When was the last time you talked to your kids about safety? Every day right? We tell them “don’t talk to strangers”, “look both ways before crossing the street”, “put on your bike helmet”, “wear clean underwear in case you get hit by a bus” (granted I never understood this one but hey… it’s an oldie and a goodie) and with the recent addition of a driver in my household “don’t text or talk on the phone while driving”. But, when was the last time you chatted with your kids about their online safety and security? October is Cyber Security Month so there is no time like the present. And the new iPad and iPhone game Hax Attacks by Cyber Griffin makes cyber security… FUN! (and educational) And a much needed reminder in my family.
We consider ourselves to be a pretty tech savvy family. We have electronics to spare (seriously… ask me how many CRT monitors I just got rid of that have been sitting in my office closet) and like to keep up to date on the latest technology. I pride myself on never having my email, Twitter, or FB account hacked (knocking on a giant piece of wood… I am pretty sure I just jinxed my life). I run spyware and malware scans frequently. I keep my virus protection updated and running. My husband is probably even more diligent than I am. And even with us sharing our knowledge with our kids… One of their gaming accounts was recently hacked. It came as a big shock to us all. And a HUGE reminder about password safety.
What we all learned from that experience is that no one is 100% safe and that we still had a lot to learn. (except me… I totally KNOW IT ALL.. Just ask my husband). That is part of the reason I love Hax Attacks. We are all learning new tips and tricks to keep our cyber security in check. (and some of us may be slightly addicted and possibly played for 3 hours this morning because she can’t leave a level without all 3 keys… not naming any names but the only girls in the house are me and the dog)
The tips are practical and easy to learn for tweens, teens, and adults. It includes advice on:
Password strength and security (very timely for our family)
Phishing scams (Even I sometimes wish I was related to that dead Arabian Prince who left me millions)
Malicious websites and malware
Seriously… Who doesn’t need refreshers on all that?
You don’t have to take my word for it. Check out what Xander had to say about his initial thoughts on Hax Attacks on his YouTube channel.
***Compensated campaign through Cyber Griffin and Hax Attacks