June is Internet Safety Month. Many schools are no longer in session, leading to more screen and online time. The Better Business Bureau encourages everyone to stay safe while online and avoid being easy targets for online scammers. Share with care, and remember: personal information is like money.
Some of the most commonly reported scams include creating accounts on websites without permission. Social media sites are no exception; many sites will sell unauthorized user details to advertisers looking to engage in targeted marketing. When creating an account, the user may falsely create a birthdate to meet the minimum age requirement.
Beware of online contests and giveaways. They require a hefty amount of personal information to enter, and many are thinly disguised ways of collecting personal or financial information that could lead to identity theft.
What’s posted online can last a lifetime. Parents can teach children that any information they share online can easily be copied and is almost impossible to take back.
Online games may bust the summertime boredom blues, but staying current and aware of what's being shared on the internet will keep your information safe. Keep pace with new ways to be safe online, stay up to date with new technology and ways to manage privacy.