#CyberAware is a new monthly newsletter for parents from the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA). This month, we’re sharing resources to help you protect your personal information when you’re on the go and safeguard your devices against ransomware along with recent family online safety news.
- Learn How to Protect Your Family Against Ransomware: Ransomware – a type of malware that accesses a victim’s files, locks and encrypts them and then demands the victim pay a ransom to get them back – is being used in a growing number of cyber attacks. We’ve created a user-friendly resource to answer your questions about ransomware and help you protect your family and information. Download this informative tip sheet to get started!
- When You’re On the Go – Privacy Tips for Using Public Computers and Wireless Networks: Using public computers in libraries and other locations – and public wireless networks while you are out and about – are convenient and can be great resources; however, it’s important to remember good online safety habits when using them. Check out these simple tips for protecting your personal information on a public device or wireless network.
- NCSA invites you to participate in a short survey on family digital safety practices and cybersecurity careers. If you are the parent of a middle- or high-school student, your input can help us make positive changes happen for youth and families.
What’s New In Online Safety!
- In the few days since its release, Pokemon Go has become a mobile app sensation, but are you aware of the information it and other apps you and your kids use collect? BuzzFeed’s recent post discusses the popular game app and the importance of checking and managing your privacy settings.
- Scholastic recently published a blog post on the importance of emphasizing online safety to students. Just as we teach kids to look both ways before crossing the street, we should team them how to be smart and safe online. The blog shares three lessons parents – or teachers – can share with kids in online safety conversations.
- Your mobile device is really like an extension of you, with all of the personal photos, contacts, correspondence and other sensitive information it contains. As you prepare for vacations and other summer fun, it’s important to take steps to protect your connected devices on the go. In a recent “Ask Maggie” column, CNET’s Marguerite Reardon offers advice – and shares tips from NCSA Executive Director Michael Kaiser – on how to keep your mobile devices safer and more secure this summer.
- ESET Ireland recently shared some parent online safety tips with Silicon Republic; these tips are broken down by age groups to help parents have the “tech talk” with their kids in a way that resonates and sticks with them.
Must-Read Blog Posts
- How to Avoid Imposters – 4 Videos You Need to See: In an imposter scam, a cybercriminal pretends to be someone you trust and tries to convince you to send them money or provide them with sensitive information. The Federal Trade Commission highlights the new videos it’s created to help you and your loved ones recognize and avoid these scams
- Preparing Students for the Internet of Tomorrow: Most students in high school and college grew up as digital natives, but it’s important for young people to think critically about online privacy. Our guest blogger at ExpressVPN discusses the need for kids to think about how their information is managed and used and introduces its Future of Privacy Scholarship, which is designed to empower kids to think deeply about the moral and social issues surrounding the web and privacy.
Be a Part of Something Big! Become a NCSAM Champion
Now you can be a Champion of National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM)! Sign up, take action and make a difference in online safety and security this October. It is our shared responsibility to protect our digital community, and everyone’s participation matters. 2016 NCSAM Champions receive a toolkit of materials to help promote the month. To become an individual NCSAM Champion, simply fill out our registration form and pledge to participate with one or more of the suggested actions. For more information about NCSAM, check out our infographic on ways to get involved.
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