BYOD - Bring Your Own Device
Learning KEY Reasons for keeping yourself, your family & friends as well as your Device Safe!
Bring Your Own Device is a special event class where students learn effective ways to keep their device safe which in turn, will keep themselves, their family and friends safe, too. Students are given overall summary of the use of various settings on their smart phone. The AIRPLANE mode, WIFI and Bluetooth switches as well as setting an effective passcode are among the highlights of this important class event. Understanding how the internet is NOT private helps students understand the necessity for safe practices.
Why use a PIN or passcode?
Research shows that over half the smartphone users in the US do not setup a password security code on their smart device. If the phone is lost, stolen or just left unattended, anyone that picks it up will have unrestricted access to the information on the device. New fingerprint technology does offer ease of use but stills requires a passcode to initially activate. Creating an effective one means not using obvious data - years, for instance, are common and should be avoided. Making sure the paccode setting takes effect IMMEDIATELY is the best way to prevent loss of data or stolen identity.
Why worry about free or public WIFI?
Often, ease of access and cost of WIFI makes FREE WIFI desirable but in terms of security and safety, there is little if any. Firewall and encryption methods are typical of secure networks. Because FREE WIFI is a common way to use the internet, many devices are left wide open for hacking, malware and or signal squatting. Whoever uses it, can be seen by others also using it.
What does the AIRPLANE mode feature really do?
While initially created to prevent interference of air traffic control tower communications necessary for the airplane to carry its passengers safely, AIRPLANE mode has become an effective way of closing off your smart device whenever you're not using it for communications.
What about bluetooth?
While bluetooth has short range transmission of signal, the potential loss of data is still very much like that of WIFI hazards. Bluetooth hacks are becming increasingly more popular as most underestimate the likelihood of a threat to their device. If youc an see people around you, it is believed they wouldn't try to hurt you ... but that is NOT stopping common hacks which could breach you more critical information such as credit card and bank details.
Are there concerns with apps?
Many apps - particularly games - leave the door wide open for undercover surveillance of your device. Many apps offer "memberships" and some are requiring membership or signup for use of the app. While some offer safe connection and prudent use fo your information, many do not. Read the reviews, do a little homework about the app before your download or upload to be sure there's no previously known issues with security.