Suggestions for Internet Safety

The Internets are wonderful tools to learn, create, and connect with those we love.  However, we must use extreme caution when using the Internets, just as we use extreme caution in where we go at certain times of the day.  Some websites are informational; others are a waste of time; some website are even dangerous.  Here are some of the things I do to avoid pornography online.  I hope they will be helpful to you.

I always use two Firefox extensions to add a few layers of protective armor to my browser, at home, work, and school:

Adblock Plus

Adblock Plus, or ABP, removes the vast majority of advertisements online, many of which use inappropriate images. If any slip through, you can simply right-click the image and block all ads in that space using regular expression rules.

If you use Adblock Plus, will you also want to use Adblock Filterset.G Updater.  This extension automatically updates the latest version of the filter list of your choice (I use EasyList).

WOT, Web of Trust

While ABP will protect you from some of the border-line inappropriate images while loading a site, WOT, or Web of Trust, will help you to avoid entire websites that might be untrustworthy or down-right dangerous.

WOT works because thousands of individual users rate websites in four areas:

  1. Trustworthyness
  2. Vender Reliability
  3. Privacy
  4. Child Safety

WOT adds a friendly colored circle next to each hyperlink.  If the cicle is green, then other users have rated the site as safe and trustworthy; if the circle is yellow, proceed with caution.  Red circles indicate dangerous websites.

I strongly recommend these add-ons for anyone who uses the Internet.  Cheers!

California and same-sex marriage: How You Can Help

My sister recommended the following action steps to help preserve traditional marriage and strengthen families in the recent issue on same-sex marriage.  She wrote:

1. Inform your [Californian / Arizonian / etc.] friends and family of the upcoming vote in November. Educate them on the fact that amending our state constitution, something that is very common in California, will “undo” the Supreme Court’s decision overruling the will of the people. Also, continue to invite people to join our Facebook group.

2. Donate! Even $5 or $10 can make a difference. This effort will take financial participation from everyone who cares about protecting marriage. You can donate online: http://protectmarriage.com/donate.php

3. Become part of the team and volunteer: http://www.protectmarriage.com/jointheteam.php

4. Finally, stay positive. Do not get discouraged by any media reports that the amendment is “losing,” or lacks support. Remember, the exact language we are trying to add to the constitution was passed by Prop. 22 with over 61% of the vote in 2000, and our polls show it currently has the support necessary to pass.

Source: Personal email correspondence.

In this or any public issue, we all take the following four steps:

  1. Become informed
  2. Consider personal values and principles
  3. Take a stand
  4. Inform and engage friends and family

Do you know someone who has taken a stand on an issue recently?  Did you join them?  If you disagreed with their opinion, did their action affect your relationship?

I hope we will pray for courage to decide where we stand on the many important issues before us.  I know that you can make a positive difference in this world.  I know you will receive divine power as you seek to serve those close to you.

Family Business

Some of you were aware that we were applying for a job as live-in managers of a storage unit rental facility in Payson.  Well, we got the job!

They were looking for someone with computer skills, people skills, and who wouldn’t mind being home all day Tuesday-Saturday, to answer the door and the phone.  Also, they wanted a spouse who would be willing and able to fix stuff and do basic maintenance around the property.  We got the job based on a resume, a phone interview, and an in-person behavioral interview.

As compensation, we will be living in a very nice, 3-bedroom manufactured home, plus benefits.  We are very excited about the job and our upcoming move.

Cheers,
jFc + eac