Local experts are warning of the potential of increased cybersecurity threats including scammers and predators.
Sgt. James Brown with the Quincy Police Department said remind your children never to talk with strangers or give out personal information like their birthday, address or pictures.
Also, keep a close eye on the websites they visit.
Brown added with children and teens having more downtime at home, it can become easy for them to get involved in uneasy situations.
“If you do see some suspicious activity, it would be best to just call us immediately, getting on there and telling the suspect or individual I know who you are, we’re gonna call the cops, that may not be the best as far as trying to track that person down,” Sgt. Brown said.
“So if you do see your child doing something that may seem inappropriate, just cease contact with that suspect/individual.”
Brown added to talk to your kids about the language used on social media, he said harassing others and making threats could get them in serious legal trouble, with penalties ranging from a misdemeanor to a felony.
Quincy Better Business Bureau Director Mara Clingingsmith is asking people to make sure your anti-virus software is updated and has a private internet connection and strong passwords.
She said to be aware of those social media quizzes asking about your hobbies or birthday because those are usually scammers gathering your personal information.
“So much time is spent at home and we’re entertaining our kids and educating our kids, we’re working through our computer, so it’s more vital now that we take precaution and keep out operation systems safe, our passwords safe and our children safe by monitoring the websites they go to,” Clingingsmith said.
More tips from the BBB include:
- Do not click unfamiliar links, with the current COVID-19 pandemic scammers are sending out emails that could infect your home computer with viruses.
- Type in website addresses for information, so you do not click on fake look-a-like websites trying to gain access to your information
You can also hear about this on Clark Howard on WGEM FM 105.1 every morning from 9 a.m. to Noon.
His recent podcast talked about how to prevent yourself from being scammed during this time.
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