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Ever worry about what your children might be doing online? Of course you know they're good kids, but you are concerned about the other users and the inappropriate content that is online.
The new, free ParetoLogic PGsurfer gives parents a powerful tool that they can use to guide their children's Internet usage. This sophisticated software lets parents establish custom profiles for their children and set parameters for computer and Internet usage.
Two other valuable assets to help parents in keeping their children safe online are the PGsurfer Forum and the exciting, innovative website www.safesurfer.org. This site is a safe place for children to play and converse, as well as learn more about the online world.
Depending on the settings parents choose, ParetoLogic PGsurfer blocks websites containing content such as pornography, illegal activities, drug and alcohol use and gambling. It can also restrict the use of chat rooms and applications for instant messaging, email and peer-to-peer file sharing.
As well as protecting your children, ParetoLogic PGsurfer can help keep your computer safe. It can stop the downloading of music, video, games and other files that could contain viruses or spyware.
Please click on the links to learn more about ParetoLogic PGsurfer. To find out more about ParetoLogic's other great products, click here »
Tip of the Month
When using online finance sites or submitting private information, check to make sure your browser shows https and also make sure your browser has high security settings.
Q. I was using ParetoLogic Privacy Controls and came upon the term "Advance Shred." What is it?
A. Dear "Curious"
The Advanced Shred tool effectively "shreds" your computer files - more than once if you wish. It is like running a piece of paper through a paper shredder, except that you have the option of running the paper through more than once. This is a great way of eliminating your private information, but please keep in mind there is no way to recover shredded items. Please verify what items you want to permanently remove before shredding.
This is a frightening thought! Is all that hard work and hours spent working on projects all gone to waste with just one wrong click?
Maybe not! ParetoLogic, which has established itself as a leader in online security, is launching ParetoLogic Data Recovery and ParetoLogic Data Recovery Pro this December. These exciting new software programs save you countless hours of work.
"There is nothing more frustrating than losing important documents or files," James Addison, ParetoLogic's project manager, said. "That is why we are so excited to launch Data Recovery and Data Recovery Pro. The team here has worked very hard on it to create a powerful, easy-to-use product that we are proud of."
Whether it be Data Recovery or the powerful Data Recovery Pro, these sophisticated software programs will scan deeply for deleted files and bring them back to life. They can recover all types of files, including recycled, encrypted and compressed.
Your friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man and his friends are making themselves at home in cyberspace. In November, Marvel Comics launched Digital Comics Unlimited where fans can catch their favourite webhead and the company's other stars in digitized versions of back issues. While as of late November there were some free samples, a pass to read issues that are at least six months old will cost you $9.99 US a month or $4.99 US monthly if you sign up for a full year, according to a Nov. 13 Associated Press story. The comics are available only for viewing and cannot be downloaded.
In Victoria, B.C., where ParetoLogic is proudly based, comic book sellers are welcoming the initiative. Bill Rice of Curious Comics, which has three Vancouver Island locations, and Gareth Gaudin of Legends Comics don't see the website having a negative affect on their businesses.
"As owner of a comic shop, I love that Marvel has put their back catalogue online," Gaudin wrote in an email interview with the ParetoLogic newsletter. "Back issue prices, especially those of 1960s Marvel, are way too high for any newcomers to afford. This probably leads to the vast majority of potential new readers avoiding jumping onto current titles like The Amazing Spider-Man, Fantastic Four, etc. Anything that Marvel does to increase sales of new books is all right with me."
France is looking to hit illegal downloaders where it hurts - their Internet connection.
Although the country currently has a system with fines and jail sentences in effect, the French government and affected industry leaders announced a new tactic in late November. According to the plan, users will receive a warning for each illegal download (usually a music or movie file) detected. If action persists, more warnings will come. If the third warning is ignored, the service providers can cut off the Internet access, according to a Nov. 26, 2007 ITPro website article.
"We run the risk of witnessing a genuine destruction of culture," French president Nicolas Sarkozy said in a speech endorsing the deal according to a Nov. 25, 2007 PCMag.com story. "The Internet must not become a high-tech Far West, a lawless zone where outlaws can pillage works with abandon or, worse, trade in them in total impunity. And on whose backs? On artists' backs."
Consumer group UFC Que Choisir disagreed with the move, according to PCMag, arguing in a statement the plan is "very tough, potentially destructive of freedom, antieconomic (sic) and against digital history." According to a Nov. 26, 2007 Agence France-Presse article, the current maximum fine is 300,000 euros (about $445,230 US) and a sentence of five years in jail.
Does it all sound Greek to you?
Don't worry! Each month we will explain a word or phrase connected to the Internet. As well as giving you a better understanding of the Internet, you will also be able to impress your friends with your newfound knowledge.
You will not find this kind of worm in the ground. Computer worms are self-replicating, fast-spreading Internet threats that are similar to viruses. Worms are different from viruses as they do not attach themselves to existing programs. While viruses usually corrupt programs, worms cause their harm, even if it is just consuming bandwidth, to the network.
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Here is your opportunity to get to know a member of Team Pareto!
Each month we feature a different member of the ParetoLogic team. As well as telling you about their role in helping make your PC safer, we provide a little insight into the away from work lives of our team members.
William Wu is an intermediate analyst with ParetoLogic's great Quality Assurance team. Wu, a fan of Victoria's own Steve Nash and the Phoenix Suns, enjoys the challenges his job presents and playing his role in QA.
"A new software product is like a new life. Many people have worked hard to create it. I am enjoying being one of the team to make it happen. In QA, for me, the most interesting thing is 'Defect has been fixed.'"
How he plays
Current favourite song: Chrysanthemum Terrace by Jay Chou
Current favourite reading material: Traveler magazine
Current favourite movie: Pirates of the Caribbean
Where he plays
Read the Internet Security Tip of the Month » in the sidebar to your left to see the featured member's tip for you!