As grown-ups we hear people talking about online security or Cyber security all the time. It happens to us more frequently than we realize with constant mentions of security at work or in the news (mainly at work). Why? Because it is important. The Internet is an amazing place. It offers an infinite amount of resources and knowledge that we all can tap into. Millions of us spend countless hours every day being online. From checking email, reading the news, opening Facebook or LinkedIn, working to watching your favorite TV show on Netflix. If you are doing one of those activities, chances are that you are using the Internet. I like to say that you are “online” or “connected”.
The bad guys have realized that the Internet offers them unlimited access and opportunity to do wrong. Most of them actually prefer doing Cybercrimes versus the alternative face-to-face crimes. For example – it is a lot easier to impersonate someone and use the distance the Internet offers as protection and to your advantage than to physically confront someone and steal or hurt them. I am sure you can think of all the news about cyber bullying, harassment or virtual stalking. Of course most of you reading this article are fully aware of the dangers the Internet offers, but what about your kids? Do you think they are ready to safely navigate the deep waters of the Internet?