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Helpful Tips on how to be Cyber S-M-A-R-T
Helen Setsikas

As we navigate through a new and disruptive normal with at-home learning and at-home working, cyber criminals are counting on us to let our guards down. The COVID-19 pandemic has given life to cyber criminal organizations working extra hard to infiltrate and steal sensitive and personal information from people and establishments globally. They know that more and more people are learning and working remotely, which is creating new opportunities to penetrate home based networks that are not fully secured. Practicing good cyber safety habits has never been as important as it is right now, and we must be extra vigilant to make it even harder for cyber criminals.

Fake COVID-19 information and attacks have gone up over 800% with most of them stemming in the form of email phishing attacks, fake websites, and spoofing to trick you into providing personal information.

Here are some cyber safety tips that can help prepare and prevent you from being a victim to a cybercrime.

Cyber Safety Tip #1:
Use a strong password or passphrase!

Cyber Safety Tip #2:
Use a unique password for each of your individual apps or sites you regularly log-in to.

Cyber Safety Tip #3:          
Change your home Wi-Fi password at least every 3 months.

Cyber Safety Tip #4:          
Pause and think before you click!  Go directly to the website or via search.

Cyber Safety Tip #5:          
Look for the signs of a scam or fraud!

Cyber Safety Tip #6:          
Update your operating system!

Cyber Safety Tips #7 - #8:  
Use End-Point Protection and Multi-Factor Authentication!

Cyber Safety Tip #9:                      
Review your privacy settings on your social media apps to ensure they are secure!

Cyber Safety Tip #10:                     
Never share your passwords or personal information!

Cyber Safety Tip #11:                    
Lock your devices when not in-use and logout of your applications!

Cyber Safety Tip #12:                     
Follow tips 1-11 regularly!

Southridge Parent Portal Resources

IT Support and Expectations (JS)
Tips for Successful At-Home Learning (SS)
Student Network Acceptable Use Policy

Government of Canada Resources:

Get Cyber Safe Resources
Common Threats
Digital Citizenship

Together, "Let’s be Cyber S-M-A-R-T" (Safe-Mindful-Alert-Responsible-Together) and make at-home environments as secure as possible.

Submitted by Helen Setsikas, Information Technology