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New Infographic Shows Intriguing Facts about Parents on Facebook

Posted February 1, 2013 by Christopher E. Jones

Via OnlineEducation.net, check out the infographic about parents and their interactions with their kids on Facebook!

Parents on Facebook

MinorMonitor’s Infographic Reveals Startling Statistics

Posted April 16, 2012 by Christopher E. Jones

Last Wednesday, MinorMonitor released an infographic that was immediately picked up by many outlets, including Mashable.

This infographic shows that 56% of parents are most worried about sexual predators on Facebook out of the worry categories; many others were worried about strangers, cyberbullying and pornography—all areas where MinorMonitor can be used effectively to find and prevent.

Another startling statistic that multiple news outlets including AllFacebook have found to be intriguing is that 4% of Facebook users according to our survey were under the age of six.

For these and more insights to Facebook for the modern family, we encourage you to check out the infographic.

Facebook Timeline – Looking Back

Posted Jan. 10, 2012 by Christopher E. Jones

Facebook recently introduced another forced update to their more than 800 million active users: Facebook Timeline. Facebook Timeline is an interesting concept that essentially chronicles the lives of its users and gives a table of content of sorts to go to any point in a user’s history. This demonstrates that every little thing you said, liked or posted has been archived since Facebook’s inception and that there will always be a paper trail following all users.

This can be interesting for other people to read your past, but even more fascinating to do some digging on oneself. Finding the stressed out anger written towards the end of a semester five years ago, the lovey-dovey things written to boyfriends and girlfriends past, the pictures that maybe weren’t such a great idea to post at a party are all there plain to see. Being older now gives a much better perspective on what should or should not have been posted, but there was no safeguard for 17 year olds five years ago.

Infoglide Software’s MinorMonitor now exists as a proactive safeguard for our kids so that in five years from now they don’t have to go back and see uncouth things they thought were funny or worth sharing with all to see that they now regret. MinorMonitor will save the embarrassment from Timeline or whatever Facebook throws at their users next. Going through any Timeline for one’s reputation would be a good idea, parent or child.

However, Timeline makes your Facebook easier for fraudsters and predators to exploit your information, as it’s far easier to go through large portions of your life. Personal information from times in your life can be used to dig up information for popular challenge questions to break a password—such as the best man at your wedding or hospital where you were born. Timeline allows you to go back retroactively and fill in information such as this. Other information you may have given out without thought and didn’t realize it was important at the time, such as a check in at your bank or your annual trip somewhere that could be used for thieves to anticipate an empty house in the coming year. Timeline can still be a fun change to the way we see Facebook, but one to be taken with caution. Simple fixes now can prevent major headaches later.

Some things to do to prepare for your Timeline:

  • Reconsider your challenge question under “Account Settings” à “Security” to look at your “Security Question” and see if it’s something found on your timeline—such as your child’s 3rd grade teacher that you posted about meeting for a parent-teacher conference or a post about where you lived in your childhood. If so, change it. This is one of the easiest ways for you or your child’s Facebook to be hacked.
  • Think of dates and time periods of your life you’d rather not have people reading about, such as months of bad relationships, fights with friends, etc. and hide or delete.
  • Go to “Privacy Settings” and “Limit the Audience for Past Posts” by clicking on “Manage Past Post Visibility” so that only friends can read your timeline.

New Features – Support for Multiple Children and Improved Alerting

Posted Aug. 10, 2011 by Mike Betron – GM and VP Marketing, MinorMonitor

Since we started inviting beta customers to use MinorMonitor in April, we have always encouraged our users to provide feedback, both positive and constructive. Feedback can be submitted by clicking on the red “feedback” tab on the far right of any web page.

To date, our two most popular requests have been to be able to monitor the whole family from one account, and improve the alerting so parents do not have to deal with so many false alarms. The one most prevalent request has been to cut down on the number of “false alerts”.

Today we are proud to announce a new version of MinorMonitor that supports both of these features.

 

Support for Multiple Children

To add an additional child, click Add Child underneath the name(s) currently listed and enter your child’s email address and password as you did for your first child. A new tab will appear for every additional child you add. The child can be removed by going into the settings tab and clicking “Remove Child”.

Less False Alerts with Improved Natural Language Processing

 

Today’s release contains enhanced natural language processing technology that analyzes the whole context of the conversation, not just a keyword to determine whether or not a parent should be alerted. For example, in its default state, “I have chronic back pain” will not be flagged as a drug reference, but “Smoking chronic” will be. “I like James Blunt” will not alert, but “Let’s smoke a blunt” will. “I hate to see my team lose” will not alert, but “I hate you” will still send an alert.

As part of the enhancement, we made some changes in the alert settings to provide a more customizable dashboard where parents can adjust sensitivity for words as well as what types of things they want to be notified about. If a parent wants to be notified of every possible example of “chronic,” that will still be an option. There will be varying degrees of possible drug use to almost certain references of it.

An important disclaimer – our NLP technology for alerts is not perfect, but it will improve over time. It learns through real life examples, so the more users we have, the more accurate the alerts will be. So invite your friends to make this a better product!

Thank you for your support of MinorMonitor. Don’t forget to tell your friends!

 

 

MinorMonitor:  New Product, Critical Mission

Posted May 17, 2011 by Mike Betron – GM and VP Marketing, MinorMonitor

 

Today, Infoglide Software Corporation launched a new product called MinorMonitor, which is a free tool that allows parents to protect their minor children on Facebook by identifying and alerting them to dangerous activities and suspicious friends. The system automatically notifies parents when it identifies anything that appears to be cyber-bullying, solicitation, drug use, and more.  If you have a child that is active on Facebook, check out how you can protect them at www.minormonitor.com.

Infoglide is best known as the technology provider behind the US Department of Homeland Security TSA Secure Flight program, but we list large banks, insurance companies, and retailers as customers as well. For more information on Infoglide’s anti-fraud and risk protection technology, please visit www.infoglide.com.

So, one might naturally wonder why the leader in identity resolution technology would make an online tool to help parents protect their kids. The answer is actually quite simple:  The very things that set Infoglide apart in the corporate fraud and risk mitigation industry, work equally as well in the social media monitoring world.  That is why, given all of the horrible things we all hear about cyber-bullying, suicides, and abductions that we felt a moral obligation to make something available for rightfully concerned parents.

Infoglide has long been the leader in developing sophisticated entity searching, matching, and linking technology that allows companies to find persons of interest across a wide variety of data types.  For our customers, this often means being able to find, match, or link similar people, places, or things for the purpose of reducing risk and fraud.  In the case of MinorMonitor, we adapted our patented technology to analyze Facebook data in order to discover potentially dangerous activities and friends online and alert parents to their existence.

So as it turns out, the technology typically used for mission critical applications where there is a potential for significant loss of money or lives is now being leveraged to power MinorMonitor. What the Department of Homeland Security uses to identify potential terrorists, you can now use to keep your kids safe on Facebook.   For a parent, no mission is more critical than that of protecting a child.  Is your child protected on Facebook?