Passwords • Email • Wifi • Web Browsing • Social Media • Antivirus Protection • Family Safety
Why do I need a strong password? A strong password ensures the safety of your personal information
Protect Your Sensitive Personal Information Crimes can happen on the internet: Credit care fraud, banking fraud, identity theft
Is the internet safe? Yes! But you must be careful.
Password Requirements Requirements vary by site but here are some typical ones: • 8-15 characters • Include a mix of upper and lower case • Include a number or symbol
What makes a strong password? Examples: Gandalf27! bo@tHouse Cross72worD
What makes a bad password? your birthday password 123456
Most Common Passwords 123456 password 12345678 qwerty abc123 123456789 111111 1234567 123123 1234567890
Tips for Making a Good Password • Use initials from your family members • Pat, Kris, Anna, Ted, Soren- pkats5* • Favorite vacation • Waikiki04/2009 • Childhood Address • 1817sundaledrivefreca Pick something that you will not forget but someone who doesn’t know you will never guess.
Wifi Public Wifi : make sure you know who owns the network you are connecting to Xfinity, Starbucks, Airports Personal Wifi: secure your wifiwith a password
Suspicious Email Any email that makes you think twice. It might say you have won some money, request that you follow an unfamiliar link, your order has shipped, or respond with personal information.
What will it say? • Any email that asks for personal information, such as your social security number, date of birth, home address, log-in and password info, banking account numbers, etc. • Any email from someone you don’t know (often times asking you for money or letting you know that you’ve won lots of money) • Any e-mail that sounds too good to be true • An email that seems like spam but comes from someone you know (they’ve probably been hacked)
Signs to Look For • Poor grammar or misspelled words • Asking to install or use programs you’ve never heard of • A lack of information • E-mail from an unknown sender • Asking to download an attachment, but you don’t know exactly what it is • Any email that wants you to respond with personal information
Suspicious Email Delete the email. Do NOT click on any links. Do not reply. Do not enter any personal information.
Email On A Public Computer Remember to sign out of your email account when you are using a public computer.
Buying items online It is completely safe to buy items online as long as the site is secure. Make sure the web address says https. The “s” means the web site is secure.
Social Media Safety Never accept a friend request on any social media site if you do not know the person
What is a virus? A dangerous computer program that transmits itself to other computers- like a cold that goes from one person to another person.
What do viruses do? • Attack your programs • Steal sensitive information • Damage files • Slow down your computer • Take control
Computer viruses are harmful……but can easily be prevented with anti-virus software and safe internet browsing
How do you get a virus? • Agreeing to install suspicious software
How do you get a virus? • Opening suspicious e-mail attachments
Antivirus Software • Keeps viruses from infecting your computer • Removes viruses if they do infect your computer • You should always have antivirus software installed
Recommended AntiVirus Software Companies • Norton • McAfee Many internet companies offer virus protection for free for their customers.
Once AntiVirus Software is Installed • Make sure it’s automatically updating at least once a week! • If it’s expired, renew it or buy a new version, otherwise it won’t protect you from new viruses
Virus Protection Summary • Avoid suspicious websites and e-mail • Look out for signs of a virus • Install antivirus software from a trusted company • Keep antivirus software up to date Doing all of this will give you the maximum protection from viruses!
Family Safety • Everyday Practice • Keep the computer in an open area of the house- not in a side room or bedroom • Limit how much time your children spend on the internet • Talk to your children about internet safety • Refer to these guidelines: http://www.safekids.com/kids-rules-for-online-safety/