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Our proposal to parents it that you use Sentry Parental Controls as a tool to monitor and control your children's use of the Internet while you use Parenting with Dignity techniques to teach them how to make safe Internet decisions using the morals, values, ethics and spiritual beliefs that you chose for your family.

 

 


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Internet Safety

Tips For Parents


(Dealing with spam, pornography and pop-up ads)

Pop-Up Advertisements

Nothing is more annoying than the pop-ups (and pop-under ads) that are forced upon us when we visit many sites.  And, did you know that pop-ups can clutter to the point of shutting down your browser and ruining your Internet experience?  Here's a solution that will rid your computer of annoying pop-ups for good.

Our recommendation:  Get the free Google toolbar at http://toolbar.google.com/.  Downloading this free toolbar offers a bunch of helpful browser add-ons, but the pop-up blocker alone is worth its weight in gold.

Get a free toolbar that blocks pop-ups

This handy toolbar installs automatically and you can configure it to do a number of things for you such as filing out forms automatically, highlighting search words, etc. Also you can choose to allow pop-ups on sites you select.


You can eliminate spam (really)

We all get email, but there are some that your children just shouldn't see.  Much of the trash that pours into our inboxes would make a sailor blush and our children shouldn't be exposed to it.  No amount of legislation is going to solve this problem any time soon - this is something we have to do for ourselves.  Almost all spam is generated by computers, not people and most return addresses are phony.  In most cases, there's nobody to prosecute (or they host offshore).

In our opinion, the only way to receive the mail you want and block the junk is to catch the spam BEFORE it gets to your inbox.  Then ask the sender to prove they are a real person and not a machine. 

This kind of service is called "challenge / response" and it eliminates 99.9% of the spam you would normally receive.  The best service we've discovered is SpamArrest and they'll let you try it for free.

In addition, you can upload the email addresses in your address book so that all of your contacts are automatically "authorized" to send you mail.  Spam Arrest works with Eudora, Outlook, Outlook Express, Netscape, Incredimail, and any other email program that supports the POP3 protocol. To learn more about this incredible service, visit SpamArrest and read their FAQs


Spyware

What is "spyware"?  Software that is placed on your machine to track your surfing habits and sends data to a third party without your knowledge.  It can also hijack your browser start page and even modify important system files.  Spyware is also responsible for some of the pop-ups and spam you receive.  It is recommended that you remove spyware from your computer.  There are free programs available such as AdAware by Lavasoft or SpyBot Search & Destroy

Once you install these programs, be sure to check for updates before starting your search.  Anything either program finds can be safely removed.  Free software that requires spyware to run will no longer function once the spyware portion has been removed.  For more information on removing Spyware visit this Web Pro News page.


Don't Fall for the "Do Not E-mail List" Scam

The Federal Trade Commission is warning about a scam site that purports to let you sign up for a "do not e-mail" list (similar to the national "do not call" list). The site at www.unsub.us, while it states that it is privately run, imitates the look of the FTC's Do Not Call Registry site. The FTC is concerned that the site may actually be for the purpose of collecting e-mail addresses for spam lists. Here's the story:
http://www.ftc.gov/opa/2004/02/spamcam.htm  

 

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