Sunday, June 26, 2005

Tips for Keeping Your Children Safe Online

By Sharon Housley

Parents are constantly struggling with ways to keep their children safe online. The Internet has a global reach and at this point no bounds, or limitations. Outside of installing filtering software children should be educated in order to protect themselves to this virtual monster. We've put together a collection of ten tips that should be observed while surfing online. At the very least these tips will prompt family discussions regarding safety.

1.) When on the internet personal information should be kept private. Just because someone asks doesn't mean you need to tell them. When someone asks for personal information, consider how they might use that information and whether it is necessary for them to have it.

2.) If you are conversing with someone online, don't assume that they are being honest with you. Just because they say they're 16 doesn't mean they are.

3.) Do not release your password to anyone, even if they say they are from your online provider.

4.) Overall it is best not to respond to unsolicited e-mail (SPAM), if there is something flagrant or inappropriate in the e-mail, consider reporting the sender to their Internet Service Provider (ISP).

5.) Do not give out or post identifying information, including address or telephone numbers.

6.) You may want to create a nickname for a screen name in chat rooms.

7.) Keep in mind when posting in chat rooms or newsgroups, that there may be lurkers (people who read but do not post). Your information can be read and seen by all.

8.) Keep an open dialogue with children surfing the Internet, remember if they come to you with a problem, your first reaction should not be to take away the Internet. Applaud child's confidence in confiding in you and work together to find a solution.

9.) Overall it is not a good idea to post or exchange pictures over the Internet

10.) Try to keep in mind the Internet is global and is *not* governed by any entity. This means that there are no limitations or checks on the information posted and accessible to Internet users.

Additional Resources:
The following resources will assist in staying safe online.

Collection of Internet Access and Filtering Software - http://www.monitoring-software.net/access-monitoring.htm
Contract for Safe Surfing - http://www.911paging.com/internetsafety/internetcontract.htm




About the Author


About the Author:
Sharon Housley manages marketing for NotePage, Inc. http://www.notepage.net a company specializing in alphanumeric paging, SMS and wireless messaging software solutions. Other sites by Sharon can be found at http://www.softwaremarketingresource.com . Additional articles can be found at http://www.small-business-software.net/free-website-content.htm






Tips for Keeping Your Children Safe Online

By Sharon Housley

Parents are constantly struggling with ways to keep their children safe online. The Internet has a global reach and at this point no bounds, or limitations. Outside of installing filtering software children should be educated in order to protect themselves to this virtual monster. We've put together a collection of ten tips that should be observed while surfing online. At the very least these tips will prompt family discussions regarding safety.

1.) When on the internet personal information should be kept private. Just because someone asks doesn't mean you need to tell them. When someone asks for personal information, consider how they might use that information and whether it is necessary for them to have it.

2.) If you are conversing with someone online, don't assume that they are being honest with you. Just because they say they're 16 doesn't mean they are.

3.) Do not release your password to anyone, even if they say they are from your online provider.

4.) Overall it is best not to respond to unsolicited e-mail (SPAM), if there is something flagrant or inappropriate in the e-mail, consider reporting the sender to their Internet Service Provider (ISP).

5.) Do not give out or post identifying information, including address or telephone numbers.

6.) You may want to create a nickname for a screen name in chat rooms.

7.) Keep in mind when posting in chat rooms or newsgroups, that there may be lurkers (people who read but do not post). Your information can be read and seen by all.

8.) Keep an open dialogue with children surfing the Internet, remember if they come to you with a problem, your first reaction should not be to take away the Internet. Applaud child's confidence in confiding in you and work together to find a solution.

9.) Overall it is not a good idea to post or exchange pictures over the Internet

10.) Try to keep in mind the Internet is global and is *not* governed by any entity. This means that there are no limitations or checks on the information posted and accessible to Internet users.

Additional Resources:
The following resources will assist in staying safe online.

Collection of Internet Access and Filtering Software - http://www.monitoring-software.net/access-monitoring.htm
Contract for Safe Surfing - http://www.911paging.com/internetsafety/internetcontract.htm




About the Author


About the Author:
Sharon Housley manages marketing for NotePage, Inc. http://www.notepage.net a company specializing in alphanumeric paging, SMS and wireless messaging software solutions. Other sites by Sharon can be found at http://www.softwaremarketingresource.com . Additional articles can be found at http://www.small-business-software.net/free-website-content.htm






Always contact a Lawyer for advice as to how to set up a business if you are unsure.
There is always free legal advice available through SCORE (Service Corps of Retired
Executives). If your business starts to get really lucrative in the future, you can even consider
moving up from a Business to a Corporation, or an LLC. You can incorporate online at
www.incorporatenow.com. SCORE will tell you how and not charge you a fortune to do it!
You can also check the Yellow Pages under "Free Legal Aid". There are numerous agencies
ready to assist you in starting a business. Call the SBA (Small Business Administration) or visit
their Web-Site at http://www.sba.gov. Here are the following steps, posted in order of operation:

1. Establish A Post Office Box.: This can either be done directly at the US Post office,
or through a private company such as Mail Boxes etc. To get your Business License and
other paperwork processed quickly , they will need a PO Box or some type of business
address. That's why you should get your PO Box first.

2. Fictitious Business Get A Name: Find out from City Hall where to go to get a
"Fictitious Business Name". This is just a fancy way of saying the name for your business.
Before you go, you should think of a good name. Here's an example. If your last name
was Ramirez, you might want to call it "Ramirez Security" or something similar. The
cost for this is about $10.00.

3. Give Public Notice of Your New Business: After you get your Fictitious Business
Name, you will get a receipt for this. You can bring this receipt to your local newspaper,
and they will know what to do. They will charge you a modest fee, but make sure that
they offer full services, including filing it with the County Clerk and giving you a confirmation
letter after this is complete. You need to give "Public Notice" of your DBA (Doing business
As) name. This means that you will have to get it published in a paper for 4 weeks, once a week.

4. Apply For a Business License : Go to City Hall in the City you live in and apply for
a Business License. Different cities might have different procedures and fees. They should
give you an application to fill out. This is always done after the Fictitious Business Name
statement, because they need to know the name of your business on the application. This
only makes sense. It takes a few weeks to receive your license in the mail once your
application has been processed.

5. Open up a Business Checking Account: Go to your local bank and set up a Business
Checking Account. This usually requires a deposit of $100.00 or so. Also, if you plan on
accepting credit card orders, inquire about a merchant account. They will be very happy to
discuss all options with you. Also, have the bank make you an Endorsement stamp according
to their specifications. Your first couple of hundred business checks will be mailed to you
within a few weeks of ordering. The bank will explain to you how an Endorsement stamp works.

6. Rubber Stamp Purchases: Go to a business like Office Depot, Staples, Office Max
or a local print shop in your area which can be contacted in the Yellow Pages. Have them make
you a Stamp with your Complete Company Contact Information. This should be under $15.00.

7. Have Business Cards Made: This can be accomplished at your local print shop or at
a place like Kinkos, Office Depot, Staples or Office Max.

8. Find an ISP (Internet Service Provider) : Find an Internet Service provider. This is
your "Pipeline" to the Internet. You can go with an established company like MSN (Microsoft
Network), Earthlink, AOL, Compuserve or you can check your Yellow Pages under Internet Access or Internet Service Provider or something similar. Pose the same questions for locating an ISP as you would for securing a hosting service, which are listed below. They will all give you an E-Mail address. You should check out http://ld.net/?81648

9. Securing a Domain Name: If you wish to make a presence for your business on the
Internet and are not satisfied with the free hosting services out there, then you will have to
Secure a Domain Name. To do that, it will cost just over $8.95 per year. Apply here:
http://www.techcompassociates.com . Think of some good names and check them out for availability. Try to have a keyword in your Domain Name, it will help with the Search Engines.

The reason this comes in handy is because no matter how many times I change Hosting Services,
I'll always have the same name and same E-Mail address, info@garvinweb.com. This means,
if you ever get angry at your ISP or hosting service, you can just change it and everyone will
still be able to find you. You won't have to change your business cards, letterheads or anything
else to reflect a different Web-Site.

10. Find a Hosting Service: Find a Hosting Service that will meet all your expectations.
A Hosting Service is the place you "Park" your Domain Name. There are hundreds of thousands
of them out there now. Just shop around and consider different factors such as: Price, Service,
Method of Connection., CGI Support, Tech Support, and customer support. How accessible are they to Billing and General Service Questions? These things you must ask yourself before you join one.

Now, you have started your business, and are ready to begin the process or securing orders.

Congratulations!!




About the Author


Robert Nelson is a staff writer for Security Products Directory, who have been helping people start their own Security Business using the New Security Products Directory, which can be found at: http://www.spyproductsdirectory.com



Always contact a Lawyer for advice as to how to set up a business if you are unsure.
There is always free legal advice available through SCORE (Service Corps of Retired
Executives). If your business starts to get really lucrative in the future, you can even consider
moving up from a Business to a Corporation, or an LLC. You can incorporate online at
www.incorporatenow.com. SCORE will tell you how and not charge you a fortune to do it!
You can also check the Yellow Pages under "Free Legal Aid". There are numerous agencies
ready to assist you in starting a business. Call the SBA (Small Business Administration) or visit
their Web-Site at http://www.sba.gov. Here are the following steps, posted in order of operation:

1. Establish A Post Office Box.: This can either be done directly at the US Post office,
or through a private company such as Mail Boxes etc. To get your Business License and
other paperwork processed quickly , they will need a PO Box or some type of business
address. That's why you should get your PO Box first.

2. Fictitious Business Get A Name: Find out from City Hall where to go to get a
"Fictitious Business Name". This is just a fancy way of saying the name for your business.
Before you go, you should think of a good name. Here's an example. If your last name
was Ramirez, you might want to call it "Ramirez Security" or something similar. The
cost for this is about $10.00.

3. Give Public Notice of Your New Business: After you get your Fictitious Business
Name, you will get a receipt for this. You can bring this receipt to your local newspaper,
and they will know what to do. They will charge you a modest fee, but make sure that
they offer full services, including filing it with the County Clerk and giving you a confirmation
letter after this is complete. You need to give "Public Notice" of your DBA (Doing business
As) name. This means that you will have to get it published in a paper for 4 weeks, once a week.

4. Apply For a Business License : Go to City Hall in the City you live in and apply for
a Business License. Different cities might have different procedures and fees. They should
give you an application to fill out. This is always done after the Fictitious Business Name
statement, because they need to know the name of your business on the application. This
only makes sense. It takes a few weeks to receive your license in the mail once your
application has been processed.

5. Open up a Business Checking Account: Go to your local bank and set up a Business
Checking Account. This usually requires a deposit of $100.00 or so. Also, if you plan on
accepting credit card orders, inquire about a merchant account. They will be very happy to
discuss all options with you. Also, have the bank make you an Endorsement stamp according
to their specifications. Your first couple of hundred business checks will be mailed to you
within a few weeks of ordering. The bank will explain to you how an Endorsement stamp works.

6. Rubber Stamp Purchases: Go to a business like Office Depot, Staples, Office Max
or a local print shop in your area which can be contacted in the Yellow Pages. Have them make
you a Stamp with your Complete Company Contact Information. This should be under $15.00.

7. Have Business Cards Made: This can be accomplished at your local print shop or at
a place like Kinkos, Office Depot, Staples or Office Max.

8. Find an ISP (Internet Service Provider) : Find an Internet Service provider. This is
your "Pipeline" to the Internet. You can go with an established company like MSN (Microsoft
Network), Earthlink, AOL, Compuserve or you can check your Yellow Pages under Internet Access or Internet Service Provider or something similar. Pose the same questions for locating an ISP as you would for securing a hosting service, which are listed below. They will all give you an E-Mail address. You should check out http://ld.net/?81648

9. Securing a Domain Name: If you wish to make a presence for your business on the
Internet and are not satisfied with the free hosting services out there, then you will have to
Secure a Domain Name. To do that, it will cost just over $8.95 per year. Apply here:
http://www.techcompassociates.com . Think of some good names and check them out for availability. Try to have a keyword in your Domain Name, it will help with the Search Engines.

The reason this comes in handy is because no matter how many times I change Hosting Services,
I'll always have the same name and same E-Mail address, info@garvinweb.com. This means,
if you ever get angry at your ISP or hosting service, you can just change it and everyone will
still be able to find you. You won't have to change your business cards, letterheads or anything
else to reflect a different Web-Site.

10. Find a Hosting Service: Find a Hosting Service that will meet all your expectations.
A Hosting Service is the place you "Park" your Domain Name. There are hundreds of thousands
of them out there now. Just shop around and consider different factors such as: Price, Service,
Method of Connection., CGI Support, Tech Support, and customer support. How accessible are they to Billing and General Service Questions? These things you must ask yourself before you join one.

Now, you have started your business, and are ready to begin the process or securing orders.

Congratulations!!




About the Author


Robert Nelson is a staff writer for Security Products Directory, who have been helping people start their own Security Business using the New Security Products Directory, which can be found at: http://www.spyproductsdirectory.com



If you could receive a penny for every website on the net that promises to speed up your Internet Service, you would be rich. You will find a massive amount of software programs that promise to speed up your connection for free! Beware of these types of programs because they contain spy ware to make a profit.

GoTurboDialup.com provides a software solution that will turn your dialup into near broadband speeds at a very low cost. It can be used anywhere in the world without the need to change your Internet Service Provider.

You cannot physically change the speed of your Internet connection. GoTurboDialup.com, powered by Onspeed uses Content Sensitive Compression (CSC) to compress each element you request from a web page or email message.

What is CSC?
When your web browser requests a web page, the Onspeed software redirects that request to the Compression Servers. The web page content is compressed and then sent back to the Onspeed software which decompresses it and sends it to the browser. Tests have shown that using Onspeed with the Opera browser provides even faster results.

At the moment Onspeed has dedicated algorithms for: Photo-realistic images, line art and drawings, animated objects, HTML objects, text, office documents such as word, excel, PowerPoint and PDF documents. Onspeed is constantly working with technology to achieve new algorithms to improve and enhance your Internet experience.

What are algorithms?
Algorithms are a computable set of steps to achieve a desired result. By late 2004, Onspeed will have MP3 files, flash, and Mpeg4 for video available, achieving a 300% - 500% speed increase.

www.goturbodialup.com Team 2004




About the Author


William Clewis is a Business System Analyst working in Omaha, Nebraska. He graduated from Bellevue University with a BS in E-Business in 2000.