It’s not the most exciting holiday I can think of to celebrate, but the intentions are certainly good. February 1 is set aside so we have another opportunity to stress how very important it is to keep your passwords long and strong and frequently changed up.
Years ago, someone stole my identity. I had just gotten married, and suddenly my credit report was completely crazy, with new car purchases, new credit cards, you name it. Insult to injury was the fact that my thieves had unfortunate taste: they preferred shopping at K-Mart and bought used cars. Fortunately for me, the people who did it were eventually caught. The officer handling the case called me at work …
When my friend’s older son started middle school last year, she immediately got him his own cell phone. All of us elementary school parents quickly took sides on whether or not this was a good move. Was he too young? Could he be trusted? Would he run up a ginormous bill or be sexting with cute girls at his new school?
Facebook gets such a bad reputation for privacy and security issues because they implement new features without gaining permission from users, rather than giving us a chance to decide if a new feature is something we’re interested in.
Going on vacation? While some people unplug and get away from it all, many of us still want to stay connected and bring along our laptops, smartphones, and anything else we can think of. Wi-Fi makes it easy to send and receive data from anywhere you can access it, and it’s easier than ever to find Wi-Fi to use while traveling. However, public Wi-Fi isn’t secure and hackers can easily get to your personal information and data if you are not careful.
The Internet is a really exciting place for kids – but it can be a potentially dangerous one as well. Unless you’re a helicopter mom with all the time in the world, it’s daunting to try to even imagine protecting them constantly while they are online.
It didn’t take long for cyber criminals to get to our beloved Kindles. Authors of e-books are able to create hyperlinks to websites that they then include in their books. One of the newest ways for malicious software to get to you is from infected links within online novels you’ve purchased.
Phishing. It’s not the sport of pulling finned creatures out of water, nor it is the name of the rock band’s latest tour. Instead, it’s a way to lure computer users into providing sensitive information for the purpose of identify theft through online and email scams.
Many of us have been putting ICE – In Case of Emergency information – in the address book on our phones for years. It’s a great way to put your emergency contact information in a place where it can be easily located. The bad news? Not everyone knows to look there for such information.
You don’t want to act like Big Brother with your kids, looking over their shoulders while they are online, and who has time to continually police them?