I am honored that Annie and Rafeea asked me to get engaged with the organization even though I’m not a Mom, but instead, a concerned grandfather who works in South Florida doing community outreach. You all must be wondering, “What are they thinking?” to bring this guy aboard?
The answer is that I also work in IT Consulting and Tech Space. That has proliferated nearly everything we do online from mobile phones, tablets, and computers. If you know anything about what it has been like the past twenty months to work from home primarily, then you understand why it is so critical to protect our kids and family from Cybercrime.
My plan over the coming weeks and months is to help provide “Best Practices” without too much technical jargon when it comes to providing tips on “Do’s” and “Don’ts” on how we should be monitoring your children’s activities. We have seen dramatic increases in things like Email Phishing, Click Bait on Social Media, Scam Telephone Calls, what could be even worse, requests from Ransomware for you to pay to get your data back.
Even though I primarily deal with Businesses, Schools, and Nonprofit organizations, we need to take back the training to our homes that we also provide to companies so that we are “safe” anywhere we communicate.
Unfortunately, another quite unpleasant topic that has gotten a significant amount of press and exposure during the Pandemic is “Human Trafficking,” as Florida ranks third in the United States in cases that are actually reported, and we suspect many are not. Sorry to bring up such an uncomfortable topic, but this undoubtedly needs to be addressed in every home where children thrive so they do not fall into this trap. Much of the criminal element does its “recruiting” via Online Scams trying to induce our youngsters to join their club. It is being done to have the child join and promise to be treated to fun trips, expensive meals, and a luxurious lifestyle, but that turns out to be not the case virtually every time.
As I wind down this initial blog post, I’ll leave you with these quick tips to help you get started on the path on protecting your family from the “Bad Guys” and #besafe:
- Please use a different Password for every Account that you log in to so that your Facebook Account has a different Password from your Bank Account so Hackers cannot steal your Data.
Please make your Password a “Passphrase” as shown below. PLEASE DO NOT USE THESE AS YOUR PASSPHRASE! Examples of a Strong Password, Passphrase, and PIN
- Password: a!Phab3T$00p$p00ns (the word alphabet with other characters)
- Passphrase: supermanismyHero OR FunnyGlassOrange
- PIN: 689174
I certainly welcome your feedback and comments on my Blog and look forward to working with Broward Mom Collective to help provide Cybersecurity skills for our parents in the Community. I am here to bring awareness back to a topic that quickly gets forgotten after #humantraffickingawarenessmonth for good, and bring you valuable and insightful information to use everyday of your life to help your family stay safe and #becybersmart.
Glen is an award-winning Cybersecurity, Cloud, Compliance, Business Continuity and Mobility-IoT Solutions Business Development Professional with proven ability to successfully deliver End-to-End Solutions. Accomplished in consultative sales and adept at closing critical deals involving leading-edge technologies to key decision-makers. As businesses have evolved during the COVID-19 pandemic, he stepped into his new role as a Producer, Director and Project Manager helping Nonprofits create and run Virtual Fundraisers using multiple platforms (Zoom, Remo, SwapCard, Teams et. al.) to generate donations and revenue for clients during these times of uncertainty.
Glen is known as Mr. Techie, a sports junkie and a super loveable grandfather. He enjoys spending quality time with his family and granddaughter in his personal time. Glen is a Miami Dolphins Fan and what we like to call a volunteer fanatic. He serves on several organizations in South Florida, to name a few, such as a Board Member of The South Florida Tech Hub, Academic Advisor with the Dan Marino Foundation, and Superhero Leadership Academy. He is also involved with the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber as a Board Member with the Women’s Council Nonprofit Community Outreach and Membership Council, Hollywood Chamber’s Chair of the Tech Council along with Diversity and Inclusion Council and proud to be a contributor for Bridge2Life Broward, which helps High Schoolers with Career Pathing and Higher Education Training. His energy and willingness to serve our community are priceless!
Feel free to reach out and connect with Glen at:
Email: [email protected]
Twitter and Skype: @glenbenjamin