Cyber Watchtower Turns ONE!

Here at Cyber Watchtower, we are excited to be celebrating a full year of protecting our customers with our suite of cybersecurity services.

One year ago, we set out with a goal to provide a comprehensive collection of full-service cybersecurity protection options for individuals, families, and companies.  We are a team made up of people who not only understand cybersecurity but we also see the overwhelming need for everyone to have some level of protection and education when it comes staying safe online.  Our services focus on total online security and range from password management to cyberbullying protection.

We started by researching and testing product after product in order to figure out what was out there that would provide the best protection and monitoring for our potential customers.

Several months later we began engaging a small group of individuals to test the services that we had chosen.  This WONDERFUL group of people has really helped to shape our services as we’ve gone through some changes, growth, bumps, and bruises.  I cannot thank these, our test users, enough for all they have done for us.  THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

Starting at the beginning of 2017 we went full bore into service mode and now have a steadily growing client base.  We are constantly working to improve and expand our services to make sure that we keep all of existing and future clients protected from the dangers online.

Today our current services are:

  • Password Management
  • Social Media Monitoring
  • Web Presence Monitoring
  • Web Filtering
  • Device Management
For a full description of all of our services visit our Services page.

If you are one of our current customers, thank you for your business and we promise that we will continue to provide you the best support and protection possible.  If you are not out customer, we truly hope you are doing your best to stay safe online, but we’d love the opportunity to help you ensure that you and your family or business are staying as safe as possible.

As we here at Cyber Watchtower love to say . . .
Stay connected.  Stay safe!

Austin Bynum
Chief Watchman
Cyber Watchtower

Cyberbullying laws making headway

If you follow my blog at all, you know by now that I am passionate about eradicating cyberbullying and protecting our children against it in any way possible.  While I believe that protection and education are our best lines of defense, I also think that amending our laws to help combat and deter people from cyberbullying is another tool we should bolster to help us in the fight.

In Texas, Senate Bill 179, or ‘David’s Law‘, will soon be up for a vote on the state’s senate floor.  According to an article by KGNS news, “If passed, bullies could soon be seeing consequences and school district’s policies could change.”

If passed, the bill would cause the following changes:

  • School Districts would have to add cyberbullying and online harassment into their policies
  • School Districts would be required to anonymously report incidents
  • School officials would have 24 hrs to notify victim’s parents
  • The bully’s parents would also be notified of any incidents
  • School Districts would be empowered to investigate off-campus bullying if it impacts the school environment
  • Establishment of criminal offenses for the most severe cases
    • The offense would start as a Class B misdemeanor and develop to a class A misdemeanor in a case of multiple aggressors.

Frankly, I am glad to see our lawmakers taking this problem seriously.  I wish more states were being proactive in this fight against bullying and cyberbullying.  It is a problem that cannot remain ignored by our society and its government.  According to the Cyberbullying Research Center, many states have not made changes to their bullying laws in almost a decade.  They have a very informative and interactive chart that help to stay up on what each state is doing.

As I said before, I think that our legislatures do pay a crucial role in helping us combat this problem, but I think the biggest role is the one we play as parents.  Please, talk to you kids.  Take the time to know what is going on in their lives.  Also, use a service like ours at Cyber Watchtower to help you guard and protect the most precious and important people in your lives, your children.

Remember, stay connected.  Stay safe!

Austin Bynum
Chief Watchman
Cyber Watchtower

In addition to running Cyber Watchtower, Austin Bynum is also the proud father of teenage twin daughters.

New Year’s Cyber Revolution Resolution

Well, here we are.  It’s January, 2017 and it’s another new year.  Now is the perfect time to start seriously thinking about your passwords and your overall online security.  Cyber Watchtower stands ready and willing to not only help you get this process started, but to do it for you!

“What?”, you ask.
“There’s a company that will do these things for me?”

The answer is “YES, absolutely!”  There is a company cares more about your security than anything else.  We will partner with you, help you assess your real needs, and be your advocate and security expert.  We are Cyber Watchtower and we want to stand guard for you, your family, and even your business.

In this new year of 2017, we want to help you by:

  1. Increase your password security
  2. Protecting your children from cyberbullying and inappropriate content
  3. Keeping you and your family’s online presence secure
  4. Securing your business while helping it stay efficient and productive.

Cyber Watchtower offers a suite of customizable services to not only help make your digital life more secure, but to keep it secure.

Our services include:

  • Comprehensive Password Management
  • Social Media Monitoring
  • Web Presence Monitoring (Business)
  • Web Filtering
  • Device Management

We have been consistently developing, testing, and refining our services for months and now stand ready to partner with you to greatly increase your online and cyber security posture.  Our average user comes on board with a security score of around 50-55%.  Within 1 to 2 months we are able to increase that security to 90%.  Our ultimate goal for all of our customers is to keep them above 90% while keep a close watch on their ongoing online presence.

We would love the opportunity to get to know you and help protect your life with our services.

Contact us NOW, to learn more.  Please don’t let another year go by without truly protecting yourself online.

Austin Bynum
Chief Watchman
Cyber Watchtower

Secure Your 2017

2016 was a rough year in so many ways.  We saw one of the fiercest elections in memory and we lost countless amazing artists.  In the world of cyber security, we saw an unprecidented number of security breaches to companies like Yahoo! and LinkedIn, with record-setting account information lost.  We also saw an ever-increasing number of cyber bullying incidents to both celebrities and average teens.  Overall, a very big year.

As we are such a digital society, we must look forward and try to do a better job all around.  Many people still take for granted the importance of good password security.  I will say however, I am starting to see some improvement in people’s understanding and habits when it come to managing their passwords and online credentials.  While I’m encouraged by what I see, I fear these breaches will just continue and the best defense users have is solid password hygiene.

Just like user credentials being so much a part of our daily lives, so is social media.  Most of us spending any time online belong to some sort of social media network.  Whether it be Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, or one of the many other networks, social media impacts not only our individual lives, but sometimes how society even gets their information and the speed at which it travels.  Now, while many of us will never experience cyberbullying in a detrimental capacity as some have, the fact remains the problem has become an epidemic and not just a nuisance.  There were countless celebrities in the news fighting this issue.  Prince William has even been so appalled by what he has seen in the realm of cyberbullying that he has made his own mission to fight it.  GuardChild reports that over 25% of teens have been threatened by some sort of electronic means.  Cyberbullying isn’t just limited to social media.  It sometimes may just be taking place via text message or private chats.  Regardless of the way the bullying takes place, it remains an ever-increasing issue.

There’s no doubt that as we continue to increase our online dependence, security of our information and protection of ourselves will become more and more important.  No matter how much of your life is online, I beg you, please make a resolution this year to protect yourself and your loved ones online.  We here at Cyber Watchtower wish you a very happy new year and we hope that you make 2017 a great year

Austin Bynum
Chief Watchman
Cyber Watchtower

Protection vs. Spying – Where do we draw the line?

I am often asked by our parent clients if they should let their kids know that they are using our services and that they are being monitored.  My response is always the same.  “Yes!”  I, of course, move on to explain that we believe that the best protection a child can have is an open and honest relationship with their parents and knowledge of the dangers that keep parents up at night with worry.  I also explain that Cyber Watchtower was not created to spy on anyone, but our job is to protect our clients.  In every client home I am in, I make sure that the client knows we are here to help them keep up with what is going on and to protect their children.

The truth is, we do live in a day and age where it is much easier for kids to live a life outside the realm of their parents knowledge and most of that is thanks to the ever-increasing advances in personal technology.  Most teens today have their own cell phone, tablet, or laptop.  Many have more than one personal device like these that allow them an element of privacy and communication with the outside world that was unheard of in any previous generation.  Therefore, it is not an outlandish thought that parents would like to have some visibility into these devices and what they hold so that they have an idea of what their child doing and being exposed to, as well as protecting them from it.

The debate however, still stands about how much spying on one’s children can damage the parent-child relationship.  Consider this: If a parent were to just use our monitoring and protection services without talking to their children, it very easily can be construed as “spying”.    This is where the communication comes in.  The best thing you can do for your children is talk to them.  Educate them.  We will even offer advice as to how to begin the conversations about our monitoring so that people can feel comfortable initiating the talks.  That’s how important we see this part of the process.

Research shows that once a child thinks he/she is being spied upon by their parents, trust is broken in that relationship and breaking trust is the exact opposite outcome most parents want to see.  From what I’ve seen though, most parents are so concerned about protecting their kids and knowing what is going on, that becomes their focus.

Kirsten Weir, a freelance writer from Minneapolis, wrote an article this year talking about this very issue.  The article, Parents Shouldn’t Spy on Their Kids, had in it some fascinating research centered around the invasion of privacy and personal space by parents and how that impacts the ultimate development of our children into adults.

There is no doubt in my mind that parents need some visibility into their children’s lives.  After all, it is our job to protect and educate them.  As they grow however, it is also our job to teach them about trust and that begins with we the parents having a certain element of trust in their kids.  Not just trust to go into the world and behave how we’ve taught them, but trust in their ability to understand the dangers they will face in the world.  Remember, whether they admit it or not, they trust us to protect them.

Austin Bynum
Chief Watchman
Cyber Watchtower

In addition to running Cyber Watchtower, Austin Bynum is also the proud father of teenage twin daughters.

Cyberbullying 101

By now, most parents have at least heard the term “Cyberbully”.  According to, cyberbullying is defines as, “bullying that takes place using electronic technology. Electronic technology includes devices and equipment such as cell phones, computers, and tablets as well as communication tools including social media sites, text messages, chat, and websites.

What surprises most people is when they learn how rampant of an issue it actually is.  Several different surveys have uncovered that roughly 1 in every 3 teens today has been cyberbullied at some point.  Even more alarming than that statistic is the steady increase over the past several years in teen suicides directly related to major cases of cyberbullying.

There are no shortage of special interest groups being formed to help combat the severity of this increasing problem as well as educating the general public.  In fact, David’s Legacy Foundation, named for David Molak, a victim of cyberbullying and teen suicide, has been working on “David’s Law“.  This is a bill that would make electronic harassment of a minor a misdemeanor and goes before the Texas legislature next year.

We at Cyber Watchtower take a very special interest in this onging problem and are trying to do all we can to help parents and kids learn and protect themselves.  Having 2 teenage daughters myself, not only do I fear for their physical safety, but their emotional safety as well.  I encourage parents to please monitor what your kids are doing online.  This isn’t just Facebook and Twitter, this includes text messaging, chat rooms, email, and any other form of electronic communication.

We offer services including Social Media monitoring as well as device management.  Both of these allow us to watch for early signs of cyberbullying and stop it before it gets rolling.  If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact us any time.  You can reach us at