Accountability: 360 Protection

Accountability: 360 Protection

Written on April 23rd, 2014 in Resources by Carl Thomas

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Anyone who owns a PC most likely has heard the term “360 protection,” being all-too-familiar with the vast threats posed to them and their computers by viruses, adware, malware, spyware, tupperware, and everything else out there waiting to decimate your hard drive. Virus protection alone is no longer enough. Yes, viruses are bad but are you protected against {insert word here}ware? Now we need “total” or “360” protection if we want any shot at a semi-problem-free cyber existence.

And while the idea of total protection may seem like a necessary evil (and possibly a scam) to many PC users, it is actually extremely applicable to the concept of personal accountability. You see, many people think that, as long as they have someone to check in with on a weekly or monthly basis, they are being accountable. That, in fact, even though they may slip up occasionally (or even regularly) online by looking at porn or popping into a steamy chat session, they can claim a life of accountability because of their weekly check-ins accompanied by generic watered-down confessions.

Bull.

The thing is, face-to-face accountability is awesome and very much needed, but it may not be enough on its own. You should have other measures in place like X3watch.

Here are three reasons why:

1. X3watch is always there. When it comes to the real world, no one can be with you all the time. That’s not realistic and, quite honestly, it would be a little creepy. However, in your online world you can have a silent accountability partner sitting with you every time you click the mouse. It’s there whenever you are.  It’s ALWAYS on and therefore it’s ALWAYS working and ALWAYS keeping you accountable for your online activities. Your accountability partners may be sleeping when you pop on over to that little porn site you visit once in a while, but eventually they will get a report about that incident and then you will have to have that authentic and open conversation you weren’t looking forward to. X3watch tells people, “I’m not afraid to let people see where I spend my time online.” It’s not only a good trigger for needed conversations but is also a good deterrent for bad decisions because it’s keeping an eye on you without any effort on your part.

2. X3watch gets into all the details. While sometimes we can become masters of understatement, X3watch uncovers every questionable keystroke. It gives your accountability partners the times, URLs, and trigger words for every online move you’ve made that could land you in the danger zone. X3watch doesn’t let you get away with just saying you’ve “been struggling” while offering a weak shoulder shrug and an uncomfortable grimace. No, it calls you out with no room for deflection. Unfortunately some people just don’t know how to push their partner for the “details;” X3watch doesn’t care about comfort zones or personal space—it just does what it is designed to do and keeps you on point.

3. X3watch specializes in the area where people generally fall the most, and that’s online. What good is it dissecting your thought life with those closest to you if you aren’t addressing the areas of your greatest compromise? Again, it’s like 360 protection: addressing viruses won’t do anything for your spyware, adware, and junkware problems. You need to stay accountable and proactive on all fronts, especially those where you find the biggest challenges.

These are just three good reasons to consider accountability software, but in reality there are many more. If you want to truly be accountable you’ll use the tools available. However, if you are the type who constantly is working angles to get around accountability then ask yourself this: do you really want to be accountable?

 

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