Actiontec Makes Real-Time Internet Monitoring Software More Powerful

New 1.1 Version Adds Instant Message Capabilities for Parents to Chat Online

With their Children From Another Computer - Even When Away From Home

Aug 20, 2003, 01:00 ET from Actiontec Electronics, Inc.

    SUNNYVALE, Calif., Aug. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Actiontec Electronics today
 introduced Kid Defender 1.1, a new version of the company's Internet
 monitoring software that gives parents the ability to supervise their
 children's Internet activity from anywhere in the world.  Available now, the
 program's new instant message capabilities allow parents -- who may be at work
 or on another computer -- to communicate with their children as they are
 surfing the net. Using Kid Defender 1.1, parents can hold a real-time
 conversation with their children to offer advice, answer questions or discuss
 specific Web sites or chat threads.
     Parents using Kid Defender 1.1 can monitor online activity from home,
 office, or anywhere they have a computer and an Internet connection. Installed
 on both the parent's and the child's PC, Kid Defender 1.1 helps parents shield
 their children from inappropriate websites or potentially dangerous strangers
 they may meet in chat rooms. The program enables parents to observe their
 children's website visits, instant message conversations and chat room
 sessions in real time -- then cut off threatening correspondents or
 objectionable URLs with a single mouse click.
     "Real-time monitoring capabilities are the best safeguard parents can
 implement for children using the Internet," said Dean Chang, President and CEO
 of Actiontec Electronics. "When parents cannot supervise their children's
 activities in person, Kid Defender 1.1 offers them peace of mind. Parents can
 now give their children immediate feedback while they are online, guiding
 their choices and helping them make better decisions through interactive
     Kid Defender 1.1 also offers conventional parental controls such as a
 recommended website blacklist, the ability to add or delete blocked sites as
 well as create a list of blocked instant message addresses, and the option to
 permit access only to a specific "white list" of websites and users.
     Kid Defender 1.1 allows parents to track web surfing as well as chat, AIM,
 MSN, Yahoo and ICQ instant messaging sessions on a real-time basis. When a
 parent chooses to terminate an instant message conversation or close access to
 a website, Kid Defender 1.1 automatically adds the offending screen name or
 URL to the program's Blocked list.
     The program also gives parents the ability to:
      -- Minimize the amount of real-time monitoring required by electing not
         to display activity from trusted websites (such as
         and trusted instant message users (such as relatives or good friends).
      -- Monitor two or more children's activities, simultaneously, from a
         single screen.
      -- Set different rules for each child by customizing blocked websites and
         blocked user screen names for each computer.
      -- Save each day's online activities.
      -- Prevent children from bypassing the program by invoking password
         protection that will bar them from accessing and changing the program
      -- Update the software online by logging on to to
         download new versions and revised parental control lists.
     Specifications and Pricing
     Kid Defender 1.1 is available on CD for $39.95, including a one-year
 subscription for real-time monitoring with no separate software charge. It
 supports two parents and two children. Real-time monitoring licenses for
 additional children cost $9.95 per child per year. Subscription extensions for
 the boxed version are $39.95 per year.
     Minimum system requirements include one 90 MHz computer with Internet
 access; 15 MB hard drive space; 64 MB RAM; a CD-ROM drive; and Windows 98,
 98SE, ME, 2000 or XP. Available hard disk space of 1 GB is required to use the
 activity logging feature. The product is available now from mass-market
 retailers as well as the Kid Defender online store at
 Users of Kid Defender 1.0 can download the free upgrade from .
     About Actiontec
     Actiontec Electronics, Inc. is a leading supplier of analog and broadband
 devices designed to facilitate or leverage Internet access.  The company's
 complete line of DSL, router, wireless LAN, Internet telephony, and analog
 products includes the industry's first call waiting modems, home DSL modems
 and wireless home gateways. Kid Defender, the first real-time Internet control
 software for parents, continues the company's focus on products that optimize
 Internet use. Actiontec products have been recognized with a Best of Show
 award at Retail Xchange, Editors Choice awards from CNET's and, and Top 100 Products of the Year from Computer Shopper.
 Actiontec products are available through national distribution, retail
 outlets, and Actiontec's online store as well as through private label and
 Tier 1 OEM relationships. The company is headquartered in Sunnyvale, CA, and
 maintains branch offices in Austin, TX; Colorado Springs, CO; Reading, United
 Kingdom; China and Taiwan.  For more information, phone 408-752-7700, fax
 408-541-9003, or visit .
     Actiontec and the Actiontec logo are trademarks of Actiontec Electronics,
 Inc.  All other product names and trademarks are the property of their
 respective holders.
     Lesley Kirchman
     Director of Marketing

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