The Internet is a constant presence in our daily lives, but too often digital safety is compromised, which is why it’s important to remember and teach your children these 5 Internet safety tips to in mind while surfing the net.
Keeping track of all the different ways to protect your personal information, financial credentials, and other important data is overwhelming at times. But there are a handful of basic tips you can use to stay digitally safe, which benefit the whole family.
Creating strong and unique passwords is the best way to keep your most important personal and financial accounts safe. While using the same password across multiple accounts may seem like a good idea, no matter how complex it is, once a hacker has your ‘one’ password, your identity from bank accounts to emails is immediately compromised.
Data breaches from cyber-attacks are more common than you may realize. For example, a breach of Marriott International’s guest reservation database exposed the personal information of up to 500 million people.
We live in a world where these security breaches happen all too often. That, however, is no reason to throw in the towel when it comes to digital safety. With the other safety tips in this article, you can easily set unique passwords for multiple accounts and store them utilizing reminders to change these every 90 days.
Think of it as a chore just like cleaning out the vents in your home or checking bulbs is on your list, adding change digital passwords every 90 days should make that list, too.
Password managers like LastPass and Dashlane make it easy to create and store all of your passwords, because a spreadsheet on your phone or computer isn’t enough. It’s also a good idea to avoid this practice because if someone hacked your account it’s all fairly easy for a hacker to search for documents with names like ‘Passwords’ and ‘Accounts’ to more easily swipe your information.
Password managers are also a great tool to help kids remember their login information, so sign the whole family up for an account. Some tools require paid subscriptions while others don’t,so keep this in mind if you’re on a budget and look for free tools with higher rankings.
Some of the most common online threats involve phishing, or the fraudulent practice of sending messages that appear to be from reputable companies with the intent of getting you to share personal information, like passwords and credit card numbers.
Today’s spammers use tools like emails offering “free” things that aren’t actually real. This is known as click bait and can come in many forms from online quizzes to online games, all of which collect personal information. If an offer sounds too good to be true, trust your intuition and never give out sensitive personal details unless you’re certain the information is in safe hands.
Social media is extremely popular and it’s never been more tempting to share the smallest details of our lives. Be cautious about what you share, especially when it comes to public information about your personal identity and consider double-checking your privacy settings as well as those of your kids frequently.
Parents and adults should also be aware of sharing photos and stories about their kids online. Consider discussing what you share of your children and how they feel about that before posting — it’s a great way to lead by example of showing respect to others while also demonstrating smart online safety habits.
The threats we face online are always changing. While there’s a common belief that a household’s youngest members are the biggest cyber security threat, most adults don’t have the safest internet habits either.
Share these tips with everyone in your household and encourage all family members to share their concerns if they have a question or something doesn’t seem right. Learning from each other and keeping an open dialogue is a great way to stay safe online.
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