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Virtual Learning: Cyber Safety Checklist

Avoid Zoombombing and maintain control of the online class! Teachers who host Zoom Meetings should set meeting controls before class begins:

  • Lock the meeting after all have joined 
  • Disable “Join before host” so students can’t join a meeting before you start it
  • Do not share meeting invite publicly
  • Force all new participants joining a meeting to enter the Waiting Room (where you can admit them on an individual basis) 
  • Restrict participants’ ability to: 
    • Share their screens 
    • Chat in a meeting 
    • Rename themselves 
    • Annotate on the host’s shared content 
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Students: Use your school issued email address for school related activities only! 

  • Using a school issued email address for outside activities (social media, online gaming, etc.) will put your school account at risk when those third party sites are breached! This risk is significantly elevated when passwords are reused. This is what cyber criminals are expecting you to do! (Never reuse the same password across multiple sits)
  • Schools can run a scan of their domain here to see what email accounts have been compromised in third party data breaches (findings will be redacted):

Teachers & Students: Update your software!

  • Unpatched or outdated operating systems are full of vulnerabilities and deficiencies. Make sure all apps, browsers (Firefox, Chrome, etc.) and operating systems (Microsoft Windows, Apple iOS, Android, Etc.) are fully patched and running on the most current version available. 

Teachers & Students: Protect your device with anti-malware/antivirus software 

  • Clicking on one link, opening an attachment or visiting a compromised website can result in you downloading a virus or other malware. Protect your computer by installing protection against these types of infections. 

Parents & Teachers: Properly secure your Wireless Router & Wi-Fi!

  • Change the admin credentials on the router from the default username and password. This is one of the first things an attacker will try when attempting to access your wireless router. Check the router’s instruction manual or do an online search, “How to change router username and password” for help.
  • Change your Wi-Fi name (SSID) to something unique and private. Avoid displaying the router manufacturer such as “Netgear,” “Linksys“ or other private information such as your family name. Also consider hiding the Wi-Fi name altogether so it cannot be easily detected by novice hackers or data collectors. 
  • Enable WPA2 wireless encryption so that only authorized users can connect to your network.

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