The Family PC -- How to stay safe on the Internet
As parents, we
have concerns on Internet safety for all of our family members. This morning I
spent some time gathering some of the best published resources out there. Most
of these are non-technical and easy-to-understand.
Security is a two part process.
Part one is the technical protection
associated with anti-virus software, firewalls, Windows Updates, Anti-Spyware,
etc. Part two is in the human
behavior aspects, where security can be seen as SEC-U-R-IT-Y.
The "U-R-IT" part means that "You are it". While the bad guys are the source
of the problem, so is ignoring the risk. For example, if you ignore speed
limit signs or bad drivers on the highway, you'll soon run into trouble. It's the same way
with computer security.
The best advice I have for parents is "To Teach
your Children well". Spend quality time with family
members teaching them to avoid email/IM attachments and URLs, recognizing spam
(there are no free lunches out there), and most importantly the bad people on
the Internet (e.g., predators - which thankfully law enforcement is on the
lookout for). The knowledge of Internet risks and how to avoid them is as
important as the technical safeguards we employ on our family PCs.
Below are some resources that might
SEARCH ENGINES -- There are numerous resources that can be found using Google, MSN, or
other search engines:
GREAT FAMILY PROTECTION LINKS
-- I particularly liked these sites for children and the principles also apply to all users:
SAFETY QUIZ -- Below is a 10 question Internet safety quiz that your family
members can take in just a couple of minutes:
OTHER GREAT RESOURCES
- I've always liked the work done by MS "at home", CERT,
and Kim Komando: