Sunday, August 19, 2012

Online Identity Risk Calculator

Regardless of how you implement network offensive and defensive measures, every time you access the net the risk of online identity theft can occur. There are enough horror stories out there to divert the n00biest of n00bs to avoid the INTERNET.

The National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) through StaySafeOnline.org provides an Online Identity Risk Calculator. If you are the family techspert, share this site with your family members so they can conduct a self assessment by answering a few questions. Aside from banning the family from accessing the network, education and awareness are practicable options.


Some of the helpful hints that seem like common sense to the family techspert, may not seem so common to users who never delve into the 5Ws (who, what, where, why, when) of how the Internet works and risks they may be exposing themselves to every day.

Keep a clean machine
Be Web Wise
When in Doubt, Throw it Out
Play an Internet safety game like Are You Smarter than a Fraudster? or have the kids share what they learned with Phineas & Ferb and being cybersmart.

How do you keep the family safe and educated about Internet activities? What lessons learned are shared between the family users?

Comments, recommendations, +1s, and reaction box checks are appreciated.
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