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Protect Your Kids As They Head Back To School

Whether your kids are going into second grade or their senior year, digital threats are out there. Maintaining a strong layer of digital protection for your kids can be greatly enhanced by taking a few simple precautions:

  1. Public Wi-Fi. Many colleges and universities have public Wi-Fi hotspots both on campus and off campus and at restaurants, coffee shops and other public locations. Ensure your kids know how to turn their auto-connect feature on their smartphones off and only connect to trusted networks with their laptops to avoid malicious data interception. Click here for more information on best practices for Wi-Fi use, /
  1. Social Security Numbers. School enrollment forms and other on record documents typically contain your child’s social security number and although not often thought about, it is tempting for thieves to steal a child’s identity because it often goes undiscovered for years. If family protection is part of your PrivacyArmor® benefit, ensure your children are protected. PrivacyArmor monitors your digital identity, detects if it has been compromised and it comes with full service remediation if you or your child becomes a victim of fraud. PrivacyArmor is also backed by a 1 million dollar insurance policy. More information on this service can be found here( link to our site)
  1. Passwords. A common way people are hacked is by someone either discovering or guessing their password. Since most people use a single password across multiple sites, it becomes easy for a thief to access your information. Ensure your kids are following best-practices as they relate to passwords. Ensure you are using a different password for each account and that you change them often. More information on this can be found here.
  1. Public Computers. It is very easy for a thief to put a key-logger or other information gathering devices or software on public computers. If your kids need to use them at school, ensure they understand not to use social media or anything where their private information could be exposed.


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