Did you know that children are fifty times more likely to be victims of identity theft, and ten percent of children under the age of eighteen have already had their identities stolen? It's a scary truth about the state of cyber crime these days but the good news is you can be proactive about your child's safety on the internet. Our infographic will help you get started and after you've read this one be sure to visit our companion infographic Application Security and Your Kids!



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Neil is a Marketing Technologist working on the Content and Corporate teams at Veracode. He manages much of the Veracode web presence while also working on strategic interactive media projects. In his spare time you'll find him drinking the CrossFit kool-aid, getting overly competitive in a video game, or doting over his lovely wife and daughter.

Comments (7)

kingthorin | July 9, 2013 1:58 pm

Just a question about point #4. In today's IT Security environment is there really any benefit in "purchasing" AV software?

If someone really needs to run something why not go free?

Really a huge even overwhelming percentage of issues are zero day (Flash, PDF, Java, then Browser, lastly OS) and don't get caught anyway. MSE (and others) are free and usually lighter weight (CPU/RAM wise) than the paid for incumbents (Symantec, McAfee, etc).

If you really want people to pay for something then going with a Browser and Office Suite sandbox (i.e.: Invincea) or White/Black list approach (Bit9 IIRC) are probably more effective that AV.

Neil | July 9, 2013 2:22 pm

@kingthorin - You're certainly right in that free options are certainly worth considering. We should have adjusted our wording rather than imply that the only options for AV are those you can purchase.

john | July 10, 2013 11:12 am

Oh so your telling the parents to be parents.

Steph | July 11, 2013 12:46 am

These are great guidelines; especially for parents who aren't into computers as much or (like myself) will be/are very new to parenting.

People like 'john' (who can't spell YOU'RE) just want to comment to be /that/ person.

Thank you for the guidelines, we appreciate the extra thought especially about being able to physically see the computer the kids will be able to use.

George | July 11, 2013 3:06 pm

These are great tips for parents that are unsure about the internet and their children. Thanks for sharing!

dmeyer | July 25, 2013 4:10 pm

50x more likely? If you say something like that, you should probably cite a source.

Jim | July 31, 2013 4:41 pm

Great post and infographic. I linked to it from a post I did aimed at posting infographics inside the home and classroom. Fantastic resource, thanks!

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