Only 2 hours a day with a tablet in hand?

The American Academy of Pediatrics claims that children should not spend long periods of time in front of computer screens or tablets, and should be limited to a maximum of two hours a day.

Dr. Victor Strasburger, the author of the new recommendations, believes that this is the optimal length of time that young people spend with electronic devices, since in the case of prolonged contact, they can have harmful effects. According to the doctor, excessive use of equipment can lead to sleep problems, which in turn is likely to cause deterioration in learning outcomes.

The Strasburger advises to ban teenagers from using computers and television in their bedrooms, and also set a 2-hour limit on Internet usage, social media, smartphones and TV viewing.

The Academy’s new policy is the result of a 2010 study showing that Americans ages 8 to 18 spend at least 7 hours a day entertaining each day.

In principle, the proposal is not at all bad. Today’s youth really spend all day with computers, consoles and smartphones, the world beyond them not seeing. Many have not read a book for a long time, let alone the fact that hardly anyone cares about physical fitness. Such limitations could therefore only come out for good.

Google secures its services with a hardware key

Unlike Apple, which only after breaking into iCloud has increased the security of its services, Google has long been offering a two-tier user authentication system. However, in the light of the recent events, the online giant has, however, considered that this may be an inadequate way, so it offers all users a hardware key.

Previously, Google’s online services, such as Gmail, were protected by a two-tier authorization system, so in addition to the standard password, a user who had activated this option must also enter the code that was sent to his phone. This makes it much more difficult for hackers to gain access to our account.

However, Google believes that its system needs additional reinforcement, so it adds a hardware key in the form of a USB device. Then access to your email account and other services is only possible when the Security Key is attached to our computer. Interestingly, the company also ensures that this method also protects against phishing, and thus using our data on a specially crafted, fake version of the site.

The new method only works with the Chrome browser and Chrome OS, and you can get more information on the official Google blog.