Tips for Online Safety and Cybersecurity - Glasshouse Christian College

Tips for Online Safety and Cybersecurity



  • March 14, 2024

Tips for Online Safety and Cybersecurity

Dear Glasshouse Christian College Parents and Caregivers,

At Glasshouse Christian College, we are committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of our entire community. As a parent/caregiver, you’d naturally appreciate that we utilise every available tool to ensure students are kept safe online.

I feel compelled to write this email today because we increasingly see members of our parent community being exploited by a host of phishing threats, including scams, hacking, and digital fraud.

Beginning today, I’d like to share a few tips and tricks aimed at improving online safety because the consequences of falling for a phishing scam can be costly and severe.

Scammers can use your information to steal your money, make unauthorised purchases, or even steal your identity, leading to financial losses, damaged credit, and a great deal of stress and inconvenience.

The Golden Rule

If it looks like a spam message, it probably is! — simply delete it without clicking or downloading anything. Such messages often contain software that tells the sender you’ve opened the email, confirming you have an active account, which may lead to even more spam messages.

To prevent falling victim to these scams, here are a few VERY BASIC tips:

  • Be cautious of unsolicited emails, text messages, or phone calls asking for personal information.
  • Don’t click on links or download attachments from suspicious emails.
  • Always verify the sender’s identity before responding to any requests.
  • Keep your computer and mobile devices updated with the latest security software.
  • Use strong, unique passwords for all your accounts and enable two-factor authentication when available.


Look and Learn

I think this is enough reading for now; let’s move over to visual learning resources!

Phriendly Phishing – Video Education – ← Link

The link above will take you safely to a collection of short 1-2 minute videos on cyber safety, and I strongly encourage you to watch these videos. (We use this company to help educate our staff at Glasshouse).

Wrapping Up

I hope you will continue to join me as we explore ways of staying safe online. Over the next few newsletters, I’ll share more advanced tips and tricks and some spine-chilling statistics about how costly cybercrime is for our Australian community.

Finally

If you believe your child’s laptop might have been compromised, please encourage them to visit the Tech Department (in the College Library) for more assistance.

Roland Munyard, I.T. Manager

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