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In a recent post, I took advantage of Larry Magid's
posting a link to his article on Teen Age Blogging.
In this post, the link again is to another
of Mr. Magid's insightful articles on keeping our children safe
online. However, this article is directed to us parents and
guardians, to help us better understand the social aspects of our
teenagers' growing-up experience.
It's through the work of people like Larry Magid and his associates
that we can keep up with the tremendous technological advances in
communication available to our children.
How else would parents know about the more than 100 really cool
social networking sites like MySpace, YouTube, Hi5, Twitter, etc,
that our kids know about and use? How about IMVU - where you can
create 3D images of how you'd like to look, dress, and act?
IMVU has been around for sometime and it isn't one that my
grandchildren use - I think, (but if I were a teenager, it would
certainly hold my attention).
Of course, these 100 plus sites could harbor serious threats, not
only to our kids but to their family and friends. It's our
responsibility as guardians to help them avoid these dangers.
Sep17, 2007Do Your SPAM Blockers
Really Work? Will They Ever?
I believe this is an interesting take
on the state of the cyber world and the continuing proliferation of
SPAM - and why things aren't getting any better.
It's a rather detailed report posted on one of ZDNet's blogs, and
starts with this quote -
According to ZDNet's David Berling
"the spammers are winning the cat n mouse game. Working
with e-mail is more unproductive than its ever been.
Theres more spam than theres ever been. More
legitimate mail is getting trapped than has ever been
trapped before. And finally, fewer people are seeing
e-mail as a reliable form of communication.
The makers of anti-spam solutions (be they stand-alone or ones that are built-in to existing e-mail solutions) would have you believe that their solutions are worthy of battling spam and merit your attention if ridding your inbox (or inboxes) of spam is important to you. Theyre full of it. The proof? Were worse off [...]"
You can read the whole report if you're really into the involved
details, but as I see it, the problem isn't going to be solved
without a lot of inconvenience to everyone using email. Why? Because
SPAM blocking and filtering tools can't be perfect for everyone and Spammers are never going to
become good Samaritans and stop sending the junk just because it
might bother someone.
Not every random message that arrives in my email is junk, although
it may be unsolicited. However, messages that interest me could well
be junk to you. If the ISP's try to apply universal guidelines to
deleting SPAM, you could get email messages you don't want
that would be of special interest to me.
...with information on more of today's Computer and Family Security
Threats, available Protective Software, Spam and Spyware cyber
happenings, free tools and reports, and advice on avoiding the
nastiness lurking in wait for unsuspecting and innocent web surfers.
Threats to families and young Internet surfers, Hacker attacks and
theft of personal Identities, Enterprises Data loss are a few of
today's most discussed cyber problems.
Five or Six years ago when my Security Alert campaign
started, the major threats involved computer viruses, worms, the
the beginning of overwhelming email (I nearly wrote 'evil') SPAM, and
Many senior and nearly senior citizens were learning to use their
computers for sharing family news and children's pictures. Younger
family members were becoming the home based computer experts,
venturing into the exciting and enticing world of early cyber
socializing with Instant messaging.
Today, the threats are much more serious. The Hackers and
malcontents smell the money that can be stolen from Internet surfers
and have targeted
children and other everyday
Non-technical Computer users and Web Surfers who just want to be
safe doing basic stuff without the hassle of viruses, spyware,
Trojans, or worse.
With so much more helpful information and software tools available
to talk about and use, some streamlining of the
Firewalls and Virus Protection site certainly seemed to be in
Beware of Rogue Anti-Spyware. A
reminder from the SpywareGuide* service
SpywareGuide's Latest Spyware
Updates identify two potentially dangerous anti-spyware type
programs currently being advertised. They are "Rogues" and could
deceive users into believing their computers are infected.
"Rogues" are anti-spyware
or security software applications that use various forms of
deception and/or unethical means or show a history of
false positives to goad the end user to make a purchase.
In some cases these applications include
unwanted software which the rogue product offers to
remove if the customer purchases the application.
current two malware culprits are "Error Safe" and "Spyware Cleaner". A visit
to the SpywareGuide website will give you more details and removal
Their report is a good reminder of the problems these unethical
suppliers can create. I described my personal experience with a
"Rogue" in my recent report
Anti-Spyware" - which includes tips on avoiding it altogether.
My report on
Making the best
anti-spyware choices is a perfect companion piece. (Both are
2007 How Did
You Teach Your Children To Be Safe
When They Were learning to Surf the Internet?
We'd love to learn how you taught your kids to
be cautious and careful and avoid the threats from online scammers
and pedophiles when they were learning to explore the "web".
As parents, grandparents and guardians, we
are reminded constantly to help our children enjoy the pleasures and
excitement of the Internet in safety.
My own grandchildren learned how to boot up their family
computers at a very early age. For the youngest of
them, it was simply a matter of watching their older sisters and brothers as
they chatted online with their friends, worked on their school lessons, and
explored the mysteries of the cyber universe.
parents recognize that the Internet provides an exciting and
learning experiences for their children. Teaching online safety, and
learning together is a wonderful way for any family to enjoy it.
Your experiences and successes could help a lot of other parents and
CLICK HERE for a
real easy way to Share your Experiences and learn how other parents
helped their kids to safety - free, of course
Thanks for caring, and sharing....Richard
Tags: kids Internet safety
Neil Shearing posted his recent Gmail account experience - can
you believe 294,013?
That's a frightening large amount of
messages to accumulate and makes me wonder how many of them might
contain dangerous spyware, Trojans, or viruses.
He is a very popular Internet personality and probably gets many
times more email than most of us ever will ... and he has a clever
way of using this email account to filter the junk mail.
explains this at his blog.
The point here - I believe it can be dangerous to allow email to
accumulate because of the potential for loading up your mail box
with hidden malware.
of problems is directly proportional to the amount of spam that gets
through to our email boxes.
Over and It's Back To School
for Our Children -
Let's keep Them Safe
That means they're going to spend more online
time at their computers for lessons, term papers, Instant
Messages with friends, more visits to MySpace, UTube, Chat rooms,
It also means that the
undesirable elements they face, like child predators, pedophiles,
and hackers, could also be eagerly anticipating their increased
As I've posted before(*), I have nine grandchildren, all but one in
school. I want all of them to understand that these dangers do
exist, so I've shared my "Keeping Your Children Safe Online"
Guide with them and their parents.
I believe this is important enough to
revisit the issue today -
If you have children, nieces and nephews, grandchildren, or friends
with young children, help them avoid potential grief, too. Share "Keeping
Your Children Safe Online" with them. Check out the Guide
Online criminals can use a virus to
take control of large numbers of computers at a time, and turn them
into "zombies" that can work together as a powerful "botnet" to
perform malicious tasks. Botnets are highly valued by online
criminals, and have become a serious problem on the Internet.
2, 2007) reported that the current siege by the Storm Worm
is 10 times larger than any other e-mail attack in the last two
years amassing a combined botnet army of nearly 2 million
A botnet - also known as a zombie army - is a number of Internet
computers that have been set up to forward transmissions including
spam or viruses to other computers on the Internet. Any such
computer is referred to as a zombie - in effect, a computer "robot"
or "bot" that serves the wishes of some master spam or virus
Most computers compromised in this way are home-based
and infected without the owners' knowledge. According to a report
from Russian-based Kapersky Labs, botnets - not spam,
viruses, or worms - currently pose the biggest threat to the
Internet. A report from Symantec offers the same conclusion.
Literally hundreds of thousands of computers have been harvested
into Botnets that can distribute spam e-mail and infected greeting
e-card messages, spread viruses, attack other computers and servers,
and commit other kinds of crime and fraud.
Computers that are captured into a zombie army are often those whose
owners fail to provide effective firewalls and other safeguards.
Many home computers have high speed connections that may be
inadequately protected. A zombie or bot is often created through an
Internet port that has been left open and through which a small
Trojan horse program can be left for future activation. At a certain
time, the zombie army "controller" can unleash targeted attacks with
his Zombie army by sending a single command.
Malware and targeted attacks are almost always economically
The goal of todays threats is to stay silent and hidden
for as long as possible while stealing confidential and financial
data from infected networks around the world.
It's possible that your computer could
already have a virus and be
compromised into a botnet.
(*)I'm a proud grandparent of 9
precious grandchildren and the last thing in this world that I ever
want to see is someone hurting them.
I'm certain that this
doesn't make me any different than every other parent, grandparent
or child guardian.
What is a bit different, however, is that I have an opportunity to
help other parents and grandparents do something to help protect our
young children from the most heinous people who prey on them
when they're playing on the Internet - the pedophiles and child
predators hiding in the cyberworld.
I do this through my websites and blogs - usually through news
alerts and product announcements. This message is a product
The product is an eBook I just prepared from information I
purchased. I bought it because it seemed so complete, and thorough,
that I believe it will enable all of us to help our kids more easily
understand how serious, and cautious they must be when visiting the
there's a price for this one, but it's only $6.95, and you can
download it from the internet and start using it almost
If you order the eBook and find that it doesn't help you understand,
and explain the threats that these creatures pose, then I'll return
your money. (Within 60 days of your order).
It's not the money, the most important issue here is the safety of
our children, as you'll see when you visit the order page.
August 1 2007
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It's really important that everyone be aware that Clever Internet
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