(This is a reprint from my Sacramento Cyber Safety Examiner article recently published).
The AshleyMadison hack is the most recent and widely published breach of cyber security that casts a long shadow of security concern for every individual that relies upon internet connectivity for daily life. Whatever your sentiments about this web-enabled service dedicated to helping people to cheat on their spouses, the malicious exposure AshleyMadison’s clients experienced from the hacker vigilantes nevertheless reveals a very real threat for personal data security and privacy in general.
Last Monday, in an interview with Nat Maple, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Consumer Sales at Acronis, he talked about the fact that personal data management and security is a growing concern for the modern family who is capturing and storing much of life’s experiences in the cyber realm. He points to a recent Google survey commissioned on data backup behavior. “People indicated that they are using five or more devices and that the pictures and videos are the most valuable content that cannot be replaced if it were lost or stolen,” he said.
According to Maple, the back up process can be complicated especially with the volumes of personal data families are creating and storing. “Most people don’t take data backup seriously until they lose it,” he said, “And then it is very difficult to get it back.”
Maples tips for parents:
- Consider that the apps you rely upon every day, like Gmail and other social media apps including Facebook, Instagram, do not guarantee backup support. These companies offer cloud services to make it easy to share, but they are not in business to help you recover what might be lost or stolen, including important documents located on other devices.
- Take control of the things that you can. Look for a good back up service for all of the devices your family uses. Acronis has been in business for 12 years and has a family solution that makes it easy to back up all of the devices, content and the apps. There are other family back up data services you can investigate. “Google” it or ask your local computer pros for guidance.
My two cents
Mobile connectivity is very seductive and distracts us from what really matters in life. Coach your child that everything they say and do in their cyber realm is recorded and that privacy is something you have more control over before you create it, send it and post it.
Even a child makes himself known by his acts, by whether his conduct is pure and upright. Proverbs 20:11
More valuable than digital images is the relationships that are forged in love. To learn more about making a family culture that teaches cyber safe discipline as love language, go to: Fresh Start.
As the Sacramento Cyber Safety Examiner, my personal mission is to educate and inspire parents from all walks of life and social settings to realize their inherent authority to govern the home and educate the child about their own power; the personal power that comes from the spiritual resilience of your chosen faith. And so I write for Examiner.com to express the passion of my mother heart to a diverse audience.
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Joanna Jullien is an author, educator and speaker on strengthening the parent-child relationship in a cyber powered world. She is a mother of two grown sons, the author of The Authority In Me: The Power of Family Life in the Network Culture, produces The Sacramento Cyber Safety Examiner column on Examiner.com, and is the CyberParenting advisor on The Fish 103.9FM. Her new book, A Google World in the Garden of Eden: Five Family-Safe Strategies for Texting and Social Media is now available for PC and all eReader formats including Kindle, Nook, iPad.