These days it’s hard to imagine a modern family without all the gadgets and gizmos that fill our lives. Every member of the family has their own preferred device, whether it’s a smartphone, tablet, laptop or desktop. And that’s before you even get onto the smart TVs and consoles!
Without a doubt families are more connected digitally than ever before. AVG’s recent research indicates that most homes have an average of three or more Internet enabled devices.
All these tech gadgets can be a great way for your family to unwind, learn and stay in touch with their friends. However, the convenience that technology brings often can come with privacy implications.
Just how much information are your children willing to share in order to download that free game? How much information are you comfortable with your children sharing online?
AVG’s research shows that 58 percent of parents whose children use the Internet were uncomfortable with their children sharing personal information online in exchange for information or services.
Clearly there is a fine balance to be struck here between the rewards that technology can bring to all of our lives and the potential risks of exposing your personal details to strangers and companies.
That’s where AVG can help.
AVG has years of experience designing and developing tools to help individuals and families stay safe online.
I’ve recently written an eBook guide to help parents keep their families safe when using the Internet. Check it out on the AVG eBooks section: http://www.avg.com/ebooks/guide-for-parents
We understand that we all use the Internet in different ways, which is why we’ve developed a wide portfolio of products that offer different levels of protection depending on what you, the user, or your family needs.
PCs and laptops: More than just protection
AVG’s legacy is in securing computers against traditional malware, but today we offer so much more than that. Our PC security products offer everything from a basic level of protection, available as part of our FREE product, to advanced protection that includes AVG Real-Time Identity Theft Protection. But on top of protection, AVG has been hard at work developing powerful optimization tools to help keep computers running as good as new for longer.
We’ve introduced optimization tools such as AVG Accelerator, Faster Video Streaming and Quick Tune so that you can avoid the frustration of a slow, clunky PC and get on with being yourself.
We’ve also developed new security tools DataSafe and File Shredder so that your sensitive documents and files are stored or destroyed in a protected environment.
Mobiles and Tablets: Pocket Protection and Performance
While our foundation is in PC, we firmly believe mobiles to be our future. AVG firmly believes that mobiles are going to be the online device of choice in the future and they certainly seem to be the gadget of choice for kids these days!
That’s why we’ve focused on producing high quality security products for AndroidTM smartphones and tablets.
We’ve also developed a range of free tools to help Android users get the most out of their device:
- AVG TuneUp Utilities
- AVG Image Shrinker for Android
- AVG Cleaner for Android
- AVG Uninstaller for Android
As the AVG research has shown, people are wising up to the privacy implications that our digital lives can bring along and that looks set to continue as 69% of respondents believed that technology is going to get more invasive in years to come.
Invasive technology is not just a question of privacy but also physical presence. As we come to rely on technology for our daily needs, it becomes harder to draw a line about when it is welcome. Should we allow phones in movie theaters? Do you allow gadgets at your family meal time?
Ultimately, we each need to decide how much of our lives we turn over to technology and it’s no different with privacy.
It’s reassuring to see that, according to the research, 79% of people surveyed had stopped an app download because it was asking for access to something they didn’t want to give.
Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a single place where you could manage all your privacy settings and see at a glance what you are sharing with the world?
The good news is that there is! AVG PrivacyFix provides all of the information you need about your online privacy in an easy to understand dashboard. Configure your various social networks at the click of a button and know that you’re not sharing more than you’d care to.