“Every Post You Make, Every Status Update, I Will Be Watching You”

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“Every Post You Make, Every Status Update, I Will Be Watching You”

Dear Blast Readers,

 

Do you ever feel like someone is watching you? Even when you are just sitting behind your computer? Feeling like someone is taking account of every keystroke that you make and every website you visit? This is the type of feeling that sends shivers down your spine. You don’t know who, or what, is giving you that feeling. This is a feeling that cannot be remedied. Whenever you go online, whenever you sit behind your computer you feel like there are eyes on you.

Cyber stalking is when you are being constantly frightened and/or harassed by someone through electronic means, such as the internet. Some of the forms that Cyber stalking take on, including:

  • Harassing a victim.
  • Embarrassing and/or humiliation of a victim.
  • Gaining financial control over a victim. Usually, by destroying their credit or by draining their bank accounts.
  • Harassing friends and family members of the victim.
  • Frightening a victim, using scare tactics and threats.

 

Within the United States of America, there are 14 out of 50 states that have laws against cyber stalking and cyber harassment. Under the “American Anti-Stalking, Slander & Harassment Law”, Cyber stalking is considered a criminal offense. The results of being convicted include:

  • A restraining order
  • Probation
  • Criminal Penalties (including prison time)

 

If convicted, the sentences range from a fourth-degree charge to a second-degree charge. A fourth-degree charge means 18 months in prison with a fine of $10,000. A second-degree charge means 10 years in prison with a $150,000 fine.

 

So, how do you protect yourself, your family, and/or your PC from Cyber stalkers?

Here are a few tips:

  1. Maintain caution over the physical access to your computer, and any other web-enabled device, including your cellphone.
  2. Make sure you ALWAYS log out of computer programs when you leave the computer. Also, remember to lock your computer when stepping away.
  3. When it comes to online calendars or itineraries, delete them or make them private.
  4. Use privacy settings on any, and all online accounts.
  5. Use trusted and updated security software to stop spyware from getting onto your computer through an infected web page or phishing attack.
  6. If you do suspect that someone is using spyware to track your day-to-day activities, seek help.

 

If you have any questions about Cyber stalking, Spyware, Computer Forensics or Cyber Security contact FDS Global. You can reach us at our office at (954) 727-1957 or by email at RMoody@FDS.Global. Please feel free to visit our website at www.FDS.Global.


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“Cyber-Parenting”

Dear Blast Readers,

 

As a parent of millennial children, technology has become an essential part of everyday life. Whether it is doing homework with them on a laptop or providing them a cellphone for when they are at school, it has become of the utmost necessity to monitor them. Monitoring our cyber-parentingchildren’s activities is for their safety as much as it is for our piece of mind. With cyberbullying at an all-time high it is important for parents to take a preemptive approach to “Cyber-parenting”.

 

It has been reported that there are three game changing applications that can assist with “Cyber-Parenting”. Downloading straight to your child’s phone and/or computer, these apps can allow you to monitor a variety of things regarding your children’s digital presence.

 

With things like predators, cyber bullies and more, the internet is a very dangerous and scary place for young minds. “Net Nanny” allows you to do a variety of things when “Cyber-Parenting” to make sure that they are safe, such as:

·                Blocking specific websites

·                Blocking types of websites

·                Setting up warnings that you received if specific keywords are typed.

 

Secure Teen, the second game changing application, does much more then “Net Nanny”. When Secure Teen is downloaded on your child’s phone it allow you, as a parent, to access their:

·       Call Logs (You will be able to see incoming, as well as outgoing phone calls)

·       Text Messages (Allowing you to see you who they are messaging, who is messaging them, and what is being said.)  

 

Teen Safe, possibly the most advanced application out of what has been mentioned, does more than allowing you to see your child’s text messages and call logs. Along with tracking text messages and phone calls, it is said that teen safe is capable of pinpointing your child’s exact location instantly (as long as their mobile device is with them).

 

For more information please feel free to give our office a call at (954) 727-1957 or visit our website at www.FDS.Global.