Tips For Cyber Safety
Today, it’s so hard to imagine a life without using technology like the Internet and our cell phones. These technologies allow us to connect to our family in one click or at the touch of a button. It also allows us to contact our loved ones and follow the progress of our company. These are just some of the benefits that technology can bring us. However, with the growing number of Internet users, security and cyber security are issues that affect both individuals and businesses.
To help us remember better, Wikipedia lists common concerns about Internet security. Some of them are spam, phishing, cyberbullying and computer viruses. Most of them are intended to steal the valuable identity and information of users and businesses online.
There are already many countries that have laws and policies that protect online users and businesses from these cyber crimes, but are they sufficient?
Independent Australian Senator Nick Xenophon said the government should appoint a social media ombudsman to track down trolls on various social media sites. He said the appointment of the social media custodian would give Australians the same protections as those enjoyed by social media users in other countries. He made this suggestion after the 2010 incident, when two memorial sites on Facebook destined for murder victims in Queensland were inundated with obscene and pornographic messages by spammers.
The growing number of cyberbullying and online crimes has prompted lawmakers to take action in this area. Many organizations are developing programs to educate the public and advise schools on what they can do to prevent these incidents.
However, for the policies to work, the cooperation of the people concerned is necessary. Here are some tips for parents, children and the general public.
Cyber security tips for parents:
Be aware of things your child is doing online. Talk to them about the websites they visit and make sure you know them well.
Place the computers in the living room or in the common area of the house.
Tell your child that you are there to help him if he encounters problems on the Internet or if he knows nothing.
Before giving them access to the Internet, remind them to keep their personal information confidential, such as their address and phone numbers.
Remind your child that the Internet is open to everyone and that not all information written is true.
You must encourage your child to learn to balance his connection time with his “real” time. Limiting their Internet access could help.
There should be Internet rules and you should inform your child of these rules and accept them.
Cyber security tips for kids:
Ask an adult if you are unsure of what you see online.
Do not simulate your age on websites and do not enter sites that are not suited to your age.
Do not share your personal information on the Internet such as the address and phone number.
If you have a social media account, do not add people as friends online unless you know them personally in real life.
Never meet a friend you just met online without taking a parent.
Remember not to believe everything on the Internet.
Read about cybersecurity and cyberbullying to learn more about these issues and avoid them.
Cybersecurity tips for the public:
You must use strong passwords for your online accounts. For example, you must have a password consisting of lowercase and uppercase letters.
Before sending anything, think about it and read it again.
Do not post inappropriate content online. Remember that the content you post on the Internet is eternal.
Be sure to check the privacy settings of your social network account.
Do not click embedded links in emails and multimedia messages. If you still want to visit the site, type it in the browser’s address bar and check it from there.
Inform the authorities if you are being bullied or if your account has been stolen online.