Give Dad the Gift of Cyberspeak

Does your dad think spyware is James Bond’s tux? When you tell him to be careful about phishing, does he ask you about mercury levels in the lake? When you remind him to clear the cookies on his PC, does he remind you he doesn’t eat in the office?

If you answered yes to any of these, it may be time to give Dad a lesson in cyberspeak.

Everyone is surfing online for news, goods and services, education, entertainment and much more. Since Dad is probably among the happy passengers in cyberspace (or soon will be with that smartphone or tablet you’re buying him for Father’s Day), it’s important for him to speak the language of what can be an intimidating world to many.

OnGuardOnline.gov has a wealth of information to help keep dad savvy — and safe — online. For starters, NetCetera — although created with young people in mind — has basic tips on internet safety and an extensive glossary to help decipher those tricky tech terms. In addition, there are sections that can help Dad secure his computer, outsmart his smartphone by learning about mobile apps, understand how to safely shop online, and learn how to shop for internet service — to name just a few tips.

Like lots of people, Dad may not always recognize clever, back-door attempts to steal his information or his identity. A visit to OnGuardOnline.gov can help you both pick up some practical tips that are invaluable year-round.

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The second blog was “Give Dad the Gift of Cyberspeak” is giving dad the talk of online safety procedures to avoid getting virused or hacked. This helps us kids by having a guideline to tell him how it works also, he gets up to date with today’s technologies. Which I would assume would make him very grateful and thankful.

What about working from home and your employer using remote access to hack your personal computer? Or using your cell phone through their email service to track you or read text? I refuse to put work email on my phone but am being pressured to do so.

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