Keeping your family safe is always on a parent’s mind. You’ve taken all the precautions you can in every scenario you can imagine. But some parents forget about one of the biggest threats, the online world. An Internet connection grants anyone access to an amazing amount of information, but that access comes with dangers. We’ve compiled some of the top safety tips for Internet use in your home.
First and foremost, make sure your home Internet connection is secure. Many homes use a Wi-Fi connection now, which makes it easier to connect to the Internet anywhere in the house. But, that also means it is easier for anyone outside your house to connect to it and potentially use it for unscrupulous purposes.
You may be on the hook for any illegal activity done from your connection.
Even if someone is using your connection for non-criminal purposes, at the very least it will slow down the connection for you! Secure your Wi-Fi with a strong password that can’t be guessed. Educate yourself and anyone who uses email in your home about email scams. Email addresses are easy to obtain and bombard with harmful viruses. These viruses could crash your computer or even take personal information from your computer without your knowledge. Never even open an email from an unrecognized address. If you do open an email, never download attachments from unrecognized addresses. In a similar vein, be wary of emails – even if they appear to be legitimate – that ask for your password or account numbers. No reputable company will ask for that information by email. Attempts to gain your information this way are called “phishing” scams.
They’re sent by hackers to gain access to your accounts. Delete these emails!
Secure your online social media and banking accounts with strong passwords that cannot be guessed by outsiders. If someone can guess your password for your online banking site, they have access to all the money in that account. If you can’t keep up with all your passwords and are trading security for easy to remember passwords, you’re at risk. Consider using a password manager to help you create elaborate passwords that you don’t even have to remember. Hopefully, as time goes on, these types of attacks will be sniffed out. Many schools are offering degrees in cyber security training, so we can stop cyber-crime in its tracks.
If you have youngsters online, you don’t want them wandering to the questionable or downright harmful sites on the Internet. There are many products available that will restrict access to these sites. You can control the types of sites your children access and restrict use to certain times – no 3 a.m. browsing! Your family can get online without you worrying about where they’re going to end up.
Hopefully, these tips will help you feel a little more at ease with your home Internet access. You can make it a great experience for everyone, while also staying safe. If you have any other tips, leave a comment and let us know.
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