Online Security Strategies, our newest online course, is a quick and easy way for your entire family to how to keep safe and secure online. The whole course takes about 2 hours! It's great for families to take together because research shows that when it comes to online security, most people fall short.
As large scale data breaches and vulnerabilities become increasingly common, more and more people will become victims of identity theft. In fact, a January 2014 Pew Internet study found 18% of online adults have already had important personal information stolen such as their Social Security number, credit card, or bank account information. That’s an increase from the 11% who reported personal information theft in July 2013.
Although it may seem daunting, by following a few simple steps even adults with limited technical skills can stay safe online (and teach their children to do the same). As the primary gatekeepers and managers of their children’s Internet experience, it’s a parent’s responsibility to protect sensitive data, maintain secure networks, and to filter and monitor access shared by children.
Start by having a conversation with your entire family about choosing secure passwords and keeping them in a safe place. Learn how adjust the privacy settings on the search engines and the social networking sites you use. Back up your data, install anti-virus software, and gain a general understanding of the hardware, software, and social platforms your family members are using.
With a few simple strategies like these under your belt, you’ll be well on your way towards achieving online security. We can help you with all of the above in this course!