Parents rely too much on schools to educate their children about staying safe online, according to teachers. Although 85% of parents surveyed said the topic should be a dedicated part of the education syllabus, nearly two thirds of teachers told online security company AVG that they have not been formally trained to teach their pupils about Internet safety.
1. Educate yourself about how identity theft happens. Remember you are the most important part of your identity and personal information security.
2. Protect your personal information. Shred financial documents and paperwork with personal information; don’t just throw them in the trash.
3. Don’t make your wallet a one-stop-stealing opportunity. Don’t keep social security numbers, birthdays and other personal information in your wallet.
A keylogger or keystroke monitor is a type of spyware that monitors every stroke you type on the keyboard and gathers information used for identity theft, including account logins and passwords, which it sends to the hacker who put it there. Sometimes keyloggers get installed along with something else you are getting for "free" on the Web, or often from clicking on an infected attachment in a phishing e-mail. There are other ways too.
You lock your house. You lock your car. You should lock your online identity too, and not just with something as easily compromised as a password. Smart cards are a very effective way to protect you online with what security experts call two-factor authentication. To use it, insert your smart card in a reader and enter a PIN code to prove it is you. The card then uses very secure digital certificates and cryptographic methods to verify you are at the correct website and prove it is you.
Because you trust a cloud provider with your personal and/or corporate information, it is important that they verify your identity each time you log in. The best kind of identity verification tool is some sort of two-factor authentication device. Two-factor authentication is “something you know,” like your username, and “something you have.”
If you use social networks and webmail to conduct business, and share videos, photos, stories and events, you are storing a lot of information on these companies’ servers. In the event that something goes wrong with the site, you could potentially lose all of your information forever. To prevent this, many companies have introduced services to back up your information on social networks.
• Start by reading the tips about kids’ online safety on JustAskGemalto.
• Familiarize yourself with some of the popular sites for kids in their age group.
• Encourage your child to come to you with concerns or questions.
• Never include physical location in status updates.
• Chat only with people you know in the real world.