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5 Easy Tips for Internet Safety Basics

February 22, 2012 at 4:43 PM

uKnowKids FirewallInternet safety is a big deal if you have kids in your house, and even if you dont it should be taken seriously. Kids safety online is reliant on the measures you take to protect them before they ever log on. Here are 5 easy tips to keeping yourself and you kids safe online:

  1. Install firewall, anti-spyware, and antivirus software, and update them often.

  2. Don’t open e-mails from someone you don’t know, download software from source you don’t trust, or enter “free” contests from companies you don’t recognize.

  3. Guard your passwords – don’t share them over e-mail or instant message, and change them often. (And dont use any of the 15 most common passwords listed below) Recommended: Use letters, numbers, and special characters as often as permitted, the more complicated - the better internet safety you have!

  • 123456

  • 12345

  • 123456789

  • Password

  • iloveyou

  • princess

  • rockyou

  • abc123

  • qwerty

  • letmein

  • monkey

  • myspace1

  • password1

  • facebook1

  • (your first name)

3. Type in the website address instead of clicking on a link.

4. Look for “https” or a picture of a lock in your browser window before buying anything or opening an account on a website.Download Our Identity Theft eBook!

Tim Woda

Written by Tim Woda

Tim Woda is an Internet safety expert, and a passionate advocate for empowering families and protecting children from today’s scariest digital dangers. Woda was on the founding team of buySAFE, an Internet trust and safety company, and he started working on child safety issues after his son was targeted by a child predator online. While his son was unharmed, the incident led Woda to kick-start uKnow.com. You can follow Tim on Twitter or on his blog.

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