Learn how we expose distinctive cybersecurity and known privacy threats that are associated with some of the most popular free kids’ apps out there today
There are easy-to-understand guidelines that parents, guardians, and educators can all use when screening mobile apps for viability against cybercrime. Ultimately, you’ll walk away with our true cybersecurity recommendations to deal with cyber threats and cybercrime tactics to safeguard your kids’, as well as adults’, privacy.
Hackers look for the weakest, or most vulnerable link, which in this case are kids.”
Cybercrime is a huge business and it’s easy. Sadly, children represent the next digital weak-link attackers are only too happy to exploit. The kids’ free app safety index can help parents make good decisions about which apps are safe for their kids to play.
To learn more about the methodology and full approach to ranking the top 20 most popular free apps for kids, download the full white paper. The Appendix includes a detailed description of the specific vulnerabilities that come with downloading these apps and from children unwittingly clicking the links and prompts within them.
These are the top 3 things you can do to keep your kids safe on free apps (and your data safe too):
Although parental controls don’t block everything inappropriate, they do block some things. More importantly, by requiring a parent’s password, parental controls prevent kids from downloading any other apps without your knowledge during gameplay. However, to make this control effective, it’s important that you use a password that your child doesn’t know (i.e. not the same one as you use to unlock the device, or for your home Wi-Fi). Also make sure you are actually reviewing the app permissions prior to allowing the download.
Before downloading an app, check the “developer notes” or “permissions” listed for that app in the Google Play Store. For iOS users, Apple requires developers to prompt for specific access and permission during the installation process (via pop-up prompts). Don’t hand the device back to your child until you install the app and open it to review all the permission prompts first.
Kids are especially vulnerable online, especially when using free apps. These vulnerabilities have not been widely analyzed and identified yet. As a result, app stores require common sense monitoring by the person who downloads the apps. By adding Rubica True CyberSecurity protection on all devices, families can protect their devices, Network, accounts, and most importantly their online identities.