Get Real Sweepstakes: Week 7 — Win an iPod Touch and Internet Security for You and Your Family


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We’re happy to say that Safe and Savvy has been named a winner of a 2010 Top Blog Award.

We’ve been blogging for less than a year. In that time, we’ve talked about quitting Facebook and what to do if you stay. We’ve covered the best methods for backing up your content and how to make sure your web cam isn’t spying on you. And we’ve told you about what happens when you get robbed in the World of Warcraft and how to find out if you have a cyberstalker.

And we always want to hear from you, which leads to…

This week’s question is: What online safety or security question would you like see us blog about? If you can’t think of one, you can just tell us about a Safe and Savvy post that you’ve appreciated.

Just read the rules and post your answer in the comments. This week’s winner will receive an iPod touch 8 GB plus F-Secure Internet Security for your whole family (up to 5 members).



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I’d like to see more coverage of instant messaging (MSN, Yahoo etc.) How to create groups, protect personal information and check potentially hazardous link sharing when using them.

Just read a couple of articles on why ANY precaution will not do for absolute protection. It was intriguing and quite compelling to say the least. So I would appreciate your take on the limits of protection in the real world out there now and in the one we’re heading for. Thank you.

i’d like more info on the legal issues of data protection like: what law are in application to protect people in countries.


Basic security on how small commercial companies can protect themselves. I’ve seen a lot of clients I’m working with where security is defined as the windows firewall on the desktop.

I’d like to know about the difference between regular Internet security and those that scan social network shared links etc. May be basic but that’s my level.

I liked the “backing up your content” one – reminded me to make sure I have decent backups!

i like to here about how to have safe online money transactions, how accounts are hacked by saved cache & cookies in pc 🙂

Sdurvey completed..!! 🙂

I readed archives and there was many intersting articles.

i liked this one “How to Save Face: 6 Tips for Safer Facebooking””

I would like to read about what rights do I have to keep my data private. For example it seems to be useless to think about privacy when you get personal laptop into some countries. (for vacation, etc) (Favorite pas article was: find out if you have a cyberstalker.)

it would be nice to know of a way how to explain to a not techwise person, on what links they should not click on

It’s not about i can’t think of one, but it’s more comfortable to tell you about a post I’ve appreciated – and that’s by far “How to create and remember strong passwords”. The next one is “4 ways to get Google out of your life”. I’ve bookmarked both!

Ah!! Voila: I’d like to see a neverending “GET REAL SWEEPSTAKES WEEK #…” serie, maybe “GET REAL SWEEPSTAKES DAY #…” – ha-ha!

I liked the post ” 6 tips for safer Facebooking”. It would be interesting to read an article conserning the new Facebook group feature. What’s the threats and can feel safe if I join a group?

By the way, I couldn’t read all topics in the archive. E. g. it says that Online threats should have 36 posts, but I can read only ten. Ten is the maximum posts per cathegory that is shown?

I would like to see a safety or security question on instant messengers and if there new integrations with facebook twitter and other social networks makes them less secure.

The Safe and Savvy post that i’ve appreciated,was: “The Most Dangerous Thing You Can Do While Online”.

like @al said. I also like article titled “How to Save Face: 6 Tips for Safer Facebooking”. It makes me have awareness about sefety in Facebooking..

I think all the articles regarding safe surfing on the internet are equally helpful, but making one article about people who have got scammed, whose identity has been stolen and so forth and presenting the most extreme cases of these might be an eye opener for some people who think these things don’t actually happen or if they do you just lost 10 euros or something as small.

i would think that would be properly securing your computer.

Installing an anti virus just does not help protect your computer. it needs to be configured properly with secure firewall settings but at the same time remain unobtrusive to everyday work. Many people have adequate anti-virus protection but still leave their computers wide open on the internet because of improper computer settings

The article “7 practices to shop safely online” is very informative and helpful for keeping safe when purchasing online.

I would love to see articles on the security on cloud. Cloud computing and cloud storage is the rage but not many know about how secure it is and what kind of problems we can foresee

I’d like to know how to keep the same spywares from coming back over and over, even though I have antispyware running? Thanks

I liked the webcam security article! That one had some great tips on what to do to protect yourself from that sneaky little eye mounted on the top of your computer.

i will also want to know how trust example roboform, different add-ons are.

i like it How to Save Face: 6 Tips for Safer Facebooking

What I’d like to se is actually a tutorial on how to set up VPN tunnel at home computer; so when on travels you could tunnel through your homecomputer and feel a bit more safe. And other usefull tips and triks for a safer online experience.

I like the blogs about facebook security. I have two areas I would love to see a blog about.

1) Laptop security

2) More about the settings in the F-secure internet security. I love F-secure, but sometimes am not sure of some of the more advance settings.

I would love to see you blog about how to stay safe on facebook considering the constant changes that are happening with privacy settings. How can we keep track of security issues and permissions when they change the rules under our noses? The worst part is that these changes usually contain a default “allow” status and most of the time I’m not even aware that something has changed. Very frustrating!!

I like to learn about making my home wifi more secure. I already have it password protected but it seems like hackers can always figure out a way to get around that. How do I know if someone is sniffing my traffic secretly?? Thanks.

I would appreciate if Safe and Savvy provide more information about how to detect virus without having to be an expert e.g most of viruses use social engineering to decoy internet or computer user.

I like this article : “Until social media do us part”

my favourite articles Do you know what your children are doing online?

Im also want to know how to get rid email spam.

I’d like information on the different types of cookies and how to keep the ones you need/want while getting rid of the rest. When my spyware scans it deletes all the cookies and I have to relog into absolutely everything 3 or 4 times each before it remembers me. Maybe that’s a good thing, but it annoys me. Maybe some info about any dangers of staying logged would be good (No, I never stay logged in on bank, etc, sites

Personally I’d like to hear more about practical Linux security for an average user. I have and am working with securing Linux to protect privacy of users and I always like to know more about it. I think there are many misconceptions on Linux security and it would be nice to read F-Secure’s take on this continuously rising OS.

I appreciate the Facebook information. Also, would be interested in more about mobile security issues.

I’m kinda new to the social network scene. I found this helpful thou – “How to Save Face: 6 Tips for Safer Facebooking””

Best article is “How do i know if i have cyberstalker?”
There should be more about securing smartphones, using computer in unprotected wi-fi areas security solutions for small companies(something about securing workstations from unauthorized usb devices and about secure data backups.

I like this article : Quick tip: How to hide your Facebook friends list
and other about Facebook tips

I think the article ‘moms and dads on facebook’ ( ) was interesting.

We are having problems due to a ex-friend of our sons & daughter on facebook. Since our son told her he would not be her boyfriend she is forever causing problems outside the house and we receive letters from the anti-social behaviour department, started swearing and was saying totally discusting things to our 3 year old daughter on the door step and she started an arguement on my daughters facebook profile for which we see the comments because we are friends with our children on facebook. I wish facebook had a way for parents to either lock their childs account (say for a week) if needed or block people would are causing problems. It should also have a history (if enabled) of everything said or comments received, as this girl has been saying things, waiting for a reply and then deleting her comment, which then makes it look like others are the problem. She has done this comment deleting and because me and the wife commented and told her the shut-up and keep away from the house and kids, her mam contacted the police and they came and said to stop it or we’ll end up in court. They also said if needed they will take all our computers and all this through a 2 or 3 comments telling her to stop and keep away from our children, so we know first hand facebook and children don’t always mix well.

I used to use cyberpatrol for parental control, but have not been able to lately due to costs. A good blog might be ways for parents to have extra parental control through both free and purchased software.

Keep up these posts, they are helpful.



Interesting situation that you and your family are dealing with. But frankly, as a parent, you should be able to disable your child’s account simply by telling your child to login to his/her account and then handover control to you (be sure to change the password!). At that point, you can hide their account, adjust privacy settings (such as turning off the ability to show Wall comments to the world)…

When things settle down – say 2 weeks time, you can give control back to your child.

And before anyone says something about giving their children freedom to do anything – I don’t think taking these steps is at all overstepping your responsibility as a parent.

I would like to know more about home network safety issues e.g. what kind of services can/should be approved in internal network and what services absolutely not


I think it would be a good idea to make a blog post about your people information security related to the Facebook applications they’ve added… What information the developer have access to, if it’s safe to add any application or people should add only popular applications, etc…


I, too, enjoyed the article “How to Save Face: 6 Tips for Safer Facebooking”

I’d like to learn about any possible security issues with smart phones.

I appreciate the post: How to Tweet Safely: A Quick Guide to Twitter Security. Quite a bit to think about, thanks..

I just want to know if there are certain Internet Security providers out there that are better than others.

Get Real Sweepstakes: Week 7
What online safety or security question would I like to see you blog about?

I would like to see an article on who and how mobile applications are exploiting the use of “Mail Tweet”, “Share by Email”, “Email This”, “Mail link to this page”, etc to gain access to your email contacts, addresses and personal info. What is the safest and most secure method of sharing any type of blog post, tweet, comment etc without widespread exposure to any unnecessary third parties.

The only sharing method that I use to share an article, blog or anything interesting with another party is via direct email to the other party, for obvious security and privacy reasons.

I appreciated reading and learning more about:

How to Save Face: 6 Tips for Safer Facebooking.

My teenage neice and nephews dont have common sence enough yet to know what to and not to post online on facebook. With these additional tips I’m hoping to keep them alot safer.

Recently 2 family members of mine had someone (apparently from a Brazil IP address in one case) send email from their account. In one case, her account became completely inaccessible and her blog associated with that email address was deleted. I’d like to see a post on what can be done once you suspect suspicious activity to prevent as much damage as possible.

Oh yeah, one more: I’d also like to see information on how to tell when it is or is not safe to bypass the internet browser warnings such as IE’s “Do you want to view only the webpage content that was delivered securely?”

I’d like to read about the current status of mobile phone security, ie. how common different cell phone viruses are, can you catch malware just by surfing in the web on infected sites and so on.

How often people re-use passwords on various Internet services and how often are those services’ databases compromised by attackers?

How about something on the various ways now available to protect online privacy, and their drawbacks, such as cookies and Flash cookies, and blocking Javascript.

id like companies to be held accountable for letting hackers get peoples info. as in itunes and paypal. so many people including myself were ripped off. i got my $$ back but what are they doing about it! many people i know got nailed from this!

Survey completed.
I have followed “How to Save Face: 6 Tips for Safer Facebooking” tips to clean up my Facebook account a bit.

Safety of children, youth and elderly people.
Most of them are so naive, and belive all kind of post; like give us your id to verifield your bank account and so on…
Few simple rules to them remember and how to blog bad things.

I would like more information about facebook security. How should I have privacy settings set for me and my children. What about all of the apps on facebook are you just giving all of your private information to these companies. Is it possible for my friends to give out my personal info when they use these apps?

Some facebook tips.. just like this article
“Quick tip: How to hide your Facebook friends list”

I’d like to see an article about automatic updates (things like Windows updates, or Adobe updates, that tell you there’s a new version, and ask whether you wish to install them). Are these dangerous? What can we do to protect ourselves?

My favorite recent topic would be all the various articles on ways to make Facebook as secuire as possible (still not very). For example, the article entitled “How to Save Face: 6 Tips for Safer Facebooking”

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