Okay, so according to LifeHacker, Microsoft has released an on-line book about internet safety and security aimed at kids and teens. It’s called “Own Your Space – Keep Yourself and Your Stuff Safe Online“. No, seriously. They describe it as a way to “…[h]elp teens ‘own their space’ online.” Apparently, also meant for adults to help their “tweens” and teens “… keep up with the latest computer and online safety issues and help kids learn to avoid them.” The book was written in “partnership” with security expert and author Linda McCarthy, who I honestly have never heard of before.
So, it’s hard to argue with the alleged intent behind this free, downloadable book, but I’m wary of anything from Microsoft that claims to be related to “security”. On the other hand, what little I actually saw of the book was okay and had fun illustrations, so it may not be all bad. I mean, at least it’s a starting point for parents to talk to their kids about on-line safety and security. But, Microsoft has a long way to go to make up for Internet Explorer and holes it created in so many systems over the years.
In any case, it’s a fun looking book and you’re obviously not doing anything important or you wouldn’t be here reading my blog this Friday, so why not check it out for yourself?