Kids aged eight to 12 currently spend an average of six hours a day online and face issues like identity theft, cyberbullying and cyber predators. By next year, there will be over 31 billion connected Internet of Things (IoT) devices. This means even more toys that connect to Wi-Fi in your house, more multiplayer games your kids play with internet strangers, increased use of tablets at school and phones on the bus and even more serious security and safety threats.
The best way to fight cybercriminals is through education and that can start at any age. As parents, caregivers, teachers and school administrators, we teach our children to learn how to safely cross a road and who to call in case of an emergency. We must also teach our kids proactive digital privacy and online safety behavior and give them the tools to own their own cyber safety.
Cybercriminals continue to innovate, developing new methods to manipulate users into believing a message, link, or attachment is from a trusted source, and then infecting targeted systems with malware, stealing money, or accessing confidential information.
Multi-factor authentication (MFA) is an authentication method of confirming a user’s identity by utilizing something they know (password) and a second factor other than something they have (something the user and only the user has) or something they are (something the user and only the user is).
Creating strong passwords may seem like a difficult task, especially when the recommendation is to have a unique password for each site you visit. Anyone would be overwhelmed if they had to create and memorize multiple passwords that consist of a random string of letters, numbers and special characters.
One of the most critical things to protect yourself online is having strong passwords. Created by using various methods, a hard to crack password should include everything from letters, numbers and special characters arranged in such a way that it’s simple for you to recall, but extremely difficult for others.
Technologist Talk covers which skills are most marketable for IT candidates interested in today’s most in-demand market: cybersecurity. Guest expert and CompTIA CEO Todd Thibodeaux make the case that soft business skills—such as researching, writing, teaching, learning and collaborating—are what set candidates apart from the cybersecurity crowd in the eyes of employers.
“[A talent for teaching matters in a cybersecurity career because] it’s about passing down the knowledge, sharing what you know, the value of analogy, and story, and examples. Being able to teach in a way that you wouldn’t think is teaching, but it is because you’re looking at that other person’s perspective, and you’re not only thinking about what is it that they should know, but how they can best consume it… In cybersecurity, that’s especially true when talking about complex issues and timely and sensitive things. You have to be clear and concise in your communication.”
Update to iOS 13.1.1 or iPadOS 13.1.1 to fix an issue that impacts third-party keyboards on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.
Third-party keyboard extensions in iOS can be designed to run entirely standalone, without access to external services, or they can request “full access” to provide additional features through network access. Apple has discovered a bug in iOS 13 and iPadOS that can result in keyboard extensions being granted full access even if you haven’t approved this access.
“Attempts to scam or fool you can happen over almost any form of communication you use—from Skype, WhatsApp, and Slack to Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, and even gaming apps. Communication over these platforms or channels can feel more informal or trustworthy, which is precisely why attackers are using them to fool others. In addition, with today’s technologies, it has become much easier for any attacker anywhere in the world to pretend to be anything or anyone they want. It is important to remember that any communications that come your way might not be what they seem and that people are not always who they appear to be.”
Ever wonder why IT constantly pushes for longer passwords for windows? I did. Remembering long passwords could be a real pain. But this write-up explains why 15 characters is such an important length in an environment with so many windows machines.
Scam e-mails are everywhere. Your spam folder is full of the ones that got caught. But these “phishing” con artists create new styles every day. Here is a quick guide from the FTC on advice for how to spot phishing attempts, and what you can do about it.
In today’s world, digitally connected families must think about safety and security both online and offline. Every child is taught basic safety and security, like not talking to strangers and looking both ways before crossing the street. Teaching young people easy-to-learn life lessons for online safety and privacy begins with parents leading the way.
Share with care – what you post can last a lifetime
Personal information is like money. Value it. Protect it.
Post only about others as you would like to have them post about you
Own your online presence
Remain positively engaged
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