OTTAWA, Sept. 1, 2011 /CNW/ - With summer drawing to a close and a new
school year about to begin, the Trend Micro team in Ottawa offers some
quick and easy ways to help your family stay on top of Internet safety.
"With all members of the family spending more time online for both
school and fun, there are more opportunities to encounter spam, scams,
spyware, viruses, and other Web threats," said Ian Gordon, Trend Micro
Canada Chief of Marketing and Channel. "While common sense and caution
are the best ways to protect your family's life on line, it also helps
to keep your Internet security software up-to-date."
New school year = New passwords
After a summer of increased web surfing, start the school year with new
secure passwords. Frequent password changes deceases the chances of
financial and social networking accounts being hacked.
Have the talk about online safety. Again
Talk about the importance of not sharing personal details online such as
name, address, phone number, age, passwords or log on information. Even
the most cynical of teens will get the message through this light but
powerful (and safe to click on) video on the topic: The Wrong Hands.
Be careful where you click
Prevent your devices from being infected with malware and other
uninvited viruses. Teach your kids to be wary of unexpected or strange
looking emails. Never open attachments from strangers or click on
links from these emails.
Keep software security up-to-date
Make sure you have installed up-to-date security software to protect
your family and all devices from smart phones, to laptops and desktop
computers from viruses, spyware, and spam.
Keep the off line communication lines open
Encourage your children to think critically about what they see and read
on line rather then assuming it is all true or accurate. Encourage your
kids to come to you if they come across content that is upsetting to
them in anyway.
Trend Micro Incorporated (TYO: 4704;TSE: 4704), a global cloud security leader, creates a world safe for exchanging digital information with
its Internet content security and threat management solutions for
businesses and consumers. A pioneer in server security with over 20
years' experience, we deliver top-ranked client, server and cloud-based
security that fits our customers' and partners' needs, stops new
threats faster, and protects data in physical, virtualized and cloud
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