People don't open their doors to strangers who come knocking, so just as locks and security systems for the home have a valid place, so does having necessary protection so that strangers can't gain access to home computers. This month is National Internet Safety Month, a month devoted to making everyone aware of the dangers that lurk online. While it's not meant to show the Internet as being an evil place from which people should flee, it's aimed at making people aware of the real dangers that lurk amongst the good.
Create fake profiles for those under 18. Whenever a social media network or website requires information--though it's wise to question why such information is asked for and see if the child really needs to be on that site--use a fake name, age and city. Attackers like to create fake accounts, using real information, as a way to gain access to the victim's network of peers, friends and family, so don't make it easy for them to find real information.
Make accounts and profiles private. If real data must be used, make the account private. It's easy for hackers and scam artists to get info from public profiles, even more so when kids are snapping selfies at local restaurants and sharing them on all their social networks. Never underestimate the intelligence of Internet attackers; it's so easy to find information on the internet, especially when people are leaving clues as to where they're living and who they're hanging out with.
Update your computer's security protection regularly. Most people know they need to run their anti-virus software regularly, but few people actually do. In a blog post, Dr. Jain says that a large number of ads on social media sites lead netizens to malware or phishing websites, so it's very important to keep the computer "clean."
Keep the computer in shared family areas. There's no reason children need privacy when interacting with peers online. Leaving the computer in the living room where the parents can keep tabs on the kids' activities is optimal.
Use website blockers. There are many tools that will block designated sites or ones that contains certain words or topics. While not fool-proof, it's a great help to keep younger eyes off of material that's not age-appropriate.
Each of these tips provide a layer of protections; implement them all in order to create the ultimate digital safety net. Schedule time this week to get started on this task to be fully protected as soon as possible.
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