Protect Your Identity When Using the Internet

There are many threats that you can find in the internet. In social media websites alone, you can become a victim to cyberbullying or to online scamming. Your kids are not safe either. They can become victims to online predators. You must therefore find ways to protect your kids when they are using the internet. Here are some ways to protect you and your kids every time they go online.

You need to protect you and your kids’ identity. There are different ways to do it. First, don’t use lazy passwords. Never use a password that has 1234. It is like giving the key to your front door when you use this password. Also remind your kids not to use the same password to different accounts. This may be a convenient choice but you and your kids are exposed to attacks. Use passwords that are complicated and not easy to guess.

Before installing anything, you need to read the user-license agreement in anything that you install. You need to know the files that will be copied to your computer and the location of the files. You should also be careful in checking updates and subscription during installations. Every time you install a program, you will be asked to check the checkbox about automatic subscription and downloads.

Once you follow these safety suggestions, you’ll be safe from attacks. Remember  that when you protect your identity, criminals will have nothing to work on and they will have nowhere to start especially when they plan of attacking you online.

 

Dangers That Kids Encounter in the Internet

Your kids use the internet for different reasons. There are kids who access the internet because they want to play their favorite games. There are kids who use the internet to download their favorite movies, their favorite music and their favorite TV series. They can use the internet to correspond with their friends. However, the internet must be used with caution because there are dangers that your kids are exposed to when using the internet.

For one, they could become preys to online predators. Internet users are not only for those who want to connect to their friends. There are also those that access the internet to lure potential victims. Online predators can scam victims in online trading. Worse, there are sex offenders lurking in the internet that might come across your kids as they are using the internet.

Kids, young and naive as they are, might reveal too much information about themselves. When this happens, they might accidentally leave a trail that criminals can easily trace. They might reveal the location of their school and even the address of their home. You kids can be stalked and worst can be kidnapped. Parents should remind the kids never to reveal personal information on the internet especially their addresses and the places they are visiting.

As parents, you should not overlook these dangers that were discussed. These dangers are real and your kids could become victims. Parents should be vigilant in monitoring their kids especially while accessing their computers. It never hurt to prevent attacks rather that address it only when danger is already there.

Risks in Using the Internet

It can’t be denied that the internet is a very powerful tool. You can use the internet to search for information that you can use in your work. You can use the internet to connect to your friends. The internet is even useful to your kids. However, you must also be aware of the threats that your kids are exposed to when they use the internet. Here are some of the risks in using the internet.

Your kids can become victims to cyberbullying. Bullying not only exists in school or in the playground. It can also be present in the virtual world. Your kids might be in put in an awkward position through a post or through a picture. As a general precaution, remind your kids to post pictures responsibly. If they can’t really help in posting picture, remind them to post the pictures in private albums.

Your kids might also become exposed to inappropriate materials. They might get access to sites that are for adults only. To prevent this, monitor the browsing history of your kids. If you want, you can also install filtering software that will block websites that are not good for children.

Remember that these are legitimate threats. You should keep these in mind every time you allow your kids to use the internet. It does not mean necessarily mean that once your kids use the internet they will immediately become victims to these threats. By considering these threats, you need to find ways to protect your kids when using the internet.

Google Can Keep Your Kids Secure

For those that are not familiar, there are actually tons of security features that Google has made available to all its users. Parents can take advantage of these security features so they can keep the kids safe and protected every time they access the internet. If you are still not familiar with these security features, here are some of the easy ones.

The first security feature is the 2-step verification before you can access your Google accounts. Instead of requiring you to enter your username and password, you will be required to enter a verification code. However, you need to activate this feature before you can take advantage of this security. When you activate this feature, you will be required to enter a cellphone number. When you log-in, Google will send the security code to your mobile phone and you need to enter this to access your account.

For those kids that are using Google+, the circle is another security feature. You simply group your friends into circles and each circle represents one interest group. You will only be heard and all your posts will only seen by people inside your circle. For children, they will interact with their friends in the circle. This will protect them from online predators that are lurking in the internet.

There are still tones of security features that can help secure you and your kids every time you access the internet. Don’t forget to take advantage of these features so you can protect them.

The Effects of Malware in Your Computer

There are websites that ask you to download a program to make your computer perform faster. This can become dangerous if the person using the computer has no idea of what these programs can do. Downloading these programs can also download viruses and malwares. Most of the time, the programs are of no use at all. They just entice users to download it along with the dangerous malwares.

When a malware is downloaded, other people who have evil content can “see” what you are doing. By seeing, they are able to see the sites that you have accessing, the files that you have modifying and everything that you are doing in your computer. When they are able to see what you are doing, they can have access to sensitive information that is supposedly private.

Malwares usually are made to get sensitive information. When they are able to see your computer, they’ll be able to determine the username and password. If you use your credit card online, they can use your credit card information from your transaction history. If you are fond of using social media, they can even steal your account and your identity.

It is important to remind everyone in the house to be wary about downloading programs because they might accidentally download malwares as well. Only download from legit sources and especially if you know that the program you are using is legitimate. Most antivirus programs today have built in malware detection to detect malware and to get rid of it as soon as it is detected.