An Aware Child is Safer Online

By on Aug 01, 2015

A Parent’s Handy Primer on Cyber Vocabulary Part IV

Aaaaaand, we are back! *drum rolls*

This week’s topic is not only the continuation of our primer; but also, the last of it!

Let us quickly brush up on the topic of discussion – our dated cyber vocabulary. Many of us might not be aware of the terminologies in the cyber sphere, despite of being familiar with the internet. So, for the benefit of the larger audience, I have classified the terms into four parts in my blogs. This week being the last of it.

Do take a look at the list and comment below for any queries, feedback or suggestions that you may have.

  1. Adware:

Software that automatically plays, displays, or downloads advertisements to a computer. This ranges from banners to annoying pop-ups. These ads usually latch onto free software and get downloaded without the user’s awareness or permission.

Cyber Safety Tips:

  • Don’t allow adware to run in the background – It tends to collect information about your Internet surfing habits, preferences, computer systems, etc.
  • Remove any (adware), which is already in the device – Using an updated anti-malware solution. Keep in mind that a freely downloadable antivirus might itself be a carrier of adware
  1. Pop-ups: A new window that suddenly appears on your computer screen is referred to as a pop-up window

Cyber Safety Tip:

  • Disable pop-ups – That way you will not be worried about your child inadvertently being directed to a spurious site or accidentally downloading malware after clicking on the link in the pop-up
  1. P2P networking: This refers to a peer-to-peer system of file sharing in which any computer on the network can see any other computer on the network. This process usually involves illegal sharing and the risk of virus infection for devices

Cyber Safety Tips:

  • Only use legal file-sharing services and be alert when installing – Some of these torrent files can contain .exe files embedded within games or pirated software
  • Talk, teach and guide your children to use the right media – This will help avoid risks of being infected with programs designed to remove or circumvent copy protection as they are particularly dangerous

And, that marks the end to our basic primer!

I hope you received a good amount of knowledge on important terms which all of us need to be aware of, to guide our families and even friends. Remember to share this blog with your friends and family as it gives them the chance to get insights on how to be protected online.

As always, Stay safe, stay happy!

About the Author

Cybermum India

Anindita Mishra is McAfee’s Cybermum in India. A Pune-based freelance writer, teacher and devoted mother of two- Anindita has always been a vocal advocate for issues tied to children's welfare and development. Like many Indian parents, Anindita wants to make sure that her children are safe wherever they go, in the real or virtual world. ...

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