Primary Threats to your Computer Security Viruses/Worms Software programs designed to invade your computer, and copy, damage, or delete your data. Trojans Viruses that pretend to be helpful programs while destroying your data, damaging your computer, and stealing your personal information. Spyware Software that tracks your online activities or displays endless ads.
Primary Threats to your personal online safety Spam Unwanted e-mail, instant messages, and other online communication Phishing E-mail sent by online criminals to trick you into going to fake Web sites and revealing personal information Identity Theft A crime where con artists get your personal information and access your cash and/or credit Hoaxes E-mail sent by online criminals to trick you into giving them money
Primary online risks for your children Predators These people use the Internet to trick children into meeting with them in person. File-share Abuse Unauthorized sharing of music, video, and other files may be illegal, and download malicious software. Cyberbullies 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.
Defend your computer & network Strengthen your computer’s defenses Avoid downloading malware Secure your home network Tip 1
Keep firewall on Defend your computer Strengthen your computer’s defenses Defend against malware Tip 1 Update software automatically
Defend your computer Avoid downloading malicious software Think before you click Confirm that the message is legitimate Close pop-up messages carefully Tip 1 CtrlF4
Defend your network Secure your home network: Wireless Network Security Use WPA2 (Wi-Fi Protected Access) or WPA If you use the older WEP (Wired Equivalent Privacy) instead of WPA, then make sure to maximize the encryption Use a strong password/change your network address Enable MAC address filtering Disable SSID broadcasting Use OpenDNS to make your network safer Access Restrictions Tip 1
Protect sensitive personal information Tip 2 Look for signs of a secure webpage Save financial transactions for home Keep sensitive info to yourself Avoid scams
Protect sensitive personal information Tip 2 Set up dummy e-mail addresses when registering for sites Turn on privacy settings in browser Install adblocking software
Tip 2 Learn how to spot scams Suspicious email address Generic salutations Alarmist messages Grammatical errors Requests for personal info 1 2 3 4 5
Tip 3 Password: Strength: Create strong passwords and keep them secret S BEST tr0ngpasw0rsdsRsafer! Use different passwords Don’t share your passwords
Take charge of your online reputation Discover Evaluate Protect Cultivate Restore Tip 4
Use social networks more safely Use Settings or Options Accept new friends wisely Be careful what you post Tip 5
Share with care Don’t take or share suggestive photos or videos Make social network pages private Keep personal info to yourself Be choosy about adding friends Share your accomplishments Tip 5
Connect honestly and carefully Download files legally Downloading files and following unreliable links are two of the most common ways in which computers are compromised by malware Use web content honestly Use web & social sites appropriately Meet an online “friend” in person VERY cautiously Tip 5
Tip 6 Set clear rules Keep communication open Take extra steps to help keep kids safer online Manage and monitor kids’ computer use Get reports of kids’ computer use Control time of online access Use family safety software
Pay attention to kids’ activities online Join the fun; “Friend” and “Follow” your kids Evaluate websites and devices beforehand Locate consoles and computers centrally Watch for changes in behavior Tip 6
Set clear rules Keep personal information private Respect others Only add people you know as friends Don’t spread rumours Don’t use a real photo as your main profile picture Use a nickname or first name Don’t add apps without talking to us first Don’t upload photos of people without asking first Don’t share passwords Tip 6
Send or post cruel messages Disclose secrets Shut someone out Impersonate the target Pretend to befriend someone Tip 6
Lay the groundwork: pay attention Help bystanders standup to online cruelty Help those who are bullied or bully others online Promote kindness in your community Tip 6
What to do if there is a problem When using email, a social network, or other web service Continued harassment or physical threats Your identity is stolen or you responded to a scam
Let’s recap 1: Defend your computer 2: Protect sensitive personal information 3: Create strong passwords and keep secret 4: Take charge of your online reputation 5: Use social networks more safely 6: Take extra steps to help keep kids safer online
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