#CyberAware: Stay safe online during tax time

Mar 10, 2017 7:05am


CyberAware newsletter

#CyberAware is a family-friendly newsletter from the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA).  This month, we’re sharing resources to help you be safer online this tax season, tips to consider before purchasing a mobile phone for your child and recent online safety news. 

tax timeTimely Resources from NCSA and Friends

  • It’s tax season! The April 18 filing deadline will be here before you know it. Tax season is primetime for cyber thieves and online scams, and tax identity theft – including theft of tax refunds, phishing and IRS imposter scams – is on the rise. NCSA and the Identity Theft Resource Center have teamed up to provide tips for spotting cyber tricks, proactively protecting your identity and getting help if you fall victim to tax identity theft.
    • Want more tips? Tune in to our Twitter chat hosted by @STOPTHNKCONNECT on Thursday, March 16, at 3 p.m. EDT – experts will discuss how you can be safer and more secure this tax season. Use #ChatSTC to join!
  • Cell Phones for Kids – A Guide for Parents: Mobile devices can be great ways for kids to connect with friends, let parents know they have arrived safely at their destinations and call for help in case of emergency. However, it’s important to be aware of the risks involved in your children having mobile phones and the steps to take to keep your kids safer and more secure when using these devices. This guide will help you consider which phones and plans are best for your children, understand the risks they may face and the importance of sharing safety precautions with them before they start using the devices. Pleasesmart home remember, too, that it’s critical to keep the conversation going. 

New Blog Post: Protect Your Smart Home from Hackers
The Internet of Things (IoT) is full of promise, and smart home devices can help your family lead a more convenient and energy-efficient daily life. We all must, however, have a solid understanding of the vulnerabilities that smart home technology brings and take steps to safeguard our home network. Our guest blogger at Modernize shares advice for protecting your house, personal information and family from cyber threats in a growing IoT.

Online Safety in the News

  • Late last month, it was revealed that many internet-connected toys made by CloudPets had been hacked. More than 800,000 user accounts and 2 million voice recordings from children, family members and others were exposed in this major data breach.  Many news outlets, including The Guardian and The Huffington Post UK, shared news of the breach andcloudpets what it means for the families impacted. Additionally, check out NCSA’s response to the hack, including what you can do to protect your connected toys and other smart devices. 
  • In this digital age, tools to make flirting, dating and even hooking up are basically at teens’ fingertips. Dating apps are popular with teens, and new platforms are constantly cropping up. CyberWise shares research and statistics on the popularity of dating services with teens, the cybersecurity and privacy concerns inherent in online dating and how parents can help their kids be safer when it comes to these tools.

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