Kids 'losing' their parents' cash, data online

2014-01-22 14:05
Kaspersky Lab does analysis of malware threats at its offices in Moscow. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

Kaspersky Lab does analysis of malware threats at its offices in Moscow. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

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Cape Town - Children with unfettered access to internet-connected computers are costing their parents money, a survey has found.

According to a survey by B2B International and Kaspersky Lab, children using their parents' computers have not only inadvertently shared sensitive data, but also made unintended online purchases.

"Online there are no borders or boundaries: if you can use a computer you can reach all kinds of sites – and our children are often at least as tech-savvy as their parents," said security firm Kaspersky Lab.

The survey found that nearly one out of five parents (18%) had either lost money or important personal data when children accessed computers connected to the internet.

Worryingly, 7% of parents responding to the survey had evidence that their children had been in communication with strangers and 11% had faced inappropriate content while online.

Indications are some parents are cottoning on to what their children get up to on PCs as at 27% feared that in the year leading up to the survey, their kids had been at risk on the internet.

Kaspersky made some recommendations for parents to ensure that youngsters have a rich compuer experience, while keeping them safe at the same time.

Some of the recommendations include:

- Block inappropriate websites for children even if parents access them.
- Place shared computers in areas where parents can regularly glance at the display.
- Limit computer time, including time spent on gaming.
- Limit games with inappropriate content for young people (Goodbye, GTA)

Computers should also have a reliable antivirus that limits the ability of malware to install itself on PCs and ensures a secure internet connection, especially when transacting online.


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