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Tips for Parents - Internet Safety

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How many electronic, internet enabled devices do you have in your home? How often are you, your family, and your children sending and receiving information via the internet?

According to one survey in 2016, 88% of the population are internet users in North America. The same study reports that in 2016 there was an average of 7.7 devices/connections per person, and by 2021, the average internet household will generate 227.5 gigabytes of internet traffic per month.

Be Safe When Using Social Media

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Social media sites like Instagram, Twitter and Facebook are prime platforms for scammers to promote get rich quick schemes to unsuspecting victims.  Posts promoting "money flipping" are showing up more often in consumer's newsfeeds. Usually the post contains a photo of cash and the caption boasts of how easily a small amount can be "flipped" into a large amount.  The profile of the poster seems legitimate including photos, followers and even thank you messages from other "investors". 

Mobile Cybersecurity - Protecting Yourself When Connecting on the Go

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A 2013 report indicated that 38 percent of smartphone users have been victims of cybercrime. This rate is expected to grow with mobile threats on the rise. To help fight this cybersecurity risk, the Department of Homeland Security developed the Stop.Think.Connect program. The following mobile tips are from their Mobile Security Tip Card.