Today, the world relies heavily on the internet. Virtually every company in the world could no longer conduct business if they suddenly found themselves without the internet. Families are no different. Parents manage money, schedule doctor appointments, oil changes, and haircuts, play the stock market, plan vacations, renew their vehicle registration, and file their taxes online. Children use the internet daily for school research. Some even attend classes online. Almost everyone participates in social media and uses the internet to communicate with friends and family across town, across the state, across the country, and across the globe.
But while major corporations have a team of information technology professionals to ensure their internet connection, data, and employees are secure, the family may not be quite as protected. Here are three ways to protect your family and keep them safe from internet dangers.
"Friend" Your Children
If you allow your children to participate in social media sites, you need to have your own accounts as well. This will enable you to see who their friends are, what they are sharing, what they are commenting, and the things they like. You will also be able to get an idea of what their friends are like or when they friend someone new you may not be familiar with. While the savvy child can figure out how to limit their audience for the things they post, thereby excluding their parents from seeing what they are doing, not all social media platforms allow this. Many parents insist their children provide them with their username and password so they can check in occasionally.
Carefully Consider What You Share On Social Media
It isn't difficult for people with ill intents to glean valuable information from your social media posts. Even adults fail to think about who is seeing the things they post. For example, you may be really excited you are leaving for a fabulous family vacation tomorrow after work and post about it. The problem with this is you have just announced to your entire friends' list and perhaps the public that you won't be home for the next week. Don't assume you can just set and forget your settings, either; the rules are constantly changing. Talk with everyone in the family about what is and what isn't appropriate to share.
Protect Your Wi-Fi Network
Hackers spend a lot of their time looking for a way in your internet backdoor, and once they find it, they can wreak havoc in your life. They can read and destroy your personal files. They can find everything they need to steal your identity and your money. The trouble with the internet is that while most people know how to hop online and surf the net nowadays, few know how to truly protect themselves. Your wireless internet service provider can assess your current security level and provide everything you need to make sure it is locked down tight.
Contact a company like DigitalPath, Inc. for more information on what your wireless internet provider can do for you.
How much do you rely on the Internet? If you watch the occasional streamed television show or check out online stores from time to time, you might not be too worried about temporary outages. On the other hand, if you work from home or depend on the Internet for your banking needs, a few glitches can seriously impact your day. If you rely heavily on the Internet, it is important to develop a good relationship with your Internet service provider. By being calm and polite when you experience problems and communicating with them frequently, you might be able to do that. Check out the information on my website to learn more.