As a single lady with little time or inclination to go on traditional dates, I’ll admit it: I’ve long been jealous of my gay friends' access to Grindr, the location-based casual-hookup app. Indeed, a piece on online dating earlier this year pinpointed the biggest hurdle in transitioning hookup apps from the gay to the straight world: “making it work for straight women, who may not need an app to know that they are surrounded by willing straight men." This is an outmoded view of the sexual economy.
For almost as long, I've been telling just about anyone who will listen to me that we need a heterosexual version of this technology. Data from online dating websites actually shows the opposite: Men are picky, and women are far more forgiving and flexible when it comes to seeking a partner.
Operating system safeguards such as Safe Mode make it possible to alter and/or disable most any parental control application.
Anti-Porn is a parental control app whose goal is to prevent access to Internet porn.
In an effort to prevent tampering, the publishers have made it so that the software can be uninstalled only from the command line (and you need a password to do it).
Even so, there is no such thing as a truly tamperproof parental control application.
Logged in as me, my friend send very straightforward messages to men ("Hey, what are you up to tonight?
Of course, men would be free to reply to or ignore messages from women, but only women can initiate conversation. These don’t have to be from sexual partners—just guarantees he’s not, you know, a murderer.Given the gender gap in the tech-startup world right now, I'm guessing I have a long while to wait for such an app.Although I don't have any children of my own, friends routinely ask me whether I know of any good applications to keep their kids safe while online.One of this program's nicer features is that you can control what happens when someone attempts to access a Web site you have blocked.For example, you can play a sound (so that a parent will hear an alert if access is attempted), and there is even an option to completely shut down Internet access for a period of time if someone repeatedly tries to access blocked sites (Figure A).Okay, maybe not every kid, but I am certainly glad that nothing like this existed when I was a kid.