Protect Yourself from Cyber-Snoops, Stalkers, and Thieves at School

  1. Don't Be Over-Social. Social media sites are great for sharing important events with your friends, but you need to be sure you're not over-sharing. Dig into each site's privacy settings and configure it so only your friends can see posts, photos, and so on. Think twice before posting "hilarious" selfies that might prove embarrassing when you're done with school and applying for a job. Consider, too, that posting your plans for the evening for the public at large to read might reveal your location to someone who might not have your best interests at heart.
  2. Use your Head. First, password-protect your user account. Otherwise anyone who steals or finds that laptop gains access to all your data. Second, Find a password manager you like, install it, and upgrade any weak passwords. That way you don’t have to use your head too much to remember all those passwords.
  3. Password Protect your Network Traffic. Free Wi-Fi is a boon to all student-kind, but it's not necessarily a safe connection. A budding hacker on the same network might manage to capture your online session. By using a Virtual Private Network (VPN), you can foil any attempts at data theft.
  4. Install PC Protection. Right now, before you do anything else, make sure your PC has a security suite installed, or at least antivirus software. Security software can ensure that you don't take damage just because you accidentally visited a malicious website or responded to a phishing email.
  5. Install Smartphone Protection. Malware on smartphones isn't as big a problem as on laptop and desktop PCs, but the best mobile security software does a lot more than keep malware out. Of course, these tips make good sense even if you're not a student. Whoever you are, wherever you are, you don't want to suffer identity theft, or shell out big bucks to replace electronic devices. Make use of the protection that's already available to you, install security software, and use your common sense.

Rubenking, N. (2014, July 17). Protect Yourself from Cyber-Snoops, Stalkers, and Thieves at School. . Retrieved August 1, 2014, from http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2421835,00.asp