Leading Internet Safety Expert Teaches Rules of the Road for Families to Protect Themselves Online

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New book provides simple steps to help families avoid the risks on the Internet

You may not even realize that the information you reveal online is exposing you to potential dangers. But seemingly harmless information, such as your favorite book, your age, the color of your eyes, and a simple fact such as your name assists predators in finding the key information they need to impersonate you, steal from you, or initiate a relationship with you.

As more families use the Internet, parents are increasingly concerned about protecting their children -- and themselves -- from people eager to do them harm. Worse yet, they're not even sure how to keep from becoming victims. "Look Both Ways: Help Protect Your Family on the Internet," new book written by Linda Criddle, an internationally recognized advisor on online safety, teaches the simple steps families can take to help identify and avoid Internet dangers and enjoy their time online.

"The Internet did not create criminals, it just gives them a new opportunity," said Criddle. "You may not even realize that the information you reveal online is exposing you to potential dangers. But seemingly harmless information, such as your favorite book, your age, the color of your eyes, and a simple fact such as your name assists predators in finding the key information they need to impersonate you, steal from you, or initiate a relationship with you."

Through her consulting company, Look Both Ways Online Safety Consulting, Criddle provides expertise for companies, consumers, law enforcement agencies and governments. Prior to establishing her own company, Linda spent 13-years with Microsoft Corp. where she was the senior product manager for child and personal safety for MSN® & Windows Live.

In "Look Both Ways," Criddle uses real-life examples to teach families how to be safe while still enjoying all that the Internet has to offer:

•What you should never reveal about yourself online;

•How to protect your children from cyber predators, and how to spot telltale signs that might indicate your child is becoming a victim of predatory behavior;

•How predators can find out where you live even if you have not posted your address online and what you need to know to protect your home;

•How to date safely online;

•How to spot financial scams;

•What you need to know about your mobile phone, and the specific dangers and guidelines for safe mobile computing;

•How to reduce your vulnerability when blogging and instant messaging, and much more.

"Just as your parents taught you to look both ways before crossing the street, you now need to learn the rules of the new road for protecting you and your family online," Criddle said. "This book is a must-read for everyone who uses the Internet, because without the knowledge and the right tools, users of all ages are at risk."

"Look Both Ways: Help Protect Your Family on the Internet" by Linda Criddle (ISBN: 978-0-7356-2347-7, published by Microsoft Press) is available now for $14.99 (U.S. suggested retail price).

This is not a Microsoft sponsored press release.

About Linda Criddle

Online child safety expert Linda Criddle has her own consulting company, Look Both Ways Online Safety Consulting. She provides expertise for companies, consumers, law enforcement agencies and governments. Prior to establishing her own company, Linda spent 13-years with Microsoft Corp. where she was the Senior Product Manager for Child & Personal Safety for MSN® & Windows Live. Criddle participated in Microsoft-wide child safety planning, and identified emerging risks to adults and children on the Internet. Criddle lectures and advises on Internet child safety risks around the world, speaking at conferences, universities, school districts, parent groups and to teens as well as law enforcement. She is available for radio and television interviews and speaking engagements. Criddle is an active mother of four and lives in the Seattle area.

http://www.look-both-ways.com

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