December 2nd, 2013
Whether you are sign up with Verzion DSL, Comcast Cable or Dialup internet service, you are likely already using parental controls on your computer which limit what your children do while they are online. Using filtering software and watchdog programs can be a very good idea. You may also want to configure the parental controls on your operating system and browsers as well. This assists with preventing damaging information from ever reaching your children. The parental controls offered by some internet companies are also very effective, but they don’t always cover all the bases. You need to consider other programs and applications that may connect to the internet and ensure these connections are protected as well.
November 18th, 2013
Did you know that your ISP may not have what it takes to protect your kids online? This is because there are many devices and programs your kids may use which access the internet in different ways. One of these is iTunes. iTunes accesses the internet in much the same way a browser does. But iTunes is not governed by the parental controls you may have installed on your browser. This means that your kids could potentially access music that is not appropriate for their age. The good news it that you can configure iTunes to safeguard your children; a quick online search will reveal all.
November 11th, 2013
Many security features are now available with ISPs. Some offer popular programs like McAfee Security Suite for free when you subscribe to services with them. It not only protects your system from viruses, but it also give you color-coded alerts about websites that are possible threats. It includes a firewall to help prevent hackers from communicating with your PC. But most importantly, it contains parental controls that help protect your children. High speed internet providers that provide these features, such as those included with Comcast specials have a responsibility when it comes to connecting your family to the net safely.
November 4th, 2013
Have you found that your computer is slower than it used to be when you get online? Most of us don’t take the time to understand the details of our computers and as a result we are not able to change the settings that would allow it to run much more smoothly. But the good news is that a better understanding of your system is not impossible to obtain. You simply look up your operating system on your favorite search engine. The results will show you there are many places devoted to troubleshooting and improving the way your OS works. And most of them offer step-by-step instructions for how to optimize the speed of your system. And the best news of all is that it doesn’t have to cost you one dime to learn how to get your computer running the way it used to.
October 28th, 2013
Taking a look at your ISP’s settings can be a very effective way to keep your kids from sites with controversial content. Almost all internet companies offer some form of child protection software, some free and some for a small charge, so be sure to take this into consideration when choosing a high speed internet provider. It really does not matter if you are thinking of DSL providers or high speed cable companies; most of them will offer some sort of security suite designed to protect kids. And all you have to do is configure the settings on your ISP. It’s actually much simpler to set up parental controls and security software on your computer than you may think.
October 21st, 2013
While there are many products designed to keep kids safe online, you shouldn’t discount what’s already on your computer. Using existing parental controls can greatly reduce the odds that your kids will run into unwanted content on the internet. But parental controls also restrict what kids can and cannot do with the computer. Understanding the terminology and taking advantage of tools and features that are already loaded on your PC is a good idea.
You may also want to make sure that you have a user id and login for each individual user in your household. This helps configure your PC correctly and tailor the level of security depending on their age. Don’t delay when you can get started by going to the User Accounts and Family Safety Section in the Control Panel.
October 14th, 2013
Did you know that kids can easily buy tobacco over the internet? This is a bigger issue than many parents may be aware of. The truth is that online tobacco stores are not bound by law to verify anyone’s age or restrict the sale of their products by age. All that’s currently required is a simple disclaimer placed on their web site. Whenever kids go online, it is the ultimate responsibility of the parents to ensure they’re surfing safely. Good education, values, and supervision can make the difference. So get started today and get involved in what your children do online. There are many measures that can also be put in place to help you monitor your kids’ online activity when you cannot.
October 7th, 2013
Using the online safety software from your ISP is a great thing. But when you use this software with the parental controls that exist with your browser, you have a dual layer of protection. While your ISP’s software is a good start, you need to also set up your browser for maximum protection. Before getting started, it’s important to create a login for each user on your PC via the control panel. This way, each user will have their own settings. It is a very good idea to get familiar with the terminology and settings in the security section of your browser. And then, rest assured knowing that your most vulnerable family members can surf safely.
September 30th, 2013
Although most high speed ISPs have parental controls, the real question is: how good are they? In this day and age we can never be too careful and assume our children will never do any mischief. Although it may be hard to remember what we were doing when we were young, it’s apparent that today’s kids know how to use technology practically from birth.
You can actually access parental controls right from your browser. For example, when you are using Google, you can access a link called “preferences”. Once there, simply scroll down to the Safe Search Filtering section and select the first option to obtain the strictest filter. Doing this will help to avoid explicit material being displayed to your kids when they are online. Save your preferences at the bottom and you and your kids will be on your way to a safer surfing experience.
September 23rd, 2013
You can always find the latest information regarding parental controls online. And today, these controls are more advanced than ever. As the internet continues to expand with information, so too does the amount of inappropriate content that your kids can inadvertently access. Thankfully, there are several ways that parents can control what their children see while they’re online. Some of these are programs which can be purchased and then used to monitor your child’s activity. Others are included with the suite of programs on your computer, and involve going into your Control Panel to configure them.
But at the end of the day, it’s important for all parents to be aware that nothing can replace parental supervision. Being proactive and visiting as many online resources as you can will show you how the top high speed internet providers are safeguarding your children, as well as what parental control tools are available to you.
September 16th, 2013
If you recently purchased a game console to evaluate how it accesses your high speed internet through its WiFi technology, you may have gotten a surprise. Because a game console not only connects to your personal wireless internet, but can also find unprotected wireless signals being transmitted by your neighbors. And so if you have a child who is technologically inclined it would not be very difficult for them to configure the console to connect through someone else’s wireless router. Another layer of protection is needed to prevent this from happening. The good news is that there are many protective measures that can be put in place, including parental controls.
September 9th, 2013
If you are not familiar with the world of parental controls, there is one place on the internet that explains it very well. Wikipedia not only provides a detailed description of parental controls, but also discusses how various types of parental controls can be circumvented.
The explanation given on the Wikipedia site can help anyone to understand just how complex parental controls can be, which can better prepare parents for what they may be dealing with. With today’s kids being so technologically-advanced, they could very well know more than you do about parental controls. So staying one step ahead is important.
September 2nd, 2013
Did you know that internet access to unwanted websites can be drastically reduced by altering the settings on your own computer? First of all, you need to provide each of your children with their own login. Depending on how old each of your kids are, you may wish to allow them a higher degree of access or more web site restrictions. The Control Panel of your computer is where to find the different elements that can be adjusted to allow or restrict certain sites. From there, you can figure out how you would like to filter each child’s internet access and adjust accordingly whenever you feel it to be necessary. Windows Vista has some great options that can be configured to accomplish this. Make sure to read as much as you can about configuring your computer for better parental controls.
May 23rd, 2013
Just who owns two-factor authentication? According to Kim Dotcom, Kim Dotcom does. And the MegaUpload founder announced his plans to sue some of the internet’s biggest players, including Twitter and Facebook for the security measure he says he invented. This type of authentication, now used by countless web sites and internet service providers Houston, among other companies, offers a higher degree of security to users by requiring the entry of a code sent via means other than the internet.
Dotcom revealed that the reason he hasn’t sued any of the companies using the authentication yet is because it’s his belief that society benefits when ideas and knowledge are shared. However, this stance has recently changed, and has Dotcom rethinking his moves due to what he’s been through with the federal agencies in the United States, who shut down his MegaUpload site on the grounds that pirates were using it to distribute copyrighted materials illegally.
May 3rd, 2013
Some PC users think that it’s a complicated business to hook up their TVs to their system. But the truth is, it doesn’t have to be. In fact, all it takes to create your dream theater is a laptop. A laptop can be easily placed among your other home theater components and moved where you need it to be. But whether you use a desktop or laptop, there are minimum requirements.
In order to avoid any lag in the configuration and general usage of your PC home theater system, it’s a good idea to ensure your computer has at least Windows XPO installed, along with an Intel Core 2 Duo processor running at 2.4 GHz or more. You should also ensure that your computer has at least 2GB of RAM and an HDMI port. Those wanting to use Mac computers for their system should ensure that an Intel Core Duo process running at 1.6 GHz or more, and at least one GB of RAM is available. For operating systems, the Mac OS X Snow Leopard, version 10.6.3 or better is recommended.
April 9th, 2013
Although there are many options for music lovers that include cloud storage, personal music players and various streaming services, somehow satellite radio has not only managed to survive, but thrive. Music lovers everywhere are rejoicing at a recent announcement by major satellite internet service radio provider SiriusXM: it now has a mobile app. SiriusXM’s internet radio offering provides over 160 channels of commercial-free listening pleasure, and includes some that aren’t available on its satellite radio counterpart.
The mobile app is available for the Android, iPhone, Blackberry and tablets. Enhanced functionality includes On Demand, Start Now which allows users to go back in programming up to five hours, Pause Live Radio and TuneStart, which will play favorite tracks from the beginning if you happen to just catch the end.
April 5th, 2013
No, they won’t go after the food you left on your counter. But they will control your computer. RATs, or remote administration tools, seem to be the new tool hackers are using to hijack the systems of those using internet service providers New York and other companies to get online. But what exactly is a RAT, and how does it do what it does?
Well, for starters, the RAT is aggressive malware that is also known as a Remote Access Trojan by some virus companies. It is a piece of software which is loaded onto a computer that allows for a hacker to completely control the system. As with many other forms of malware, the RAT is downloaded most often because it looks like something innocent. What makes the RAT so sinister is that it can not only allow a hacker to see passwords, typing history and a user’s desktop, but disable the ‘on’ light of webcams so that their victims can be watched without the user’s knowledge.
March 29th, 2013
Many Americans are using their smartphones to shop these days. And the numbers are encouraging: in 2012, consumers spent $12.8 billion via their mobile devices, and numbers are only expected to increase, with some experts predicting $90 mobile dollars being spent just four years from now. This huge upswing in mobile spending may leave some internet service providers Milwaukee wondering if online shopping is dead.
But concerns about the security and privacy of the ‘mobile wallet’ may be reason for ISPs to stop worrying. Those advocating for privacy say that this technology will not increase, but significantly decrease consumer security, leaving them far more vulnerable to data collection and identity theft. This is because the mobile device is home to social media programs and GPS tracking, not to mention financial behavior if a mobile wallet is used.
March 22nd, 2013
FCC chairman Julius Genachowski today announced that he will be resigning from his position. Genachowski, although supported by several consumer groups when he became chairman four years ago, is now regarded by those groups as having had a disappointing run in the organization. One example is the prices for internet service providers Denver and other companies, which has gone up for customers.
This increase in price has resulted in those customers mainly communicating with their mobile devices. Accompanying this change has been a more concentrated market for broadband internet, which has given customers fewer options for choosing service. Genachowski’s reign saw the approval of deals that shifted the industry, such as the Comcast-NBC Universal merger. Some of his earlier plans may never reach fruition, such as the auction of TV airwaves to commercial wireless operators.
March 15th, 2013
Almost all small businesses are using wireless technology in some form, according to a new poll by AT&T internet service. The poll’s results were released earlier this week, and reveal that over half of the smartphones being used by small businesses fall into the 4G category. This is up a whopping 70% from 2012′s usage numbers.
And not only are more small business owners using 4G smartphones, but nine out of ten businesses said they were satisfied with the speed. But not only do businesses like smartphones, they are finding it hard to think about doing business without them and other wireless technologies. This makes sense, with so many businesses adopting mobile solutions like apps and tablets. According to statistics, almost 70% of businesses use tablets, while just over 30% of businesses use apps.
February 6th, 2013
There is attack being planned that could see the end of net neutrality occur this year. The attack is three-fold, and involves two major ISPs, one of whom is a part of internet service providers Washington DC, and the American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC. The result if their efforts are successful will be a deregulated internet that is more privatized than it is now.
This is not good news in the telecom world, where there is plenty of monopolization and privatization. Ultimately, it will mean that consumers will pay more for internet service from companies they have no choice but to do business with if they want or need to get online. A ruling is expected soon, although there is much split opinion with regard to the individual cases being reviewed.
February 5th, 2013
One of the well-known internet service providers Houston has joined forces with the U.S. Department of Energy to produce electric vehicles. The company in question is Verizon, and together with the DOE, it hopes to meet President Obama’s goal to produce affordable electric vehicles that are as convenient to fuel up as their gasoline cousins. The President announced last year an aim to produce more electric vehicles by 2022.
Verizon isn’t the only company to partner with the DOE on this mission. There are twelve other companies who are participating in this effort. They, along with Verizon will be working on the development and commercialization of electric vehicle charging station infrastructure. Charging stations are crucial if the goal is to have widespread use of plug-in electric vehicles across the United States. Verizon has already installed several of the charging stations at its own facilities.
February 4th, 2013
Java is a tool being used more often than ever before. Whenever you get online with your internet service, you could be exposed to hundreds of images, ads or commercials that use the product. Which is why it’s so important to consider installing the new patch released by Oracle this past Friday. In fact, the company is calling it a Critical Patch Update for the month of February.
The patch, issued for Java SE received emergency update status as early as the 13th of January. Unfortunately, that update didn’t provide protection from all threats. Homeland Security, upon receipt of this news recommended that all users disable Java until an all-encompassing patch was developed. This latest patch wasn’t scheduled for release until later this month, but Oracle figured patch distribution effectiveness would be higher if released earlier.
February 1st, 2013
Plain old telephone service, or POTS, is being abandoned across the country. This means that many popular phone and internet internet service providers Atlanta will eventually end their offerings for land-based internet service. This is being done for a number of reasons, including the fact that as the copper wire infrastructure continues to age, more maintenance and repair is needed, which is quite a lot more expensive than the maintenance and repair of more modern systems, thanks to rising copper prices.
The ability to plug even old analog phones into internet-enabled boxes, along with the unprecedented mobile revolution is seeing many customers giving up their POTS service. While most ISPs aren’t seeing any negative effects of the POTS to modern systems transition, there remains the subject of decommissioning, or the selling off of the parts of the POTS system.
January 31st, 2013
A major wireless internet provider has filed with the FCC to argue for its competitor to be evaluated in terms of spectrum in the same way that all other types of spectrum are evaluated. The company in question is Clearwire, a company who may soon be purchased by Sprint Nextel. It’s being argued by Sprint that Clearwire spectrum rises above 2GHz, making the FCC’s spectrum screen not applicable.
However, another major provider, Verizon, is saying that Clearwire is already using the spectrum for mobile broadband. Making this situation more complicated is the fact that the FCC is currently reviewing and evaluating its rules for the spectrum screen. The FCC has stated that until its review is complete, it will evaluate spectrum disputes case by case. This is no tht eonly argument being raised with regard to spectrum; in November of 2012, AT&T joined the fray with Verizon regarding the amount of spectrum included in the screen.
January 30th, 2013
THOR has finally arrived, and will change the way Earth’s happenings are accessed and observed. The tool allows for the remote monitoring of rainfall, storms, and other weather events from anywhere that a satellite internet or other connection is available. The tool, which can be accessed via a web-based application also includes 3D visualization, which can take anyone inside the layers of a storm for a clearer understanding of its movement.
The 3D feature will also be useful for educating those who may not have technical training required by meteorologists and other such researchers. This new tool is likely to be of interest to other organizations wishing to broaden the usage of the data they’ve collected with satellites, or needed to develop visualization tools which are interactive.
January 29th, 2013
Individual YouTube channels will soon be available via paid subscription only. The small group of channels, approached by YouTube to submit applications to be considered for this first attempt, will offer subscriptions costing up to five dollars per month. The move follows YouTube’s desire to tempt producers, viewers – and ultimately, dollars – away from the traditional television industry.
A number of networks has already proven their ability to develop significant YouTube followings, and it is suspected that these networks are the ones the company will rely on to be a part of its initial channel rollout. The news about paid YouTube subscriptions is not new; the company has been talking about this possibility for approximately a year. Observers expect the number of initially-available subscription channels to be around twenty-five, but are hoping caution will be taken by those partners who have built their followers over the years with free access.