#CyberAware is a family-friendly newsletter from the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA). This month, we’re highlighting tips for avoiding oversharing on social media and staying safe with smart home devices, resources to help you talk to your kids about privacy and recent online safety news.
Timely Resource from NCSA
- Mother’s Day is around the corner! Which means you may be spending extra time with kids this weekend. Consider taking a few minutes to talk to them about the importance of privacy and protecting their personal information. Our Tips for Parents on Raising Privacy-Savvy Kids are great reminders for parents and kids alike, and they can help you better manage your privacy online.
New Blog Posts from StaySafeOnline.org
- 5 devices in your home that you didn’t know where hackable – and how to secure them: You wouldn’t leave your front door open all night, yet countless home devices are not securely connected to the internet, which leaves your digital door wide open for anyone to enter. Check out five commonplace devices you likely have in your home and how you can protect them against cyber attacks.
- Overcoming online pitfalls – improving safety and building trust through digital civility: Jacqueline Beauchere, Microsoft’s chief online safety officer and former president of the NCSA Board of Directors, shares updates on digital civility as a means to fight cyber-violence, hoaxes and information. She also explains how you can pledge to live by four tenets to make the internet safer and more civil for yourself, your loved ones and the larger digital community.
Online Safety in the News
- ’10 Concerts’ Facebook meme may reveal more than musical tastes: It’s all fun and games until someone’s account gets hacked. A meme spreading around Facebook, which asks users to list nine concerts they’ve attended and a fabricated one, might also be an invitation for attackers to threaten your privacy and security. Learn how this seemingly harmless trend could reveal too much about you and tips for avoiding harmful oversharing.
- Protecting your digital life in 8 easy steps: There are more reasons than ever to understand how to protect your personal information. In this New York Times piece, security expert Quincy Larson outlines some of the basic steps anyone can take to protect their personal information and make it more difficult for attackers to access.
- Google Docs users hit with sophisticated phishing attack: If someone recently invited you to edit a file in Google Docs, think twice before opening it – it may be spam from a phishing scam that spread quickly over the last week. Learn about this new attack targeting users of Google Docs and how you can avoid falling victim.
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