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Tips for keeping your teens and tweens safe online

I recently had the chance to talk to the experts at ZoneAlarm about  Facebook’s latest privacy changes – where teens can publicly share their photos and updates as well as be found by the general public.  What does this mean for a teen’s online security?  What are some concerns parents should have or be made aware of?  It’s no secret that from cyberbullies to online stalkers and predators, teens face an increasing range of online threats. What can parents do to help their teens protect themselves online? Their experts offered up this infographic as well as some helpful statistics and tips for keeping our kids safe.

Did you know that?

  • 23 percent say they have been victims of cyberbullying.
  • 62 percent of teenagers have witnessed taunting and other cruel behavior online.

Control who sees timeline posts. Under privacy settings, you can select: “Who can see my posts?” Then, by changing it from “Public” to “Friends” or “Close Friends”, all future posts that your teen creates will just be seen by the audience that she specifies. She can also change the “Limit who sees old posts” setting from “Public” to “Friends of Friends” or “Friends.”

Watch out for apps. Continue reading Tips for keeping your teens and tweens safe online

450,000 email addresses and passwords stolen from Yahoo: Is yours one of them?

Linking up accounts and services seems like it could make life easier doesn’t it?  Until you link things up on the Internet so closely that one security breach could lead to several from you email accounts to your PayPal accounts as well as the services you use on sites like Yahoo, MSN and Google.  A recent theft of over 450,000 log-in credentials were discovered from a Yahoo service.   Unfortunately this theft was not limited to just Yahoo services as many people link up their services with their email address, no matter what provider they may have.

The hackers, “D33Ds Company” released a statement about the incident stating  that this should be a wake up call to Yahoo for “lax security.”

“We hope that the parties responsible for managing the security of this subdomain will take this as a wake-up call, and not as a threat. There have been many security holes exploited in webservers belonging to Yahoo! Inc. that have caused far greater damage than our disclosure. Please do not take them lightly. The subdomain and vulnerable parameters have not been posted to avoid further damage.”

While the theft of this data is scary, what is even more frightening is that according to TrustedSec the passwords and information were stored completely unencrypted.

Chief technology officer at Eurosecure, antivirus vendor ESET’s distributor in Scandinavia, Anders Nilsson, revealed that the most common domain names for the leaked email addresses were aol.com, gmail.com hotmail.com and yahoo.com. You can find even more statistics about this incident and the services affected on his blog.  Surprisingly enough the most common password is the one that everyone is told not to use and out of approximately 342,000 entries, 1,666 of them use the password 123456.

If you want to know if you have been compromised Continue reading 450,000 email addresses and passwords stolen from Yahoo: Is yours one of them?

First Person: My experience with credit card fraud and theft

I had a chance to talk to someone first hand how a credit card theft affected their life.  Find out what she did to find who did what and how and what she did to get the money back.

Here’s single parent/freelance writer Amy’s story:

Recently, I got my credit card numbers stolen online and the thief used it to charge almost $300 worth of flowers and subscriptions. I used to think that identity theft only happened to those people who went on risky sites and should have known better.  Now I know better.

I have used online banking since 2001, and have never had a problem with someone out of my household using the card for unauthorized purchases. It simply goes to show that everyone is at risk.

I am a single mom and have been for years. In 2007, I began working as a freelance writer to support my three children and myself. My ‘paycheck’ comes from an assortment of websites and funnels into an online banking place. Typically, it stays on the card so I can pay the bills that I need to pay.

I noticed some money missing and I began to question my kids. Sometimes they use the card but they always put the money back. They never borrow much, so when I saw hundreds of dollars missing, I got very mad.

Continue reading First Person: My experience with credit card fraud and theft

New IRS reporting system affects PayPal accounts

Businesses that process payments through credit cards, debit cards or payment merchants like PayPal beware.  The IRS has a new reporting system and surprise, surprise, according to a Treasury Department audit released July 26, 2011 the system that includes “a revised form” that may be flawed. Imagine that?

In 2008 the enacted Housing and Economic Recovery Act legislated requirements for banks and other merchant services like PayPal to report annual gross payments processed by credit or debit cards or accounts to the IRS and to merchants.

So where’s the beef?

The TIGTA audit found that a newly revised form may not facilitate matches between what merchants report and what payment processors report.  To make matters worse, there’s mandatory back up withholding involved and the fear is that with the great volume of reporting this new system requires, mismatches may be unresolved when mandatory withholding kicks in. Continue reading New IRS reporting system affects PayPal accounts

Citigroup joins group of online hacker victims

Another day, another new cyber attack on a major corporations website. Recently Citigroup announced that their websites security was breached. Initially Citigroup said that less than 1% of their customer base would be affected by the breach, but that number has since risen.

Hackers at large

The attack took place on May 10th 2011 and it immediately compromised 21 million online accounts. Citigroup said that less than 200,000 accounts were affected but that number has since grown to almost 400,000, and the number could rise even more in the coming weeks.

All of the usual information was stolen from the site including names, addresses, but Citigroup states that social security numbers, bank account numbers, dates of birth, and card expiration dates were not stolen. Only time will tell if they are correct about that.

Citigroup now joins Nintendo, Microsoft, Sony, and Epsilon as victims in the hacking wars. The question that needs to be asked is why are all of these major corporations websites so easy to hack? So far in 2011 there have been a staggering 114 million accounts exposed because of websites being hacked.

Lack of security

It seems to me that the likes of Sony, Microsoft, Nintendo, Epsilon and now Citigroup should be doing everything in their power to make sure that their websites are safe and secure, yet hackers seem to be able to break down their defenses with ease. Only after the initial attacks occur do these companies take measures to make sure it does not happen in the future, Citigroup also falls into this category.

Following the attack on the companies servers, a Citigroup spokesperson said it has put fraud alerts, and enhanced monitoring services on accounts there were deemed to be at risk. Why not have these safety measures in place from the very beginning, and instead of putting these enhanced features on certain accounts, why not put them on every account? Surely the customers deserve this level of protection. Unfortunately it probably boils down to money and extra cost. However, it seems as if the feds are finally stepping in.

Greater security needed

The FDIC has said that in future all banks will have to offer improved security to their customers, and that new regulations surrounding site security will be put into place. The chairman of the FDIC has suggested that banks put extra layers of protection in place so that account authentication is stronger. While this may mean that logging into your account may take a little longer than normal, it will certainly be better than having your personal information stolen.

The good news is that Citigroup seemed to react very quickly to the breach on their servers. Citigroup has notified all of those who were affected, and immediately sent out new credit cards too. Customers were also told to keep an eye on their accounts to make sure that there are no unauthorized purchases.

I am hoping that companies around the globe are taking note at the current trend of website hacking, and that they take measures to secure their servers, and customers personal data now while they still have the chance. Lets hope that there are no more accounts added to the 114 million that have already been affected this year.

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.

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We’ve already talked quite a bit about Promt translation software and about the unique abilities to translate all languages, including Russian, from the software.

Simply by having the Promt software running, you can be reading and writing in chat programs in the language of the person you’re chatting with.

This is incredible technology which allows you near real-time abilities to shrink communication barriers while understanding nearly everything that’s being said.

No translation software is 100% perfect, but Promt’s level of experience gives them a near unparalleled advantage in the translation software space. Continue reading Promt Professional Translation Software

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Promt is translation software for your computer.

However, Promt also has an online translation service which is free.
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At that website, Promt will do translations for you in much the same way as Google Translation services do.

(You can find Google Translation at http://translate.google.com/)

But in addition to the translation services offered by Promt for free online, Promt also has a great set of software packages and tools which will let you convert and translate your text into multiple languages.

You can do translation within all kinds of files and file types including:

  • Text PDF and RTF (Rich Text Format) files
  • Microsoft Office 2000–2010 suite (Word, Outlook)
  • Instant messages in ICQ, Skype, QIP, and MSN Messenger
  • Web pages in Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox

One of the best features of Promt is its integration with popular chat programs.

When you are chatting with friends using the popular chat programs mentioned above, Promt can actually take what you’ve typed and convert it into their language. They can type back to you in their language, and you can translate what they have chatted to you.

You can either set Promt to show the translation in another window, but the way we know most people use it is to put it right into the chat inside Skype/MSN/ICQ/QIP.

One of the best things about Promt however is that they work to get a lot of feedback both from users of their free online translation and their software. They then use that feedback to improve their product and tutorials which help you to use Promt even more effectively.

Through registration of your Promt software, you can get additional tutorials about how to use PROMT Personal, get updates for their translation software, and send feedback through the Promt software and website.

Whether you’re looking to do free online translation, or have a more robust software solution for translating documents (and chats as they’re happening) on your computer, take a look at Promt. And use the coupon below to save money if you do decide to get Promt software.

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Sony PlayStation Network Breach

PlayStation owners love the internet capability of the their game system launched in 2006 to include games, music and movies but this week many PlayStation owners learned that they were big losers.  What did they lose?
There was a major breach in the Sony video game online network and information on 77 million user accounts was stolen was stolen in a theft that was “illegal and unauthorized.”

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If you’re looking for Photoshow software to download, you may want to try the free version first. The free version gives you the opportunity to learn how Roxio Photoshow works.

You can also see how to manipulate and maneuver your photos into different positions and time them with music so that you can make awesome slideshows.

Oops. They’re not slideshows anymore.

Are you old enough to know why they call it a slideshow? I am. Continue reading Photoshow: Free Download for Photoshow Software

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Remember when you were a little kid and your parents pulled out the slideshow projector to show those grainy photos from when they went o Aruba for their honeymoon?

And you paid attention for all of 30 seconds before boredom set in?

But they wanted to show all 300 of their photos and tell a story about each?

That was eons ago. Especially when you consider what kind of software is available today, for not much money. You really can make incredible slideshow presentations on your computer.

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