Internet Safety For You And Your Family

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Cybercriminals are constantly coming up with new threats, so you need to be conscientious about downloading the latest security updates and patches and watching the news for any breaking threats.

Get wise to phishing.

You may be sophisticated enough to know not to click on a URL that’s supposedly from your bank or a friend, but does everyone in your household? Tell your kids about phishing and warn them not to click on URLs from an email or social network message. Get a security program that recognizes and blocks dodgy URLs.

Watch out for scams.

There are other ways to trick you into entering information. Even some so-called legitimate businesses can trick you into signing up for recurring annual payments and the like. Watch your credit card statements closely.

Use a password management system.

Passwords are the primary defense against hackers for most people and it’s no secret that it’s often a flimsy one. Bolster your defense with a password management program. Best of all, this way you only need to remember one password.

Keep social networks secure.

There's a good chance that at least one person in your house is on a social network. Unfortunately, social networks have become a draw for cybercriminals. Keep a close eye on your friends social network accounts. If someone messages you who hasn't done so in a while, then be suspicious. Your friends account may have been hacked.

Identify the threat in your household.

Your home Wi-Fi network is another entry point for hackers. Make sure you have a hard-to-crack password and consider security software that identifies “intruders” on the network. Also stress the importance of avoiding public Wi-Fi networks to your kids.

Educate kids about online safety.

When it comes to cybersecurity, kids are often the weakest link. Get security software that keeps kids from clicking on the wrong links and visiting the wrong sites. Teach kids about suspicious activity online and encourage them to ask for help if something seems suspicious.

Don't forget mobile devices.

Your phone and tablet need as much security protection as your PC. Make sure you’ve got a full security solution that covers your mobile devices as well. Put a passcode on your tablets and phones, too.

Use a credit card.

Credit cards are insured, so use that rather than your debit card.