Some of the common concerns which parents deal with their children especially teenagers who are open to the world of internet are:
“What are the security risks for my kids?”
“How to talk with my child about cyber security?”
“How do we protect our own mobile devices?”
Just about everyone is online these days including children ranging from the age group 3 years to 12 years,teenagers as well as the adults.Almost every task on our device require ‘connection’ to the internet.While it has many proven benefits,it also involves software that jeopardizes the security of devices and the data on them. Social engineering, is when people are tricked into putting their privacy and security at risk. Parents and their age group people are not yet perfect with technology and still learning, are more prone to frauds relating to banks and identity theft. They might believe any type of information and spread it further. Although there can never be a 100% guarantee of safety and security online or offline, there are some steps that parents can take.
Be careful where to click. Fake or malicious websites (or legitimate ones that have been hacked)can install malicious software onto your device if you visit them or time are spam.
Phishing is when you get an email or a social media message that looks like it’s coming from a legitimate place. The best you can do is not to click on the link but rather type the Web address.
Having strong passwords and changing them periodically is essential for your and everybody’s security. Don’t use the same password for all sites.
Be extra careful if you are asked to download a plug-in or application to watch a video. Sometimes these plug-ins are malicious programs.
• Too good to be true
If something looks way out of the world and unrealistic, it probably is. Be safe of attractive offers such as the chance to watch or download a movie for free, free music from unreliable sources, or free keys to unlock codes for software that usually isn’t free.
In this dynamic and ever changing environment,everything is changing,technology as well as the threats and opportunities associated with it.. When something great comes along,there are gonna be people who are going to be ethical around it and there are gonna be people who are gonna abuse it because obviously millions of people are using it.Just try to safe because this generation of parents is mostly targeted by the attackers. But once someone in your family falls prey to it,help them and don’t just blame them as anyone can fall prey to such things we all learn whole lot from making mistakes and recovering from them. Surely the risks associated with cyber security are a menace, but the benefits reaped out of today’s technology can be life-changing.
Article By- Ashi Kaim
Editing By- Jasleen Kaur