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Internet Safety Tips

Simple Safety Rules Every Family Should Follow:

  • Keep the computer in a family room – When you place the computer in a family room, instead of a child’s bedroom, the computer screen can be seen by everyone.  This way it is much easier to keep an eye on internet usage.
  • Install Parental Controls – Before you let children use the computer, it’s a great idea to install parent controls.  These can be found through your Internet Service Provider or you can purchase special blocking software.  Make sure you consistently monitor your family’s usage of the Internet. If you are a current All-Guard customer we can provide you with a FREE password to McGruff Safeguard which allows you to monitor your children’s internet activity at no charge.
  • Learn What Your Child is Doing – It’s important to get to know how your child is using the Internet.  One way to learn is through first-hand experience.  Sit with your child and have him/her show you what he/she does online.
  • Never Let Your Children Chat with People They Don’t Know – It’s very easy for someone who is a 50-year old man to say they are a 14-year old girl.
  • Tell Your Children Never to Give Out Personal Information Online (That Goes for Parents Too).
  • Tell Your Children If They Feel Uncomfortable They Should Tell a Trusted Adult – You can report what happened to the Cyber Tipline by calling 1-800-843-5678.

 

E-mail Safety for the Entire Family

  • Avoid Get Rich Schemes/Sweepstakes Offers – If it sounds too good to be true it probably is. These emails include subject lines that say you’ve won a prize or alerts you of ways to make money fast.
  • To prevent a computer virus from infecting your computer, always check the address the person who emailed you, only open e-mails from addresses you recognize, do not open emails from addresses ending in “.exe” and invest in anti-virus software. Your service provider will often have solutions to block unwanted emails from reaching your mailbox.

  • Beware of Phishing – Phishing is a term used to describe when computer hackers use e-mail to fish the internet hoping to hook you into giving them your login, passwords and/or credit card information.  Phishers pretend to be a legitimate company (such as your bank)and often ask you to go to a special site to update your account information. If you get one of these emails let your service provider know immediately.

 

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