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February 8th is Safer Internet Day. This annual event promotes safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones, especially amongst children and young people across the world. Internet safety is not a game. Do you know how to talk to your kids about online safety?
What’s special to us about this Safer Internet Day is that it comes almost exactly 25 years since the first computer virus emerged into the wild. From 1986 to 2011, the digital world–and the threats we face–have evolved with the speed of Moore’s law.
Think about the way the technology evolved since 1986 when a virus could only be spread by physically putting a 5.25-inch floppy disk into a PC that weighed as much a very healthy turkey. Today, the tiny computer/ smartphone you carry in your pocket is exponentially more powerful than those first PCs. Remember crossing your fingers as you tried to connect to the Internet through a modem? Today we go online wirelessly from almost anywhere, even at 30,000 feet in the air.
So, what do you think the next 25 years will bring? How will we use the Internet in 2036?
We’re inviting you to share your predictions for a chance to win an HP Pavilion dm1z series laptop protected by F-Secure Internet Security, AV-Comparatives Product of the Year for 2010. And you can enter to win up to three times.
Entry #1: In the comments of this post, answer the question: What do you think Internet will be like in 25 years? You can focus on the hardware or security or gaming or video any aspect of digital life in the future that interests you.
Entry #2: Make a video of your answer to the question “What do you think Internet will be like in 25 years?” Post the video on YouTube or any video sharing site then link to your video in an ADDITIONAL comment on this post. (We’ll be featuring some of these videos. If we use yours, we’ll give you a 1-year license to F-Secure Internet Security.)
Entry #3: Change your Facebook or Twitter profile image to a picture from 1986 (or as close as you can get) to commemorate Internet Safety and the anniversary of Brain. If you’re younger than 25, you can use a picture of your parents from 1986. Then let us know you did posting an ADDITIONAL comment on this post. You can link your profile or just post the words “Changed my profile picture.”
Read the rules and enter up to three times now. We can’t wait to hear what you have to say.
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