Since the birth of the internet, home security has changed drastically. The routes through which criminals can gain access to your home have increased infinitely and countermeasures are far less evident than with traditional home security. As technology is ever evolving, your protection strategies need to evolve as well.
The good news is you don't have to understand all the complicated details yourself. Simple tools are available to help you get a sound computer security plan in place. Implement these Internet safety tips to get started on securing your home against invisible intruders.
Basic Safety on the Internet
- Install antivirus and firewall software such as Vipre, McAfee, Norton, or ZoneAlarm and check for updates regularly.
- Delete spam without opening, both in email and instant messaging.
- Avoid anonymous file sharing sites such as Torrent, Kazaa, Gnutella, Morpheus. These sites tremendously increase your chances of getting a virus, worm, spyware, or some other form of malicious code.
- Educate yourself on Internet scams. If something seems odd, do a little research on Google or check out a myth-busting site like Snopes.com.
With Kids Internet Safety A Must
Kids today have access to the entire world through the Internet, and to the undiscerning eye, dangers are plentiful. It is crucial for children to understand and practice safety on the Internet; it is nearly inevitable that they will encounter an online predator or scam at one time or another. Below are some helpful hints to help get you started on internet safety for kids.
- Educate yourself. In order to know what the dangers are and how to protect your children, you have to be computer literate yourself! Also, follow any rules you set in order to reinforce the importance of safety on the Internet with your kids.
- Educate your children; to kids Internet safety means nothing. Help them understand potential online dangers and provide them with Internet safety tips.
- Check with your Internet service provider (ISP) for parent control options.
- Install software created by your ISP that helps block access to certain "bad" sites.
- Help your child create a screen name to protect his or her identity.
- Keep the computer in a common area where you can monitor its use.
- Monitor your credit card and phone bill and look for unusual charges.
- Listen carefully if your child reports an uncomfortable online exchange.
- Request that your child never enter a private chat room and explain the dangers of misrepresentation.
- Ensure that your child understands that under no circumstances should he or she provide any personal information at all on the Internet. Explain that they should ask for assistance should any such request for information arise.
Safety on the Internet is important to everyone; with kids internet safety is critical. Following these steps will ensure that strangers aren't being unintentionally invited into your home, either by you or by your children.