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The Internet is a scary place for kids and a constant worry for their parents. Inappropriate content, predators, and malware lurk around every corner. It is critical that we teach our kids how to use the Internet safely as well as equip our computers with necessary safeguards. First we will cover some foundational security information, then we will delve into tools and settings to help secure the Internet for kids.
Consumers Union found that households containing people under 18 had a larger propensity to being infected with malware. The following situations can easily occur:
- A child might post on Facebook that the family is going on vacation
- Children download apps without understanding the hazards or reading the reviews
- Younger kids may click on links within email, without thinking about the risks
- Not downloading copyrighted material needs to be taught to minors
- Popup warnings from security software are usually ignored
Educating Your Kids
The most important element in creating a safe place for your kids to use the Internet is Education. No piece of software or hardware can replace teaching your kids right from wrong, and candidly discussing all the bad topics that can be found on the Internet.
Some topics parents should cover:
- Do not reveal your passwords
- Use social networking safely
- Do not reveal too much personal information
- Beware of online fraud
Continue reading “Internet for Kids – Parental Controls”
We continue our coverage of Macintosh security with this article. Previously, we covered Free Security How to: Computer Security, Computer Protection on Macintosh.
The Mac can be made even more secure through the installation of third party utility software. Several programs listed below are free, while others cost money. Consider the free tools first, and supplement them with paid products if necessary.
Keeping Your Mac Clean
It’s important to make sure that old software or unused browser cache files, that could be simply wasting space and causing your system to run slower, are removed when they are not needed. Old software that has not received any new updates or software whose developer has dropped support for, can also pose as a security risk, especially if the software needs to access the Internet. The following optional third party Macintosh software helps fix problems like this.
Optional Mac OS X 3rd Party Software
Keeping your Mac Clean:
0: Sophos Anti-Virus for Mac Home Edition
Continue reading “Free Security How to: Internet Security, Computer Protection with Addon Software on Macintosh”
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