Online safety is a growing threat and needs to be taken seriously, especially when you are parents with young family members. Not only should you monitor how your children use the internet, but you should employ the best practices when it comes to using any public internet.
Access Children’s Devices
Raising children isn’t easy; you have to find the balance between giving them the freedom and autonomy they need and protecting them from worldly threats. There is no better example than digital devices such as laptops and smartphones. It’s important to have some access to them.
Parents need to know their children are safe online, especially since children are more trusting and less responsible than adults. Depending on the child’s age, they might be resistant or easy-going about your access. Either way, try to explain to them why you need ready access.
Diversify the Passwords
Even with new encryption methods, passwords are still the most common way to protect devices and online accounts from theft and unauthorized access. Although passwords are not full-proof, they have become more secure in recent years thanks to two-factor authentication.
Another way you can protect your family online is to diversify your passwords. If a device is stolen or your network is hacked with malware, all of your accounts could be under threat, especially if you use the same password for them all. Store your passwords in apps or a diary.
Use Public WiFi Carefully
Smartphones can be expensive to buy, but they can be expensive to operate as well, which is why many users choose a limited data option. Limited data might cost less, but it means you need to make use of free wifi whenever possible. It means using public wifi from time to time.
While it is generally fine to use public wifi, you should never let down your guard. Public wifi uses weak passwords making it easier for hackers to operate. There are more threats when using the internet in public, but you can learn how to stay safe on public wifi and avoid hacks.
Lock all of the Devices
Devices can be stolen quite easily, but if they can’t be accessed thanks to a password or biometric code, they are of little use to anyone. Of course, an experienced cybercriminal might be able to hack their way through password protection, but it’s worth having just the same.
The majority of people who find or steal a phone won’t be able to get passed the lock on your device, and even if they do, it presents another hurdle for them. Always make sure your devices are locked, and password protected, and teach children to lock devices using strong passwords.
Don’t Give Personal Information
All children are taught from a young age to avoid giving any personal information to strangers. The advice is just as true today as it ever was in the past, but nowadays, there is the caveat of staying safe in the digital world as well. Both children and adults should pay heed to this advice.
I hope this tips have helped you find ways to keep your family safe online, whether that be you, your children or friends and family as a whole. These tips should keep you safe and content.
Thank you so much for reading.