Protecting your Family's Data

Let’s face it, for lots of families using the internet is a way to communicate with each other. Kids have Twitter and Instragram accounts and parents have Facebook accounts. We use these accounts to see what our kids are up to. Your kids also have online accounts for homework and grades. With increasing account usage there are some guidelines you should follow to make sure you and your kids are safeguarding your information.

Son surfing the internet with web filters applied

  • Use antivirus protection. Just about any antivirus protection will do. Avoid the free ones though. Make sure you are using paid subscriptions and that your antivirus is up to date.
  • Don’t let your apps share data. Apps will ask you to share your contacts, photos, music, etc. Always say no unless you have a good reason to allow it. If the app doesn’t work without the access, ask yourself why would the app need access to this info in the first place.
  • Use tough passwords and change them frequently. Use upper and lowercase along with symbols in your password. For more complexity use two words combined together to form a longer password.  Use http://www.lastpass.com/ to help with password management.
  • Use a parental control device. Parental controls with web filtering makes sure you are not visiting harmful sites that may be phishing sites or fool you into downloading malware or viruses.
  • Don’t use unsecure wifi networks. Open wifi networks are a hacker’s paradise allowing them to hijack your information.

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