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Monitor Social Media Usage With PC Pandora

Pandora : 28 April, 2010  (New Product)
Calendar Function on MySpace provides information that can be of use to criminals according to PC Pandora who recommend monitoring child usage of social media to prevent them being exposed to dangers
Monitor Social Media Usage With PC Pandora
Social media giant MySpace has announced a new service that allows users to manage future personal events, such as concerts, on a calendar that is displayed on the user's profile page and shared with friends. According to the Media Decoder blog on the New York Times website, MySpace will eventually incorporate other events like movie or video game releases.

"This is a classic example of something that sounds fun, but can open the door to danger and unwanted situations," says Pandora Corp. co-founder Manuel Coats. "For adults, broadcasting your whereabouts means there is one place you're not: home. For kids, it means you are in a dark, crowded area, and most-likely without parents."

Several stories have surfaced that include unwanted guests at home while the home owners are out, as a direct result of comments on social networks. In March, CBS reported about a couple being robbed by a Facebook "friend" after posting their evening plans on Facebook. While the couple attended a concert in a nearby city, their "friends" ransacked their house.

In England this past February, the BBC reported that a 15-year-old organized a small party on Facebook, noting that her parents would be out of town at a wedding. About 50 people showed up, destroyed the house, and stole jewelry and antiques.

"Clearly, broadcasting your whereabouts on social networks is going to lead to some unwanted situations," says Coats. "We tend to forget that those few hundred or thousand 'friends' we amass on social networks, aren't really our friends at all - the vast majority are just acquaintances."

Homeowners and robberies aside, when kids broadcast their whereabouts, Coats says that leaves the door open for disaster.

"Kids on social networks tend to accept friend requests from just about everyone," explains Coats. "Letting everyone on that list know you'll be at a concert is the equivalent of saying, 'hey, I'm going to be in this dark room, in a crowd, without parents. Come meet me.' That's not really the thing your kids need to be telling their social network 'friends.'"

Keeping track of what your kids are saying online is essential in the 21st century. Knowing for sure what news they are broadcast and making sure they aren't giving too much information is an important part of keeping them safe in the digital age.

It's just one more reason parents need a tool like PC Pandora 6.0. Pandora Corp's flagship computer monitoring software records all activity that happens on the monitored computer. The software starts by taking sequential snapshots of all screen content, while simultaneously compiling text-based files of data, including emails sent and received, websites visited, keystrokes logged, instant messenger conversations, programs utilized, peer-to-peer downloads and lots more. In effect, PC Pandora 6.0 acts as a DVR for your PC, giving you a detailed visual record of all activity.

"If your kids tell everyone where they are going to be Friday night, or if they decide to host a party while you're away, you're going to immediately know about it with PC Pandora 6.0," states Coats.

PC Pandora 6.0 can also help you catch a thief or burglar. In March, a 17-year-old in Washington State broke into a furniture store and spent 5 hours online surfing porn and updating his MySpace page. According to local media, he was eventually caught.

Similarly, according to UPI, after two laptops were stolen from a rental store in Salt Lake City last December, employees used tracking software to help authorities catch the thief.

"If you have computer monitoring software in place and the thief uses your machine, either in your home or after stealing it, you will be able to catch them," explains Coats. "With PC Pandora's built-in IRIS reports, you'll be emailed details of all computer activity, including login names and passwords of the thief. With our PC Pandora LIVE! service, you could view the screen snapshots and webcam captures and literally see who used or is using your machine."

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