Children are top targets for identity theft – hackers will use social engineering to take advantage of their innocence. Make sure your child is informed and protected by teaching them these top cyber-safety tips.
1. Pay attention to passwords – it’s important to change all the default passwords on any device. Help them choose strong passwords – click here to have Dashlane Password Manager do all the work – for free!
- Next step: keep your passwords private – this means keeping a secret from your BFF!
- Use 2-factor authentication – if your child has a smartphone or tablet, help them set it up and secure them with a second layer of protection.
- Never save passwords on a foreign device, and always sign out of your accounts after.
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2. Only use secured devices – this means that the device has an antivirus software installed, is up-to-date, and active, as well as connected to a secured network. You should also:
- Never skip an update – if you do you leave your system and programs vulnerable to attacks. Technology constantly improves and needs patches for vulnerabilities to protect you.
- Turn location services off – unless your child needs them for a specific reason, it is safest to have these services turned off. You don’t want a hacker to be able to track your child.
3. Research right – computers are a fantastic tool for homework. Ensure your child is using safe websites to protect them from malware, be sure to inform them of the difference between http:// and https://.
4. Talk to your kids about cyber safety – explain what dangers lurk in the cyberworld, and the implications of them. Careless cyber-surfing is no joke; data breaches, cyberbullying, and malware are all real threats your child may encounter.
- Draw comparisons of the cyberworld to the real world: stranger danger applies online too!
- When considering posting something online, STOP. THINK. SHARE.
- The bottom line is, the more open and supportive dialogue is encouraged, the more likely your children will be to share if there is a real cyber concern.
5. Run a FixMeStick scan – make sure you’re running a consistent FixMeStick scan on your child’s computer. The sooner they learn the habit of consistent anti-malware protection, the more likely they’ll be to continue the pattern themselves. Lead by example – run a FixMeStick scan now!