Monday, October 18, 2010

Own Your Space - Online Safety Ebook for Teens

Own Your Space is a free, sixteen chapter ebook designed to educate tweens and teens about protecting themselves and their stuff online. This ebook isn't a fluffy, general overview book. Each chapter goes into great detail explaining the technical threats that students' computers face online as well as the personal threats to data that students can face online. For example, in the first chapter students learn about different types of malware and the importance of installing security patches to prevent malware infections. The fourteenth chapter explains the differences between secured and unsecured wireless networks, the potential dangers of an unsecured network, and how to lock-down a network. Download the whole book or individual chapters here.

Thanks to Steven Anderson for the link to Own Your Space.

Applications for Education
Own Your Space could be a great resource not only for twees and teenagers, but for their parents as well. Before sending a tween or teen off to school or to a friend's house with their new laptop or mobile device consider going through Own Your Space with him or her to educate both of you about protecting the device and the person online.