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Tips for keeping your family safe online

Today is Safer Internet Day – though really, every day is a day to keep safe on the internet.

Even if you think you’re doing all you can to play safe online, take a few moments today to think about whether you and your family are using the internet as safely as you could.

Safer Internet Day aims to highlight the rights and responsibilities of young people online and educate them on the need to discover the digital world safely. But are parents aware of the potential threats facing children online?

Many children (whther they blog or not) make extensive use of internet resources such as search engines, social networks and email. All of these are a potential source of threats, namely the distribution of links to phishing or unsuitable websites, as well as adult content spam which may negatively affect your child and expose the computer to the risk of malware infection.

So what can parents do in this situation?

Here are some expert tips for keeping your family safe online from David Emm, senior security researcher at internet security specialists Kaspersky Lab :

·         Got protection? This may seem obvious, but security software is the new ‘black’. Its helps you and your children stay fully protected against malware, spyware, hackers and identity theft at all times. Ensure that your security software is up to date. Cyber security professionals like
Nettitude explains the importance of soc and how it can help online platforms and browser users from getting hacked online.

·         Don’t talk to strangers. We teach our children the dangers of talking to strangers on the street, so treat talking to strangers online with the same urgency. Be aware of the potential dangers of the net, from online bullying to paedophiles. Take parental control over the site you don’t want your children to look at by using the parental control feature in your online security product – it’s an easy way to avoid disaster.

·         Practise safe online shopping. When you’re buying the latest toys and gadgets, make sure you purchase from a reputable online retailer. Always look for a URL that starts with ‘https’ and has the lock symbol when entering your credit card details or other personal information. Find more tips on money management at

·         Socialise safely. By now, we’ve all had a bad link or two sent to us over our favourite social network. Utilise your social network’s security settings to their optimum level. Do you really need to display every detail about your life? And perhaps more importantly – do your children?

·         Safe passwords. Encourage your children to use secure passwords – a different one for each internet service. Set passwords to include 8-14 upper and lower case characters and numbers. Don’t let hackers infiltrate your family computer due to weak passwords.

·         Stomp out spam. Most Internet Service Providers and security software programs have anti-spam technologies. The spam blocker will help prevent fraudulent emails from showing up in your inbox. Fake lottery wins or chances to win the latest gadget can be very tempting to both adults, and especially children. Children who are new to email may not have seen these sorts of emails before so talk to them about the risks.

As we know the internet can be a lot of fun and is not necessarily always a source of danger – just make sure you know when to proceed with caution!

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