November 19th, 2013
In the modern era of public education, computers and Internet usage have become ubiquitous. You know as well as I, however, that the Internet isn’t the safest of places for children. That’s why public schools must take every necessary precaution to protect children when using these important instructional tools. In this post, I’ll explore modern public school Internet security.
Public School Internet Security is the Law (sort of)
Although there are no Federal laws requiring a specific level of general filtering or Internet security, schools are nonetheless still regulated, to some degree, by The Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) of 2000. CIPA established pre-defined minimum filtering levels in order for schools to qualify for the government’s E-Rate program. E-Rate provides discounted Internet access to eligible schools around the United States. If a school opts out of CIPA compliance, they can’t receive funding for Internet access through E-Rate. Simply stated, CIPA requires schools to provide certain levels of protection to students from unwanted, obscene or otherwise detrimental Internet content. CIPA is funded through a tax collected on every phone bill in the United States. Read the rest of this entry »
October 31st, 2013
Websites can have malware or other malicious code built into their programming language. Fortunately, most web browsers have some degree of built-in security measures to help prevent users from visiting such sites. Browser security can only go so far, however, and users must remain proactive and ever-diligent in protecting themselves against theft and fraud.
Since the olden days (when state-of-the-art computers occupied entire rooms), computer technology has been in a perpetual state of advancement. Today, we’ve shrunken those room-sized behemoths into pocket-sized, mega-powerful machines that are 1000s of times more efficient than anything envisioned in the early days of computing. More powerful, however, doesn’t automatically equate to more secure; a fact I think many users forget when using their devices. Part of the problem, it seems to me, is that hackers and cybercriminals benefit from advances in computer technology, just like the rest of us do. Improved computing power means more-sophisticated hardware and software for thieves to use in stealing your personal information and your identity. Moreover, hackers and cybercriminals are constantly improving their skills and knowhow, continually adjusting and altering their techniques, and constantly devising new schemes to dupe users into divulging private information. Thus, users must remain ever-diligent, ever-aware in working to prevent data and identity theft.
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October 16th, 2013
Sales of mobile computing devices, including smartphones, tablets, and various other mobile phones have absolutely exploded in recent years, even as PC sales have spiraled into free fall. Chances are good that you’re reading this post on such a device. Mobile computing devices are replacing PCs at a rapid clip in almost every area of life. Mobile devices have long been popular in business settings, but the release of the smartphone in 2007 has gradually made them almost as common – if not more so – in certain business arenas as PCs. Certainly, consumer adaptation of mobile devices has reached epic proportions. From games to online banking; from social networking to homework; from TV and movies to weight loss, dieting and web surfing, everybody’s using these devices for every conceivable purpose. I’ve outlined below some of the reasons you should be cautious when using mobile devices, and some ways to protect your private data from being stolen.
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September 20th, 2013
With more than 1 billion users worldwide, Facebook is the undisputed king of Internet social media. Unlike the early years of social media, however, when Myspace ruled, and Facebook was largely unknown, social networks have now proliferated to a point where they sometimes seem like separate “Internets” unto themselves. Besides Facebook, sites like Twitter, Tumblr, Google+, Pinterest, YouTube, Flickr, Foursquare, Instagram and LinkedIn – to name a few – attract hundreds of millions of visitors and followers. People flood these sites with personal pictures and videos, along with the personal details of their lives. Those details range from the mundane to uncomfortable, inappropriate, salacious, incriminating, sad and embarrassing, insightful and even – or rare occasions – profound. People also use these sites for fundraising, event organizing and political rallies and protests.
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September 17th, 2013
Whether you view Edward Snowden as traitor or whistleblower – or something in between – as time passes, one thing becomes clear: Snowden’s actions have started a dialogue on internet security and privacy that stretches well beyond the United States. It is a debate that, in many ways, is really just beginning and whose repercussions will be felt for many years – perhaps decades – to come.
Snowden is the former National Security Agency (NSA) contract employee who, this past June, released a huge cache of top-secret documents related to US government covert surveillance programs on its own citizens and on various governments and government entities around the world.
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April 25th, 2013
Do you suspect that your employees spend too much of the working time chatting with their friends? Indeed, personal chats in instant messengers on the workplace during office hours has become one of the most critical problems for many managers and business owners. If you need to track your employee chatting and other activities in Yahoo Messenger, SoftActivity is here to provide you with an extremely powerful, easy-to-use, yet affordably priced tools to handle this crucial business task with minimum investments and efforts involved.
We provide sophisticated, full-fledged computer spy software solutions for business monitoring needs – Activity Monitor and SoftActivity TS Monitor that include not only a Yahoo Messenger spy recorder, but also the comprehensive range of advanced monitoring and recording tools designed to help you gain total control over all your network activities.
While Activity Monitor comes perfectly for local network tracking needs, SoftActivity TS Monitor is designed specifically for recording Terminal Server sessions. In such a way, you can monitor Yahoo Messenger chats of both your local and remote employees. These smart solutions record both sides of conversations and you can see messages typed in real-time. Moreover, Activity Monitor and SoftActivity TS Monitor work perfectly with all popular IM clients, including Skype, Windows Live Messenger, AOL and IRC.
Our programs can be easily installed on any computer within your LAN. You can also install them remotely from your administrator’s PC or via Active Directory Group Policy in a Windows domain and then monitor Yahoo messenger chats in your entire network from any location with Internet access.
Start using Activity Monitor or SoftActivity TS Monitor from SoftActivity today to prevent your employees from using Yahoo Messenger or other IMs for personal chatting purposes as well as to avoid any other Internet abuse and data leakage problems.
April 23rd, 2013
An instant messenger (IM) is a very easy, convenient and quick way to communicate online and in real-time. Various IM programs are used today for personal chatting and business communication needs, with ICQ being one of the most popular among them. That’s why, for the recent years there has been a rather stable demand for programs and applications to spy on ICQ chats. While business owners and managers face the crucial problem of their employees spending too much of working time chatting with friends, parents are also greatly concerned about who their children chat with and what information they share while being online.
Would you also like to learn how to monitor text messages sent and received by your staff or children or both these groups of computer users? You’ve come to the right place! At SoftActivity we are ready to offer you powerful, feature-rich and still reasonably priced tools for all your related needs – SoftActivity Keylogger for home computer monitoring and Activity Monitor and SoftActivity TS Monitor for business use.
While many other ICQ spy systems are easily detectable by even non tech-savvy users making it impossible to see what they actually type, computer monitoring tools by SoftActivity are designed to be absolutely invisible and untraceable, which allows you to monitor text messages in ICQ and any other instant messengers in an absolutely secret mode.
Apart from a full-fledged ICQ spy recorder, our computer tracking systems come with an incredibly rich toolkit to allow you to monitor and record all computer activities – from keystrokes typed and websites visited to programs run and files downloaded. Once installed, they will secretly track everything what your users do while you are not around, with the recorded data sent to the central logs database as well as to your mailbox at your predefined time intervals.
What’s also important, all our computer tracking programs come with an intuitive, user-friendly interface, so that you don’t have to be a technical guru to use all their tools and options to the best advantage. For your ultimate convenience, reports are provided separately for every user monitored. Moreover, you can also easily export this data to MS Excel for advanced analysis.
April 13th, 2013
In the 21st century nobody needs to be explained anymore how hazardous open and uncontrolled access to the Internet may be for your children. Currently the problem of kid online activity monitoring consists in the selection of efficient and secret spy software solutions, such as SoftActivity Keylogger is. Here, at SoftActivity.com we are able to offer you comprehensive and invisible spy tool for kids’ computer tracking that will give you the power to control your home computer remotely and in real-time.
Indeed, the use of this invisible software for computer tracking will greatly benefit the whole family in terms of the children protection from online threats and keeping your sensitive data away from unauthorized access. With a complete suite of powerful features and tools included, SoftActivity Keylogger will easily handle all your activity monitoring tasks while requiring minimal efforts from your side.
Featuring a superb spying engine, our software runs in the background and secretly records all URLs visited, chat conversations made, sent and received emails, keystrokes typed, etc. Irrespective of whether you are in your office or on a business trip, you can have total peace of mind knowing that your children are under constant supervision, as SoftActivity Keylogger allows to control your home computer remotely from any place with Internet access.
While some parents still face difficulties with their kids’ online activity monitoring, our loyal clients can easily keep a watchful eye on every aspect of their children’s online life. Moreover, there is a unique opportunity to download a free trial version of SoftActivity Keylogger before initial purchase.
Track your children PC activity remotely, just whenever required, and enjoy total peace of mind knowing about every computer move they make.
April 12th, 2013
Do you suspect that your employees abuse their computer or Internet access during working hours? Are you interested in having a highly effective software solution at hand allowing to control Internet use in your LAN? No matter how large your LAN is, advanced employee computer spying software by SoftActivity will let you know about everything happening in your office network by providing you with the ability to monitor your employees online and in real time.
Actually, with Activity Monitor you can track your employees even when you’re away and have log files emailed to you regularly. Most importantly, our employee computer spying software is a completely secure solution with strong encryption of the Central Log Database and all log files located on computers monitored ensure that even a very computer savvy employee won’t know that he or she is being monitored unless you tell them.
With our all-in-one employee computer spying software Activity Monitor you’ll get total control over Internet use in LAN and all offline activities performed on the networked computers. While you monitor your employees online, you can start or terminate remote processes, run commands, copy files from remote systems. You may even turn the computer off or restart it, not to mention logging off the current user.
If you are still thinking over our software whether it meets all your requirements to the fullest, you can download a free trial version and see it in action. If you’re satisfied with the results, you can order a full version of Activity Monitor just anytime you like.
April 11th, 2013
Overall computerization has revolutionized the work environment. But technological advancements have raised a new problem for employers – computer misuse and abuse in the workplace. Today it has become a real issue for every small or large company, but not for you if you take efficient measures such as using an advanced and real-time employee PC monitoring solution Activity Monitor by SoftActivity. Our full-featured computer tracking program allows you to take total control over employee PC and Internet activities from one central location.
Here at SoftActivity, we have designed a cutting-edge keylogger and real-time employee PC monitoring solution allowing to keep a watchful eye on all networked computers within your office LAN. Our fully-functional employee computer tracking program records everything users do, including keystrokes typed, programs run, emails sent and received, chat conversations made, files/documents used and much more.
With SoftActivity’s IntelliSnap technology integrated into this tool, you can take screenshots of remote desktops based on user actions or in predefined time intervals, which is the main aspect of easy spying and control over employee computer and Internet activities without your physical presence. Screenshots recorded can be stored in one centralized location on the main computer and reviewed later.
In such a way, for all business owners and managers stuck with the question how to stop Internet abuse and increase staff productivity, our real-time employee PC monitoring solution can be the only answer. Combining remote real-time surveillance with complete control over employee PC and Internet activities, Activity Monitor by SoftActivity makes your office LAN a transparent space for authorized persons.