Back to School Device Advice
5 tips for staying smart online
A new school year is just around the corner. And with it comes new swag, new devices, new assignments, new friends and a whole bunch of new chances for cyber criminals to spoil your excitement.
New supplies for school
- Nearly 4 in 10 parents do their students’ back to school shopping online1.
- Cyber Tip #1: Only shop on websites with https:// in the url. The “s” is a sign that the site is secure.
New tech toys for homework
- 54 % of university students will buy a new device2.
- Cyber Tip #2: Set strong passwords and download security updates to keep cyber criminals from playing with your tech toys.
New tunes to study to
- 28 % of cyber surfers use illegal downloading services every month3.
- Cyber Tip #3: Cyber criminals use illegal downloading sites to spread viruses, malware and spyware. Don’t visit them, and cyber criminals can’t visit you.
New friends to share with
- 36 % of teens have fully or partially public profiles on their social networks4.
- Cyber Tip #4: Strong privacy settings keep cyber criminals from using your personal info to steal your identity and commit other crimes.
New ways to procrastinate
- 42 percent of teen gamers play most often on a mobile device5.
- Cyber Tip #5: Fun mobile games can come with some really unfunny spyware and viruses. Think before you app. Only use apps from trusted sources, and make sure the permissions they require don’t grant unnecessary access to other features on your device.
- 1National Retail Federation, “Back-To-School Spending Grows As Parents Restock, Replenish Children’s Needs,” 2012. Survey results from NRF/BIGinsight.
- 2National Retail Federation, “Back-To-School Spending Grows As Parents Restock, Replenish Children’s Needs,” 2012. Survey results from NRF/BIGinsight.
- 3IFPI, “Digital Music Report,” 2012
- 4Pew Internet, “Privacy management on social media sites,” 2012
- 5NPD Group, “Understanding the Canadian Gamer,” 2012 custom research for Entertainment Software Association of Canada.