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Connected Toys Are the Weak Security Link

“Internet of Things” and “smart homes” are the latest trends to see a major upswing in the world today.

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Entitled Safe From Harm, www.webuser.co.uk tested several parental control tools for protecting children from the worst of the web, including: Net Nanny, Webroot, McAfee, Webwatcher and several other less familiar products.  Here are the highlights:

Net Nanny
Performance: 5/5 Stars
Ease of Use: 5/5 Stars
Value: 5/5 Stars
Features: 4/5 Stars

“Net Nanny is synonymous with parental control software and rightly so — it’s as good as these things get. You’re presented with a clear and structured interface that lets you manage all manner of filtering, from the blocking of websites with inappropriate content to time controls that let you control when the PC can and cannot be used online. Net Nanny dealt well with all our tests, blocking pornographic sites and pages containing race-hate materials and preventing us from using an instant messaging application we’d requested to be stopped. As well as blocking sites, Net Nanny keeps tabs on what the user is up to, so that the administrator (the parent) can view a report later. Kids can request an override on a particular site if they think Net Nanny has wrongly blocked it.

Webroot
Performance:  3/5 Stars
Ease of Use:  3/5 Stars
Value:  5/5 Stars
Features:  4/5 Stars

"Webroot kicks off by creating a password-protected Windows user account for the parent or guardian. The administrator can then set access times and filtering levels for all other Windows user accounts. There are default settings that can be used to keep things quick and simple — set an account to Child and the user will be able to surf for just two hours a day between 9am and 8pm — but there’s flexibility to change every aspect. Webroot is similar to Net Nanny but it’s not quite as simple to use. Indeed, it actually failed one of our tests — the filtering of web search terms associated with adult websites. Moreover, it failed to prevent a search on one of its own suggested ‘banned’ terms."

McAfee
Performance:  2/5 Stars
Ease of Use: 3/5 Stars
Value:  5/5 Stars
Features:  5/5 Stars

"This is more of a security suite than pure parental controls, so you seem to get a lot for your money. However, the parental controls are both limited and, at least so far as our testing went, not very effective. After installation, two of the functions — image filtering and age appropriate searching — remained off by default. Not that activating them made much difference — we were able to visit a variety of well-known pornography websites and execute image searches that resulted in plenty of bare skin. Other aspects of McAfee Family Protection are much better but for parental controls, it’s a letdown."

WebWatcher
Performance: 1/5 Stars
Ease of Use:  1/5 Stars
Value: 1/5 Stars
Features:  4/5 Stars

"Don’t buy this if you’re a novice — the installation is appallingly confusing. We had to call on the company’s online live-chat facility (which, to be fair, helped). Eventually, it installs invisible logging software on the PC that you can view remotely using just a web browser. But it doesn’t work very well. Our tester could still view soft-porn websites and run applications we explicitly blocked."

The author concluded with this note: "There’s a clear divide here between innovation and the old school. The innovators are the likes of PG Key, using a USB dongle to provide access to the PC as a whole but, although we liked the idea, it was confusing and difficult to use. Back to the old school, both McAfee and Webroot do a decent job, with the latter being good value considering the price includes a license for three PCs. However, Net Nanny is simply the best here. It’s easy to set up, good value (the price includes one year’s worth of free updates) and works very well indeed. A worthy winner."

Webuser.co.uk - Net Nanny Receives the Gold

Entitled Safe From Harm, www.webuser.co.uk tested several parental control tools for protecting children from the worst of the web, including: Net Nanny, Webroot, McAfee, Webwatcher and several other less familiar products.

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It’s obvious that pornography degrades and destroys women’s rights by portraying them as a simple collection of body parts whose sole purpose is to “service men. Porn triggers a narrow focus on women that ignores her inner beauty, gifts, talents, worth, remarkable contributions—the “whole person; everything she is that has nothing to do with the shape of her body. But porn doesn’t have an exclusive on ignoring a woman’s true value and trashing women’s rights.

Sexualized Media--a Destroyer of Women's Rights

It’s obvious that pornography degrades and destroys women’s rights by portraying them as a simple collection of body parts whose sole purpose is to “service men.

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Several years ago I saw a comic strip showing a man standing next to a microwave oven. He puts some left-overs in the microwave and sets the timer for 60 seconds. With his arms folded and a frustrated expression on his face, he taps his foot impatiently on the floor. Suddenly when the timer is down to 30 seconds, he screams out, “Will you hurry up? I haven’t got all second!

We live in a society of “instant gratification. We dine on fast food, we drive fast cars, we pursue careers on the “fast track, we constantly upgrade to faster computers, and we expect everything at the push of a button. Now don’t get me wrong, modern technology is a wonderful thing and has brought many marvelous benefits. But, it also has made us a society that has come to want things “right now! Our current economic disaster was fueled by this “Get it now and pay later attitude—on the part of many consumers, businesses, Wall Street, and politicians.  In essence, instant financial gratification has made America weak. 

But however disturbing this trend has been, it pales in comparison to the “instant sexual gratification message that Internet porn promotes. It says, “You can have it all now! Why put forth all of the time, effort and self-sacrifice to nurture a committed relationship? Why hold back and exercise control when you can experience all the pleasure and passion of “simulated sex right now? If it feels good, then just do it—and do it now! Internet Porn is the ultimate purveyor of instant gratification.

Pornographers blanket our society with their fatal message, trumpeting an attitude of “me-me-mine-mine-now-now. When an individual develops a habit of accessing Internet porn the instant he feels the sexual or emotional urge, he begins to lose his inner strength—the ability to exercise patience, self-control and self-discipline. These would-be strengths—the “real marks of a true man, become weakness. And the loss of these strengths is not limited to time spent in front of the computer screen. When an individual develops the habit of self-centered instant gratification, he comes to expect the same instantaneous but unrealistic responses in other areas of his life, relationships and career. Immersed in Internet Porn, the strong man becomes a weakling. 

The good news is that the individual caught in the porn trap is not a loser or a lost cause. His weakness can be turned back into the strength that it truly is. Through the Candeo online recovery training program, self control, self-discipline and inner strength can be restored.    

For More Information:
If you want to learn more about the Brain Science of Porn Addiction, and how to protect your marriage and family from this addiction, get Mark Kastleman’s acclaimed book, “The Drug of the New Millennium. You can purchase it online at Amazon.com.

If you or someone you love is trapped in pornography use, please visitwww.candeocan.com to learn how to break free

"Hurry Up—I Haven’t Got All Second!" How Porn Turns Strong Men into Weaklings

Several years ago I saw a comic strip showing a man standing next to a microwave oven. He puts some left-overs in the microwave and sets the timer for 60 seconds.

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The mountains of clinical data and visual evidence as millions continue their out-of-control porn use despite consequences of divorce, loss of employment, destroyed reputations, prison time, etc., shouts the obvious: “YES, 

PORNOGRPAHY IS ADDICTIVE! And just in case there are still out there a few stubborn hold-outs, research is currently being conducted by some of the world’s leading experts in the neuroscience and neuropsychology fields that will provide the clinical evidence required to officially enter sex and pornography as “addictions in the DSM (Diagnostic Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders).

Some cringe with labeling pornography as “addictive because they believe doing so affords the porn user an excuse: “I can’t help myself, I’m addicted. This is a preposterous position. When someone is addicted to alcohol, do we excuse his behavior because “he can’t help it? Just because someone suffers with an addiction doesn’t mean he doesn’t have a choice. 

For many years, my colleagues and I (Dr. Hyde) have worked in our clinics helping individuals break free from pornography and many other addictions. There is always a choice when it comes to breaking free from addictive behaviors.

The more important question is not “Is pornography addictive? but rather, “Is pornography a drug addiction? Does pornography use lead to a chemical dependency commonly experienced with illicit street drugs, alcohol, tobacco, and prescription drugs? Is pornography use “substance abuse?
Immediately, there are some in the scientific, medical and psychology fields who fire back, “How can you classify pornography as a drug or a substance? It doesn’t come in a liquid, powder or pill form. You don’t ingest it or inject it. 

My response is two-fold:

  1. 1. When an individual ingests or injects a “drug, that chemical travels to the receptors in the brain and other parts of the body, seeking to “mimic the body’s own natural neurotransmitters. In effect, the drug tries to “fake the body into releasing its own natural or endogenous chemicals. For example, Prozac triggers the body to release its own natural serotonin. Likewise, pornography “mimics sexual intimacy and “fakes the body into releasing a tidal wave of endogenous chemicals, which is exactly what pharmaceutical and illicit street drugs do. Can pornography not then be referred to as a “drug?
  2. 2. For those who insist on precision in the use of scientific terms such as “drug, allow me to put your minds at rest. Can we agree that pornography viewing triggers the release of the body’s own endogenous chemicals, just as sexual intimacy does? And that the porn viewer can become addicted to these internal chemicals just as he would if the release were triggered by a pharmaceutical drug? Is this not chemically-induced addiction? 
As renowned psychologist M. Douglas Reed states: Addiction [can] exist within the body’s own chemistry.1
And Howard Shaffer, head of Harvard’s Division on Addiction declares:
I had a great difficulty with my own colleagues when I suggested that a lot of addiction is the result of experience—repetitive, high-emotion, high-frequency experience. . . . But it’s become clear that neuroadaptation—that is, changes in neural circuitry that helps perpetuate the behavior—occurs even in the absence of drug-taking. 2 

One of the world’s leading researchers in the field of pornography as a chemical addiction is Dr. Judith Reisman. For decades she has worked closely with some of the best minds in neuroscience and neuropsychology to prove that pornography should indeed be considered a drug, a chemical dependency, a form of substance abuse. Consider some powerful statements from her and her colleagues in a widely published research paper:


A pornographic psychopharmacological flood yields epinephrine, testosterone, endorphins (endogenous morphine), oxytocin, dopamine, serotonin, phenylethylamine,3 and other pharmacological stimuli. In her book published by the Institute of Medicine, Sandra Ackerman notes that epinephrine alone gets the “vertebrate brain “high on its own self produced morphine or heroin.4 Pornography, designed to alert the procreation instinct to the need to immediately respond, would be especially likely to cause users to self-medicate, kick-starting these endogenous LSD, adrenaline/norepinephrine, morphine-like neurochemicals for a hormonal flood, a “rush allegedly analogous to the rush attained using various street drugs. 5
Arousal dependence [through pornography] may be compared to biochemical alterations related to excessive amphetamine use. Satiation effects [hours looking at Internet porn] may be compared to those related to opiate use. Fantasy behavior can be related to such neurotransmitters as dopamine, norepinephrine, or serotonin, all of which are chemically similar to the main psychedelic drugs such as LSD. 6
Vanderbilt University psychiatrist Peter Martin’s research on “normal subjects finds the brain activity experienced in sexual arousal of his normal subjects “looks like that accompanying drug consumption. 7
Addiction [can] exist within the body’s own chemistry. Any activity that produces salient alterations in mood can lead to compulsion, loss of control and progressively disturbed functioning. 8
Pornography is not like a drug, it is an endogenously processed poly drug providing intense, although misleading, sensory rewards. 9

However you choose to say it,Pornography addiction is a chemical addiction, or, if you prefer, Pornography causes the body to release endogenous chemicals which the viewer becomes addicted to. The bottom line is: “pornography is a drug.




For More Information:
If you want to learn more about the Brain Science of Porn Addiction, and how to protect your marriage and family from this addiction, get Mark Kastleman’s acclaimed book, “The Drug of the New Millennium. You can purchase it online at Amazon.com.
If you or someone you love is trapped in pornography use, please visitwww.candeocan.com to learn how to break free. 


1. Paper presented to the National Family Foundation Convention, The Role of Pornography in Compulsive or Addictive Sexual Behaviors, November 10, 1990 in Pittsburgh, PA, Psychologist M. Douglas Reed, p. 15, 1, 3
2. Dr. Judith Reisman, The Psychopharmacology of Pictorial Pornography, Restructuring Brain, Mind&Memory&Subverting Freedom of Speech, The Institute for Media Education, 2003, p. 23 
3. Candace Pert, cited in Bill Moyer’s Healing and the Mind, Doubleday, New York, 1991, p. 177
4. Sandra Ackerman, Discovering the Brain, Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences, National Academy Press, Washington, D.C., 1992, p. 76-77
5. Dr. Judith Reisman, The Psychopharmacology of Pictorial Pornography, Ibid., p. 21 
6. M. Douglas Reed, The Role of Pornography in Compulsive or Addictive Sexual Behaviors, Ibid.
7. Dr. Judith Reisman, The Psychopharmacology of Pictorial Pornography, Ibid., p. 23
8. M. Douglas Reed, The Role of Pornography in Compulsive or Addictive Sexual Behaviors, Ibid.
9. Dr. Judith Reisman, The Psychopharmacology of Pictorial Pornography, Ibid., p. 23

Is Pornography a "Drug Addiction"?

The mountains of clinical data and visual evidence as millions continue their out-of-control porn use despite consequences of divorce, loss of employment, destroyed reputations, prison time, etc., shouts the obvious:...

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Little more than a decade ago, pornography addiction rates were a tiny fraction of what they are today. With the advent and spread of the Internet, addiction rates have skyrocketed. Why? What is it about the Internet that has pulled tens of millions into the pornography trap? The answer lies in The Four A’s of the Internet.

 
The Four A’s of the Internet
 
Accessible

It is estimated that splattered throughout the Internet there are over 4.2 million known separate and distinct porn websites, with another 2,500 brand new sites coming online every week.How has this accessibility contributed to soaring pornography addiction rates? Consider the following:

The "4 A's" of the Internet--A Porn Marketer's Dream Come True

Little more than a decade ago, pornography addiction rates were a tiny fraction of what they are today. With the advent and spread of the Internet, addiction rates have skyrocketed.

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Pornography is degrading and humiliating to women as a whole. Women should be honored for their tremendous value and contribution to our society in all fields of study, talent and ability. They should be treated with dignity and respect, as valuable human beings. No man alive exists except that a woman substantially sacrificed herself to give him life. We should be sensitive to their rights, their needs and their feelings.

Pornography Blinds Men to a Woman's True Value

Pornography is degrading and humiliating to women as a whole. Women should be honored for their tremendous value and contribution to our society in all fields of study, talent and ability.

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Today many voices in the world are shouting at us about the meaning of sex—what’s “acceptable, “normal, or “cool. Nowhere is that voice louder, more abundant and “in your face than when it comes from the media: TV, movies, music, magazines and the Internet. Unfortunately, this version of “sex-ed is rarely based on logic, reason or scientific facts. The media promoters of illicit sex and pornography present their wares in a way that entices and excites the senses, as opposed to the intellect. And like the Sirens of Greek mythology, they have deceived and lured many into their trap. In fact, the media has become so prevalent and powerful, that many children, teens and young adults look to it as their primary source of sex education.

Teach Your Children the "Whole" Truth About Sexuality

Today many voices in the world are shouting at us about the meaning of sex—what’s “acceptable, “normal, or “cool.

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I once heard a man tell a story about a hard lesson he learned—only after it was too late. This fellow took special pride in his home’s finely manicured lawn and its flawless landscaping. One afternoon he was in his front yard talking with his neighbor when he noticed something moving in the grass. The neighbor said,  “You have mole crickets. If you don’t do something quickly, your lawn will be destroyed.

The man had never heard of such a thing. He looked at his beautiful, deep green lawn, then shrugged it off as nothing to worry about. A few weeks later he noticed brown spots starting to appear. As the weeks went by, the brown spots spread. He tried adjusting the sprinklers
and used various different fertilizers and sprays, but nothing worked. Within a few months, his once immaculate lawn was in ruins.

He had an expert come out. The verdict came back:  “Mole crickets! “But how? he exclaimed. “I tend this lawn every day and I never saw anything but an occasional bug. The expert lifted up a section of dead sod and there, to the man’s shock and amazement, the grass roots were completely severed!

“Mole crickets, he explained, “live under ground and only come out at night to eat at the roots. The blades look lush and green, but underneath the surface the crickets are eating away. You might see one or two during the day and think it’s no big deal. But by the time the brown spots start appearing, it’s too late; the damage is already done. The expert reached
beneath a patch of brown grass and picked up a thrashing, one-inch-long insect.  ‘This is the culprit, “he said. The man stared down at the little bug and then at his destroyed lawn. He couldn’t believe it.

We enjoy freedom, peace and prosperity in this great country of ours as a result of our forefathers and mothers taking care of the roots—recognizing and destroying the lethal elements before they could do permanent damage. The grass has been green and lush, but brown spots are beginning to appear. Pornography’s “cyber-mole crickets are eating away at the roots of decency and freedom as millions are trapped in addiction. What are we doing to fight them? What will our children and grandchildren do when, through our neglect, procrastination and complacency, society’s once-lush turf lies brown and dead?

Internet porn and sexual-oriented chat rooms are working “under the surface in our society. You can’t immediately see the damage being done. It is quietly and privately going on behind closed doors in bedrooms, dens and offices all across America. It’s a seemingly little thing, really. One person on a computer here, another there. You see the signs of damage every now and then—a woman is raped, a porn-addicted father molests his
daughter, a pedophile stalks a child.  “But these are extremes, you think, “a
few brown spots. Most of the lawn is nice and green. It’s only a few mole crickets.

But under the surface, in millions of homes and offices, outside the direct view of society, a plague is eating away at the roots of freedom, decency, women’s rights, family relationships and values, respect, integrity and honor.  Do we even have a clue to the extent of damage that is being done? How can we accurately predict the long-term consequences for our children, grandchildren and future generations? Never before has this country experienced such an avalanche of pornography—available at the push of a button, on the computer or cell phone screen—to men, women, teens and children. Where will all of this lead? How much damage will the underground mole crickets of porn inflict before we take it all seriously?
“But I’m only one person, you may be thinking, “What can I do against this overwhelming surge? The first thing you must do is PROTECT yourself and your own family. That is what the Net Nanny service is all about. Once you have this critical protection in place, educate yourself about pornography—not through the hype of Hollywood, the mainstream media and pornographers—but learn the full “truth about this modern day “drug.   

For educational articles, podcasts and a FREE mini-course, visit the Candeo website. If  you or someone you care about is caught in the trap of pornography addiction, there is immediate recovery training help available online. Please visit www.candeocan.com for more information.

Mark B. Kastleman is the author of the bestselling book, The Drug of the New Millennium—the Brain Science Behind Internet Pornography Use. Mark and his colleagues are leaders in the development of personal e-learning systems. Through the latest technology, they provide internet-based addiction recovery training and personal growth programs. Mark is Co-Founder and Director of Education&Training at Candeocan.com.  

Pornography and the Mole Crickets

I once heard a man tell a story about a hard lesson he learned—only after it was too late.

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