Keep your data secure

It’s important to teach your family good online safety habits so that they can stay safe as they explore and use the web. Our expert partners have come up with a few simple tips to help you and your family do just that.

Advice from our partners

NetSafe

The online environment is constantly changing so make sure you’re keeping up to date – with your software, your passwords and the latest risks. You can learn the basics of computer security at NetBasics.

Follow these simple steps.

  • Install and security software and firewall on your computer
  • Keep all software up to date.
  • Use strong passwords and change them regularly. It sounds obvious, but remind your children not to give out their online passwords and not to click on “remember me” settings on public computers, like at school or at the library.
  • Think before you click on or accept email or web offers – if it looks too good to be true it probably is!

When you set up a password-protected account on your home computer for a young child, remember they may need help understanding the function of a password and how to manage one effectively. Remembering a strong password is an important step and parents can encourage this at home with this fun Password Activity.

Encourage your child to learn more about computer security by watching the episode and music video on this topic in the Hector’s World® Episode Theatre. Young children can be active in their own defence, and in the defence of others, if we empower them with the knowledge and skills they need.

Google has a large number of initiatives to help keep you and your computer secure.

  • In conjunction with StopBadware.org, Google place warnings in the search results for websites that our testing has determined to host or distribute badware. If you search for a site that Google has determined to be potentially dangerous, you will see a warning in the search results.
  • Google offers all New Zealanders a free collection of software (Google Pack), which contains third party antivirus tools, to detect and remove viruses, worms, spyware, adware, trojans and keyloggers.
  • Gmail users enjoy sophisticated anti-virus scanning, as well as well-recognised and innovative spam filters and anti-phishing measures.

Safety tools

Discover the Top 5 Google safety features designed to help you keep your family safe online.

Google Play

Use Parental controls to filter apps by content rating

You can use Parental controls to restrict the content that can be downloaded or purchased on Google Play. This helps you find appropriate content for you and your family.

Learn more

Open the Play Store app on your device.

In the top-left corner, tap the Menu icon.

Tap Settings.

Tap Parental controls.

Turn Parental controls On.

Create a PIN.

Touch Apps & Games.

Choose the maturity level.

YouTube

Set a filter to keep inappropriate content out

If you’d prefer not to see mature or age-restricted content as you browse YouTube, scroll to the bottom of any YouTube page and enable Safety Mode. Safety Mode helps filter out potentially objectionable content from search, related videos, playlists, shows and films.

Learn more

Scroll to the bottom of any YouTube page and click the drop-down menu in the “Safety” section.

Select the On or Off option to enable or disable Safety Mode.

To lock this setting, sign in to your Google Account.

Once you've signed in, you will have the option to lock this setting.

Chrome

Control what your family sees on the Web

If you want to control which sites your family can visit on the Internet, you can use Supervised Users in Google Chrome. With Supervised Users you can see the pages your user has visited and block the sites that you don't want your user to see.

Learn more

To set up a supervised user on your Chromebook, start on the main sign-in screen and click Add user.

On the right-hand side of the screen, select Create a supervised user.

Click Create a supervised user.

Log in to the account that will manage the supervised user and click Next.

Select a username, password and picture for the supervised user. Click Next.

Android

Limit access to just approved apps and games

Want to share your tablet without sharing all your stuff? On Android tablets running 4.3 and higher, you can create restricted profiles that limit the access that other users have to features and content on your tablet.

Learn more

If you’re the tablet owner, touch Settings → Users → Add user or profile.

Touch Restricted profile → New profile, then name the profile.

Use the ON/OFF switches and settings to manage access to features, settings and apps.

Press the Power button to return to the lock screen, then touch the new profile icon.

Once it's all set up, the Home screen is empty. Touch the All Apps icon to get started with the new profile.

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