STAY ALERT - Cybersecurity Risks & Best Practices

Organizations and individuals are commonly targeted with email phishing, ransomware, malware, and other cyber attacks, it is more important than ever to STAY ALERT! Here are some tips and resources to help you protect yourself and the District.

Be aware of Email Phishing scams, and how to avoid them. Phishing scams use email, text messages, or websites posing as trustworthy people or organizations to solicit personal information, most often passwords, by prompting for login information. Be aware of who is sending you information and DO NOT open attachments, click links, or sign into anything from an email that you are unsure of.

Stay Safe with Three Simple Tips

  1. Recognize: Look for these common signs: urgent or emotionally appealing language, requests to send personal and financial information, incorrect email addresses or links.
  2. Resist: If you suspect phishing, resist the temptation to click on links or attachments and report the phish to protect yourself and others.
  3. Delete: Delete the message. Don’t reply or click on any attachment or link, including any “unsubscribe” link. Just delete.

Download the Phishing Tip Sheet from Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA)

Passwords are the first line of defense. Always use complex passwords that are at least 9 characters long that include upper and lower-case letters, numbers, and symbols. NEVER share your passwords with anyone!

It is important for you to always know where you are signed into. Your Hart District Google Account has access to your email, Google Drive, and other apps (e.g. Infinite Campus, Kronos, etc.). If you ever need to sign into your Google account from a device other than your workstation or District owned mobile device, be sure to sign out when you are done.

If you think your account may be signed in elsewhere, use Google’s security tools to view recent activity, view devices your account is signed into, and any third party apps you use that have Google access.

Each person is responsible for locking or signing out of their computer when they step away from their desk. This prevents others from potentially viewing and accessing your accounts and data, as well as the confidential information of our students and staff. To lock your computer press the Windows Key + L simultaneously.

Thank you all for your diligence in keeping yourself and the District safe and secure.


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