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Protecting Your PC... From the Kids

Techstination feature for Thursday, March 16, 2000

Protecting your PC from the biggest danger in the house. Your kids! I'm Fred Fishkin with Bootcamp, a report on computers and technology. All this time you've been worried about hackers and viruses and those sinister forces in cyber-space. What you should really be worried about when it comes to the files you need on your PC... ..are those little monsters... I mean youngsters... who enjoy things like... tapping on the delete key. That's where a program called SOS KidProof can help...

"The nice benefit of this is that it allows you to protect your kids while they're on the Internet and protect your PC from your kids... as far as any accidental or malicious tampering that might take place."

Andy Aweida of Sterling Solutions Software. What SOS KidProof does is give your kids access only to the programs and files you want them to get into...

"It allows you to actually customize for each individual user. So if you have two parents, an 18 year old, a 12 year old and maybe a new computer user... a 4 year old, you can completely customize it for their user name and password so that they each have their access to different components of the computer."

On the Internet filtering side, the software lets parents control key phrases that are scanned for on each web page...

"And there's a default list that people go off of, so you can add and delete from that list."

You can download a free demo from