How To Track Children with Mobile Tracking

Being a good parent is the most important job anyone will ever take on, but parenthood can be a challenge when teenage children are concerned.

With technology allowing the free flow of information and communication, how can parents keep their kids safe while giving them freedom?

Unfortunately, it is a fact of life that most teenagers are naturally drawn to excitement and risk. This creates a big problem when it comes to finding a happy medium between safety and freedom.

Talking on Phone

With frequent use of the internet and social media sites and their complete reliance on mobile phones for communication, monitoring who your teenager talks to and what information he receives can seem like an insurmountable task.

However, you can’t realistically expect to deprive your children of the gadgets that most adults have. Nor should you limit all independence.

To begin with, doing so could seriously affect their ability to communicate with friends or get in contact with family members if they need urgent help.

Future career prospects might also depend on their ability to use the latest technology and communication tools.

Benefits and Risks

Allowing teenagers to have their own mobile phone can, of course, have many benefits, especially in the case of an emergency. A teenager’s mobile can be something of a thorn for a parent.

Though needed for safety reasons, the phone is also a child’s ticket to freedom. Sometimes freedom must be curtailed.

Parents who are not quite up to speed with new technology will be relieved to learn that there are a few options available to them that could provide help.

It is possible, for instance, to monitor mobile phone usage and even track the phone’s physical location using GPS.

If you are confident about taking matters into your own hands, you could consider seeking out a handset that includes tracking technology as standard. These are available from a few private companies and the phone is supplied without a SIM card.

You can then fit the handset with your own SIM card, install the provided software onto your home PC and track your child’s location.

Parental Control

There has been talk of a SIM card that will soon be available that has a built-in capacity for parental control. Parents will be given the power to switch off the phone’s network at certain times (e.g., during school hours or late at night).

They can also monitor texts and calls and even control contacts, blocking calls and texts from unknown or unwanted callers. Internet use and data downloads can also be controlled and monitored, as well as picture and video messaging.

Purchasing a SIM card without a handset will, of course, give you the freedom to keep up with your teenager’s rapidly changing tastes by enabling relatively low-cost replacement of the handset as often as you please.

In the case of the pre-fitted tracker handsets, this will allow you to purchase updated handsets as they are released.

It’s Easy to Get your Location Leaked

Location-based services for mobile phones have been around for a while, but have come into more regular use with the rise of the smartphones using GPS and Wi-Fi technology.

Many of the social networking sites used by teenagers have integrated applications that use these technologies, which allows users to share their location with friends.

Applications such as FourSquare or Google Latitude, part of Google Maps, also use this technology to locate users and show both their location and that of friends and family on a digital map.

Before you think about this as an easy way to locate your teenager, it is worth remembering that this information is not only visible to you, but to just about anyone who wants to find it.

Quite often, a teenager’s social networking friends will include people they may not have met before and this technology will effectively allow your teenager’s whereabouts to be common knowledge to strangers, possibly putting them at risk.

Subscription Services

Perhaps the safest way to look at tracking your teenager’s phone would be to use a subscription tracking service. A Google search for “mobile tracker” will give you a host of companies that, for a monthly subscription, will track a particular phone and keep you informed of its whereabouts.

You may also use apps like Where’s My Droid for Android, or BlackBerry Protect for BlackBerry to keep a track on your child.

BlackBerry Protect

This information is only made available to you.

Any tracking device or service will only be effective if the phone is switched on and it is only the phone or SIM that can be tracked, not the child, so if your teenager leaves his phone at home or it gets lost, you may still not know your child’s whereabouts.

Also, it is worth knowing that a subscription tracking service can only be used with the child’s consent, so parents looking for a furtive way to track their child may be disappointed.

About The Author: Sarah James writes regularly on technology for a wide range of publications and websites. For more information compare high speed internet providers in your area on this website.

That site could be stealing your information! How to stay safe

With the world having advanced to where it is today, majority of our activities are carried out online. From getting ideas for what makes up our dinner to booking a hotel, we pretty much rely on the internet for much of our daily activities.

While this is much of an advantage to us in the real sense of it, we can’t deny the fact that there are some risks involved in it too. And the risk one will be facing – should our internet security be compromised – might be dangerous to handle.

Don't be a target online

Many online users don’t even see internet security as an important thing. Many may even consider it something only necessary for those doing online business – but that’s not even half the pie…

Sites may steal/sell your details

Not all the websites are reputable and trustworthy companies. Some of them are just set up for the sole purpose of making money and can do anything to make money.

That includes selling your details (your address/email/bank credentials) to third parties.

So how do you detect a website that is trustworthy from a fraud one?

There are a host of factors one can use to determine how trustworthy a website is. Here are some ways:

Viruses/Malwares can send your info to Hackers (Crackers)

Another formidable thing you should be careful of before logging your details online is viruses/malwares. Viruses are so notorious and can spread really fast.

Any website that is not well maintained might carry malwares, and when you share your info with such sites, you risk having them exposed to crackers, loosely called hackers.

Nowadays, crackers use viruses as their means of stealing user’s information. This is why you must also have antivirus software installed on your computer.

Buy a Norton Antivirus with discount coupons or have a look at Top 5 Free Anti Virus Softwares if you can’t afford one even with the discount coupons, but remember, paid premium products offer great support.

Identity Theft Puts Your Photos at Risk

Finally, the major reason you should always be careful while providing your details to websites is to prevent identity theft. Scammers can steal your identity and use it to carry out atrocities on the internet.

On the long run you end up carrying the blame for a crime you did not commit.

How to secure Facebook Photos

Increase Facebook Security to keep hackers away
Increase Facebook Security to keep hackers away

Even if you restrict your Facebook albums to only friends/family, still your profile picture is visible to everyone. To ensure it stays away from wrong hands, keep your pic as small as possible.

With such small dimensions of your profile pic, if someone tries to edit your pic, they will have to zoom in, which will cause the pic to pixelate & blur, leaving your pic safe 😉

You may read How to Protect your Facebook from Hackers

Staying careful on the internet means following the tips I just shared in this blog post. If you are careful with how you share your details on the internet, you will enjoy a safe and secure online transaction always.

You can also purchase a monitoring program on the internet and don’t forget to look of a discount code.

About The Author:
Steve is a blogger who shows people how to use Norton Antivirus Discount Coupon and Norton 360 Premier Coupon to protect themselves online. The Norton discount coupons and Norton antivirus promo he has on his blog can help you save money on internet security.

Wireless Security Tips for WiFi Network

Wireless Security is a major concern these days, with terrorists using open WiFi networks to send bomb blast claims to the government, you could be in some serious trouble.

Although wireless networks are very beneficial, but wireless networking has many security issues. Crackers (loosely called hackers) have found it easier to break wireless WiFi networks. But this can be prevented by some pro Wireless Security Tips.

WiFi Security (image by Cloned Milkmen)
WiFi Security (image by Cloned Milkmen)

This article summarize the steps you should take to improve the wireless security of your home WiFi network.

  • Change Default Username & Password of your WiFi

    Most WiFi home networks have an access point or router. To set up these pieces of equipment, manufacturers provide web pages that allow owners to enter their network address and account information to boost wireless security.

    These Web tools are protected with a login screen (username and password) so that only the rightful owner can change this. However, for any given piece of equipment, the login credentials provided are simple and very well-known to hackers.

    change password

    Change these settings immediately to prevent your network from getting into the wrong hands & to level up your wireless security.

    Read How to change your Router’s Username and Password

  • Change the Default SSID (WiFi Network Name)

    SSID or Service Set Identifieris name of your wireless network. Most wireless routers have a predefined SSID like ‘default’ or the brand name of the router.

    Although changing it won’t directly improve your wireless security, but it will prevent hackers from directly knowing what type of router you are using and reduce the possibilities of an attack.

    Change SSID
    Change SSID

    Also, you might just change your SSID to Hacker Inside or Virus.exe to fend off amateur crackers.

    See our tutorial to Change the Default SSID (Wireless Name)

  • Disable SSID (Wireless Name) Broadcast

    By Default, WiFi routers broadcast the Wireless Network Name (SSID). This feature enables you to connect to set up your wireless network easily.

    But, after set up you don’t need this facility as your device will connect to your WiFi automatically. Thus, disabling it will prevent your network from being visible to the public and hence prevent unauthorized access to your network, +1 to your wireless security 😉

    Read How to Disable SSID (Wireless Name) Broadcast

  • Enable Wireless Encryption: best for Wireless Security

    All wireless routers have either WPA or WEP encryption to prevent unauthorized access to your network. WPA encryption is much secure than WEP encryption and hence is a preferred mode of encryption.

    If you find your router or your computer incompatible with WPA encryption then you should still apply WEP as something is better than nothing. A newer encryption, WPA 2 provides even stronger encryption than WPA but your hardware needs to support it.

    Learn More on How to Enable WPA WiFi Security for Windows

  • Filter Mac Address

    Every laptop, mobile or any other any wireless device has a unique address called MAC address or Media Access Control address. Most WiFi routers have a feature, which if enabled will allow only certain MAC addresses  to access the network.

    Thus you can restrict your router to only allow connections to your own devices. So only you authorized devices will be able to access your network!

    Check this out to know How to Filter MAC Address on your router

  • Decrease the Range of your WiFi

    Wi-Fi signals may leak out of your house and hence your network is detected by the neighboring receivers. To prevent this, you need to decrease the range of your WiFi router.

    This can be done by packing your router with an Aluminium Foil or placing the router in a box. You will have to experiment these things and then set it up according to your needs to minimize the leakage.

    You can add some holes to the box or aluminium foil wrapper if the range of your WiFi becomes way too less for even you to catch it effectively, it’s pure hit-n-trial 😉

  • Enable Firewall on your Computer and Router

    Firewall helps prevent unauthorized access to your wireless network.  Modern routers have inbuilt firewalls but many a times the firewall is turned off.

    Also set up firewall on each computer that connects to the network for added wireless security.

  • Turn off WiFi Router when not in use

    The simplest and the best good way for wireless security, is to turn it off when not in use. Such as when you go out for work or play.

    Turn off wifi & bluetooth to save battery
    Turn off wifi

    This prevents hackers and outsiders from accessing your network. Also, it keeps the router cool and prevents it from getting heated, not to mention the save in electricity bill 😉

Configure WPA WiFi Security in Windows

WPA2 or Wireless Protected Access 2 is the best form of wireless security for your WiFi internet connection, better than WEP or WPA (its predecessor). But this new type of encryption is neither supported in all Wireless Routers, nor in all Windows versions.

This tutorial will guide you through to ultimate wireless security for your WiFi connection.

Does your Wireless Router support WPA ??

If you have a very old Wireless router, chances are that it will neither support WPA, nor WPA2. Call your router manufacturer support staff and ask if your router can support WPA or WPA2.

Upgrade the wireless router firmware with the support staff’s help, if necessary. If your router doesn’t support WPA or WPA2, stay cool with a WEP encrypted password, no need to go further into this tutorial.

Does your Computer Support WPA ??

For Windows XP Service Pack 1 (Win XP SP1)

Windows XP SP1 does not support WPA by default while it cannot support WPA 2 at all.

To upgrade your computer to support WPA (but not WPA2), either Install Windows XP Support Patch for WPA from Microsoft or upgrade your computer to XP SP2 or SP3.
For Windows XP Service Pack 2 (Win XP SP2)
Your computer supports WPA by default, but not WPA2. To also support WPA2, either install the WiFi WPA2 update for XP SP2 from Microsoft or upgrade it to Service Pack 3.
For Windows XP Service Pack 3 / Vista / 7

Your computer supports both WPA and WPA 2 by default. So directly jump to the next section.

How to Configure WPA2 WiFi Security

1. Open your WiFi router’s administrative console by entering the routers IP address in your browser’s address bar.

Useful Tip: How to find your router’s IP address

2. Now log- in to the console through your username and password, which in most cases is set as default:
USERNAME: admin
PASSWORD: password


Change Default Administrator Password on Wireless Routers

3. Go to Wireless Setup and click on Wireless Settings

Wireless Setup

4. Now, in the Security Mode choose WPA Personal, in the WPA Mode choose WPA2 and in Pre-Shared Key enter your desired password..

WPA2 Setup

How to remove personal data from new Facebook Timeline Profile

This may sound harsh to some, but Facebook is gonna force the new Facebook Timeline Profile onto everyone’s profile in a few weeks. Whether you like it or not, but that’s how Facebook has been pushing its updates.

Read more about Facebook Timeline Profile

When you will get the new Timeline Profile, a notification bubble will appear on your Home page announcing the update & guiding you on how to use it.

Facebook Timeline Profile

 

Just like for those who opted-in for the Facebook Timeline Profile earlier when it was in developer mode, users will get 7 days to clean up their new profile of any personal data, that they don’t want to be visible in the public, before their Timeline Profile becomes visible to all.

However, users may choose to publish their Profile as soon as they feel it’s ready.

How to Hide Personal Data from Facebook Timeline Profile

Since your whole life at Facebook is accessible via your Facebook Profile publicly, you can choose to hide some personal activities or data to ensure privacy on Facebook:

  • If you already haven’t, activate your Timeline Profile.
  • Now go to your new timeline profile & move your mouse cursor over any activity box (a status update or a shared picture, etc.) that you would like to hide from Timeline. You will see 2 buttons on the top-right corner of that activity box. Click the second pencil button.


Hide activity from new Facebook Timeline Profile

  • Now from its drop down menu, choose Hide From Timeline & it will get hidden publicly.


Remove activity from Facebook Timeline Profile

  • However, you may also undo to make the activity reappear on your Timeline Profile.
unhide activity from Facebook Timeline Profile

If you already haven’t published your Facebook Timeline Profile, do so after cleaning it of any personal activities, by clicking the big green Publish button at the top of your Profile.