Fortinet underlines the importance of promoting cybersecurity awareness to protect children online – CRNNovember 14, 2019
It has become important to make sure children fully understand their digital profile, as well as the devices and applications they use daily as internet-based devices put them at risk of being compromised by cyber criminals. With a wide array of fun games and educational material just one click away the internet has become such an important resource in every child’s life. Many aspects of a child’s life, including school and communicating with friends, are dependent on devices that are connected to the internet. Unfortunately, cyber criminals are aware of this and oftentimes target kids for their own gain.
Fortinet’s shares a few best practices to incorporate into every child’s internet usage to ensure they are safe, secure and maintain their privacy online:
1. The importance of online privacy: Discuss online security with children, start by explaining the importance of keeping information private to strengthen their online security and to keep their family’s data safe. As many online activities require personally identifiable information (PII) such as name and date of birth, children must know where and when they should share this type of information. For older children, this extends to banking information as well. It’s crucial that the child understands that they should never share their account details with anyone online, outside of official and verified representatives and should minimize the amount of PII they share overall.
2. Create online guidelines: We cannot always control what children do online, however, establishing a set of rules to follow while online will help to protect them. Having specific lists of websites and applications children can use allows parents to determine how they use the internet, guaranteeing their safety. The same principles can be applied to social media, where parents can create guidelines for what is acceptable to share and whom they can connect with.
3. Secure their devices: Personal devices and online accounts have become prime targets for cyber criminals looking to steal personal information. It is of paramount importance that parents make sure their own devices and the child’s devices, are secure. Learning the security features that are built into the websites and applications children use, as well as applying additional security layers to their devices will make it more difficult for cyber criminals to breach their profiles.
4. Defend against cyber threats: For online accounts, security starts with using a strong password. Some best practices to follow include making a new password for every account, as well as avoiding the use of common phrases. Enabling multi-factor authentication (MFA) is the next step in bolstering account security. MFA works by adding an extra step to the login process to verify identity. This is usually done in the form of a unique code being sent over email or text to a user-confirmed mobile phone number attached to the account that must be…