01/11/2011 04:01 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Keeping Your Parents Safe Online

As the year comes to a close, I see many compiling lists of tips and ideas on how you and yours can stay safe online. Earlier this month Cisco held a Security Education Event, "Protecting You, Protecting Cisco," for its global employee base. The event followed-the-sun, so as to reach all of our employees during their regular work day and included some pre-recorded virtual components. The feedback was uniformly positive and the participation numbers excellent. We reached colleagues in all regions of the world. In addition to the corporate security data points, this year we opted to include a piece for families to use. Therefore, I'm opting to share a short video which I prepared for my colleagues at Cisco with you, so that you too can help "Keep Your Parents Safe Online."

In this video, I discuss three familiar topics:

· Friends: Have your parents only accept friendship requests from those they know in person. You can help them by co-monitoring all requests to "be friends," prior to acceptance.
· Pictures: When do pictures provide too much info? (See: Grandparents Day. Celebrate Your Grandchildren Online, Safely!, in which I discuss tagging and captioning concerns.)
· Phish: I speak on the topic of "phishing" and give an example of an effort of an individual trying to get a recipient to "click through."

Please enjoy the video. As always, I welcome your comments.