Securing an organization’s data is an around the clock task for cybersecurity professionals. But keeping your family safe and secure is just as important. According to the Children’s Internet Usage Study, 90 percent of children surveyed have either a cell phone, tablet or computer in their bedroom. Beyond games and apps, there are more smart toys than ever that tout connectivity as a feature – but rarely acknowledge the risk.
The Center for Cyber Safety and Education has 12 tips to help keep you and your family cyber safe this holiday season:
- Change default passwords on devices.
- Disable geotagging on devices.
- Check the age rating and connectivity capabilities on devices and gift accordingly.
- Load tablets and smartphones with educational apps before gifting.
- Set up a central charging station in your home.
- Change Wi-Fi passwords and adjust access times and levels for your children.
- Set up administrative accounts on devices before gifting – and keep those passwords for yourself.
- Remind your kids not to share personal information (Garfield can help!).
- Talk about cyberbullying with your children and teach them what to do if it happens.
- Make sure your kids know to only use trusted Wi-Fi networks.
- Teach your children not to post photos of their friends without permission from them (or their parents).
- Give online safety materials with your smart gifts.
For more information on these tips, as well as other ways to stay safe and secure online, visit www.isc2cares.org.