Our friends at Ars Technica have a great article about ComputerCOP Internet Monitoring & Safety software that is anything but safe.  In a nutshell, the software does much more harm than good, is incredibly ineffective and potentially dangerous, and is being marketed with numerous misleading statements and fraudulent documents.  Unfortunately, because the software is sold to government agencies (such as police departments) and then distributed through them to families, much of this is not known by end-users of the software.    

 

Falcon Computer Consulting LLC recommends that you immediately stop using this software and uninstall it as soon as possible.  There are many more effective methods to protecting our children out there, but this particular product is not one of them.  We can provide assistance with online monitoring for children, privacy protection, and Internet safety and security software.  Feel free to contact us for additional information and support.

 

 

ComputerCOP: the dubious “Internet Safety Software” given to US families

   courtesy of Ars Technica

 

245 police agencies in 35-plus states distribute a security program that's not so secure.

 

For years, local law enforcement agencies around the country have told parents that installing ComputerCOP software is the “first step” in protecting their children online.

 

Police chiefs, sheriffs, and district attorneys have handed out hundreds of thousands of copies of the disc to parents for free at schools, libraries, and community events, usually as a part of an “Internet Safety” outreach initiative. (You can see the long list of ComputerCOP outlets here.) The packaging typically features the agency’s official seal and the chief’s portrait, with a signed message warning of the “dark and dangerous off-ramps” of the Internet.

 

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