Security Hazards of the Modern Mobile World

With more and more people using tablets and smartphones more people are becoming exposed to the security hazards that come with mobility. And most people are downright clueless about these things. If you are the type of person who wants to be mobile all the time then continue reading this article.

Identity Theft

Mobile devices like laptops, tablets and smartphones are targets for hackers and identity thieves. The smartphones are even considered a major target. This is due to the fact the people can now show online with their phones. That means details like credit card and email address are all in the smartphones and can be stolen by hackers.

The pattern phone lock system is also very unsafe. You will end up leaving a very distinct finger stroke on the screen that anyone can see allowing them to unlock your phone. I cannot even believe that anyone who was smart enough to code this feature was not smart enough to realize it is a security hazard.

Too much in one device

Smartphones gave rise to a swiss-army-knife type of device. You can now call, text, chat, surf and buy with a smartphone. You even need it as a security authenticator. Now, what happens when you lose it? You lose a lot of things as well. You use your smartphone to schedule business meetings and end up in panic when you lose it. Tablets are also the same thing, especially when books are now in electronic form and can be read through such devices.

Your Child’s Internet Safety Precautions

Everyone can take extra precautions to protect themselves in the internet. One can install free antivirus for computer safety or purchase expensive security programs for optimum internet protection. And then we have the basics.

The basic internet safety precautions can be done by anyone to protect both their computer and family from opportunistic predators online. Here’s how to do it.

Never give away any personal info

This is the golden rule of internet safety – never give out your personal information, unless you’re old enough to do so. Full name, home address, school address, phone number, mobile number, email, etc. should be kept in private to avoid any problems. Though there are legal sites out there that gather info from children, it is always better to be safe than sorry. The COPPA, or Children’s Online Privacy Protection of 1998 states that, it is illegal to collect any personal info for kids under 13 years of age.

Don’t talk to strangers

Again, another basic rule we teach our kids in real life. It is good to remind kids about this when they’re on the internet. This can be easier said than done, as most of the people they find online, especially in social media sites, are strangers.

Some online predators have been known to make fake accounts and pose as mutual friends, friends, classmates, neighbors, or even relatives just to get a hold of your personal info.

Think before you type, or click

Tell your kids that anything they say in chat rooms are monitored by anyone else in that channel. This may sound strange, but there are people out there who actually save logs of messages that they see going back and forth, and they use it to fool other people to think they are someone they are not.

They can use these conversations for their online profile, from screen names, user ID, etc.

Even simple screen names like “roxy1992” will give predators a hint of how old you are. Thus, tell your kids to always be careful and think first before they type in any info and click.

9 Safe Practices for Children Online

Parents who openly address and their intentions to monitor their kid’s computers can easily make up for the potential dangers lurking in the internet today. However, the efficacy of internet monitoring software can only do so much, you must be willing to take extra measure to keep your computer and kids are safe online. Here are some things you can do to reduce the risks:

1. Talk to your kids about the potential dangers there is on the internet.

 

2. Sexual victimization is a crime with unimaginable effects, so don’t be afraid to educate your children about it and use some real examples.

 

3. As much as possible, surf with your kids and try to find out the usual websites they enjoy visiting.

 

4. Take the computer out your kid’s bedroom. Kids are naturally curious, and when in they are in their private space, they can be tempted to do things you forbid them.

 

5. Know your kid’s log-in details such as username and passwords, especially on their email and social media accounts to monitor the regular things they do. This is very important, especially if your kids usually use computers and internet outside your house, such as library and at school. Find out which controls and security features are used for those computers.

 

6. Teach your kids the responsible internet and computer use. There are so many things Internet can offer other than chat rooms.

 

7. If your kids met anyone online, especially in Facebook or other social media platforms, explain to your kids how dangerous it is to meet any stranger face-to-face without parental involvement. Again, you can use real examples to show them the dangers.

 

8. Ask your kids to take out specific personal information which strangers could identify, such as real name, telephone number, mobile number, home address and school address.

 

9. Lastly, tell your kids not to believe everything they see and read online.

Parental Control Software for Android Phones: What Options Are Available?

parental control softwareParents currently have multiple options for software programs to use for internet monitoring. These tools prove useful in keeping tabs on their kids’ online activity to ensure their safety and also to prevent them from accessing information on the web deemed inappropriate for their age. However, the same parental control systems might not be available when your child is accessing the web from their Android phones, and therefore raises another dilemma for parents.

Read more…

Enough is Enough Helps Parents Protect Their Kids from Predators

Enough is Enough (EIE) is one of the oldest internet safety websites. It’s been around since 1994 to help make the internet safer for children and their parents. It is a 501(c)(3) non-profit and the website is beautifully simple: www.enough.org.

The organization was founded by Dee Jepsen, wife of Roger Jepsen a former Senator from Iowa. She now serves as the organization’s President Emeritus.

EIE takes a three-pronged approach to their mission of helping:

  • Raise public awareness of the threat of illegal pornography and sexual predation on the Internet in order to empower and equip parents and other child caregivers to implement safety measures.
  • Encourage the technology industry to implement viable technological solutions and family-friendly corporate policy to reduce this threat.
  • Promote legal solutions by calling for aggressive enforcement of existing laws and enactment of new laws to stop the sexual exploitation and victimization of children using the Internet.

While they wish to preserve the right to Freedom of Speech, they also want to create a safe place where children can preserve their innocence a little longer. With the pervasiveness of on-line pornography and sexual predators, the internet is unsafe territory for young eyes. EIE is trying to keep this world a little safer.

They offer a special program called the Internet Safety 101SM Program (www.internetsafety101.org).  “This state-of-the-art, multi-media program is designed to educate, equip, and empower parents, educators and other caring adults with the knowledge and resources they need to protect children online,” according to their website.  The program includes access to the Internet Safety 101SM Web site, a 4-part DVD series, workbook and additional resources.

As EIE President Donna Rice Hughes says, many parents go through the program and say, “I had no idea.” It is amazing how we think we are keeping our children safe but there are so many ways for them to be threatened or harmed. EIE travels the country giving presentations to PTA groups, schools and other organizations on the threats and solutions for parents and children while on the internet.

EIE has also launched a faith-based initiative to help those who are trying to recover from pornography addiction, sexual addiction and victimization. In addition, the site offers many resources and tips. Please check them out at www.enough.org.