Before starting reading just think in your mind that is your children web savvy? If yes, do you monitor their activities on social media and overall internet? If no, then you should take it seriously now, because the digital world has evolved more than your think.
Yes, not only the internet but the digital world that includes mobile, tech, gadget, games etc has expanded beyond our expectations. Thanks to the technology that everything is traceable and storable now. The risk is highest when it comes to our personal information. Kids, today have access to everything and being immature they are unable to decide what is safe or unsafe when surfing internet or networking on social media.
What Every Parent need to do for their Child’s Online Safety
Cyber criminals take advantage of such situations and hack social accounts for ransom, cyberbullying or any other not-so-good purpose. Victims who fall to such preys are those who do not care about online privacy and cyber security.
Cyber criminal may hack into your child’s social networking account, bringing embarrassment and financial loss. Or he may stalk your family online; compiling any personal information he gets his hands on, and ask for ransom or sell it to terrorist organizations!
These are only some scenarios, with others even more dangerous. It is, therefore, necessary for you to take action and ensure that you and your family are safe online. The following are some tips which would help in ensuring that your family is safe;
1. Use updated anti-virus software on all your devices
An anti-virus program kills viruses and malicious activities of the internet when they try to enter the system. Therefore, it is a must to use anti-virus software such as McAfee, Norton, Kaspersky on all devices including laptop, PC, mobile etc. Also, make sure to keep it updated at all times so that it grows its capability of catching new viruses.
2. Use a VPN Everywhere
The most important and effective way of online security is through using a premium VPN service. A VPN basically encrypts your online communications, making it virtually impossible to monitor or hack into your network, or your online communications. It is not only useful when connected to public wi-fi but also at home network.
VPN services, like PureVPN, also ensure that your system remains safe from malware, viruses and hacking attempts. A VPN also helps in protecting your online bank accounts and restrict access to people who have access to the assigned dedicated IP address.
3. Keep your home Wi-Fi network secured and locked
Besides using a VPN on home Wi-Fi network, it is necessary to keep a password lock on your home Wi-Fi network. And keep it changing often. Save the passwords on all devices and don’t share it with kids, as they may share it with others unintentionally. The less the devices connected to home network, the better to manage and keep it safe.
4. Teach your children and make rules about safe social networking
It has become necessary to teach and guide your children about safe social media usage and develop some rules and regulations that they abide by strictly. Keep active monitoring of their online activities and all their accounts. Make them understand that sharing personal information like daily habits, home address or phone numbers, financial information, etc can be dangerous to everyone. Because whatever you post online remains there forever, even after you’ve deleted it and can be restored from the database.
5. All your computer applications should be up-to-date
Software applications and tools can be a source of hacking or sending malware into systems. Failing to update them or using unofficial releases creates vulnerabilities which can be exploited by cyber criminals. Companies, therefore, regularly release updates and patches to the software to cover any vulnerability they’ve come across. Tell your children, not to download and install any software or games from dubious sites, rather buy original DVDs and update patches from official websites.
In today’s digital era, it has become really important to safeguard the online privacy of the family and keep the digital activities secured. The above provided tips are the basic measures for digital safety. Every parent should adopt them to keep their child’s and family’s privacy safe on the internet. One of the parents should also try to keep themselves updated regarding incidents and learn new tips and tricks for cyber security.
About the Author:
Danyal Effendi is a young dad and Digital Marketing professional in tech industry. He is an avid reader and learner and occasionally writes to spread knowledge and goodness to the society. Besides family, he loves sports, beaches and chocolate. You can reach him anytime through twitter @DanEffendi