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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.

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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.

Small Business Computers Need Protections In Place

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Norton Small Business by Symantec for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

If you’ve been reading IdentityTheftSecrets.com for any length of time, you know that we are hugely in support of the American small business.

While large businesses have an ability to absorb and manage the complexity of doing business today, small businesses have to be much more creative and flexible in carrying the brunt of the regulations which are passed by all kinds of governing bodies at the city, state, and national levels.

Small businesses also end up assuming many of the difficulties which are caused by employees or customers.  That is simply the role of the small business in America today, and a responsibility the small business owner takes on when they decide to open the doors of their businesses.

Cheers to the small business owner, the risks they take, and the things they do to build the American economy.  They do this primarily by offering a service to clients, and doing it so well that their business grows, requiring them to hire staff and expand.

Because providing service to clients is at the core of every small business, one of the scariest things that can happen to a small business is to have the confidential information of their client database taken from them.  In a day and age of electronic communication, this is most often caused by hacking, malware, negligent employees, or competitors causing willful destruction.

Not only are business computers the place where customer and supplier data is stored, they are also the primary productivity tools in most businesses, managing everything from cashflow to mailing to pretty much every aspect of the business cycle.

As a result, most small business owners know just how important it is to keep their computers protected and running smoothly.  But with all that it takes to run a small business, becoming a computer expert is not high on the priority (or desires) list.

This is one of the reasons why we talk a lot about products and services on this site which help small business owners with their technology needs.  This is also the reason for this article today.  You can have options to protect your Small Business from the latest online threats

Right now, Norton has a 30% discount for small business owners.

New Message-494Whether it’s a negligent employee who is surfing suspect sites on work time, or an actual malicious attack, it’s more important than ever to have software in place that provides layered protection for the computers that small businesses use.

Norton offers multiple products which accomplish these tasks for personal/home use and business use.  Norton has recently updated their products as well (Norton 360 and Internet Security 2012) so that you can be aware of all the latest threats and possible compromises to your computers.

Having software in place is a good idea.

Protect your computers before

  • an attack,
  • a negligent act,
  • a simple lack of understanding,

and do it before one of the above leaves your computer unusable or your data compromised. 

Spending a little bit in advance to have some protections in place can save you both time and money, the two things small business owners have the least of.

Take a look at Norton’s discounts on their products, and let us know in the comments below:

Are you currently using Norton Small Business by Symantec (or any of their home products) for your computers, or will you in the future? 

Which one of Symantec’s products is most beneficial for you and why?

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How much credit card security is too much?

Fox Business recently published an article on “How to avoid credit card security overkill.”  And I started wondering how much security was too much?  This article mentions:

“Refusing to give your credit card to a waiter.”

Is this security or silly?  I admit that in our household we prefer to operate on a cash basis when it comes to going out to dinner, but that is a personal finance decision not a security issue.  The fear that some credit card users may have is that a waiter could “skim” the credit card number and create clones.   However, the Washington, D.C.-based National Restaurant Association director of media relations for Annika Stensson,  says to relax. “Like every other merchant, they must comply with standards, and those requirements have double and triple security,” says Stensson. Restaurants “don’t store PIN data, the point-of-sale (POS) systems are customized, and they don’t use passwords.” Bad eggs are weeded out, too. “It’s in the best interest of restaurants to keep transactions safe since they rely on repeat customers,” says Stensson, stressing that owners and managers aren’t afraid to press criminal charges against thieves.”

I was wondering how many of you think twice about giving your credit card to a waiter.

Next it discusses “Not purchasing anything online.”

Does this really happen?  I admit my mother doesn’t like to, but I think it’s because she hates computers, and yes does distrust most places security measures.  But oddly enough, she pays her bills online.  There are many benefits to shopping online, as long as you do it safely.  Use reputable stores, like the brick and mortar ones that have gone into the virtual world and look for the “S” or TRUSTe symbol to indicate security on the site.  As identitytheftsecrets has warned before, never give out your credit card information in an email.

(What’s in your email? Could it be your credit card number?) Continue reading How much credit card security is too much?

Paying for Privacy?

Are you one of the “82 percent of people are concerned about their credit card numbers being stolen online, while 72 percent are concerned that their online activity is being tracked and profiled by companies?”  In the article “Americans Anxious over Online Privacy” (Source WebProNews.com) several other online security concerns are expressed in a poll conducted by Consumer Reports.  In the poll Americans state that they:

–       Have provided personal information in order to gain access to a website; but that they also don’t like to do it.

–       Are not comfortable with Internet companies using their email content or browsing history to target them with “relevant” ads.

–       Feel that Internet companies should ask permission before using their information

According to the poll, “72 percent want the right to opt out when companies track their online behavior.”

However, even more in the poll indicate that they have provided false or fake information to websites, that they set up “junk mail” or email accounts specifically for Internet use of this sort and that many use online software to conceal their identity.  Others say that they are willing to pay for their privacy.   Continue reading Paying for Privacy?

New law regarding use of Social Security numbers

In this day and age, when you think of identity theft you automatically think about computers and losing your personal information over the web, but there are of course many other ways you could have your identity stolen. Aside from computers, the easiest way to have your identity stolen is through the use of physical media like your driver’s license, Social Security card, or your Medicare card, and this is why one Senator is fighting to have Social Security numbers removed from important documents.

The fight for change

If you carry your Social Security card around with you and you have your wallet, or purse stolen then the thief would easily be able to steal your identity. Most people now leave their SS cards at home, but what about the millions of people who are currently on Medicare?

Citizens who currently participate in the Medicare program have to carry around their Medicare card with them. The Medicare card has each users Social Security number printed on the card, which is obviously a major cause for concern. Luckily one Senator has seen the light, and they are now working towards changing this.

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, (Democrat from New York) is seeking to prohibit the use of Social Security numbers on Medicare cards. Senator Gillibrand is shocked that the Medicare cards still have patients Social Security numbers, and dates of birth on them. Gillibrand said that use of Social Security numbers on the Medicare cards puts millions of people at a majorly enhanced risk when it comes to identity theft, and she is hoping that the new bill will put an end to the use of Social Security numbers on the cards.

A new plan for protection Continue reading New law regarding use of Social Security numbers

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

Lojack for Laptops Theft Protection

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Use the discounts below to save money when you purchase Lojack for Laptops

25% Discount On Lojack Premium

15% discount for LoJack for laptops standard

There are some great ways to protect your laptop from theft. However, as with protection of anything physical, there is no 100% effective way to prevent theft. Ultimately, if the target is valuable enough, and the thief is clever enough, they will figure out a way to get whatever you are trying to protect.

This is the value of insurance.

However, in the case of your laptop, if you lose it to theft, the nightmare doesn’t end with the theft of the physical computer. It can get worse. A thief can take the information from your laptop to steal your identity, access your banking and other personal details, or cause you even bigger mental and/or emotional trauma..

It’s not a fun thing to talk about.

However, having had family members who have gone through theft of their computers, I know how difficult laptop theft can be. Of course the physical loss is sad and disappointing, but the real loss comes through the emotional trauma caused knowing that someone else has the ability to know everything about you; having all your photos, contacts, and information

Which is why LoJack for Laptops is a great protection when it comes to theft of your laptop.

LoJack for Laptops is made by Absolute Software. They run a technology behind the scenes called Computrace Agent. This is a small program running on your computer which keeps in touch with the monitoring center at Absolute.

If there is a theft and you report it to Absolute, Absolute attempts to reach your computer every 15 minutes. When it does, it works to maintain contact and get details about the computer including the physical location of the computer, and how the computer has been used since the theft.

Absolute then works with local law enforcement to get your computer back to you as quickly as possible.

One great protection that you have with LoJack for Laptops however, is the ability to actually lock down your computer, or remotely delete information that is stored on the computer.

You can even display en error message (one that you write) to the thief.

Here’s a sample message you could use.

“Hey! You took my computer. If you return it anonymously to [123 Anywhere Street], I won’t press charges. Otherwise, you should know that I know where you are because you’re using my computer right now. You have 2 hours to return my computer.”

Something like that ought to get the attention of the person who committed the theft.

Or if the theft was a quick grab and sell again, the person who bought your computer will likely be returning your computer because they don’t want to be mistaken for the thief.

One challenge of LoJack for Laptops is that it is not as effective in many countries overseas. However, if you plan on being in the United States with your laptop this can be a very effective way to protect your information after theft occurs.

Knowing people who have had laptops stolen, I can say with 100% certainty that they wish they had installed LoJack for Laptops before the theft occurred.

Absolute Software lets you lock down the computer and then works to track down your computer and get it back to you.

It’s great theft protection and great peace of mind.

And for a limited time (we don’t know how long) the links below will let you get a discount on LoJack for Laptops.

Lojack for Laptops Discounts
Use the discounts below to save money when you purchase Lojack for Laptops

25% Discount On Lojack Premium

15% discount for LoJack for laptops standard

FBI Program Offered in Schools to Help Keep Kids Safe Online

Did you know a staggering one in seven youngsters has received unwanted sexual solicitations online? And that one in 11 has experienced some type on online bullying? That’s according to the FBI’s website touting a program designed to keep kids safe while online.

Did you also know that the FBI works to educate kids and their parents about the Internet—both the wonderfully educational and insidiously opportunistic aspects of it? They offer schools a Safe Online Surfing program to help students recognize, avoid and report  online risks.

The Safe Online Surfing (SOS) program Continue reading FBI Program Offered in Schools to Help Keep Kids Safe Online

Did you know Craigslist is a virtual Mecca for thieves?

Founded in 1995 by Craig Newmark in the San Francisco Bay area as a way to post local ads amongst friends and family, the online repository has exploded in growth. It’s now utilized by an astounding 570+ cities in more than 50 countries. That’s a lot of potential sucker targets for thieves—don’t become one of them!

Popular for the ease with which users can post classifieds, resumes, ads selling just about everything, personals, and more, Craigslist (CL) is also laden with all the latest scam attempts. Just by taking a few moments to familiarize yourself with the usual shenanigans, you may avoid becoming scammed yourself.

One heavily trafficked area of CL is the job classifieds and resumes section. But be warned, responding to job adverts just may direct you to Continue reading Did you know Craigslist is a virtual Mecca for thieves?

What is the Restoring American Financial Stability Act of 2010 and How Will It Affect Consumers?

“Resolved, That the bill from the House of Representatives (H.R. 4173) entitled ‘An Act to provide for financial regulatory reform, to protect consumers and investors, to enhance Federal understanding of insurance issues, to regulate the over-the-counter derivatives markets, and for other purposes,’ do pass with the following …”

That is how the bill known as H.R. 4173 begins. It was introduced into—and passed—the House last year as the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2009 and, in its latest incarnation in the Senate, is known as the Restoring American Financial Stability Act of 2010.

Designed to end predatory lending, close regulatory gaps, and overhaul questionable financial practices that ultimately led to a worldwide financial meltdown, the bill introduces sweeping new changes for both consumers and financial institutions. Passed in the House, and expected to pass in the Senate, what will it all mean to you, the consumer? Continue reading What is the Restoring American Financial Stability Act of 2010 and How Will It Affect Consumers?