cyber attacks

How can you make remote learning a safer practice?

Elearning has become the core of education now. But its initiators and the teachers have to be sure that its safe and no one hacks the PCs of their students. The following steps can be taken to ensure the safety of PCs of both teachers, students and the entire school network from cyber attacks. 

Teachers should use tools with the proper permission of the management

When the teachers are communicating with the students, they should make sure that they use the elearning software approved by the administration of their organization. The teachers should not download such tools online without getting the proper approval of higher authorities otherwise there can be cyber attacks on the systems through untrustworthy elearning software. 

Educate teachers about cyber attacks

The school management has the whole sole responsibility for educating teachers about how their computers are prone to phishing attacks. The schools should also teach them about how they can carry out remote learning safely.

Organizations are using Virtual private networks(VPN) so that the data travels safely between their computers and those of their staff and students. But, there can be unsuccessful login attempts to the VPN network making sure that they are hacked. There are hacking algorithms present to crack the passwords. So, the antivirus software should be installed on the PCs of teachers and students. It’s also better that the school management keeps a tab on how many devices logon to the VPN network and how much sessions are created. When there is more than expected login activity, it means someone is trying to hack the VPN network through the cracking algorithms. Thus it’s the job of the school management to prevent unscrupulous hackers from entering the system.

Make sure proper security software is updated

The IT staff of the school management must be cautious about the updates of the anti-virus software happening on the home-based PCs in case of a work-from-home situation. Apart from that, the documents containing the confidential data of the company must be password encrypted so that only authorized people can open them. Make sure that the company data is not stored on home-based PCs of employees. It should be secured on the server of the company which handles the VPN network. Only the employees should be able to access vulnerable data when they access the server of the organisation.

There are other kinds of ways also to protect systems from attacks. One of them is having scans of antivirus software to detect any virus in the system. There should also be a backup of data to ensure that in case of an attack, you still might have hold of it.

When home-based PCs are used for official work, make sure that there is no use of a USB drive on them. This is because such devices can be carriers of viruses and can infect the system.

How to protect yourself from remote access scams?

Sometimes, in cyber attacks, there is remote access requested to your computer because it’s claimed that it’s infected by a virus. However, such access has to be prevented. It’s claimed that such ‘so-called viruses” require TeamViewer to access your computer which can view the computer remotely and remove these viruses. But, don’t allow any unauthorized person to download TeamViewer on your computer. It can access any file on your system and pilfer data from it.

By following these steps, you can prevent cyberattacks from happening on your systems.

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