Internet usage takes up a large part of the day for the average American. From social media sites like Facebook and Twitter to video games, to applying for jobs or the countless other things there are for people to do online, the risk of potentially being the victim of cyber crimes is at an all time high.
Tuesday was International Safer Internet Day, and the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation offered some tips to help keep people safe when they go online.
• Keep the computer in a high-traffic area of your home.
• Establish limits for which online sites children may visit and for how long.
• Remember that internet technology can be mobile, so make sure to monitor cellphones, gaming devices, and laptops.
• Surf the internet with your children and let them show you what they like to do online.
• Know who is connecting with your children online and set rules for social networking, instant messaging, emailing, online gaming, and using webcams.
• Continually dialogue with your children about online safety.
These are just a few tips that may help prevent someone from being the victim of a cyber crime. Another huge concern is the threat of online scams that can result in the loss of money. According to usa.gov:
• Learn how to spot common scams and fraud – Find out the warning signs of internet fraud, phishing and other online scams. • Update your computer software – Download the latest versions of your operating system, web browsers, and apps.
• Talk to your kids about being safe and responsible online – If you are a parent, help protect your kids online by teaching them about the risks.
With the amount of people online increasing every day, the ways people are tricked online have evolved over time. There are many risks that come with surfing the web, but being careful and taking necessary precautions can help reduce the risk of online crime.