I’m participating in Trend Micro’s Digital Joneses Study, a year-long project that brings together bloggers and their families to “examine issues affecting individual members of a modern, digitally-connected household.”
The Internet security provider hopes to educate families on how to maximize all the good things of the Internet, while keeping the household safe from online threats.
I don’t often participate in blogger engagement programs, but this one seemed especially interesting and relevant to my family situation. We are a highly-connected digital household with two parents and two young children.
I’m certainly not not paranoid nor conservative in embracing the Internet for work and personal life. However, I believe security has failed to keep up with the Internet, which is now ubiquitous. Let’s be honest: ubiquity includes lots of good as well as scum.
Some areas of great concern for my family include:
- Digital hackers, thieves and vandals (who’ve attacked this site in recent months)
- Inappropriate content for young children
- Ignorance or lapse of judgment in living out best security practices
- Practicality of changing passwords regularly (i.e., monthly) when you have to keep track of several dozen of them to access core online services
- Software and mobile app developers that nonchalantly access and capitalize on people’s personal data, thanks to fuzzy expectations, weak disclosures and unchartered legal territory
Our first Digital Joneses project was a digital security IQ test, of which I scored 14 out of 16. The four questions I missed, presuming they truly are valid security topics, indicate there’s a ton I don’t know. I hope to learn more in the program.
Disclosure: The Digital Joneses Study will occasionally include loaned gadgets and other assets. So far, this includes an Asus ultrabook (which is an awesome machine, despite Windows 7) and a family license for Trend Micro’s Titanium Internet security software.