Online safety for kids…
Are you worried about internet safety? Here are some tips to help today’s parent
by Norah Spie on September 22
- Use Virtual Private Network If you want to prevent your location from being tracked and protect your family on any network, the best thing to do is to get a Virtual Private Network. It connects your device to an offsite secure server and uses an encrypted connection to keep your data safe on that connection and your kids cannot be tracked online.
- Practice Basic Security Hygiene Your children having a safe online experience starts with you having a safe online experience. Keep updated anti-virus and malware, have strong passwords and never downloading untrustworthy materials. Train yourself and your children on how to recognize common social engineering methods such as email or social media phishing.
- Know Their Skill Level If you have a better understanding of how good your children really are with computers and technology, then you will be better able to teach them about how to be safe online. If you are lacking in skills, then catch up with them!
- Know Who They are Talking To If your children are old enough to be talking to people online, then know who those people are. If they are classmates, relatives or neighborhood kids, it is probably fine, but strangers or someone who could be pretending to be a friend to your child in order to get close to them could mean serious danger for your children. Be on the lookout for cyberbullying or people impersonating friends and family – it unfortunately happens more often than you may think.
- Use Parental Blocks Parental blocks are still useful for a younger child to keep them away from illicit content and accidentally stumbling into something dangerous. Attentiveness and strategy will always trump technology when it comes to protecting your children. digitalguardian.com
- Write Down a Set of Rules like: I will not give out personal information such as my address, telephone number, parents’ work address/telephone number without my parents’ permission. I will tell my parents right away if I come across something that makes me feel uncomfortable. safekids.com
Back It Up!
by Staff Writer on September 22
Everyone loses data at some point in their lives. There is nothing like losing your dissertation, that annual report or family pictures. Your computer’s hard drive could fail at anytime, ransomware could hold your files hostage, or a software bug could delete your important files. If you’re not regularly backing up your computer, you could lose those files forever.
Backups don’t have to be hard or confusing, though. You’ve probably heard about countless different backup methods, but which one is right for you? And what files do you really need to back up?
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Let’s start with the obvious: what do you need back up? Well, first and foremost, you need to backup your personal files. You can always reinstall your operating system and redownload your programs if your hard drive fails, but your own personal data is irreplaceable. Here are some top backup options;
- Back Up to an External Drive (flash disk or larger drive)
- Back Up Over the Internet (BackBlaze)
- Use a Cloud Storage Service (GoogleDrive, Dropbox, OneDrive)
- Automate It! (activate auto backup on your machine)
- One Backup Isn’t Enough: Use Multiple Methods (email yourself the very important files)