How to monitor kids on Facebook without being their friend

Let’s face it – kids don’t like to ‘friend’ their parents for fear that they would then have to curb their freedom of speech with friends and peers. However, cyber stalkers and predators are a real concern for parents and an issue that needs to be addressed.

Here is an interesting video from The Wall Street Journal which gives you a suggestion of how you can protect your children and let them keep their privacy as well. Read the article on The Wall Street Journal

Beware of Hackers and protect yourself!

Saw this video on The Prionvince’s website. It just reiterates the importance of being safe on the internet.

  1. Use different passwords and if you can’t remember them all consider getting a password manager or do it the old-fashioned way by writing it down and putting it in a safe place.
  2. Don’t open emails with forwards even from friends.
  3. Consider using one computer/laptop ONLY for things like paying bills, checking bank accounts and shopping on secure sites.


Delete your Data! Prevent Identity Theft!

Just read an interesting article on – It’s a wake up call for customers who return their computers to anyone to make sure that all their data has be deleted.

For those of you who aren’t sure how your identity can be stolen check out our earlier post and for tips and techniques check out this one

Cheers and be safe

How to protect from Hackers!

Just read this great article in the Globe and Mail - that talks about how even though we may not be large corporations like Sony, Citigroup or the FBI we are all susceptible to hackers online. Part of the issue is that hackers come in different forms and are often sight unseen so it is very hard to spot a hacker.

A hacker could attach a key logging software to something as innocent as a downloadable children’s game and this helps them track the information the user types and also collect user names and passwords. Since our entire lives now seem to be on the Internet we cannot stop using it and neither are we immune to these hackers so here are some tips.

  1. Limit information posted on social networking sites such as FB, twitter and even programs like Foursquare.  The only people who care where you are every minute of the day are predators, hackers and thieves!
  2. Make sure your anti-virus software is up to date and constantly updating. Word to the wise porn websites and some video downloading websites are LOADED with viruses!
  3. Make sure you uses different passwords for any internet usage and be sure to change them regularly. If you ar elike me and cannot remember more that 3 there are free Password managers out there such as LastPass that will help you generate and remember random passwords.
  4. As mentioned in a previous post - Do Not Click on pop ups or Internet offers that offer you the latest products on the market. These are usually scams and simply a way for hackers and predators to collect information about potential victims.
  5. Some experts even suggest that you donn’t click on links within emails no matter who the person who sent it to you is.
  6. If possible do not use the same computer to pay bills online as well as play computer games or download videos. Part of the problem is that hackers use these innocuous ways to get their software onto your system to track you.

Even with all these safeguards in place there use your common sense online and trust your instincts. Everything on the internet is not true and people need to be aware that there are predators online patiently waiting for their potential victims to play into their hands.

Be careful and safe.

Beware of Internet offers!

So we were chatting with a friend the other day who did a short stint as a telemarketer. So we asked them how they got the information to people to call especially since almost everyone we know is on the National do-not-call list. She told us that whenever we fill in ones of those oh so enticing offers where we could get an iPhone or iPad free or even a 46″ TV free our information is collected into a database and sold to telemarketing companies.

So caveat emptor – which means for those of you who don’t speak Latin – Let the buyer beware.  If the offer seems to good to be true then it probably is!

Safety on the Internet

Internet safety is a huge issue nowadays specially in the light of predators and al kinds of crazies online. For you parents out there and even some adults who aren’t sure what information you should and should post online – this site is for you. This comprehensive site uses videos and interactive games to  stress the importance of internet safety. It also has a real life section where teens have shared their own stories about online victimization.

Some of topics covered are gaming, social networking, chat rooms, predators, cyberbullying and what information should and shouldn’t be posted on the internet.

Be sure to check out their site at NSTeens – Safety on the Internet. Here is an example of one of the videos.

Identity Theft: How is it done?

Saw this great article at Ladner Business Asssociation’s website:


  • Dumpster Diving—Going through your trash.
  • Skimming—Storing your credit card number in a special storage device when processing your card.
  • Phishing—Pretending to be a financial institution and sending scam alerts to get your personal information.
  • Changing Your Address—Completing a change of address form to get your mail and personal statements.
  • Stealing—Taking your purse, wallet, mail, pre-approved credit cards, new checks, personnel files from work, or tax information.

For tips on how to prevent identity theft check out their article @ LBA’s Identity Theft Weekly Tips