Social Networking Safety is an open forum for sharing the latest information, news and tools to help proactively keep our families safe in the ever-changing world of social networking.
With much to be gained from social media – the connectivity, the creativity, the education, the entertainment, the engagement – there is also much we need to proactively be prepared to protect ourselves and our families from. This includes, but is not limited to cyberbullying, identity theft, privacy issues and an adult-culture that doesn’t have our children’s best interests in mind. Thank you for being a part of this group. Together we can make a difference.
Some of my most favorite folks on the web are in this group and have been a part of it, since the beginning!
Keeping kids safe online is one of every responsible parent’s top priorities, and for good reason. Technology continues to advance at an amazing rate, and each new development in social media and other networking platforms is a fresh opportunity for online fraud and other criminal activity. In the last decade alone, Internet technology has changed our world. As crazy as it may sound, twenty-first century families are among the founding members of today’s online global community.
And that’s a good thing! The Internet has made it possible for working parents to take care of daily tasks quickly and efficiently, leaving us more time to spend with our children. It’s essential, though, that we never forget that a safe and secure online community is not a right; it’s a privilege, and in order to earn it, we have to educate ourselves about cyber security and information assurance—and educate our children, as well.
Here are a few ways we can get ourselves and our kids up to speed on cyber security:
Keeping (Passwords) Secret
With yesterdays major HACKs… Twitter, Facebook and the online world we’re all too aware of each of our own, vulnerabilities!!
Take my advice with a grain of salt!!
Because the opening a hacker needs to access everything they need know to steal our ID’s, to stalk and groom your children, to use your credit cards or banking accounts illegally for online purchases and ship those products to anywhere in the world… is a million times smaller than a grain of salt!
Read these 4 stories, as Bloomberg reported on it, Twitter and Facebook Recover From Attacks… Hacking: Where You’re Vulnerable, How to Prevent It | Hackers Say They Stoke 1 Million Apple IDs | How Hackers Attack: Schools, Mom & Pops Vulnerable | Yahoo Sued After Disclosure User Names, Passwords Stolen
My, oh my, it seems like there’s just no letting up for some people! Yes, as much as we love technology and all the wonders it keeps showing us, it can also be used to rain on people’s parades much less mar our happy existence. Facebook, Twitter even Instagram have been seen as “war zones” for heated exchanges and nasty posts. Not that it’s doing that to mine, in fact, now that it’s apparent that there are just some people in this world who simply do not have anything better to do, I still say , “Thank you,” but you can hack away all you want but mind you… it’s a fairly small techie world as well. Read More
On the subject of passwords:
• Choose one that uses a variety of letters, figures, symbols and cases. Try putting your hands on the keyboard and just typing randomly—a gibberish password can be very secure.
• Use similar-looking substitutions to create alternatives for words that you remember easily. For example, the number zero can replace the letter “O” and the dollar sign can replace the letter “S.”
• Phonetic replacements are also a good idea (e.g., “Luv2Laf” for “Love to Laugh”).
• Avoid including personal info, words or acronyms that can be found in the dictionary, phrases that can be tied back to you, sequential numbers and repeating characters.