Windows XP Internet Security - for parents!


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Hiya, I am halfway through a trial for Netintelligence Home. So far i have to say, that this is the best product of its type on the market. My 2 children are frequent internet users and this product has allowed me to monitor both internet usage and chat conversations. Has anyone else come accross this? I am seriously thinking of paying the £50 for a full years usage as it comes with Anti-Virus also.
 
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revic2005 said:
So far i have to say, that this is the best product of its type on the market.

So what other comparable programs have you compared it against?

Full version, pay-for programs, that is?

That statement is unqualified without a comparison.
 

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We here at PCR are immediately put on a back foot with comments such as yours ... I think you’re spamming.

We can teach you for free how to do what that program says it does, and anything we leave out is called parental trust. ;)

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I have used Cyberpatrol 6 and Netnanny in the past. Both were expensive and did enough at the time. My children are now at the stage where they are delving deeper into the Internet. They like to chat and use messenger programs. I just find that Netintelligence allows me to monitor them in an easier way. Is that qualified enough? :)
 

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A good enough answer for me ... apologies if we seem to have jumped the gun, but we get a lot of obscure 1 post adverts. What put me on my back foot was the way you worded your question as it seem to be advertising the product.

My feelings are parents should afford a more relaxed hand in 'parental control' and nothing beats developing a relationship with your children where they will alert you to anything they encounter on the Internet that makes them feel uncomfortable or at risk.

The Internet can be a very powerful tool for good or bad. Being aware of the risks and how to use it safely can make it an enjoyable and useful experience.

You can review your child's internet activities by finding the websites and pages viewed recently on any computer by clicking on 'History' button in the toolbar (or type Ctrl+H on keyboard).

When it comes to 'chat programs' I'm inclined to be more concerned with the security of the PC ... Windows XP (SP2) offers up better security and setting up children with a 'limited account' will help protect your PC.

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Dear Revic200

I think I'm with Mucks on this one. I say that as I have 3 children aged 16, 16 and almost 11. The best thing you can do is get some good protection and ESPECIALLY antispyware on the PC. I feel qualified to make that statement because I didn't have any antispyware until recently and I got into a fair old pickle. The good people on this site helped me out no end. I would also say, keep the PC in a 'family room' so that you have an overall awareness of what's going on and like Mucks says, get the kids to talk to you if they are uncomfortable with anything on the net. You don't say how old your kids are but they may be a bit miffed if they thought that their MSN etc.... chats were being scrutinised. IMHO children are relatively safe on the net provided that as parents we adopt some simple strategies and make sure the kids know when to say they don't feel OK etc......

Yes, there are some weirdos out there but they are found in every town in the world.

Good luck and let us know how you get on.

Kind regards

Gabriella x
 
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ive had a pc in my own bedroom with a broadband connection since the age of about 14 or 15 and have had private access to the internet without any kind of supervision from the age of about 11.

Monitoring your kids conversations is just plain wrong - you wouldn't go along when they were with a group of friends and listen to every word they say would you?

Yeah there are some people on internet chat rooms that might say nasty stuff but hey - you CANT be hurt physically just by sitting at a computer, what you would be concerned about is if your kid wanted to meet an internet "buddy"

MSN is very safe, you can't talk to anyone you don't know/haven't accepted to talk to/haven't added and i use it everyday and have done for years.

Letting your kids meet people on the internet is a great - ive done it for ages, go to www.faceparty.com and look for people your age etc and then get talking to them. Not every stranger on the internet is a 40 year old guy with no life... thats what everyone seems to think.

If you just ask your kids what they have been up to on the internet after they were online, and they get all twitchy about then you can perhaps assume something was up... but i would imaging everything would be hunky dory.

Of course you cant really get more specific unless the ages of the kids in question are divulged, but i'd say unsupervised access on the internet should be allowed from the age of about school year 7...

Thats my views,

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i agree, i dont want people viewing what i am doing, and i didnt want it when i was 10.

nobody has ever done it, i dont want my password to be forund with key logger software some parents seem to think they need. the internet is safe.
 
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i hve had unsupervised internet access from when i was about 5, and a pc in my room with the net when i was 10/11
 

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Three daughters here, right now aged 18, 16 & 16 (twins).

They've had unsupervised internet access, without restrictions, since they were about 10 years old.

I did used to check where they'd been, I never came across anything sinister, but obviously I never bother looking now.

The only grief I've suffered through letting them have free reign is adware and the occasional virus. But with all the freebie software programs to stop that stuff now, it's rarely a problem anymore.

Just the once, a porn link kept popping up, about three years ago. They told me straight away and I had to fix it.

They use MSN, faceparty, all the usual suspects. No problems.

Of course, it helps if your offspring have half a brain and also if you warn them of what could be lurking out there.
 
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floppybootstomp said:
The only grief I've suffered through letting them have free reign is adware and the occasional virus. But with all the freebie software programs to stop that stuff now, it's rarely a problem anymore.

Of course, it helps if your offspring have half a brain and also if you warn them of what could be lurking out there.

I think that last point is the best defense against anything out there - if kids want to access stuff on the net that they shouldn't, they will somehow! Warning them of the stuff that is out there should be enough to scare them off doing so though, as you say. Small kids let loose on the net might need some blocking software though, as it is quite easy to get to a dodgy site within a few clicks of a quite safe one.

Spyware is such a problem though nowadays - it really annoys me how companies claim that this software actually helps people and forces download. There are lawsuits against plenty of anti-spyware companies now from the very perpetrators (see here).
 
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