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Bullying on the internet is growing at an alarming rate.  Parents, be aware of what your children are doing on the Internet.  Ask questions, talk to them and…  Listen.  Be safe and be blessed!
Posted by: In: Safety Tips 01 Mar 2013 0 comments

What’s the best way to preserve your privacy? The experts agree: Be conservative with what you share. Things like your home address, your family members, and your birthday are all easy pickings for identity thieves. It’s harder to retract information than to simply not share at all.

Even the act of deleting a photo is not straightforward. An investigation by news site Ars Technica revealed that photos “deleted” online remained on Facebook servers 16 months later and on the internet for much longer!

Here are some samples of things you should NOT post…  Give it a second thought…

    1. “My husband is leaving to go out of town for the next week for business.  I am going to miss him…”
    2. “We just spent $5,000 redecorating our home…”
    3. “We are going to leave our children home for the first time by their self…”
    4. “Finally!  We are leaving for vacation for two weeks…”
    5. Even an innocent “I hate going to the grocery…  It takes me hours.  Oh well, here I go…”  An innocent statement like that can let people know that your home will be empty for at least an hour.

Think about what you are saying / posting.  Many times we do not realize that we are talking to everyone you are friends on in Facebook, and their friends.  Do you realize…  If you have 300 friends on Facbook, your posts can be seen by as many as 13,000 users or more?  Just 50 friends can expose you to 1,500 users or more.

Be safe and be blessed!

Posted by: In: Safety Tips 28 Feb 2013 0 comments

Location-based services like Foursquare and Gowalla are all the rage; even Facebook has its own version, called Facebook Places. While such services can be fun, there are numerous underlying risks.

Because of people’s willingness to share and the wealth of applicable information, Michael Fraser, a “reformed burglar” working for the BBC, described Facebook as “Internet shopping for burglars.”

Frank Groeneveld, Barry Borsboom, and Boy van Amstel created the site to spread awareness of a very serious issue. Their site used Twitter’s search function to display the addresses of people who weren’t home – all based on easily accessible public information.

Once they proved their point, the site was shut down. But the issue remains – people need to be wary of their locational privacy. So how can you use these services while still protecting yourself and others?

    1. Never check-in at home. You don’t want people easily knowing when you’re not home, so leave this location off your list. Besides, you don’t want most strangers to know where you live in the first place.
    2. Never check-in at a friend’s or family member’s home. Updating your status with “Hanging out at Mike’s” might seem like casual fun, but you’re essentially compromising their privacy as if you’d checked in at home.
    3. Don’t link to Twitter. Unlike Facebook, which requires you to be a friend with someone for them to see your updates, Twitter feeds are usually public (although you can set your feed to private as well).
    4. Want to really keep yourself and your family safe?  Don’t check in.  Period.
Be safe and be blessed.

The CMD Group offers a very informative instruction to teens and parents on how to protect themselves on the Internet and social networks such as Facebook. Cyber Bullying and Cyber Stalking is very real. We need to protect our teens and youth. It is not difficult to protect yourself and to protect your children. Let The CMD Group help!

We look forward to opportunities to speak at churches, youth groups, schools and any group setting.

Be safe and be blessed!


Posted by: In: Safety Tips 27 Feb 2013 0 comments

Don’t know all the people you’re “Friends” with on Facebook? Then why are you linked to them?

It should be obvious, but know the people you’re friends with — and Russian spy or not, it does not matter what their picture looks like. Criminals often use fake profiles to send spam, or worse, steal personal information.

A recent memo uncovered by a privacy watchdog showed that federal agents were encouraged to befriend people on social networks like Facebook so they could spy on them. That person you don’t know? Who knows what they’re up to?

Be extra cautious of what you click on from “Friends” you don’t recognize, experts advise. Messages that are brief and cryptic or come from folks you don’t expect to hear from might be worms that include links to dangerous sites that can harm your computer, or steal your identity.

And, why not go through your current list of friends and get rid of anyone you don’t know.  Check it out…  I would bet there are some.  Be safe and be blessed!

Posted by: In: Safety Tips 26 Feb 2013 0 comments

At the time of publishing this article, it is estimated there are over 1.2M apps for Facebook! Be on guard!

If you are a Facebook user, you see plenty of the invites to play this, play that or a friend invited you to…  Think twice about taking the next celebrity quiz that pops up in your news feed.

The Wall Street Journal revealed that many of Facebook’s most popular applications — including the massive hits Farmville and Mafia Wars — were transmitting personal user information to outside servers. Some of these companies were accused of collecting information through several apps and then selling it to ad firms.

Facebook immediately disabled several such applications. “We prohibit applications from transferring user data to ad networks or data brokers, and when we receive a report that such an improper transfer has occurred, we investigate and take action as appropriate,”.

“It is important to note that there is no evidence that any personal information was misused or even collected as a result of this issue,” Noyes added. “In fact, all of the companies questioned about this issue said publicly that they did not use the user IDs or did not use them to obtain personal info.”

Still, many of Facebook’s applications are developed by smaller, independent companies, and there is little way of knowing how they’re really using your information. Whenever you OK a new application, you are essentially handing over your private data.  Beware and do not accept applications that you are not familiar with.  Do your homework and protect yourself.

Be safe and be blessed!