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hello I just bought New VA10 sony notebook for my teenage son, there is LAN installed and Internet access, there is no account on the va10 notebook, but still he connected to internet, i think through another computer but i want to find out how he connected himself wireless OR through another computer if he does not have an account. Maybe he used pclinq or usb cable. I just do not want that he wonders to some not so friendly web sites if you know what I mean. we also have a regular pc dell with windows at home, is there anyway possible to monitor his internet activities from my homecomputer ( maybe thats impossible), is there a software outthere for that? With best regards Polona from NY

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Based on my own experience (with customers) I’d guess that he has connected to the Internet through a wireless connection from one of your neighbors.

You didn’t specify, but many laptop systems come with wireless network connectivity built in, and this would be my first guess.

I’d strongly suggest that you spend some time learning about products like “NetNanny” “CyberSecure” and similar products – and put them on your son’s laptop with DIFFICULT passwords.

Otherwise – you’ve already lost the battle and the war!

Bob

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  • CoreyF
    I am also a wireless LAN user. The 1st reply were excellent technical replies. And, in addition may I recommend PC-Tattletale. As a father, you must have an honest and open relationship. Did you "Ask" how he got connected. This connecting through available "hot-spots" is dangerous because it means some one can connect to your computer. Another word for connect is hack. Make sure your computer has up-to-date anti-virus software with auto-updates on so it's aware of all new threats, and that your FIREWALL settings are set to safe. Unless you are computer adept you will never keep ahead so trust and protection in computing as in relationships are the way to go.
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  • Bobkberg
    If the VAIO has a wireless port in it (likely these days), then he probably connected through a neighbor's access point. I've seen that more times than I care to count. Two basic options - depending on how aggressive you want to get. Also depends on how technically capable he is - many kids (not mine) can out-do their parents on a technical basis. You might want to look into password protected baby-sitting software (NetNanny, CyberGuard, others) to lock down the PC. You might also consider disabling the wireless port - and only let your son have a non-admin account on the machine (assuming Windows 2000, or XP). good luck, Bob
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