Data Privacy DayPosted on: January 29, 2018
The first issue has an easy solution. Recognize that when you purchase a new device (laptop, desktop, tablet, or phone), the vendor often sets up an initial password for the purpose of easy setup. But it is the buyer’s responsibility to make it personal. But even that suggestion can be misleading. A good, secure password should be something unrelated to the most personal details about you. For example, passwords should not contain birthdates and addresses and phone numbers. Not even the name of a relative. Find a word or a combination of letters that is reasonable to remember, but that does not resemble, in any way, something that anyone could guess.
The second issue is a little more daunting. To inform children, parents need to also be informed. And becoming informed takes time. It takes reading. And it takes patience. If possible, parents, give yourself 15 minutes a day to read critical books and articles about how the Internet works and how you yourself can be more secure. And that, if you can do it, will help you feel more confident in talking with kids about the things they often take for granted.