Back to School: Security Awareness

DNS Made Easy and DHS Offer Safety Tips

It’s back to school, and that means new supplies, new equipment and new threats. In this digital age where so much information is cloud-based, the risk of a cyber security breach grows with each uploaded document. Being constantly connected brings increased risk of theft, fraud, and abuse. No school, industry, community, or individual is immune to cyber risks. These cyber threats could critically affect school, paperwork, homework, business transactions and the country’s infrastructure and economy. The Department of Homeland Security suggests being alert and aware at all times. DHS provides provide these tips to help protect students and any of those with information stored in the cloud with these simple tips.  


General Tips

  • Set secure passwords and don’t share them with anyone. Avoid using common words, phrases, or personal information and update regularly.
  • Keep your operating system, browser, anti-virus and other critical software up-to-date. Security updates and patches are available for free from major companies.
  • Verify the authenticity of requests from companies or individuals by contacting them directly. If you are being asked to provide personal information via email, you can independently contact the company directly to verify this request.


  • Turn off the option to automatically download attachments.
  • Save and scan any attachments before opening them.

Social Media

  • Limit the amount of personal information you post. Do not post information that would make you vulnerable, such as your address or information about your schedule or routine.
  • Take advantage of privacy and security settings. Use site settings to limit the information you share with the general public online.


  • Only access the Internet over a secure network.
  • Be suspicious of unknown links or requests sent through email or text message.
  • Do not click on unknown links or answer strange questions sent to your mobile device, regardless of who the sender appears to be.
  • Download only trusted applications from reputable sources or marketplaces.

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