and YouTube, Facebook, Tumblr, Netflix, Yahoo and Dropbox. Security experts still recommend changing your passwords ONLY for sites that have been declared safe (like those listed). You do NOT need to change your Google passwords. Contact any website directly if you think you are not getting enough information from them. Twitter, Paypal, Microsoft accounts, and Amazon.com were NOT affected.

    There's a new way to get your heart broken online, and it has nothing to do with Internet dating. Nope, it's a boring ol' security breech. But here's the thing: It's huge and threatens things like our banking passwords. As much as 66 percent of the web could be affected by "Heartbleed," the security bug that's gone, well, viral in a very un-funny way. Here's everything you need to know about this bug and how to protect yourself.

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    It's hard to imagine there was a time when you could break up with someone or be broken up with and then never, ever have to see his horrible, beautiful, heartbreaking face again. Ah, what a comfort it must have been to be able to cry for a day, talk it out with friends, and then know you could move on. There was no high-tech way of keeping tabs on that person, and even if you heard through the grapevine that he had a new girlfriend or wife, you could make it through life without viewing 100 photos of her and knowing hair that shiny actually exists outside of a shampoo commercial.

    Boy, are those days gone. It's now pretty much possible to locate and stalk every boyfriend you've had since kindergarten. Not that you plan on doing this, of course, but here are 7 websites that have made it super easy for "ex-boyfriend stalking" to become an international sport and for no one to ever fully get over and past the ... well, the past.

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    Parents who take their children for "annuals" at the pediatrician's office -- is this even a common thing anymore? -- might be shocked to learn that their family doctor is about to give the classic wellness visit a serious upgrade. Whether or not they are at risk for high cholesterol, children between the ages of 9 and 11 will receive cholesterol tests because doctors believe these can reduce the chance that they will suffer from heart disease later on in life, according to new guidelines published this week by the American Academy of Pediatrics. If high cholesterol levels are detected in young children, docs say they can use preventive measures, like making recommendations on how they can change their diets and incorporate more exercise into their lives, in an effort to stop a major problem before it starts. And cholesterol screenings aren't the only change you can expect.

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    Welcome to the worst thing on the Internet today. Thanks to a new app called Streak, people will now be able to see when you’ve read their Gmail messages. Is there no privacy at all anymore?

    It’s a Google Chrome extension (that works with Safari too, apparently) that’s easy to install, and the recipients don’t have to have it too in order for their email reading habits to be tracked. In fact, they’ll get no notification at all that they’ve sent a secret read receipt to the sender!

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    I have a few really good friends whom I love to death. They have amazing significant others whom I also really like and enjoy chatting with -- when we're all together having dinner or drinks. But when it comes to sharing social media experiences with my friends, I won't do it if they've decided to merge their accounts with those of their husbands or boyfriends. It's nothing personal -- like I said, I don't have anything against their partners -- but chatting with RebeccaPaulForever on Facebook defeats the entire purpose of staying in touch with a person via social media outlets. And the truth is: lots of people think it's just plain weird.

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    Passwords. These days, we all have about a million of them. Passwords for shopping sites. Passwords for bank accounts. Netflix, Hulu, your kid's school website. The list is endless. It's hard to come up with them and remember them. So what do most of us end up doing? Using some easy-to-figure out password even the dumbest of criminals could crack. The security firm Splashdata has releases it's annual list of the "Worst Passwords." I would be anything you use at least one or two of these. Check out the list below and then take a look at our creative suggestions for coming up with better ones that no one will figure out. 

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    I've spent many of my kids' growing-up years working online, with the last few positively engrossed in social media, even more than the typical parent.

    And while I've posted a few potentially mortifying photos of my children in the past, for the most part, I'm extremely careful about what pictures of my kids I put online -- whether it's on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or another site.

    If only other parents would do the same. Here's why it bothers me so much.

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    You know how sometimes you go on Facebook, and there will be these giant ads right on your homepage, and it will say that one of your friends “likes” that company, and you’re all, “Thanks for letting me know, Facebook,” as you roll your eyes and scroll past it to something you actually maybe want to see?

    Those are called sponsored stories ads, and they’ve been controversial since their 2011 launch, but don’t worry -- they’re finally going away. As of April 9, 2014, Facebook will be shutting down the feature.

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