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The „Safer Internet Day“

There are many dangers in the world wide web. That's why the initiative "Safer Internet Day" puts special emphasis on Internet security on 9 February 2016. A major goal is to show users ways to protect themselves against Trojans, viruses, phishing, worms and other security risks.

Security has always been a priority for AVM. This starts with the development of new products and regular FRITZ!OS updates and continues with our guides and tips that address online security topics. For example, FRITZ!Box users can learn how to protect their network from unauthorized access (by using multiple, encrypted passwords, for instance) in our security section.

Regular updates for additional security

The world is changing daily. The same applies for the digital world and all devices connected to it. The only way to protect yourself from new threats is by using latest solutions. These are provided for free by AVM on a regular basis in updates to its FRITZ!OS software. This helps to avoid potential threats.

To secure the home network, new updates should be performed as soon as possible. This is especially easy with the auto-update function of the FRITZ!Box, which installs the latest version automatically if you wish. This also works for other FRITZ! products like FRITZ!Powerline or FRITZ!WLAN Repeater.

Aside from security aspects, regular updates have another great advantage: You receive new features and optimized functions along with every new FRITZ!OS.

Protection for minors in the Internet

The parental controls feature in the FRITZ!Box allows you to specify when, how often and for how long your children may use the Internet. For this you can assign each user multiple devices, from a smartphone all the way to a PlayStation. Using the whitelist function you can also control which websites your children are allowed to access. These settings can also be defined individually for each smartphone and additional device. It's also possible to create a blacklist to block access to certain websites and applications.

Related links on this subject

The European Commission initiated the „Safer Internet Programme“ to protect children and teens in the Web.

Insafe is a network of Awareness Centers implementing the European Commission project to “empower citizens to use the internet, as well as other online technologies, positively, safely and effectively.”

INHOPE coordinates a network of Internet Hotlines all over the world, supporting them in responding to reports of illegal content to make the Internet safer.

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