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2 Security at Home The Internet = A World of Opportunities Look what’s at your fingertips A way to communicate with friends, family, colleagues Access to information and entertainment A means to learn, meet people and explore

3 Security at Home Leading Internet Risks and Threats To Children Predators Cyberbullies File-sharing abuses Invasion of privacy Disturbing content To Personal Safety Spam Phishing or online fraud Hoaxes Identity theft To PC Security Viruses Worms Trojan Horses Spyware

4 Security at Home Online Security Versus Online Safety Security: We must secure our computers with technology in the same way that we secure the doors to our homes Safety: We must act in ways that protect us against the risks and threats that come with Internet use

5 Security at Home Predators These people use the Internet to trick children into meeting with them in person File-share Abuse Exchanging music, video, and other files with strangers may be illegal, and can give them access to your PC or download viruses or worms Cyber-bullies Both children and adults may use the Internet to harass or intimidate other people Invasion of Privacy If kids fill out online forms, they may share information you don’t want strangers to have about them or your family Disturbing Content If kids explore unsupervised, they could stumble upon images or information you may not want them exposed to Leading Online Risks for Children

6 Security at Home Spam Unwanted , instant messages, e-cards, and other online communication Phishing sent by online criminals that tries to trick you into revealing personal information Identity Theft A crime where con artists get your personal information and access your cash and/or credit Hoaxes sent by online criminals that tries to trick you into giving them money Leading Threats to Personal Online Safety

7 Security at Home Viruses/Worms Software programs designed to invade your computer, and copy, damage or delete your data Trojan Horses Viruses that pretend to be programs that help you while destroying your data and damaging your computer Spyware Software that secretly watches and records your online activities or send you endless pop-up ads Leading Threats to PC Security

8 Security at Home Steps You Can Take Your computer 1.Turn on an Internet firewall 2.Keep your operating system up to date 3.Install and maintain antivirus software 4.Install and maintain antispyware software Your safety 1.Practice Internet behavior that lowers your risk 2.Manage your personal information carefully 3.Use technology to reduce nuisances, and raise the alarm when appropriate Your family 1.Talk with your kids about what they do online 2.Keep personal information private 3.Set clear rules for Internet use 4.Use family safety software

9 Security at Home Take Steps to Help Protect Your Family Talk with your kids about what they do online Keep personal information private Set clear rules for Internet use Use family safety software

10 Security at Home Talk with Your Kids about Online Risks Talk frankly with your kids about Internet risks, including: Sexual predators Inappropriate content Invasion of privacy Empower them by teaching them how their own behavior can reduce those risks and help to keep them safe when they are online Helpful online resources:

11 Security at Home Pay Attention to What Your Kids Do Online Keep the computer in a central area Get to know how your kids use the Internet Let your kids be the teacher Teach kids to trust their instincts And to report any problems

12 Security at Home Keep Personal Information Private Teach children never to share personal information online without permission Monitor your children’s online activities Teach your children to report suspicious activity Help children choose appropriate screen names and addresses

13 Security at Home Set Clear Rules for Internet Use Never go alone to meet an Internet “friend” in person Do not share files or open attachments Do not click links from strangers Treat others the way you want to be treated Stand up for yourself Respect other people’s property

14 Security at Home Use Family Safety Software Use family safety software to control and monitor your children’s Internet use Learn more about tools available for families at: Build strong computer defenses

15 Security at Home How to Handle Problems: Make it safe for your children to tell you when they feel threatened or scared online Contact police to report any threat to your family immediately Report incidents to: CyberTipline

16 Security at Home Take Steps to Help Protect Yourself Practice Internet behavior that lowers your risk Manage your personal information carefully Use technology to reduce nuisances, and raise the alarm when appropriate

17 Security at Home Delete Spam without Opening It Never reply to spam Technology can help you identify spam so you can delete it Many Internet providers delete it for you

18 Security at Home Be on the Lookout for Scams! There are signs that you can alert you of scams Alarmist messages and threats of account closures Promises of big bucks for little effort Deals that sound too good to be true Misspellings and grammatical errors

19 Security at Home Don’t Share Personal Information Delete s that request personal information Do not use or instant messages to share personal information

20 Security at Home Use Strong Passwords Keep passwords private and create ones that are hard to “crack” Never share your passwords with friends or be tricked into giving them away

21 Security at Home Get a copy of your credit report and ensure your account is flagged with a “fraud alert” and “victim’s statement” If Your Identity Is Stolen Report it Follow up in writing Change all passwords Place fraud alert on credit reports

22 Security at Home Turn on an Internet firewall Keep your operating system up to date Install and maintain antivirus software Install and maintain antispyware software Four Steps To Protect Your Computer

23 Security at Home Turn on an Internet Firewall An Internet firewall is like a moat around a castle, creating a barrier between your computer and the Internet

24 Security at Home Keep Your Operating System Updated Install all security updates as soon as they are available Automatic updates provide the best protection

25 Security at Home Install Antivirus Software Antivirus software can detect and destroy computer viruses before they can cause damage Just like flu shots, for antivirus software to be effective, you must keep it up to date Don’t let it expire

26 Security at Home Install And Maintain Antispyware Software Use antispyware software so unknown people cannot lurk on your computer and potentially steal your information

27 Security at Home Other Ways to Protect Your PC Back up your files regularly Think before you click Read website privacy statements Close pop-ups using red “X”

28 Security at Home Back Up Your Files Save to CD or DVD Use a Web-based backup service

29 Security at Home Think Before You Click Don’t open attachments unless you know what they contain and who sent them Only download files from websites you trust

30 Security at Home Read Privacy Statements Understand what you are getting before you agree to download or share your personal information

31 Security at Home Close Pop-ups Using Red “X” Always use the red “X” in the corner of a pop-up screen Never click “yes,” “accept” or even “cancel”, because it could be a trick that installs software on your PC

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