3 Common Cyber Security Issues for Virtual Learning (and how to prevent them)

With Virtual learning and online resources being a vital part of learning in 2020, Cyber security and good internet hygiene have never been more important. From zoom bombing to keeping student’s safe on the internet, here are 3 common cybersecurity and internet safety issues and what you can do to prevent them.

1: Zoom Bombing

“Zoom Bombing” refers to a common situation where unknown users join a virtual meeting and perform disruptive or inappropriate behaviors. To prevent this from happening, many teachers do not allow for direct entry into meeting rooms. Instead, they carefully allow students in one by one, and take care not to allow anyone who is not on the roster into their classroom. Another option is to make sure that all cameras are off, and microphones are muted for participants who are entering the room. These settings can always be adjusted during the meeting.

2: Account hacking/ security breach

While this certainly isn’t a new issue or concern, phishing and malware attacks are at an all time high. And with so many people working from home, schools and organizations have never been more vulnerable. While there is a lot of concerns about cybersecuiry, there are a few simple things you can do to protect yourself. For starters, only respond to or click links from email addresses you know and trust. Next, be sure to keep your device updated and change your passwords frequently. Additionally, be sure that you are using safe connections for Wifi, and always utilize a VPN if you have access to one.

3: Inappropriate/ harmful content

The internet can be an amazing resource where people learn new things and share ideas that make the world better. However, it is no secret that some content or communities on the internet are simply not appropriate or may be harmful for students who are exposed to it. In order to make sure students stay safe on the internet, using a classroom management tool like GoGuardian can not only allow teachers to prevent students from accessing harmful content, but can also alert them if a student may be at risk.

Sources: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/07/style/zoom-security-tips.html

https://www.csoonline.com/article/3310068/basic-cyber-hygiene-practices-that-go-a-long-way.html

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