Thursday, June 9, 2011

New Zealand's New Cyber Security Praised

Read the article below about New Zealand's new cyber security strategy proposed by its Government. The remarks by the Privacy Commissioner highlights how private information can easily be abused by those who collect them from the public.

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New Cyber Security Strategy A Welcome Start, Says Privacy Commissioner

Privacy Commissioner Marie Shroff today called the Government's new cyber security strategy "a welcome start towards protecting New Zealanders against online misuses of their personal information".
New Cyber Security Strategy A Welcome Start, Says Privacy Commissioner

"Increasingly, our economic success as well as our communication and leisure activities rely on us being able to trust that our personal information is secure online," Marie Shroff said. "You only have to look at some of the major internet privacy breaches in recent months – most recently the Sony hacking episodes – to see the damage that such breaches can cause both for the people and for the businesses involved. “Our public attitude surveys tell us strongly that people are alarmed about the safety of their personal information online. For example, about 88% (72% very concerned) are worried about children's safety online, and over 90% (78% very concerned) of New Zealanders are concerned about unauthorised business use or misuse of their information. Also Unisys' security surveys clearly show how concerned people are about what is happening with their information online. "The ICT industry in New Zealand, as elsewhere, is starting to take some real responsibility for improving security of personal information. But there is room for government action as well, in partnership with the industry, regulators such as my office, and expert non-government organisations like NetSafe. "So I am very pleased to see the launch of the Government's cyber security strategy," Marie Shroff said. “I look forward to learning how implementation of the strategy will support existing efforts, such as those of my office, to provide people and businesses with information about how to protect themselves. I hope it will also better insulate our critical infrastructure, and the personal information it contains, against external attack. "But we need to remain vigilant if we are to get the most from the opportunities that new technologies offer to us. Having a strategy does not guarantee safety or trust. It may be necessary to support the strategy by enhancing some of the legal protections available. For example, the Law Commission will soon report on whether New Zealand needs a mandatory breach notification law to better protect consumers, and whether the Privacy Act needs greater 'teeth' to cope with our twenty-first century online environment. I look forward to seeing these and other proposals as they emerge."

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Monday, November 22, 2010

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How to Protect Your Kids' Safety Online

We would be the first to recognize that the Internet is a wondrous tool. It is incredible for educational purposes and a way to communicate online at any hour about shared interests. However, those of us who are over 35 depended mainly on books and teachers for learning when we were young. We interacted in person with our peers on high school and college campuses. Today, for our teens and even much younger kids, the world is a click away on the Internet to communicate with folks across the globe without any human interaction. That's why we need to think differently when protecting our kids online - it's a different perspective.

We should welcome this incredible access for our kids. However, there are perils in their becoming dependent on the Internet as their prime educational and social outlet. Many kids are incredibly savvy about how to navigate the Internet, but that does not mean that they have the judgment to dodge the dangers of the Internet - from misinformation, to predators, to being victims of spyware. We take it seriously to shed light on how to protect our children online.

Parental Control
As a parent, you have the power to protect your kids from many dangers on the Internet. Every major Internet browser offers you the ability to limit access to objectionable content through browsing on search engines with the parental control tools that they give to you.

Networking and Instant Messaging
For those of us who are a little older, we communicate online primarily through regular email. Today, kids tend to communicate via networking sites such as Facebook or through instant messaging on their cell phones.

A huge problem with networking sites is that participants inadvertently include very personal information to anyone who's invited in as "a friend." Spyware and malware programs are monitoring these sites constantly to take advantage of every tidbit of information that's included in networking sites, including contact information, and any interests or friends that are mentioned. In insidious ways, they can also access when instant messages are sent once their spyware and malware invade your computer or phone.

Chat Rooms
We have all seen news programs where teens (and adults) offered too much information in chat rooms that led to a very unfortunate encounter in person. Chat rooms can be great places to meet folks with common interests, but parents need to monitor their kids' activity because of the possible dangers.

Identity Theft
When a hacker or criminal steals the identity of one of your kids, then they also have access to some of your information as well. An anti-spyware such as Double Anti-Spy is constantly vigilant to fight off these invasions of your privacy and for those seeking to steal your identity. This protection is especially important if you cannot monitor your kids' online activity every minute of the day. Double Anti-Spy detects, removes, and immediately protects your PC from thousands of these threats.

The Internet is an amazing resource for our children, but unfortunately it can pose a safety risk as well. Fortunately, with Double Anti-Spy, you can rest assured that your kids are safely protected from any online threats.

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Internet Safety For Children - How Do We Keep Kids Safe in 2010 and Beyond?

The subject of children internet safety is a very important one. It is a topic that needs to be addressed to all parents in all homes. A new year has dawned upon us and new changes in the area of technology have taken place. In 2010, what can we as parents do to help ensure children's internet safety?

1. Learn to talk to your children. The simple lack of communication is one of the biggest reasons why children enter websites they are not supposed to or do things online that they are not supposed to be doing. Why? The reason is some children are never given the internet safety talk. Consequently, children end up not knowing that they were not supposed to visit a particular site or that they were not supposed to set up meetings with any strangers. If parents would engage with their children and communicate with them about the dos and don'ts of online browsing child internet safety would become less of a problem.

2. Position your home computer in the right place. Now what I mean by this is that the family computer needs to be in an open space where everyone can see it. If you are a parent make sure that you do not put the home computer in a place like the basement if you hardly visit the basement. Observing this rule of thumb will definitely help internet safety for kids. When children know that they may be caught browsing a website that they should not be on they will be less likely to open it.

3. Create offline activities for your children. Between the T.V. and internet children are becoming batmen and women who stay in a cave all day. The more time kids spend on the internet the more they are likely to access the wrong material or engage in conversations with the wrong people. Try to involve your children in outdoor activities like soccer or basketball to keep the time online at a minimal. Not only will they get some exercise and fresh air this will help protect them from becoming child victims online.

As a parent, I know the fight to ensure children's internet safety will not be an easy one, but making little tweaks here and there can lead to big results and help keep children safe online. Keep these tips in mind, and you'll be on your way.