Online family safety is becoming more and more important as we, and especially our children, explore the wonders of the world wide web. The problem is, regardless of how tech-savvy our kids are, they don’t know what risks there are online. The same thing may also apply to your in-laws or grandparents who naively go about opening links that are potentially harmful.
Cyber-attacks can be inconvenient, but they can also have far more dangerous results; an attack can mean financial loss as well as reputation damage. Carey Van Vlaanderen, CEO of ESET Southern Africa offers some tips to keep you and your family safe online.
1. Secure your home WiFi network
Neglecting to secure your WiFi means that someone is able to intercept data that is being sent or received. Neighbours, or people nearby, are able to use the network to access the internet, which may slow down activities or consume your data.
2. Teach your children safe social networking habits
Online risks increase as children get older, from those they face on social networks, to things they see on the internet. Start their education by teaching your child these simple facts:
- Nothing on the internet is 100% private
- Everything shared on the internet is forever – don’t say or share something that will put you in a compromising position later on
- Over-sharing online can be detrimental
- Let your child know that it is never ever okay to provide information to anyone on the internet without your approval
3. Ensure safe browsing
Parents should monitor their child’s internet and social media use. Parents can set up privacy settings, and control who their child can or cannot friend. Don’t allow your child to share any contact details on their profiles.
Discuss the potential dangers of social networks, and ensure that a child is well educated on what to watch out for and avoid.
4. Learn how to avoid phishing attacks
These are usually fraudulent emails that appear to come from legitimate businesses. Often you’re taken to a bogus website, and asked to divulge sensitive information such as passwords, credit card details, or other account information.
- Your bank will never ask you to send your password or personal information by mail
- Never go to your bank’s website by clicking on the links included in emails
- Enhance the security of your computer
- Enter sensitive information on secure websites only
- Keep up to date on all the latest in phishing scams
5. Have a complete internet security solution
Make sure that your computer has a proactive security system that keeps you and your family safe from malware. The security system should offer you a solution against all types of infiltration and attacks.
Visit www.eset.co.za for more info on software security.