MIAMI, FL, September 10, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- Amine Doukkali
is an experienced IT and telecommunications professional who celebrates a recent article
in Catoosa Times that outlines the importance of back-to-school Internet safety. Amine Doukkali understands that the Internet is a powerful tool, but that because there is so much information readily available, it is crucial to practice safety. The article spotlights Attorney General Scott Pruitt, who has issued a warning for kids and parents to remain vigilant when it comes to Internet safety as students return to school.
"Many smartphone apps, social media sites and Internet scams can have consequential outcomes for children who do not practice Internet safety," heeds Pruitt. "As these outlets expand, it is essential that parents and caregivers review Internet safety with their children to help prevent them from falling victim to potential Internet and digital dangers."
Amine Doukkali concurs, adding that students should keep virus software up-to-date. "Anti-virus software runs periodic scans of your computer system," he said. "It can acknowledge harmful viruses that may have infiltrated your system. When a threat is identified, the software often quarantines or removes it. This helps to reduce the threat of hackers accessing your information. Also, regularly update other software on your computer. Automatic updates keep software up-to-date on potential risks. As publishers become aware of threats or insecurities, they create fixes for these issues. Try to run the most current versions of your applications."
Doukkali also encourages Internet users to protect wireless connections, as having an unprotected wireless router can allow others to access personal information. "Change the default name of the router to something unique, so that others cannot guess it," he shared. "Create a strong password to protect access. Set up firewalls to alert you when someone tries to access your network. You can set up different levels of security."
For children between the ages of eight and 12, the article recommends keeping the computer in an area where the child has access to a parent or another adult. The Federal Trade Commission's OnGuardOnline.gov outlines specific tips for parents to follow regarding Internet safety: "Remind your kids that online actions can reverberate. Explain to your kids why it's a good idea to post only information that they are comfortable with others seeing. Use privacy settings to restrict who can access and post on your child's profile. Know what your kids are doing, and talk to your kids about online matters."
Doukkali advises parents to remind their children to protect personal information online and to create smartphone rules and boundaries. "With ever-changing and improving technology, it is important to develop rules in regards to smartphones and other electronic devices," he said. Amine Doukkali encourages parents to check online accounts frequently to help monitor any unusual activity.
is the COO of GSG Teleco, an IT and telecommunications company. He currently resides in Miami, Florida.