Over the decade’s technology has changed every facet of human life like
the way we learn, communicate, shop, bank, get news and be entertained.
Do you need to protect yourself from it to make life easier? Do you want to
remain safe online?
The current push towards E-Learning has thrown this arena wide-open the
virtual space to all and a set of tech savvy, smart and invisible group also
operates in the same space. They may be first time offenders or serious
intruders whom create insecurity for us.
The move to E-Learning due to the pandemic has given these
cybercriminals access to exploit the digital spaces used by schools. The fact
remains that virtual learning has abundant advantages but note must be
made of the flip side and adequate measures must be taken by all
participants to protect themselves from this cyber menace that is evolving
all the time.
- Sensitive data is acquired by misusing human emotions and getting
passwords, bank or credit card details.
- Sensitive data of the school or students is accessed without
- Sometimes you can be stopped from using your device or network.
- Computers act as accessory to a fraud like saving stolen data in a
- You need to protect your money and data so you don’t allow
unknown individuals to hold private and exclusive information in
exchange for money or other demands.
- Safety measures:
- Practice safe online behavior to avoid being compromised in
classroom or home.
- If you own any digital device like laptops, handsets, home fixtures
and Ipads it must be updated regularly, so it is critical for all teachers
to highlight this when integrating IoT devices into the classroom.
- Encode your information from attacker to prevent from being
accessed during transfer.
- Follow strict regulations as per school guidelines and alert your IT
unit for any concerns.
- Protect your devices by logging out when your tasks are completed
or you leave the classroom.
- Do not write passwords or your credentials where it can be easily
accessed by others.
- Cyber attackers can manipulate and harass children or teens and cause
harm both emotional and financial.
- Beware of being tricked to download malware that are hidden in apps or
- Hateful Ads is another risk that can spread bad messages or spam.
- Young children can be fooled through apps with Ads. Or take control
through manipulation and shaming.
- Personal information and credit history of children online can be taken.
- Children play online video games and become a target for phishing, scams,
viruses and harassment.
- Safety measures:
- Make sure your child knows to create strong password protection on their
device and never to share with anyone.
- Keep a watch on their own their online activity and teach what can be
- Safeguard Identity, personal information and location by disabling photo
geotags on their devices
Strictly not to share personal or school data.
- Use a safe WIFI at home that has encryption, strong password and
minimize outside access.
- Share only with genuine and know persons.
- Kids have these devices but do not fully understand the perils hence a
built-in parent monitored feature can be included as a precaution.
- Hateful online activity can harm students in many ways as spam or
malware more likely from home network as it spreads quickly.
- Identity and credit theft can happen if your Smartphone is not
protected. You can be lured through Facebook, WhatsApp with scams
to get personal data.
- Your webcam or camera can be remotely accessed.
- Safety measures:
- Protect your data with updated software.
- Have an authentic anti-virus or all-inclusive internal safeguards
installed. This will help you to scan, find and delete threats in
- Do not open your spam emails from unknown senders.
- Do not share any personal information over mobile or email unless
- If you get such calls just hang up.
- Do not visit website URLs indiscriminately.
- Be careful with online financial transactions.
- Know your bank transactions and updates call or visit the bank in
case something flags up.
In the present environment online activity has increased manifold. Be
aware, keep your virtual space secure and reap the benefits of the digital