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December 27, 2008            Holidays are about sharing and caring

Many of us have just spent the holidays sharing family, friendship, good times and all kinds of gifts.

Among the gifts, computers are always popular, and exciting – especially for the family members receiving their first computer or the beginners just learning to use them for games, emailing, sharing pictures, and surfing the Internet.

The more experienced among us should make every effort to alert the new users to some of the potential cyber dangers lying in wait to ambush them. It's often more difficult for children to grasp the significance of these risks than it is for adults.

Lots of parents have solved this problem, and even shared their methods to help other responsible guardians protect their children.

You can read the way they did it at the Family Safety page here on
Teaching Your Kids to be Safe Surfers-

...and if you have been successful in teaching your kids how to be safe online, we'd love to learn how you taught them to be cautious and careful, and how to avoid the threats from online scammers and pedophiles when they were learning to surf the Internet.

Your experiences and successes can help a lot of us other parents and grandparents.

There's a simple way to do this, just by filling in the text block on that webpage. (You do not need to share either your name or email address if you don't care to — it's important that you share your experience).
Thanks again for Sharing, and thanks for being a visitor to my blog

                     AND PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR

                                                                                   ... Richard Rossbauer
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December 18, 2008   Would you feel more comfortable if you could surf the web anonymously?

This is the time of the year when most of us spend more than the usual amount of time surfing the Internet.

Shopping, sending greetings to friends and family by email and online greeting cards, planning vacation and holiday trips, and possibly a lot more online activities open us up to potential surveillance by unknown people.

It's possible for people to collect information about us even when we don't want to advertise who we are. This is true even if our system contains no virus or malware software.

   Basically, information is intercepted and used by others to READ MORE

Seasons Greetings from                               
     Seasons Greeting and Best Wishes for
          a Safe and Happy Holiday

                                                                         ... Richard

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December 3, 2008       We're Doing It Again This Year - How about You?
The 8th Annual Internet Toy Drive!!

Come Join Us Again This Year at Toys for Tots    We are proud to be a partner again with the official U.S. Marines "Toys for Tots" program in The 8th Annual Internet Toy Drive.
   Announcing The 8th Annual Internet Toy Drive, in affiliation with the official U.S. Marine Corps "TOYS FOR TOTS" Program:

   We *know* that with Your Help we can go a LONG way into making sure Santa visits EVERY needy child this year! Major William (Bill) J. Grein, Vice President of Toys for Tots, says this is something their great program, despite it's popularity, has never been able to do. The need is simply too great.

  Therefore, he is a little more than excited that we aim to change that this year. Check out his message when you get to our website:

Please Join Us.            Thank you for Caring.  Richard Rossbauer

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December 2, 2008    Safe Ideas for Entertaining your children during the holidays

For your children not yet old enough to spend time on a computer, and even for those who are, there are lots of exciting things they can do offline while waiting for Christmas Day.
Are your children or grandchildren at the age when they still get pretty excited about Christmas, but possibly aren't convinced about the Santa Clause stuff?
Do you think they would like a personal letter from
Santa Clause
I put a few of my Christmas gift ideas into a simple little webpage mostly for children... where you can help Santa write that letter.
Christmas stories, poems, coloring books and even a minute by minute countdown to the big day are there for parents to share with their young children.
I'm calling it
"Christmas Greetings and Holiday Gifts" and in keeping with the holiday spirit, everything there is FREE.
There are some interesting things included for parents, as well - like recipes for Holiday cakes, pies, and candy, and a clever idea for creating gifts for friends.                   
So - Christmas Greetings to readers of my Blog, subscribers to my newsletters and visitors to my websites. Your interest and loyalty are welcome and valuable gifts to me.
Here's the link to my gift for you -
"Christmas Greetings and Holiday Gifts"

Share the link with your family and friends, especially those who have young children at home.                        
                                            To your safe and happy holidays ... Richard

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December 1, 2008    The Entrapment Potential of Cyber Monday/Month

You may have read this on Cyber Monday, (Dec 1, 2008) but the alert is directed toward the whole cyber-month proceeding Christmas, Hanukkah, or other seasonal holiday.

In spite of the economy, there will be millions of dollars spent online. Some of it mine, and probably some of it yours.

We would hope that it ALL goes to legitimate online merchants, but some of it will land in the pockets of crooks and criminals lying in wait for us to drop our guards.

And because of the economy, we'll all be searching for bargains and good deals. That's how we can be trapped!

Cyber criminals are quite sophisticated and know how to prey on our emotions. There will be a lot of bargains and deals that might look too good to be true. Some could be booby-trapped with malware that can lead us to divulge personal financial information to the wrong people. Identity theft, raided bank accounts, stolen credit card numbers can all lead to personal financial disaster.

So we all want to enter online transactions with our eyes open. Know your merchant. Look at their web sites for evidence of secure transactions. And if anything even looks a little bit suspicious, think twice about proceeding with a purchase.

Don't click on any links in the questionable sales/offer page. Confirm with the merchant that the offer is legitimate. Contact them by telephone or by entering their web address in a different browser window.

If you don't know their true web address, use Google, Yahoo or other Search Engines to get it.

If the offering merchant doesn't provide a telephone number or means to contact them through their website, beware! Use extra caution before proceeding.

Be on the Alert and you'll Enjoy your holidays without any extra stress from unexpected financial loss.

Happy Holidays
(I updated my Christmas Greeting website again with a few more things for kids - see the October 23 post below for the link)
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You can use it as we do, to check any of your PC computers for viruses, without being on line.

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Evergreen         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".

CLICK HERE  to Share your Experiences and learn how other parents helped their kids to safety - free, of course
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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.

children Internet SafetyInformed 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 us grandparents.

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


Evergreen                    Protecting our Kid's Safety Online

(*)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 announcement.

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 Internet.

Keep Your Children Safe Online - eBookYes, 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 immediately.

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.

   You can  Order "Internet Safety for Your Kids" HERE

                                                                                          Thanks for Caring,
                                                                                       Richard Rossbauer


Evergreen       Checkout the eBook "How to Protect Your
                                   Privacy and Security Online"

It's loaded with Vital Security Tools and Tips to Secure Your Computers and Guard Against Internet Fraud and Identity Theft.
To make it easily affordable to the lesser experienced Beginners and Senior Internet Users, and to provide a greater opportunity for them to strengthen their own security defenses at a price that nearly everyone can afford -
I cut the list price by 61 percent from $17.95 to only $7.00!
And to make it available to even more of the internet users who can really benefit from its wealth of security information, free Resale Rights are included that will give you 100 percent of the profits for each and every copy you sell.
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Even better, the $7.00 price includes the free bonus eBook - "PC Security", my Info Guide to Beefing Up Your Personal Computer's Safety from Malicious Threats, with dozens of easy to apply ideas and strategies to strengthen your Security Fortress.
It's really important that everyone be aware that Clever Internet Thieves from all around the world are using very highly sophisticated and stealthy infiltration schemes to plant trojans, worms, viruses and other malware in their computers, and could even be secretly adding any one of us to their botnets.
Even if you are reasonably comfortable when going online, your family members and friends may not be as experienced as you.
Give them the gift that can save their families and friends How to Proect Your Privacy and Security Online - eBookfrom potential hours of grief, plus potential loss of money and identity to these Internet thieves.
Here's the link to the Security Tips ebook, bonus PC Security ebook and  Free Resale Rights
Refer your friends to your very own sales page for "How to Protect Your Privacy and Security Online"
Thanks for helping to make the internet a safer and more fun experience
for everyone.
                                                                        ... Richard



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Identity Theft is the fastest growing crime in America, affecting approximately 900,000 new victims each year!

More than ever, the information explosion, aided by an era of easy credit, has led to the expansion of a crime that feeds on the inability of consumers to control who has access to sensitive information and how it is safeguarded.

Can we fight back? Yes! One of the best ways is to be informed of the tricks and ploys used by Identity Theft criminals and to understand how they attack.

Forewarned is Forearmed and There's a lot to know,

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