Your Online Resolutions for Increased Internet Safety

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I’ve been working with TrendMicro for almost an year now, offering monthly tips and advice on how we can maintain online security standards anywhere we are connected. For me, a lot of the tips that I have learned have been applicable not only to my own work online, but also to my family and what I can do to make sure we are protecting their information and making their online experience one I can trust.

The funny thing about online security is that it is always evolving, just as how we use the Internet evolves and measures that we take on today will always need to be improved upon. However, I have found for myself that in developing an awareness for what could go wrong and what I would need to do to spare myself from the annoyance of it, I also set an automatic standard of practice to help me along in the future that I can also pass on to my kids.

I think of all the things I have most appreciated about participating in the Digital Joneses program, the challenges of talking to my teen about online safety and especially about how he uses the Internet and his own habits online have been the most informative, eye-opening, and important. Also, thinking about how to maintain online safety and privacy while I travel helped to set those safeguard habits even when not on the road. I will revisit the steps I took during the Digital Spring Cleaning project next season, and, well, those online gaming safety tips are ones that I have found need to be continuously addressed as well.

When keeping track of the resolutions we made to improve our personal lives and overall well-being, let’s not forget to stay in tune to the need to protect our online environment as well, as it is such a huge part of our every day lives.

I started the program pretty clueless and a little overwhelmed. I start the new year incredibly informed and well-equipped with resources that have helped me over the past few months. I’ve installed the Trend Micro™ Titanium™ Maximum Security antivirus software on Mac and in the process have avoided a lot of really close calls to having my system infected. We use the Online Guardian for Families, an Internet monitoring and filtering program that helps us safeguard our kids, specifically our teen, and prevents damage to their online reputations.

Over all, we’ve become a much more protected and savvy digital family, something I hope you all aim to become as well in 2013.

I invite you take Trend Micro’s “Are you digitally smarter?” quiz, to see where your knowledge lies in this area and to better help you assess what you need to do so that your new year is as safe and as fun as possible.

Disclosure: As part of my agreement to participate in the Digital Joneses Project, Trend Micro has provided me with technology and software items for use in the various challenges and/or for review. No request that I express any particular point of view or specific editorial requirements to be included in my reviews were made. All opinions expressed here are strictly my own.


 

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Carol Cain

Carol is her happiest when on an adventure, either close to home or farther away. She's the mom to three fun boys and wife to a handsome Irish/Scot. She lives in New Jersey with her happy crew, but will always be a girl from Brooklyn. You can read her full profile here.

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2 Responses to Your Online Resolutions for Increased Internet Safety

  1. Galit Breen says:

    This is such an important topic for me as a writer online and as a mother of children on the cusp of being online!

    {Fabulously done review!}

  2. AnnaHowart says:

    I always use "Hotspot Shield" free VPN to encrypt network traffic and secures sensitive data. Also it is safe and reliable VPN for 100% online internet privacy and web surfing. Check it here – http://www.onlinenetsecurity.com

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