Monday, June 20, 2011

OH - Shaquille O'Neal - Joining the sex offender hysteria for money?

Original Article

06/20/2011

CLEVELAND - Former NBA superstar Shaquille O'Neal and Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Bill Mason have teamed up to promote a new iPhone app designed to help parents keep children safe from sex offenders who prowl the Internet.
- Or to use fear to make a quick buck?

The Shaq Shield can be downloaded for free at the Apple Store. It features:

  • A sex offender registry search
  • Internet safety tips
  • Glossary of Internet terminology
  • Lingo used by children online
  • Pledges by parents and children for shared internet responsibility

The sex offender registry allows the user to view a list of sex offenders whose addresses are near the location of the user's phone.

O'Neal, who played for the Cleveland Cavaliers for a season, became involved in the project because of his interest in law enforcement. O'Neal and Mason appear in a video describing the app.

Mason chairs the Ohio Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, a collaboration of more than 200 local, state and federal law enforcement agencies that hunts Internet sex predators.

The ICAC app is not yet available for other mobile devices but it will be in the future, officials said.


'Lost' actor Doug Hutchinson, 51, marries 16-year-old aspiring singer

Doug Hutchinson
Original Article

06/20/2011

So would you call this a February-October romance?

Newly married “Lost” star Doug Hutchinson and his child bride are defending their relationship in light of their age difference.

Which would be 35 years.

Last month, Hutchinson, 51, married a 16-year-old aspiring country singer and former beauty queen named Courtney Alexis Stodden.

We’re aware that our vast age difference is extremely controversial,” the couple told E! News via their rep. “But we’re very much in love and want to get the message out there that true love can be ageless.”
Courtney Alexis Stodden

Hutchinson, who has also appeared in “The Green Mile” and “The X-Files” married Stodden on May 20 in a ceremony in Las Vegas.

Stodden, whose website features photos of her naked and wrapped in an American flag on a beach, is a former Miss Washington USA contestant.

The aspiring singer, who looks rather, ahem, mature for her age, has written songs like “Car Candy” and “Hurting People.”

In one of her videos, “Don’t Put It On Me,” she appears to be holding a yard glass, most often used for drinking alcohol.


FL - FriendTracker - Exploiting fear for a quick buck?

Be afraid, be very afraid!
Original Article

So how many people actually use their real names on web services these days? How is this going to work for people smart enough to not use their real name? It won't, so they you go, it's all about money, $4.95 per month to be exact. See this link from Rip-Off report.

06/20/2011

FriendChecker Screens All Facebook Friends with Just Two Clicks

Orlando - Do you really know the background of all of your Facebook friends? Are they criminals or possibly even registered sexual predators? We all use anti-virus software to protect ourselves, but shouldn’t we also be screening online Facebook friends to protect our private information from getting in the wrong hands?
- Why post your PRIVATE information online in the first place?  You see, we need you to live in fear, so we can get rich!

There are too many ways that information you share can place you and your family at risk. There are also very disturbing findings about children and Facebook. Of the 20 million minors who actively used Facebook in the last year, 7.5 million, or more than one third, were younger than 13 and not even supposed to be using the site. Consumer Reports, June 2011, also says that one million children were harassed, threatened or subjected to other forms of cyber-bullying on Facebook in the past year.
- Yes, so why isn't Facebook kicking all the kids off for violating their terms of service?  And they don't tell you, kids are harassed by other kids, which are probably not on a registry or have a criminal record, so again, won't do anything to prevent that either.

HD Publishing Group, America’s first online people search, has launch FriendChecker, the missing piece in social networking. Anti-virus software protects against the unknown threat, and FriendChecker provides the equivalent solution for social networking. FriendChecker regularly compares your friend list with millions of criminal and sexual predator records.
- The missing piece?  Not really.  All states have a registry, so why not use them for free?

Jerry M. Klein, CEO of HD Publishing Group (see these articles from Rip-Off Report) said,”We have developed a unique patent-pending, totally anonymous process that solves the problem, and no one will know you are checking. FriendChecker notifies the user if a friend is a match with known criminals or sexual predators and provides additional background details on demand. The automated process is a simple two-click implementation and conducts continued surveillance of the user’s friends in the background, similar to anti-virus software. Just think how easy it is for someone to translate your personal information, like your pet’s name or first elementary school, into the keys that unlock your bank account.”
- I suggest you read that link above.  Many times, sites that do background checks, also, in small print, sign you up for additional monthly fees.  So be weary!!!

Since Facebook doesn’t require a credit card to register, there really is little that can be done to protect children on Facebook. FriendChecker fills that need and provides parental control notification if there is a match with a potential threat.
- Even if they did require credit card, it still would not protect kids, and kids should not be on Facebook in the first place.