Internet safety

Parents rely too much on schools to teach online safety, say teachers

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.

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How can I prevent identity theft?

Here are some great ideas to help prevent identity theft.

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.

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How can I protect myself against a keystroke monitor or keylogger?

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.

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How do I use a smart card to protect me online?

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.

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How do I get a personal digital security device to protect my online identity?

Personal digital security devices must be obtained from your online service provider or their partner. If you want one, look for options in the security section of their support pages. One example is Amazon Web Services, who partners with Gemalto to offer one-time password (OTP) tokens to help protect information stored in the cloud. Another example is Bank of America, who offers PassCard, an OTP card used to protect online bank logins. Google, PayPal and many other Internet security leaders also offer similar options.

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Do cloud providers offer identity verification?

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.”

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How can I back up all my social networking data? Is it secure?

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.

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How can I back up all my social networking data? Is it secure?

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.
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How can I guide my children on using social networking sites safely?

Educating yourself is the first step to help your child use social networking sites safely.  

• 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.
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How do I protect my children’s personal information on social networking sites?

Children need to know the details of protecting themselves on social networking sites.  A Harris/McAfee poll found that 87 percent of teens go online from a computer or mobile device outside of their home.  And, they are not just accessing the sites from their Macs or PCs but also from smartphones and hand-held gaming devices.  Here are some rules to follow:  

• Never include physical location in status updates.
• Chat only with people you know in the real world.
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