The telescope and online classes are a reality for millions of students in UK during the imposed confinement and the COVID-19 pandemic measures in force. Something that raises new challenges for both teachers and students.
With this in mind we added these tips and good practices with the help of ESET, a company dedicated to cybersecurity and responsible for solutions such as ESET Internet Security and NOD32 Antivirus software, both with discounts for teachers and students.
1. Update PC software whenever possible
Many families accumulate computers that, unfortunately, become obsolete over time, due to the lack of support for older operating systems or security updates. In view of current needs, these are often the machines that are used by the youngest to access the telescope and their weaknesses become evident.
The greatest dangers come from equipment with operating systems that no longer receive security updates by Microsoft (eg Windows Vista and Windows 7). Versions that are also not supported by the overwhelming majority of cybersecurity software providers.
Unfortunately, if the computer has reached the end of its useful life – leaving the operating system to receive updates – and if it is not possible to update this same OS, the alternative will be the acquisition of a new computer.
For those looking for a new computer, we recommend the best student notebooks.
2. Use regulated with and preferably with protection
The Windows operating system has a competent security center that will be enough to protect the computer in case of light use. If they only access verified websites and trusted sources, it may be enough.
If, on the other hand, you have more intensive use, or sensitive data on your computer, it is recommended to use more advanced security solutions such as ESET Internet Security, but there are more that we have already disclosed.
For maximum security we also have paid solutions. As a rule, these improve the security and experience of remote work. Here including parental controls, protection against malware, protection on e-commerce sites, home banking and filtering of suspicious files through email messages, among other features.
3. It is convenient to also protect the Internet router
Whichever router you use at home, this is the device that will protect your home network from intruders. There are some basic things you should do to make your network more secure.
Change the default password is the most important, but updating the firmware to the latest version is also important, as well as changing the name of the Wi-Fi home network.
Reading the router’s instructions in order to know how to change its parameters will be the first thing to change. Then, we can see how to update the equipment’s firmware to a newer version. If there is a option for automatic firmware update, is something to activate.
Finally, we can also change the name of the default Wi-Fi network (the option may have the name “SSID” on the router’s control panel). Here we must choose to use WPA2 or WPA3 cryptographic keys for wireless connections.
If the router is very old and only supports WPA (without “2” or “3”), it will be ready to change it.
Extra: Using a VPN increases online protection
This is advice more for teachers than for students. If it is necessary to access the school’s network while working remotely, it is advisable to secure that connection with a VPN. This type of service establishes a secure “tunnel” where the connection takes place.
We recommend the best VPN on the market, for more advanced users. For more casual use, we recommend free VPNs, which already add a good security boost.
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