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  • Warning to parents with children with an iPod Touch or iPhone May 17, 2012 - A VERY IMPORTANT WARNING TO PARENTS IF YOUR CHILD HAS AN iPOD TOUCH OR iPHONE - These products do have limited parental controls that can restrict the use ...
    Posted May 17, 2012, 8:18 PM by Fred Anzivino
  • Beware of Craig's List Scammers! BEWARE OF SCAMMERS!They folks can be VERY convincing. We've recently experienced our first Craig's List "wire-transfer" con.  Luckily, we were wise to their approach.  If you ...
    Posted May 1, 2012, 9:42 AM by Fred Anzivino
  • Classrooms for the Future Program in Pennsylvania September 2nd, 2011 - A few years ago, we had to recreate the floor plans for Moon Area High School because the district lost their originals.  This was necessary for the ...
    Posted Sep 2, 2011, 1:32 PM by Fred Anzivino
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Warning to parents with children with an iPod Touch or iPhone

posted May 17, 2012, 8:08 PM by Fred Anzivino   [ updated May 17, 2012, 8:18 PM ]

Internet Safety for Families
May 17, 2012 - A VERY IMPORTANT WARNING TO PARENTS IF YOUR CHILD HAS AN iPOD TOUCH OR iPHONE
- These products do have limited parental controls that can restrict the use of certain apps such as YouTube and Safari (Apple's Internet browser) so you can keep your children from browsing inappropriate content on the Internet.

HOWEVER - THERE IS A PROBLEM with Apple's latest iPod software update. After the software update and without notification or warning, Safari gets bumped off of the "restricted" list, and will appear as an application (app) for your child to the freely explore the Internet with no content restrictions at all, including adult content.

WHAT CAN HAPPEN? How about your 9-year-old showing you what they found on the Internet when they searched for words like "teens" and "teen fun" in Google Images. A decent parent's worst nightmare, that's what.

SOLUTION: Simply put, Apple will do nothing about it. They won't even acknowledge the issue. As always you MUST BE SELF RELIANT. If you find it necessary for your child to have one of these items all I can suggest is BE DILIGENT! Go over again and again what they can or cannot access on their devices! Before AND after software updates. Even have them only use the devices in your presence not alone or with friends. Talk to your kids and have them show you what they do on their iPods. Once items are restricted, they are not always restricted! Whatever you do... never, NEVER assume the device is safe to use.

Shame on you Apple for your recklessness, and pretending nothing's wrong with your software code. Internet security is our business... we know how this works, and we know better.

Good luck to all the decent parents and caregivers who only wanted to give your kids a cool techie toy for your child to enjoy, explore, and be creative on. Please be smart and cautious.

Beware of Craig's List Scammers!

posted May 1, 2012, 9:42 AM by Fred Anzivino   [ updated May 1, 2012, 9:42 AM ]

BEWARE OF SCAMMERS!

They folks can be VERY convincing. We've recently experienced our first Craig's List "wire-transfer" con.  Luckily, we were wise to their approach.  If you do business on sites like Craig's List, be very cautious on these types of scams.  This website link below will give you the information to protect yourself from these scammers.  Arm yourself with knowledge!

Classrooms for the Future Program in Pennsylvania

posted Sep 2, 2011, 1:08 PM by Fred Anzivino   [ updated Sep 2, 2011, 1:32 PM ]

Moon Area High School Technology Infrastructure Drawing
September 2nd, 2011 - A few years ago, we had to recreate the floor plans for Moon Area High School because the district lost their originals.  This was necessary for the deployment of over 800 new laptops for their "Classrooms for the Future" project, which spanned over 2 years.  (Photos can be found here on our Facebook Page)
 
 
Each classroom was to have about 30 new laptops, laptop cart, laser printer, deskjet printer/scanner, projector and SmartBoard.  The almost-million-dollar state grant was awarded to only several school districts in PA.
 
 
Unfortunately, the politicians forgot to include a major component in their spending spree… man-power.  Not one dime was allocated to the implementation or the several years of support these 1,000 pieces of technology would require.  It was not glamorous enough, I suppose.
 
 
District administration (who actually had very little to do with the grant or the process) had a lovely morning of photo-ops with Pennsylvania representatives, senators, and Governor Rendell’s aid, they all gave each other congratulatory pats on the back for a job well done.
 
 
As those who work behind the scenes will already know…  the real truth is, through the stalwart efforts of Technology Director Daniel H. Vogel working through his Easter break, his humble project manager (me), and a scant crew of 2-3 technicians, the perfectly launched project would have never come to be.  For whatever it’s worth, I give them a sincere pat on the back from me.  Good work fellas.
 

The Proliferation of Social Networking

posted Aug 3, 2011, 5:56 PM by Fred Anzivino   [ updated Aug 8, 2011, 1:58 PM ]

My cousin, Jennifer Manteghi, is in Youngstown State University's Master's program for Criminal Justice.  She wrote an excellent paper about the benefits and drawbacks of this new age of social networking.  Jennifer has obviously put an extensive amount of time and research into this paper. She nails down tons of facts, and some of the ugly truths found today on the Internet.
Vinocom is committed to family safety, which is one of the reasons for featuring this article.  We encourage you to take a few minutes to read, and hopefully learn some of the things you may or may not have known about what's out there, and what we are in danger of doing if we're not diligent in our values and principles.
I copied the paper's introduction below.  Jennifer's entire paper is available for download (in PDF form) at the bottom of this article.  Good work Jennifer!
- Freddie Anzivino
 
“The Proliferation of Social Networking:  Communication, Courts and Criminals”

Jennifer A. Manteghi

Youngstown State University

Dr. Gordon Frissora; Criminal Justice Graduate Studies

 

“Today I am going to write a letter to an old friend to see how they have been for the past several years”.  The preceding statement is not typical in today’s modern world with the proliferation of social networking.  Long gone are the days where one can run into an old classmate at the grocery store and catch up on the last twenty years, or have conversations with friends stating “you’re never going to guess who I ran into and how they are!”  The implementation of the internet amongst households in the twenty-first century has forever changed the ways that we communicate with one another.    Social networks now allow us to peer into anyone of our “friends” lives as we so please. One can see who is married, who has children, who is divorced and who is on the prowl for someone new!   There are many benefits to social networking and maintaining communications with our friends and family members, but at what cost?  Social networking is shaping the way that we communicate with each other while leaving an old friend to become passé; intimate personal communication.  When was the last time that any of us can state we penned a letter in our own hand and put a stamp on it?  In the first segment of this paper, we will look into the past and see how communication has evolved into the current state that it finds itself; an explosion of social networking.

            The implementation of social networking has also given birth to a new meaning of crime.  It will be demonstrated throughout this paper how more information than one may realize is readily available for the criminal masterminds to gain access to.  Not only has social networking created more ways for victimization to occur, but it has also enhanced a multitude of ways for the criminal to hunt his prey.  This victimization has resulted in areas of sexual predators amassing numerous ways to reach young prey, white collar crime over the internet, identity theft and domestic disputes.  We will see that there have been numerous cases that have resulted in the worldwide headlines with the crime resulting from social networking.

            In the final segment of this paper I will attempt to expose some of the dangers that are just a key stroke away for all of us out in the cyber world.  I will change my direction of research and look at the world-wide-web through the eyes of a criminal mastermind and attempt to uncover the evil that is available to anyone who desires it.
Download the entire paper below.

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