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Internet Dangers, Revisited
Salomon Says

Internet Dangers, Revisited

The problem is getting worse.

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Published: November 7, 2010


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Visitor Comments: 24

(24) Don, March 20, 2011 3:38 AM

Internet..

I don't see internet as a direct threat. It's just a form of comunicattion. It was introduced as virtual reality. I don't see much virtual in it. Behind it there are usually real people, real shops, real banks etc. And behind it are real laws and real courts. Internet just makes it conveniatelly accesible. It is a form of new media. It is already substituting television in younger population with tremendous speed. It's up to everyone to decide what will she/he do with ones live. Children should learn that internet is our reality. It has real laws behind it. So piracy is equal to stealing in the shop. As with all media there comes the danger of manipulation and missinformation, personal theft etc. But on the other side it can provide us with worldwide information and friends. With knowledge unimaginable before. Parents shoul also look into searching information eficiently. Advise some good pages like Wikipedia, National Geographics, Aish, local news stations, interesting portals..

(23) Anonymous, November 27, 2010 9:44 AM

the internet has made my life with my son a living hell. i can't help but wish all pornographers burn in hell.

(22) Anonymous, November 18, 2010 12:15 AM

Do we really HAVE to have Internet ? !!!

It seems that "all" agree that the religious Jewish modern man MUST HAVE the access to Internet even with all its inherent religious and moral dangers. Over two thousand years ago It was the accepted worldwide assumption that any cultured individual MUST worship idols. Our sages explain that idolatry was not merely one's empty-headed service to a stone or a cow. Rather it was a highly developed lost science - so to speak, that allowed man to manipulate powers of nature for one's success in survival and general well-being, while circumventing one's true responsibilities to the Creator of all powers. It was the "in thing to do" as well as a very profitable endeavor. Nevertheless, religious Jews chose to keep away from all of idol-worship even at the pain of death ! Shouldn't we too follow their lead and keep away from Internet even if it has many materialistic benefits ? One might say "soon there won't be any banking or even much shopping off the Internet ". Is that an excuse ? We, for our religious reasons will continue to have all the "old-fashioned" institutions for the sake of our beliefs if we can't totally kosher the dangers of what is called seemingly progress. We did it in the past so why not keep up the good work ! MUST we not do so ?!

(21) Menashe, November 15, 2010 11:00 AM

Encrypt your router

A danger is when a household does not WEP encrypt their wireless and does not keep the password secret. Here in my village in Israel, I see teenagers in the street being able to access any unencrypted home wireless router. A household that does not encrypt its wireless routers may be inadvertently allowing children to access unsuitable things via their iPods etc., right outside your own home.

(20) Pauline, November 12, 2010 7:23 PM

Safety Tips and warnings.

Before opening sites your unfamiliar with, it's best to research them. There are sites specifically for this. It is like a consumer advocate site. It will rate sites it's heard of (by it's own research or by complaints), as to what they think of it's safety level. A bad site can download all kinds of stuff to your computer. An instant attack can of course destroy your hard drive, it can download your personal records to who ever, and pass it on. It can also take over your computer and use it to pass porn through to other people. (FYI it's illegal to look at child porn, and if found on your computer, can cause all kinds of head aches to prove you did not commit a crime, to prove that a virus put it there. I've heard stories on TV about this problem. Music sites are notorious for doing this.) An attack can use the list of all people you do e-mail with, and try to infect their computers too. It's recommended to do a full scan check for viruses with the latest checking stuff out there, at least once a week. And use multiple virsus checking stuff, not just one. Oh, one safety search site is "SiteAdvisor.com" by Macafee, (they specialize in software security products). They also have a browser plug in that is free. It can automatically check search results for you, and rate the sites as to safe, questionable, or unsafe. It's not fool proof but it's helpful. Also, never click yes or no on an unknown site, only click on the X to get rid of it. As to facebook, my friend just last week had to get her site closed because someone put a porno video on her site, and said it was of her. It wasn't of her of course, but prospective employers, and strangers wouldn't know this. Also, teens and others can say very hurtful stuff of other children on facebook. Bullying via electronic stuff has put some teens over the edge, to commit suicide. Recently a horrific rape story was on Oprah. The situation resulted in about 160 rapist replying to an ad by a vengeful ex.

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