How is Your Security with Remote Learning

Have your thought about your personal security with remote learning

Security is always a big concern in the world of online education, and it’s heightened now with most of the nation’s schoolchildren are doing some form of online schooling.

FBI released a public service announcement stating anticipation that “cyber actors will exploit increased use of virtual environments” as a result of COVID-19. This includes the schools and the personal security of remote learning student/families.

Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) generally requires websites and online services to get consent from parents before collecting personal information from kids younger than 13. The Federal Trade Commission, the nation’s consumer protection agency, enforces the COPPA Rule, which outlines what operators of websites and online services must do to protect the privacy and safety online for children under 13 years old.

Basic Security Tips for Parents

Check and configure security and privacy setting

Remember to update, simple defense against online threats

Passwords: maybe a pass “phrase”, assure it has characters, change regular basis — include routers and all smart devices

Separate networks can enhance security. Especially if parents work involves sensitive data.

Limited access/Parent controls – restrictions on permission to install and run software applications, maybe set up different user accounts on a shared device.

Basic Security Tips for Students

Check before you click on a download. Downloads may contain a virus and lock your computer up or worst.

Do NOT click on links in emails and text messages from people you don’t know — could be “phishing” technique

Do NOT share your passwords, only student and parent should know them.

Make passwords long and strong, use a pass”phrase” that includes characters. Don’t forget to change it regularly

NEVER share your personal information — name, address, phone number, birthday, social security number, username, passwords

No sharing your computer

It is our responsibility to safeguard our children from cybersecurity risk. Cybersafety should always be a priority and awareness is the first step. Take a minute to go over your personal security with remote learning.

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