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What is Privacy & Security?

What is Privacy and Security?

Privacy online refers to the ability of an individual or organization to keep their personal information, communication, and data confidential.

This means that only authorized people can see this information and that it is protected from being accessed by hackers and bad actors. Security refers to measures taken to protect against unauthorized access to information or data on the internet. This includes secure passwords, installing antivirus software, and using multi-factor authenticaton.

Together, privacy and security are important for protecting individuals from potential threats and vulnerabilities online. By taking steps to maintain both privacy and security, people can help to protect themselves and their information from being accessed or misused by others.

How to explain privacy and security to a child

Privacy online is about keeping your personal information, like your name and what you like to do, safe from people who shouldn't see it. Security online is about making sure that only the right people can see your information and that it is protected from people who might want to use it in a bad way. It's important to have both privacy and security online so that you can stay safe while using the internet.

Examples of what parents can do

There are many tools that parents can use to help protect their privacy online.

Some examples include

  1. Password managers: These tools can help parents create strong, unique passwords for each of their online accounts, and can store them securely so that they don't have to remember them all.

  2. Antivirus software: Antivirus software can help to protect against viruses, malware, and other online threats by scanning your computer and alerting you to any potential risks.

  3. Encryption tools: Encryption tools can help to protect sensitive information, like credit card numbers or personal information, by converting it into a code that can only be decrypted by someone with the correct key.

  4. Privacy settings on social media: Many social media platforms have privacy settings that allow users to control who can see their posts and information. Parents can use these settings to help protect their privacy online.

  5. Virtual private networks (VPNs): VPNs can help to encrypt internet traffic and hide a user's IP address, which can help to protect their privacy and security online.

These are just a few examples of the many tools and strategies that parents can use to help protect their privacy online. It's important to stay informed and take steps to protect yourself and your family from potential online threats.

Become Internet Independent

Privacy and Security is one of the six key topics of cyber safety in the Internet Independent Framework. Download the framework here:


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