Thursday, September 04, 2008
McAfee publishes family Internet security guide
McAfee has published a spiffy “10-Step Internet Safety Flan for Your Family”, a PDF document at this link.
McAfee says that the chance of any one person becoming a victim of a cybercrime is about 25%.
It recommends placement of a family compute in high-traffic areas. There is some emphasis on family teamwork, and on careful education as soon as a child (a tween) is old enough to begin to use the Internet.
The computer is seen as a family asset, not as property of an individual member. Obviously, older teens who are responsible enough will have goon reason to have more independence in their use, especially for school work.
One could think of learning to use a computer and especially the Internet as a bit like learning to drive a car.
The paper warns about strangers on the Internet, with all the well known dangers.
It also recommends strong passwords and systematic checks that security software and firewalls work.
The paper doesn’t say this, but other security experts have said that normally there is no legitimate reason for a minor to own a webcam.