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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. This video shares a story of a young lady named Amanda and how she was harassed online. She posted her story on the internet for all to see before taking her own life. This is a shortened version of her story, for the complete story go here:  Full Video

Cyber Bullying 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!

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OK, I have shared all week that I am a fan of Google Chrome.  Not everyone likes Google Chrome, so to be fair, I am focusing the last post of the week’s focus on internet browser security on the other top four browsers.  Here are some tips to beef up the security on Microsoft Explorer, FireFox and Safari.

Enabling some web browser features may lower security. Often, manufacturers will enable features by default to improve the computing experience, but these features may end up increasing the risk to the computer and causing vulnerabilities. How to secure and clear data from your web browser are discussed below.

Secure Your Browser

  • Your browser has a “popup blocker” that prevents popup windows from cluttering your screen. Some programs require you to disable this function temporarily. If you disable the popup blocker, remember to enable it when you’re finished.
  • When using a computer or accessing a website, never use an option to “remember my password the next time.” This option will store your password in a standard location on the computer, which is the same as writing it down and is just as bad. If your password is stored, it can be found and used against you.
  • If you use Internet Explorer, your browser has an option to save encrypted web pages to your hard drive. Since encrypted web pages usually require a password, this means you could be saving a copy of your password to your hard drive, which is a bad idea. Also, the browser can auto fill your username and password after typing a few letters. To turn off these features:
    • Select Tools from the menu bar.
    • Select the “Advanced” tab.
      – Go to the Security section of the window and select the box in front of “Do not save encrypted pages to disk”.
    • Select the “Content” tab.
      – Click the Settings button under the AutoComplete category
      – Uncheck the option boxes beside “Forms” and “Usernames and passwords on forms”
    • Click OK to exit the options manager.
  • If you use Firefox,
    • Go to ToolsOptionsPrivacy
      – In the History section, deselect all options.
      – In the Cookies section, use the drop-down box to keep cookies until “I close Firefox”.
      – In the Private Data section, select “Always clear my private data when I close Firefox”.
      – Then click the Settings button and ensure that every entry in the list is checked.
    • Go to ToolsOptionsSecurity
      – In the Passwords section, deselect all choices.
    • Click OK to exit the options manager.
  • If you use Safari,
    • Go to Safari and then Preferences
    • Click on the AutoFill tab.
    • Uncheck all of the selections.
    • Close the Preferences window.

Clear Your Data From Web Browsers

The ability to access the Internet from different locations — the library, a computer lab, an Internet cafe — is a great convenience, but it can also pose a security risk to personal information. Here’s how you can clear your data in Safari, Internet Explorer and Firefox web browsers. 

Safari:

Option 1: Before you start surfing.

1. Open Safari.
2. Go to the Safari menu and select Private Browsing.
3. Check OK when the warning box appears.
4. Begin surfing.

Option 2: If you’ve already opened Safari and are now worried about your data you can do the following:

1. Go to the Safari menu and select Reset Safari.
2. This will completely erase everything and start Safari from scratch.
3. Quit Safari.

Note: Private browsing doesn’t stop Safari from accepting cookies. However, you can completely erase them all by doing the Reset Safari option.

Internet Explorer 7:

1. From the Tools menu, select Internet Options.
2. Choose the General tab.
3. Under Browsing history, click Delete.
4. Click Delete All…

Firefox 3:

1. From the Tools menu, select Clear Private Data
2. Check off all of the data options.
3. Click Clear Private Data Now.

In addition, do not check the “remember my password” box on any website.  

For all other browser programs, please consult the Help menu within the browser or the manufacturer’s website for instructions on how to secure and clear data from your web browser.

Be safe and be blessed!

Screen29Warning signs of a child being targeted by an online predator include spending long hours online, especially at night, phone calls from people you don’t know, or unsolicited gifts arriving in the mail. If your child suddenly turns off the computer when you walk into the room, ask why and monitor computer time more closely. Withdrawal from family life and reluctance to discuss online activities are other signs to watch for.

Contact your local law enforcement agency or the FBI if your child has received pornography via the Internet or has been the target of an online sex offender.

Taking an active role in your kids’ Internet activities will help ensure that they benefit from the wealth of valuable information it offers without being exposed to any potential dangers.

For more information on how to protect yourself and your children, click here.

Be safe and be blessed!

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While this “joking” picture may make you laugh, the point is VERY REAL!
Do you REALLY KNOW who your kids are talking to on the other end???

Chat rooms are virtual online rooms where chat sessions take place. They’re set up according to interest or subject, such as a favorite sport or TV show. Because people can communicate with each other alone or in a group, chat rooms are among the most popular destinations on the Web — especially for kids and teens.

But chat rooms can pose hazards for kids. Some kids have met “friends” in chat rooms who were interested in exploiting them. No one knows how common chat-room predators are, but pedophiles (adults who are sexually interested in children) are known to frequent chat rooms.

These predators sometimes prod their online acquaintances to exchange personal information, such as addresses and phone numbers, thus putting the kids they are chatting with — and their families — at risk.

Pedophiles often pose as teenagers in chat rooms. Because many kids have been told by parents not to give out their home phone numbers, pedophiles may encourage kids to call them; with caller ID the offenders instantly have the kids’ phone numbers.

The CMD Group highly recommends you block all chat rooms on your computers.  With Facebook and email, you and your kids will still be able to communicate with people and avoid these traps on the internet.

Be safe and be blessed!

rulesIt is oh so important for parents to know what their children are doing on the internet.  Yes, they may be in the presence of their parents, but do you really see what they are doing while they are on the internet?  Do you realize what sites they are using?  Are you SURE the search they just ran on Google does not include porn?  

Take a few moments and watch this video.

Set up some simple rules for your kids to follow while they’re using the Internet.  Here are some suggestions for you to consider:

  • Follow the rules you set, as well as those set by your Internet service provider.
  • Never trade personal photographs in the mail or scanned photographs over the Internet.
  • Never reveal personal information, such as address, phone number, or school name or location. Use only a screen name. Never agree to meet anyone from a chat room in person.
  • Never respond to a threatening email or message.
  • Always tell a parent about any communication or conversation that was scary.
  • If your child has a new “friend,” insist on being “introduced” online to that friend.

Communicate with your children parents.  It could mean more than you want to imagine.  Be safe and be blessed!

FB-BannerOnline tools are available that will let you control your kids’ access to adult material and help protect them from Internet predators. No option is going to guarantee that they’ll be kept away from 100% of the risks on the Internet. So it’s important to be aware of your kids’ computer activities and educate them about online risks.

Many Internet service providers (ISPs) provide parent-control options to block certain material from coming into a computer. You can also get software that helps block access to certain sites based on a “bad site” list that your ISP creates. Filtering programs can block sites from coming in and restrict personal information from being sent online. Other programs can monitor and track online activity. Also, make sure your kids create a screen name to protect their real identity. 

For more information on the different options in protecting your children, AND YOURSELF, click here.

Be safe and be blessed!