A Note About Internet Safety...

I was approached recently by a company called SingleHop about internet safety. I think we all need to be careful about what we post and what information we put out there, especially when it comes to our children. And also teaching our kids what is safe and what isn't is just as important especially since that generation seems to think everything needs to be put out there!
The first thing, that even I'm guilty of, is sharing my real name. Singlehop said that it's very easy for hackers to take that information and with the security breaches that seem to happen at the stores so much these days, find more information that stores have stored in the cloud. And then with that information, steal your financial identity!
The second thing is to never, ever give out your banking information. That seems to be a no-brainer, but while you are shopping online, you need to make sure that you are on a SSL or secured website. Also, never use your bank information to purchase something. Use a credit card because the purchase is easier to track if something were to go wrong.
Photos are another tricky item. You can attract cyber stalkers and cyber bullies and children are much more susceptible to this. Also, something as harmless as posting pics from a vacation while you are on vacation can alert burglars that you are not home, giving them the green light!
The final item is to never ever post your home address or phone number. And this is including a city or state on social media. These details give dangerous people info to track down your family. And sites use this information to deliver targeted ads on the pages you view. And you will see ads for stores near you. In addition to being annoying, what else are they tracking?
This is an age of constant connection, which is a good and a bad thing. And to protect our kids, we need to educate ourselves and them about these dangers and to be diligent in what we share!

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