Cybersecurity is becoming an increasingly important topic in education because the risk of cyberattacks is continually rising. Students and teachers need to be aware that they might be motivated to share passwords or be interrogated through social media. Students can also fall prey to phishing scams, new viruses, and other hacking techniques.
What are the Best Practices for Safe Online Study?
The easiest way for something to go wrong online is by falling for false ads, letting someone take control of your computer without your knowledge, or by sending private information like passwords over email to them. Remember, no question is too small! If you get something strange in the mail or email, ask your parents or any adult before opening it.
Challenging Misconceptions and Implementing Best Practices
It is common to feel overloaded and unprepared when it comes to cybersecurity. There is no one-step rule, and everyone needs to take baby steps to better protect themselves. Things like setting up strong passwords, not giving personal/confidential information out, not clicking on links in emails or text messages otherwise you may compromise your practice data and thus, overall institution information (including records).
Is Your School a Target?
You should avoid selling university mess passwords
If a search tool on your school’s website returns too many results, directly enter the term you are looking for into Google because there may be a backdoor search function
Key data theft:
Names and addresses of staff and pupils
Staff bank accounts and/or pension details
DDoS Attacks in Education are Common
1 in 9 educational institutes has suffered a DDoS attack
Have a backup plan in case of attacks on servers
Set up a security wall around your network to stop the hackers
Schools need proactive protection by installing a firewall to prevent unauthorized connections, strong antivirus protections, and maintaining updated systems. Lastly, information should not be shared outside of the school like on Facebook or Twitter without knowing details about each contact first.
Information About Protecting Your Device Through Your Education
Almost everyone has a computer these days and online education tools, such as those administered by professional courses, are becoming more and more prevalent. With so much of academic life occurring on a device such as the personal phone or laptop; students need to be aware of cybersecurity threats posed by the internet and mobile devices. Educators should consider discussing this subject in their courses to provide context for assignments and class discussions.
Education is one of the oldest and most important human institutions. It is a very vulnerable service because it is only based on a network. Every single device connects to it, whether it’s just by putting the school Internet on your personal computer or laptop or by connecting directly through the Internet.
The best thing educators can do is remind students not to access sites that teachers don’t know about, not send sensitive information to others, and stay away from third-party applications distributed over emails.