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Social Networks, Education, and Bullying

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New Hampshire State Representatives have sponsored a bill to update and improve the state's anti-bullying laws. According to the Portsmouth Herald’s January article this bill could make a stronger more up-to-date law that takes cyber-bullying into account.… Continue

Added by Michael Whalen on January 25, 2010 at 6:00am — No Comments

iPod Touch 3.1 Content Filtering

Apple’s iPod Touch version 3.1 update adds a feature that parents have been clamoring for--content filtering. It is now possible to filter content based on a predetermined setting. Prior releases allowed disabling applications such as YouTube or Safari and the icons would disappear from the screen. This release has a more refined approach to parental controls. It is now possible to filter based on the rating of the content. For example, movies can be… Continue

Added by Michael Whalen on November 12, 2009 at 6:00am — No Comments

Family Protection for Social Networks

Well publicized stories of cyber-bullying, stalking, or other types of dangerous social networking related incidents contribute to present day parental angst. As if it weren’t hard enough to keep them safe social sites, like Facebook, provide access to kids and their public information 7x24. It is unfortunate that software companies seem to be in perpetual catch-up mode but, progress has been made with regard to social networking… Continue

Added by Michael Whalen on October 2, 2009 at 6:00am — No Comments

Anti-virus Software Comparisons

The new report for the detection of malicious code by anti-virus software products has been posted by AV-Comparatives.

AV Comparatives is an authority on computer anti-virus vendor comparisons.

The following vendors have been tested, compared, and rated in this edition;

avas!, AVG, AVIRA, BitDefender, eScan, ESET, F-Secure, G Data,

Kaspersky, Kingsoft, McAfee, Microsoft OneCare, Norman, Sophos,

Symantec, and Trustport.

This report can be found… Continue

Added by Michael Whalen on September 28, 2009 at 1:40pm — No Comments

Protecting Online Photos

Stories abound of pictures being ‘borrowed’ from online family albums or Facebook for various fraudulent purposes. There was the Massachussetts mother who found their child’s photo on a Craig’s list adoption scam and numerous cases of… Continue

Added by Michael Whalen on September 1, 2009 at 11:23am — No Comments

Marines Prevent Use of Social Networking Sites

It is well known that social networking sites have become another attack vector for criminals who exploit information for the purpose of identity theft, fraud, or other crimes. It is very likely that these sites could also being used to gather intelligence of a different kind - military. On August third the US Marine Corp officially banned access to Facebook, Twitter, and Myspace.

According to the… Continue

Added by Michael Whalen on August 6, 2009 at 7:36am — No Comments

Free McAfee - For Comcast Customers

Everybody needs an anti-virus and anti-spyware software product installed on each one of their home computers. Some prefer the basic paired down freeware version from the likes of AVG, Clam, etc. Most of us prefer to have the psychological benefit of knowing that someone is actually paid to keep up to date with the many threats in cyberspace. Being in the security business is a non stop night and day job – always staying abreast of the latest threats.… Continue

Added by Michael Whalen on July 24, 2009 at 6:00am — 1 Comment

Selecting Anti-spyware for the home

With 50-60 Anti-virus and Anti-spyware products available how is a home computer user supposed to decide which one is the best choice to protect their home computers? Most home users do not have the time or desire to become an expert on AV/AS packages. One way to narrow down your choices is to check and see what the experts are saying regarding the effectiveness of different AV/AS products in detecting malware on your PC. This information changes over… Continue

Added by Michael Whalen on July 17, 2009 at 6:00am — No Comments

Home Computer Safety Basics – A Refresher

We pay taxes to fund the local Police who help insure our physical safety and keep the peace. It would be great if there were an online equivalent to the local police, someone that you could count on to catch the bad guys. The distributed nature of the internet would require much more international cooperation than there is today in order to really take a bite out of internet crime. However, there is actually an organization, funded by your tax… Continue

Added by Michael Whalen on July 6, 2009 at 9:39am — No Comments

Protecting your home computer files with disk encryption

Losing a laptop due to theft or forgetting it on a plane could have dire consequences for the typical consumer. According to the Ponemon Institute, this is not a rare occurrence; it happens to 12,000 of our laptops - each week.

We transact much of our business online, and most of us manage our accounts online using Quicken, Money, or similar financial management software. We basically have our lives… Continue

Added by Michael Whalen on June 11, 2009 at 10:00am — No Comments

Pure Networks Speed Meter Pro

As a father of three I have assumed many roles, one of them is ‘IT Dad’. While supporting an average of five computers on the wireless home network I have developed a keen sense for when things are going well, …or not. I have learned that there is an unmistakable sound that almost always coincides with a computer or network problem. It sounds something like this, “Daaaaaad, something is wrong with my stupid computer”.

This is when the troubleshooting and interrogation commence. I ask the… Continue

Added by Michael Whalen on June 1, 2009 at 11:26am — No Comments

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