Undoubtedly, digital has changed almost every aspect of our lives for the better (or at least I hope so). For us in education, our reliance on the services provided by the ‘binary code’ is getting bigger and bigger and the current epidemic has increased it to an unprecedented rate.
Online, mixed and other digital based learning has become virtually the norm and more and more of our students are coming to the net for daily activities which in recent times have been to save brick and mortar classrooms. However, the world of digitality is also full of dangers and challenges that we must be aware of to navigate safely.
In today’s post, I am sharing with you this handy visual with some practical online safety tips that I have compiled. Google Safety Center And Scamwatch. It aims to help create awareness among teachers and students about the issue of online safety and provide teachers (and parents) with an easy-to-use resource in the classroom with their students. You can print and use visual (free) with your students in class. If you have other suggestions or tips, please share them with us on EHTML’s social media profile.
1- Common scam methods
Scammers use personal or financial information such as bank details, passwords, etc.
Scammers try to gain access to your personal or financial information by taking advantage of security vulnerabilities on your network, computer or network.
Scammers can use malware that is a program or software designed to damage your device, gain access to your files, and track your digital activities.
Ransomware is malware that blocks access to one’s device and demands payment to unblock it.
Scammers gain access to your data through ‘accidental data breaches of business or government accounts’.
2- Do’s and don’ts of online security
- Run an online search to verify the sender’s identity
- Use strong passwords and enable two-step verification whenever possible
- Double check the URL by walking over the link or long pressing the text on the mobile
- Make sure the URL starts with “https”. When the URLs are secure, a gray, completely locked icon will appear in the Chrome browser.
- Use Chrome or Google Drive to open suspicious documents and PDF attachments.
- You keep up-to-date software on services like Chrome to access the latest security features and fixes.
- Be careful what you share on social media websites
- Do not click on suspicious links.
- Do not open suspicious emails and do not reply to them.
- Do not use the same password for all your accounts.
- Do not share personal or financial information on public computers or Wi-Fi hotspots.
- Do not grant restricted app access to your personal data.
- Do not keep your device screen unlocked. Activate automatic screen lock.