Step Up Your Digital Security

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You may have heard about the cyber attack that struck our Ukrainian neighbors a couple of weeks ago. While the country braces for a possible new military offensive from Russia, experts and government officials from around the world share their predictions about invasions and what that means for cyber security for the rest of us. 

This is obviously hypothetical now, but it serves as a great reminder to step up your digital security. Thus, today’s edition offers some fundamental tips for your protection.
Two-factor authentication
The number one tip every security expert will share to protect online accounts is to make sure your online accounts are signed up for two-factor authentication; this adds a step to verify that you are who you say you are.

Apps like Google Authenticator or Authy are free and can help. Take a look at this article for detailed information.

And, yes, setting up two-factor authentication on all your accounts can be a hassle, but we can’t recommend this enough, especially for your most sensitive information.
Log out of everything every once in a while

Yes, staying logged into the many different accounts we use on a day-to-day basis is a huge convenience, but it can come at a high cost. The best way to stay safe is to log out of everything more often. This will close any browsing sessions you forgot you left open and lock out anyone who may be trying to get into your accounts.

Take advantage of some newer features that can protect your data, like the Hide My Email on Apple devices. Like this article explains, “you can use this recently expanded tool to generate burner email addresses whenever you need them, ensuring you won’t get spammed by long-deleted apps until the end of time.”

Check your apps’ permissions

We all know how quick it is to tap “allow” while you’re trying to use an app without thinking of the implications. So, when possible, it is important to spend some time and see what your apps are allowed to do, as well as your phone’s privacy settings.

And while we are at it…

Restart your devices more often…say, once a week, at least?!

While this won’t improve your digital security per se, it will certainly improve any “sluggishness” you may experience with your computer, iPad or phone. Trust us: it does the trick. :)

Last week, we shared with you everyone’s new obsession: Wordle

Well, guess what? It’s already made its way into the classroom. Get inspired by checking out one teacher’s strategy here, or have a chat with Carolina, in the Secondary School, to see how she has incorporated the Spanish version into her class routine! 🏻

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