5 Key Lessons Children Should Know When Using The Internet

Children and internet

There are five key lessons all kids should learn in order to stay safe online – Google came up with this and I think it is spot on

These are:

  1. Be Internet Smart (Share With Care),
  2. Be Internet Alert (Don’t Fall for Fake),
  3. Be Internet Strong (Secure Your Secrets),
  4. Be Internet Kind (It’s Cool to Be Kind)
  5. Be Internet Brave (When In Doubt, Talk It Out).

All of which tackle the most negative elements of the internet.

More information can be found at the Google site Be Internet Awesome

10 Steps To Follow For A Malware – Virus Free Computer

How much time and money have you spent in having your computer repaired because you have become infected with viruses and malware ?

Infection from virus’s , malware can be avoided if you follow some simple BEHAVIOURAL rules.

Remember if you get infected it is YOUR fault not your computer’s.

The first point to remember is that running antivirus software will not prevent you getting a virus.

Antivirus software is only there in the hope that once you have a virus on your computer it maybe able to remove it.

Here are 10 points to follow that should mean an infection free computer.

NUMBER 1 – Update 

  • Update your operating system regularly.
  • Turn on Automatic Updates on Windows and apply all critical updates immediately
  • Check optional updates on a regular basis , they can in some cases trigger off critical updates.
  • Microsoft issue updates throughout the month so check on the third week – you can find Windows update in the control panel for pre-Windows 10 computers or in settings on Windows 10
  • Windows 10 will ensure that updates are done – updates not working , you maybe infected

NUMBER 2 – Software

  • Update your software
  • PDF readers , Office , Adobe Flash & Adobe Reader and Java are responsible for numerous infections unless patched
  • If you can uninstall , Java and Adobe

NUMBER 3 – Email 

  • Don’t open email attachments unless you know that the person sending it to you , really sent it.
  • Viruses and Malware will more often than not come from someone you know.
  • Email attachments are the number one way that viruses , trojan horses and malware can get onto your computer
  • Beware of zip files – do not open them unless you are 100% certain they have been sent from a known reliable source – these can spread cryptolocker
  • Don’t click links in e-mails.
  • You could be taken to a phishing site and this may lead you to install malicious software.You should copy and paste the link into your browser or type the link into your browser.
  • Make sure HTML in e-mail is turned off in Outlook as just by previewing these e-mails you can be infected especially if your computer is not fully patched.
  • HTML e-mail can hide the actual destination of that link so this is another reason to turn off HTML in your email.
  • Switch to a web based e-mail program such as G Mail / Outlook.com which will scan your emails before they arrive on your computer.
  • Gmail is probably the best solution on grabbing spam if you are having spam issues with your current email provider

NUMBER 4 – Browsing The Internet

  • You should browse the Internet with the latest editions of browsers Google Chrome , Internet Explorer or Firefox
  • Check that the updates for these browsers are being installed and learn how to check that you have the latest editions
  • I recommend Google Chrome

NUMBER 5 – Ads On Websites

  • Block ads when browsing the internet
  • Install Adblock from the Google Chrome store
  • Ads on websites have been known to infect visitors to those sites

NUMBER 6 – Downloading Files 

  • You should only download files from places you know are absolutely safe.
  • The use of file sharing software often means you will download Malware and Trojans without knowing.
  • If you download files you should quarantine them in a folder and then scan them a few days later with an updated antivirus software.
  • Beware of downloading ” Free ” software as most sites that host ” free ” software are a hotbed for malware infections

NUMBER 7 – Firewall 

  • Have a firewall , your broadband router is the best firewall and there is a built in firewall with Windows which is turned on by default – There is no need to buy an additional firewall solution

NUMBER 8 – The Antivirus 

  • Have an antivirus solution , the FREE one I recommend is Defender for Windows 10 which comes with Windows 10 and the PAID one I recommend is NOD32
  • However Norton , Kaspersky , Trend are just fine to use but you really do need to run one of the above.

Number 9 – What You Can Do 

  • Limit User Privileges
  • Many malware threats need full access to your PC to run properly.
  • Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 7,  use User Account Control to limit what a program can do without your permission.
  • This means you will be notified if any software or application tries to make any changes to your system. It can also help stop malware and unwanted software from installing themselves or changing the way your PC works.

How Do You Do This ?

Change User Account Control

Number 10 – Behaviour

  • Look at what you are doing and when in doubt – think before you click
  • Remember if you get infected it really is your fault.

Keep Your Internet Browser Updated

Internet Browser

Your internet browser needs to be kept updated no matter which one you use.

Edge and Internet Explorer which is part of Windows 10 will be kept up to date through Windows update.

Internet Explorer in Windows 7 will also be kept up to date through Windows Update. Another reason why you need to do Windows updates.

If Windows update is not working you need to address that.

If you are using Google Chrome here are instructions to update , even though updates to Chrome should be automatic but if you have not rebooted your computer in a while , they may have stopped.

Google Chrome update instructions

If you are using Firefox here are the instructions

Firefox update instructions

You Cannot Call Google


If you have an issue with Gmail or your other free Google services and need help , you cannot ring them.

Google support is through a dedicated page – Google Support – and it does not include a support number.

However if you do a search for Google support you will see some ” businesses ” that claim to be from Google.

Calling numbers like the ones below can lead you to being charged exorbitant amounts of money after they log into your computer ( do not allow this !)

Google support

Android Security – Choose Wisely – You Could Lose Your Phone Numbers

Android users always love to install some form of security on their smartphone , whether it is one of the big brand names ( Eg: Norton , Trend , AVG ( a big no to this one ) in the hope that it will prevent them from being infected ( It wont if you do the wrong thing ).

Last week I saw someone that had installed an app called BullGuard which decided to remove all details of contacts including their phone numbers , just leaving them with a name.

Once I removed the app , restarted the device , all the contacts returned.

If you want to stay safe and protected on Android here are some tips:

  • Keep the device updated
  • Keep the apps updated from the Google Play Store 
  • Don’t take candy from strangers – apps only from Google Play and don’t fall for the free movies , free tv shows , free music apps or sites 

If you really want some form of security try Lookout 


Do You Struggle At Drawing – Have We Got A Site For You

Google have 2 sites to aid those of us who are artistcly challenged

QuickDraw – which will try and guess what you are drawing 

This is a game built with machine learning. You draw, and a neural network tries to guess what you’re drawing. Of course, it doesn’t always work. But the more you play with it, the more it will learn. It’s just one example of how you can use machine learning in fun ways.

— https://aiexperiments.withgoogle.com/quick-draw

AutoDraw – which will guess what you are trying to draw then offer you a better picture 

AutoDraw is a new kind of drawing tool. It pairs machine learning with drawings from talented artists to help everyone create anything visual, fast. There’s nothing to download. Nothing to pay for. And it works anywhere: smartphone, tablet, laptop, desktop, etc.

AutoDraw’s suggestion tool uses the same technology used in QuickDraw, to guess what you’re trying to draw. Right now, it can guess hundreds of drawings and we look forward to adding more over time.

— https://aiexperiments.withgoogle.com/autodraw

Do You Know Your Date Of Birth ?

With online accounts you are required to fill in your date of birth , now many people decide to “cheat” and that is where you can encounter issues if you get locked out of your account.

If you have to get back into your account and you cannot remember the date of birth you entered or you enter your “true ” date of birth , you will not gain access to that account.

So my advice is , enter the true date of birth and turn on 2 factor authentication where you give your mobile phone number to the online account , then if someone tries to access your account you will receive a message but unless they have the code that is on your mobile , they will be unable to gain access.

2 factor authentication should be turned on for as many as you can but as a guide:

  • Google
  • Apple
  • Microsoft
  • Dropbox