We Are Tireless Advocates For The Safety & Security Of Children, Families, & Businesses In The Digital Age…Through Communication & Awareness.
Communication & Awareness are two cornerstones of The CyberHood Watch. Both concepts surfaced throughout the hundreds of interviews with authorities worldwide on CHWR as two positive and proactive methods to help curb nefarious activities from invading our digital lives.
October being the National Cyber Security Awareness Month, “Awareness” being one of the keywords, again illustrates the importance of knowing your digital surroundings.
Staying safe and secure in the digital age is your responsibility. Fortunately, it not rocket science and some unattainable goal. There are two ingredients that you should be familiar with, the right tools and the right behaviors. How would you attack someone on the Internet? First, you would implement some technology, a Trojan, key logger, virus, phishing, or malware application. Secondly, you would want to solicit a behavior in response to your technology.
Although, it may be a never-ending battle defending yourself against the constant threats from cyber criminals, be assured there are many industry leaders, Trend Micro, InfoSafe, Immunet, PC Pandora, Avast, etc. on a constant vigilance to keep you safe. Your defense against malware technology is available, and it is your responsibility to make sure you are using the first line of defense by using current technologies.
The second line of defense is not a technology issue and it all happens between your ears. Civility and common sense are powerful antidotes against many of the troubling issues (cyberbullying, sexting, Sextortion, human trafficking, etc.) surrounding our digital lives, and many of the tragedies we see occurring among our children. Parents more than ever need to instill in his or her son or daughter the moral values that we learned as children and carry them over into to his or her digital life. Again, it is not rocket science, it is the act of being courteous, kind, and respectful of all those characteristics we learned as kids growing up. Standing when an adult walks into the room or opening a door for a young girl or woman. It all sounds old fashion but it is something to mindful about.
When it comes to common sense for example, if a stranger walked up to you and asked you for your name, Social Security Number, driver license number, birth date, your home address, and phone number, what would you say or do? Many sites including social networking sites ask for information that is not always pertinent or needed. The CyberHood Watch partners, Dave & Bill, suggest that kids use a non-descript name and not to use any personally identifiable information.
Businesses who store Personally Identifiable Information (PII) need to be mindful of the State and Federal laws that protect consumers’ information. Any business whose database is compromised needs to know the mandatory procedures necessary to follow when said breech occurs. Not being compliant with State and Federal regulations can carry serious fines and penalties. Moreover, the loss of a business’s good name and reputation may be irrevocable.
Anyone doing business today online or offline should be familiar with the “Red Flag Rules” and if they apply to your business. Failure to be compliant carries considerable fines and penalties if a breech occurs.
Regardless of the fines or penalties, ultimately you are responsible for your safety and security in the digital age. The CyberHood Watch continues to provide solutions for living a safe & secure digital life for you, your children, your families, and your business.
October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month; now “communicate” what you read to others.
Your CyberHood Watch Partner,
david c ballard
Radio Security Journalist
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