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  • With the abundance of emails that come through daily, it is easy to come across one that is a little “phishy”. Phishing is a technique used to fraudulently obtain usernames, passwords, credit card numbers, and other sensitive information.

     

    A fraudulent email tends to:

    • ask the recipient to open an attachment
    • have poor grammar or misspellings
    • request personal information
    • look legitimate, but come from an email address that is not.

     

    Phishing happens through emails and through websites. 

    A Phishy website might have:

    • photoshopped images
    • close but not exact company logos
    • pop-ups
    • have poor grammar and misspellings
    • have shortened URL

     

    Protecting our online privacy and security is essential, but it is also important to have conversations with students.  Some simple steps can be taken to not only protect your privacy online, but also your students by:

    • Set strict privacy settings on apps and websites
    • Teach your kids to consider the information they’re potentially giving away when engaging online.
    • Make sure they understand the basics of good online behavior
    • Remember there are some legal restrictions in place to help protect your kids’ consumer privacy and insure they are using age-appropriate websites.

     

    Most of our days are spent in some form or fashion online and as consumers and users of the online world, the understanding of privacy and security need to be at the forefront.

     

    Attached to this email you will find a one page printable flyer with great information for students, parents and teachers. Click here to view had interactive version of the same flyer with links and videos embedded.