Cyber Security, Domestic / Marital Investigation

Back to School Online Safety Tips

back to school online safety

How to avoid falling victim to Malvertising and other cyber scams when shopping for mobile devices and personal computers for your kids before heading back to school.

Labor Day is right around the corner, which means it’s time to get the kids ready for the next school year. Experts caution that while shopping for a great sale on back-to-school supplies can be tempting, to use good judgement when purchasing marked-down tech. Be sure to follow a few online safety tips, before you click on that online pop-up ad for a $200 laptop.

  • If it sounds too-good-to-be-true it usually is. Online scammers are always evolving when it comes to obtaining your personal information. Watch out for ads on social media networks, like Facebook, which advertise a new Macbook laptop for $200. Once you click on the ad, a screen will prompt you to fill out some personal details. You could end up a victim of adware, downloading a virus or worse, giving out information that could be used for identity theft. If something seems suspiciously cheap, use the utmost caution or avoid the ad all together.

  • Install security software on all new devices. Add that extra layer of security on your family computers, mobile devices, gaming consoles etc with an Antivirus software with all the bells and whistles. When looking for a good software, be sure it includes ad blockers, anti-phishing, anti-malware features, firewalls, ransomware, script blockers, password managers and anti-theft applications. Make sure to install the software on every gadget, including all tech used by your younger children.

  • Teach your Child/Teen the importance of personal vigilance. Giving your teenager or child a mobile phone or a personal tablet/laptop is a big step in their independence. It’s a good practice to teach your children to take good care of the new (costly) gadget. Teach them to secure the devices when it is not in use is equally important as securing the data within.  Teach them to lock cables, use port blockers and how to properly lock the home screens when not in use.

  • Disable auto-run functions on Operating Systems. Malware can be stored, transported and then disseminated via USB Drives. If any household computer automatically runs the USB contents once plugged into the machine’s port, it can easily become a problem. Which is why it’s always best to disable auto-run function.

  • Set up a multi-factor authentication (MFA) login. The most widely used MFA is a two-factor authentication, requiring a pin and a pass-code or thumbprint to unlock the home screen.

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