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Link for IMLock Remote Client Installer Download

Here is the link to download the installer for the IM Lock Remote Client.

https://s3.amazonaws.com/imlock/IMLockRemoteClient.zip

This is the IM Lock client which can be installed using Active Directory or other scripting languages for group policy.

Once the IM Lock client has been installed, it can be administered via the web at:
http://cloud.comvigo.com

Installing IM Lock Clients Remotely

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Installing IM Lock Clients Remotely

IM Lock clients can be installed from a script using a setup file. This will allow IM Lock to be installed from group policy software such as Active Directory.
Installing:

2 Files Required
IMLClientSetup.exe
imlockinstaller.bat

Note: The batch file can be substitued for any file which can call an EXE with parameters

Instructions:
Place IMLClientSetup.exe in a directory on the local machine.
Edit parameters for imlockinstaller.bat file (or the scripting language you use)
Kick off imlockinstaller.bat script
Parameters:
username – your imlock username
password – your imlock password
settingsname – name of imlock settings, if you do not know, use “Default Settings”
serialnumber – your imlock serial number, if you do not have one leave blank
note: edit directory to point to where IMLClientSetup.exe is located.

CALL “C:\installdirectory\IMLClientSetup.exe” -username=youremail@email.com -password=yourpassword -settingsname=”Default Settings” -serialnumber=XXXXXXXXXX.
Uninstalling:

1 Files Required

32 Bit – imlockUninstallx32.bat
64 Bit – imlockUninstallx64.bat

Instructions:
Edit Parameters
Kick off the .bat file

Parameters:
username – your imlock username
password – your imlock password
Your devices should appear on:

http://cloud.comvigo.com

From there you can manage your devices.

If your serial number was correct and active, then you will see the devices as already activated.

How Sexual Predators Use Social Networks to Find Their Next Victim

One of the biggest online challenges parents face today is to save their internet active children from online predators. Social media, chatting platforms, porn websites and other unsafe web based platforms provide a new and easier mean for sexual predators to find their victims. In fact, today social media has become an integral part of most teen’s social life providing an easy access to their daily activities. A recent research revealed that 82% of sex crimes against young children begin with the offender accessing personal information of the victim through social networking site.

Social Networks and Chatting Rooms Favorite Tools of Sexual Predators
Research proved that social networks and unsupervised chatting rooms are the most used online tools by sexual predators to find their victims. Parents often approve chatting and social networking with young people like those who are teens, but the National Center of Missing Children revealed in one of their research based report that teens under the age of 18 were involved in 44% of sexual solicitation cases online. This point towards the fact that parents need proactive approach and online parental controls no matter what age group their kids are involved with.
Facebook was initially used by college students, but later it opened its gates for high school students and ultimately for everyone. This resulted in a constant growth of younger users who are not emotionally and psychologically equipped to deal with the unsupervised interactions with different age groups. The success of sexual predators online is often results of lack of online parenting and most of kids not telling trusted adults about their online activities.
Other than unsupervised social networking websites like Facebook, the second most used tool by online predators is chat rooms.
The Journal of Adolescent Health in 2010 revealed that majority of crimes against children that are internet-initiated are mostly initiated in chat rooms. The same study revealed that 18% of teens actively use chat rooms making them soft targets. The report also stated that sexual offenders use social networking sites to get personal information of their victims in 82% cases of online sex crimes.
The most alarming figure comes from International Center for Missing and Exploited Children saying that only 1 out of 3 victims (children and teens) of sexual crimes report such incidents to their parents or any other trusted adult. This means, many of such crimes are going on unreported encouraging sexual offenders. No wonder why the number of online sexual predators increased in last few years.

How to Deal with Cyberstalking
Online predators are also not the only problem parents face today. Online bullying, identity theft and online blackmailing are also raising issues for children exposed to internet. Parents need a very active role in tracking online activities of their kids. One of the most recommended and most effective tools to save your kids from sexual predators or any other online crime is use of third party software. Fortunately, there are many smart options available today like IMLOCK for windows by Comvigo.com and its android version that can block

The Rise of Sexting Mania

Sexting may be a new term for many adults, but not for young teens and even children. In fact, sexting is one of the fastest growing trends among underage teens today.

What is “Sexting” exactly?
Sexting is the exchange of sexual content in the form of text, images and even videos through smart devices, phones, computers or any other internet based platforms. Experts blame sexting for the increase in child pornography on internet in the last few years. According to one research, 11% of teenage girls between 13 to 16 years send their nude pictures to friends or boyfriends out of which many ended up on internet. In some cases, sender of their own nude images is even younger than 13 years old. According to a BBC report, children as young as 10 years old have, at some point, sent explicit photos on mobile devices and social media platforms.
Many teens are not mature enough to understand the severity of the situation when sexting. When content are sent to someone else, people lose control over them. Many young teens have been blackmailed using these type of content, their personal nude images are posted on the internet without their consent. According to one research, 17% of the sexting recipients claimed that they forwarded the sexual content to others. Today, almost 80% of the teens use smart devices but 90% of them are unsupervised by their parents. This void ultimately results to sexting in the absence of any Content Filter or other parental controls tool.
In a recent report published by Daily Telegraph, it was reported that sexting and social media are the genesis in the rise of child pornography offences in the last few years. The greater factor however is the absence of direct supervision by parents and the use of parental controls tools such as content filter software that are now readily available for download. A most alarming situation is unawareness among teens that by sexting, they are committing a federal crime in the form of child pornography. It is good to remember that possession, distribution and production of pornographic materials are against the law.
An overwhelming majority of young teens don’t know that sexting is against the law and can even end them up in jail in some states. According to the executive director of National Center for Missing & Exploited children, John Sheehan, out of 130 million child pornography images examined by the organization, one fourth are produced by the minors themselves. According to a survey conducted by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy last year, 40% of teen students claim that they have sent or received nude or semi nude images of themselves.
The statistics relevant to sexting is more than alarming. It is high time for parents to make use of parental controls on the devices used by their children. Parents need to act today to protect their kids from serious consequences of sexting. In one recent case, a 12 year old girl in UK was raped by her online

Announcement: Major Upgrade To The Android Browser

Comvigo is proud to announce that we published a major upgrade to Comvigo Android Filter for Android browser. We are continuously working with our technology to bring it to you.
Check out the changes:
1) Android 5 (lollipop) support
2) Time limit per app – Users can set to allow an app say for only 1 hour a day, this is in addition to time slots of each app.
3) GCM, New sync mechanism- Changes made on admin console are applied immediately to mobile, no need to wait for 3 min.
4) Even better battery management.
5) Email notification to account admin – On installing some apps which Comvigo cannot block(widgets/remote view apps), like floating browsers.
6) Email Notification to account admin – About devices on which Comvigo is not active.
Note: Email will be sent to account admin about the devices on which our app is inactive/uninstalled/no internet for the whole day, its just a caution not 100% accurate as we cannot check our app’s state unless it is connected to internet.
7) Internal bug fixes
8) Editable URL bar and
9) Show Uninstall below activate option for trial users
Need Help? Contact our Technical Support Team.

Damaging Effects of Internet Pornography on Kids and Teens

The readily available pornographic content online has become a headache for busy parents. Many experts and psychiatrist claim that effects of pornographic content varies for every child making it more difficult for parents to identify signs if their child is affected. As small children mimic whatever they see, pornographic content can make them repeat the same activities with same age children, neighbors and other family members. Watching adult content has long term and mostly negative psychological effects on minors. Today, more than ever, parents should start using filtering software for devices that are connected to internet.
The statistics related to pornographic content available on internet is more than alarming. An ugly truth is there are more chances for your child to get across pornographic content on internet than educational content. In fact, almost 30% of data transferred online is porn and more than four hundred thousand pornographic websites receive more visits than Amazon, Twitter and Netflix combined.
What Studies and Research Conclude
According to a study conducted in Britain, easy access to pornographic content had severely affected thousands of children who turned into sexual offenders. Out of the 4,562 minors who committed sexual offences between 2009 and 2012, some were as young as 5 years old. The study also claimed that the actual figure is much higher as many sexual offences committed by minors are often not reported to authorities.
According to an incident reported by a child therapist John Woods, one of his 13 year old patient raped his 5 year old sister. In another similar incident in Calgary, Alberta, a 13 year old boy was sentenced as he raped another 4 year old boy living together in foster home. The investigation revealed that the teen was watching homosexual content on internet for some time.
In another study conducted in Australia by La Torbe University in 2010, the researchers concluded that boys who are addicted to pornography are more likely to harass and demean opposite gender. Psychologists and health experts also claim that early access to pornography when children are not emotionally and psychologically developed to handle sexual stimulation can adversely affect their normal behavior. Experts also claimed that porn addiction is a growing and alarming trend among children who are still developing their identities. Addiction to porn at this age can have long term effects reflecting into adult life.

Parent’s Responsibility
If children and minors are accessing pornographic content through unprotected internet connection and smart devices, the accountability is on the parents. It is highly advised to use locking and filtering software for computers, smart phones, tablets and laptops. A responsible parent should use content filters to block pornographic sources. One of the most effective ways to keep your children at distance from pornographic websites is to use third party parent-control softwares like IMLOCK from comvigo.com. Visit the website to learn more about using internet filtering softwares to effectively block pornographic content.

Why Take an Active Role in Parenting Online

The easy access to technology not only have good effects on our growing children. The complete package also comes with few side effects. As parents, neglecting to monitor children activities on internet and smart devices often leads to severe consequences. With easy access to pornographic content, unmonitored chatting platforms, social media platforms and extremist religious content, our children are now more exposed to bad online influences.

Why You Need to Parent Online
When it comes to statistics related to internet, technology and its effects on teens and children, some of the figures are much more than alarming. These statistics provide reason why you need to be an active parent and monitor your kids’ online activities.
• Almost 69% of teens get messages from unknown people online and they don’t tell adults about it, making them an easy target for online predators.
• Almost 19% of teens reported cases of online bullying and harassment. Teen experts claim that there is a much higher percentage of such cases as many teens and children often don’t report online bullying and harassment.
• According to the National Crime Prevention Council, 43% of teens become victim of cyber bullying in 2014.
• The same report also mentioned that 80% of teens said that their parents have not enforced any parental rules for online activities.
Other than cyber bullying and children becoming victims of online predators on chat forums or social media, many recent psychological studies and research reports claimed that increased access to pornographic content can have an adverse and long term effect on children’s adult life.

Effective Ways of Online Monitoring
Parents today are fortunate enough that they have access to modern monitoring tools and softwares like IMLOCK for windows by Comvigo.com. Make use of these third party monitoring softwares to check what your kids are accessing online and to block pornographic and extremist religious/racism sources. Make sure to let your kids know that you are using monitoring tools and it is for their own well-being. This also allows you to educate your growing children about the adverse effects of misuse of technology.
According to the report published at National Crime Prevention Council website about cyber bullying, only 11% of children reports incidents of cyber bullying to their parents. The very reason why parents must take a proactive approach to save their kids from online harassment. The report also claimed that 30% of kids plan to take revenge on their own that could end up in serious consequence for the family. The only positive thing coming from the report is that about 70% of teens claimed that blocking cyber bullies is a very effective method of prevention. This has raised the importance of installing third party blocking tools a mile higher.
If third party software is not something you want, you can track your kid’s online activities by having access to all devices used by your children with shared passwords of their social media and email profiles. Compared to third party software, this approach may not be viable for many parents as it consumes a

Android Filtering for Mass Distribution

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Android Content Filter
Android Filtering for Mass Distribution

Why does Comvigo currently use a browser for Android Filtering?

Short Answer: Because a browser the best way, given the current Android mobile carrier technology ecosystem, to make a mass distributable app.

For the detailed answer, please read on…

“Everything should be as simple as it can be, but not simpler” – Albert Einstein

How is internet traffic routed?

Carrier Routing
When not connected to a WiFi, internet traffic requests (browsers and apps) are generally routed from a mobile device directly to the carrier. LTE, 3G, 4G, browser http requests (website browsing) is going directly from your mobile phone or tablet to the carrier (Sprint, Verizon, AT&T, Vodafone, etc.) and their servers then deliver the page back to your browser.

WiFi Routing
If you are using WiFi, the traffic goes from your mobile device browser (or App) to the WiFi router. The WiFi router is the device in your home (or at Starbucks, the book store, the internet cafe, etc.) which takes request from your connected device, and then routes the http request to the ISP (internet service provider), who then directs the request to their server, and brings you back the web page you typed in. You can see this gives the router a chance to look at the request, and decide whether to send it along, or to filter it. The same applies to the ISP.

Filtering…How To

WiFi based Internet Filtering

There are several ways to filter internet requests if your device is connected by WiFi. For example, you can install a router on your internet connection, and use the router software to whitelist or blacklist websites. Most routers have minimum capabilities of doing this, and the user interfaces tend to be geared towards technical people. Also, these interfaces only provide minimal functionality. You can also redirect your home router traffic through an internet based filtering service which could have an interface to filter categories of websites. However, once you are away from your home WiFi, this filtering will not happen on the device. When you leave WiFi range, your device automatically will jump to carrier based internet traffic, and there will be no filtering. So, unless you restrict use of the device to WiFi home internet, there needs to be a solution for carrier based internet traffic.
Carrier Based Filtering

The primary demand for an app like ours (Comvigo Browser) is for an Android device (phone or tablet) that is connecting via the carrier (Sprint, Verizon, AT&T, Vodafone, etc.) without WiFi. Our browser filters just as well with a WiFi connection, but the carrier based internet filtering is our exclusive domain. A Wifi based filter cannot work if the user is connected directly to the telco carrier network. I’m also talking in general terms about providing a usable solution that can be dispensed on a mass basis to the majority of users who want a plug and play solution from the Google Play app store, or similar public download site, or a carrier’s store. This means that the app needs to be easily

Submitting Support Tickets – Comvigo

We have a new link for submitting Comvigo support tickets:

http://comvigosupport.com

You can also send us an email at:

support @ comvigo . com

or

android @ comvigo . com

And it will automatically creat a support ticket