• The Lancaster School District is dedicated to ensure the safety of our students and our community. We feel physical safety is just as important as digital safety. Here are a few tips to help you and your family stay secure online:

     

    • Keep your system up to date. Make sure that your all your apps and operating system have the latest updates.

     

    • Install antivirus software (and make sure it's up to date). Antivirus should be set to periodically scan your system and make sure you scan any new downloads. Make sure 'heuristic functions' are active.

     

    • Create strong passwords. Strong passwords are a combination of letters, numbers, and special characters that are easy for you to remember and use a password manager. Create a different password for each important account.

     

    • Back up your files. Regularly scheduled backups can ensure that you limit lost access to your files.

     

    • Secure physical access to your computer. Never leave your computer unattended.

     

    • Use email and the internet safely. Ignore unsolicited emails, and be wary of attachments, links, and forms in emails that come from people you don't know, or which seem "phishy". Avoid untrustworthy (often free) downloads from freeware or shareware sites.

     

    • Use secure connections. Anytime that you log into a website make sure that the URL address shows "https://...". Chrome will say "Secure" with a green padlock and Firefox will show a green padlock.

     

    • Protect your important data. If someone is requesting sensitive data, question why they need it to reduce the risk of identity theft. This includes passwords, never share your password with anyone. Make sure that you remove sensitive data when selling or disposing of mobile devices and computers.

     

    • Use your desktop firewalls. Windows, Mac, and Linux all include firewalls, make sure that they are enabled.

     

    • Trust no one. Any account can be compromised and malicious links can be sent from the accounts of friends on social media, colleagues, or an online gaming partner. Never open attachments in emails from someone you don’t know. Cybercriminals often distribute fake email messages that look very much like email notifications from an online store, a bank, the police, a court or a tax collection agency, luring recipients into clicking on a malicious link and releasing the malware into their system.

     

    These tips were adapted from nomoreransom.org and MIT's Top Ten Safe Computing Tips