"Treat your password like your toothbrush. Don't let anyone else use it and get a new one every six months." - Clifford Stoil
Just as with everything else in life, we can’t eliminate every possible risk associated with technology, but by using common sense and taking reasonable precautions we can greatly reduce our risk. Security risks are a problem, but the benefits of today’s technology are life-changing. It is important to think about what you and your kids can do to reduce risk, protect yourselves, and learn how to recover if something does go wrong.
The top online scam today is Phishing. Internet thieves prey on unsuspecting users by sending out phishing emails. In these emails, a cybercriminal tries to trick you into believing you are logging into a trusted website that you normally do business with. This could be a bank, your social media account, an online shopping website, shipping companies, cloud storage companies and more.
Can you tell if it's fake? Test yourself with Google's Phishing Quiz.
- "The Bare Minimum You Should Do" - 13 steps to protect your family and increase online security
- "A Complete Guide to Potentially Dangerous Apps" - 12 social media apps every parent should be aware of
- "Parents Guide to Cyber Security" - a detailed, in-depth resource
- "Privacy and Internet Safety" - a collection of resources from Common Sense Media
Barrow County School System proactively works to ensure that student information remains safe. Here are some of the steps we take:
- BCSS enforces strong passwords for all students and staff.
- BCSS uses single sign-on protocols for approved software vendors.
- All vendors are compliant with state and federal student data privacy laws.
- BCSS uses filtering software to protect students from accessing inappropriate sites.
The Barrow County School System is evaluating the use of a system called "Bark" to monitor our student's interactions on their school-issued Google Accounts.
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