As children are home schooled during lockdown, there is another hidden threat as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic – cybercrime. Chris Clement, Commercial Director for H&H Insurance Brokers, explores what you can do to ensure your family remains safe online at this time:
“As part of home education, it is inevitable that children have more constant access to their personal computers, tablets or mobile phones than usual. With usage increasing significantly, as do the associated risks.
“However child-friendly a device may look, they are still linked to the internet with all the inherent dangers. So it’s extremely important for all parents and carers to consider prevention, protection as well as what happens if the worst happens and they download something they shouldn’t.”
The workplace helps to ensure that adults are familiar with the dangers online, for instance you will likely know to look out for suspicious emails and links, but your child may not be so aware. The internet is an unscrupulous place and often the content aimed at children is even more cleverly designed to hook them in.
If a child clicks that malicious link, it could infect their device with malware (a catch-all term for any type of malicious software including computer viruses). If they then connect their device to yours, your device may get infected. From there, you could bring your device into your workplace and connect it to your work systems, creating a widespread problem. Chris adds:
“The best way to prevent this risk is to educate your children on the best ways to practice computer safety and ensure you have protection in place to mitigate the risks, and our checklist here is a good starting point.”
Chris concludes: “All these measures will help you to keep your family secure online, however if something should go wrong, it’s important to have protection in place if you’re affected by a cyber-attack. Whether you’re self-employed and reliant on your family network and devices or if you’re a corporation concerned with cyber security, we can help you get covered against the risk of malware, data breaches and other criminal activity.”
For further information, Chris Clement can be contacted on 07527 908513 or email him direct to find out more.