Is Zoom Safe for Your Kid's Remote Learning?

November 5, 2020

How Can I Protect My Kids From Remote Learning Cyber Threats?

As kids around the world slowly ease back into school, education systems find themselves dealing with new challenges, especially in relation to online learning.

The popular video communications app Zoom has previously been in the spotlight for their common user security issues and trolls. Since then, they have claimed to place new precautions to prevent this suspicious activity, however, it continues to occur.

Terms to familiarize yourself with:

1. Zoom bombing

Zoom bombing is a term given to the situation when someone unexpectedly drops in on a random or targeted Zoom call to wreak havoc on the participants of the call. This could be done through displaying racist, sexist, obscene, or inappropriate imagery, video, or audio.

2. Ransomware

Kids click on things all the time and in a lot of instances, they are not sure what they're clicking on. If something malicious pops up and your child accidentally clicks on it out of curiosity, you could be downloading malware or ransomware onto your computer which could be costly to remove.

3. Virtual highjacking

Virtual highjacking is the term we use when describing unwarranted software infiltrates your internet browser giving access to a cybercriminal. If a cybercriminal gets in, they could spy on you or your children, breach your data, or display adware and more malicious media or links.

4. Phishing

Again, kids are always clicking random things on your computer, so if they come across a phishing scam that lures people in through an email for example, one wrong click could lead to your information being compromised or leaked.

It's important to stay educated and take the time to learn more about cyber threats and what you should do to keep your kids safe!

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