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Safety Online: Avoiding Scams

At times it is hard to discern between legitimate opportunities and the “too good to be true” pitch of the scam artist.  In the electronic age, it is hard to know for sure who you are dealing with online. There are various scams designed to steal your information, your money, and your integrity. It isn’t surprising, with so many opportunities available, that thousands of innocent people are taken advantage of on a daily basis.  The shame of this industry is the disgusting manipulation of people by selling them a dream rather than providing a real opportunity. Many victims of these various schemes are often left embarrassed, despised by their friends and relatives, and missing several hundred dollars from their bank accounts.  In an effort to make sure that our faithful readers do not fall victim to such dastardly traps, we have compiled some basic rules that will help identify erroneous opportunities.

Legitimate Jobs Do Not Require Your Monetary Investment.  With the decrease in employment these days, it is not unusual for people to search online for job opportunities.  The number one thing you should watch for is the requirement of personal investment in order to acquire a position. No one that is offering you a job should need your money in order to hire you.  They will keep asking you for money even after you send the initial payment that they required. There will be no easy money made and you will be out the money that you handed over to the scam artists.  I have an example of ways they will try and lure you in.  You are looking at ads for jobs online and you see one that catches your eye.  You could be a ” Secret Shopper” and make tons of money only working for a few hours a week.  You need no experience or education.  Your reply to the e-mail listed on the add and ask for more information.  The “company” replies saying that you will be required to visit a local store each day and make a purchase and turn in a report about your experience.   In order to get started you need to send them $19.95 to the address listed below and they will certify you to become a “secret shopper.” Watch Out; this is a Scam!  There are secret shopper businesses out there, but it is unnecessary to pay money to anyone to get into the secret shopper business.  The Federal Trade Commission has a link on there site of legitimate places to apply to become a secret shopper, but you are not going to make the great amounts of money with little effort that you are promised with this scam.

Easy Money is Not Usually Legal or Profitable.  If someone is offering you money online or through an e-mail and it seems too good to be true, it is!  This may be posed as someone who lives in another country and needs help moving money to the United States.  All you need to do is deposit the money order they send you into your account and then return a small portion of the money to another address.  You are promised to get a percent of the large sum of money.  Someone could also send you an email that you have won millions of dollars worth in a foreign lottery. All you need to do is send a few hundred dollars to retrieve it or give them your bank account information so that they can deposit it into your account.  Similar scams can be targeted toward churches or religious organizations where a unknown person contacts them from far away claiming that they have a large sum of money that they want to leave to the church. They claim they need help in moving the “gift” and require that a small sum of money to be sent ahead to cover cost and fees.  All these different scams ask for your money in order to receive a large sum in the future.  They play on peoples greed and ignorance.  People get lost in the promise of wealth to such a degree that hundreds of dollars are sent based on a ridiculous promise of thousands.  If they are not asking for money, but are sending  a large amount of money to you, chances are that they are laundering money out of the country in your name.  This is illegal and you don’t want to get involved in it. There can be serious legal consequences.

Do Not Give Out Your Personal Information Online.  Legitimate companies will not request your information, especially in an e-mail with a link.  This is called a phishing scam.  People will imitate companies by sending an official looking e-mail with a stolen logo.  They will ask an unsuspecting user to divulge passwords, credit card numbers, PINs, etc.  They usually pose as a bank or financial institute that you trust.  Your personal information may be requested to clear up a problem affecting your account. You are to follow the link on the e-mail to a phony imitation website that wants you to login with your user name and password.  If anyone e-mails you requesting your information, don’t give in.  Call the real business and verify that they are the ones sending the e-mail and you will most likely find out it will not be them. This is also good because it allows that business to alert other customers of this phishing scam.

Hopefully, I have helped you in some way to stay safe online.  If you have any advice for others on scams, please leave a comment below; It will be appreciated. Thank you!

Helen Stockman


5 Ways to Protect your Facebook Account

1. Do not put your full birth date in your profile. Choose “show only month and day in my profile.”
2. Edit privacy settings so that not just anyone can access your information. You can choose to allow “friends only” or “friends of friends” to be able to view you on FB.
3. Be safe with photos. Avoid tagging children’s photos. Do not put time and date with photos. Predators use any information you give them to find or lure children.
4. You can stop your FB profile from being indexed in search engines. To do this go to Account >Privacy Settings >Search > “Public Search results” > Remove mark on box. This will protect you from strangers who want to access your profile and information.
5. Change your password if it is weak. Don’t use common words found in the dictionary. Combine numbers and letters for a good password. Try and remember to change your password every few months.

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Don’t forget an Antivirus!

computervirusAn antivirus is a very important part of computer safety.  Antivirus software is used to prevent, detect, and remove malware (malicious software), including computer viruses, computer worms, trojan horses, spyware, and adware. I know that many of the things listed are complicated and most people spend little time thinking about them…except when they have found their way onto your computer.  They can disrupt or deny you access to your computer, gather personal information, and can add unwanted programs to your computer. If you already have antivirus software and it seems to not work right, check and see if you have two antiviruses downloaded on your computer.  If this is the case they will interfere with each other and neither one will work properly.  Your antivirus will attack each other thinking that they are a virus, therefore only one antivirus is needed on a computer.  If you do not have an antivirus already or are not happy with the one you have (uninstall your old one first) we have a few suggestions of antivirus software that has worked well for us. We recommend three different antivirus software companies in the order given: Avast, Microsoft Security Essentials, and AGV.  All three of these programs are compatible with our Clean Internet filter.  As for ease of use, I would give it an A+. All you need to do is follow the easy steps on the links above and 1, 2, 3, you are ready. Just make sure you allow it to scan your computer and update when it needs to.  We have also found these three antivirus companies to be reliable.  A worry-free way to protect you computer, literally while you sleep.  The last and maybe the best reason to use these products is that they are FREE.  You are not putting out any money to try it out. If you don’t like it just uninstall it and try a different product.  There are antivirus companies that charge for there products because they usually offer a wider area of protection, but as a normal homeowner all the protection you need for your computer is offered through these free products. If you think that your computer is acting strange and might already have malware or spyware harming it, I would recommend that you download Super AntiSpyware along with your antivirus software. It, too, is free and will scan your computer to find and remove any unwanted programs on your computer. If you have any questions give us a call toll free at 1-866-752-5326 or post a comment and we will try and answer it. The software downloads I mentioned today, along with a few others, are found on our homepage,, under the “suggested downloads” category. We are dedicated to keeping you safe while online.

Safety or Censorship

you be the judge
you be the judge

WASHINGTON, July 28, 2009 – Parents and educators need to educate children about online safety issues, rather than censoring content, a panel of think tanks, industry officials, and online safety experts agreed on Monday.

Are you not glad that there is a panel of experts out there that know how we should and should not raise our kids? I’m sorry but some people get so smart that they are stupid. Monitoring and yes filtering the Internet is not censoring, but being a responsible parent.

Parents of course need to educate but it needs to be coupled with monitoring and some type of Internet filter or parental controls. Kids are very smart today they need parents that are on top of the issues they are dealing with on the Internet. Please don’t fall into the trap of giving your child full access to the Internet.

We need to protect our families from the dangers of the Internet. There is a way to safely surf the Internet if you want to call the area of filtering censorship you go right ahead.

But as for me and my house we will filter, monitor and educate our children in regards to the Internet.

Internet Filters And Parents

It Takes A Village to Raise a Child.

Most of us have heard of this book by Hillary Rodham Clinton. The village that is being spoken of is the government. The title gives the opinion that you can’t raise your child without our governments help.

I’m not sure where you stand on this, but as for me I don’t want or need the government telling me how to raise my child. With that said I want to discuss the area of the Internet. Some lawmakers and local politicians would say “you must allow full access to the Internet to those who would want it” this is including children.

This is the parent’s responsibility not the government, we as parents must control what and what not our children have access to. Parents don’t need big brother to raise their children and to admonish parents who limit or restrict what their children have permission to view. The Internet is a vast domain of wonder and excitement; it is also a place of danger.

Do not fall prey to those who would mock and scold you for filtering what your kids have access to. You have the right and the responsibility to do so. Open your eyes and stop, look and listen to what your family is doing on the Internet.

It takes a parent to raise a child

The Internet is a great tool, but you need to have the proper safety installed on it to protect you and your family. Sit down and do your research there are a number of Internet filters on the market. Choose the one that is right for your family and use it.

Cyber Crimes

Sounds like something from a Star wars movie, yes officer my space ship was stolen while I was in Taco Bell, or officer someone stole my lightsaber. The fact is Cyber crime is real and it is affecting people every day.

Cyber crime

Generally refers to criminal activity where a computer or network is the source, tool, target, or place of a crime.

The vast majority of homes in America have at least one computer. This device of modern technology can be used by certain individuals to gain entry into personal and private information that is accessed via your computer.

Protect yourself and your family by discussing basic internet guidelines

1. I will not give out any personal information over the Internet without my parents’ permission.

2. I will tell my parents right away if I come across any information that makes me feel uncomfortable.

3. When using the Internet I will not use my picture or pictures of my family members.

4. The computer will be in the family room (not in a child’s room).

5. I will never agree to meet anyone that I met online without checking with my parents first.

6. I will not respond to any messages that are mean or in any way make me feel uncomfortable.

7. I will not give out my Internet password to anyone, not even my best friends, other than my parents.

8. I will check with my parents before downloading or installing software or doing anything that could possibly hurt our computer or jeopardize my family’s privacy.

9. I will be a good online and not to do anything that hurts other people or is against the law.

10.I will help my parents to understand what I like online, how to have fun, and teach them about how to use the Internet, the computers, and all technology.

Don’t be a victim of Cyber crime be informed and be proactive.

School debating filtering Internet

The North Syracuse Central School District is close to implementing a policy to regulate Internet use in the district.
At its July 6 meeting, the NSCSD Board of Education had its first discussion regarding a proposed Internet safety policy after a presentation by Christopher Nelson, the district¡¦s director of instructional technologies.
The policy designates that the district should implement a filtering system to block entry to websites that are obscene, pornographic or harmful to students¡¨ as defined by the Children¡¦s Internet Protection Act, enacted by the Federal Communications Commission in 2001. It dictates that all use of the district¡¦s Internet access must be for legitimate educational purposes, and it prohibits use of the Internet that violates the law, causes harm to others, jeopardizes student and network security or for personal financial gain.
As part of the policy, the district will hold forums at the beginning of each school year to educate students and their families about appropriate Internet behavior, including interacting on social networking sites and in chat rooms.
In order to ensure proper use by students, teachers and other staff are tasked with monitoring student computer use. They will ensure that student’s don¡¦t access sites that are adult or sexually explicit or that provide information on criminal skills, hacking, drugs, alcohol, tobacco, hate speech, violence or weapons. Students will also be prohibited from visiting  chat rooms using district access.

Why Install a Internet Filter

Why, if you have children you have heard this word countless times. Mom why do i have to clean my room? Dad why do I have to take the trash out what about Johny let him do it.

When it comes to the Internet why you should have filtering software installed is summed up in the following.

Protect yourself and your family from unintentional Pornography.

Protect yourself and your family from intentional pornography.

Protect yourself and your family from onlinr preditors that lurk in chat rooms.

Protect yourself and your family  pop ups that are not appropriate.

Protect yourself and your family From Drugs  Advocating or promoting recreational use of any controlled substance.

Protect yourself and your family from Violence: Graphic images or written descriptions of wanton violence or grave injury (mutilation, maiming, dismemberment, etc.) Includes graphically violent games.

Protect yourself and your family from Suicide / Murder: Information on committing murder or suicide

Protect yourself and your family from Tasteless/Gross: Bodily functions. Tasteless humor. Graphic medical photos. Some extreme forms of body modification (cutting, branding, piercing).

Protect yourself and your family from Profanity: Crude, vulgar, or obscene language or gestures.