Network Security

Towards a safer internet

I can't believe that I blogged about child safety yesterday and didn't think to mention Safer Internet Day (today!) Fortunately, other bloggers have made the connection: SC Magazine UK's Dan Raywood, for example. He even mentioned (ISC)2's “Safe and Secure Online” program, whereby volunteers will be visiting schools to talk about internet safety and run surveys, much the same sort of school activity that I was talking about. Though we weren't working under the auspices of (ISC)2. I'd talk a little more about “Safe and Secure Online,” but, ironically enough*, the site seems to be down at the moment. Wouldn't it be ironic if it turned out to be something like a DDoS attack?

Urban Schrott, whose blog on research commissioned by ESET Ireland, indicating that more than a quarter of Irish 6/7-year-olds could be surfing unsupervised, was the starting point for my blog yesterday, also took up the theme again with reference to Safer Internet Day. Meanwhile, Trend Micro, it seems, has conducted research that indicates that about 25 percent of children in the 7-16 group have downloaded malware or accidentally clicked on an unsavoury web link.

I'm travelling for most of the rest of this month, so it may be a while before I contribute another article here: be safe out there...

*Irony piled on irony: I even blogged for (ISC)2 yesterday, though on a completely different subject – Android, Malware and Rehabilitation. A topic Dan has also tackled today, though his conclusions are somewhat different to mine: Google Android: now secure. IMHO, Bouncer is a significant step forward for Android, but there's a long way to go before it lives down its earlier tendency to place PR damage limitation above the interests and safety of its customers.

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