June Is National Internet Safety Month: Help Spread the "STOP. THINK. CONNECT." Message

June has been declared National Internet Safety Month, and the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) is encouraging every Internet user to follow three simple steps when connecting to the Web: “STOP. THINK. CONNECT.” NCSA further encourages all adults to take a few moments to teach a young person about better online safety, with hopes that it will promote the use of good judgment and online behavior all year long.

According to the NCSA, National Internet Safety Month brings “an important opportunity to evaluate our digital behaviors and identify better ways to increase online safety.” Research from the organization has uncovered some alarming statistics, including the following:

  • Less than half of the U.S. population (46%) reports that they feel safe from viruses, malware and hackers.
  • Roughly half (48%) of parents are not completely confident that their kids can use the Internet safely.

According to an NCSA statement released this week:

This data shows that Americans should further embrace their shared responsibility in making the Internet safer. Additionally, as young peoples’ online use increases during summer break, parents should remain committed to teaching their children how to stay safe online.

NCSA advises Web users to follow these steps whenever they access the Internet:

  1. STOP: Before using the Internet, take time to understand the risks and learn how to spot potential problems.
  2. THINK: Take a moment to be certain the path ahead is clear. Watch for warning signs and consider how your actions online could impact your safety, your kids’ safety or that of your family.
  3. CONNECT: Enjoy the Internet with greater confidence, knowing you’ve taken the right steps to safeguard yourself, your family and your computer.

“Everyone – youth and adults alike – can benefit from learning better Internet safety practices and should become more aware of potential threats,” said Michael Kaiser, executive director of the National Cyber Security Alliance. “This is why integrating these three simple steps — STOP. THINK. CONNECT.  — into your online experience is critical to staying safer and more secure.”

For more information about this campaign and many other effective online safety tips, please visit www.stopthinkconnect.org.

SOeC TV: Ciber Segura Awareness Night in National City — A Mother’s Prespective


Yelka Vargas spoke to SOeC TV about keeping our children safe from online dangers

Yelka Vargas, a concerned mother from South San Diego County, discusses the need for continuous cyber education for our children and their parents — both in the home and at school. She was among the enthusiastic attendees at the recent bilingual (Spanish/English) cyber security awareness event that took place March 15, 2012 at the County Office of Education facility in National City. Sponsors also included the ESET Foundation, Securing Our eCity, San Diego Office of Education, the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office and media partner Radio Latina. WATCH THE VIDEO


Windows 8 to Offer new "Monitor First" Approach to Online Child Safety: Is It Enough?

Example of a Windows 8 Family Safety Activity Report

Microsoft has announced that it’s be Windows 8 operating system employs a new “monitor first” approach to online family safety, offing easier setup and, as a result, potentially higher adoption among consumers.

Traditionally, parental control solutions for family safety — including Microsoft’s — relied on on web filtering and other software-based restrictions. The result was typically a more complex setup process — and a seemingly constant stream of parental approval requests. According to a recent blog on the Microsoft Software Developer Network, “The end result was that many parents abandoned family safety products and returned to in-person supervision only—a tactic that has become less effective as computers have gotten more mobile.”

Instead of filtering as its basis, Windows 8’s “monitor first” solution focuses on providing parents with informative weekly activity reports for their child. These reports are automatically generated once the child’s account is activated on the family PC. Parents will be encouraged to view the reports, and will have the ability to easily add restrictions by clicking a link in the e-mail report, according o the log.

The blog concludes that, “With the simplicity of activity reports, we believe more parents will adopt Family Safety, resulting in a safer computing environment for children.”

While the activity reports sound like a great addition for engaging parents, is it really a substitute to filtering? Involving parents more directly in their child’s online activities is a worthy goal, but monitoring after the fact  creates a situation where parents are placed in a reactive mode, only learning about the potentially unsavory sites their children have visited after the damage is already done. Wouldn’t a combination of proactive monitoring via reports — along with some good, old-fashioned filtering a site blocking — be the best approach? Please post a comment and share your opinion!

BBB Urges Consumers: "Shred, Shred, Shred"

The Better Business Bureau reports that last year, more than 11.6 million adults became victims of identity fraud in the U.S., up 13 percent over 2010. Social networks and smart phones accounted for some of the uptick, but the organization says just following our old-fashioned “paper trail” is still a prime method for criminals to gather our personal information and commit fraud.

“Identity theft is a major issue in this country,” said Katherine Hutt, spokesperson at the Council of Better Business Bureaus, “and one of the easiest ways for criminals to steal your identity is to get a hold of tax forms, bank statements, credit card records, and Social Security statements. When you don’t need hard copies of this information any longer, the best thing is to shred it and dispose of it securely.”

For more information on BBB  “Secure Your ID Day” and identity theft prevention measures for both consumers and businesses, visit www.bbb.org/us/secure-your-id. San Diegans can also access additional information and resources at the Identity Theft Resource Center.

Make A Poster, Win A New iPad: SOeC 2012 Student Poster Contest Is Live

Cyber security Poster Contest 2012

Cyber security Poster Contest 2012

What is it?

The Securing Our eCity, Cyber security Poster Contest 2012 is a contest for 6th-12th grade students designed to help promote cyber security awareness and education throughout Southern California schools. We are offering students an opportunity to showcase their creative talents and submit posters that will be used in our local cyber security campaign throughout 2012-13. The topic categories to choose from for submission include:

  • Socializing Online
  • Sexting
  • Cyberbullying
  • Phishing
  • File Sharing/Piracy
  • Identity Theft

Grand Prize: Apple iPad

Entries must be submitted to Karen Barney at Karen@idtheftcenter.org no later than midnight, Friday, September 14, 2012. Voting will be conducted by a panel of judges from the Securing Our eCity Education and Awareness Workgroups. Finalists will be notified no later than Monday, October 1, 2012. Winners will be honored at the Securing Our eCity Cyber security Symposium and Awards to be held in October.


  • Grand Prize: Apple iPad
  • First Place Winners: (from middle & high school entries) iTouch & iTunes Gift Card
  • Second Place Winners: iTouch & iTunes Gift Card
  • Third Place Winners: iPod

The grand prize winner’s associated Parent/Teacher Organization will receive a $500 cash donation. In addition, each mentoring teacher of an award winning poster will receive a cash award. See Contest Details for particulars.

How to participate

Submit entries no later than Friday, September 14, 2012 to:

Karen Barney
Co-chair for Securing Our eCity Awareness Workgroup
858 444 3286


Poster Contest Sponsors


WHO: Girl Scouts of San Diego and Imperial County — sponsored by  the ESET Foundation, Securing Our eCity©, and National University©
WHAT: 2nd Annual San Diego Cyber Savvy Event for San Diego Girl Scouts
WHEN: Saturday, April 14, 2012, 8am -12:30pm
WHERE: National University, 3678 Aero Court, San Diego
WHY: As part of their 100 year anniversary this year, Girl Scouts of San Diego and Imperial County are helping guide our young ladies into the 21st century by becoming responsible, cyber-savvy leaders. 

Did you know?

  • Student between the ages of 8 and 18 spend an average  of 7 hours and 38 minutes daily using digital devices[i]
  • 600,000 Facebook accounts are compromised daily[ii]
  • 82% of all students are NOT taught about online safety related to social engineering and other scams[iii]

Please join Girl Scouts USA, the ESET Foundation Inc. , Securing Our eCity© , and National University©, on March 24, 2012, for this exciting hands-on experience designed to educate girls about how to use today’s amazing mobile and Web technologies without compromising their personal safety and security.


The half-day event will include hands-on technology experiences creating a fun and informative environment for learning about cyber safety, cyber security and cyber ethics educational events. It takes placed at National University, 3678 Aero Court, San Diego, CA, from 8am -12:30pm.

Space is limited!


SOeC TV: ESET Foundation’s Anton Zajac at Ciber Seguridad (Cyber Safety) Night in National City

Anton Zajac, president of the recently announced ESET Foundation, discusses the organization’s commitment to raising the awareness of cyberthreats, promoting safe digital neighborhoods among all peoples, in all countries, and in all languages.

His comments were captured during a groundbreaking bilingual cyber security education event that took place March 15, 2012 at the County Office of Education facility in National City, Calif. Sponsors included the ESET Foundation, Securing Our eCity, the San Diego County Office of Education, the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office and Radio Latina.


SOeC TV: Jesse Navarro & Randy Ward Discuss Ciber Seguridad (Cyber Safety) Night in National City

In this exclusive video, San Diego Superintendent of Schools Randy Ward and Jesse Navarro of the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office discuss the dual nature of the Internet — both as an important learning tool, and as a potential danger to society.


Their comments were captured during a groundbreaking bilingual cyber security education event that took place March 15, 2012 at the County Office of Education facility in National City. Sponsors also included the ESET Foundation, Securing Our eCity, and Radio Latina.

San Diego 7/39 TV News Coverage: "Safety Campaign Targets Latinos"

Story Posted By San Diego NBC Affiliate 7/39 News:

With a large Latino population county school officials hope to raise awareness about a growing issue. NBC 7’s Diana Guevara talks to a victim and his mother who hope noone else will have to face what they have. (CLICK HERE TO WATCH)

SOeC on Spanish TV

TV interview about tonight’s Latino cyber security event in National City: Bravo! http://ow.ly/1IVJmE