Cyber Security – Back To School Edition

Back to school is here and we start to see more children using technology for their assignments/homework.
We also see parents posting pictures of their children with back to school chalkboards.
We’re here to remind that anything can be used as personal data to hack into your information!

Back To School Pictures

September is that time where users can sign in to social media platforms and see those adorable back to school pictures that parents post. Posting pictures of the chalkboards with the child’s school, favorite things, grade, etc. Seems harmless, right? Not for hackers it isn’t. Malicious attacks can happen to your personal accounts just by posting a picture on social media.
Based off of this picture, hackers can see what your child’s name is, school, and sometimes favorite color. Based off of this, sometimes it can trace back to your password hints. Try to keep all personal information sacred and not posting the detailed chalkboards on social media.

Keep it personal to family/friends and try to keep it simple for social media. Be very mindful of what you post on social media. Don’t post any personal information that you don’t want someone using for a cyber attack.

DON’T!

DO!

Homework On Personal Computer

Now that the school year is starting, so will all the homework assignments that children will have to complete through different websites. One thing can lead to another and they can click on a link that can lead to a malicious attack happening. Be cautious on what your child is doing online! Clicking bad links can lead to your personal information on your PC to be accessed.

Clicking on a suspicious link is dangerous:
Information is sent.
Malicious software can be launched.
Your location can be determined.

If you don’t completely trust the site, don’t let it install or launch anything on it. Always make sure you have your firewall activated and monitor your child while using websites to make sure they don’t accidentally click on a link that would cause an attack.

Make sure you also familiarize yourself with all the websites your child needs to complete their assignments. If you’re able to navigate yourself through the website, you can help your child just steer towards where they need to go. This will help ensure that no extra links are being clicked on within the website so there won’t be any risks of malicious attacks.

Password Protection

Assignments being scheduled online and children having to login to specific website, this is a cause for them to have access to passwords. With passwords being such a big secret, children might not understand how important it is to protect data as much as we do. Creating a password can get tricky, but do not make it the same password as all your personal information!

A few tips on password protection:
 Do not use easy-to-guess passwords.
 “Complex passwords” are nice, “Cognitive Passwords” are better.
 Do not use the same password iterations.
 Never use the same password for all of your accounts.
 Do not use the same password at work that you use at home. Keep work and home separate.
 Do not give child password on paper. Could lose it and get into the wrong hands.
 Do not store passwords on documents online!

Make Use Of Parental Controls & Privacy Settings

Parental controls and privacy settings help you keep your child safe from cyberbullying and online predators by allowing you to establish boundaries around which sites your child can access, the amount of information they can share online, and the amount of time they can spend online outside of school. Don’t just configure the settings; explain the importance of them to your children. This is a great opportunity to shift into a larger discussion of online safety.

Make Sure Software & Devices Are Up-To-Date

Having updated software and devices allows important security settings to remain active within your device. Don’t keep pushing it off! That extra added protection will allow your children to have no issues and continue to stay secured.

Beware Of Phishing Scams

Monitoring your children’s school emails are important when it comes to cyber security.  Clicking on suspicious links and replying back to suspicious emails can lead to malicious attacks and causing personal data to be accessed. Talk to your child about the importance of emails and not clicking links they see unless approved by someone.

Avoid all suspicious emails!

Start off the school year right with these important tips to keeping your information safe!