92% of US teens are online daily
After two long months of computer games and ice pops, it’s time to head back to school. And with the new school year comes new gadgets, new friends and new past times. So this is the perfect time to speak to your kids about staying safe online.
Today’s hyper-connected environment presents amazing opportunities for kids to explore ideas they would never be able to otherwise, but it also presents many dangers. The more tools you have for keeping your kids safe, the better. Here are 7 steps for keeping your kids safer online.
1. Get Parental Controls – Because parents can’t be everywhere
Your online privacy depends on the strength of your passwords.
Your privacy is only as safe as your weakest password.
Ok, so maybe that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but let’s face it. The strength of your passwords is important. If it wasn’t, why would so many people be interested in hacking them!
Passwords keep your private stuff private. They make sure that the emails sent from your account are actually written by you. They make sure that the Posts, Likes and Comments that appear on your Facebook page are authentic. They keep your Dropbox photos private. They make sure your coffee card is used exclusively to buy frothy sweet drinks for the people you want to treat.
Of course, passwords also prevent criminals from draining your bank account, running up charges on your credit cards, and causing all sorts of other mischief.
Clearly, having a strong password and keeping it secure is important. Which leads to the question – how can you create rock-solid passwords and keep them protected? Here are 14 simple steps to help you out.
Unfamiliar messages. Passwords that no longer work. These are just two of the many clues that cybercriminals have gotten a hold of your password and broken into your account.
With the password compromised, the first step is to regain control over the account by changing passwords and checking configuration settings to make sure nothing has changed. However, if the root problem (how the passwords were successfully stolen) is not fixed, then the accounts will just get compromised again and again. That’s why it’s important to take your passwords seriously and to make sure they are strong.
Continue Reading… Why You Should Take Your Passwords Seriously
- December 4th, 2013
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Our personal email accounts enable us to send and receive messages instantly with people all around the world. While we primarily use our email accounts for communications purposes, many of us use it to sign up for accounts such as online banking, online shopping, social networks, and even alternative email accounts. But have you considered the possibility that your personal email account could be the weakest link? By “weakest link”, we mean that a compromised email account could potentially result in the accounts connected to it being compromised too. That’s why it’s important to address email security from the get go.
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