New Family Protection Software From McAfee
Anti-virus software developer, McAfee, brings out family protection software
Software developers are always trying to beat the opposition to the punch, and in this case it looks like Symantec gets the gold medal for finishing first, Software developer, McAfee, has released its Family Protection software a full month after Symantec released its OnlineFamily.Norton package.
- 62% of parents worry just as much or more about their teens’ online safety as they do about drinking and driving (McAfee and Harris Interactive, October, 2008)
- 52% of teens have given out personal information online to someone they didn’t know (McAfee and Harris Interactive, October, 2008)
- One out of 17 kids have been harassed, threatened or bullied online (netlingo.com, March, 2007)
- Web Blocking lets parents block up to 35 categories of inappropriate content including such categories as pornography, hate sites and school cheating.
- Program Blocking helps parents steer kids and teens away from such programs as peer-to-peer file sharing programs that may compromise family PCs or games that may only be appropriate for certain age groups
- Time Limits enable families to select the amount of time children and teens can use the Internet.
- E-mail Content Management allows parents to both pre-approve e-mail addresses of kids’ friends and block unknown e-mail addresses via such programs as Microsoft Outlook. It can also completely block Web-based email programs (such as Gmail or Hotmail) so children or teens are not communicating with strangers.
- The Social Networking feature records and alerts parents when inappropriate or personal information is posted to popular social networking sites such as Facebook and MySpace.
- Instant Messaging lets parents monitor and record IM chats as needed to understand if kids are being communicated to by cyber bullies or strangers. IM clients include AOL, ICQ, MSN and Yahoo!, and parents can also block IM programs that are installed on the PC by using the Program Blocking feature.
- Reports provide parents with a complete view of sites visited, including banned sites, as well as recorded IM activity.
- Instant Alerts by e-mail give parents a heads up when access to objectionable material is attempted and when confidential information is posted on social networking sites.