Thursday, June 20, 2013

How to child-proof the Internet | PCWorld

The Internet is filled with websites that are inappropriate for anyone, much less children. Kids get into trouble online all the time, even when they aren’t looking for it. Misspelling a website address, screwing up a search term, or clicking a risqué ad can lead to some awkward bedtime conversations. Online bullying, predatory adults, and illegal downloading of copyrighted content are other threats.

Though we can’t make the Internet itself kid-safe, we can at least make its darker crevices harder to access. Setting up parental controls and content filtering on computers, tablets, smartphones, and other gadgets is easy. More important, these precautions empower your devices to protect kids from digital dangers when you aren’t around to supervise.Read more

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

How Can Hackers Hijack My PC? [MakeUseOf Explains]

Malware is usually very specific in what it does to your PC, whether that’s displaying ads, taking over your browser homepage and search bar, or nagging you to pay for some fake anti-virus. Hijacking however is potentially far more devastating, giving the hacker backdoor remote access to your entire PC. This is the holy grail for how hackers hack, so it’s important to understand how it can occur and what you can do to protect yourself. Read more

Monday, June 10, 2013

Report: NSA PRISM program spied on Americans' emails, searches | PCWorld

For the last several years, the National Security Agency has been reportedly spying on the searches, emails, and file transfers of Americans using a program called PRISM—which tapped directly into the servers used by Apple, Google, Microsoft, and others.

The program was revealed Thursday in separate stories from the Washington Post and The Guardian, which earlier revealed that the NSA had worked with Verizon to monitor the metadata of millions of phone calls made by Americans. Read more