When today’s parents were growing up, the scariest thing we had to contend with was “stranger danger” as we walked down the street. Nowadays in this digital world, threats abound. Digital bogeymen in the form of viruses, spyware, botnets, trojan horses could be lurking behind every url. And the list of threats seems to get longer and scarier every day.

Staying safe and protecting your information requires knowledge, attention, and the right protective measures. One of the first things to understand is that computer threats are not limited to computers; smart phones are also susceptible and need protection.

The tabs in this section list and define common threats. Some basic tips are offered as a starting point for keeping your family safe.