No Risk from Using WebKids in Internet Explorer

Our support team has received calls about a reported “flaw” in Internet Explorer versions 6 through 11 that might make users vulnerable to attack by hackers. There is no risk from this flaw in using our WebKids application or from visiting any of our websites–www.minutemenu.com, training.minutemenu.com, or childcareinfo.com.  We have no feedback on your risk when visiting other sites using Internet Explorer, and encourage you to make any adjustments you feel necessary to protect your personal and business information.

According to an article posted online by The Washington Post, a user must visit a website that uses Flash technology and is controlled by a hacker or other entity that desires to gain unauthorized access to your computer. WebKids does not link to outside pages and does not use Flash technology, which limits your risk when using our products. More details about the security risk issue, and Microsoft’s response, can be found in the Washington Post article.

If you have questions, please contact our support team – we are happy to help!

UPDATE: The Washington Post is now reporting that Microsoft has released a security update for Internet Explorer that fixes this bug.  It will also be releasing an update for Windows XP users, but the article does not provide information on when that will occur.  Per the article, users who have Automatic Updates turned on will automatically receive the fix.  Otherwise, users will remain vulnerable until they update Internet Explorer.

Minute Menu Assists with CNIPS State Upload System in CA

Over the past two years, Minute Menu has collaborated closely with the California Department of Education to greatly reduce the headache associated with the Child Nutrition Information and Payment System (CNIPS) rollout for both sponsors of family child care providers and child care center organizations.  Much of our work was behind the scenes with the state, to help ensure that sponsors would not have to manually enter information into the new CNIPS database.  We are grateful to the state for giving us the opportunity to assist them on ways to streamline the process.  And the state has also provided us with a way to ensure Minute Menu customers can automatically upload claim and provider/center data each month… saving time for our customers each & every month.  We have also worked closely with reviewers and auditors in the state to help them answer questions about specific reports and software best practices, and have provided training to the state agency as well.  Many thanks and much kudos to the state agency, and the sponsors and center organizations who’ve worked closely with us and the state throughout this process.  This kind of collaborative process goes a long way toward helping everyone achieve the mission of feeding kids with lower administrative costs.  For those in other states who would like our assistance with similar information systems projects in those states, or would like similar training for state agencies, please let us know.