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PC security for teenagers

Wednesday, May 12, 2004 Comments

 Books  Security 
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This week, I received a book I had been waiting awhile to ship:  Dan Appleman's Always Use Protection: A Teen's Guide to Safe Computing.  Ever since learning about this book from Dan on a Dot Net Rocks show, I have been interested. 

I have two teenagers and two pre-teens at home, and over the last few years, they have used computers and the internet.  I have fought my share of spam email on their accounts, removed spyware and other nasty critters after they have visited children's sites, as well as making sure they are logged in with limited user accounts.  I know security, especially application security, because it's what I enjoy.  Most security books, though, are not exactly what teenagers want to read.  I wanted a good resource that would help teenagers to understand how to be aware of the threats and problems on the internet.

Along comes Dan's book.  I have read parts of the book, and so far, it looks very good.  I think it will be most useful for parents to get a handle on what's out there to protect their computers and then communicate that to the teenagers.  But, I also think the writing will make sense to teenagers as well. 

Has anyone else seen this book?  What are your experiences with your children and their use of the internet?

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