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Norton Safety Minder - what's its use? Disabled
What is the point of NSM? It's supposed to protect our kids, but it seems more like Symantec is using us parents to beta chk their s/ware as it is NOT complete it has too many flaws the main one being it DOES NOT work!
In 2010 Symantec is considering charging for this so-called "FREE" s/ware so presumably from now till then we're acting as their free beta testers - it'd be nice if they owned up to this!
My point, it is SO easy to disable NSM without admin rights, my sons managed to disable it on numerous occasions & even extend times WITHOUT permission. The flaw is related to being "offline" at the time this is done. So as NSM cannot verify the email & password entered it "allows" the user to extend their time or disable the s/ware
MAJOR flaw, this means any person can disable NSM without permission. Just by disabling their internet connection & then trying to extend or disable the s/ware once it's been done then re-enabling the internet. He's now managed to get hours more use than i'd allowed. Thank god for Microsoft (i would never have said that normally), i'm also now considering using other internet suite s/ware like Kapersky IS which has in-built parental controls features which are NOT as advanced as NSM but they DO seem to work (ie a child cannot disable the s/ware or logging if offline)
Symantec must sort this out & also let us know how much they will want to charge us for this s/ware we're testing for FREE for them! I do feel they should provide this s/ware FOC for all NIS users.