As part of the conference, High Technology Crime Investigation Association Atlantic (HTCIA) are offering parents and children age 12 and older, a free information evening on Sept. 18 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Marriott Harbourfront Hotel in Halifax.
Their mandate: to educate families and children about internet security and inform about online vulnerabilities affecting local students, tween and teens.
Conference info and registration available on HTCIA website. No registration necessary for the free parent & child session.
Symantec is a key conference sponsor. Here’s an excerpt of some of their top surfing tips to help keep kids safe online:
- Don’t share personal information such as home address, telephone numbers or parent’s work address online as cybercriminals can use this information to create a fake profile with your details.
- Don’t post holiday plans as criminals have been known to track people’s movements.
- Keep security and privacy settings limited to friends and family only
- Keep all passwords safe and private, however sharing with parents is a sensible idea and don’t use an easy password like a pet’s name.
- Don’t talk to strangers online or offline – Blair MacLellan, President of High Technology Crime Investigation Assoc. (HTCIA) says the online world shouldn’t be any different than the real world and wants children to be aware that online strangers aren’t always who they say they are. Let parents know if a stranger has tried to connect online.
- Make sure mobile phone is pin-protected and download a security app which allows you to remotely wipe any personal data, should your mobile be lost or stolen. MacLellan recommends ‘Find my Iphone’ for Apple devices and ‘Android Lost’ for Androids.
- Keep security software up-to-date on all devices including mobile phones, tablets and PCs.