e-Learning Security Checklist

How to Protect Your Student & Family While They School & Work Remotely

We know how important the safety of your children is. As a parent, that takes precedence over pretty much everything else in the world. As parents, we spend time teaching our children about the dangers in life so we can protect them from criminals and danger, but we sometimes fail to recognize that physical protection isn’t enough.

It’s vital that as parents, we utilize a combination of tools and teaching to keep our kids safe online as well. Here are some measures you can take as your children complete their schooling from home to keep them safer from cybercrime.

e-Learning Security Checklist

Internet Connection


  • Ensure that your Internet connection is protected by a firewall.
    • Hardware: physical positioned as a gate between your computer and the Internet
  • Ensure that Internet router/Wi-Fi router/Internet modem is up to date with current security patches
  • VPNs are programs that route internet connection and transmit data on behalf of your computer. Use a
    VPN when accessing sensitive school-related information or using a school-issued device at home.
  • Check what kinds of content is being filtered out at school and match those rules at home by using
    parental controls
  • Set proper parental controls.
    • Understand the options that exist in your particular tool.
    • Restrict content to age-appropriate levels.
    • Block explicit websites in the router and/or the device’s operating system
    • Set appropriate usage times (don’t allow access in the middle of the night when kids are
      supposed to be asleep)

Wireless Network


  • Practice good password hygiene.
    • Network passwords are changed from the default.
    • Passwords are not reused .
    • Passwords or passphrases are long and complex (8 or more characters and a mix of letters,
      numbers, and symbols)
    • A password manager like LastPass is used to avoid insecure password storage
  • Wireless network is segmented properly (keep work and school devices separate from other devices).
    • Create a guest wireless network to limit traffic on the main network.
    • The guest network password is different from that of the main network.
    • Set up a separate network for internet-connected smart devices.
      • Some Wi-Fi routers have a feature for separate networks (vLAN).

Computer


  • Install and activate antivirus/antimalware software on your devices.
  • Firewalls exist in most operating systems. Turn this on in your settings in addition to hardware firewalls.
  • Ensure your computer has a strong password or passphrase.
    • This should be one you can memorize.
  • Teach your student how to lock their computer, and make sure they do it every time they leave their machine.
  • Implement hard drive encryption so there’s no unencrypted sensitive data left exposed.
  • Teach your student how to store information securely.
  • Explain how to fully separate school and personal accounts and why it’s important.
  • Use a separate device for personal and work/school uses.
  • Use a webcam cover, and only have your camera open when you need to use it

Physical


  • Understand the risk of having smart devices like Google Home and Amazon Echo. The risk is: if it can hear
    its name, it’s listening all the time.

    • Ensure everyone in your house is cognizant of what they say around those devices.
  • Video surveillance systems in the home only face outward and do not capture private areas.
  • Be cognizant about your background when your webcam is on to avoid sharing location giveaways and
    exposing sensitive information.

    • Be aware of your background when taking photos or using webcam
      • Ensure there is no location or sensitive data in the background.
  • Be mindful not to share on social media when you’re not at home (like during vacation). This lets people
    know your home is unoccupied.

Parental Involvement and Oversight


  • Monitor your kids’ device usage. Nothing you set up will replace personal monitoring.
    • Take inventory of the games, apps, programs, subscriptions, etc. your child has created accounts for.
  • Talk to your kids as well. Teaching goes a lot further than technical controls.
    • Go through school computer use guidelines/rules with your children and ask them to
      demonstrate an understanding of the them.
  • Stay aware and stay up to date with new and popular apps.