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WebSafety Keeps Kids Safe on the Internet

By: Enokson
By: Enokson

WebSafety is a new cell phone app that allows parents to keep their children safe on the internet. It gives parents real-time information about the who, what and where of what their kids are doing online. The app helps parents monitor their children’s behavior and their whereabouts through real-time alerts.

web safety app

In an Interview between Michele Borba product developer of WebSafety, she mentions that WebSafety is very important for parents because it keeps them alerted to when their children are posting personal information and inappropriate things on the internet. She says that one of the most common things that kids do to make themselves vulnerable in the cyber world is the posting of private information.

The WebSafety app empowers parents to keep track of their childrens’ smartphone and tablet usage. It can trigger alerts for vulgar language, flag websites and monitor apps that kids and teens download onto their phones and tablets. WebSafety also offers geo-tracking. Parents can make sure kids are where they say they are going to be. It also allows parents to create a 25 mile geofence to alert them when the child has left the area.

WebSafety is running a limited time promotion of 50% off to the first 25,000 new subscribers to 6-month and 12-month subscriptions. It is available on most Android Smartphones and Tablets. iOS Support Coming Soon!

Pricing Packages start at $3.99 

  • Protects one child device.
  • Includes parent Dashboard.
  • Access to the WebSafety forum.
  • Customer support.
  • Additional devices cost $3.99/month.
  • Purchase a year’s subscription for $39.99, and two months free.

$11.99 / month

  • Protects four children’s devices.
  • Includes parent Dashboard.
  • Access to the WebSafety forum.
  • Customer support.
  • Additional devices cost $2.99/month.

$14.99 / month

  • Protects six children’s devices.
  • Includes parent Dashboard.
  • Access to the WebSafety forum.
  • Customer support.
  • Additional devices cost $2.49/month.
  • Purchase a year’s subscription for $149.99 and save over 16%.

Borba believes that the first step in protecting children on the internet is for parents to have the ability to be informed. She says that parents need to keep an open line of communication with their children and she recommends that kids be told when they are being monitored. Kids who know they are being watched will think more about what put out in the cyber world and more about who they are engaging with online.

New video sneak peek at ‘The Fifth Estate’


We talk in here a great deal about online security and what can happen with that security is breached. Both good and bad things can happen. We have also heard a great deal in the media about “The Fifth Estate.” Not exactly a new concept, but one which is gaining in momentum:

***The Fifth Estate refers to citizen journalism. “Fifth Estate” is used to describe media outlets (including the blogosphere) that see themselves in opposition to mainstream media (the official press), any class or group in society other than the clergy (First Estate), the nobility (Second Estate), the commoners (Third Estate) and the press (Fourth Estate). It has been used to describe civil society, the poor or the proletariat.***

We have heard a great deal about WikiLeaks, which has forever changed the way people view information and data, both the release of it as well as the hiding it.  “The Fifth Estate” is a new thriller movie which is based on the real events.

Official description . . . “WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange (Benedict Cumberbatch) and his colleague Daniel Domscheit-Berg (Daniel Brühl) team up to become underground watchdogs of the privileged and powerful. On a shoestring, they create a platform that allows whistleblowers to anonymously leak covert data, shining a light on the dark recesses of government secrets and corporate crimes. Soon, they are breaking more hard news than the world’s most legendary media organizations combined. But when Assange and Berg gain access to the biggest trove of confidential intelligence documents in U.S. history, they battle each other and a defining question of our time: what are the costs of keeping secrets in a free society—and what are the costs of exposing them?”

I know I’m excited to see this side of the story and where actions like these may lead.


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New E-Mail Scams and Warnings: Citadel Malware Want to Extort Money

The FBI warns of another new virus making its rounds on the Internet and it does more than just try to shut down your computer. It also attempts to get money and credit card information from those affected.  When the computer is rebooted or restarted, a screen comes up telling the user that they have violated federal laws and that they now owe a fine.  Once the fine is paid, the virus continues working in the background and can steal credit card or banking information.

The following are the details of this virus attack:

Citadel Malware
This new Citadel malware has been established strictly to extort money from users who do not know any better.  When the computer is restarted or rebooted, an official looking screen from the FBI informs the computer user that the computer’s IP address has been locked. It states that this is due to child pornography or other misuse of the internet.  The user then must send $100 to the FBI as a fine through a throwaway prepaid money card.  This is called “ransomware” and is not something that the federal government has put on the computer.

Ransomware is a virus that specifically asks those who are affected to pay money to unlock their computer.  Once the amount requested has been paid, the computer is unlocked and can be used again.  Neither the FBI nor any other government agency would lock a computer due to any Internet browsing activity.  If they think there is something going on that requires their attention, they will seize the computer from the home and take it to their lab for further investigation.  Never pay a ransom such as this, no matter how official it may look.

Eradicating the Virus
If your virus protection software is not up to date then you need to do so immediately before you get the virus.  In the event that it is already on the computer, it must be taken to a professional who can get rid of the virus.  The only other way to remove it is to download software but that is not practical when the computer is locked.  Never send any money to anyone who states that is the only way to unlock the computer.  You also should also contact your banking institutions and let them know you have the virus and then file a complaint here.

The FBI reminds us:

To report potential e-scams, please go the Internet Crime Complaint Center and file a report. Note: the FBI does not send mass e-mails to private citizens about cyber scams, so if you received an e-mail that claims to be from the FBI Director or other top official, it is most likely a scam.

If you receive unsolicited e-mail offers or spam, you can forward the messages to the Federal Trade Commission at spam@uce.gov.

It is never fun getting a virus but most virus protection software can handle finding and removing the small ones.  This type of ransomware malware is relatively new and your virus protection needs to be up to date in order for it to be productive.  If you do get this virus, take your computer immediately to a professional who can safely and completely remove it and then file a complaint with the Internet Crime Complaint Center.



Guest post by Lisa Mason.  Lisa Mason is a freelance writer and VP of Special Media for Social Media Sun.

Is Facebook following you everywhere you go online?

Facebook recently made yet another round of updates commonly referred to as f8 across the web, but so far most people I know have been referring to it by yet another f word, that I won’t repeat so as not to offend.  For many the update has made it more difficult to do many of the things that we loved about using this ever popular social networking site.  Supposedly the changes are “improvements” to make it easier to sync your information and contacts and to share information across the web.   As much as many users disliked the updates and upgrades, they would hate the thought that Facebook may be tracking their movements on the Internet, even after they have logged out.

Josh Wolford shares an article in Webpro News about wondering “Is Facebook Tracking Everywhere You Go Online?” and one writer shares, “Logging out doesn’t seem to help.”

Information from Australian hacker and writer Nik Cubrilovic, shows what information about his Internet use went to Facebook while he was logged in and then he did another test tracking information that went to Facebook while he was logged out.

Here is what he found;

The primary cookies that identify me as a user are still there (act is my account number), even though I am looking at a logged out page. Logged out requests still send nine different cookies, including the most important cookies that identify you as a user.”

This is not what ‘logout’ is supposed to mean – Facebook are only altering the state of the cookies instead of removing all of them when a user logs out.

This means if you visit a page that has a Facebook share button whether you are logged on or off that information is being sent to Facebook. After all, those ads on the side can’t all be targeted to you simply because of your social 0r business networking.

Apparently this is not news to Facebook, according to the Facebook Privacy Policy

We receive data whenever you visit a game, application, or website that uses Facebook Platform or visit a site with a Facebook feature (such as a social plugin). This may include the date and time you visit the site; the web address, or URL, you’re on; technical information about the IP address, browser and the operating system you use; and, if you are logged in to Facebook, your User ID.

Don’t like it? What can you do about it?  Here are his recommendations,

The advice is to log out of Facebook. But logging out of Facebook only de-authorizes your browser from the web application, a number of cookies (including your account number) are still sent along to all requests to facebook.com. Even if you are logged out, Facebook still knows and can track every page you visit. The only solution is to delete every Facebook cookie in your browser, or to use a separate browser for Facebook interactions.

Facebook has responded to some of the problems with “cookies’ and tracking and Cubrilovic has updated his blog to discuss this change.  They also share with ZDNet where they  “explicitly state that Facebook does not track users’ web activity. They also explain the purpose of logged out cookies.”

But it didn’t make that much of a change.  In a nutshell, you are leaving footprints in the sand, wherever you go when you use Facebook.

Read the entire article Is Facebook Tracking You Wherever You Go to find out more details on this topic.

For more about the tests conducted and technology discussed in this article visit Nik Cubrilovic’s blog.

So what do you think? Does all this create a more “friction-less sharing experience”  Mark Zuckerberg used in his f8 keynote talk or does it create a little friction between you and your Facebook use?

This image went viral quickly after the newest Facebook updates.

Don’t be scared by scareware

Have you ever used your computer only to find a pop-up on your screen telling you that your computer is in urgent need of repair, or that you have a virus? If so you have been the target of something called scareware. Scareware cases are increasing, and more and more people are falling victim to the fake warnings. Let’s take a look at what scareware really is, and how you can avoid a costly mistake.

What is scareware?

Scareware is becoming a huge problem and many people have fallen for the scam. Scareware is nothing more than a pop-up that will appear on your computer screen. The pop-up will tell you that you have registry problems that need to be fixed, or that you have dozens of viruses that need to be taken care of immediately. The pop-up will include a link to a piece of software that will look like and will act like a virus killer.

Continue reading Don’t be scared by scareware

Microsoft on Hackers: If you can’t beat them hire them

In the past several weeks there have been many high profile websites which have been hacked. Sony, Sega, and Citigroup have all had their security breached and because of their lack of security, and possible lack of knowledge on how to secure their sites, some 140 million people around the world have had their personal information stolen.

Microsoft can now be added the list of high profile companies who have been hacked. Microsofts Xbox Live service recently came under attack, but instead of taking legal action against the culprit like the other companies listed have done, Microsoft done something quite different.

Age is nothing but a number

Xbox Live is one of the largest gaming networks in the world. Millions of people play their games online over the service and the potential for loss is staggering. If someone hacked into Microsoft servers they would have access to tens of millions of user accounts.

In May of this year, someone did the unthinkable and they gained access to the largest online gaming network in the world. The hacker gained access to Xbox servers through a fault found in the popular Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 game, and while the hacker had access to millions of accounts, they decided to do nothing with that information. It seems as though the hacker was just playing around to see if it could be done. Obviously Microsoft did not see the funny side of things, especially as a similar attack rendered the Sony Playstation Network useless for 6 weeks.

Continue reading Microsoft on Hackers: If you can’t beat them hire them

FBI pulls plug on the flood of Coreflood virus

Unfortunately computers and viruses go hand in hand, it does not seem to matter how much we try to defeat the digital bugs, they always seem to find a way on to our computers. There has been a major breakthrough in the fight against digital terrorism as recently though as the FBI launched a massive campaign to rid the world of the virus known as Coreflood.

What is Coreflood?

Coreflood is a nasty little virus known as a key-logger. Once Coreflood in on a computer, the hacker can dial in to your computer remotely and can track every single key that the user has pressed. What can this be used for? Well lets say the hacker is watching your computer and you browse your to online bank account, the hacker could then log the keys you pressed as you logged into your account, which means he would then have access to your bank account and your funds. Continue reading FBI pulls plug on the flood of Coreflood virus

Is Google in Your Wallet?

Everybody loves shopping, and everybody loves getting great deal on products that they buy. Today Google announced their latest product that will be coming this summer. Google’s latest venture is called Google Wallet, and it will be coming to an Android smartphone near you soon.

NFC Technology is the future

In 2009 MasterCard started deploying pay points around the country. Consumers who had MasterCards could simply tap their card on the device and their card would be billed, this eliminated the need to hand your card over to the retailer. Google has taken this technology to the next level and they have built this technology into their phones.

The Google Nexus S has an NFC chip built right into the device. Google Wallet is an app that users will be able to download to their phone, and then add their credit card information, and loyalty card information into the app, then you can then use the phone as a method of payment.

Easy and Convenient

The system is easy to use. The consumer will simply have to tap the pay point with their phone, the transaction will then be completed, and a receipt will display on your phone. If you do not have a CitiCard or a MasterCard, no problem. Included will be a Google card that you can add money to from any credit card.

Because you will be using a smartphone which will be connected to the internet, the phone will be able to look for offers and send them straight to your phone. It will look at your shopping habits and will send offers that will be of benefit to you. Retailers will also have signs up in their stores that you can put your phone on and the offer will be added to your wallet.

You will also be able to search Google.com for offers, and if there are coupons floating around for items you are searching for, Google will ask if you want to add the coupon to your virtual wallet so that you can save money at a later date. Google Wallet is going to revolutionize the way that consumers shop and spend money.

There are already 120,000 businesses in the U.S that offer NFC payment options to consumers and that number is set to expand rapidly. Subway, Macy’s, American Eagle, and many other retailers will be joining Google in their latest venture.

How safe will it be?

I am sure there will be many concerns surrounding security with services like this, especially as there have been breaches in the security of well known services lately including Android, and Sony. Google assures us that security is tight, and that not only will there be security features built right into the phone, but that there will be multiple layers of security built into the Google Wallet app.

Google will issue each user of Google Wallet a pin number that will be needed to log into the app. That pin number can be used in conjunction with passwords that the user can set for each card in the virtual wallet. All of this security on top of the security that is already embedded into the phone like passwords to unlock the device, will help keep all of your personal data safe and secure. Of course though, we have been told this many times before about various products, lets just hope that this time Google is telling the truth.
The technology is here now, and the retail world is quickly building an infrastructure that will support NFC payments. Google has said that over half of all the smartphones that will be sold next year will have an NFC chip in them so that they can utilize Google Wallet. Google Wallet is scheduled to go live this summer.

This guest post is by Brett Day ,  from Moore, Oklahoma. He is a featured contributor for Associated Content in Technology. He has a huge interest in the world of technology, home theater, and video games. Brett loves writing and sharing his knowledge on all of these subjects

Hackers Hit Sony Again and Again

Just weeks after PlayStation’s network break a Lebanese hacker group (Idaho) boasts of breaking into the Sony’s shopping database at ca.eshop.sonyericsson.com/with a “simple sql injection.”  In this e-shop users names, user name, credit card information and passwords were released in a massive dump on their Facebook and Twitter pages advising the unscrupulous to access the information contained in the dump in a text file on pastebin.  The website is down right now, but just imagine how many 1,000 of people have used this particular website to make their Sony shopping experience more convenient.

But they aren’t the only ones to hit the hacker games hard this week.  LulzSec hacked into and released the information they found on Sony’s Japanese website data base.   This group of hackers may be in it for the “fun” but they are not joking around with who they attack as they also take credit for hacking into the Fox.com login database, including emails and passwords. Then the LulzSec Hack & Leak pointless ATM information also.

Customers aren’t the only ones that now doubt the security of Sony’s databases, websites and PlayStation Live systems.  According to a recent report by PC Magazine Sony will be testifying at an upcoming House of Representatives privacy hearing, after just months ago refusing to.

What does Sony have to say? Continue reading Hackers Hit Sony Again and Again

VMWare Promo Codes: Workstation Promo Codes

We have found two Promo Codes for VMWare Workstation. In the hopes that one of these will save you money on VMWare, we have listed both codes below.

Promo Code 1: Everyone
Take 20% off VMware Workstation 7.1

Promo Code 2: Workstation Promo Code for students
Students can get Workstation 7 for $113 or Upgrade for only $59!

From time to time, VMWare offers some really great promo codes on different products. These promo codes that we’ve come across are for VMWare Workstation.

One of the promo codes works for everyone, and the other code is designed to help students save money. (Just have your student ID ready to get the promotional rate.)

VMWare has rapidly expanded it’s business, and it’s no wonder. With desktop virtualization software in such high demand, VMWare is a business poised with the right product in the right market at the right time.

In case you don’t know, Workstation from VMWare lets you run multiple operating systems side-by-side. As a result, VMware Workstation is being used by people in many different roles and functions within work and home environments. Although Workstation is designed to meet lots of different kinds of needs, they are focused on helping technical professionals in their work tasks as they develop, test, demo, and deploy software.

Remember how difficult it used to be to test software? You actually had to have multiple machines and sit down with your software on each machine and work with each operating system. But that is now an issue of the past because you can test multiple environments from within VMware Workstation.

Because of this, if you are developer of any kind, this is a tool that should be a major part of your development process.

Because VMware Workstation 7 is designed to work optimally on both 32-bit and 64-bit Windows 7 PCs, you are able to do an incredible amount of work in a very short amount of time. You can run legacy applications while having shared folder access.

And all of VMWare’s tools, including Workstation, are designed with the drag and drop interface that computer users around the world know and use..

VMWare Workstation will let you run applications in Linux, Windows, and a bunch of other Operating systems, all on the same PC, and you don’t have to re-boot. This gives you a way to test how your software works on all operating systems while doing so in an environment that is separate from your computer’s primary operating system.

Demonstrating software with Workstation is one of it’s most powerful features. If you are at a conference or convention, or even just making screen capture videos and putting them on YouTube, you can demonstrate how simply your software applications work across platforms, on a single laptop. Because VMWare Workstation ties in easily with Visual Studio, Eclipse, and SpringSource Tool Suite, debugging your applications becomes quick and straightforward.

Run time errors? No problem.

Using VMWare, you have the ability to create virtual machines. You can show the performance on a virtual machine with up to 8 virtual processors or 8 virtual cores.

You can even demo software on virtual machines with up to 32 GB of memory per virtual machine.

And of course, you have the safety and security of knowing that your virtual machines are protected and located far away from thieves or copycats because WMWare has 256-bit AES encryption, as well as smart card authentication.

The purpose of this post today is really just to let you know about these promo codes for VMWare Workstation. We’ll be back to actually review the product later, but if you already know you want to purchase VMWare, you should use the promotional codes below to save yourself some money.

Promo Code 1: Everyone
Take 20% off VMware Workstation 7.1

Promo Code 2: Workstation Promo Code for students
Students can get Workstation 7 for $113 or Upgrade for only $59!