Undoubtedly, digitality has radically transformed almost every facet of our life for the better (or at least that is what I hope is the case). For us in education, our dependence on the services provided the ‘binary codes’ is growing bigger and bigger and the current pandemic has even accelerated it to unprecedented rates.
1- Common scam methods
Scammers trick you to hand over personal or financial information such as bank details, passwords, etc.
Scammers try to get access to your personal or financial information by exploiting security weakness on your network, computer or network.
Scammers can use malware which is a program or software designed to damage your device, get access to your files, and track your digital activities.
Ransomware is a malware that blocks access to one’s device and demands payment to unblock it.
E- Data breaches
Scammers get access to your data through ‘accidental data breaches of business or government accounts’.
2- Do’s and Dont’s of online safety
- Run an online search to verify the identity of the sender
- Use strong passwords and activate two-step verification whenever possible
- Double-check the URL by hovering over the link or by long-pressing the text on mobile
- Make sure the URL starts with “https.” A grey, fully locked icon will appear in Chrome browser when URLs are secure.
- Use Chrome or Google Drive to open suspicious documents and PDF attachments.
- Maintain up-to-date software on the services you use such as Chrome in order to access the latest security features and fixes.
- Be careful about what you share on social media websites
- Don’t click on suspicious links.
- Don’t open suspicious emails and don’t reply to them.
- Don’t use the same password for all your accounts.
- Don’t share personal or financial information on public computers or Wi-Fi hotspots.
- Don’t provide unrestricted app access to your personal data.
- Don’t leave the screen of your device unlocked. Activate automatic screen lock.