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Three ways to protect yourself from a cyber-attack
Cybercriminals use a variety of ways to enter into school networks and systems. Here are three easy ways you can help protect yourself and the school.
Only open emails when you have time to respond
Cybercriminals use various tactics to trick people into opening and responding to fake emails called phishing emails. As these phishing emails improve in sophistication, it is more important than ever to take time to read and check the authenticity of every email. Clicking links or entering personal details into fake websites can leave you and the school vulnerable to financial loss and even a full cyber-attack.
1. Was I expecting this email?
2. Is it from an individual or organisation that has my school email address?
3. If it is from an organisation that knows my name, have they used this in the email or does it start with something anonymous such as Dear Customer?
4. Are they asking for information they should already have, such as login details or passwords?
5. Is there a sense of urgency in the email?
If you are unsure how trustworthy an email is, contact the organisation or individual directly and via details from their website or with details you already have. Always speak to your IT team if you are unsure about emails.