Digital Hygiene - Clean Machines and Digital Security and Security
Family Safety Tools and Tips
 

Security includes choosing a good password and using it the right way. It includes not sharing too much personal information online and keeping private information private. It also includes using a firewall, antivirus, spyware blocker and pop-up blocker to make sure your machine remains clean. It’s a way of life online and offline.

 

We have locks on our windows and on our doors. In case someone breaks a window to get in, we sometimes have burglar alarms too. We teach our children to shut the door behind them and take their keys. We keep valuables in a safe place, medication out of the reach of children and cash away from our teens.

 

The Internet and cybertechnologies, such as cell phones, Xbox and handheld gaming devices like Nintendo’s DSi or iPods and tablets, have to be treated as securely as other important things in our offline lives. Shut down the device when you are done. Logout before turning it over to your child, to make sure they log in as themselves using the security settings set for them. Don’t share your password with others, save it on computers used by others or post it on your monitor.

 

Keep your adult surfing private. Certain things that are acceptable for consenting adults may not be as acceptable for their kids when they check out what Daddy was doing online last.

 

One in ten laptops is lost or stolen. Back up your data regularly and keep it safe. Use passwords when you can to control who can access your data on the laptop. Securely wipe old data off of your computer hard drive before selling it, giving it away or throwing it out. A simple “delete” doesn’t delete anything. Buy a DoD-grade wipe technology to make sure what you deleted stays gone.

 

Use passwords, if available, on your cell phones too and parental controls on the Xbox. Check devices for the 3Cs risks before turning them over to your children and use up-to-date anti-virus programs. If your children are ten and under consider using a good family protection product, and make sure you secure your wireless Internet router. If you start safe, you can stay safe!

 

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