Physical safety is one thing, but you also have to be concerned with safety online, in the wild, wild world of the internet. Here are a few tips:
- Have an up to date anti-virus package for your computers, laptops, smart phones, tablets, all of your digital devices. Most of these now offer reasonably priced plans to cover multiple devices with a single family plan with automated updates to catch the latest viruses and malware.
- Make use of VPN software. If you ever use public wifi, you are putting yourself at risk. These open internet connections are a favorite of online thieves and predators as it is very easy to capture your session. Many of the anti-virus programs either come with, or you can add-on VPN protection for your connections. This will encrupt your traffic giving you another layer of security.
- Change your password. Whether it is your wireless router at home, your bank account, or your device login, change your password every so often and NEVER use the default password that comes with your device.
- Know what your kids are doing. My apologies to many out there that may disagree, but honestly when it comes to protecting children I don't care if I upset a few. Be nosey! Ask what they are doing online, who they are chatting with, what websites they are visiting. Consider installing and using parental control software for all of their devices, and make sure it has a GPS tracking option for their phones. Online predators are sneaky and are known to lure kids away for kidnapping and worse. Know where they are and who they are talking to!