Privacy Advocates Launch "Net Safety Tips" App With Support from Google, Verizon

Feel like you need an app just to protect yourself from your other apps? Yes, now, in today's crowded marketplace, there's an app, even for that. Introducing the "Net Safety Tips On The Go" (Net Safety Tips OTG) app, the first-ever digital safety and security advice app, as brought to you by the Internet Education Foundation (IEF). Now that you know there's an app for that, what can it do for you?

Feel like you need an app just to protect yourself from your other apps? Yes, now, in today’s crowded marketplace, there’s an app, even for that. Introducing the “Net Safety Tips On The Go” (Net Safety Tips OTG) app, the first-ever digital safety and security advice app, as brought to you by the Internet Education Foundation (IEF). Now that you know there’s an app for that, what can it do for you?

The app, developed with support from Google and Verizon, delivers advice in the form of one tip at a time to help users use the Internet and their smartphones safely, according to the IEF.

“Everything is going mobile, and now we have put crucial online safety and security education in the hands of anyone with an Android phone or tablet,” said Tim Lordan, IEF Executive Director.

An early review of the app shows the tips offer information on everything from mobile privacy and security, to searching and surfing the Web safely, protecting yourself from cyberbullying and hackers, avoiding identity theft and protecting your online financial information.

Users can choose the frequency of the tips they receive, from once a day to once a week, “ping” tips to their friends and family through email or save the tip on their phone to view later.

“Mobile broadband technology provides limitless opportunities for fun, education and entertainment for everyone,” Rose Kirk,Verizon Foundation president, said in a statement announcing the app. “To make the most of these opportunities, families need to feel comfortable online.”

The content behind the app’s advice comes, for now, from online safety education organizations like Common Sense Media, ConnectSafely.org, OnGuardOnline.gov, and GetNetWise.org, with other leading online safety, security and privacy organizations expected to be added soon.

Net Safety Tips OTG is available now as a free download from the Android Marketâ„¢ and is featured in the Verizon tab of the Android Marketâ„¢ on Verizon Wireless smartphones.