Surfing the Net: Staying Secure, Safe, and Smart

October 12, 2012 - 1 Comment

Earlier this year at a release party of Talking Back to Facebook, Chelsea Clinton asked the audience an important question facing the parents of today’s tech-savvy kids: “How do we help cultivate curiosity about content … while also protecting kids so that every kid gets to be a kid …?”

Scams have become a lot more complicated than the old standard: “I’m a Prince from [_____], please wire me 2 million dollars!”, and viral methods of stealing identities and money are more sophisticated than ever. Adults have good reason to be concerned about how publicly available their personal information is over the net. Companies like SafeShepherd are committed to helping their clients remove their personal information from publicly accessible databases. Other resources, like A Platform for Good, have been created to help teach parents, teachers, and kids about efficient online safety practices. The objective here is to teach our children smart and safe web practices.

And just as we need to protect kids, but still let them live as kids, we need to apply that thinking to business. If we’re so locked down, we diminish our potential to collaborate. As more and more information is shared, transferred, and uploaded online, network security is crucial to keeping important information safe. Tools from Cisco built on the SecureX Architecture allow secure sharing of information across different types of devices, making it easier and safer to access and share private data.

The internet has become a vital resource for education, entertainment, communication, and business, for people of all ages. As the number of people on the net grows, so do the challenges and security threats that feed on that growth. Luckily for us, the number of resources available for ensuring our safety is growing too –we just have to make sure to utilize them.

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  1. Marie, Thanks for bringing this issue to the forefront. I worry about this every day. I am very much into technology (have my phone in my hand at all times) and truly believe that if my kids are going to succeed in the world today, they need to be completely skilled in using technology. However, it’s a scary situation. Every time i encourage my kids to use the internet for something, or to get familiar with certain online practices, i worry about who they are going to encounter in cyber space. The world is full of people with bad intentions, and the internet gives these people a whole new avenue with which to do their damage.