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Five Facts to Help Keep Your Family Safe from the Risks of Pirated Content

Educating your children about the risks associated with pirated content will help keep your family’s home network secure and your sensitive information safe.

Here are five things to keep in mind.

1 – Kids may not yet understand that nothing valuable comes for free (or ridiculously cheap), and that includes television and film. Explain to them that if the price for content seems too good to be true, it is.

2 – One way that content pirates make money is by allowing cybercriminals to infect their customers with malware. And if your kids are accessing pirated content, they are at risk.

3 – Warn your kids that people who download or stream pirated content are much more likely to be victims of malware attacks than those who don’t.

4 – If just one of your kids’ devices gets infected with malware, all PCs and smart devices attached to your home network are vulnerable.

5 – It’s important to keep cybersecurity on kids’ devices up to date. But cyber criminals are often one step ahead of standard protections, so avoiding pirated content is always the best defense.

How to Keep Your Family Safe from Streaming Pirated Content

I think we can all agree that watching TV shows, movies, sports, even children’s programming is very different from how it was when we were kids, but have you ever thought about the potential risks associated with streaming illegal content?

Hi, I’m Leticia Barr, founder of Since 2008, I’ve shared technology, education, and parenting advice on TechSavvyMama and today I’ve partnered with to share how you and your family can stay safe when streaming favorite content.

When someone steals a car or a purse, it’s called theft. But when the item stolen is a movie, TV show, or sports broadcast, the offense is copyright infringement or what’s known as content piracy.

Pirates distribute illegal content across the world by taking advantage of the same technologies and systems that deliver legitimate content. We can stumble across pirated content when searching without even knowing. It’s so widespread you might have watched stolen content without knowing it, but it can put our families at risk.

Pirated content can be distributed through purchased  hardware, jailbroken streaming sticks, illegal streaming services, and file sharing websites and apps.

Our kids are accessing content for school. Then, in their downtime, they may be utilizing a myriad of online services. And they might not know that the content they’re accessing isn’t safe.

Studies have found that 1 in 3 sites that offer pirated content also deliver malware.

Almost half the people who stream pirated content report malware attacks. Malware can infect your device or network, putting your personal information at risk. It also has the potential to ruin your computer.

Another risk of downloading or streaming pirated content is identify theft. Criminals can use malware to infiltrate your computer and network to capture your valuable personal, medical, and financial information. 

Let’s be honest, we can’t watch our kids every second of every day. We want to be sure they’re not streaming content they’re not supposed to see.  We want them to be safe when online but telling them isn’t enough.

Fortunately, legitimate content distributors provide tools that help parents protect their kids from nefarious content and content distributors.

So, what can you do to keep your family safe from pirated content so they don’t put your family’s network and personal information at risk?

Here are 3 quick tips to keep your family streaming safely:

  1. Take some time to revisit parental control settings on your devices
  2. Ensure your malware and antivirus software is up to date
  3. Let your kids know it’s important for them to come to you when something doesn’t look right. Tell them they’re not in trouble and you appreciate knowing so you can keep them safe.

By knowing about pirated content and the risks, we can teach our kids to stay alert and be aware so everyone can stream safely.

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