Nov 9, 2016

Digital Citizenship: Email Security

G Suite accounts provide access to more than just email -- your login gives access to files stored in Drive, private Sites, and saved passwords in Chrome. It is not just your data that could be compromised, it is also student, colleague, and district information. Don't be the weak link in your school's security chain: protect your password, read popup and other messages, think critically about what email messages and links are asking you to do. Anyone can be fooled, even the most "tech savvy" professionals: This is the email that hacked Hillary Clinton’s campaign chief.
  • If you have any doubts about a message, forward it to your district technology team.
  • Carefully read all messages. Rarely does a reputable company send a message with spelling errors or odd logos.
  • Hover over links to see if they are legitimate. Put your cursor over a link; look at the address that appears in the lower left corner. A common trick is the include a legitimate looking address in the url. 
  • Avoid shortened URLs from unexpected sources. Google (and other sites) will not use URL shorteners, especially regarding security. If an email asks you to check your settings, manually type the true address (not the tinyurl or bitly) in the address bar.