Online classes have never been more popular, or as important, as during the Covid-19 pandemic. The pandemic may be showing signs of receding in some parts of the world but with good reason many educational institutes are staying with online learning for now. One impact of the pandemic is this online learning has become much more acceptable and popular and its usage will likely continue to grow even when Covid-19 recedes.

But not all students are aware of the threats they face with online learning. When students and other people use a laptop or desktop within a school or other organisation, they work in a protected environment. The network is protected by a firewall and laptops, desktops, and tablets are usually protected by endpoint protection software.

Educational institutions invest a lot of resources ensuring sensitive student data is safe from cyberattacks. Endpoint protection isn’t something smaller organisations might have but it is important if employees are using remote devices to access online learning.

To stay safe during online learning, basic security protocols need to be in place. This includes not visiting sites other than those that are necessary. It also means restricting online activity to only those online resources that have something to do with their course work.
  • It’s important to understand that your account login details are on the radar of cybercriminals. Don’t share your login IDs with your friends. Your ID is yours alone, if you share it with someone you are jeopardising its security. And don't post your personal details on social media. Hackers trawl these platforms looking for this information.
  • Be aware of the danger from spoofed websites. Cybercriminals can, and do, spoof the login page of an online platform. Before you enter ID credentials, check the URL. Is it the same URL (or a similar URL with subtle differences)?  Does it have a lock or green symbol? If you think there is a problem, don’t log in and contact the meeting organiser by another means, such as email.
  • Be wary of phishing emails. They can appear to have been sent by a teacher or lesson organiser when in fact they could be from an attacker. To be sure, check the email's domain as there may be small differences that reveal it's a phishing email. Also, look for spelling and grammar errors in the body of the email.  If you’re asked to share ID credentials be aware that it could well be an attacker. Phishing emails will also often ask you to click on links. If the email raises suspicions don’t click on the link, it could either download malware or take you through to a spoofed page.
  • It goes without saying that a good and comprehensive antivirus protection is also running on your computer that provides advanced antimalware protection, malware scanning and removal, web site security, parental web filtering and identity protection such as BullGuard Premium Protection. Parental filtering is particularly important for children given that a child may click on a malicious site. As such you can apply filters to block websites that may have disturbing and malicious content.
  • A VPN is also essential. As well as keeping you anonymous and giving you the ability to change your IP address to different locations in the world, BullGuard VPN also provides end-to-end encryption of data. This encryption is critical, given that if a cybercriminal did manage to access data, for instance, while using public Wi-Fi or accessing online learning, the data would be completely unintelligible. You can protect up to six devices with a single BullGuard VPN license at a cost of a few pennies per device each month.

Protection for endpoint devices

For those small organisations who don't have endpoint protection for their desktops, laptops, tablets, and smartphones BullGuard is offering a free, no strings attached, 3-month cybersecurity with BullGuard Small Office Security.

Small Office Security provides tough layers of security for any small organisation that is engaged in online learning or meetings and also needs endpoint protection. Specifically designed for small organisations, Small Office Security provides a raft of leading and award-winning cyber defences:
  • Anti-malware protection, including a multi-layered behavioural engine that keeps businesses safe from all types of malware.
  • Machine learning for advanced zero-day threat detection, which ensures systems are protected even when offline, and without impacting the device’s resources.
  • Anti-theft components allow the administrator to send remote locate, lock and wipe commands if a mobile device is lost or stolen.
  • Centralised management and full reporting for complete reports on device status, threats, and tasks, so nothing is overlooked.This level of protection ensures that all devices have the best cybersecurity possible, delivering tough safeguards against hackers, attackers, and miscreants.
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