How Schools Can Keep Take-Home Devices Safe

As classrooms across the world become more and more tech-savvy, it’s important to keep IT security in mind when devices are in the hands of children.

About 4 million of the 8.9 million hands-on tech devices sold to K-12 school districts are Chromebooks. They are low cost, offer better security than other notebooks, are functional, and provide seamless cloud backups. But what can happen to the devices’ security when taken beyond the school’s network firewall? Taking devices home can lead to significant cyber security issues when students take them home. Here are ways to make sure take-home devices are safe.

  1. Use Google’s Built-In Protection Software

Google Chromebook’s default settings protect the device from phishing and malware with alerts. As long as teachers keep them turned on, and instruct students on what to do when an alert pops up, there is a layer of protection right from the get-go.

  1. Set District-Enforced Policies

Though setting a password for Chromebooks may seem like a simple solution, it can be among the most important. Devices can be locked so that only someone with a student’s credentials can log on. Students should also sign user agreements, and the devices should be permanently etched with serial numbers and the name of the school (D&D offers device engraving/etching services – call us at 800-453-4195 for more info).

  1. Additional Security Software

There is a software known as GoGuardian that provides devices with an installed operating filter that places access controls permanently on the device that is identical to the school’s network protection software. This way, the device can only search for safe sites, whether or not they are connected to the school’s network.

It’s important to protect our kids and school from the dangers of cyber attacks. We hope these three tips will help your school district keep your students safe. Contact D&D Security by calling 800-453-4195 or by clicking here.