Internet Safety

Tips for online safety, security and privacy.

Are you protecting your privacy and data online?

Data Privacy Month

February is Data Privacy month. Are you protecting your data online? Are your kids aware of the data they share every day when using apps and social media? Take this short quiz and see how you’re doing. Have your kids take the quiz too! Then learn about your rights as a parent regarding what companies can do with your children’s data.

Digital Parenting, Hollywood Style: Do’s and Don’ts from Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt

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In a recent People magazine interview, Angelina Jolie mentioned that she and her husband Brad Pitt have hired a cyber security team to monitor the Internet and social media content that their children encounter. I’m sure that most any parent would agree that keeping tabs on what your kids are doing online is a daunting task. But is this the right approach? Here’s where I think Brad and Angie have gone wrong and what I suggest they do instead.

Viruses, Malware, and Hackers – oh my!

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Like a lot of you, I do some shopping at Target and today I signed up for free credit monitoring. Target is offering this to their customers following last year’s data breach when hackers gained accessed to credit and debit card information. While most of us don’t have home computing systems as large and complex as Target’s, we likely store personal and private information on our home PC’s. What can the average home user do to keep our systems safe? Here are some tips in a guest post from Randy Bunnell, an information security consultant.

Are your kids hiding their web activity? Learn about the pros and cons of Private Browsing

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I was chatting with some friends recently and the conversation turned to how creepy it is when you are surfing the web, and suddenly every website seems to know what you’ve been looking at and searching for. I’m sure almost everyone has encountered this situation. It seems like Big Brother is watching us all the time. What’s a privacy-seeking person to do – other than unplug completely? Try private web browsing. This is a feature available in all current popular web browsers, such as Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari, and on many mobile devices.

Ask.fm settings for Safety and Privacy (to the extent that is possible)

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This isn’t an article warning of the dangers of using Ask.fm; you can find that online already. I wanted to offer some advice to parents whose teens already use this service. If you read some of the articles on the web and say “no way!” that is totally understandable! These are simply suggestions for settings to use if you should decide it’s okay for your teen to continue with ask.fm. As a parent you know your kids best and set the rules you are comfortable with.