Parental Peace of Mind

Parental Peace of Mind

The emergence of the world wide web, in some respects, has made the task of being a parent a bit more difficult. We would like our kids to discover the extensive wealth of information available online and talk to their friends over the internet (frees up the phone). On the other hand, it could also potentially expose our kids to inappropriate content, indecent pop-up adverts, as well as sexual predators. As a matter of fact, research shows that 1 out of 5 kids with ages ranging between 10 and 17 have obtained a sexual solicitation online. This is certainly not something that any parent would like to hear, yet needs to address. We must have a bit of assurance that once our young ones go online, they will be safe and secure. Internet filters are important when it comes to protecting your kids. A certain tool that can help us in this objective is Internet Parental Control software. Among the leading brands in parental control software is ContentWatch, and when the Big Mouse himself endorses this software, then it should be very good. If Disney believes it is good enough to set up three of the ContentWatch software in their Disney Dream Desk PC, then we can think of it as extremely worthy. After all, they’re prepared to risk their well-established reputation on it. You can easily install, set up, and personalize the software. In case you have any issues, ContentWatch offers unrestricted toll-free customer and technical support. ContentProtect could block any pornographic sites, hate sites, sketchy forums, as well as other recognized hazards of the web. You may...
Website Security Rules of the Road

Website Security Rules of the Road

In 2014, consumer spending through the internet hit a record high of $65.1 billion. An increasing number of people are drawn to the simplicity and seamlessness of shopping online and more of them are even willing to spend higher amounts. However, the likelihood of being an internet fraud victim are likewise growing. The Internet National Fraud Center Watch revealed that during the first half of 2015, fraud victims lost about an average of 2,579. Compare that to the amount documented for the entire 2014, which was at $895 on average. Grievances associated with basic goods acquisitions (goods that were by no means misrepresented or received) made up for about 30% of the complaints related to internet fraud, and auction buys (goods that were never misrepresented or received) made it to the top with 44%. Even though many e-commerce sites are trustworthy and have implemented the required safety measures in order to protect their customers, you still have to proceed very carefully. When purchasing online, please think about these simple steps: Make use of just one credit card, if possible, one which has a low credit limit, whenever you buy something online. Do not use a debit card or an ATM. Be cautious about unrequested offers by different sellers. The Internet National Fraud Information Center Watch said internet scammers used email as a method of contact and this has increased by 22% in 2004. Even though the offer could be genuine, spammers prefer to utilize this strategy to side-step reliable websites that offer protection to consumers when buying online. Deal only with trustworthy e-commerce sites that have a telephone number...
Tips For Improving Your Computer Security

Tips For Improving Your Computer Security

Nowadays, increasing numbers of people are utilizing their computers for to do lots of things ranging from communication to internet banking as well as from trading to online shopping. While we carry out all these things more often, we open ourselves to probable online criminals like hackers and crackers. Even though a few might be wanting to phish your personal identity and pertinent details for selling, others would just like to use your computer as a channel where they can launch a cyber attack on their other targets. Provided here are some simple and affordable methods that you can use to secure your computer. 1. Always create backup copies of valuable information. You should also keep them in a secure place that is not on your computer. 2. Make sure that your operating system, software, and web browsers are updated. Upon startup, computer system must inform you in case updates are available. Because of this, it is highly recommended to regularly turn off your computer and reboot it. 3. Set up a firewall. Keep in mind that your computer will be more vulnerable to worms, viruses, malware, trojans, and adwares if it does not have a reliable firewall installed. You should take into account the advantages as well as the differences between software and hardware based firewall applications. 4. Make sure that your browser and email settings are secured. Why do you have to do this? JavaScript and Active-X are the favorite tool of hackers when placing noxious applications in your computers. Although relatively harmless, cookies still track your activities in the internet, which can aid in building your...
The Battle Against Spam

The Battle Against Spam

Let us take a quick look at the prevalence of spam as explained by Scott McAdams, OMA Public Affairs and Communications Department (www.oma.org): “Researches show unwanted or “junk” e-mail, called spam, represent approximately half of all e-mail messages received. Although it was previously perceived as nothing more than a nuisance, the prevalence of spam has reached a point where numerous users have started to express doubt about the efficiency of e-mail transmissions, and increased concerns regarding the circulation and spread of computer viruses through unwanted messages.” In 2003, President Bush authorized the bill known as “Can Spam,” in December of 2003, which is the very first nationwide standards that focus on bulk unsolicited business e-mail. The Senate, which voted 97 to 0, approved the bill that, bans senders of unsolicited commercial e-mail from making use of false return addresses to camouflage their identification (spoofing) and using dictionaries to produce such mailers. Additionally, it forbids the use of misguiding subject lines and mandates emails to have an opt-out option. The regulations likewise prohibit senders from harvesting addresses off websites. Those who violate these rules will be charged with misdemeanor and could be imprisoned for 1 year. One major factor that needs to be reviewed concerning this: spam is now originating from various other countries in ever-greater numbers. These e-mails are harder to combat, since they originate from outside our nation’s laws and policies. Due to the fact that the Internet opens boundaries and also thinks globally, these legislations are good but they fail to address the problem. So, what is your opinion? Here are the five key tips to protect...
Phishing For Your Identity

Phishing For Your Identity

We have all received those emails that look like they are coming from trusted websites. Emails that direct you to a website that looks familiar to update certain information, even personal data. Beware when these sites are asking you to update secure information such as social security numbers, passwords or even credit card numbers or bank information.   What makes these emails so trusted is that you know the business name as one where you have done business in the past. The logo, colors and look and feel of the site look so familiar. One of the most recent examples is your domain name registrar that says your domain is about to expire. Or your hosting company that says you have run out of hosting space and your website will be taken down if you don’t update your information.   There is a website called WhoIs.com that will give anyone who searches all the details about a domain – where it is registered, who owns it, the address, both email and physical, of the owner and where it is hosted. I was recently introduced to a “scraper” that will create a spreadsheet of all this information for as many websites as you put into the program. Right there at their fingertips is all the information a hacker needs. (More information later on how to protect this.)   You are tempted to click on the link provided because it is so convenient and then when you do it is natural to want to correct false information. Much to your regret you find out later this was a false website that...
Summer Guide to Cyber Safety Part 2

Summer Guide to Cyber Safety Part 2

Today we will discuss if you really have to stay connected while on vacation. In our previous article we recommended you stay away from public computers such as those in hotels and Internet Cafés. But sometimes that is easier said than done so here is a short guide to Going Online in Public. First and foremost of all if you have the least amount of concern regarding the computer you are using DO NOT use it to access sensitive sites like banking, brokerage, etc. This is obviously a judgment call and you best use your good judgment here. You just don’t want to use a compromised computer. If you log onto an information sensitive web site, be sure to logout when you have completed your cycle. Do the following Log out delete the web history close the browser when you are done. This is important –  you don’t want any sensitive data stuck in the cache or in any way accessible. If you would like to increase your cyber browsing security you can install a portable version of Firefox on a USB drive and load the browser directly from it instead of the computer. This would increase your cyber security. Backup and Encrypt your data so even the snoopers cannot find their way. Use only the strongest of passcodes or phrases. Of course keep your Anti-Virus up to date. When you return from traveling, it is a good idea to stop by your local computer experts at PCRx and have them do a complete scan of your laptop.  This only takes a few minutes and can save you hours...