It is used to think many parents that it’s great if their kids spend a lot of time on the computer/Internet. And it will be safer for the child to be at home this way. But it is not true, and you need to know a few things about online safety. Here are some tips to help for you.
You should know
The Internet is a vast place, full of information. If you look in the right places, you can find anything you need to know. Keep this in your mind always…the advantages of giving your child access to the Net and the amazing info online, far outweigh anything else.
Along with the good, there’s plenty of bad out there, which could find its way to your child’s email inbox, chat groups and social networking sites.
Your child will be curious and might want to visit sites which you would not want her to go to. She is picking up information from all around her, and she would want to find out what they mean. And this could lead her to adult rated content, inadvertently.
There are software and games available for free, which your child will be tempted to install on your PC. There are peer-to-peer networks which will open up your computer, and install software and files from other computers. This is a great way for viruses, Trojan, spyware to come in to your computer. Put restrictions on this activity.
If your child has access to your credit card, some online games or shopping site might prove too tempting for her. And you could run up bills you might not like paying up at all.
Be on the safe side and opt for an unlimited download account from your Internet service provider. Otherwise, you will be down Rs 10,000 or so, if your kid decides to download a movie or two for ‘free’!
Install a program which allows your child to browse only those sites which are marked as safe by you.
What you need to tell your child
If your child encounters anything she is uncomfortable with, she should let you know immediately.
She should give her email ID to only her close friends. She should never disclose the password to any of her friends, no matter how close they are.
Social networking sites are great, but the aim is not to chalk up a friends list longer than everyone else’s. Be very selective about the people you add to your list.
Avoid talking to strangers on the Net. And never give out phone number, school details, address, etc to anyone. Do not put up that info or your pictures on your site either.
Avoid meeting anyone she has made friends with online. If she wants to meet, she should discuss it with you.
The Net is great, but go out and play too.
- An infected computer always will behave differently from its normal state, and you may not be able to boot your system, or it may slow down to a crawl.
- There will be strange or unfamiliar messages or graphics on your screen, and you may be unable to reverse these changed display settings. The programs that you use everyday may start acting funnily.
- There may be a sudden rise in the current data traffic going out of your PC, even when you are not actually on the Internet.
- Files may start removing from your hard disk, and your machine may start sending out spam or other malicious emails to all your email contacts without your knowledge.
- Viruses can be hard to detect, and are more likely to work quietly in the background rather than give you any immediate indication of their presence. Things like your system slowing down or your hard drive space being chewed up can happen for a number of other reasons as well.
When you begin to suspect that your PC is infected, you should take it off the local as well as the Internet or unplug the network cable altogether.
When you’re online, Trojans or worms can be installed on your PC through a loophole in your software that you haven’t patched, through shareware you’ve downloaded, or through an e-mail attachment.
These Trojans or worms can be used to take remote control of your machine for various harmful actions as displaying ads, monitoring your browsing behavior, launching a denial-of-service attack, hosting a phishing site, or capturing your keystrokes to record information such as usernames, passwords, and credit-card details.
If you click any link sent to you in a spam message, it will lead to malicious websites.
Theft of passwords and game resources is spreading in the virtual worlds and multiplayer online games.
Vishing, similar to phishing which executes through phone calls to your mobile number, has made an appearance, and is growing.
Keeping yourself safe
- If you want to protect your computer, you have to become part of a malicious hacker’s network by taking a few basic precautions. You must alert at all times when you are online or on your mobile phone.
- You must install patches regularly for the software on your computer.
- You must update your antivirus software regularly and scan your system at regular intervals.
- You must install good anti-spyware software and use it to scan your computer and any software you download from an unknown source.
- You must avoid downloading shareware or other interactive programs from unknown sites. Always download from trusted sites.
- If any spam filters through to your inbox, you should neither open it nor click any link in it.
- You must careful of who you speak to online and on your mobile phone.
- You must keep yourself updated of the latest security threats, by reading about these and about prevention measures.
It is used to think many parents that it’s great if their kids spend a lot of time on the computer or Internet. And it will be safer for the child to be at home this way. But it is not true, and you need to know a few things about online safety. Here are some tips to help for you.
You should know
- The Internet is a vast place of information. If you look in the right places, you can find anything you need to know. Remember this always for your child who access the Net and the amazing info online.
- Along with the good things, there are so many bad things out there, which could enter to your child’s email inbox, chat groups and social networking sites.
- Your child will be eager to visit sites which you would not want her to go to. She would want to find out what they mean, and this could lead her to adult rated content.
- There are so many software and games available for free of cost, which your child will want to install on your PC. There are peer-to-peer networks for opening your computer, and use files from other computers. This is a good way for viruses, Trojan, spyware to come in to your computer.
- If your child has been using your credit card, some online games or shopping site can take extra money for bills which you might not like paying up at all.
- To be safe you must opt an unlimited download account from your ISPs. Otherwise, it will not good for you.
- Install such a program which will allow your child to browse safe sites.
You need to tell your child
- If your child meets anything which is uncomfortable for him, you must know immediately.
- Give your email ID to only her close friends, and never disclose the password to any of her friends.
- Be very selective about the people you add to your list on social networking sites, but the aim is not to make a friends list so long.
- Avoid talking to strangers on the Net, and never give out any details, address, etc to anyone.
- Avoid meeting friends, who has made with online.
- Internet is great so go out and use too.
Today, more and more people are using computers for everything from communication to online banking and investing to shopping. People are using computer on regular basis, we open ourselves up to potential hackers, attackers and crackers. While some may be looking to phish your personal information and identity for resale, others simply just want to use your computer as a platform from which to attack other unknowing targets. In this article, we are discussing some easy, cost-effective steps to make your computer more secure.
- When you are doing some important work, always make backups of important information and store in a safe place separate from your computer.
- You have to update latest patches on your computer system, web browser and software frequently. Update your computer system regularly.
- Install a firewall. Without a good firewall, viruses, worms, Trojans, malware and adware can all easily access your computer from the Internet.
- Install antivirus software and set for automatic updates so that you receive the most current versions.
- Do not open unknown email attachments. It might be virus.
- Do not run programs from unknown origins. Also, do not send these types of programs to friends and coworkers because they contain funny or amusing stories or jokes. They may contain a Trojans horse waiting to infect a computer.
- Disable hidden filename extensions. By default, the Windows operating system is set to “hide file extensions for known file types”. Disable this option so that file extensions display in Windows.
- Turn off your computer and disconnect from the network when not using the computer. A hacker can not attack your computer when you are disconnected from the network or the computer is off.
- Consider making a boot disk on a floppy disk in case your computer is damaged or compromised by a malicious program. Obviously, you need to take this step before you experience a hostile breach of your system.
A paper at recent security conference gets all worried about web-enabled gadgets like phones and games consoles being a haven for phishing scams. They direct people to a fake version of a site where they have a secure account, like a bank, and harvest the details they type in.
The problem is, say researchers at University of California, Davis, that cramming a browser onto a small screen means bits are chopped off. One of the first things to go is the address box that shows the URL you are visiting – the place to check if you want to know if you are being phished.
As well as not displaying full URLs, mobile web surfers are not encouraged to type out addresses in full like on a full-size computer.
That means people are more likely to select links in emails, and less likely to notice that they are not the URL they are expecting, the researchers found.
They suggest browsers should display full URLs, and that another solution would be to change the way phones use the web. Instead of surfing directly, they could go via an intermediary service that screens all the content they access.
Mobile web use is said to be growing fast as devices like the iPhone compete to make it easier – and an increase in phishing is sure to follow. The solutions suggested could certainly work, but I don’t think it will be long before mobile browsers get built-in phishing warnings like conventional browsers do.