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Global Cybersecurity Firm Launches Solution To Protect Kids in Kenya

December 30, 2016 at 10:00 am | Tech & Innovation

Charles Gichane

Charles Gichane

December 30, 2016 at 10:00 am | Tech & Innovation

Kaspersky Lab Africa offers new solutions to help safeguard children online. Photo Credit: Huffington Post

Russian multinational cybersecurity and anti-virus provider Kaspersky Lab has launched a security solution package in Kenya that helps parents keep their families safe from cybercrimes. Dubbed Kaspersky Internet Security – multi-device 2017, the solution protects users of Windows, Mac, and Android devices against dangerous sites, fraud, money theft, and online tracking.

Users can now protect their private information from being stolen during an unsafe Internet connection thanks to a new feature called Secure Connection. The new function encrypts all data sent and received through the network, allowing users to connect to the Internet safely when performing financial operations, authorization on sites, or transferring confidential information.

Additionally, potential “holes” in a user’s device security can be resolved thanks to two new functions called Software Updater and Software Cleaner.

According to Managing Director for Kaspersky Lab Africa, Riaan Badenhorst, an increasing number of African children are spending more time online using social media, playing games, or communicating with their friends. Badenhorst notes that the continent’s young population has provided parents with tips on how to stay safe in an increasingly digital world.

“Unfortunately, while Internet access brings with it a wealth of benefits, the reality is that predators are out there using more sophisticated ways than ever to exploit children. Parents might think that their children are safer in the virtual world than in the real one, however the reality is that they are just as vulnerable online.”

More than half of children between the ages to 8 to 16 say they can’t imagine life without their smartphones – with just under half of them taking it to bed at night, according to research conducted by Kaspersky Lab. The figure that will worry parents is that up to 40 percent of young online users disclose sensitive information about themselves on social media, including where they hang out and even their home address.

“For these children, being online is as much of their daily routines as brushing their teeth and eating breakfast,” Badenhorst explained.

“In Kenya, just as in other parts of the world, parents are often not as tech-savvy as their children and have very little idea on how best to monitor their usage and provide guidance to them.”

He added that children can easily access sexually explicit content and download pirated materials such as movies and music with a few clicks online.

“It is vitally important for parents to talk to their children about the potential dangers they face online just as they would in terms of the risks in the offline world. If a computer is used as the gateway to the online world, it should be in the family room where everyone can experience and share things with one another.”

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