Keep Your Children Safe

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Kids create online user names and passwords for school, game websites, social networking, posting photos, shopping, and more.

According to a study by Teen Angels of Wired Safety.org, 75 percent of 8- to 9-year olds shared passwords with someone else

  • Here are some rules that kids should know and follow.
    • Don't reveal passwords to others. Keep your passwords hidden, even from friends.
    • Protect recorded passwords. Be careful where you store passwords that you record or write down. Don't store passwords in your backpack or wallet. Don't leave records of your passwords anywhere that you would not leave the information that the passwords protect. Don't store your passwords on a file in your computer. Criminals look there first.
    • Never provide your password over email or in response to an email request. Any email message that requests your password or requests that you to go to a website to verify your password could be a kind of fraud called a phishing scam.

This includes requests from trusted sites that you might visit all the time. Fraudsters often create fake email messages with logos and language from real sites.

  • Do not type passwords on computers that you do not control. Don't use public computers in your school, library, Internet cafes, or computer labs for anything other than anonymous Internet browsing.

Don't use these computers for any account that requires a user name and password. Criminals can purchase keystroke logging devices for very little money and they take only a few moments to install. With these devices malicious users can gather information typed on a computer from across the Internet. For more information, see 5 steps for using a public computer.

 

The Internet is a shared resource and securing it is Our Shared Responsibility. Our Shared Responsibility is the theme for National Cyber Security Awareness Month 2015. - Visit: http://www.staysafeonline.org

 

 

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