Smart Mouth Mobile Communications Apps Get Rave Review

Early movers and insiders have been enjoying the new communications apps from new mobile app developer, Smart Mouth Mobile for a couple of months now and the reviews are coming in from all over attesting to the functionality of the mobile apps as well as call clarity. Version 1.3 due out by Mid-August of 2011, will add unlimited calling to any landline or mobile number for under a penny a minute with only $19.95 USD per year subscription and also brings support for all Android and Blackberry devices including tablets.

The standard features that are included in the free download are amazing with unlimited member to member calling and texting, all in one instant message account management, twitter support, voice mail and more! These cutting edge communications apps will also automatically import all of your contacts and then designate those who have one of the Smart Mobile Wireless apps installed with an icon beside their name, allowing you to instantly know who you can “smart call” for free!

Smart Mouth Mobile, Smart Mobile, and Smart Mouth Kids Mobile are available now for download on the iTunes store for iPhone, iPad, and even iPod Touch! The Smart Mouth Mobile apps will even turn your iPod Touch into a phone, watch the video below as it shows an iPod Touch 2G being turned into a phone, making and receiving calls!

During testing of the Smart Mouth Mobile apps, this writer personally had the experience of talking to people through the applications on WiFi and 3G networks in Great Britain, Pakistan, the Philippines, Canada, Barbados, Grenada and others and the call quality was amazingly clear. Here are a few reviews from subscribers taking advantage of this incredible new technology:

iPod Touch Transformer!
by Kenny Suchens

“Ok, I just couldnt resist the temptation. I walked into my wireless carrier and asked them if I could make and receive calls with my iPod touch All three associates behind the counter told me, “No way, not possible.” I then downloaded this app in front of them to an iPhone on the shelf and I proceeded to make a call from my iPod touch to that iPhone as it rang. I passed the call to that same associate just to let them hear how clear it was for themselves, after that I had my friend call my iPod Touch too, they couldnt believe it. They asked me how I did it, I said, “SIMPLE! Smart Mouth Mobile It Just works!!”

GREAT APP!”

I Flip for this App!!
by Keone Kalani

This is the way to go for me
I have been using this on my iPod Touch, and iPad and calling friends and family in the Philippines for awhile now with it and it sounds soo clear, even when phone lines are down it is still going strong!! You guys have got a winner here, the Free member to member calling is so awesome, I can even call my daughter on Smart Mouth Kids app and she just loves when I do! lol She thinks that shes so grown up now with her iTouch phone soo cute I love it! THANK YOU

Thank Goodness
by Candi Carlisle

Thank you so much, Smart Mouth Kids Mobile, for the peace of mind!! I downloaded the app on my daughters iPod TouchI was honestly doubting that it would work Her iPod isnt the latest version, but not only was it simple, it was fast, the call quality is amazing the price has given me the opportunity to decrease the monthly charges through our mobile carrier by more than 60% . She still has her cell phone for now, but she NEVER forgets to charge that iPod, and she never leaves it behind So, Smart Mouth Kids Mobile has given me a greater sense of peace than the mobile options i had before, being a single mother of 2, that kind of savings is significant to our lives. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU

Download your favorite Smart Mouth Mobile app and see why people are talking about this hot new company in over 90 countries around the world!

Is The Internet Censored?

When most people think about Internet censorship, the usual suspects immediately come to mind : Communist China and repressive Islamic countries. Unfortunately, Westerners have an embarrassment all their own : Australia’s net censorship law, established in 2000.

Freedom House, a non-profit U.S. organization dedicated to spreading human rights and freedom, undertakes regular surveys on press freedom and censorship. Last year’s survey found that out of 186 countries, 69 had a free press, 51 had a partly-free press, and 66 countries had no press freedom. Freedom House suggested that only 21% of the world’s population enjoy access to a truly free press.

Some nations control Internet access through government servers that censor incoming news and information, and in China “cyber dissidents” have been imprisoned. Censorship is justified by claims that Western democratic practices are disruptive to the social values propagated by the local regime, or that society must be protected from corruption by outside influences. One Saudi spokesman for business interests commented that Saudi Arabia’s limited opening to the Internet was delayed until technology was available to prevent access to information contrary to Islamic values and “dangerous to our society”. Almost all Internet users in China and the Middle East are blocked from accessing political Web sites that criticize the government of their country.

However, Arab and Communist societies have a long history of suppressing freedom of speech, so internet censorship in these nations comes as no surprise. However, at the time Australia first proposed its own form of internet censorship, it was still considered a country with a completely free press. Freedom House described the new Internet legislation as a measure that is “onerous, privacy-intrusive, and will chill freedom of speech”.

The Broadcasting Services Amendment (Online Services) Act 1999, the Australian Internet censorship legislation, came into effect on January 1, 2000. Under this legislation, broad categories of Internet content were prohibited. Australians are forbidden from seeing online any material which could be inappropriate for children, which includes any material classified RC or X by the Classification Board. Such content includes material containing detailed instruction in crime, violence or drug use; child pornography; bestiality; excessively violent or sexually violent material; real or implied depictions of sexual activity; and material which deals with issues or contains depictions which require an adult perspective.

Enforcement of the regulation of the Internet is complaint-driven. Individuals, organizations, or the Commonwealth, a State or Territory can make a complaint to the ABA. If the ABA determines that the “prohibited content” is hosted in Australia, it will direct the local ISP to remove it.

If the “prohibited content” is hosted outside Australia, the ABA will notify the suppliers of approved filters of the content in accordance with the Internet Industry Association’s code of practice. The Australian Internet Industry has a list of 16 approved filters. The criteria for selecting these filters include ease of installation, ease of use, configurability, ability for updates in respect of content to be filtered, and availability of support. Effectiveness is not included in the selection criteria. The filtering software is offered to consumers, but is not compulsory.

Testing by Computer Choice (September/October 2000) found that inocuous content, such as medical sites, were often blocked while some adult content passed through the filter. For example, iFilter blocked several Biblical sites, a family and child mediation service approved by the Australian Federal Attorney-General, the Institute of Australasian Psychiatrists, and information about Catholics helping street kids. Apparently technology is no substitution for parental supervision.

Aside from costing Australians 2.7 million Australian dollars per year and making their country the laughingstock of the free world, the legislation has had minimal effect. Despite the multitude of pornography sites on the internet, there was no pent-up demand to shut them down; within six months of introducing of the legislation, the ABA received only 201 complaints about Internet content. By the end of June 2000, 197 investigations had been concluded. Of these, 37 were terminated due to lack of information (for example, the details provided with the complaint were insufficient to locate the content). Of the remaining 160 completed investigations, 93 resulted in the location of prohibited or potentially prohibited content, while 67 were found not to contain prohibited content. Around one third of complaints related to content hosted in Australia.

The prohibited content included content hosted in Usenet newsgroups, which is treated as content hosted in Australia if the complainant has accessed the content from his or her ISP’s newsgroup server. The ABA issued final take-down notices for 62 postings of Internet content and referred 94 items to the makers of approved filters. Of the 62 items of Internet content that were the subject of take-down notices, at least 17 were later moved to ISPs outside Australia. (ABA Annual Report 2000-2001). So approximately one-third of the offensive websites were simply relocated to servers outside of Australia.

In summary, filtering software products are ineffective, and Australia cannot control websites hosted outside its borders. The government won the approval of a few moralists who were happy that “something has been done” about online smut, whether or not the measures had any real effect.

However, a dangerous precedent has been set, and it is entirely possible that the categories of prohibited Internet content will be expanded in the future to ban political websites which threaten “Australian values”.

Incidents of this nature occured almost immediately after the introduction of the censorship legislation.
In a 2001 case, Victoria anarchist Matthew Tayor was prosecuted by the Australian Federal police at the behest of the FBI after posting threatening statements inspired by Jim Bell’s “Assassination Politics” on websites in Ohio and California.

In 2002, NSW Police Minister Michael Costa wrote to the Australian Communications Minister, Richard Alston, and Justice Minister, Chris Ellison, requesting that 3 anti-WTO websites (including Melbourne Indymedia) be shut down or that access to them be restricted. Costa claimed the sites were providing information “designed to aid the violent disruption of the forthcoming WTO meeting in Sydney in November”. Alston labelled the sites “insidious, anti-democratic and interested in causing violence, mayhem and anarchy”.

Alston referred the matter to the Australian Broadcasting Authority, which cleared Melbourne IndyMedia and Sydney anti-WTO s11.org website of any wrongdoing. The ABA concluded that grassroots news and activist websites were operating within the law and that their rhetoric did not reach a “threshold” of inciting violence. Costa then declared “we will be doing everything we can to pursue it internationally”. However, Indymedia is a large network of independently-hosted international sites, so further action proved impossible.

Electronic Frontiers Australia (EFA), an online civil liberties organization, has described the Federal Governments online censorship legislation as a failure, and recommended that Internet censorship legislation “…be repealed and the costly and failed Internet regulatory apparatus be dismantled.”

Fpdtc.dll File Error

Microsoft Access database is most common back-end database used in organizations. Being a multi user application, Access database is highly prone to corruption and damage. In any case, a user in an organization tries to open MS Access and receives the following error message:

“Your Microsoft Access database or project contains a missing or broken reference to the file FPDTC.dll Version 1.0. To ensure your database or project works properly, you must fix this reference.

After the user encounters the above error message, Access database becomes inaccessible. The above error message means that the Access database has been corrupted. The database got inaccessible due to broken or missing references of FPDTC.dll file. FPDTC.dll is a data link library file that is used by a user while designing the database. Once this file is corrupted, Access database becomes inaccessible.

To resolve the above issue, the user can use the in-built utility of Microsoft Access named Compact and Repair. But this in-built utility is not capable of solving serious corruption issues and repairing large size Access database. So the question here arises is:

How can the user execute the Access database if the inbuilt utility fails to repair the database?

The answer to the above question is by using effective access repair software. Access repair applications provide complete Access Database Repair by using effective scanning methods.

Stellar Information Systems Ltd. provides the finest Access repair application. Stellar Phoenix Access Recovery Software is the third party software above all Access recovery software. This Access recovery application employs advanced scanning algorithms to resolve all the Access database corruption issues. This Access recovery utility repair access database objects, such as, queries, tables, forms, views, macros and more. This repair software supports many versions of MS Access, such as, Access XP, 2007, 2003, 2002 and XP. This access recovery software also recovers the relations between all the tables.

Recycling Plastic Bags Easy Tips To Get Proactive

Recycling plastic bags is probably one of the easiest ways we can help our environment stay clean. Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle is the contemporary catch phrase used to encourage more people to think about the environment and how they use everyday items. Perhaps the other word belonging to this group is re-educate, as the message may be a little slow to impact on people. Most people would quote the Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle if you asked them how we can deal with excess plastics and landfill usage in our society. You may be a little more hard-pressed to get actual details about how they are doing this.

Australia is looking to solve this plastic bag excess use problem by promoting the use of the green NWPP (non woven polypropylene) bag as a reusable and recyclable alternative.

Indeed the handy green bags have been adopted by many people, but there has been some debate over how environmentally friendly they are. Regardless of this the bags do reduce the amount of single use plastics bags by a large amount, which is the first important choice to make, how to reduce our use of plastics.

Did You Know Those Plastic Fence Posts Are Recycled Shopping Bags?

It’s true and there is a wide range of products now made completely from recycled plastics, including plastic bags. The reusable green bags can be deposited in supermarkets for recycling, so ask at your local shops about accessing the bag-recycling program.
Here are some more ways recycled plastic is used:

* Garden edging
* Plastic stakes
* Outdoor seating
* Play equipment
* Round Plastic Bollards

The most important parts of the recycling process are ending the cycle by returning used plastic for recycling and purchasing recycled products. When products are sold it then creates demand for more to be made and therefore more waste plastic needed.

Considering the amount of plastics coming through to consumers and business there is relatively little proactive effort in the presenting of green bags for recycling. The bags are being used quite extensively across Australia, but it would seem that taking bags back in to be processed isn’t happening as much as it could.

If these bags made of plastic as well end up in landfill it can almost defeat the purpose of using them in the first place. Try and return as many as possible of those no longer in good condition for shopping.
Remember Your Green Bags When You Go Shopping
The next problem has happened to everyone at some stage, get to the checkout and the bags are at home or in the car. What choices are there? Buy more green bags, or use the single use bags at the checkout. Best case scenario is to remember your green shopping bags every time you go into a shop.

* Here are some ways you can make sure you get your reusable bags to the supermarket every time:
* Keep them in the car a dash to the car may be possible
* Keep them in a bag that you take with you every time you shop
* Buy compact fold away alternatives for your handbag
* Make that the first thing written on your shopping list

Ask your family to help remind you make a reward game out of the person who asks you if you have them before you leave home.

Once you form the habit of using the bags it will never be problem.

Why Recycle Plastic Shopping Bags?
Any way that Reduce, Reuse and recycle can be applied helps to reduce landfill and lessens the greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere.

Reducing is a great way to start. Identify ways you can just use less plastic in your daily life. Small day to day efforts will add up to a major change:

* Use multi-use shopping bags
* Choose items without plastic, or with the least amount of plastic packaging
* Buy items made from recycled plastic
* Find alternatives for using plastic cling’ wrap, freezer bags, and other single use plastics
* Clean and recycle all the plastic you can

Reusing is the next most important. Whatever you can reuse instead of throwing away is good. If you can wash and reuse then do that for as many times as possible. When you can’t reuse then recycle as much as possible.

Recycling can sometimes be counterproductive when it comes to the process of recycling. But if we then buy the products to reuse like garden furniture, fence posts, and play equipment then we have made that process worthwhile.

Let’s do our best to get those bags and plastic into the recycling bin, remember to take our green bags into the supermarket, and help to lower the carbon footprint left by each of us.

Cisco CCNA Certification Exam Tutorial: Port-Based Authentication

To pass your CCNA exam and earn this coveted certification, you must understand the details of port-based authentication. This knowledge has a great deal of value in production networks as well, since this authentication scheme is regularly implemented. Let’s take a look at this particular CCNA skill.

Consider a situation where you have a server that will be connected to your switch, and you want the port to shut down if a device with a different MAC address that that of the switch attempts to connect to that port. You could also have a situation where you have someone who has a connection to a switch port in his office, and he wants to make sure that only his laptop can use that port.

Both of these examples are real-world situations, and there are two solutions for each. First, we could create a static MAC entry for that particular switch port. I don’t recommend this, mainly because both you and I have better things to do than manage static MAC entries. The better solution is to configure port-based authentication on the switch.

The Cisco switch uses MAC addresses to enforce port security. With port security, only devices with certain MAC addresses can connect to the port successfully. This is another reason source MACs are looked at before the destination MAC is examined. If the source MAC is non-secure and port-based authentication is in effect, the destination does not matter, as the frame will not be forwarded. In essence, the source MAC address serves as the password.

MAC addresses that are allowed to successfully communicate with the switch port are secure MAC addresses. The default number of secure MAC addresses is 1, but a maximum of 132 secure MACs can be configured.

When a non-secure MAC address attempts to communicate with the switch port, one of three actions will occur, depending on the port security mode. In Protect mode, frames with non-secure MAC addresses are dropped. There is no notification that a violation has occurred. The port will continue to switch frames for the secure MAC address.

In Restrict mode, the same action is taken, but a syslog message is logged via SNMP, which is a messaging protocol used by Cisco routers.

In Shutdown mode, the interface goes into error-disabled state, the port LED will go out, and a syslog message is logged. The port has to be manually reopened. Shutdown mode is the default port-security mode.

Port-based authentication is just one of the many switching skills you’ll have to demonstrate to earn your CCNA certification. Make sure you know the basics shown here, including the action of each particular mode, and you’re on your way to CCNA exam success!

Article IT Outsourcing, Dedicated Server Hosting, Data Center, Colocation

IT Outsourcing is team of young IT professionals dealing with problem occurring in computers and related products. These IT guys take the calls form customer and provide them solutions for there problem. There major work includes finding the problem, analyzing the causes and finally eliminating them for smooth running of applications. Almost every corporate engaging these young IT guys to work for them as outsourcing agents to promote the customer relations. With tough competition it is important for every company to have harmonious relation with there customers and it possible only if they able to provide best services to there customers. With outsourcing help desk the companies get benefited as they need not worry about the customers query and focused on business on the other hand customer will never feel cheated as they get best services from professional people. This concept of Colocation is that placement of several entities can in a single location.

Companies have many benefits from Dedicated Server Hosting services as it helps in improving operations of the company. Although every company has Data Center and have two option either they can arrange in-house help desk services or appoint third party company as there outsourcing service executive. Rendering services to Third Party Company will let the business to save cost of business and they get potential and professional help desk service providers who will effectively handle help desk tasks. Moreover help desk service provider will provide immediate and critical measure to any issue. Companies are dealing with many internal and external threats and therefore appointing outsourcing help desk provider companies able to shift burden of external threats on Third Party Company. Outsourcing help desk services act as supportive system to any business concern so that entrepreneur concentrate in developing internal processes for future growth. Outsourcing help desk services are feasible option to deal with unknown contingencies of business enterprise.

Staying safe on the net

11 Names you must know

When a problem is properly identified, half of the battle is already won. You may not necessarily win the war, but you have a clear view of your path. Staying safe on the net is the same way. When you know what you are dealing with, you have a better strategy on how to deal with it. It is a little like “the devil you know”. So, here are 11 things or names you must know to shore up your safety on the net.

1.Malware: A common name for computer worms, malware is short for malicious software. Malware is software script or code written to inflict damage to a computer (hope not yours), a server, or a network of computers or servers. One of the difficult things about malware is that they have the ability to hide deep inside files and can reinstall even after you remove them. Malware has the ability to distabilize your system.

2.Adware: Adware scripts are designed to place advertisements on your computer screen for program owners. These ads can come as pop-ups, pop-unders, and sometimes are embeded in programs. Such pop-ups can show up even when you are not surfing. Adware pop-ups are targetted to the content of the website that you are surfing when online.

3.Spyware: These are another group of malware. As the name implies, these software scripts are written to spy on you. They work behind the scene to gather information about your internet behavior and even your computer usage. Some of the information relayed to the program owners include search terms that you type into the search box, credit card information, your name, login names and passwords etc. Spyware owners can and do use these information for marketing and may sell your information to other entities.

4.Trojan Horses: A trojan horse is designed to infiltrate your computer without raising an alarm. They often disguise themselves by pretending to be what they are not. They can present themselves as a useful program, may be an important update.

Trojans are written speicifically to cause damage by destroying or changing the data on your hard drive. They can erase an entire hard drive, mine data such as credit card information, personal passwords and logins.

5.Browser hijackers: Hijackers are scripts designed to arrest your browser and browser components. They are known to redirect to pages of their own choosing. More often than not, the pages they redirect to, leave much to be desired.

6.Dialers: Dialers are another type of malware. As the name implies, these scripts dial telephone number through your modem. A malware dialer installs secretly to your computer to dial 900 numbers, attracting charges and large telephone bills for you and fat bank deposits for program owners.

7.Toolbars: Normally, legitimate toolbars such as Yahoo toolbar or Google toolbar provide additional functionality to the browsing experience. Malware toolbars on the contrary, mimick the behavior and funtionality of legitimate toolbars while serving up owner ads and mining data from your computer.

8.Cookies: A cookie is a bit of text file placed in your compute memory that tags you to a particular website. Cookies store information that visited website deem important to them. Cookies are used legitimately by online merchants to facilitate and enhance visitor’s online transactions. For example, an incomplete transaction can be cookied for future reference.

9. Viruses: Viruses are computer scripts or program codes written to spread from one file to another or from computer to computer. They are not always written with the intent to cause damage. But intent or not, that is not important. The truth is that viruses cause damage, even though the damage may not be intended.

10.Worms: Worms are viruses designed to propergate by making copies of themselves on a computer or across a computer network.

11.Commonsenseware: Having talked all about the bad stuff, I believe now is the time to talk about the good stuff. You can call it whatever you want to call it but I call it commonsenseware. This is probably the most important of all the names that we talked about. Why? Because it is your best defense against all the wares and worms- the bad stuff. While deploying software tools such as antivirus, firewalls, and scan and remove applications are a great and indespensible defense against all the bad stuff, a little “commonsenseware” will take you a long way in your battle against malware. Remember, malware has serious privacy implications and should not be taken lightly.

T1 Providers – How To Choose?

With the price of T1 service dropping from its high point of roughly 20 years ago, its no wonder that more and more businesses are searching out and using this cost effective solution. Whether its voice, data, or a combination of voice and data, T1 service providers can satisfy your communications infrastructure requirements.

But where do you find an appropriate provider that offers a great price and support?

This is a great question. The biggest mistake is to base a purchasing decision on price alone. Beware of this. As most know, the net effect of any business purchase is the return on your investment. The cheap T1 service providers may be just that. A cheap cost for an oversold service that would be unable to provide the throughput advertised.

When making this important decision to build up (or out) your communications infrastructure, ask yourself some important questions.

a. If youre looking for a voice T1 service, what are your current requirements? (local/long distance, fax, toll-free service, number of lines needed, etc.)

b. If youre looking for a data T1 service, what is your objective? Web hosting, internet access for your employees, ASP, etc.

c. If youre looking for an integrated solution (voice and data) consider both points above.

Obviously these are some general considerations. There are also cost factors, time lines to implement, technical support, hardware requirements, contract time frames and extensibility issues to consider.

Whether you have an in-house technical staff or not, whatever provider you choose for service should be willing (and technical able) to work with you every step of the way to understand and provide the service that meets your needs.

So, how exactly do you find an objective third party to help you understand requirements, cost, support and extensibility?

A communications broker provides an objective look at your unique situation. Communication brokers work for you and not for any specific vendor. If you were to contact a specific vendor, their assistance would be geared towards a specific product or service they themselves offer. Their solution would be partly tailored based on what they themselves can provide. Using a communications broker removes that limitation by having access to products and services from many different vendors. Further, the communications broker can objectively evaluate your situation and design a solution that meets all your requirements and needs.

There are many T1 providers out there. Do yourself and your business a favor and use a communications broker to help you navigate the waters and build an infrastructure that will solve your immediate needs and provide the infrastructure that can handle the growth of your business. Whether you use our services or that of someone else, your business success is too important to leave in the hands of the cheap guys.

Know The Enemy Surveillance Spyware

Have you ever read best sellers on the cold war and spies? Many of us have grown up on the thrills and chills presented by such novels where spies are watching everything and are in the know of every action or step taken by important people.

The cyber world too has such spies and, among the many kinds is surveillance software. These are designed to surreptitiously monitor a persons activities. It can, not only record keystrokes and log the content of emails but even take screenshots of what is displayed on the monitor.

Surveillance software can be used to monitor a person and steal passwords and other sensitive information like financial transactions and confidential matters pertaining to business deals. Computers are most vulnerable when used online.

Key logger programs include SpectorSofts Spector Pro and EBlaster, XPCSpy, and Omnisquads Desktop Surveillance Personal edition. Programs like these abound and they are used to spy on you without your knowledge or consent. In many states an employer or spouse is legally entitled to use these.

In fact, in the US many employers are using surveillance spyware to monitor their employees. Even the government has been using technology to track criminals and to spy into private communications. Surveys indicate that spyware, adware, and other malicious programs are costing victims billions of dollars every year. To fight the menace a coalition Stop Badware Coalition of tech companies and consumer groups has formed to stop misdeeds by companies who produce software that spies. Fighting the cause are giants like Google, Lenovo, Sun Microsystems, Berkman Center, Vint Cerf, and Esther Dyson.

Cleverly designed, most anti-spyware programs cannot detect or disable surveillance spyware efficiently. And, spywares are being improved as we speak. You can only attempt to create your own protective fortress by using multiple anti-spyware tools. For example a good workable combination according to PCworld would be Ad-ware, spybot, Pestpatrol, and Spysweeper.

You need to think like a spy to catch the surveillance software. Try and uncover the program and then disable or uninstall it. Many emerge on using specific keystroke sequences like CTrl-ALT-Shift-S. Very often, the installer or the spyware may have altered the sequence but a bit of doggedness on your part will help you unravel the code. Please do close every application include those running in the systems tray before trying to work the magic.

If you are a bit tech savvy you can discover plenty of useful information on blogs and discussion forums. Sadly, often spyware is password protected and you will not be able to disable the software.

Your safest bet is to avoid downloading software, and use strict log on security offered by operating systems. Always use unusual passwords and make it a point to change them often. You must:

Use a hardware router.
Set up firewalls both hardware and software.
Use comfortable security settingsnever lower than medium.
Never comply to return e-mail receipt requests.

Stay one step ahead and follow the rules of protecting your PC and sanity.

Goldilocks and the three Anti Spyware Products

Once apon a time, there was a young lady who became lost while traveling. She decided to pull over at a rest stop and get online with her laptop to find directions. As she booted up her trusty laptop, she remembered her AntiVirus was about to expire. Well, she thought, I’ll just search online for something that will get me by for now. The search engine results offered a variety of results, all claiming to be the best…some even claimed to cure gout!

First she reviewed the freebies. FreeAntiVirus4u.com looked good, but wait, here’s a review about it that says it’s actually Spyware! That won’tdo. Ah, here’s one that’s only $ 12.95 and if I download it right now, Wow,I get a Ginsu knife set for free with it! They even cut pipe! But alas, she noticed that it had no online protection and the signatures had to be updated manually. This one won’t do either.

Goldilocks was beginning to wonder if this was worth all the trouble. After all she thought, I just need a quick look at WolfsMaps.com and I can be on my way to Grandmas, but just then she remembered the website she had been recommended to last week. What a cute dog the websites Company Mascot was! The site stated that a computer could be hacked very easily without proper protection. The thought of losing all of Grandmas recipes stored on her hard drive gave her a chill. The site also said, be it free, cheap or expensive, make sure it works for you! Read the agreement, read the manual, educate yourself in its use, also check reviews for customer satisfaction. Sounds like good advice she thought.

Goldilocks now felt purpose in her quest. She would insure her online safety, and then get directions over the hill and thru the woods. Wait a minute, That Website with the cute dog! She was sure it would have what she needed. It just felt….safe, like Grandmas house. After all, her Internet Security was paramount! She had heard horror stories about those wolves lurking online to take advantage of unsuspecting souls. Especially during full moons. (Opps, wrong story)

As the site loaded, she gasped! Ah, this is just right! After just a few minutes she found an Anti Virus Product that ranked in the top 4! And it was not even expensive. Happily she downloaded and installed it. It only took her a few minutes to set it up. Before she rebooted to finish the install, she bookmarked the site so she could return later. She wanted information on Anti Spyware Products too. And there was a article titled “Facts about Firewalls” that looked interesting. A few minutes later at Wolfsmaps.com she found where she had made her wrong turn. The way she was going now led to “Wolfsburg” where the “Lil Red Riding Hood Memorial” was. As she pulled back onto the freeway she thought, this would have made a great story!

Goldilocks was one of the lucky ones. Many have no idea they are not adequately protected while online. Some suffer incidents of identity theft which is rising drastically. Insure your Online Safety.