Children of the digital age will spend most of their holidays not on the street, but in front of a tablet or phone. Antivirus and internet security organization ESET; It calls on all parents and students to not give up cyber security for a peaceful summer vacation.
Erkan Tuğral, Technical Manager of ESET Turkey, gathered the issues to be considered under 10 headings.
- Do not lose homework and lecture notes, back up your data! Make sure to back up your data and store it in a safe environment. Thus, assignments, articles and notes on your computer or tablet are accessible even when your device is broken or lost.
- Inform your kids about the importance of privacy online! Many children or teenagers know social media such as Facebook better than their parents. However, they may not know what not to share. Therefore, your children; warn him not to share private and personal information such as phone numbers, home addresses or passwords.
- Play online games, but don’t come to the game! Cybercriminals love to infect malware through digital games. The way to protect from this can only be with an up-to-date and licensed antivirus or internet security software. Antivirus software also acts as a shield against more than 350 thousand new malware that is released into the digital world every day.
- Check USB devices for viruses! Portable memories, where movies are recorded and documents are shared, are unfortunately the most common carrier of viruses. Since they will be used a lot on vacation, it is useful to scan with an up-to-date virus scanner.
- Do not neglect system patches! If you do not keep your system up to date, you should know that you are an open target for many dangers. You should closely follow the updates of Windows, Adobe Reader, Flash, iTunes and similar applications and keep them up to date. This process is the basis for your online security.
- Free stuff is nice but can be dangerous! Be wary of websites and windows that encourage you to click on the Internet, such as ‘you won’, ‘free’, ‘free’, ‘you got out of 100’. Cybercriminals know how to attract users in this way, both on search engines and on social media channels such as Facebook. To protect yourself from such links, instead of clicking directly on every link you see, first question the authenticity of this link and make sure that it comes from the relevant person or organization.
- Remember, the information shared on the internet is not lost, remind! Do not think that when you delete a photo or even close your entire account, you automatically delete all your data. Pictures or personal information may already be saved on someone else’s computer. Children and their families should think twice about what pictures and information to put online.
- Use up-to-date security software! Every day on a global scale, millions of malicious software circulate in the virtual world, first trying to reach your personal information and then your financial resources. It is no longer possible to deal with these without professional digital measures.
- Set boundaries with parental control software! Family protection or parental control software can use age-specific protection filters and block access to inappropriate websites and apps. Included in ESET security software or downloadable from Google Play ESET Parental Controlapp offers parents a strong choice in this regard.
- Treat your smartphone like a computer! Consider that the mobile phones you buy or give to your children for use are not just games. Do not forget to take the same precautions for computers or mobile devices as for smartphones.