Remember when your biggest tech worry was successfully setting the VCR clock? Fast forward to today, realizing that your children are growing up with the world literally at their fingertips thanks to innovations and conveniences of the Internet, it can prompt you to wonder how to protect them when you’re not around.
The Internet evolves quickly, and what used to be a channel of quick communications has turned into an endless wealth of information, opportunity, and connection. With cloud technology, data is not only stored, but transformed into an interactive experience. However, while the cloud is convenient and beneficial in many different capacities, it also presents a unique issue as well: security.
With credit bureaus and online social giants like Facebook battling data infiltrations, you’re probably wondering, “How can I protect my children and keep our family’s private information safe in the cloud?”
This guide will share the key ways you can keep your private information safe and teach your children how to stay safely enjoy apps, games, and online social interactions.
Secure Your WiFi Network
Protecting yourself online begins at the source. You should make sure that you have your home WiFi network secured with a strong passcode. This is a step many people miss or skip, but it’s an important part of keeping your private information and your family safe online. If a hacker is able to access any program or device in your household, they can also worm into anything else connected to your network.
Protect With Strong Passwords (And Change Them Frequently)
Strong passwords are a must on every cloud program, game, or social network that your family accesses. Your passwords should be complex, and you should ensure that your tweens and teens do not use their name, birthdate, pet name, or other personal information as even a part of their password. They’ll be tempted to do this (as may you) because these passwords are easy to remember. But, they’re also easy to guess or hack. Make sure you update your passwords frequently, and never use the same one across multiple accounts or programs.
Talk to Your Children About Appropriate Online Behavior (And Monitor It)