Personal/Family Safety

Security Software – AntiVirus

Sheepdog-Iconography---Digital-SafetyWhen I speak to parents and interested parties about keeping kids safe online, I always recommend anti-virus, firewall, and anti-malware software for home computers. I also recommend parents use monitoring software on the computers to help keep kids out of trouble. As a followup to the DNS-Filtering article a couple weeks ago, I thought that I’d begin a new series – Security Software on the Cheap. Please note: I have no stake in any of these companies, and am not paid to represent any of them. My opinions are just that, my opinions based on my experience, and the experience of others that I trust.

For this first article in the series, I want to focus on anti-virus software – why have it, what to look for, and which ones I might recommend. Continue reading

DNS Filtering to Keep Your Family Safe

Sheepdog-Iconography---Digital-SafetyIn my technology seminar, I recommend that every house and business use a DNS filtering service on their connection to the internet. So what is DNS filtering, and how do you do it? The acronym, “DNS”, stands for Domain Name Server, which is what your computer uses to lookup the address for the websites that you want to go to. When you type in a website address in your browser, like sheepdogdev.com, your DNS server would translate that plain language address and convert it to the IP address, which is the server where the website is housed. In the example above, the returned IP address is http://173.254.58.172. From here your browser connects to the website that you looked for.  Continue reading

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