With the advancement in the internet technology, the cyber crime is also increasing. While internet has a plethora of benefits to offer, using it by keeping all the cyber safety and security measures in mind will help you in getting the most out of the internet in a hassle free way.
Internet safety tips that parents should teach their children
According to a 2011 Internet crime report, about two-thirds of the internet users fall victim to cyber crime There should be a minimum age limit for the kids to use social media. The respective parents should decide as what that age is.
Internet may be a danger zone for uninformed kids
According to a report by onlineschools.com, about 62 % of the children globally have gone through a negative online experience. Moreover, the kids who use the social networks have more negative experiences than the kids who don’t use the social networks. Also one in ten children admits that they visit the adult content sites when their parents are not around.
According to a report by the Internet Crime Complaint Center, the number of hacking complaints per year has increased from 16K in the year 2000 to 275K in the year 2008. About 66.1 % hackers reside in the United States. The following nations in which most of the hackers reside are the United Kingdom, Nigeria, Canada and China. Statistics say that hacking is on rise.
Your virtual enemies
There are various types of online enemies present and you need to identify those so as to ensure the utmost internet security. You may encounter social media scammers, phishers, fake antivirus creators, app trojanizers and malvertiser. These enemies may trick you by asking for your personal information for any offer. They may steal your banking passwords.
Shopping online safely
Doing enough research so as to find out reliable online shopping sites is very necessary. At times, you may get various attractive offers sent to you via mail. These mails may request you to submit your personal information to avail the gift or offer. Be aware not to render any personal information because these mails contain malicious links or file attachments that lead to system infection.
According to a survey report by the Crimes Against Children Research Center at the University of New Hampshire, 6 percent of young people had experienced online harassment or cyber bullying. Cyber bullying may also be associated with the social networking sites. According to a 2011 consumer report, about 7.5 million users of Facebook are younger than the recommended age of 13.
Securing yourself from hackers
Use at least 14 characters or more for setting the passwords for the different online sites. The recommended minimum is eight characters. Use special characters, numbers and alphabets in your passwords. Also, change your password at periodic intervals of time.