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Avoiding online security breaches during a school year with online classes

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Posted at 4:37 PM, Jul 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-28 18:37:40-04

With cyberlearning becoming more popular these days, some might worry about keeping kids' personal information safe, when the new school year might include online classes. Some big things to remember are making sure parents know what apps their students are downloading.

Think about enabling permissions and make sure they are age-appropriate. Also, think about common phishing scams. The sender might be recognizable, but make sure to click on it to see if it's legitimate before clicking any link prompts.

It is also important to make sure you are keeping track of your electronics.

"You should probably, you should turn on tracking, so that you can find it if you lose it," said Larry Deniston, a cybersecurity expert. "Because nowadays our mobile devices have so much personal information. And, obviously, you also need to make sure that when your phone is locked. It requires a really heavy-duty ID to get back in. And then they should also be very careful about when they get text messages from people they don't know, it's just absolutely in like, I personally use an iPhone, one of the things in the new iOS. 14. It allows you to say, don't let the phone ring, if they're not in my contacts."

Another quick tip, more for when it comes time to sit down and learn, make sure your student gets rid of all distractions, like turning off their phones, closing out of non-essential apps and web pages.