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The invasion of computer hackers and vulnerability of kids

The invasion of computer hackers is on the increase. Most recent were Russian hackers who stole 1.2 billion usernames and passwords, targeting 400,000 websites.

India Harrison, 9 plays a computer game as she waits with her mother Johann Harrison at the Law Society.
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 In this photograph illustration a ten-year-old boy uses an Apple Ipad tablet computer.
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Changing passwords frequently is the best way to try and avoid computer hacker attacks.

But what happens between kids and internet, specifically kids who are computer savvy? They are not only venerable to hackers, but may get themselves in a situation more than their parents can handle.

“What was once a novelty is now a commonplace, and there are some serious issues that need to be addressed. Not only are there many sites that kids should not be accessing, there are also many unsavory people waiting for the opportunity to exploit them.”

Many parents are aware of parental control or guidance that blocks their kids from using certain internet sites. Other parents may band their kids from using internet. But what happens when your kids are away from home and friends introduce them to internet? They are introduced to a new world that challenges parental control and defeats your purpose.

So what is the best way to handle kids, internet, and vulnerability?

Aaron Ross, who was a computer whiz at the age of 10 ,repaired computers and programmed DOS, offers ways you can protect your kids without shielding them. After finishing high school, Aaron began working to protect children from internet predators. It’s usually a much better idea to educate your child and introduce him or her properly to safe internet use, says Aaron.

Parents must know devices that have internet access, says Aaron. We know all about computer, iPad, and smartphones, but how about the TV? Some of the newer electronic games have internet access also.

If parents make sure that all computers are located and used in a centralized location, no corners or bedrooms, and be sure to establish time limits, parents can guard their kids from predators. Be consistent regarding the allotted time online.

Go online together and practice internet safety. Talk to your kids. Explain that it’s like driving. You might be a careful driver, but it’s the other guy you need to watch for.

Install internet protection and/or supervision for younger kids. Do a little background work before letting your kid’s go to a friend’s house. Is there parental supervision when they go online? Keep an eye out for recent deleted history or weird pop-ups.

Most important! Make sure your kids understand that people might not be who they say they are, and they are not to share information, or even chat with strangers. Educate your kids about hyperlinks and the dangers they pose. Disable them if possible.

Your kid may be computer savvy; without guidance, all kids are vulnerable to computer hacks.

Compliments to Aaron Ross/Internet Security Expert & CEO of Rossbackup.

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