WWW Wednesday: 5 Serious Challenges to Effectively Protecting Your Family From Internet Pornography and How to Overcome Them


I will set no wicked thing before my eyes


I just posted a new article over at the Why We Web blog detailing 5 challenges to effectively protecting your family from internet pornography. This article builds off of my article from last week: True Protection From Internet Pornography Requires A Minimum of 3 Essential Components.

The five challenges are:

  • Software compatibility issues
  • Lock out issues
  • Family inconvenience
  • Visual search engines
  • Legitimate websites with some inappropriate content

For full details check out the original post…

Link: 5 Challenges to Effectively Protecting Your Family From Internet Pornography

Image credit: Benjamin Smith

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Protecting Our Eyes Online

A number of years ago I was in search of a digital SLR camera. I searched a number of sites and read many reviews. I finally settled on the camera to buy – a very sweet Canon Rebel XT.  Now it was time to find the best deal in my area. I opened up my browser and typed in the URL for what I thought was a sure thing for one of my favorite camera stores. Boy, was I in for a shock. To my surprise I had come across a website that had photography in mind but not the kind I was looking for. I immediately closed the window and sat there annoyed. While I hadn’t spent more than a few seconds on the website it took a while to forget the images I saw.

Over the years, stumbling on websites like the one I mentioned have become far too easy. Avoiding temptation online has become far too difficult.  Since my work day is spent mostly online it was often frustrating when out of nowhere something tempting would pop up.  And then along came Safe Eyes.  I am going to come out and say without any reservation – EVERY person who uses the internet for any purpose at all should have Safe Eyes installed on their computers. All of their computers! This is especially true of EVERY parent.

Safe Eyes controls what you can or can’t see online. I can’t describe how freeing it is to work online and never have to worry about what is going to pop up.  Parents can also track activity online and maybe best of all, there is the option to have someone else involved as an accountability partner.  We will go into the uses and benefits of Safe Eyes in upcoming posts, but for starters head over to Safe Eyes Parental Control Software and purchase your copy today. It’s the best $40 you will ever spend!

20% off on Safe Eyes Parental Control Software

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The Ten Commandments of Passwords

In a recent post I discussed the startling revelation that one Facebook account is fraudulently accessed every 140 milliseconds– approximately 600,000 accounts everyday! This amazing fact highlights the necessity for extreme caution regarding online security.

How can you protect yourself from those who would like to break into your accounts?

The first, and probably most important, line of defense are the passwords you use. If you use weak passwords, or fail to manage your passwords properly, it is only a matter of time before your accounts are compromised.

So to help you protect your valueable information online, here is the Digital Sojourner’s Ten Commandments of Passwords:

  1. Thou shalt not use the same password for every account (if someone manages to get your password for one account, they now have your password for every account).
  2. Thou shalt not write your passwords down.
  3. Thou shalt change your passwords regularly.
  4. Thou shalt use passwords of 8 or more characters (with each added character the number of possible passwords increases exponentially, those attempting to crack your password are using high speed computer programs that try hundreds of potential passwords every minute– the more characters you use, the longer it will take).
  5. Thou shalt use a mixture of upper & lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols (again, with each type of character used the potential number of passwords increases exponentially).
  6. Thou shalt never use a real word from any language — especially “password”.
  7. Thou shalt never use personal information such as birth dates, family names, or anything else you have ever posted on Facebook.
  8. Thou shalt never tell anyone your password.
  9. Thou shalt exercise extreme caution with the password to your email account (after all, that is where all of those “password reset” emails from all of your other accounts are sent to. Someone breaks into your email account they can now break into ANY other account of yours!)
  10. Thou shalt use a high quality password manager. After reading this list you’re probably thinking– I could never do all of that for all of my accounts! And, of course, you are right– you can’t, no one can. Thankfully there are several excellent password management tools that are available. We will take a look at some of the options in a future post.
No password is invincible, even the Pentagon has been hacked, however if you keep the above tips in mind  you should be able deter even the most dedicated of would be thieves.  Do you have some additional password tips?  Let us know about them in the comments section.
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Who Hacked My Facebook?

FacebookThe All Facebook blog has a fascinating post today that carries an implied warning for digital sojourners.

Everyday there are 600,000 unauthorized Facebook logins. Simply amazing. This translates in to one compromised Facebook account every 140 milliseconds. Yikes!

You can read the entire post here.

This raises a very important issue for digital sojourners: online security.

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