Older kids and teenagers are often the victims of computer viruses and spyware. This is because they frequent sites that contain spyware or share computer viruses from computer to computer. So, if you have kids who share a computer with you, then it is highly possible that your computer is home to viruses and spyware.

To prevent further invasion and a possible computer crash, it is important to teach your children how to avoid attracting computer viruses and spyware.

1. Avoid peer-to-peer sharing. As human viruses are transmitted by person-to-person contact, computer viruses, are transmitted from computer to computer, often via p2p file-sharing. It is essential, therefore, to teach your kids not to use these programs. Peer-to-peer file-sharing softwares known to hold malicious contents are Kazaa and Grokster. If possible, get the paid versions of p2p file sharing softwares since they are virus, adware, and spyware-free.

2. Avoid entering lyrics and music sites. Many of these sites tend to insist that you download ActiveX control first before you can enter their websites. If you are going to think about it, ActiveX control has no relation to viewing music lyrics as they are just ordinary texts. To make matters worst, kids aren’t aware of the danger of downloading such programs from these sources; so spyware can easily penetrate and bring you inconvenience.

3. Don’t click on banners, advertisements, and popups from webpages. Often, viruses, adware, and spyware enter the computer because kids ask for it. The sad thing though is that kids are unaware that the things they do are the exact things that invite these malicious programs. What you should do is to tell them that they should never click on any banners, advertisements, and popups they see online.

4. Don’t download email attachments from an unknown sender. Kids are eager to open emails. But if they are from unknown senders, then they may contain viruses, spyware, or adware. Tell them never in any circumstances would they download attachments without your permission.

5. Give your kids limited computer accounts. Whether your kids have their own computer in their room or share one with you, keep their accounts “limited” so that you (administrator) have control over the things that can be done by your kids.

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